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Floor Sanders & Finishers

Also called: Floor Finisher, Floor Mechanic, Floor Sander, Hardwood Floor Sander

What they do:
Scrape and sand wooden floors to smooth surfaces using floor scraper and floor sanding machine, and apply coats of finish.
On the job, you would:
  • Inspect floors for smoothness.
  • Scrape and sand floor edges and areas inaccessible to floor sanders, using scrapers, disk-type sanders, and sandpaper.
  • Guide sanding machines over surfaces of floors until surfaces are smooth.


Engineering and Technology
  • mechanical
  • building and construction
  • customer service
Arts and Humanities
  • English language


Basic Skills
  • listening to others, not interrupting, and asking good questions
Problem Solving
  • noticing a problem and figuring out the best way to solve it


Hand and Finger Use
  • keep your arm or hand steady
  • hold or move items with your hands
Controlled Movement
  • use your arms and/or legs together while sitting, standing, or lying down
  • quickly change the controls of a machine, car, truck or boat
  • exercise for a long time without getting out of breath


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
  • Integrity
  • Dependability
  • Independence
  • Initiative
  • Cooperation


You might use software like this on the job:

Project management software
  • FloorCOST Estimator for Excel
  • Measure Square software
Spreadsheet software
  • Microsoft Excel
Computer aided design CAD software
  • Floor planning software


Education: (rated 2 of 5)
high school diploma/GED or
no high school diploma/GED
usually needed

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