What does a Flooring and Tile Setter do?
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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 such as carpet, vinyl, tile, and wood are used on floors, countertops, showers, and walls.
The tasks of this job are physically demanding and you could spend time kneeling, reaching, and bending. Many work normal hours but those working a commercial job may need to work some nights and weekends.
How to Become a Flooring and Tile Setter
Some flooring and tile setters start their career with an apprenticeship program. Others start as helpers and learn on-the-job. For those seeking this career choice, it is 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 an apprenticeship program, you can expect that program to last 2-4 years. For each year of the program, you 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 workers start with 12 weeks of pre-apprenticeship instruction to learn construction basics. This consists of learning building code requirements, mathematics, blueprint reading, safety, and first-aid practices. Some groups, such as contractor and union associations sponsor apprenticeship programs. To enter these programs you must be at least 18 years old, have a high school diploma or equivalent, and be physically able to do 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 setters have a variety of job requirements and so the tasks may differ. However, they typically remove existing wall or floor coverings and clean and level the surface to prepare for covering.
Flooring and tile setters must measure the area to be covered and cut the materials they are using to ensure a proper fit. 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.