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Carpet Installers

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Lay and install carpet from rolls or blocks on floors. Install padding and trim flooring materials.

    Work Activities
    • Inspect the surface to be covered to determine its condition, and correct any imperfections that might show through carpet or cause carpet to wear unevenly.
    • Roll out, measure, mark, and cut carpeting to size with a carpet knife, following floor sketches and allowing extra carpet for final fitting.
    • Join edges of carpet and seam edges where necessary, by sewing or by using tape with glue and heated carpet iron.
    • Cut and trim carpet to fit along wall edges, openings, and projections, finishing the edges with a wall trimmer.
    • Plan the layout of the carpet, allowing for expected traffic patterns and placing seams for best appearance and longest wear.
    • Stretch carpet to align with walls and ensure a smooth surface, and press carpet in place over tack strips or use staples, tape, tacks or glue to hold carpet in place.
    • Take measurements and study floor sketches to calculate the area to be carpeted and the amount of material needed.
    • Install carpet on some floors using adhesive, following prescribed method.
    • Clean up before and after installation, including vacuuming carpet and discarding remnant pieces.
    • Measure, cut and install tackless strips along the baseboard or wall.
    • Nail tack strips around area to be carpeted or use old strips to attach edges of new carpet.
    • Cut carpet padding to size and install padding, following prescribed method.
    • Fasten metal treads across door openings or where carpet meets flooring to hold carpet in place.
    • Draw building diagrams and record dimensions.
    • Move furniture from area to be carpeted and remove old carpet and padding.
    • Cut and bind material.
    Skills
    • Coordination

      Adjusting actions in relation to others' actions.

    • Monitoring

      Monitoring/Assessing performance of yourself, other individuals, or organizations to make improvements or take corrective action.

    • Critical Thinking

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

    WorkKeys®
    Applied Math
    4
    Workplace Documents
    3
    Graphic Literacy
    4
    Abilities
    • Extent Flexibility

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

    • Problem Sensitivity

      The ability to tell when something is wrong or is likely to go wrong. It does not involve solving the problem, only recognizing there is a problem.

    • 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.

    Knowledge
    • Customer and Personal Service

      Knowledge of principles and processes for providing customer and personal services. This includes customer needs assessment, meeting quality standards for services, and evaluation of customer satisfaction.

    • Mathematics

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

    • Administration and Management

      Knowledge of business and management principles involved in strategic planning, resource allocation, human resources modeling, leadership technique, production methods, and coordination of people and resources.

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    Pay
    • Ohio Annual Salary $35,870/yr
    • Typical Salary
    • Ohio Hourly Wage $17.25/hr
    • Typical Hourly Wage
    Ohio Employment Trends
    • Currently Employed 870
    • Yearly Projected Openings 80
    Typical Education
    Personality
    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
    • Cooperation
    • Independence
    • Self Control
    Tools
    • Utility knives
    • Tensioners
    • Staple guns
    • Shears
    • Knife blades
    Technology
    • Spreadsheet software
    • Project management software
    • Data base user interface and query software
    • Computer aided design CAD software
    • Calendar and scheduling software
    Tags
    • Apprenticeships are available for this occupation. These programs can help you get hands-on experience and build your skills.