About The Program
ABC NM drywall apprentices earn competitive wages and benefits while working on the job. Depending on the training period an apprentice’s wages are based on a percentage of the journeyperson rate for public works projects or a wage survey for non-public works jobs.
The ABC NM Drywall Apprenticeship Training Program encompasses a minimum of two years and 4,000 hours of on‐the‐job training. Applicants, who can document prior experience, may be eligible to take a placement test and could potentially begin their apprenticeship training program at a higher class year.
A normal workweek is 40 hours. However, due to the nature of this industry, hours may be more or less depending upon weather conditions, other trades, job delays or other unforeseen situations. Apprentices should be prepared to travel to job sites. Dependable transportation and a valid driver's license are required.
ABC NM apprentices attend school 2 nights a week, 2 semesters a year (Fall and Spring) for 2 years. Apprentices may also be required to attend scheduled Saturday classes throughout the year. In class, ABC NM instructors teach practical application and theory. In addition, demonstrations and “hands‐on” instruction are conducted on safe and proper methods.
After completing ABC NM’s apprenticeship program, graduates receive a certificate of completion from the State of New Mexico and the US Department of Labor, Office of Apprenticeship. More importantly, they will have the skills and credentials necessary to succeed in today’s competitive workforce.
Because of the length of the program, commitment to the classroom and on‐the‐job performance requirements, one should be passionate about and dedicated to their chosen trade. When making selection decisions, ABC NM looks for candidates who want to become career carpenters.
Associated Builders and Contractors (ABC) developed the apprenticeship programs to help meet construction industry demands for skilled craftspeople. The ABC NM Drywall Apprenticeship Program is accredited by the State of New Mexico, and the US Department of Labor, Office of Apprenticeship. ABC’s apprenticeship programs help contractors maintain a safe and skilled workforce. With competition as stiff as it is today, quality performance is critical in order to bring construction projects in on time and under budget.
About The Drywall Trade
- Measure and mark drywall surface according to blueprints and drawings.
- Fasten drywall panels to the inside framework of commercial buildings; prepare panels for painting by taping and finishing joints and imperfections.
- Apply of mount acoustical tiles or blocks, strips, or sheets of shock-absorbing materials to ceilings and walls.
- Apply textured surfaces to walls and ceilings with trowels, brushes, or spray guns.
- Nail, screw, staple or wire-tie lath directly to the structural framework.