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Tile & Marble Setters

Also called: Tile and Marble Installer, Tile Installer, Tile Mechanic, Tile Setter

What they do:
Apply hard tile, marble, and wood tile to walls, floors, ceilings, and roof decks.
On the job, you would:
  • 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.


Engineering and Technology
  • building and construction
  • design
Arts and Humanities
  • English language
Math and Science
  • arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, or statistics


Basic Skills
  • thinking about the pros and cons of different ways to solve a problem
  • listening to others, not interrupting, and asking good questions
  • changing what is done based on other people's actions


Hand and Finger Use
  • keep your arm or hand steady
  • hold or move items with your hands
Ideas and Logic
  • notice when problems happen
  • order or arrange things
  • listen and understand what people say
  • communicate by speaking
  • 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
  • Dependability
  • Integrity
  • Independence
  • Cooperation
  • Stress Tolerance


You might use software like this on the job:

Computer aided design CAD software
  • EasyCAD Iris 2D
  • TileGem
Data base user interface and query software
  • Aya Associates Comp-U-Floor
Project management software
  • Measure Square FloorEstimate Pro


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

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