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No limit to wet trade creativity

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For SM TAFE lecturer Keith Fyles, a key attraction to becoming a plasterer was the fact his finished product was there was the world to see.

Many trades in the building industry revolve around structural work that is essential but largely out of sight. But as a so-called finishing trade, a plasterer’s work is on display for everyone to see.

A lecturer for 12 years, Keith began his career as a plasterer in Liverpool, England, in 1984. From humble beginnings picking up work offered by family friends, he has gone on to work on major projects such as council regeneration programs, commercial and domestic restoration projects, new builds and design-oriented renovations.

A plasterer’s task is to cover surfaces such as brick, block, concrete, timber and metal. They cover these surfaces prior to painting to make interiors and exteriors aesthetically pleasing.

As plaster starts in a semi liquid form, it can be transformed into almost any shape, allowing limitless creativity when combined with variables such as colour and texture.

"The job can be challenging, including matching new work to existing surfaces and designs, managing a project where clients are still living there and fulfilling sometimes demanding client briefs,” Keith said.

What traits does a good plasterer possess?

  • Physically fit
  • Patience
  • Creativity
  • Initiative
  • Dedication
  • Safety-minded
  • Reliability

The $28 million construction facility at Rockingham was opened in 2014. State-of-the art facilities now cater for multiple trades under one roof, including solid plastering.

The course content varies according to the qualification.  A certificate includes units such as occupational health and safety, levelling, planning and organising and trade units such as float and render, setting, restore and renovate, installing pre-cast decorative mouldings and machine plastering, among others.

Page last updated June 20, 2019