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Also known as:
Carpet Installer, Carpet Layer, Commercial Carpet Installer, Residential Carpet Installer, Wall-to-Wall Carpet Installer

Video transcript

Carpet-installing takes precision and a good deal of physical strength and agility. Installers need to be able to handle large, heavy rolls of padding and carpet. They also spend a lot of time kneeling and bending. Their judgment is called upon to evaluate the underlying flooring for imperfections. They need to know how things like traffic flow will affect the new carpet.

Installers must be able to accurately measure and carefully cut the carpets. They must have an eye for aligning seams and patterns.

Job sites can vary dramatically, from ordinary homes to corporate headquarters, but the work environment is usually clean because floor covering tends to be the finishing touch, after the debris from construction is cleared away.

While most installers are self-employed, there are some opportunities with flooring contractors or floor covering retailers. Floor-installing skills are usually learned on the job, helping an experienced worker. However, there are training programs available. These are usually sponsored by large contractors and by unions. It can take 3 to 4 years to gain the skills needed to approach a challenging project with confidence.

This is a field that tends to be steadier than a lot of construction jobs because carpet-installing is usually indoor work, unaffected by the weather. Also, when new building construction slows down, there is still the need to replace existing carpets. However, new materials that make carpeting more durable could have an impact on that need in the years ahead.

Lay and install carpet from rolls or blocks on floors. Install padding and trim flooring materials.
Critical decision making
Level of responsibilities
Job challenge and pressure to meet deadlines
Dealing and handling conflict
Competition for this position
Communication with others
Work closely with team members, clients etc.
Comfort of the work setting
Exposure to extreme environmental conditions
Exposure to job hazards
Physical demands
Daily tasks

Cut and bind material.

Measure, cut and install tackless strips along the baseboard or wall.

Move furniture from area to be carpeted and remove old carpet and padding.

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.

Join edges of carpet and seam edges where necessary, by sewing or by using tape with glue and heated carpet iron.

Fasten metal treads across door openings or where carpet meets flooring to hold carpet in place.

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.

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.

Clean up before and after installation, including vacuuming carpet and discarding remnant pieces.

Performing General Physical Activities Performing physical activities that require considerable use of your arms and legs and moving your whole body, such as climbing, lifting, balancing, walking, stooping, and handling of materials.
Handling and Moving Objects Using hands and arms in handling, installing, positioning, and moving materials, and manipulating things.
Getting Information Observing, receiving, and otherwise obtaining information from all relevant sources.
Inspecting Equipment, Structures, or Material Inspecting equipment, structures, or materials to identify the cause of errors or other problems or defects.
Making Decisions and Solving Problems Analyzing information and evaluating results to choose the best solution and solve problems.
Communicating with Supervisors, Peers, or Subordinates Providing information to supervisors, co-workers, and subordinates by telephone, in written form, e-mail, or in person.
Estimating the Quantifiable Characteristics of Products, Events, or Information Estimating sizes, distances, and quantities; or determining time, costs, resources, or materials needed to perform a work activity.
Monitor Processes, Materials, or Surroundings Monitoring and reviewing information from materials, events, or the environment, to detect or assess problems.
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.
Mathematics Knowledge of arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, statistics, and their applications.
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.
English Language Knowledge of the structure and content of the English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.
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.
Production and Processing Knowledge of raw materials, production processes, quality control, costs, and other techniques for maximizing the effective manufacture and distribution of goods.
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.
Mechanical Knowledge of machines and tools, including their designs, uses, repair, and maintenance.
Monitoring Monitoring/Assessing performance of yourself, other individuals, or organizations to make improvements or take corrective action.
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.
Time Management Managing one's own time and the time of others.
Quality Control Analysis Conducting tests and inspections of products, services, or processes to evaluate quality or performance.
Speaking Talking to others to convey information effectively.
Judgment and Decision Making Considering the relative costs and benefits of potential actions to choose the most appropriate one.