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Tilesetter

What does a Tilesetter do?

Tilesetters cover, repair and decorate exterior and interior walls and floors using ceramic, mosaic, marble and quarry tile, slate, stone, terrazzo or granite.

- They prepare, measure and mark the surface to be covered and build an underbase.
- They determine the best layout to achieve the desired pattern in a given space.
- They cut and trim tiles to cover odd spaces and fit tile around obstacles and openings
- They set tiles or groups of tiles into position, align the tiles and tap them into place.
- They prepare cost estimates and orders.

What kind of person makes a good Tilesetter?

Tilesetter might be the job for you if you:

- Have good manual dexterity
- Are able to do precise work and pay attention to detail
- Are comfortable working with little supervision.

How do I become a Tilesetter?

1. Find a company willing to take you as an apprentice
2. Register with AAIT (Alberta Apprenticeship and Industry Training)
3. Apprentice for 3 years, which includes 1600 hours of on the job training and 8 weeks of technical training at school in the first two years, and then 1600 hours of on the job training in the fourth year.
4. Take the interprovincial Red Seal exam to become a registered Tilesetter.
5. Now you can work almost anywhere in Canada!

Where does a Tilesetter work?

Tilesetters are employed by special trade, building and general contractors. 91 per cent of Tilesetters in Alberta work in the construction industry.

How much does a Tilesetter make?

On average, Tilesetters in Alberta make $28.68 an hour. Thatís about $56,617 a year.

Apprentice Tilesetters get paid 60% of the journeyman wage in their first year, 70% in the second and 80% in the third.

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