Tile or marble setters generally work for construction companies, although they may be self-employed. They install marble or tiles made of durable materials such as granite, ceramic and porcelain to walls, kitchen counters, floors, swimming pools, roof decks and other surfaces. Some tile or marble setters are required to perform intricate cuts for artistic or decorative layouts.
There are typically no educational requirements for tile or marble setter positions; previous experience in a related role is usually needed. Most tile and marble setters learn their trade through an apprenticeship program or on-the-job learning. They may start working as a helper to an experienced tile or marble setter.
Tile or marble setters must be able to use relevant tools, such as saws, to cut tile. Since installing tile or marble is physically demanding, they must be able to stoop, squat, bend, climb and kneel. Many employers require that tile or marble setters pass a background check, as well as a drug screen. They may have to drive their company’s truck to go to job sites; therefore, they must have a valid driver license and a clean driving record. Some employers require that their tile or marble setters are bondable since they often work inside clients’ houses.
Tile or Marble Setter Tasks
Measure and level work surface using levels, straight edges and squares.
Design and lay tiles into a desired pattern.
Cut tiles to fit into irregular spaces and corners.
Secure tiles by applying cement, grout, and other adhesives using a brush, trowel and screed.