TILE SETTER (Ceramic, Hard Tile, Stone) Job Description
By becoming a tile and stone setter, you will learn about the many steps of utilizing these long-term, durable materials. Training will encompass everything from measuring, cutting, installing, grouting, expansion joints, levelers, sealing, cleaning and maintenance.
How to Qualify
There are two ways in joining this growing industry:
- Skills can be earned informally on the job. Must possess previous experience and verify credentials with your new employer.
- Participate in a Registered Apprentice Program with the State of Hawaii Workforce Development Division, Department of Labor and Industrial Relations.
Apprenticeship is learning a skilled occupation, craft or trade through on-the-job training and supplemented with related technical lessons in which paid employees receive practical and technical training and classroom instructions. Programs are conducted by employers and/or employer’s associations and labor unions.
An apprentice spends two to five years training on the job and also attends a minimum of 144 hours of related classroom instruction per year at community colleges.
There are 8 steps of apprentice pay rates. As skills are gained, apprentices are compensated through increases in wages. For example, for each 1,000 work hours, there is automatically a percentage wage increase.
Upon completion, the apprentice becomes a skilled craftsworker and may go on to becoming a supervisor, superintendent, contractor or owner of his/her own business.
- Must be 18 years of age or older
- Possess a high school diploma or GED certificate
- Be in good physical health
- Mathematics - Must be able to read measurements in whole numbers and fractions.
- English - Must be able to read and write English to communicate with the client, understand assignments and daily work schedules.
High school courses in mechanical drawing and building and construction technology are helpful.
Beginning Apprentice - $13.50 to $15.00 hour plus benefits
Journeyworker - $27.55 per hour plus benefits
Work is done indoors and outdoors and at times requires long periods of standing, stooping and working on the knees. Stretching and reaching into tight areas is common and must lift materials that may run up to 100 pounds. Working smart and safely is imperative in this industry.
The construction industry has been thriving the last several years in Hawaii. The forecast remains extremely bright for the industry and there is a need for an increase in high-skilled craftspeople in the workforce to meet the high growing needs of the marketplace.
Various Types of Tiles and Stone
Marble Travertine Ceramic Mosaic Tile(glazed and unglazed)
Quartz-based Slate Quarry Tile (glazed and unglazed)
Granite Terracotta Paver Tile (glazed and unglazed)
Limestone Porcelain Glazed Wall Tile
They are used in many various ways such as in mosaics, paving, molding, murals, trims, walls, floors, countertops, bathtubs, swimming pools, borders, decorative design, swimming pools and decks.
By working with a licensed tile contractor, you receive the benefits that non-union companies are not able to provide such as:
- Full medical benefits
- Dental benefits
- Retirement plan
- On the job training
- State certified program
- Hand skills training
- On the job training
- Safety certification
This ensures job stability and financial security for you and your loved ones.
For further information, please contact:
1440 Kapiolani Blvd., Suite 800
Honolulu, Hawaii 96814
Phone: Oahu (808) 441-8600
Fax: (808) 441-8750
THE LICENSED CONTRACTORS WHO ARE THE MEMBERS OF THIS ORGANIZATION BELIEVE IN THEIR INDUSTRY, ARE READY WITH GOOD IDEAS, PROVIDE ACCURATE ESTIMATES AND GUARANTEE THEIR WORK