is an ancient trade that goes back to the days when buildings were constructed
of stone and plaster. Today it is a small but vital Trade that has adapted
to modern building techniques and methods. Lathers still apply the basic
framework for the plaster. Frames were once made from wood strips, called
laths, althouth today they are made from wire and metal mesh. In addition
to providing the background for plaster walls, lathers can also sculpt
unusual shapes and create forms to decorate walls and ceilings.
are 800 hours of classroom and shop instruction during the four-year term
Shop Instruction for
Construction and Erection
of Metal Lath, Nail On and Tie On Materials, Arch Construction, Installation
of Channel Iron and Metal Furring, Erection of Columns and Pilasters, Layout,
Corner Heads and Plaster Grounds.Lathers also do many of the Carpenters
Classroom Instruction includes: Union History, Safety, Methods
and Materials, Mathematics Related to the Trade, Blueprint Reading, Estimating,
Theory, Surveying, and Computer Training.
Additional Training includes:
Burning and Welding with the opportunity for Certification, OSHA 10 and
Process Safety Management Certification, Scaffold Certification, Standard
First Aid and CPR Certification, Power-Actuated Tool Certification, and
Solid Surface Certification.
and Fourth Year Apprentices are also eligible to take some Journeyperson