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Tilesetters

National Occupation Code (NOC): 7283

Tilesetters cover interior and exterior walls, floors and ceilings with ceramic, marble and quarry tile, mosaics or terrazzo. They are employed by construction companies and masonry contractors, or they may be self-employed.

Job Duties for Tilesetters

  • 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
  • Align and straighten tile using levels, squares and straightedges
  • Cut and fit tiles around obstacles and openings using hand and power cutting tools
  • Pack grout into joints between tiles and remove excess grout
  • Install tile strips
  • Lay and set mosaic tiles to create decorative wall, mural and floor designs
  • Mix, lay and polish terra surfaces
  • Cut, polish and install marble and granite
  • Remove and replace cracked or damaged tiles
  • May prepare cost estimates and orders.

Working Conditions for Tilesetters

Work may be performed indoors or outdoors, depending on the project. Safety measures are in place to prevent injuries from machinery, tools, airborne particles, and noise.

Alternate Job Titles

  • Apprentice Tilesetter
  • Artificial Marble Setter
  • Ceramic Tile Installer
  • Ceramic Tilesetter
  • Granite Setter
  • Journeyman/woman Tilesetter
  • Marble Layer
  • Marble Mason
  • Marble Mechanic
  • Marble Setter
  • Marble Tilesetter
  • Mosaic Tilesetter
  • Terrazzo Finisher
  • Terrazzo Floor Layer
  • Terrazzo Layer
  • Terrazzo Mason
  • Terrazzo Mechanic
  • Terrazzo Polisher
  • Terrazzo Setter
  • Terrazzo Worker
  • Terrazzo, Tile And Marble Setter
  • Tile Fitter
  • Tile Floor Layer
  • Tile Installer
  • Tile Layer
  • Tile Mason
  • Tile Mechanic
  • Tilesetter
  • Tilesetters Lead Hand
  • Apprentice Tilesetter
  • Ceramic Tile Installer
  • Marble Setter
  • Terrazzo Polisher
  • Terrazzo Worker
  • Tile Installer
  • Tilesetter