CompGeo Salary Survey Benchmark Job Summary and Competencies

Hard Tile Setters

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CompGeo Occupation Group: Construction
Job Family: Construction Trades
Benchmark Title: Hard Tile Setters
Summary Job Description Tasks
Apply hard tile, marble, and wood tile to walls, floors, ceilings, and roof decks. Align and straighten tile using levels, squares and straightedges.
Determine and implement the best layout to achieve a desired pattern.
Cut and shape tile to fit around obstacles and into odd spaces and corners, using hand and power cutting tools.
Finish and dress the joints and wipe excess grout from between tiles, using damp sponge.
Apply mortar to tile back, position the tile and press or tap with trowel handle to affix tile to base.
Mix, apply, and spread plaster, concrete, mortar, cement, mastic, glue or other adhesives to form a bed for the tiles, using brush, trowel and screed.
Prepare cost and labor estimates based on calculations of time and materials needed for project.
Measure and mark surfaces to be tiled, following blueprints.
Level concrete and allow to dry.
Build underbeds and install anchor bolts, wires and brackets.
Prepare surfaces for tiling by attaching lath or waterproof paper, or by applying a cement mortar coat onto a metal screen.
Study blueprints and examine surface to be covered to determine amount of material needed.
Cut, surface, polish and install marble and granite or install pre-cast terrazzo, granite or marble units.
Install and anchor fixtures in designated positions, using hand tools.
Cut tile backing to required size, using shears.
Remove any old tile, grout and adhesive using chisels and scrapers and clean the surface carefully.
Lay and set mosaic tiles to create decorative wall, mural and floor designs.
Assist customers in selection of tile and grout.
Remove and replace cracked or damaged tile.
Measure and cut metal lath to size for walls and ceilings, using tin snips.
Select and order tile and other items to be installed, such as bathroom accessories, walls, panels, and cabinets, according to specifications.
Mix and apply mortar or cement to edges and ends of drain tiles to seal halves and joints.
Spread mastic or other adhesive base on roof deck to form base for promenade tile, using serrated spreader.
Apply a sealer to make grout stain- and water-resistant.
Brush glue onto manila paper on which design has been drawn and position tiles finished side down onto paper.
CompGeo Occupation Group: Construction
Job Family: Construction Trades
Benchmark Title: Hard Tile Setters
Important Knowledge Competencies Competency Description
Building and Construction Knowledge of materials, methods, and the tools involved in the construction or repair of houses, buildings, or other structures such as highways and roads.
English Language Knowledge of the structure and content of the English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.
Mathematics Knowledge of arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, statistics, and their applications.
Design Knowledge of design techniques, tools, and principles involved in production of precision technical plans, blueprints, drawings, and models.
Customer and Personal Service Knowledge of principles and processes for providing customer and personal services. This includes customer needs assessment, meeting quality standards for services, and evaluation of customer satisfaction.
CompGeo Occupation Group: Construction
Job Family: Construction Trades
Benchmark Title: Hard Tile Setters
Important Skill Competencies Competency Description
Critical Thinking Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.
Active Listening Giving full attention to what other people are saying, taking time to understand the points being made, asking questions as appropriate, and not interrupting at inappropriate times.
Speaking Talking to others to convey information effectively.
Coordination Adjusting actions in relation to others' actions.
Mathematics Using mathematics to solve problems.
Time Management Managing one's own time and the time of others.
Monitoring Monitoring/Assessing performance of yourself, other individuals, or organizations to make improvements or take corrective action.
Operation Monitoring Watching gauges, dials, or other indicators to make sure a machine is working properly.
Judgment and Decision Making Considering the relative costs and benefits of potential actions to choose the most appropriate one.
Reading Comprehension Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work related documents.
Active Learning Understanding the implications of new information for both current and future problem-solving and decision-making.
Social Perceptiveness Being aware of others' reactions and understanding why they react as they do.
Persuasion Persuading others to change their minds or behavior.
Negotiation Bringing others together and trying to reconcile differences.
Instructing Teaching others how to do something.
Service Orientation Actively looking for ways to help people.
Complex Problem Solving Identifying complex problems and reviewing related information to develop and evaluate options and implement solutions.
Quality Control Analysis Conducting tests and inspections of products, services, or processes to evaluate quality or performance.
CompGeo Occupation Group: Construction
Job Family: Construction Trades
Benchmark Title: Hard Tile Setters
Important Ability Competencies Competency Description
Visualization The ability to imagine how something will look after it is moved around or when its parts are moved or rearranged.
Trunk Strength The ability to use your abdominal and lower back muscles to support part of the body repeatedly or continuously over time without 'giving out' or fatiguing.
Extent Flexibility The ability to bend, stretch, twist, or reach with your body, arms, and/or legs.
Problem Sensitivity The ability to tell when something is wrong or is likely to go wrong. It does not involve solving the problem, only recognizing there is a problem.
Near Vision The ability to see details at close range (within a few feet of the observer).
Oral Comprehension The ability to listen to and understand information and ideas presented through spoken words and sentences.
Information Ordering The ability to arrange things or actions in a certain order or pattern according to a specific rule or set of rules (e.g., patterns of numbers, letters, words, pictures, mathematical operations).
Arm-Hand Steadiness The ability to keep your hand and arm steady while moving your arm or while holding your arm and hand in one position.
Oral Expression The ability to communicate information and ideas in speaking so others will understand.
Deductive Reasoning The ability to apply general rules to specific problems to produce answers that make sense.
Inductive Reasoning The ability to combine pieces of information to form general rules or conclusions (includes finding a relationship among seemingly unrelated events).
Category Flexibility The ability to generate or use different sets of rules for combining or grouping things in different ways.
Manual Dexterity The ability to quickly move your hand, your hand together with your arm, or your two hands to grasp, manipulate, or assemble objects.
Finger Dexterity The ability to make precisely coordinated movements of the fingers of one or both hands to grasp, manipulate, or assemble very small objects.
Control Precision The ability to quickly and repeatedly adjust the controls of a machine or a vehicle to exact positions.
Multilimb Coordination The ability to coordinate two or more limbs (for example, two arms, two legs, or one leg and one arm) while sitting, standing, or lying down. It does not involve performing the activities while the whole body is in motion.
Static Strength The ability to exert maximum muscle force to lift, push, pull, or carry objects.
Speech Recognition The ability to identify and understand the speech of another person.
Speech Clarity The ability to speak clearly so others can understand you.
Written Comprehension The ability to read and understand information and ideas presented in writing.
Stamina The ability to exert yourself physically over long periods of time without getting winded or out of breath.
Flexibility of Closure The ability to identify or detect a known pattern (a figure, object, word, or sound) that is hidden in other distracting material.
Selective Attention The ability to concentrate on a task over a period of time without being distracted.
Originality The ability to come up with unusual or clever ideas about a given topic or situation, or to develop creative ways to solve a problem.
Gross Body Coordination The ability to coordinate the movement of your arms, legs, and torso together when the whole body is in motion.
Far Vision The ability to see details at a distance.
Visual Color Discrimination The ability to match or detect differences between colors, including shades of color and brightness.
CompGeo Occupation Group: Construction
Job Family: Construction Trades
Benchmark Title: Hard Tile Setters
Tools/Technology Example Product Category
Aya Associates Comp-U-Floor Project management software
Blue Cove Technologies PlanPoint Project management software
EasyCAD Iris 2D Computer aided design CAD software
Floor Covering Soft FloorEstimate Pro Project management software
TileGem Computer aided design CAD software
Adjustable widemouth pliers Adjustable widemouth pliers
Air compressors Air compressors
Angle grinders Power grinders
Articulating boom lifts Articulating boom lift
Base grinders Power grinders
Bench vises Bench vises
Blow torches Blow torches
Builders' levels Levels
Bull floats Floats
Buttering trowels Trowels
Caulking guns Caulking guns
Chalk lines Chalk lines
Chipping hammers Power chippers
Claw hammers Hammers
Cold chisels Cold chisels
Colloidal mixers Plaster or mortar mixers
Double-sided files Files
Drum cement mixers Plaster or mortar mixers
Dust collectors Dust collectors
Dust masks Masks or accessories
Ear muffs Ear muffs
Ear plugs Ear plugs
Electric winches Winches
Exhaust fans Air exhausters
Eyewash facilities Eyewashers or eye wash stations
Face shields Facial shields
Fall arrest systems Safety harnesses or belts
Finishing trowels Trowels
Flat trowels Trowels
Floor grinding machines Power grinders
Floor polishers Floor polishers
Floor scrapers Floor scrapers
Floor scrubbers Floor scrubbers
Gas generators Gas generators
Gauging trowels Trowels
Goggles Goggles
Grinding stones Abrasive stones
Grout floats Floats
Grout saws Power saws
Grout scrapers Razor knives
Grouting trowels Trowels
Hacksaws Saws
Hammer drills Power drills
Hammers Hammers
Hard hats Hard hats
Heavy gauge trowels Trowels
Horizontal shaft mixers Plaster or mortar mixers
Hot glue guns Glue guns
Jackhammers Pneumatic hammer
Ladder jacks Scaffolding
Ladders Ladders
Laser levels Levels
Laser squares Squares
Layout sticks Tape measures
Levels Levels
Lifelines Lifelines or lifeline equipment
Magnesium floats Floats
Mallets Mallets
Margin trowels Trowels
Mechanical scaffolds Scaffolding
Mini grinders Power grinders
Mixing drills Plaster or mortar mixers
Molding prybars Pry bars
Notch trowels Trowels
Notebook computers Notebook computers
Pan mixers Plaster or mortar mixers
Personal computers Personal computers
Plumb bobs Plumb bobs
Point trowels Trowels
Polishers Power buffers
Portable mortar mixers Plaster or mortar mixers
Power buffers Power buffers
Power chisels Power chippers
Power drills Power drills
Power routers Power routers
Power scarifiers Scarifiers
Power tile saws Power saws
Power undercut saws Power saws
Pry bars Pry bars
Putty knives Putty knives
Respirators Respirators
Rolling scaffolds Scaffolding
Rubber hammers Hammers
Safety glasses Safety glasses
Safety gloves Protective gloves
Scaffolding Scaffolding
Scissor lifts Scissor lift
Screeds Concrete spreaders
Screwdrivers Screwdrivers
Serrated spreaders Concrete spreaders
Socket wrench sets Socket sets
Spreader spatulas Spatulas
Squares Squares
Stand-up screw guns Power screwguns
Staple guns Staple guns
Stationary scaffolds Scaffolding
Stone grinders Power grinders
Stone polishers Power buffers
Story pole tape measures Tape measures
Straightedges Straight edges
Suction cups Suction cups
Tape measures Tape measures
Tile cutters Nibblers
Tile grout cleaning machines Floor scrubbers
Tile nippers End cut pliers
Tin snips Tinners snips
Transit levels Level sensors or transmitters
Utility knives Utility knives
Vertical shaft mixers Plaster or mortar mixers
Water levels Levels
Wet saws Power saws
Wet-dry vacuums Wet or dry combination vacuum cleaners
Wonder bars Pry bars
Wood floats Floats
CompGeo Occupation Group: Construction
Job Family: Construction Trades
Benchmark Title: Hard Tile Setters
Prerequisite Qualification Category Education and Experience Level
Required Level of Education Less than a High School Diploma
On-the-Job Training Over 2 years, up to and including 4 years
On-Site or In-Plant Training None
Required Level of Education High School Diploma (or GED or High School Equivalence Certificate)
CompGeo Occupation Group: Construction
Job Family: Construction Trades
Benchmark Title: Hard Tile Setters
Alternate Job Title(s)
Acoustical Carpenter
Acoustical Installer
Acoustical Material Worker
Ceramic Tile Installer
Ceramic Tile Mechanic
Ceramic Tile Setter
Floor Layer Tile
Granite Installer
Hard Tile Setter
Hard Tile Setter Apprentice
Marble Ceiling Installer
Marble Finisher
Marble Installer
Marble Mason
Marble Worker
Mastic Floor Layer
Mosaic Floor Layer
Mosaic Layer
Mosaic Worker
Parquet Floor Layer
Parquetry Floor Layer
Tile Conduit Layer
Tile Erector
Tile Finisher
Tile Installer
Tile Mason
Tile Mechanic
Tile Setter
Tile Setter Apprentice
Tile and Marble Installer
Tile and Marble Setter
Wood Tile Installer
CompGeo Occupation Group: Construction
Job Family: Construction Trades
Benchmark Title: Hard Tile Setters
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