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Tile and Stone Setters - 47-2044.00

O*NET-SOC Description

Apply hard tile, stone, and comparable materials to walls, floors, ceilings, countertops, and roof decks.

Sample of Reported Job Titles

  • Ceramic Tile Mechanic
  • Ceramic Tile Setter
  • Tile and Marble Installer
  • Tile and Marble Setter
  • Tile Finisher
  • Tile Installer
  • Tile Man
  • Tile Mason
  • Tile Mechanic
  • Tile Setter

SOC Occupation Groups

Related Occupations


  • Align and straighten tile using levels, squares, and straightedges.
  • Apply a sealer to make grout stain- and water-resistant.
  • Apply mortar to tile back, position the tile, and press or tap with trowel handle to affix tile to base.
  • Assist customers in selection of tile and grout.
  • Brush glue onto manila paper on which design has been drawn and position tiles, finished side down, onto paper.
  • Build underbeds and install anchor bolts, wires, and brackets.
  • Cut and shape tile to fit around obstacles and into odd spaces and corners, using hand and power cutting tools.
  • Cut tile backing to required size, using shears.
  • Cut, surface, polish, and install marble and granite or install pre-cast terrazzo, granite or marble units.
  • Determine and implement the best layout to achieve a desired pattern.
  • Finish and dress the joints and wipe excess grout from between tiles, using damp sponge.
  • Install and anchor fixtures in designated positions, using hand tools.
  • Lay and set mosaic tiles to create decorative wall, mural, and floor designs.
  • Level concrete and allow to dry.
  • Measure and cut metal lath to size for walls and ceilings, using tin snips.
  • Measure and mark surfaces to be tiled, following blueprints.
  • Mix and apply mortar or cement to edges and ends of drain tiles to seal halves and joints.
  • Mix, apply, and spread plaster, concrete, mortar, cement, mastic, glue or other adhesives to form a bed for the tiles, using brush, trowel and screed.
  • Prepare cost and labor estimates, based on calculations of time and materials needed for project.
  • Prepare surfaces for tiling by attaching lath or waterproof paper, or by applying a cement mortar coat to a metal screen.
  • Remove and replace cracked or damaged tile.
  • Remove any old tile, grout and adhesive using chisels and scrapers and clean the surface carefully.
  • Select and order tile and other items to be installed, such as bathroom accessories, walls, panels, and cabinets, according to specifications.
  • Spread mastic or other adhesive base on roof deck to form base for promenade tile, using serrated spreader.
  • Study blueprints and examine surface to be covered to determine amount of material needed.

Detailed Work Activities

  • Align masonry materials.
  • Apply adhesives to construction materials.
  • Apply mortar.
  • Apply sealants or other protective coatings.
  • Clean surfaces in preparation for work activities.
  • Communicate with clients about products, procedures, and policies.
  • Cut carpet, vinyl or other flexible materials.
  • Cut metal components for installation.
  • Cut tile, stone, or other masonry materials.
  • Determine construction project layouts.
  • Estimate construction project costs.
  • Estimate construction project labor requirements.
  • Estimate materials requirements for projects.
  • Install building fixtures.
  • Install masonry materials.
  • Mark reference points on construction materials.
  • Measure materials or objects for installation or assembly.
  • Measure work site dimensions.
  • Mix substances or compounds needed for work activities.
  • Order construction or extraction materials or equipment.
  • Remove excess materials from finished construction projects.
  • Remove worn, damaged or outdated materials from work areas.
  • Review blueprints or specifications to determine work requirements.
  • Select construction materials.
  • Smooth surfaces with abrasive materials or tools.
  • Spread concrete or other aggregate mixtures.

Military Crosswalk Titles

  • Builder (Navy - Enlisted)
  • Carpentry and Masonry Specialist (Army - Enlisted)
  • Construction Engineering Technician (Army - Warrant Officer only)
  • Damage Controlman (Coast Guard - Enlisted)
  • Material Maintenance Specialty (Coast Guard - Warrant Officer only)
  • 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

  • Marble Setter
  • Mosaic Worker
  • Tile Setter

DOT Crosswalk Titles

  • Mosaic Worker
  • Tile Setter
  • Tile Setter Apprentice
  • Tile-Conduit Layer