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Floor Covering Installation

CONSTRUCTION

Description

People working in this field perform floor covering installation, maintenance, and repair. This can include applying blocks, strips, or sheets of shock-absorbing, sound-deadening, or decorative covering to floors, walls, and cabinets.

Career Details

Skills

Students in are trained in the following subject areas:

  • Laying out and installing different types of flooring according to blueprints, shop drawings, and manufacturer’s specifications
  • Reading blueprints to estimate the amount of material needed to complete a job
  • Cleaning, scraping, and sanding base surfaces to prepare them for new covering
  • Cutting flooring material to specifications
  • Creating and finishing flooring patterns with laminate, wood, and other materials
  • Learning how to use equipment such as levels, power tools, and respirators
  • Inspecting final surfaces to ensure they are firm and dry

Career Options

Career Options

Most Floor Covering graduates work for construction contractors. Floor covering installers usually work full-time hours during normal day shifts, but many may work weekends depending on the deadlines of construction projects.

Requirements

Before entering the program, students must:

  • Complete the core curriculum with passing scores on all written and performance tests.
  • Have strong math and reading skills.
  • Have a high school diploma or equivalent.

Credentials

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)

Floor Covering Installation Numbers to Know

$35K

National average earning potential for this career

8-12

Months to complete career training program

2

Number of centers offering training in this career

Expectations

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


Commitment to safety
Dependability
Integrity
Monitoring skills
Observational skills


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