What does a Terrazzo Tile and Marble Setter (241A) do?

Terrazzo, Tile & Marble Setters cover interior and exterior walls, floors, and ceilings with decorative and/or protective terrazzo, tile, or marble finishes. The job is varied – a setter could line a swimming pool with mosaic floors one day and tile a kitchen backsplash the next.

Job Related Skills, Interests and Values

  • Preparing, measuring, and marking the surface to be covered
  • Mixing and applying mortar, mastic, cement, or other adhesives using hand tools
  • Laying mosaic tiles; removing and replacing cracked or damaged tiles
  • Installing floating floors, wire meshing, and forms
  • Using hand and power tools to install terrazzo, tile, granite, and marble
  • Observing safety in accordance with government and company standards

What Preparation and Training Do You Need?

  • Grade 10 is the legal minimum, but a high school diploma is often required
  • Completion of an 8,000-hour apprenticeship, including a combination of on-the-job and in-school training
  • Exam to obtain Certificate of Qualification
  • This is a Red Seal trade and obtaining certification will allow you to work anywhere in Canada

What's Your Future as a Terrazzo Tile and Marble Setter (241A)?

  • Generally 40-hour work week in residential, commercial, or industrial settings
  • Travel from job to job is the norm
  • Some setters are self-employed; other employers include construction companies, residential and industrial building developers, and masonry contractors

Wage Rate

Apprentice wage increases with skills and expertise. Fully qualified workers earn an average of $25.00 per hour.


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