Resilient Floor Layer apprenticeship

Description of an apprenticeship as a Resilient Floor Layer

Resilient Floor Layer apprenticeship

DOT code: 864.481-010

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Applies blocks, strips, or sheets of shock-absorbing, sound-deadening, or decorative covering to floors, walls, and cabinets: Disconnects and removes obstacles, such as appliances and light fixtures. Sweeps, scrapes, sands, or chips dirt and irregularities from base surfaces, and fills cracks with putty, plaster, or cement grout to form smooth, clean foundation. Measures and cuts covering materials, such as rubber, linoleum or cork tile, and foundation material, such as felt, according to blueprints and sketches, using rule, straightedge, linoleum knife, and snips. Spreads adhesive cement over floor to cement foundation material to floor for sound-deadening, and to prevent covering from wearing at board joints. Lays out centerlines, guidelines, and borderlines on foundation with chalkline and dividers. Spreads cement on foundation material with serrated trowel. Lays covering on cement, following guidelines, to keep tile courses straight and butts edges of blocks to match patterns and execute designs. Joins sections of sheet covering by overlapping adjoining edges and cutting through both layers with knife to form tight joint. Rolls finished floor to smooth it and press cement into base and covering. May soften area of floor covering with butane torch to fit materials around irregular surfaces. May lay carpet [CARPET LAYER (retail trade)]. May be designated according to type of floor laid as Asphalt-Tile-Floor Layer (construction; retail trade); Cork-Tile-Floor Layer (construction; retail trade); Linoleum-Floor Layer (construction; retail trade); Linoleum Layer (construction; retail trade); Linoleum-Tile-Floor Layer (construction; retail trade); Rubber-Tile-Floor Layer (construction; retail trade).

Work process schedule

Task Hours
A. Orientation: Floor preparation, basic math, scrape, sweep, fill, tear out, handling materials. 1000
B. Carpet: Direct glue, carpet over pad, carpet tile, carpet steps. 2500
C. Hard surface flooring: VCT, sheet vinyl, treads, base, solid vinyl and/or rubber, fritz tile, wood flooring, ceramic tile flooring, walls, grout, layout and foreman. 4500
(Every 2,000 hours = one year) total hours: 8,000

Related technical instruction
The Commonwealth of Massachusetts requires 150 hours each year of related technical instruction which must be mastered by the apprentice in order to successfully complete the program. For further information, please call the Division of Apprentice Standards at (617) 626-5409.


Course Hours
Introduction to trade 40
Tools and usage 60
Safety - Safe work practices and First Aid 60
Customer and employer relations 40
Preparation of all surfaces 60
Mathematics 50
Pattern matching 80
Covering of all surfaces 60
Total: 450