A plasterer is a construction specialist who works with plaster (a thick, paste-like construction fabrication material). Plasterers are used to aid in performing repairs, remodels, and renovations of older buildings, as well as in new construction. Many non-modular ceilings in residential homes and apartments still use a form of plaster as a key component and reinforcer. Plasterers may be specialists within a construction or contracting company, or they may work as independent contractors. They are typically called in to construction or remodeling projects by a foreman, and they must adhere to blueprints and schematics for the project. The plasterer must be able to work well with intricate measurements and be able to execute the vision of the architect or designer. Plasterers typically work in a construction environment during regular business hours.
Part of a plasterer’s job may also involve being called in for repair work. In these cases, the plasterer must patch or refabricate cornices, baseboards, and even cover damage to flat walls and ceilings. Because of the need to match existing and undamaged sections that may be patterned or have specialty designs, the plasterer must possess an artistic eye as well as practical construction skills.
To work as a plasterer, a background in general construction is needed to develop basic plastering skills. Vocational training within the field of construction and remodeling may also be helpful. While it is possible to work as a plasterer with just a basic knowledge of plastering techniques, contractors and private enterprises typically prefer several years of specialized practical experience working under an established professional first.
Set up the work environment according to safety standards and protocols.
Tape walls, prepare materials and mix plaster.
Maintain records of work and supplies.