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Consider a career in the Wall & Ceiling industry.

What does is a Wall & Ceiling Liner?

A Wall & Ceiling Liner is involved in:

  • Fitting suspended ceilings on decorative plasterboard, plaster glass partitions, fire rating systems, acoustic tiles and composite wall linings to the internal and external on walls, ceilings and facades of domestic and commercial buildings
  • Installing special ceilings (metal and fibre)
  • Bridging and bracing various suspension systems

As a Wall & Ceiling Liner you will:

  • Estimate the quantity of materials required by measuring surfaces or reviewing a work order
  • Measure room dimensions and estimate the number and sizes of plasterboard sheets required for the task
  • Plumb and straighten corners, angles and wall & ceiling surfaces
  • Measure and mark cutting lines on plasterboard
  • Cut plasterboard, lift and position panels and nail or secure them with glue to walls and ceilings
  • Prepare corner beads and secure them in position
  • Set precast ornamental plaster ceilings
  • Fix precast cornices and panel mouldings, ceiling centres and other plaster fittings prepared with a bonding agent
  • Operate pump driven spray machines to apply various plaster, fire proofing and sound proofing materials
  • Apply drywall taping
  • Mix and apply coats of plaster, cement or similar materials to walls and ceilings, levelling and smoothing using trowels to obtain an even thickness
  • Fix fascias and soffits

What will you need to be Wall & Ceiling Liner

  • Reliable transportation or access to reliablepublic transportation
  • Manual dexterity
  • Good sense of balance
  • Strength and stamina to work with heavy toolsand materials
  • Ability to work at heights
  • Strength to move heavy ladders or set up scaffolding
  • Desire to do a precise and thorough job
  • Keenness to use tools and equipment to perform tasks requiring precision
  • Ability to follow established procedures and solve problems by experimenting

What working conditions can I expect?

  • Wall & Ceiling Fixers usually work a 40 hour, five day week with some overtime required to meet construction schedules. Those who work for themselves would normally work longer hours including weekends to complete the job as quoted. You will work both indoors on interior surfaces and outside on exteriors and facades of a building. You may work in confined spaces, in damp or dusty conditions, you may work on the ground, on elevated platforms or on scaffolds. You may routinely be required to lift supplies and equipment weighing up to25 kilograms. Some travel may be required to get towork on various sites. Some wall & ceiling liners travel interstate and overseas.

How do I get a Trade Certificate?

  • A trade certificate can be obtained by successfully completing on the job training at the employers work place and off the job training with an accredited training provider. For more details on units of competency/modules that need to be completed during a wall & ceiling liner apprenticeship, contact AWCINSW at or call us on 02 9891 6188
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