Tilesetters construct, alter and repair structures with tile, granite, slate, marble, terrazzo and other similar materials.

What do Tilesetters do?

  • Prepare, measure and mark surface to be covered.
  • Build underbeds and install anchor bolts, wires and brackets.
  • Mix, apply and spread mortar, cement, mastic, glue or other adhesives using hand trowel.
  • Set tiles in position and apply pressure to affix tiles to base.
  • Cut and fit tiles around obstacles and openings using hand and power cutting tools.
  • Pack grout into joints between tiles and remove excess grout.
  • Remove and replace cracked or damaged tiles.
  • Lay and set mosaic tiles to create decorative wall, mural and floor designs.
  • Cut, polish and install marble and granite.

For further details about this occupation, please see the High School to Apprenticeship handbook, or find it on this website under “Resources.”