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Floor Layers, Except Carpet, Wood, and Hard Tiles - 47-2042.00

O*NET-SOC Description

Apply blocks, strips, or sheets of shock-absorbing, sound-deadening, or decorative coverings to floors.

Sample of Reported Job Titles

  • Floor Covering Contractor
  • Floor Coverings Installer
  • Floor Layer
  • Flooring Installer
  • Flooring Mechanic
  • Tile Installer
  • Tile Setter
  • Vinyl Installer

SOC Occupation Groups

47-0000 Construction and Extraction Occupations
47-2000 Construction Trades Workers
47-2040 Carpet, Floor, and Tile Installers and Finishers
47-2042.00 Floor Layers, Except Carpet, Wood, and Hard Tiles

Related Occupations


  • Apply adhesive cement to floor or wall material to join and adhere foundation material.
  • Cut covering and foundation materials, according to blueprints and sketches.
  • Cut flooring material to fit around obstructions.
  • Determine traffic areas and decide location of seams.
  • Disconnect and remove appliances, light fixtures, and worn floor and wall covering from floors, walls, and cabinets.
  • Form a smooth foundation by stapling plywood or Masonite over the floor or by brushing waterproof compound onto surface and filling cracks with plaster, putty, or grout to seal pores.
  • Heat and soften floor covering materials to patch cracks or fit floor coverings around irregular surfaces, using blowtorch.
  • Inspect surface to be covered to ensure that it is firm and dry.
  • Lay out, position, and apply shock-absorbing, sound-deadening, or decorative coverings to floors, walls, and cabinets, following guidelines to keep courses straight and create designs.
  • Measure and mark guidelines on surfaces or foundations, using chalk lines and dividers.
  • Remove excess cement to clean finished surface.
  • Roll and press sheet wall and floor covering into cement base to smooth and finish surface, using hand roller.
  • Sweep, scrape, sand, or chip dirt and irregularities to clean base surfaces, correcting imperfections that may show through the covering.
  • Trim excess covering materials, tack edges, and join sections of covering material to form tight joint.

Detailed Work Activities

  • Apply adhesives to construction materials.
  • Apply decorative or textured finishes or coverings.
  • Apply material to fill gaps in surfaces.
  • Clean surfaces in preparation for work activities.
  • Collect data about project sites.
  • Cut carpet, vinyl or other flexible materials.
  • Finish concrete surfaces.
  • Inspect work sites to determine condition or necessary repairs.
  • Mark reference points on construction materials.
  • Measure materials or objects for installation or assembly.
  • Prepare surfaces for finishing.
  • Remove excess materials from finished construction projects.
  • Remove worn, damaged or outdated materials from work areas.
  • Trim excess material from installations.

Military Crosswalk Titles

  • Builder (Navy - Enlisted)
  • Structural (Air Force - Enlisted)
  • Structural Apprentice (Air Force - Enlisted)
  • Structural Craftsman (Air Force - Enlisted)
  • Structural Helper (Air Force - Enlisted)
  • Structural Journeyman (Air Force - Enlisted)

Apprenticeship Crosswalk Titles

  • Floor Cover Layer (Rr Equip)
  • Floor Layer
  • Soft Tile Setter (Const)

DOT Crosswalk Titles

  • Floor Layer
  • Floor-Covering Layer
  • Floor-Layer Apprentice
  • Soft-Tile Setter