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Tile and Stone Setters

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Apply hard tile, stone, and comparable materials to walls, floors, ceilings, countertops, and roof decks.

    Work Activities
    • Cut and shape tile to fit around obstacles and into odd spaces and corners, using hand and power cutting tools.
    • Lay and set mosaic tiles to create decorative wall, mural, and floor designs.
    • Align and straighten tile using levels, squares, and straightedges.
    • Prepare cost and labor estimates, based on calculations of time and materials needed for project.
    • Determine and implement the best layout to achieve a desired pattern.
    • Measure and mark surfaces to be tiled, following blueprints.
    • Finish and dress the joints and wipe excess grout from between tiles, using damp sponge.
    • Study blueprints and examine surface to be covered to determine amount of material needed.
    • Cut, surface, polish, and install marble and granite or install pre-cast terrazzo, granite or marble units.
    • Mix, apply, and spread plaster, concrete, mortar, cement, mastic, glue or other adhesives to form a bed for the tiles, using brush, trowel and screed.
    • Apply mortar to tile back, position the tile, and press or tap with trowel handle to affix tile to base.
    • Level concrete and allow to dry.
    • Spread mastic or other adhesive base on roof deck to form base for promenade tile, using serrated spreader.
    • Cut tile backing to required size, using shears.
    • Prepare surfaces for tiling by attaching lath or waterproof paper, or by applying a cement mortar coat to a metal screen.
    • Mix and apply mortar or cement to edges and ends of drain tiles to seal halves and joints.
    • Remove and replace cracked or damaged tile.
    • Install and anchor fixtures in designated positions, using hand tools.
    • Apply a sealer to make grout stain- and water-resistant.
    • Assist customers in selection of tile and grout.
    • Select and order tile and other items to be installed, such as bathroom accessories, walls, panels, and cabinets, according to specifications.
    • Remove any old tile, grout and adhesive using chisels and scrapers and clean the surface carefully.
    • Measure and cut metal lath to size for walls and ceilings, using tin snips.
    • Build underbeds and install anchor bolts, wires, and brackets.
    • Critical Thinking

      Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.

    • 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.

    • Coordination

      Adjusting actions in relation to others' actions.

    Applied Math
    Workplace Documents
    Graphic Literacy
    • Extent Flexibility

      The ability to bend, stretch, twist, or reach with your body, arms, and/or legs.

    • 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.

    • Visualization

      The ability to imagine how something will look after it is moved around or when its parts are moved or rearranged.

    • 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.

    • English Language

      Knowledge of the structure and content of the English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.

    • Mathematics

      Knowledge of arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, statistics, and their applications.

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    • Ohio Annual Salary 45510/yr
    • Typical Salary
    • Ohio Hourly Wage 21.88/hr
    • Typical Hourly Wage
    Ohio Employment Trends
    • Currently Employed 930
    • Yearly Projected Openings 110
    Typical Education
    Realistic: People interested in this work like activities that include practical, hands-on problems and solutions. They do well at jobs that need:
    • Attention to Detail
    • Dependability
    • Integrity
    • Independence
    • Cooperation
    • Stress Tolerance
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    • Plaster or mortar mixers
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    • Bright Outlook occupations will grow rapidly in the next few years, have a large number of openings, or are new and emerging careers.
    • Apprenticeships are available for this occupation. These programs can help you get hands-on experience and build your skills.