Interior Systems Mechanic





At a glance

Interior Systems Mechanics (Lathers) install metal, plaster, steel stud framing, drywall, accoustic ceilings, access flooring, and interior finishes in the construction of buildings. They work indoors and outdoors assembling and installing the steel stud framework, apply gypsum materials, taping and sanding, install acoustic title in in commercial, industrial, institutional, and residential buildings.

Work environment

Work environments for construction careers can be located outdoors or indoors or both. Work hours may vary as well. Some positions are seasonal while others are all year round, but part-time. Other positions are project-based and may require you to work full-time until the project is complete. And, of course there are careers that have full-time hours all year round.

Below is a list of workplaces where you might find opportunities to gain apprenticeship hours and/or experience. (Source: Apprenticeship Manitoba Handbook and Manitoba Prospects)

  • Construction contractors
  • New construction
  • Renovation
  • Repair projects in the residential, commercial, institutional and industrial construction sectors
  • Self employed

Other conditions: work indoors, seasonal, project-based

Mini Skills Assessment

If you answer YES to the questions below, then you might consider becoming an Interior Systems Mechanic.

  • Could you work with precision tools and equipment?
  • Are you good with your hands?
  • Do you enjoy doing a variety of things on the job?
  • Could you concentrate on detailed work?

Essential Skills Profiles

The Government of Canada Job Bank has identified Nine Literacy and Essential Skills (Reading, Writing, Document Use, Numeracy, Computer Use, Thinking, Oral Communication, Working with Others, and Continuous Learning).

Below you will find links to the Essential Skills Profiles for this occupation and/or related ones.


Below you will find the annual salaries for apprentices and journeypersons for an Interior Systems Mechanic/Lather.

Minimum for Apprentices

Skills Booklet 2016, Skills Canada/Manitoba


Average for Journey Persons

Skills Booklet 2016, Skills Canada/Manitoba


For more information on apprenticeship wages,visit

Every year, the Industrial, Commercial and Institutional (ICI) Construction Sector releases Minimum Wage Schedules for Manitoba. Below are the minimum wage rates for this career.

Minimum Wage RateJanuary 1, 2017 or after
Lather $30.45



Note: To receive the most up-to-date information about satisfying apprenticeship level requirements, contact Apprentice Manitoba or visit

Interior Systems Mechanic/Lather

Program Length (Minimum Years)

4 years

Level Requirements

Required Hours for each level (L)

L1: 1, 800 hours L2: 1, 800 hours

L3: 1, 800 hours L4: 1, 800 hours

Technical Training/Year (weeks in class)

Y1: 8 weeks Y2: 8 weeks Y3: 8 weeks Y4: 8 weeks

Additional Licensing


Trades Qualification Requirements (minimum experience required)

Minimum years of experience required

(within last 10 years)

6 years

Minimum hours experience required

10, 800

Practical Exam required


Compulsory Apprenticeship/Certificate of Qualifications required to work


Red Seal Trade available


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