Terrazzo, Tile and Marble Setter (Tilesetter)
Introduction
Terrazzo, tile and marble setters cover, protect, repair and decorate exterior and interior walls, floors, ceilings, fireplaces, swimming pools, saunas, showers and other surfaces. Tiling materials include ceramic, mosaics, glass, quarry tiles, slate, engineered stone, terrazzo, porcelain and marble or granite slabs.
Essential Skills Requirements:
 
Safety-related Activities
Reading
Ability to read safety-related information, e.g. read Material Safety Data Sheets (MSDS) to learn how to safely handle hazardous materials. (Complexity: 2)
Ability to read magazine and website articles to stay current on industry trends and broaden their knowledge of techniques and materials. (Complexity: 3 or higher)
Document Use
Ability to identify hazard and safety icons, e.g. scan icons affixed to products to learn about their toxic properties. (Complexity: 1)
Writing
Ability to write incident reports, e.g. complete incident reports to describe events leading up to accidents. (Complexity: 2)
Thinking
Ability to evaluate the safety of equipment and the severity of workplace hazards. (Complexity: 2)
 
Tile Setting
Reading
Ability to read bulletins and notices, e.g. read bulletins to learn about changes to operating procedures and read notices to learn about product recalls. (Complexity: 1)
Ability to read instructions and warnings written on signs and labels, e.g. read directions on adhesive, grout and mortar labels to learn the most effective way to use the product. (Complexity: 1)
Ability to read installation instructions and product data sheets for information about products used on the job. (Complexity: 2)
Ability to read written codes, such as the National Building Code, to learn the regulations applicable to tile setting. (Complexity: 3 or higher)
Ability to understand and interpret written information in text books, training manuals and technical reports. (Complexity: 3 or higher)
Document Use
Ability to enter and locate data, such as dates and identification numbers, in labels and tags. (Complexity: 1)
Ability to locate information such as dimensions using basic scale drawings. (Complexity: 1)
Ability to use legends and symbols found on technical drawings. (Complexity: 1)
Ability to interpret shop drawings and floor plans and accompanying notations to make measurements and to identify the areas to be tiled, the type of tile to be used and the layout pattern to be followed. (Complexity: 3 or higher)
Thinking
Ability to choose the order of tasks and their priorities, e.g. decide the order in which to install tiling. (Complexity: 1)
Ability to evaluate the condition and performance of tools and equipment. (Complexity: 2)
Ability to evaluate work projects by considering factors such as efficiencies, timelines, costs and the quality of work performed. (Complexity: 3 or higher)
 
General Administrative Duties
Reading
Ability to read reminders and short notes from co-workers to coordinate work activities. (Complexity: 1)
Ability to read short text entries in forms and comments on drawings, e.g. read short text entries in change orders to learn about modifications to a project's design specifications. (Complexity: 1)
Ability to read brochures and magazine articles to learn about new products and stay informed about industry practices. (Complexity: 3 or higher)
Document Use
Ability to complete a variety of checklists and forms, e.g. complete hazard assessment forms and purchase orders by checking boxes and entering data, such as dates, times and quantities. (Complexity: 2)
Ability to locate data such as identification numbers, specifications, times and quantities in moderately complex tables. (Complexity: 2)
Writing
Ability to write reminders and short notes to co-workers. (Complexity: 1)
Ability to write short text entries in forms such as work orders, application forms and supply requests. (Complexity: 1)
Thinking
Ability to choose tools, methods and products for installations and repairs, e.g. consider project scopes and the availability of materials and labour. (Complexity: 1)
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)
Geometry - Solids
Ability to calculate volumes of rectangular solids, cylinders and prisms; analyze complex volumes into constituent regular solids. (Complexity: 2)
Geometry - Advanced Tasks
Ability to analyze angles and distances in plane figures; calculate areas of other polygons; use theorem to solve problems; calculate areas and volumes of objects such as spheres, pyramids and cones. (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)
Trigonometry
Ability to use trigonometry to identify and calculate the unknown lengths and angles of triangles. (Complexity: 2)