Tilesetters (NOC 7283)

About this job

Tilesetters:

  • cover interior and exterior walls, floors and ceilings with ceramic, marble and quarry tile, mosaics or terrazzo
  • work for construction companies and masonry contractors
  • may be self-employed
Common job titles
  • marble layer / mason / tile setter
  • setter, granite
  • terrazzo finisher / floor layer
  • tile fitter / floor layer / installer
  • tilesetter, ceramic / mosaic
  • marble layer / mason / tile setter
  • setter, granite
  • terrazzo finisher / floor layer
  • tile fitter / floor layer / installer
  • tilesetter, ceramic / mosaic

Duties

Tilesetters perform some or all of the following duties:

  • 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
  • align and straighten tile using levels, squares and straightedges
  • cut and fit tiles around obstacles and openings using hand and power cutting tools
  • pack grout into joints between tiles and remove excess grout
  • install tile strips
  • lay and set mosaic tiles to create decorative wall, mural and floor designs
  • mix, lay and polish terra surfaces
  • cut, polish and install marble and granite
  • remove and replace cracked or damaged tiles
  • may prepare cost estimates and orders

Work environment

Key aspects of the work in this occupation:

  • Work takes place in an indoor environment where temperatures may vary.
  • Work also takes place outdoors, so workers may be exposed to various weather conditions.
  • Working with equipment, machinery or power/hand tools may be a source of injury.
  • Workers may be exposed to chemicals that could pose health risks.
  • Airborne particles, such as sand and dust, may be present in the workplace.

Career paths and resources

Career paths

Progression to supervisory positions is possible with experience.

In provinces where there is no apprenticeship, this trade is usually learned through several years of on-the-job training.

Red Seal trade certification allows for movement between provinces.

Additional resources