What is a Plasterer – Fireproffer?
Plasterers select, mix and apply gypsum, cement and acrylic mixtures to exterior and interior walls and ceilings to produce clean finishes or decorative surfaces that are fire, weather or sound resistant.
Duties vary according to the type of the job.
In residential jobs, plasterers apply a coat(s) of plaster material over interior or exterior masonry surfaces, especially manufactured wallboard and drywall surfaces which include plaster, stucco or acrylic.
- Exterior applications such as stucco, acrylic
- Interior applications include spraying textures or handtrowelling ornamental or decorative finishes.
In industrial and commercial jobs, plasterers spray specialized coatings for sound control and hand-trowel or spray fireproofing material for fire protection. Fireproofing is an essential building component in high-rise office buildings and anywhere the integrity of a structure could be compromised by the heat generated during a fire.
Industries that require fireproofing and sound coats include: Refineries, Petro-Chemical, Nuclear Power Plants, Conventional Power Plants, Chemical Processing, Pulp and Paper Mills, Biomedical, Pharmaceutical Facilities, Factories, Warehouses and Institutions.
Skills & Abilities
The work is most rewarding for those who take pride in creating and following application procedures to produce a variety for first-class plastering finishes.
To be successful in the trade, plasterers:
- Require a great deal of physical stamina
- Work involves standing, crouching and kneeling for long periods of time, lifting, bending, reaching and climbing ladders.
- Able to work at heights on scaffolding
- Manual dexterity
- Ability to lift 60-80 pounds
- Able to work with others
- Have positive attitudes and behaviors
- Minimum of grade 10 education
- Willing to work out of town
The term of an Apprentice Plasterer is 4 years (12 month periods) including a minimum of 5000 hours on-the-job training and 8 weeks of technical training.
A person who has previous training or work experience in a related trade or holds a journeyman certificate and has completed the proof of hours form, may qualify for a credit that may reduce the term of apprenticeship.
To find answers to your questions and learn more about a career as a Plasterer – Fireproofer, contact the Plasterers & Cement Masons Local 222.
For a quick summary of a career as a plasterer-fireproofer, ask about the plasterer-fireproofer trade card.