Taper and Finisher Apprenticeship

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*Statistics retrieved from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.

What Does a Taper & Finisher Do?

Taper and Finishers apply plasterboard or other wallboard to ceilings and interior walls of buildings. They seal joints between plasterboard or other wallboard to prepare wall surface for painting or papering. They may install exterior insulation finish systems (EIFS) and may apply venetian plaster and decorative finishes. They mix compound by hand or with a portable electric mixer and spread compound over joints between boards using a hawk, trowel or broadknife. They press paper tape over joint to embed tape into compound and seals joint using mechanical applicator that spreads compound and embeds tape in one operation. They spread and smooth cementing material over tape using a hawk, trowel or floating machine to blend the joint with wall surface and corner angles with the aid of an angle box tool. They sand rough spots after the compound has dried and fill cracks and holes in walls and ceilings with sealing compound. They install metal molding at corners in lieu of sealant and tape. They may apply texturing compound and primer to walls and ceiling prior to final finishing and may also countersink nails or screws below the surface of the wall prior to applying sealing compound using a hammer or screwdriver. Taper and Finishers may perform tasks involved with the application of exterior insulation finish systems (EIFS) including preparing substrate surface and protecting surfaces, both finished and substrate, from water and run off. They free substrate and foam of foreign material and plane. They apply reinforcing mesh and fasten foam and detail with adhesive, and mix coating and material with a portable mixer and apply it with a trowel. They coat and spray finish over base coat and detailing. They may also erect scaffolding which may be used for interior walls and ceiling, exterior drywall or EIFS work that may require special finishes or textures applied with a hawk, trowel or special texture brushes.

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What Are the Working Conditions?

Taper and finishers stand for prolonged periods. Their jobs also require a considerable amount of climbing, bending, kneeling, crouching, crawling and reaching with arms raised overhead. Taper and finishers often work outdoors but seldom in wet, cold or inclement weather. They wear masks to reduce exposure to hazardous materials or paint fumes when working in areas with poor ventilation.

The work may be indoors or outdoors involving standing, climbing, bending or working from scaffolding and ladders. Much of the work is done alone requiring independent thinking, safety awareness and ability to communicate with the customer.

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How is the Training Structured?

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What are the Application Requirements?

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What Skills Should I Possess?

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Who Should I Contact In My Area?

Northeast

Committee Name Contact This Committee: OR Contact Your BAS Representative:
Madison Area Painting & Decorating JAC 1571 Ivory Dr
Sun Prairie, WI 53590
Phone: (608) 834-1690
Fax: (608) 834-0044
Mary Pierce

Northwest

Committee Name Contact This Committee: OR Contact Your BAS Representative:
Madison Area Painting & Decorating JAC 1571 Ivory Dr
Sun Prairie, WI 53590
Phone: (608) 834-1690
Fax: (608) 834-0044
Mary Pierce

Southeast

Committee Name Contact This Committee: OR Contact Your BAS Representative:
Madison Area Painting & Decorating JAC 1571 Ivory Dr
Sun Prairie, WI 53590
Phone: (608) 834-1690
Fax: (608) 834-0044
Mary Pierce
Milwaukee Area Painting & Decorating JAC P.O. Box 510308
New Berlin, WI 53151
Phone: (262) 657-1287
Hafeezah Ahmad

Southwest

Committee Name Contact This Committee: OR Contact Your BAS Representative:
Madison Area Painting & Decorating JAC 1571 Ivory Dr
Sun Prairie, WI 53590
Phone: (608) 834-1690
Fax: (608) 834-0044
Mary Pierce

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Additional Resources

The United States Bureau of Labor Statistics maintains information on all occupations. For more information on the Taper and Finisher trade in the United States, visit:

http://www.bls.gov/ooh/construction-and-extraction/drywall-and-ceiling-tile-installers-and-tapers.htm

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Sources: Bureau of Apprenticeship Standards Position Descriptions,
Apprenticeship in Wisconsin Handbook

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