FIND PERSONALIZED JOBS
Sign up to Zippia and discover your career options with your personalized career search.
Sorry, we can't find that. Please try a different city or state.
APPLY NOW
Apply Now
×
FIND
PERSONALIZED JOBS

Sorry, we can't find that. Please try a different city or state.

CONTENT HAS
BEEN UNLOCKED
Close this window to view unlocked content
or
find interesting jobs in

Log In

Log In to Save

Sign Up to Save

Sign Up to Dismiss

Sign Up

SIGN UP TO UNLOCK CONTENT

or

The email and password you specified are invalid. Please, try again.

Email and password are mandatory

Forgot Password?

Don't have an account? Sign Up

reset password

Enter your email address and we will send you a link to reset your password.

Back to Log In

Log In

Log In to Save

Sign Up to Save

Sign Up to Dismiss

Sign up to save the job and get personalized job recommendations.

Sign up to dismiss the job and get personalized job recommendations.

or

The email and password you specified are invalid. Please, try again.

Email and password are mandatory

Already have an account? Log in

reset password

Enter your email address and we will send you a link to reset your password.

Back to Log In

Company Saved

Answer a few questions and view jobs at that match your preferences.

Where do you want to work?

Job Saved

See your Saved Jobs now

or

find more interesting jobs in

Job Dismissed

Find better matching jobs in

Your search has been saved!

Become An Acoustical Ceiling Installer

Where do you want to work?

To get started, tell us where you'd like to work.
Sorry, we can't find that. Please try a different city or state.

Working As An Acoustical Ceiling Installer

  • Handling and Moving Objects
  • Getting Information
  • Performing General Physical Activities
  • Identifying Objects, Actions, and Events
  • Estimating the Quantifiable Characteristics of Products, Events, or Information
  • Outdoors/walking/standing

  • Repetitive

  • Stressful

  • $71,000

    Average Salary

What Does An Acoustical Ceiling Installer Do

Drywall and ceiling tile installers hang wallboard and install ceiling tile inside buildings. Tapers prepare the wallboard for painting, using tape and other materials. Many workers both install and tape wallboard.

Duties

Drywall and ceiling tile installers, and tapers, typically do the following:

  • Review design plans to minimize the number of cuts and waste of wallboard
  • Determine the precise locations of electrical outlets, plumbing, and windows
  • Cut drywall or ceiling tiles to the right size, using utility knives and power saws
  • Fasten panels and tiles, using cement adhesive, nails, screws, or clips
  • Patch, trim, and smooth rough spots and edges
  • Apply tape and sealing compound to cover joints between wallboards
  • Add coats of sealing compound to create an even surface
  • Sand all joints and holes to a smooth, seamless finish

Drywall is the most commonly used interior wall covering. The ability to use a wide variety of finishes over properly prepared drywall, as well as low installation costs, drive its popularity. In addition to covering insulation, electrical wires, and plumbing pipes, drywall dampens sound and provides fire resistance.

To hang and prepare ceilings, workers may use mechanical lifts or stand on stilts, ladders, or scaffolds. Once wallboards are hung, workers use progressively wider trowels to spread multiple coats of sealing compound over cracks, indentations, and any remaining imperfections. Some workers may use a mechanical applicator, a tool that spreads sealing compound on the wall joint while dispensing and setting tape at the same time.

Drywall installers are also called drywallers or hangers. They cut and hang the panels of wallboard.

Ceiling tile installers hang ceiling tiles and create suspended ceilings. Tiles may be applied directly to the ceiling, attached to furring strips, or suspended on runners that are connected by wire to the ceiling. Workers are sometimes called acoustical carpenters, because they also install tiles that block sound.

Tapers are also called finishers, because they prepare the drywall for covering by plaster, paint, and wallpaper. Tapers apply paper or fiberglass mesh tape to cover drywall seams.

In addition to performing new installations, many installers and tapers make repairs such as fixing damaged drywall and replacing ceiling tiles. The wall coverings applied to the finished drywall are installed by painters, plasterers, and paperhangers.

Show More

Show Less

How To Become An Acoustical Ceiling Installer

Most drywall and ceiling tile installers, and tapers, learn their trade on the job.  A formal educational credential is typically not required to enter the occupation.

Education

Although there are no education requirements for becoming a drywall and ceiling tile installers, or taper, high school math and vocational technical courses are considered useful.

Training

Most drywall and ceiling tile installers, and tapers, learn their trade on the job by helping more experienced workers and gradually being given more duties. They start by carrying materials and cleaning up, and then learn to use the tools of the trade. They also learn to measure, cut, and install or apply materials. Employers usually provide some on-the-job training, lasting up to 12 months. 

A few drywall and ceiling tile installers, and tapers, learn their trade through a 3- or 4-year apprenticeship. For each year of the program, apprentices must have at least 144 hours of related technical work and 2,000 hours of paid on-the-job training. During training, apprentices learn construction basics related to blueprint reading, mathematics, building code requirements, and safety and first-aid practices.

A few groups, including the United Brotherhood of Carpenters and contractor associations, sponsor apprenticeship programs. The basic qualifications for entering such a program are as follows:

  • Minimum age of 18
  • High school education or equivalent
  • Physically able to perform the work

After completing an apprenticeship program, they are considered to be journey workers and may perform duties on their own. 

Important Qualities

Balance. Drywall and ceiling tile installers, and tapers, often wear stilts. They must be able to move around and use tools overhead without falling.

Math skills. Drywall and ceiling tile installers, and tapers, use math skills for measurement on every job. For example, they must be able to estimate the quantity of materials needed and measure accurately when cutting panels.

Physical stamina. Drywall and ceiling tile installers, and tapers, constantly lift and move heavy materials into place, so workers should be in good physical shape.

Physical strength. Drywall and ceiling tile installers must often lift heavy panels over their heads to secure onto the ceiling.

Show More

Show Less

Do you work as an Acoustical Ceiling Installer?

Send To A Friend

Acoustical Ceiling Installer Jobs

NO RESULTS

Aw snap, no jobs found.

Add To My Jobs

Acoustical Ceiling Installer Typical Career Paths

Do you work as an Acoustical Ceiling Installer?

Help others decide if this is a good career for them

Do you work as an Acoustical Ceiling Installer?

How Would You Rate The Salary Of an Acoustical Ceiling Installer?

Have you worked as an Acoustical Ceiling Installer? Help other job seekers by rating your experience as an Acoustical Ceiling Installer.

Top Skills for An Acoustical Ceiling Installer

  1. Acoustical Ceilings
  2. Grid Systems
  3. Drywall Systems
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Gained much experience and Certifications while an apprentice in Acoustical Ceilings
  • Installed commercial /residential ceiling and tile grid systems
  • hang drywall onto metal framing studs and install acoustical ceiling with hand tools and laser level.
  • Reported progress and worked out any issues that would come up on the job site with the Project Manager or Superintendent.
  • Pay: $15.14/hr Training/Certification History Trained in a vocational school and received certificates in First Aid/CPR, and Forklift Operation.

Acoustical Ceiling Installer Demographics

Gender

Male

81.7%

Unknown

13.4%

Female

4.9%
Ethnicity

White

68.1%

Hispanic or Latino

14.3%

Black or African American

9.5%

Asian

4.3%

Unknown

3.8%
Show More
Foreign Languages Spoken

Spanish

100.0%

Acoustical Ceiling Installer Education

Schools

Madison Area Technical College

8.7%

University of Phoenix

8.7%

Utah Valley University

8.7%

El Paso Community College

4.3%

Lamar Institute of Technology

4.3%

Spokane Community College

4.3%

Pima Community College

4.3%

Edmonds Community College

4.3%

Musicians Institute

4.3%

University of Arkansas-Fort Smith

4.3%

Southeast Community College Area

4.3%

James Sprunt Community College

4.3%

Arizona College

4.3%

Valencia College

4.3%

Colorado Technical University

4.3%

Central State University

4.3%

Brigham Young University

4.3%

Gaston College

4.3%

Salt Lake Community College

4.3%

Gateway Technical College

4.3%
Show More
Majors

Business

17.9%

Mechanical Engineering Technology

7.1%

Computer Science

7.1%

General Studies

7.1%

Construction Management

7.1%

International Business

3.6%

Psychology

3.6%

General Education, Specific Areas

3.6%

Manufacturing Engineering

3.6%

Health Sciences And Services

3.6%

Computer Information Systems

3.6%

Teaching Assistants/Aides

3.6%

Culinary Arts

3.6%

Music Performance

3.6%

Graphic Communications

3.6%

Precision Metal Working

3.6%

Industrial Technology

3.6%

Drafting And Design

3.6%

Elementary Education

3.6%

Graphic Design

3.6%
Show More
Degrees

Other

57.6%

Bachelors

15.2%

Diploma

12.1%

Associate

9.1%

Certificate

6.1%
Show More

Job type you want
Full Time
Part Time
Internship
Temporary

How Would You Rate Working As an Acoustical Ceiling Installer?

Are you working as an Acoustical Ceiling Installer? Help us rate Acoustical Ceiling Installer as a Career.

Related to your recently viewed content