UNITED BROTHERHOOD OF CARPENTERS 
& JOINERS OF AMERICA
CARPENTER
CABINET MAKER
LATHER
FLOORLAYER
MILLWRIGHT
WHARF & DOCK BUILDER

Lathers
Job Description:
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 includes:
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 Projects. 

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.