Tilesetters construct, alter and repair structures with tile, granite, slate, marble, terrazzo and other similar materials.

What do Tilesetters do?

  • Prepare, measure and mark surface to be covered.
  • Build underbeds and install anchor bolts, wires and brackets.
  • Mix, apply and spread mortar, cement, mastic, glue or other adhesives using hand trowel.
  • Set tiles in position and apply pressure to affix tiles to base.
  • Cut and fit tiles around obstacles and openings using hand and power cutting tools.
  • Pack grout into joints between tiles and remove excess grout.
  • Remove and replace cracked or damaged tiles.
  • Lay and set mosaic tiles to create decorative wall, mural and floor designs.
  • Cut, polish and install marble and granite.

Some tilesetters may be employed by tile contractors, while others are self-employed. On small jobs, tilesetters may work alone with minimal supervision. They may also supervise an apprentice or helper. On large jobs, they may work under the direction of a supervisor.

Tilesetters interact and work co-operatively with the full spectrum of construction tradespeople, such as carpenters, bricklayers, painters, lathers, cabinetmakers, plumbers, and heating, ventilation and air-conditioning technicians. They are required to constantly adjust their schedule and work to accommodate the schedule of these other trades since their role is one of final finishing.

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