drywall finishing

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Drywall Finishers create the smooth and textured surfaces needed in commercial and residential occupied spaces. In today’s workplace, drywall finishers are called upon to complete a variety of tasks and to work in a variety of situations. As new products are developed and new techniques emerge, the drywall finishers must adapt their skills and develop their knowledge of tools, materials and techniques to complete more challenging tasks within shorter time frames. Good communications and customer service skills are required by drywall finishers who often interact with home/business owners, contractors, interior designers and architects.

Drywall Finishers, also known as Tapers, prepare drywall areas for paint and wallcovering application by taping and finishing the joints and imperfections in the drywall surface. Drywall finishers also apply coatings to ceiling surfaces in a variety of textures. On large projects, drywall finishers may use automatic taping tools that apply the joint compound and tape in one step. To create a surface ready for paint and wallcovering application, drywall finishers sand to a smooth finish.


Program Highlights

  •  Blueprint Reading
  •  Surface Preparation
  •  Drywall Finishing
  •  Health and Safety Regulations
  •  Use and care of state-of-the-art tools and equipment

Finishing Trade worker
average annual income: $70,000

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FTI Testimonials

“These are some of the best trained skilled crafts people in the industry, not only have they worked in the crafts and out in the field on job sites but they engage with the union family and union membership.”

- Terry Nelson, District Council 82

“FTI instructors provide us with skilled quality workers and not only do those instructors have the book smarts needed to teach proper technique but they also have direct experience in the field.”

- Clark Anderson, CFO - Swanson Youngdale

“The instructors are great, they get down to a personal level. They take their knowledge and implement it into the classroom and hands-on training.”

- Kyle Paulson, Glazier Apprentice

A Rewarding, Hands-On Career Awaits

Finishing Trades Institute of the Upper Midwest is an educational institute dedicated to developing professional tradespeople, advancing their skills and certifying their qualifications in the Upper Midwest. Our learners include Commercial and Industrial Painters, Drywall Finishers, Glaziers, Glassworkers, Sign and Display Technicians, and Tradeshow Workers.

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