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Plasterers and Stucco Masons

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Apply interior or exterior plaster, cement, stucco, or similar materials. May also set ornamental plaster.

    Work Activities
    • Cover surfaces such as windows, doors, or sidewalks to protect from splashing.
    • Clean job sites.
    • Mix mortar and plaster to desired consistency or direct workers who perform mixing.
    • Apply coats of plaster or stucco to walls, ceilings, or partitions of buildings, using trowels, brushes, or spray guns.
    • Set up scaffolds.
    • Determine materials needed to complete the job and place orders accordingly.
    • Cure freshly plastered surfaces.
    • Install guide wires on exterior surfaces of buildings to indicate thickness of plaster or stucco and nail wire mesh, lath, or similar materials to the outside surface to hold stucco in place.
    • Apply weatherproof, decorative coverings to exterior surfaces of buildings, such as by troweling or spraying on coats of stucco.
    • Clean and prepare surfaces for applications of plaster, cement, stucco, or similar materials, such as by drywall taping.
    • Create decorative textures in finish coat, using brushes or trowels, sand, pebbles, or stones.
    • Apply insulation to building exteriors by installing prefabricated insulation systems over existing walls or by covering the outer wall with insulation board, reinforcing mesh, and a base coat.
    • Rough the undercoat surface with a scratcher so the finish coat will adhere.
    • Spray acoustic materials or texture finish over walls or ceilings.
    • Mold or install ornamental plaster pieces, panels, or trim.
    Skills
    • Active Listening

      Giving full attention to what other people are saying, taking time to understand the points being made, asking questions as appropriate, and not interrupting at inappropriate times.

    • Quality Control Analysis

      Conducting tests and inspections of products, services, or processes to evaluate quality or performance.

    • Time Management

      Managing one's own time and the time of others.

    WorkKeys®
    Applied Math
    4
    Workplace Documents
    4
    Graphic Literacy
    4
    Abilities
    • Near Vision

      The ability to see details at close range (within a few feet of the observer).

    • Arm-Hand Steadiness

      The ability to keep your hand and arm steady while moving your arm or while holding your arm and hand in one position.

    • Manual Dexterity

      The ability to quickly move your hand, your hand together with your arm, or your two hands to grasp, manipulate, or assemble objects.

    Knowledge
    • Building and Construction

      Knowledge of materials, methods, and the tools involved in the construction or repair of houses, buildings, or other structures such as highways and roads.

    • Administration and Management

      Knowledge of business and management principles involved in strategic planning, resource allocation, human resources modeling, leadership technique, production methods, and coordination of people and resources.

    • Design

      Knowledge of design techniques, tools, and principles involved in production of precision technical plans, blueprints, drawings, and models.

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    Pay
    • Ohio Annual Salary $51,070/yr
    • Typical Salary
    • Ohio Hourly Wage $24.56/hr
    • Typical Hourly Wage
    Ohio Employment Trends
    • Currently Employed 360
    • Yearly Projected Openings 30
    Typical Education
    Personality
    Realistic: People interested in this work like activities that include practical, hands-on problems and solutions. They do well at jobs that need:
    • Attention to Detail
    • Dependability
    • Integrity
    • Self Control
    • Cooperation
    • Initiative
    Tools
    • Utility knives
    • Trowels
    • Ladders
    • Floats
    • Edgers
    Technology
    • Project management software
    • Operating system software
    • Office suite software
    • Graphics or photo imaging software
    • Accounting software
    Tags
    • Apprenticeships are available for this occupation. These programs can help you get hands-on experience and build your skills.