Tiler - Wall and Floor

Wall and floor tilers lay ceramic, clay, slate, marble, glass and other types of tiles on external and internal walls and floors to provide protective and decorative finishes.

Wall and floor tilers may perform the following tasks:

  • look at plans, measure and mark surfaces to be covered and lay out work
  • prepare wall and floor surfaces by removing old tiles, grout, cement and adhesive
  • fill all holes and cracks, then clean surfaces
  • attach tiles to surfaces, using correct adhesive, making sure that patterned tiles match
  • use tile-cutting tools to cut and shape tiles needed for edges, corners, or around obstacles such as fittings and pipes
  • space and even the tiles by using tools such as spirit levels, squares and plumb-lines
  • prepare and apply grout, remove excess grout, clean and polish tiles
  • lay floors of cement, granolithic, terrazzo or similar composition
  • apply waterproofing systems.

Wall and floor tilers sometimes work in confined areas where bending and kneeling are required. They lift and carry cement and stacks of tiles. They sometimes work at heights using ladders or scaffolding. Most tilers work in small teams and move frequently from one job location to another.

Personal Requirements

  • enjoy practical and manual work
  • able to work at heights
  • good hand-eye coordination
  • able to make simple calculations
  • able to work independently
  • able to work neatly and accurately.

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  • Building Contractor
  • Floor Finisher and Coverer
  • Stonemason

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