Drywall Taper/Finisher

What being a Drywall Finisher/Taper is about

Drywall is made of a thin layer of gypsum that is pressed between two layers of heavy paper.  It is widely used on the interiors of most walls and ceilings today because it is fireproof and is a cheaper and faster to install alternative than plaster.  Drywall Finishers apply a joint compound between drywall panels, and on any nail or screw holes or any other imperfections by using the wide, flat tip of a special trowel.  Then a paper tape is applied over the joint which results in a seamless and uniform surface ready for paint.  Drywall Finishers work inside and can work 12 months per year because construction sites have controls in place to ensure that the application is performed in an optimal temperature range of 50 to 100 degrees.    

General Qualifications

  • Age 18 or older
  • Minimum Education: High School Diploma or GED
  • Valid Driver’s License
  • Must be able to pass drug screen
  • Good physical condition
  • Manual dexterity, patience, an eye for detail, work well without supervision, and no fear of heights.   

Drywall Finisher/Taper Apprenticeship Program

  • Applicant must complete application and a personal interview
  • Length of Indentureship (Apprenticeship): 4 years
  • Minimum hours of related classroom training: 160 hours/year
  • Length of probationary period: 12 months or 1,500 work hours
  • The term of apprenticeship shall not be less than 6,000 hours. 

How to Apply

Applications may be obtained by appointment.

Dave Plough
International Union of Painters & Allied Trades
1345 Northside Blvd.
South Bend, IN 46615
(219) 246-4200