Drywall Taper

Drywall Taper

non – apprenticeship

AT A GLANCE

Drywall, also known as gyprock, is made of gypsum that has been pressed between two outer layers of paper.

Drywall tapers (aka drywall finishers) prepare a wet compound (white mud), press it into joints, nails or screw holes in the drywall and cover the wet material with tape. When a high level of finish is required, they may also apply two more coats of compound, each of which is sanded to make it smooth.

  • May work on high ceilings using scaffolding or other tools, such as stilts. and have to climb equipment or structures to access work areas.
  • May use automatic tools to apply tape and compound in one step, as well as spray guns to apply decorative, textured surfaces.
  • May need to own tools (e.g. hawk, trowels, broadknives) and personal protective equipment (steel-toed shoes) before starting work.

CAREER VIDEO(S)

Source: MCSC Trad Talk Series 2016

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WORK ENVIRONMENT

The work environment of drywall tapers is normally found 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:

  • New construction sites
  • Renovation jobs (commercial and residential)
  • Self-employed

Other Conditions: indoors, outdoors, all weather conditions, standing, bending, lifting, work on high scaffolds, use heating devices in winter

Source: Careercruising.com

MINI SKILLS ASSESSMENT

If you answer YES to the questions below, then a career as a Drywall Taper might be a great fit for you!

  • Do you have good vision?
  • Do you have good attention to detail?
  • Do you have strong math skills?
  • Do you work well with your hands?
  • Are you good at problem solving?
  • Are you a good communicator?
  • Are you in good shape?

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:

WAGES

Depending on if you are just starting out, working for a small or large company, or have just branched out on your own, your wage depends on your experience and the size of the job (residential, commercial) and the size of the crew.
 
Below are some wage/salary ranges in Manitoba:
  • Overall: $15.00 - $32.00/hour
  • First Year: $15.00 - $16.00/hour
  • After completion of on-the-job training and gaining experience: &18.00 - $32.00/hour
  • Full-time: $37,000 - $67,000
Source: Industry Experts
According to jobbank.gc.ca, and their Labour Market Information for Manitoba, they list low, medium, and high wages for this caree12as the following:
LOW WAGE MEDIUM WAGE HIGH WAGE
$12.00 / hour (average in MB)
$20.00 / hour (average in MB)
$31.50 / hour (average in MB)
$14.00 / hour (Winnipeg)
$20.00 / hour (Winnipeg)
$32.00 / hour (Winnipeg)

TRAINING

To enter this field, you must be:

  • 16 years or older (may need parental consent to work on construction site)
  • High school grad or mature student with equivalent academic standing
  • Recommended High School Courses: English, Math, Science, and Construction Course

Available Training:

  • Private Vocational Institutions (where available)
  • On-the-job training