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Seal joints between plasterboard or other wallboard to prepare wall surface for painting or papering.

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    Work Activities

    Work Activities

    • Spread sealing compound between boards or panels or over cracks, holes, nail heads, or screw heads, using trowels, broadknives, or spatulas.
    • Press paper tape over joints to embed tape into sealing compound and to seal joints.
    • Apply additional coats to fill in holes and make surfaces smooth.
    • Seal joints between plasterboard or other wallboard to prepare wall surfaces for painting or papering.
    • Spread and smooth cementing material over tape, using trowels or floating machines to blend joints with wall surfaces.
    • Sand or patch nicks or cracks in plasterboard or wallboard.
    • Mix sealing compounds by hand or with portable electric mixers.
    • Work on high ceilings, using scaffolding or other tools, such as stilts.
    • Select the correct sealing compound or tape.
    • Countersink nails or screws below surfaces of walls before applying sealing compounds, using hammers or screwdrivers.
    • Remove extra compound after surfaces have been covered sufficiently.
    • Install metal molding at wall corners to secure wallboard.
    • Apply texturizing compounds or primers to walls or ceilings before final finishing, using trowels, brushes, rollers, or spray guns.
    • Check adhesives to ensure that they will work and will remain durable.
    • Sand rough spots of dried cement between applications of compounds.
    • Use mechanical applicators that spread compounds and embed tape in one operation.

    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.

    • Monitoring

      Monitoring/Assessing performance of yourself, other individuals, or organizations to make improvements or take corrective action.

    • Speaking

      Talking to others to convey information effectively.

    WorkKeys®

    Applied Math
    3
    Workplace Documents
    3
    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.

    • Extent Flexibility

      The ability to bend, stretch, twist, or reach with your body, arms, and/or legs.

    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.

    • English Language

      Knowledge of the structure and content of the English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.

    • Education and Training

      Knowledge of principles and methods for curriculum and training design, teaching and instruction for individuals and groups, and the measurement of training effects.

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    Pay

    • Ohio Annual Salary 57450/yr
    • Typical Salary
    • Ohio Hourly Wage 27.62/hr
    • Typical Hourly Wage

    Ohio Employment Trends

    • Currently Employed 140
    • Yearly Projected Openings 20

    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:
    • Dependability
    • Attention to Detail
    • Leadership
    • Independence
    • Integrity
    • Cooperation

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