Job Title: 


Job Description: 

Apply interior or exterior plaster, cement, stucco, or similar materials. May also set or namental plaster.


Plasterers install, maintain and repair plasterboard in buildings, and apply decorative and protective coverings of plaster, cement and similar material to the interiors and exteriors of structures. Work involves responsibility for performing skilled plastering work in accordance with building standards, regulations or codes; manufacturer requirements; and/or long standing ?custom and practice in the occupational trade?. Assignments are usually received orally, but may be written and accompanied by sketches or blue prints. Plasterers may be self?employed or employed by plastering contractors, utilities, operations and maintenance departments of various facilities.


Job activities and tasks include:

  • applying one or more coats of plaster to interior walls and ceilings of buildings to produce finished surface using an array of tools and equipment including trowels, brushes, or spray guns
  • measuring, marking and installing ornamental plaster panels, and casting and trimming ornamental plaster cornices
  • mixing mortar and plaster to desired consistency or direct workers who perform mixing
  • creating decorative textures in finish coat, using brushes or trowels, sand, pebbles, or stones
  • applying insulation to building exteriors by installing prefabricated insulation systems over existing walls or by covering the outer wall with insulation board, reinforcing mesh, and a base coat
  • curing freshly plastered surfaces
  • measuring, marking and cutting plasterboard, lifting and positioning panels and securing them to walls, ceilings and battens
  • covering joins and nail holes with wet plaster and sealing compounds, and smoothing them using wet brushes and sand paper
  • applying protective and decorative covering of cement, plaster and similar materials to exterior building surfaces
  • making and installing decorative plaster fixtures of fibrous plaster
  • applying and finishing acoustic, insulating and fireproofing materials bonded with plaster, plastic cement and similar materials

Knowledge of laws, regulations, standards and codes of the UAE and specific Emirates related to plastering in the building and construction industry and more general subjects including OHSE and cultural understanding and awareness

  • Knowledge of materials, construction processes, quality control, costs, and other techniques for maximizing the effective construction of structures buildings and facilities
  • Knowledge of tools, equipment, and materials common used in the field of plastering and their usage techniques to produce high quality work
  • Knowledge of principles, concepts and techniques related to the field of plastering
  • Knowledge of principles of drafting in the interpretation and production of sketches, including survey and plot plans, architectural, building, mechanical, and electrical drawings
  • Using mathematics to solve problem
  • Using scientific rules and methods to solve problems
  • Solving and identifying problems and reviewing related information to develop and evaluate options and implement solutions
  • Installing, repairing, modifying, finishing and/or removing plaster products associated materials and which includes preparing, handing, measuring, marking, cutting, troweling, screeding, laying, sanding and/or finishing
  • Using proprietary/specialist and specific industry sector tools and equipment in performing and producing specialist, unique and/or standard quality finishes
  • Actively looking for ways to help people
  • Monitoring/Assessing performance of oneself, other individuals, or organizations to make improvements or take corrective action
  • Flexibility to work effectively in a variety of situations and adapt to new ways of doing things
  • Considering the relative costs and benefits of potential actions to choose the most appropriate one
  • Communicating effectively in writing as appropriate for the needs of the audience including understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work related documents
  • Information Communications Technology - Knowledge and use of relevant industry sector IT applications and programs
  • Time Management - Managing one?s own time and the time of others
  • Team work or individual - job may require him to work alone or in conjunction with other support or related personnel
  • Work Context: 

    Typically, work on-site - industrial, commercial or residential building or in a workshop location, and maybe very mobile going from job to job.


    Secondary School Certificate, Certificate in plastering or related field of work, higher qualification or equivalent.

    Required Work Experience: 

    2 - 3 year and above

    Probable Employers: 

    Construction Companies, Al Habtoor Group, Al Hamid Group

    Occupational Size: 
    More than 30,000
    Expected Earnings: 

    Above the industry average

    Projected Growth: 
    Very good
    Alternate Titles: 

    Examples of job titles:
    Plasterer - Ornamental plasterer - Stucco plasterer - Fibrous plasterer - Solid plasterer
    Examples of some related occupations:
    Brickmasons and block masons - Tile and marble setters - Drywall and ceiling tile installers - Tapers - Paperhangers (wall)

    UAE Industry Groups: 
    International Careers(ISCO): 
    Source Of Info: 
    Occupations and Careers Handbook for UAE Nationals(Copyright NQA ). Referenced from New York University, Abu Dhabhi