On a typical job, lather – interior systems mechanics (lathers):
- read blueprints and work as a team with architects, engineers and associated trades to bring a project to completion;
- install metal framing for walls, partitions, ceiling systems and ornamental detail;
- apply base materials for stucco finishes including Styrofoam, stucco wire and metal lath, and apply various stucco finishes;
- work with other trades to accommodate the installation of heating, plumbing, electrical and millwork;
- install metal doors, window frames, access doors and insulation;
- erect demountable partitions and various suspended ceilings as used in commercial office space;
- install and finish drywall on commercial, residential and industrial projects; and
- install load-bearing steel wall and floor systems used in the construction of non-combustible buildings.
Skills & Abilities
The type of work is very rewarding for those who:
- enjoy using skills that require a high degree of accuracy;
- are capable of problem solving and creative thinking; and
- enjoy working at a variety of tasks.
To be successful in their trade, Lathers need:
- good hand-eye coordination;
- to be physically fit;
- strength, stamina and the use of proper lifting techniques required to work with heavy equipment weighing in excess of 25 kilograms (55 pounds);
- the ability and willingness to pay careful attention to detail; and
- the ability to work well with others, and independently.
The term of apprenticeship for a Lather – Interior Systems Mechanic is 3 years (three 12-month periods) including a minimum of 1560 hours of on-the-job training and 8 weeks of technical training in each of the first, second, and third years.
- An applicant who previously completed courses of study or work experience related to the Lather trade or holds a related journeyperson certificate and has the employer’s recommendation, may qualify for credit that could reduce the term of apprenticeship. Inquiries about credit for previously completed courses of study or work experience can be directed to an apprentice representative at any Apprenticeship and Industry Training Office.
- A person who has previous training or work experience in the trade and wants to determine their level of skill and knowledge for entry or advanced standing in an apprenticeship program may complete the Prior Learning Assessment Online Application. For more information, see the Prior Learning Assessment Guide.
- A high school student can become an apprentice and gain credits toward apprenticeship training and a high school diploma at the same time under the Registered Apprenticeship Program (RAP).