Lathers (interior systems mechanics) measure cut and install drywall sheets. They also install specialized ceilings.

What do Lathers do on the job?

  • Measure, cut and fit drywall sheets for installation on wooden walls and ceilings.
  • Position and secure sheets to metal or wooden studs or joists.
  • Fabricate and install suspended metal ceiling grids and place in panels to form acoustical and coffered ceilings.
  • Fill joints using taping machine and embed tape in compound.
  • Smooth out excess compound and sand seams and joints.
  • Installs steel stud framework.

For further details about this occupation, please see the High School to Apprenticeship handbook, or find it on this website under “Resources.”