Tiler Job Description
A tiler is a person who fixes tiles to a surface such as a wall, floor, or roof. A tiler installs tiles to the inside or outside of a building, placing them neatly and in line and evenly apart from one another.
A tiler should be well organized, creative, analytical, and reliable, and have the ability to give good estimates. They should be able to follow blueprints from architects, designers or builders, or specifications from clients. They should also be reasonably fit and able work with their hands to accomplish things.
What does a Tiler do?
Tilers may do some or all of the following:
- consult with clients to understand what they require
- read and interpret plans and specifications from architects, designers or builders
- clean and level surfaces to be tiled
- measure and mark surfaces to be tiled
- cut, shape and place tiles
- apply adhesive, grout and polish to tiles
- repair cracks tiles, or remove and replace them
- apply waterproofing systems
- train and supervise tiler trainees
Where does a Tiler work?
Tillers usually work normal business hours, but may sometimes work overtime and weekends to meet deadlines. They work on buildings sites, in buildings under construction or repair. Their job may require them to bend and kneel for long periods of time or work at heights using ladders or scaffolding.
What is Required to Become a Tiler?
There are no educational requirements to become a tiler, as skills are learned on the job by helping experienced tilers. You should enroll in a tiler apprenticeship program if you are interested in the occupation.
Knowledge, Skills and Attributes
Tilers need to have:
- physical strength and stamina
- manual dexterity
- good eyesight
- good hand-eye coordination
- good judgment and decision making skills
- good listening and communication skills
- analytical, practical and technical skills
- math skills
- the ability to read and interpret blueprints and specifications
- the ability to use tiling tools such as chisel and scrapers
- knowledge of tiling methods and materials
- knowledge of health and safety regulations
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