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    Drywall Applicator

Drywall Applicator Apprenticeship Program

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.


Average Salary in New Mexico based on the Occupational Information Network (O*Net).

Who Can Be a Drywall Applicator?

Must be 18 years of age, possess a valid driver’s license or photo identification, social security card, high school diploma or GED, reliable transportation, proof of citizenship, and must be capable of performing the essential functions of the trade.

Tapers and finishers stand for prolonged periods. The work will involve standing, climbing, bending, kneeling, crouching, crawling, and reaching with arms raised overhead or working from scaffolding and ladders. Tapers and finishers might work outdoors, but seldom in wet, cold, or inclement weather. They sometimes wear masks to reduce exposure to hazardous materials or paint fumes when working in areas with poor ventilation.

*Individual program requirements may vary, such as pass a placement exam, have reliable transportation, letters of reference, drug screening, pass a physical, etc. Contact the program directly to inquire about minimum requirements and the application process.

Program Sponsor

Southwest Carpenter and Affiliated Trades Joint Apprenticeship and Training Committee
3900 A Pan American Fwy NE
Albuquerque, NM 87107

Kathy Swartz
(505) 268-4396

Central & Northern New Mexico Apprenticeship Association
8309 Washington PL NE
Albuquerque, NM 87113

Mandy Sierra

New Mexico Finishing Trades Institute
2300 Buena Vista Dr. SE, Ste. 125
Albuquerque, NM 87106

Robert Aubert, (505) 265-0448, robert.aubert@iupatdc88.com
David Burtle, (346) 226-6211, david.burtle@dc36jatc.org

To obtain general information about registered apprenticeship, please fill out the form below and a representative from the State Apprenticeship Office will contact you by email.

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