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Eastern Washington & Northern Idaho Painting, Drywall Finishing, and Allied Trades


Drywall Finishers

Drywall Finishers fill joints between drywall panels with joint compound, tape joints and corners, and specially prepare drywall and other surfaces to be painted.  Walls, soffits, columns, and curved and arched work areas are prepared to high levels of finish.  The work of a drywall finisher is physically demanding. To work on ceilings and elevated areas, installers and tapers stand on stilts, ladders, or scaffolds.


Eastern Washington Painters do both commercial and industrial work. Commerical Painters and Decorators apply decorative and protective finishes in residential, commercial, and institutional settings. They prepare a variety of surfaces (wood, masonry, drywall, plaster, concrete, synthetics, stucco and metal) prior to the application of materials such as paint, high performance coatings, waterproofing, fireproofing, varnish, shellac, wall coverings and special decorative finishes.  Industrial/CAS Painters apply protective finishes in marine, industrial, bridge, pipeline, and institutional settings. They clean, wash, blast, and prepare a variety of surfaces (often concrete and metal) prior to the application of materials such as epoxies, urethanes, and other high performance coatings.


The Eastern Washington drywall and painting apprenticeships are 3 year programs. Call about other finishing trades.  The apprenticeship consists of 6000 hours (3 years) of on the job training and 144 hours of trade related classroom instruction per year. Classes generally are scheduled in 1 week block training sessions three quarters per year; Fall, Winter, Spring.

Pay scale at: http://iupatdc5.org/wage-schedules/