Tile Setter Apprenticeship

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*Statistics retrieved from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.

What Does a Tile Setter Do?

Tile setters examine blueprints, measure and mark surfaces to be covered, and lay out work. They measure and cut metal lath to size for walls and ceilings with tin snips. They tack lath to wall and ceiling surfaces with staple gun or hammer and spread plaster base over lath with trowel. They level plaster to specified thickness using screed and spread concrete on subfloor with trowel and level it with screed. They cut and shape tile with tile cutters and biters and position tile and tap it with a trowel handle to affix tile to plaster or adhesive base. They move tiles, tile setting tools and work devices from storage area to installation site manually or using wheelbarrow. They mix mortar and grout according to standard formulas and request from tile setter using bucket, water hose, spatula and portable mixer. They apply grout between joints of installed tile using grouting trowel. Tile setters remove excess grout from tile joints with wet sponge and scrapes corners and crevices with trowel and wipe the surface of tile after grout has set to remove grout residue and polishes tile using nonabrasive materials. They clean installation site, mixing and storage areas and installation machines, tools and equipment using water and various cleaning tools. They store tile setting materials, machines, tools and equipment. They may apply caulk, sealers, acid, steam or related agents to caulk, seal or clean installed tile using various application devices and equipment. They may modify mixing, grouting, grinding and cleaning procedures according to type of installation or material used. They may also position and secure wire mesh or felt paper prior to installation of tile and may cut marked tiles to size using power saw or tile cutter.

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What Are the Working Conditions?

The outdoor work requires prolonged standing, kneeling, climbing, balancing, stooping, kneeling, squatting, bending and lifting heavy materials weighing up to 100 lbs. Tile setters must be able to work at heights and have the ability to carry material up or down stairs or ladders. The physical ability is a very serious consideration since this is a daily requirement until retirement. They must be able to tolerate loud noise, exposure to weather and high exposed areas, and tolerate repetitive reaching and handling motion.

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How is the Training Structured?

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What are the Application Requirements?

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What Skills Should I Possess?

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Who Should I Contact In My Area?

Northeast

Committee Name Contact This Committee: OR Contact Your BAS Representative:
Northeast WI Area Masonry JAC P.O. Box 19042
Green Bay, WI 54307-9042
Phone: (920) 437-9311
Fax: (920) 437-6091
Burt Harding
WI River Valley Area Masonry JAC 1000 Campus Dr
Wausau, WI 54401
Phone: (715) 675-3331
Ben Stahlecker

Northwest

Committee Name Contact This Committee: OR Contact Your BAS Representative:
WI River Valley Area Masonry JAC 1000 Campus Dr
Wausau, WI 54401
Phone: (715) 675-3331
Ben Stahlecker

Southeast

Committee Name Contact This Committee: OR Contact Your BAS Representative:
Madison Area Bricklaying JAC 1602 S Park St
Madison, WI 53715
Phone: (608) 259-1151
Fax: (608) 259-1154
Mary Pierce
Milwaukee Area Tile Setters JAC

P.O. Box 510584
New Berlin, WI 53151-0617
Phone: (262) 827-4080

Sandy Martin
Tri-County Area Trowel Trades JAC 3030 39th Av
Kenosha, WI 53144
Phone: (262) 654-1680
Sandy Martin

Southwest

Committee Name Contact This Committee: OR Contact Your BAS Representative:
Madison Area Bricklaying JAC 1602 S Park St
Madison, WI 53715
Phone: (608) 259-1151
Fax: (608) 259-1154
Mary Pierce

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Additional Resources

The United States Bureau of Labor Statistics maintains information on all occupations. For more information on the Tile Setter trade in the United States, visit:

 http://www.bls.gov/ooh/construction-and-extraction/tile-and-marble-setters.htm

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Sources: Bureau of Apprenticeship Standards Position Descriptions,
Apprenticeship in Wisconsin Handbook