Taper apprenticeship

Description of an apprenticeship as a Taper

Taper apprenticeship

DOT code: 842.664-010, AIMS code:0561

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Description

Seals joints between plasterboard or other wallboards to prepare wall surface for painting or papering: Mixes sealing compound by hand or with portable electric mixer, and spreads compound over joints between boards, using trowel, broadknife, or spatula. Presses paper tape over joint to embed tape into compound and seal joint, or tapes joint, using mechanical applicator that spreads compound and embeds tape in one operation. Spreads and smooths cementing material over tape, using trowel or floating machine to blend joint with wall surface. Sands rough spots after cement has dried. Fills cracks and holes in walls and ceiling with sealing compound. Installs metal molding at corners in lieu of sealant and tape. Usually works as member of crew. May apply texturing compound and primer to walls and ceiling preparatory to final finishing, using brushes, roller, or spray gun. May countersink nails or screws below surface of wall prior to applying sealing compound, using hammer or screwdriver.

Work process schedule

Task Hours
A. Application and embedment of tape.  
B. Application of first skim coat over tape.  
C. Application of second skim coat over tape.  
D. Detail work.  
E. Finishing angles.  
F. Finishing, sanding, and final check out.  
G. Application of texture (Includes spray application).  
H. Final Clean up.  
(Every 2,000 hours = one year) Total Hours: 4000

Related Technical Instruction

The Commonwealth of Massachusetts requires 150 hours each year of related technical instruction which must be mastered by the apprentice in order to successfully complete the program. For further information, please call the Division of Apprentice Standards at (617) 626-5409.

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