Operative Plasterers

Plaster has been used as a durable and decorative building medium for thousands of years. Today’s plasterers use a mix of traditional and modern techniques to apply and smooth wet plaster on everything from interior and exterior wall coatings, stucco systems, ornamental moldings, project repairs and more.

Compensation Information

Work Conditions

Both indoor and outdoor, nearly every facility and building type, varying weather, physically demanding, new and existing construction, working from heights

Skills Needed

Math, reading, manual dexterity, problem solving, mechanical ability, physical stamina, fast-paced thinking and reacting, communication, hand/eye/foot coordination, comfortable with heights, decision making, detail-oriented

Relevant Classes

  • Basic arithmetic

  • General math

  • Geometry

  • Industrial arts

  • Drafting

  • Mechanical drawing

  • English/communication

  • Shop classes

Education and Training

  • 3-year apprentice program

  • 4,000 hours of on-the-job training

  • 400 classroom hours

  • 362 paid hours

  • 38 unpaid hours

Are you ready to see what a career as an Operative Plasterer has to offer?