What does a Flooring and Tile Setter do?
Flooring and tile setters lay the materials that improve the look and feel of homes or other places, like restaurants, offices, and other buildings. Materials are used on floors or on countertops, showers or walls, such as, carpet, vinyl, tile, and wood.
The tasks of this job are physically demanding with a lot of time kneeling, reaching, and bending. The worker usually has normal hours. However, for those working a commercial job, nights and weekends may be required.
How to Become a Flooring and Tile Setter
A high school diploma or the equivalent is normally preferred and then entering into an apprenticeship program. Some flooring and tile and marble setters start as helpers and learn on the job. For those seeking this career choice, it is believed helpful to take courses in math, art, and vocational classes while in high school.
Most contractors have their own training programs and have helpers train under experienced workers. For those entering the apprenticeship program, a student can expect a 2-4 year length of time to complete. For each year of the program, one must have 144 hours of related technical training and 2,000 hours of paid on-the-job training. There may also be online training available.
Many new aspirants start with 12 weeks of pre-apprenticeship instruction to learn construction basics. This consists of learning building code requirements, mathematics, blueprint reading, and safety and first-aid practices. Some groups, such as, contractor and union associations sponsor apprenticeship programs. To enter these programs one must be at least 18 years old, have a high school diploma or the equivalent, and be physically able to to the job. Flooring manufactures sometimes offer product-specific training and some installers may attend relevant conferences in different flooring materials. There are several certifications available for those wishing to have an advantage by proving competency and experience.
Job Description of a Flooring and Tile Setter
Flooring and tile and marble setters have a variety of job requirements and so the tasks may differ. However, they typically have the duties that include the removal of existing wall or floor covering and cleaning and leveling the surface to prepare for covering. They must accurately measure the area to be covered and cut the materials they are using to ensure a proper fit. He or she may arrange the wall or flooring to the design plans, such as tile and marble settings. They may need to use adhesives, nails, or staples for the task and fill joints with filler compound and remove excess compound. They must also trim excess linoleum or carpet for the job and apply necessary finishes, such as sealants or stains.