Los Angeles Community College District

Plasterer (#3330)

$43.86-$43.86 hourly / $7,631.64-$7,631.64 monthly / $91,579.68-$91,579.68 annual


Performs skilled journey-level interior and exterior plastering and cement finishing in the alteration, maintenance, construction, and repair of college facilities.

Typical Duties

Mixes various types of plaster, mortar, and concrete for poured walls, block walls, ceilings, floors, steps, curbs, sidewalks, and driveways.

Applies various plaster finishes such as sand and textured finishes and putty coats.

Performs work such as tearing away plaster, removing cement work, preparing surfaces, excavating, and making subgrades for cement work.

Patches plaster walls and ceilings.

Performs hand and machine troweling in the finishing of cement surfaces.

Erects, rigs, moves, and works from scaffolds, swing stages, and extension ladders.

Adjusts, maintains, and makes minor repairs on plastering hand and power tools and equipment to ensure their safe and efficient operation.

Safely operates hand and power tools and equipment used in the plastering trade.

Maintains plastering hand and power tools and equipment to ensure their safe and efficient operation.

Maintains shop area and supplies in a safe, clean, and orderly condition to prevent damage and exposure to moisture.

Reviews plans, blueprints, and specifications for plastering projects to understand scope of projects, complete assigned work orders, and recommend potential changes to supervisor.

May set forms for concrete steps, walks, driveways, and foundations.

May perform minor repairs to brickwork and minor reinforcing in preparation for cement work.

May assist in estimating job costs, preparing material lists and job records, and maintaining an inventory of supplies and tools for assigned area/projects.

May inspect facilities for maintenance and safety problems related to plastering materials.

May assist in inspecting plastering work performed by outside contractors.

May assist in developing job specifications, diagrams, and blueprints related to plastering work.

May provide work direction to staff assigned to the plastering and cement-finishing unit.

Performs related duties as assigned.

Distinguishing Characteristics

A Plasterer performs journey-level plastering and cement-finishing work at a college.

A General Foreman plans, coordinates, and supervises the work of skilled journey-level workers of at least three building trades and other staff assigned to work projects at a college and has job site responsibility for various building trades projects.


General supervision is received from a General Foreman or Director of College Facilities. May provide work direction to Maintenance Assistants.

Class Qualifications

Knowledge of:

Current processes, materials, tools and equipment, and mixtures used in preparing and applying various types of plaster and cement finishes

Various government ordinances covering the installation of walks, curbs, and driveways

Methods used in setting up forms for concrete pouring

Safety precautions required for the application, handling, and storing of plastering materials

Safety regulations pertaining to erecting and working on ladders, swing stages, rigging, and scaffolds

Harmful effects of hazardous or toxic materials and the protection and safeguard required when working with or controlling such materials

Basic recordkeeping procedures

Capabilities of computer applications, systems, and hardware used in the plastering trade

Skill in:

Using tools and equipment of the trade

Ability to:

Apply the skills and practices of the trade to varying circumstances and conditions

Detect and repair flaws in plaster and cement surfaces

Determine when plaster bases are in proper condition to receive plaster

Clean, adjust, maintain, and make minor repairs on plastering equipment

Read, interpret, and work from sketches, drawings, plans, and blueprints

Safely operate tools and machines in the plastering trade

Safely erect and work from ladders, riggings, and scaffolds

Safely lift heavy equipment and materials

Keep accurate records

Work effectively and cooperatively with other District staff, students, and outside contractors

Effectively utilized computer systems and software applicable to the plastering trade

Follow oral and written instructions

Learn the characteristics of new equipment of the plastering trade and update skills to adapt to changing technology

Learn general and specialized software applications

Entrance Qualifications

Education and Experience:

A.  Graduation from high school or its equivalent AND completion of a recognized apprentice training program of at least four years’ duration in the plastering trade AND one year of full-time, paid, journey-level experience in the plastering trade. Experience in cement finishing and/or masonry is also required.


B.  Graduation from high school or its equivalent AND five years of full-time, paid experience in plastering work under the supervision of a journeyman or crafts supervisor. One year of the required experience must have been at the journey-level. Experience in cement finishing and/or masonry is also required.


A valid Class “C” California driver's license may be required for some positions.

Travel to locations throughout the District may be required for some positions.


Prior to employment, all successful candidates will be required to pass an asbestos medical examination in compliance with the General Industry Safety Orders, Section 5208, Title 8 of the California Administrative Codes.

Reasonable Accommodations

Our class specification generally describes the duties, responsibilities, and requirements characteristic of the position(s) within this job class. The duties, responsibilities, and requirements of a particular position within this class may vary from the duties of other positions within the class.

In accordance with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), the Los Angeles Community College District provides reasonable accommodation to qualified individuals with covered disabilities on a case-by-case basis throughout the application, examination, and hiring processes and throughout employment. If an individual is in doubt about his or her ability to perform the duties and responsibilities of a position or possession of any other requirement noted in a class specification or job announcement, he or she should always apply for a position and request reasonable accommodation at the appropriate time.


CLASS: 3330; EST: ; REV: 6/13/2018;