Buildings would not be complete without the work of Drywall and Ceiling Tile Installers. They install walls and ceilings and mount acoustical tiles or shock-absorbing materials, fireproofing, and insulation on walls and ceilings. Decorative trims and finishes are also often applied to the exterior and interior of buildings.Clic para leer en espanol
Drywall and Ceiling Tile Installers are also known as Gypsum Board Assemblers, Plasterboard Installers, Lathers, and Drywall Mechanics
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MAREK Drywall Sales Manager Roland Mercier recently wrote about MAREK Houston's participation in the remodel of the Annunciation Greek Orthodox Cathedral with General Contractor Satterfield and Pontikes. MAREK's turnkey contract included framing, sheathing, roof trusses, rough carpentry, and thermal insulation, along with drywall, paint, acoustical plaster, and ceilings.
As the baby boomers continue to approach retirement and immigration crackdowns continue, firms that procrastinated in building up the next generation to replace them face a 20-year skill gap in their workforce. Meanwhile, an improving economy, corporate tax cuts and Hurricane Harvey reconstruction efforts are putting more jobs on their schedules.
Each summer, MAREK honors and celebrates with their employees who have completed important training milestones during the previous year. Their 2017 Workforce Development Graduation was particularly inspiring as 11 Graduating Helpers and their Coaches, 13 Graduating Mechanics, four newly promoted Foremen, four MAREK Certified Professionals, and five WFD Field Leader Champions were recognized.
On July 12, MAREK held their 2017 Workforce Development Graduation, an annual event where the advancements of MAREK employees are recognized and celebrated with a dinner, remarks from company trainers and executives, and a keynote speech from an industry leader. Prior to the ceremony in which each graduating helper, mechanic, and promoted foreman was recognized with their coaches before friends and family, I had the opportunity to speak with five of the craft professionals who were being honored as graduating helpers.
The general idea of POD construction is to build modular units offsite (and prior to the building being constructed) and have them shipped and installed into the building. The process allows for time savings in the overall schedule and a streamlined construction effort resulting in minimal issues and a higher quality product.
Hands-on activities included craft areas such as pipefitting, welding, scaffolding, insulating, drywall, concrete finishing, instrumentation, rod busting, and electrical. Students also had an opportunity to operate crane and excavator simulators, man lift, and excavator as well as spend time speaking with construction professionals and college representatives at 21 different career information booths. All of these activities took place with the focus of the importance of safety in the workplace.
Hanging and finishing drywall is not easy. It is a skill that takes 10,000 hours or more to master. Skilled drywall craftsmen and women are usually known only by the quality of the finished product they produce. Their names are seldom known or carved into stone at a finished building, but they are true artists. They create walls that can be straight or curved and can extend 20 or more feet high and be, as one drywaller claims, as smooth as a “baby’s bottom.”
Beard praised the managers, coaches, and supervisors for truly living up to the phrase “employees are our most valuable asset.” He said that at Marek this is not just talk; it is action. He said their leadership helps each employee feel engaged with their work, which leads to the overall success of the company. The employees are given the help and the tools needed to be successful, and are taught to be committed to do quality work.
Ramos had previous experience working for a company that did small construction jobs, but after working his way up through Marek’s career training program where he learned how to do “tape and float” and other acoustical and drywall skills, he stated: “I did all my learning here at Marek.” Ramos was also given the opportunity to share his math skills when Marek encouraged him to become an NCCER instructor in Construction Math. Ramos said, “I was glad to help out as much as I could.”
Women’s contributions to the construction industry are often overlooked. Is it because construction has been viewed as a predominately male industry? This question led me to more questions and so far not enough answers. One way to we can answer these questions is by delving deeper into women in construction who work in the field and figure out what roles they’ve played, what roles they’re currently playing and the enormous opportunities that lie ahead. We can start by focusing on some women here at Marek, Krista Sayre and Grace Johnson. They are two exceptional women in construction who are proving that women can indeed make a career in the construction industry.