Drywall-Lathers install wire mesh (lath) backing, often on a light metal framework called “furring,” to support plaster on both interior and exterior walls and on ceilings and soffits. Drywall-Lathers build walls, ceilings, and soffits by framing with light-gauge rolled steel members and attaching large panels of gypsum and paper called “drywall” to this framing.
They understand the function of these building systems for fire control. Welding is often used in building the steel framing. Drywall-Lathers also attach drywall to wood framing built by carpenters. Drywall-Lathers install doors and window frames and exterior wall covering systems. Drywall-Lathers must be able to lift heavy materials and work in all kinds of weather.
The Drywall/Lathing Apprentice program involves:
- Four years of on-the-job training
- Sixteen four-day classes
Requirements for application:
- High school diploma or GED, or certificate of proficiency, or proof of six months experience in construction
- Must be at least eighteen years old in general, but may be seventeen with written parental consent
- Must be prepared to purchase necessary tools and equipment (estimated $200 to start)
- Applications may be submitted online at any time.
Applications are given out Monday through Friday 7:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. at:
23217 Kidder Street
Hayward, CA 94545
Applications may be obtained also by calling the number above.