Lathing 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.
There are 800 hours of classroom
and shop instruction during the four-year term of Apprenticeship.
Shop Instruction for Lathers
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.
Third and Fourth Year Apprentices
are also eligible to take some Journeyperson Courses.