Carpet Installers

Lay and install carpet from rolls or blocks on floors. Install padding and trim flooring materials.

Median Annual Wage: $35,880

Education: High school diploma or equivalent (69%); Less than high school diploma (22%); Some college, no degree (7%)

Projected Growth: Average (8% to 14%)

Related Job Titles: Carpet Installer; Flooring Installer; Carpet Layer; Floor Installation Mechanic; Installer; Carpet Mechanic; Commercial Floor Covering Installer; Floor Covering Installer; Carpet Installer Helper; Floor Coverer

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Source: O*NET OnLine information for Carpet Installers.

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  • Roll out, measure, mark, and cut carpeting to size with a carpet knife, following floor sketches and allowing extra carpet for final fitting.
  • Join edges of carpet and seam edges where necessary, by sewing or by using tape with glue and heated carpet iron.
  • Cut and trim carpet to fit along wall edges, openings, and projections, finishing the edges with a wall trimmer.
  • Plan the layout of the carpet, allowing for expected traffic patterns and placing seams for best appearance and longest wear.
  • Stretch carpet to align with walls and ensure a smooth surface, and press carpet in place over tack strips or use staples, tape, tacks or glue to hold carpet in place.
  • Take measurements and study floor sketches to calculate the area to be carpeted and the amount of material needed.
  • Install carpet on some floors using adhesive, following prescribed method.
  • Clean up before and after installation, including vacuuming carpet and discarding remnant pieces.
  • Measure, cut and install tackless strips along the baseboard or wall.
  • Nail tack strips around area to be carpeted or use old strips to attach edges of new carpet.
  • Cut carpet padding to size and install padding, following prescribed method.
  • Fasten metal treads across door openings or where carpet meets flooring to hold carpet in place.
  • Draw building diagrams and record dimensions.
  • Move furniture from area to be carpeted and remove old carpet and padding.
  • Cut and bind material.

Source: O*NET OnLine information for Carpet Installers.

  • Coordination - Adjusting actions in relation to others' actions.
  • Mathematics - Using mathematics to solve problems.
  • Critical Thinking - Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.
  • Quality Control Analysis - Conducting tests and inspections of products, services, or processes to evaluate quality or performance.
  • Time Management - Managing one's own time and the time of others.
  • Speaking - Talking to others to convey information effectively.
  • Social Perceptiveness - Being aware of others' reactions and understanding why they react as they do.
  • Judgment and Decision Making - Considering the relative costs and benefits of potential actions to choose the most appropriate one.
  • Active Listening - Giving full attention to what other people are saying, taking time to understand the points being made, asking questions as appropriate, and not interrupting at inappropriate times.

Source: O*NET OnLine information for Carpet Installers.

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