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Drywall and Ceiling Tile Installers - 47-2081.00

O*NET-SOC Description

Apply plasterboard or other wallboard to ceilings or interior walls of buildings. Apply or mount acoustical tiles or blocks, strips, or sheets of shock-absorbing materials to ceilings and walls of buildings to reduce or reflect sound. Materials may be of decorative quality. Includes lathers who fasten wooden, metal, or rockboard lath to walls, ceilings or partitions of buildings to provide support base for plaster, fire-proofing, or acoustical material.

Sample of Reported Job Titles

  • Drywall Finisher
  • Drywall Hanger
  • Drywall Mechanic
  • Ceiling Installer
  • Dry Wall Installer
  • Exterior Interior Specialist
  • Metal Framer
  • Metal Stud Framer
  • Sheetrock Hanger
  • Sheetrock Installer

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Tasks

  • Apply cement to backs of tiles and press tiles into place, aligning them with layout marks or joints of previously laid tile.
  • Apply or mount acoustical tile or blocks, strips, or sheets of shock-absorbing materials to ceilings or walls of buildings to reduce reflection of sound or to decorate rooms.
  • Assemble or install metal framing or decorative trim for windows, doorways, or vents.
  • Coordinate work with drywall finishers who cover the seams between drywall panels.
  • Cut and screw together metal channels to make floor or ceiling frames, according to plans for the location of rooms or hallways.
  • Cut fixture or border tiles to size, using keyhole saws, and insert them into surrounding frameworks.
  • Cut metal or wood framing and trim to size, using cutting tools.
  • Fasten metal or rockboard lath to the structural framework of walls, ceilings, or partitions of buildings, using nails, screws, staples, or wire-ties.
  • Fit and fasten wallboard or drywall into position on wood or metal frameworks, using glue, nails, or screws.
  • Hang dry lines to wall moldings to guide positioning of main runners.
  • Hang drywall panels on metal frameworks of walls and ceilings in offices, schools, or other large buildings, using lifts or hoists to adjust panel heights when necessary.
  • Inspect furrings, mechanical mountings, or masonry surfaces for plumbness and level, using spirit or water levels.
  • Install blanket insulation between studs and tack plastic moisture barriers over insulation.
  • Install horizontal and vertical metal or wooden studs to frames so that wallboard can be attached to interior walls.
  • Install metal lath where plaster applications will be exposed to weather or water, or for curved or irregular surfaces.
  • Measure and cut openings in panels or tiles for electrical outlets, windows, vents, plumbing, or other fixtures, using keyhole saws or other cutting tools.
  • Measure and mark surfaces to lay out work, according to blueprints or drawings, using tape measures, straightedges or squares, and marking devices.
  • Mount tile, using adhesives, or by nailing, screwing, stapling, or wire-tying lath directly to structural frameworks.
  • Nail channels or wood furring strips to surfaces to provide mounting for tile.
  • Read blueprints or other specifications to determine methods of installation, work procedures, or material or tool requirements.
  • Remove existing plaster, drywall, or paneling, using crowbars and hammers.
  • Scribe and cut edges of tile to fit walls where wall molding is not specified.
  • Seal joints between ceiling tiles and walls.
  • Suspend angle iron grids or channel irons from ceilings, using wire.
  • Trim rough edges from wallboard to maintain even joints, using knives.
  • Wash concrete surfaces before mounting tile to increase adhesive qualities of surfaces, using washing soda and zinc sulfate solution.

Detailed Work Activities

  • Apply material to fill gaps in surfaces.
  • Apply mortar.
  • Clean surfaces in preparation for work activities.
  • Coordinate construction project activities.
  • Cut metal components for installation.
  • Cut openings in existing structures.
  • Cut tile, stone, or other masonry materials.
  • Cut wood components for installation.
  • Install building fixtures.
  • Install insulation in equipment or structures.
  • Install masonry materials.
  • Install metal structural components.
  • Install trim or paneling.
  • Install wooden structural components.
  • Mark reference points on construction materials.
  • Measure materials or objects for installation or assembly.
  • Operate cranes, hoists, or other moving or lifting equipment.
  • Remove worn, damaged or outdated materials from work areas.
  • Review blueprints or specifications to determine work requirements.
  • Trim excess material from installations.
  • Verify alignment of structures or equipment.

Military Crosswalk Titles

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Apprenticeship Crosswalk Titles

  • Acoustical Carpenter
  • Carpenter, Acoustical Specialist
  • Dry-Wall Applicator

DOT Crosswalk Titles

  • Acoustical Carpenter
  • Dry-Wall Applicator
  • Sheetrock Applicator