Drywall and Ceiling Tile Installers

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Contact: Greg Zick
gzick@nahb.org
(202) 266-8493

Worker finishing drywall installation

$51,930 Average National Wage

Drywall installers and ceiling tile installers hang wallboard and install ceiling tile of interior rooms in buildings. On a daily basis, Drywall and Ceiling Tile Installers fit and fasten wallboard or drywall into position on wood or metal frameworks, using glue, nails, or screws. They read blueprints or other specifications to determine methods of installation, work procedures, or material or tool requirements. Although specific duties may vary, many of them remove existing plaster, drywall, or paneling, using crowbars and hammers. It might also be their responsibility to install blanket insulation between studs and tack plastic moisture barriers over insulation.

In the drywall and ceiling tile installation trade you will learn to:

  • Measure, mark, and cut drywall panels according to design plans
  • Fasten panels and tiles to support structures
  • Measure and cut openings in panes or tiles for electrical outlets, windows, vents, plumbing, or other fixtures
  • Use keyhole saws and other cutting tools
  • Patch, trim, and smooth rough spots and edges

Important Qualities

  • Ability to work at heights
  • Attention to detail
  • Balance
  • Dexterity
  • Math skills
  • Physical stamina
  • Physical strength

Once you complete training, you have a variety of employment opportunities:

  • Supervisor
  • General superintendent
  • Project manager
  • Estimator