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NOC Code: NOC Code: 7295 Occupation: Floor covering installers
Occupation Description: Occupation Description:
Floor covering installers install carpet, wood, linoleum, vinyl and other resilient floor coverings in residential, commercial, industrial and institutional buildings. They are employed by construction companies, floor-covering contractors and carpet outlets, or they may be self-employed. Floor covering installers install carpet, wood, linoleum, vinyl and other resilient floor coverings in residential, commercial, industrial and institutional buildings. They are employed by construction companies, floor-covering contractors and carpet outlets, or they may be self-employed.

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Essential Skills Essential Skills Levels
Reading Reading 1 2 3
Writing Writing 1
Document Use Document Use 1 2 3
Digital Technology Digital Technology 1 2
Oral Communication Oral Communication 1 2 3
Money Math Money Math 1 2 3
Scheduling or Budgeting and Accounting Scheduling or Budgeting and Accounting 1 2 3
Measurement and Calculation Measurement and Calculation 1 2 3
Data Analysis Data Analysis 1
Numerical Estimation Numerical Estimation 1 2 3
Job Task Planning and Organizing Job Task Planning and Organizing 1 2 3
Decision Making Decision Making 1 2
Problem Solving Problem Solving 1 2
Finding Information Finding Information 1 2
Critical Thinking Critical Thinking 1 2 3

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  • Read notes from contractors, supervisors, architects and designers. For example, read notes from contractors about parking, elevator use, noise restrictions and special floor preparation requirements. Read architects' and space designers' notes which outline changes such as product substitutions and timeline adjustments. (1)
  • Read warranty procedures and cleaning instructions in warranty registration forms and product information sheets. Review terms of product guarantees and processes for registering warranties. Read product information sheets to determine recommended cleaning products and methods. (2)
  • Read preparation instructions, application methods, cleanup procedures, hazard warnings, precautions and safe handling instructions on product labels such as stains, adhesives and finishing products and in material safety data sheets. (2)
  • Read newsletters, website articles and trade magazines, e.g. read trade magazines to learn about developments in the flooring industry, new equipment and tools and trade tips. (3)
  • Read manuals, e.g. read manuals to determine which adhesives and tools to use and how much time to allow products to set and cure. (3)
  • Read agreements, e.g. read collective agreements to learn about working hours, overtime pay, vacation and personal leave. (3)
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  • Write reminders and notes to co-workers, customers and other tradespeople, e.g. write notes to customers informing them about changes to delivery and installation schedules. (1)
  • Write notes on work orders and floor layout plans, e.g. outline errors on floor layout plans and indicate where substitute materials were used. (1)
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Document Use
  • Locate data on lists and labels, e.g. scan deficiency lists to identify items requiring additional work and scan product labels to identify colours, drying times and spread rates of stains and adhesives. (1)
  • Recognize symbols and icons, e.g. identify hazard symbols on Workplace Hazardous Materials Information System (WHMIS) labels. (1)
  • Locate data in tables, e.g. locate information, such as dimensions, tolerances and durations, in specification tables. (2)
  • Locate data in forms, e.g. scan estimate forms to locate labour and material costs and scan invoices to verify grades and quantities of products, such as hardwood. (2)
  • Locate data on product and equipment labels. For example, scan product labels to identify colours, drying times and spread rates of stains and adhesives. Confirm manufacturers' names, carpet types and compositions, colour and dye lot numbers, and customers' names on tags attached to carpet rolls. (2)
  • Locate data in technical drawings, e.g. study floor plans to identify types of materials to be installed, seam placements, carpet and tile patterns, inserts and floor transitions. (3)
  • Complete a variety of forms, e.g. enter quantities, types of flooring materials and additional products, such as adhesives, nails and stains, into purchase orders. (3)
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Digital Technology
  • Use digital hand-held devices to measure distances and the moisture content of wood used for flooring. (1)
  • Use calculators and personal digital assistant (PDA) devices to complete numeracy-related tasks, such as calculating material requirements. (1)
  • Use the Internet to access training courses and seminars offered by apprenticeship trainers, associations, unions, suppliers and employers. (2)
  • Use databases to enter and retrieve project information. (2)
  • Use communication software to exchange email with customers, suppliers and co-workers. (2)
  • Use billing and accounting software to input and track sales, produce invoices and estimates and print reports, such as income and expense statements. (2)
  • Use computer-assisted design (CAD) software to access, modify and print technical drawings. (2)
  • Use databases to retrieve and print technical drawings. (2)
  • Use word processing software to write letters to customers and prepare job estimates and invoices. (2)
  • Use spreadsheet software to tally costs for job estimates and invoices. (2)
  • Use Internet browsers and search engines to access technical service bulletins, specifications and information about new tools and processes. (2)
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Oral Communication
  • Discuss floor covering products, prices and deliveries with suppliers, e.g. phone suppliers to find out why glues are not adhering well. (1)
  • Provide instructions and directions to apprentices and junior floor covering installers, e.g. teach ways of preparing, installing and finishing various flooring materials and respond to questions, such as how to weld seams. (2)
  • Discuss ongoing work with co-workers, contractors and other tradespeople, e.g. review the order of tasks, measurements and seam placements with other crew members. (2)
  • Speak to customers on a wide range of topics, e.g. talk to customers about changes to flooring designs and product options, such as vinyl, tile, hardwood and carpeting. (3)
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Money Math
  • Purchase trim, sub-floor materials and tools using cash, debit and credit cards. (1)
  • Prepare and verify invoices and estimates. Itemize prices and costs of materials, calculate labour charges at hourly rates and add applicable taxes. (3)
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Scheduling or Budgeting and Accounting
  • Create work schedules. For example, self-employed workers take into account project specifications and the availability of materials and labour to set up work schedules. (3)
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Measurement and Calculation
  • Take measurements using a variety of measuring tools, e.g. measure floor lengths and widths, tread widths and riser heights using tape measures. (1)
  • Determine the quantity of material required for floor covering projects, e.g. calculate material requirements by considering room sizes, flooring patterns, seam placements and wastage. (3)
  • Lay out flooring materials using geometric construction methods, e.g. lay out centre lines and parallel lines to create patterns, such as circles, triangles, squares, stars and waves. (3)
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Data Analysis
  • Compare measurements of flooring installation areas to dimensions specified in drawings and work orders. (1)
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Numerical Estimation
  • Estimate material requirements, e.g. based on past experience, estimate the amount of stain required to cover specified areas. (2)
  • Estimate portions of job completed and remaining. Consider areas not yet completed and amounts of unused materials. (2)
  • Estimate room size by conducting visual inspections and using proxies, such as paces and standard architectural features. (2)
  • Estimate time required to complete installations. Consider preparation details provided in work orders, size of areas to be covered, condition of sub-floors, amount of patching required and intricacy of installation. (3)
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Job Task Planning and Organizing
  • Floor covering installers organize and put tasks in order for efficiency and to meet contractual timelines. Their work may vary according to the type of flooring material being installed. They also coordinate job tasks with contractors and construction crews. Self-employed floor covering installers plan their days to source and complete floor covering installation jobs. They prioritize their work in response to customers' requests. On larger installations, they may be required to coordinate their work with other tradespeople. (3)
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Decision Making
  • Select flooring installation methods, the order of tasks and layouts. Consider project specifications and the types of flooring materials to be installed. (2)
  • Choose equipment and materials needed for projects. Review work order specifications and remember experiences with similar installations. (2)
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Problem Solving
  • You cannot complete your work because of missing materials and faulty tools. Call suppliers, request correct materials be delivered and borrow tools from co-workers. (1)
  • Encounter delays caused by other tradespeople. Inform customers and supervisors about the delays and adjust your work schedules to reflect new installation dates. (1)
  • Find that floors do not match descriptions in drawings and specifications. Contact dispatchers and customers, explain the inconsistencies and ask for directions on how to proceed. (2)
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Finding Information
  • Find information about installation jobs by reading work orders, reviewing drawings and speaking with salespeople, dispatchers, contractors and customers. (2)
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Critical Thinking
  • Evaluate apprentices. Observe skill demonstrations and consider apprentices' willingness to learn, attitudes towards other workers and work ethic. (2)
  • Assess suitability of materials and products. Consider manufacturers' specifications, traffic flow patterns and unfavourable environmental conditions, such as extreme temperatures, high moisture levels and exposure to direct sunlight. (2)
  • Judge the quality of completed floor covering projects. Consider factors, such as project specifications, timelines, customer satisfaction levels and the overall quality of the installation. (3)
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