Carpet Installers

Carpet Installer

Carpet installers install carpeting in homes and offices
Carpet Installer
Have a keen eye for detail? Are you handy with tools and design? Learn a craft that will allow you to put both to work!
Why Should You Consider This Career?

Use your creativity and attention to detail, Work independently or as part of a small team, Explore paths to owning your own business!

That's $3,300 per bi-weekly paycheck
That's 2000 new jobs in Utah per year (30% growth)
Less Physical                                         More Physical
Less Training                                          More Training
More Structure                                     Less Structure
Carpet Installer, Carpet Layer, Carpet Mechanic, Commercial Floor Covering Installer, Floor Coverer, Floor Covering Installer, Floor Installation Mechanic, Flooring Installer, Installer
At A Glance in US
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398,000 (35%)
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398,000 (35%)
398,000 (35%)
Carpet Installer, Carpet Layer, Carpet Mechanic, Commercial Floor Covering Installer, Floor Coverer, Floor Covering Installer, Floor Installation Mechanic, Flooring Installer, Installer
A Typical Day Icon

Your Typical Day:

  • Inspect the surface to be covered to determine its condition, and correct any imperfections that might show through carpet or cause carpet to wear unevenly.
  • 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.
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Your Responsibilities

  • Cut carpet, vinyl or other flexible materials.
  • Measure materials or objects for installation or assembly.
  • Inspect work sites to determine condition or necessary repairs.
  • Mark reference points on construction materials.
  • Prepare surfaces for finishing.
  • Install carpet or flooring.
  • Smooth surfaces with abrasive materials or tools.
  • Plan layout of construction, installation, or repairs.
  • Estimate materials requirements for projects.
  • Measure work site dimensions.
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Knowledge You Will Learn

  • Customer and Personal Service

Knowledge of principles and processes for providing customer and personal services. This includes customer needs assessment, meeting quality standards for services, and evaluation of customer satisfaction. 67/100

  • Mathematics

Knowledge of arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, statistics, and their applications. 61/100

  • Administration and Management

Knowledge of business and management principles involved in strategic planning, resource allocation, human resources modeling, leadership technique, production methods, and coordination of people and resources. 60/100

  • English Language

Knowledge of the structure and content of the English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar. 58/100

  • Building and Construction

Knowledge of materials, methods, and the tools involved in the construction or repair of houses, buildings, or other structures such as highways and roads. 57/100

  • Production and Processing

Knowledge of raw materials, production processes, quality control, costs, and other techniques for maximizing the effective manufacture and distribution of goods. 52/100

  • Education and Training

Knowledge of principles and methods for curriculum and training design, teaching and instruction for individuals and groups, and the measurement of training effects. 49/100

  • Mechanical

Knowledge of machines and tools, including their designs, uses, repair, and maintenance. 49/100

  • Design

Knowledge of design techniques, tools, and principles involved in production of precision technical plans, blueprints, drawings, and models. 43/100

  • Public Safety and Security

Knowledge of relevant equipment, policies, procedures, and strategies to promote effective local, state, or national security operations for the protection of people, data, property, and institutions. 39/100

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Tools of the Trade

  • Shears
  • Knife blades
  • Tensioners
  • Staple guns
  • Glue guns
  • Utility knives
  • Power saws
  • Torque tools
  • Ironing machines or presses
  • Hand trucks or accessories
  • Drill bit set
  • Trowels
  • Power staple guns
  • Awls
  • Pry bars
  • Furniture moving discs
  • Pullers
  • Hold down clamps
  • Fids
  • Pneumatic nail drivers
  • Ultraviolet UV lamps
  • Power nail guns
  • Pocket calculator
  • Straight edges
  • Rubber mallet
  • Tool holders
  • Tape measures
  • Hammers
  • Notebook computers
  • Power drills
  • Laser printers
  • Sewing needles
  • Caulking guns
  • Desktop computers
  • Personal computers
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