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Carpet Installers
SOC Code: 47-2041.00

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

Sample of reported job titles: Carpet Installer, Carpet Installer Helper, Carpet Layer, Carpet Mechanic, Commercial Floor Covering Installer, Floor Coverer, Floor Covering Installer, Floor Installation Mechanic, Flooring Installer, Installer

Tasks

  • 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.
  • 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.

Technology Skills

  • Calendar and scheduling software - RFMS Schedule Pro
  • Computer aided design CAD software - Autodesk AutoCAD
  • Data base user interface and query software - Aya Associates Comp-U-Floor; Carpet Dealer Management System CDMS; Flooring Technologies QFloors; Textile Management Systems RollMaster (see all 5 examples)
  • Project management software - FIRST Flooring; FloorCOST Estimator for Excel; FloorRight; Measure Square FloorEstimate Pro (see all 5 examples)
  • Spreadsheet software - Microsoft Excel

Tools Used

  • Awls - Carpet awls
  • Caulking guns
  • Desktop computers
  • Drill bit set - Drill bit sets; Spiral drill bits
  • Fids - Row separators
  • Furniture moving discs - Furniture skids
  • Glue guns - Butane glue guns; Cool tip glue guns; Cove base guns; Electric glue guns
  • Hammers
  • Hand trucks or accessories - Carpet trolleys; Hand trucks
  • Hold down clamps - Carpet clamps
  • Ironing machines or presses - Carpet seam steamers; Steaming irons
  • Knife blades - Floor scraper blades; Hooked blades; Tackless cutter blades; Trimmer carpet blades (see all 7 examples)
  • Laser printers
  • Notebook computers
  • Personal computers
  • Pneumatic nail drivers - Nail driving guns
  • Pocket calculator - Handheld calculators
  • Power drills
  • Power nail guns - Concrete nail drivers
  • Power saws - Jamb saws; Toe kick saws; Undercut saws
  • Power staple guns - Electric carpet tackers
  • Pry bars - Molding lifter bars
  • Pullers - Door pin tools
  • Rubber mallet - Rubber mallets
  • Sewing needles
  • Shears - Carpet base cutters; Cushion back cutters; Standup cutters; Strip cutters (see all 10 examples)
  • Staple guns - Air underlayment staplers; Edge-binding staplers; Hammer tackers; Heavy duty electric staplers
  • Straight edges - Straightedges
  • Tape measures
  • Tensioners - Carpet tucking tools; Stairway stretchers; Swivel-lock stretchers; Turning tools (see all 7 examples)
  • Tool holders - Hexagon bit adaptors
  • Torque tools - Carpet grippers/pullers; Power carpet stretchers
  • Trowels - Switchblade trowels
  • Ultraviolet UV lamps - Ultraviolet UV seam inspection lights
  • Utility knives - Multipurpose trimmers; Tucking trimmers; Wall trimmers

Knowledge

  • 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.

Skills

  • Coordination - Adjusting actions in relation to others' actions.
  • Monitoring - Monitoring/Assessing performance of yourself, other individuals, or organizations to make improvements or take corrective action.
  • Critical Thinking - Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.
  • Mathematics - Using mathematics to solve 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.

Abilities

  • Extent Flexibility - The ability to bend, stretch, twist, or reach with your body, arms, and/or legs.
  • Problem Sensitivity - The ability to tell when something is wrong or is likely to go wrong. It does not involve solving the problem, only recognizing there is a problem.
  • Trunk Strength - The ability to use your abdominal and lower back muscles to support part of the body repeatedly or continuously over time without 'giving out' or fatiguing.
  • Near Vision - The ability to see details at close range (within a few feet of the observer).
  • Static Strength - The ability to exert maximum muscle force to lift, push, pull, or carry objects.
  • Arm-Hand Steadiness - The ability to keep your hand and arm steady while moving your arm or while holding your arm and hand in one position.
  • Manual Dexterity - The ability to quickly move your hand, your hand together with your arm, or your two hands to grasp, manipulate, or assemble objects.
  • Speech Recognition - The ability to identify and understand the speech of another person.
  • Visualization - The ability to imagine how something will look after it is moved around or when its parts are moved or rearranged.
  • Finger Dexterity - The ability to make precisely coordinated movements of the fingers of one or both hands to grasp, manipulate, or assemble very small objects.
  • Multilimb Coordination - The ability to coordinate two or more limbs (for example, two arms, two legs, or one leg and one arm) while sitting, standing, or lying down. It does not involve performing the activities while the whole body is in motion.
  • Oral Expression - The ability to communicate information and ideas in speaking so others will understand.
  • Stamina - The ability to exert yourself physically over long periods of time without getting winded or out of breath.
  • Deductive Reasoning - The ability to apply general rules to specific problems to produce answers that make sense.
  • Depth Perception - The ability to judge which of several objects is closer or farther away from you, or to judge the distance between you and an object.
  • Dynamic Strength - The ability to exert muscle force repeatedly or continuously over time. This involves muscular endurance and resistance to muscle fatigue.
  • Far Vision - The ability to see details at a distance.
  • Information Ordering - The ability to arrange things or actions in a certain order or pattern according to a specific rule or set of rules (e.g., patterns of numbers, letters, words, pictures, mathematical operations).
  • Oral Comprehension - The ability to listen to and understand information and ideas presented through spoken words and sentences.
  • Selective Attention - The ability to concentrate on a task over a period of time without being distracted.

Interests

  • Interest code: RE
    • Realistic - Realistic occupations frequently involve work activities that include practical, hands-on problems and solutions. They often deal with plants, animals, and real-world materials like wood, tools, and machinery. Many of the occupations require working outside, and do not involve a lot of paperwork or working closely with others.
    • Enterprising - Enterprising occupations frequently involve starting up and carrying out projects. These occupations can involve leading people and making many decisions. Sometimes they require risk taking and often deal with business.

Work Context

  • Freedom to Make Decisions - 87% responded “A lot of freedom.”
  • Spend Time Using Your Hands to Handle, Control, or Feel Objects, Tools, or Controls - 82% responded “Continually or almost continually.”
  • Face-to-Face Discussions - 67% responded “Every day.”
  • Spend Time Kneeling, Crouching, Stooping, or Crawling - 71% responded “Continually or almost continually.”
  • Telephone - 53% responded “Every day.”
  • Contact With Others - 52% responded “Constant contact with others.”
  • Indoors, Environmentally Controlled - 49% responded “Every day.”
  • Time Pressure - 45% responded “Every day.”
  • Structured versus Unstructured Work - 41% responded “A lot of freedom.”
  • Exposed to Contaminants - 48% responded “Every day.”
  • Impact of Decisions on Co-workers or Company Results - 47% responded “Very important results.”
  • Frequency of Decision Making - 54% responded “Every day.”
  • Spend Time Making Repetitive Motions - 46% responded “Continually or almost continually.”
  • Importance of Being Exact or Accurate - 46% responded “Extremely important.”
  • Work With Work Group or Team - 37% responded “Very important.”
  • Responsibility for Outcomes and Results - 35% responded “Very high responsibility.”
  • Spend Time Bending or Twisting the Body - 47% responded “Continually or almost continually.”
  • Cramped Work Space, Awkward Positions - 30% responded “Every day.”
  • Exposed to Minor Burns, Cuts, Bites, or Stings - 46% responded “Every day.”
  • Sounds, Noise Levels Are Distracting or Uncomfortable - 36% responded “Once a week or more but not every day.”
  • Coordinate or Lead Others - 44% responded “Important.”
  • Duration of Typical Work Week - 47% responded “More than 40 hours.”
  • Level of Competition - 55% responded “Highly competitive.”
  • Wear Common Protective or Safety Equipment such as Safety Shoes, Glasses, Gloves, Hearing Protection, Hard Hats, or Life Jackets - 34% responded “Once a week or more but not every day.”
  • Deal With External Customers - 26% responded “Very important.”
  • Physical Proximity - 55% responded “Moderately close (at arm's length).”
  • Responsible for Others' Health and Safety - 35% responded “Moderate responsibility.”
  • In an Enclosed Vehicle or Equipment - 45% responded “Every day.”
  • Frequency of Conflict Situations - 36% responded “Once a month or more but not every week.”

Education

Percentage of RespondentsEducation Level Required
69%High school diploma or equivalent
22%Less than high school diploma
7%Some college, no degree

Work Styles

  • Attention to Detail - Job requires being careful about detail and thorough in completing work tasks.
  • Dependability - Job requires being reliable, responsible, and dependable, and fulfilling obligations.
  • Integrity - Job requires being honest and ethical.
  • Cooperation - Job requires being pleasant with others on the job and displaying a good-natured, cooperative attitude.
  • Independence - Job requires developing one's own ways of doing things, guiding oneself with little or no supervision, and depending on oneself to get things done.
  • Self Control - Job requires maintaining composure, keeping emotions in check, controlling anger, and avoiding aggressive behavior, even in very difficult situations.
  • Leadership - Job requires a willingness to lead, take charge, and offer opinions and direction.
  • Initiative - Job requires a willingness to take on responsibilities and challenges.
  • Analytical Thinking - Job requires analyzing information and using logic to address work-related issues and problems.
  • Stress Tolerance - Job requires accepting criticism and dealing calmly and effectively with high stress situations.
  • Persistence - Job requires persistence in the face of obstacles.
  • Achievement/Effort - Job requires establishing and maintaining personally challenging achievement goals and exerting effort toward mastering tasks.
  • Social Orientation - Job requires preferring to work with others rather than alone, and being personally connected with others on the job.
  • Adaptability/Flexibility - Job requires being open to change (positive or negative) and to considerable variety in the workplace.
  • Concern for Others - Job requires being sensitive to others' needs and feelings and being understanding and helpful on the job.
  • Innovation - Job requires creativity and alternative thinking to develop new ideas for and answers to work-related problems.

Work Values

  • Relationships - Occupations that satisfy this work value allow employees to provide service to others and work with co-workers in a friendly non-competitive environment. Corresponding needs are Co-workers, Moral Values and Social Service.
  • Support - Occupations that satisfy this work value offer supportive management that stands behind employees. Corresponding needs are Company Policies, Supervision: Human Relations and Supervision: Technical.
  • Independence - Occupations that satisfy this work value allow employees to work on their own and make decisions. Corresponding needs are Creativity, Responsibility and Autonomy.

Wages & Trends

  • Median wages (2017)
    • $18.67 hourly, $38,830 annual
  • Employment (2016)
    • 40,000 employees
  • Projected growth (2016-2026)
    • Average (5% to 9%)
  • Projected job openings (2016-2026)
    • 3,900

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