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Career Details :: Ceiling Tile Installers
Apply plasterboard or other wallboard to ceilings or interior walls of buildings. Apply or mount acoustical tiles or blocks, strips, or sheets of shock-absorbing materials to ceilings and walls of buildings to reduce or reflect sound. Materials may be of decorative quality. Includes lathers who fasten wooden, metal, or rockboard lath to walls, ceilings, or partitions of buildings to provide support base for plaster, fire-proofing, or acoustical material.
A minimum of two to four years of work-related skill, knowledge, or experience is needed for these occupations. For example, an accountant must complete four years of college and work for several years in accounting to be considered qualified.
Most of these occupations require a four-year bachelor's degree, but some do not.
Employees in these occupations usually need several years of work-related experience, on-the-job training, and/or vocational training.
- Washes concrete surfaces with washing soda and zinc sulfate solution before mounting tile to increase adhesive qualities of surfaces.
- Scribes and cuts edges of tile to fit wall where wall molding is not specified.
- Inspects furrings, mechanical mountings, and masonry surface for plumbness and level, using spirit or water level.
- Cuts tiles for fixture and borders, using keyhole saw, and inserts tiles into supporting framework.
- Applies acoustical tiles or shock-absorbing materials to ceilings and walls of buildings to reduce or reflect sound and to decorate rooms.
- Applies cement to back of tile and presses tile into place, aligning with layout marks and joints of previously laid tile.
- Measures and marks surface to lay out work according to blueprints and drawings.
- Hangs dry lines (stretched string) to wall molding to guide positioning of main runners.
- Nails or screws molding to wall to support and seals joint between ceiling tile and wall.
- Nails channels or wood furring strips to surfaces to provide mounting for tile.
- Drywall Installers
- Helpers, Painters, Paperhangers, Plasterers, and Stucco Masons
- Reinforcing Iron and Rebar Workers
- Tile and Marble Setters
General Work Activities
- Performing General Physical Activities
- Handling and Moving Objects
- Getting Information Needed to Do the Job
- Inspecting Equipment, Structures, Material
- Estimating Needed Characteristics
Frequent Work Context
- Hazardous Situations
- Using Hands on Objects, Tools, Controls
- Importance of Being Sure All Is Done
- Hazardous Equipment