Carpet, Linoleum, Soft Tile Layers

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    The Work

    These workers install carpet, linoleum, and soft tile on floors, walls, and stairs at residential and commercial sites. This includes the preparation of the surface, measuring and calculations, cutting and fitting, and sewing (carpets).

    Working Conditions

    Most work is conducted indoors. There is considerable bending, stooping, pulling, pushing and heavy lifting. Preparation and installation on outdoor surfaces is influenced by weather conditions. Periods of unemployment between jobs are common.

    The Apprenticeship

    This program, depending upon trade, requires 4900-7,000 hours (three to four years) of on-the-job training, and 144 hours of related classroom instruction per year, which is usually conducted in the evening on your own time.

    Apprenticeship Entry Requirements
    • At least 17 years old.
    • High school diploma or GED.
    • Read, write and speak English.
    • Adequate physical strength to perform the job.
    • Possess own transportation.

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