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Tile setters are responsible for installing tile on walls, ceilings, floors, and other surfaces in buildings and residences.

Career Details


Students in Tile Setting are trained in the following subject areas:

  • Using a variety of tools to cut and shape tile
  • Installing tile on different surfaces in floors, walls, and ceilings
  • Soundproofing and waterproofing different surfaces in homes or other buildings
  • Grouting and polishing tile
  • Aligning and straightening tile using levels, squares, and straightedges

Career Options

Most Tile Setting graduates work for construction contractors or tile-setting unions. Tile setters usually work full-time hours during normal day shifts, but many may work weekends depending on the deadlines of construction projects.


Before entering the program, students must:

  • Complete the core curriculum with passing scores on all written and performance tests.
  • Meet basic academic requirements in math and reading.
  • Have a high school diploma or equivalent.


As a Job Corps student, you will have the opportunity to earn credentials in your training area that may lead to greater employment opportunities, higher wages, and promotions.

Students who complete a center-based program in the Construction training area can earn nationally recognized credentials from organizations such as:

  • National Center for Construction Education and Research (NCCER)

Students training in union-affiliated programs can earn a certificate of completion that offers apprenticeship opportunities and on-the-job experience from organizations such as:

  • United Brotherhood of Carpenters (UBC)
  • International Masonry Institute (IMI)
  • International Union of Operating Engineers (IUOE)
  • The International Union of Painters and Allied Trades (IUPAT)
  • National Plastering Industry Joint Apprenticeship Trust Fund (NPIJATF)

Tile Setting Numbers to Know


National average earning potential for this career


Months to complete career training program


While on the job, you will be expected to display the following traits at all times:

Attention to detail
Commitment to safety
Monitoring skills
Organizational skills

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