Plasterers and Stucco Masons Career Video
Description: Apply interior or exterior plaster, cement, stucco, or similar materials. May also set ornamental plaster.
Plasterers and stucco masons apply plaster and stucco to walls, ceilings, and building exteriors. Their trade blends art and science, as they create unique and lasting surfaces. Stucco masons and plasterers set up scaffolds, and prepare surfaces to be covered. They mix their own cement, stucco, or plaster, and use trowels, brushes, and spray equipment to apply it to surfaces. Some jobs call for decorative textures including sand, pebbles or stones, or adding a protective layer of finish. They take precautions to protect windows and sidewalks from spillage, and ensure they leave a clean job site. Plasterers spend most of the workday on their feet, often outdoors in all types of weather. They wear protective equipment, and encounter noise levels that may be uncomfortable at times. Most work for building contractors, and work as part of a team. Stucco work is most common in the southwestern United States and Florida, but there may be positions in any state. Typically, there are no specific education or training requirements, and plasterers and stucco masons often learn on the job or through an apprenticeship.