CompGeo Salary Survey Benchmark Job Summary and Competencies

Tapers

The Benchmark Job Description below represents the specific Position Characteristics of the job used in the Salary Survey. Benchmark Job Descriptions should be inspected carefully to review the degree of matching between an organizations' Job and the Salary Survey Benchmark. Matching internal Jobs to Salary Survey Benchmark Jobs should not be done on Job Title alone. A thorough comparison of Salary Survey Benchmark to Internal Job Descriptions is recommended. A good overlap should exist on any comparisons used on critical Job Dimensions and Competencies.
 
CompGeo Occupation Group: Construction
Job Family: Construction Trades
Benchmark Title: Tapers
 
Summary Job Description Tasks
Seal joints between plasterboard or other wallboard to prepare wall surface for painting or papering. Remove extra compound after surfaces have been covered sufficiently.
 
Spread sealing compound between boards or panels or over cracks, holes, nail heads, or screw heads, using trowels, broadknives, or spatulas.
 
Press paper tape over joints to embed tape into sealing compound and to seal joints.
 
Mix sealing compounds by hand or with portable electric mixers.
 
Spread and smooth cementing material over tape, using trowels or floating machines to blend joints with wall surfaces.
 
Seal joints between plasterboard or other wallboard to prepare wall surfaces for painting or papering.
 
Sand or patch nicks or cracks in plasterboard or wallboard.
 
Use mechanical applicators that spread compounds and embed tape in one operation.
 
Apply additional coats to fill in holes and make surfaces smooth.
 
Install metal molding at wall corners to secure wallboard.
 
Sand rough spots of dried cement between applications of compounds.
 
Countersink nails or screws below surfaces of walls before applying sealing compounds, using hammers or screwdrivers.
 
Select the correct sealing compound or tape.
 
Apply texturizing compounds or primers to walls or ceilings before final finishing, using trowels, brushes, rollers, or spray guns.
 
Check adhesives to ensure that they will work and will remain durable.
 
 
CompGeo Occupation Group: Construction
Job Family: Construction Trades
Benchmark Title: Tapers
 
Important Knowledge Competencies Competency Description
Building and Construction Knowledge of materials, methods, and the tools involved in the construction or repair of houses, buildings, or other structures such as highways and roads.
 
Public Safety and Security Knowledge of relevant equipment, policies, procedures, and strategies to promote effective local, state, or national security operations for the protection of people, data, property, and institutions.
 
 
CompGeo Occupation Group: Construction
Job Family: Construction Trades
Benchmark Title: Tapers
 
Important Skill Competencies Competency Description
Active Listening Giving full attention to what other people are saying, taking time to understand the points being made, asking questions as appropriate, and not interrupting at inappropriate times.
 
Speaking Talking to others to convey information effectively.
 
Critical Thinking Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.
 
Monitoring Monitoring/Assessing performance of yourself, other individuals, or organizations to make improvements or take corrective action.
 
 
CompGeo Occupation Group: Construction
Job Family: Construction Trades
Benchmark Title: Tapers
 
Important Ability Competencies Competency Description
Near Vision The ability to see details at close range (within a few feet of the observer).
 
Oral Comprehension The ability to listen to and understand information and ideas presented through spoken words and sentences.
 
Arm-Hand Steadiness The ability to keep your hand and arm steady while moving your arm or while holding your arm and hand in one position.
 
Manual Dexterity The ability to quickly move your hand, your hand together with your arm, or your two hands to grasp, manipulate, or assemble objects.
 
Trunk Strength The ability to use your abdominal and lower back muscles to support part of the body repeatedly or continuously over time without 'giving out' or fatiguing.
 
Oral Expression The ability to communicate information and ideas in speaking so others will understand.
 
Finger Dexterity The ability to make precisely coordinated movements of the fingers of one or both hands to grasp, manipulate, or assemble very small objects.
 
Extent Flexibility The ability to bend, stretch, twist, or reach with your body, arms, and/or legs.
 
Problem Sensitivity The ability to tell when something is wrong or is likely to go wrong. It does not involve solving the problem, only recognizing there is a problem.
 
Deductive Reasoning The ability to apply general rules to specific problems to produce answers that make sense.
 
Inductive Reasoning The ability to combine pieces of information to form general rules or conclusions (includes finding a relationship among seemingly unrelated events).
 
Control Precision The ability to quickly and repeatedly adjust the controls of a machine or a vehicle to exact positions.
 
Speech Recognition The ability to identify and understand the speech of another person.
 
Speech Clarity The ability to speak clearly so others can understand you.
 
Information Ordering The ability to arrange things or actions in a certain order or pattern according to a specific rule or set of rules (e.g., patterns of numbers, letters, words, pictures, mathematical operations).
 
Selective Attention The ability to concentrate on a task over a period of time without being distracted.
 
Multilimb Coordination The ability to coordinate two or more limbs (for example, two arms, two legs, or one leg and one arm) while sitting, standing, or lying down. It does not involve performing the activities while the whole body is in motion.
 
 
CompGeo Occupation Group: Construction
Job Family: Construction Trades
Benchmark Title: Tapers
 
Tools/Technology Example Product Category
Applied Computer Systems JOBPOWER Accounting software
 
Construction Software Center EasyEst Project management software
 
DevWave Software Estimate Works Drywall Estimator Project management software
 
On Center Quick Bid Project management software
 
Turtle Creek Software Goldenseal Accounting software
 
Air compressors Air compressors
 
Application brushes Applicator brushes
 
Corner knives Putty knives
 
Corner rollers Paint rollers
 
Drywall knockdown knives Putty knives
 
Drywall mud mixers Plaster or mortar mixers
 
Drywall power sanders Power sanders
 
Drywall saws Saws
 
Drywall stilts Ladders
 
Drywall taping knives Putty knives
 
Drywall trowels Trowels
 
Dust masks Masks or accessories
 
Feather edge drywall darbies Putty knives
 
Goggles Goggles
 
Hand operated spray guns Hand sprayers
 
Hopper guns Hand sprayers
 
Industrial vacuums Vacuum cleaners
 
Joint knives Putty knives
 
Ladders Ladders
 
Mud mixing drills Power drills
 
Notebook computers Notebook computers
 
Patch guns Hand sprayers
 
Personal computers Personal computers
 
Pivoting drywall knives Putty knives
 
Putty knives Putty knives
 
Radius trowels Trowels
 
Scaffolding Scaffolding
 
Screwdrivers Screwdrivers
 
Texture brushes Paint brushes
 
Texture rollers Paint rollers
 
Texture sprayers Hand sprayers
 
Utility knives Utility knives
 
Wall scrapers Spatulas
 
Wipe-down knives Putty knives
 
 
CompGeo Occupation Group: Construction
Job Family: Construction Trades
Benchmark Title: Tapers
 
Prerequisite Qualification Category Education and Experience Level
Required Level of Education High School Diploma (or GED or High School Equivalence Certificate)
 
On-the-Job Training None or short demonstration
 
On-Site or In-Plant Training None
 
On-the-Job Training Over 2 years, up to and including 4 years
 
 
CompGeo Occupation Group: Construction
Job Family: Construction Trades
Benchmark Title: Tapers
 
Alternate Job Title(s)
Drywall Finisher
Drywall Taper
Finisher
Sheet Rock Taper
Taper
Wall Taper
 
CompGeo Occupation Group: Construction
Job Family: Construction Trades
Benchmark Title: Tapers
 
 
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