Wall & Ceiling

The Wall & Ceiling sector can be split into two main work areas, Wall & Ceiling Installers and Drywall Finishers.

Wall & Ceiling Installers

Also known as Lathers, or Interior Systems Mechanics, Wall & Ceiling Installers are one of the first trades on site after the concrete is poured, and one of the last trades on site to install the ceiling tile. Wall and Ceiling installers set the pace for most commercial construction projects. They bring the architectural blue prints from being just marks on a piece of paper to reality by laying-out the walls and ceilings for the project, and assembling interior and exterior walls, ceilings, bulkheads and sometimes floors with steel studs.

Once the structure is in place, Wall & Ceiling Installers install pressed-steel door and window frames, insulate the walls – whether for acoustic or thermal conditions – and apply the drywall and other substrates. Finally, Wall & Ceiling Installers are often involved with many variations of ceiling work from standard t-bar to intricate curved or barreled ceilings.

Drywall Finishers

Once the drywall has been installed, Drywall Finishers (also known as “Tapers”) prepare and finish gypsum wallboard surfaces by taping, spotting, filling, finishing, and sanding all surfaces such as joints, angles, and corners. They are also skilled at texturing, repairing, and applying decorative fixtures.

The Drywall Finishing Trade is suited to people who are good with their hands, enjoy a fast paced environment, like to work independently, and pay keen attention to detail.

Drywall Finishers take what the other trades have done and make it look good. This is the trade that gets noticed. A good paint job cannot be achieved without having a good surface to work with.


Apprenticeship training is free for DC38 members. Learn more about Wall & Ceiling Apprenticeships from DC38’s training school, the Finishing Trades Institute of BC.


LocationContactPhone Number
Lower MainlandKevin Weston604-523-5332
Northern BCBryon Hill250-962-6951
Vancouver IslandOrfeo Pagliacci250-385-8312

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