What does a Terrazzo, Tile & Marble Setter (241A) do?

Terrazzo, Tile & Marble Setters cover interior and exterior walls, floors, and ceilings with decorative and/or protective terrazzo, tile, or marble finishes. The job is varied – a setter could line a swimming pool with mosaic floors one day and tile a kitchen backsplash the next.

Job Related Skills, Interests and Values

  • Preparing, measuring, and marking the surface to be covered
  • Mixing and applying mortar, mastic, cement, or other adhesives using hand tools
  • Laying mosaic tiles; removing and replacing cracked or damaged tiles
  • Installing floating floors, wire meshing, and forms
  • Using hand and power tools to install terrazzo, tile, granite, and marble
  • Observing safety in accordance with government and company standards

What Preparation and Training Do You Need?

  • Grade 10 is the legal minimum, but a high school diploma is often required
  • Completion of an 8,000-hour apprenticeship, including a combination of on-the-job and in-school training
  • Exam to obtain Certificate of Qualification

What's Your Future as a Terrazzo, Tile & Marble Setter (241A)?

  • Generally 40-hour work week in residential, commercial, or industrial settings
  • Travel from job to job is the norm
  • Some setters are self-employed; other employers include construction companies, residential and industrial building developers, and masonry contractors

Wage Rate

Apprentice wage increases with skill and experience. Fully qualified workers earn an average of $32.61-$41.71 per hour.


Terrazzo, Tile & Marble Setter (241A)

Ask Yourself: Yes No
Do you have good manual dexterity, an eye for detail, and enjoy working with your hands in creative ways?
Do you enjoy working with your hands using a variety of hand and power tools? Are you precise in your measurements?
Can you lift 50lbs comfortably?
Are you able to follow Health & Safety guidelines?
Do you enjoy learning about new technology and materials?
Would you enjoy interacting with site supervisors, customers, suppliers, co-workers and other tradespeople to get the job done?
Do you have excellent time-management skills? Are you an organized person?

If you checked YES to the majority of these questions, a career as a Terrazzo, Tile & Marble Setter (241A) may be for you!

You might want to look at these similar trades as well;

  • Bricklayer
  • Marble Mason
  • Cement Mason
  • Cement (Concrete) Finisher
  • Floor Covering Installer
  • Drywall Finisher and Plasterer
  • Construction Craftworker
  • Restoration Mason

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