Floorcovering Installer
Introduction
Floorcovering installers install carpet, wood, linoleum, vinyl and other resilient floor coverings in residential, commercial, industrial and institutional buildings. They are employed by construction companies, floor covering contractors and carpet outlets, or they may be self-employed.
Essential Skills Requirements:
 
Safety-related Activities
Reading
Ability to read directions and handling instructions, e.g. read handling instructions and safety precautions on the labels of products, such as stains and adhesives in Material Safety Data Sheets (MSDS). (Complexity: 1)
Document Use
Ability to recognize symbols and icons, e.g. identify hazard symbols on Workplace Hazardous Materials Information System (WHMIS) labels. (Complexity: 1)
Writing
Ability to write reports to describe events leading up to workplace accidents, e.g. write about injuries and events when completing reports for workers' compensation boards. (Complexity: 2)
Thinking
Ability to evaluate the safety of equipment and the severity of workplace hazards. (Complexity: 2)
 
Floor Installation and Repair
Reading
Ability to read brief notes from contractors, supervisors, architects and designers, e.g. read notes from contractors to learn about special floor preparation requirements. (Complexity: 1)
Ability to read notes on architectural drawings, e.g. read comments on drawings to learn about changes to floor covering specifications. (Complexity: 1)
Ability to read memos and notices, e.g. read memos to learn about changes to worksite procedures. (Complexity: 2)
Ability to read a variety of operating manuals, e.g. may read manuals to learn about the set-up, operation and maintenance of equipment. (Complexity: 3 or higher)
Ability to read and interpret written information in text books, training manuals and technical reports. (Complexity: 3 or higher)
Document Use
Ability to locate information such as dimensions and construction procedures using basic drawings. (Complexity: 1)
Ability to complete a variety of forms, e.g. enter quantities, types of flooring materials and additional products, such as adhesives, nails and stains, into purchase orders. (Complexity: 2)
Ability to locate data in forms, e.g. scan estimate forms to locate labour and material costs and scan invoices to verify grades and quantities of products, such as hardwood. (Complexity: 2)
Ability to locate data in technical drawings, e.g. study floor plans to identify types of materials to be installed, seam placements, carpet and tile patterns, inserts and floor transitions. (Complexity: 3 or higher)
Thinking
Ability to choose tools, methods and products for construction projects, e.g. consider project specifications, building codes and the availability of time and labour. (Complexity: 1)
Ability to evaluate the condition and performance of tools and equipment. (Complexity: 2)
 
General Administrative Activities
Reading
Ability to read manufacturers’ warranties, e.g. read manufacturers’ warranties to learn about limits of coverage and the process by which to file claims. (Complexity: 2)
Ability to read newsletters, website articles and trade magazines, e.g. read trade magazines to learn about developments in the flooring industry. (Complexity: 3 or higher)
Document Use
Ability to complete a variety of checklists and forms, e.g. complete hazard assessment forms by checking boxes and entering data such as dates, times and quantities. (Complexity: 1)
Ability to locate and enter data on labels, e.g. locate mixing ratios and drying times on the labels of products, such as sealers. (Complexity: 1)
Ability to locate data in tables, e.g. locate information, such as dimensions, tolerances and durations, in specification tables. (Complexity: 2)
Writing
Ability to write notes on work orders and floor layout plans, e.g. outline errors on floor layout plans and indicate where substitute materials were used. (Complexity: 1)
Ability to write reminders and notes to co-workers, customers and other tradespeople, e.g. write notes to customers informing them about changes to delivery and installation schedules. (Complexity: 1)
Thinking
Ability to evaluate work projects by considering factors such as efficiencies, timelines, costs and quality of work performed. (Complexity: 3 or higher)
Oral Communication - Listening
Ability to understand short spoken statements such as a simple instruction or question. (Complexity: 1)
Ability to understand moderately complex spoken statements such as instructions involving multiple steps. (Complexity: 2)
Oral Communication - Speaking
Ability to ask simple questions and explain simple thoughts, instructions and opinions using appropriate language. (Complexity: 1)
Ability to explain moderately complex thoughts, instructions and opinions using appropriate tone and language. (Complexity: 2)
 
Use of Mathematics
Whole Numbers
Ability to add, subtract, multiply and divide whole numbers. (Complexity: 2)
Fractions
Ability to add, subtract, multiply and divide fractions. (Complexity: 2)
Decimals
Ability to add, subtract, multiply and divide decimals. (Complexity: 2)
Percents and Mixed Operations
Ability to use percent to locate numbers; add, subtract, multiply and divide signed numbers; complete mixed operations with whole numbers, fractions, percents and decimals. (Complexity: 2)
Data Analysis
Ability to calculate and use totals, sub-totals and basic summary measures like averages and rates; perform proportional calculations. (Complexity: 2)
Geometry - Basic Skills
Ability to analyze and draw lines and line segments; use coordinates to locate points in a plane; calculate angles; use concepts such as parallelism to solve problems. (Complexity: 2)
Geometry - Plane Figures
Ability to calculate perimeters, areas and circumferences; analyze angles and distances in triangles, rectangles and circles; analyze complex shapes into constituent plane figures. (Complexity: 2)
Measurement
Ability to measure things such as distances, weights, volumes, temperatures and angles; use and convert between Metric and Imperial measurement units. (Complexity: 2)
Algebra
Ability to construct and solve equations with one to three different variables and use common formulas. (Complexity: 2)