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47-2053.00 - Terrazzo Workers and Finishers

Apply a mixture of cement, sand, pigment, or marble chips to floors, stairways, and cabinet fixtures to fashion durable and decorative surfaces.

Sample of reported job titles: Grinder, Installer, Terrazzo Finisher, Terrazzo Grinder, Terrazzo Installer, Terrazzo Journeyman, Terrazzo Laborer, Terrazzo Mechanic, Terrazzo Tile Setter, Terrazzo Worker

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Tasks  |  Tools & Technology  |  Knowledge  |  Skills  |  Abilities  |  Work Activities  |  Detailed Work Activities  |  Work Context  |  Job Zone  |  Education  |  Credentials  |  Interests  |  Work Styles  |  Work Values  |  Related Occupations  |  Wages & Employment  |  Job Openings  |  Additional Information

Tasks

  • Measure designated amounts of ingredients for terrazzo or grout according to standard formulas and specifications, using graduated containers and scales, and load ingredients into portable mixer. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Cut metal division strips and press them into the terrazzo base for joints or changes of color to form designs or patterns or to help prevent cracks. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Blend marble chip mixtures, place into panels, and push a roller over the surface to embed the chips. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Grind surfaces with a power grinder or polish surfaces with polishing or surfacing machines. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Modify mixing, grouting, grinding, or cleaning procedures, according to type of installation or material used. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Grind curved surfaces or areas inaccessible to surfacing machine, such as stairways or cabinet tops, with portable hand grinder. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Spread, level, or smooth concrete or terrazzo mixtures to form bases or finished surfaces, using rakes, shovels, hand or power trowels, hand or power screeds, or floats. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Mold expansion joints and edges, using edging tools, jointers, or straightedges. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Wash polished terrazzo surface, using cleaner and water, and apply sealer and curing agent according to manufacturer's specifications, using brush or sprayer. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Mix cement, sand, and water to produce concrete, grout, or slurry, using hoe, trowel, tamper, scraper, or concrete-mixing machine. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Sprinkle colored marble or stone chips, powdered steel, or coloring powder over surface to produce prescribed finish. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Position and secure moisture membrane and wire mesh in preparation for pouring base materials for terrazzo installation. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Wet surface to prepare for bonding, fill holes and cracks with grout or slurry, and smooth with a trowel. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Clean installation site, mixing and storage areas, tools, machines, and equipment, and store materials and equipment. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Fill slight grinding depressions with matching grout material and hand trowel for a smooth, uniform surface. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Chip, scrape, or grind high spots, ridges, or rough projections to finish concrete, using pneumatic chisel, hand chisel, or other hand tools. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Repair concrete by cutting out damaged areas, drilling holes for reinforcing rods, and positioning reinforcing rods, using power saw and drill. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Move terrazzo installation materials, tools, machines, or work devices to work areas, manually or using wheelbarrow. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Clean chipped area, using wire brush, and feel and observe surface to determine if it is rough or uneven. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Build wooden molds, clamping molds around areas to be repaired, or setting up frames to the proper depth and alignment. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Signal truck driver to position truck to facilitate pouring concrete and move chute to direct concrete on forms. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Spread roofing paper on surface of foundation and spread concrete onto roofing paper with trowel to form terrazzo base. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Precast terrazzo blocks in wooden forms. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Produce rough concrete surface, using broom. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Wet concrete surface and rub with stone to smooth surface and obtain specified finish. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Remove frames when the foundation is dry. See more occupations related to this task.

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Tools & Technology

Tools used in this occupation:

  • C clamps — Locking C-clamps See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Claw hammer — Claw hammers See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Concrete spreaders — Hand screeds; Power screeds See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Desktop computers See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Edgers See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Floats — Concrete floats See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Goggles — Safety goggles See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Grinding or polishing machines — Polishing machines See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Hand sprayers — Handheld sprayers See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Masks or accessories — Dust masks See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Notebook computers See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Plaster or mortar mixers — Portable mortar mixers See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Pneumatic hammer — Pneumatic chisels See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Power buffers — Buffing machines See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Power drills See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Power grinders — Portable hand grinders; Surfacing machines See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Power sanders — Floor sanders See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Power saws See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Pressure or steam cleaners — Power washers See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Putty knives See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Shears — Metal shears See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Shovels See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Stonemason chisel — Hand chisels See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Straight edges — Straightedges See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Trowels — Hand trowels; Jointers; Power trowels; Rake jointers See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Wire brushes See more occupations related to this tool.

Technology used in this occupation:

  • Accounting software — CPR International GeneralCOST Estimator; Intuit QuickBooks software; Sapro Systems Paymee See more occupations related to this technology.
  • Analytical or scientific software — Construction Management Software ProEst See more occupations related to this technology.
  • Project management software — CPR Visual Estimator; On Center Quick Bid See more occupations related to this technology.
  • Spreadsheet software — Microsoft Excel See more occupations related to this technology.

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Knowledge

  • 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. See more occupations related to this knowledge.
  • Mathematics — Knowledge of arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, statistics, and their applications. See more occupations related to this knowledge.
  • Mechanical — Knowledge of machines and tools, including their designs, uses, repair, and maintenance. See more occupations related to this knowledge.
  • Production and Processing — Knowledge of raw materials, production processes, quality control, costs, and other techniques for maximizing the effective manufacture and distribution of goods. See more occupations related to this knowledge.

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Skills

  • Coordination — Adjusting actions in relation to others' actions. See more occupations related to this skill.
  • Speaking — Talking to others to convey information effectively. See more occupations related to this skill.

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Abilities

  • 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. See more occupations related to this ability.
  • 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. See more occupations related to this ability.
  • 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. See more occupations related to this ability.
  • 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. See more occupations related to this ability.
  • Control Precision — The ability to quickly and repeatedly adjust the controls of a machine or a vehicle to exact positions. See more occupations related to this ability.
  • Extent Flexibility — The ability to bend, stretch, twist, or reach with your body, arms, and/or legs. See more occupations related to this ability.
  • Near Vision — The ability to see details at close range (within a few feet of the observer). See more occupations related to this ability.
  • 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. See more occupations related to this ability.
  • Dynamic Strength — The ability to exert muscle force repeatedly or continuously over time. This involves muscular endurance and resistance to muscle fatigue. See more occupations related to this ability.
  • Static Strength — The ability to exert maximum muscle force to lift, push, pull, or carry objects. See more occupations related to this ability.
  • Visualization — The ability to imagine how something will look after it is moved around or when its parts are moved or rearranged. See more occupations related to this ability.
  • 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. See more occupations related to this ability.
  • Reaction Time — The ability to quickly respond (with the hand, finger, or foot) to a signal (sound, light, picture) when it appears. See more occupations related to this ability.
  • Speech Recognition — The ability to identify and understand the speech of another person. See more occupations related to this ability.
  • Stamina — The ability to exert yourself physically over long periods of time without getting winded or out of breath. See more occupations related to this ability.

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Work Activities

  • 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. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Getting Information — Observing, receiving, and otherwise obtaining information from all relevant sources. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Handling and Moving Objects — Using hands and arms in handling, installing, positioning, and moving materials, and manipulating things. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Communicating with Supervisors, Peers, or Subordinates — Providing information to supervisors, co-workers, and subordinates by telephone, in written form, e-mail, or in person. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Operating Vehicles, Mechanized Devices, or Equipment — Running, maneuvering, navigating, or driving vehicles or mechanized equipment, such as forklifts, passenger vehicles, aircraft, or water craft. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Controlling Machines and Processes — Using either control mechanisms or direct physical activity to operate machines or processes (not including computers or vehicles). See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Inspecting Equipment, Structures, or Material — Inspecting equipment, structures, or materials to identify the cause of errors or other problems or defects. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Monitor Processes, Materials, or Surroundings — Monitoring and reviewing information from materials, events, or the environment, to detect or assess problems. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Organizing, Planning, and Prioritizing Work — Developing specific goals and plans to prioritize, organize, and accomplish your work. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Identifying Objects, Actions, and Events — Identifying information by categorizing, estimating, recognizing differences or similarities, and detecting changes in circumstances or events. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Making Decisions and Solving Problems — Analyzing information and evaluating results to choose the best solution and solve problems. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Evaluating Information to Determine Compliance with Standards — Using relevant information and individual judgment to determine whether events or processes comply with laws, regulations, or standards. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Processing Information — Compiling, coding, categorizing, calculating, tabulating, auditing, or verifying information or data. See more occupations related to this activity.

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Detailed Work Activities

  • Install masonry materials. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Pour materials into or on designated areas. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Mix substances or compounds needed for work activities. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Measure materials or objects for installation or assembly. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Prepare surfaces for finishing. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Clean equipment or facilities. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Smooth surfaces with abrasive materials or tools. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Apply sealants or other protective coatings. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Cut metal components for installation. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Position structural components. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Clean work sites. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Load materials into construction equipment. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Align masonry materials. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Apply material to fill gaps in surfaces. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Spread concrete or other aggregate mixtures. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Move construction or extraction materials to locations where they are needed. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Clean surfaces in preparation for work activities. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Signal equipment operators to indicate proper equipment positioning. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Apply decorative masonry finishes. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Drill holes in construction materials. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Install roofing materials. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Position construction forms or molds. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Finish concrete surfaces. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Dismantle equipment or temporary structures. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Build construction forms or molds. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Break up rock, asphalt, or concrete. See more occupations related to this activity.

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Work Context

  • Wear Common Protective or Safety Equipment such as Safety Shoes, Glasses, Gloves, Hearing Protection, Hard Hats, or Life Jackets — 91% responded “Every day.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Face-to-Face Discussions — 77% responded “Every day.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Spend Time Using Your Hands to Handle, Control, or Feel Objects, Tools, or Controls — 80% responded “Continually or almost continually.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Exposed to Contaminants — 76% responded “Every day.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Sounds, Noise Levels Are Distracting or Uncomfortable — 62% responded “Every day.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Freedom to Make Decisions — 58% responded “A lot of freedom.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Frequency of Decision Making — 71% responded “Every day.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Structured versus Unstructured Work — 45% responded “A lot of freedom.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Telephone — 46% responded “Every day.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Impact of Decisions on Co-workers or Company Results — 58% responded “Very important results.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Spend Time Standing — 58% responded “Continually or almost continually.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Contact With Others — 51% responded “Constant contact with others.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Responsibility for Outcomes and Results — 42% responded “Very high responsibility.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Work With Work Group or Team — 44% responded “Extremely important.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Responsible for Others' Health and Safety — 45% responded “Very high responsibility.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Spend Time Making Repetitive Motions — 40% responded “More than half the time.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Importance of Being Exact or Accurate — 42% responded “Extremely important.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Indoors, Not Environmentally Controlled — 37% responded “Every day.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Time Pressure — 33% responded “Once a month or more but not every week.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Spend Time Kneeling, Crouching, Stooping, or Crawling — 35% responded “Continually or almost continually.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Exposed to Hazardous Equipment — 37% responded “Every day.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Spend Time Walking and Running — 39% responded “Continually or almost continually.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Spend Time Bending or Twisting the Body — 29% responded “Continually or almost continually.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Duration of Typical Work Week — 60% responded “40 hours.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Coordinate or Lead Others — 28% responded “Important.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Extremely Bright or Inadequate Lighting — 32% responded “Once a month or more but not every week.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Physical Proximity — 46% responded “Moderately close (at arm's length).” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Exposed to Hazardous Conditions — 27% responded “Every day.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Frequency of Conflict Situations — 39% responded “Once a week or more but not every day.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Level of Competition — 42% responded “Highly competitive.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Cramped Work Space, Awkward Positions — 29% responded “Once a week or more but not every day.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Indoors, Environmentally Controlled — 24% responded “Once a month or more but not every week.” See more occupations related to this work context.

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Job Zone

Title Job Zone Two: Some Preparation Needed
Education These occupations usually require a high school diploma.
Related Experience Some previous work-related skill, knowledge, or experience is usually needed. For example, a teller would benefit from experience working directly with the public.
Job Training Employees in these occupations need anywhere from a few months to one year of working with experienced employees. A recognized apprenticeship program may be associated with these occupations.
Job Zone Examples These occupations often involve using your knowledge and skills to help others. Examples include sheet metal workers, forest fire fighters, customer service representatives, physical therapist aides, salespersons (retail), and tellers.
SVP Range (4.0 to < 6.0)

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Education


Percentage of Respondents
Education Level Required
62   High school diploma or equivalent Help
30   Less than high school diploma
4   Post-secondary certificate Help

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Credentials

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Interests

Interest code: R

  • 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. See more occupations related to this interest.

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Work Styles

  • Attention to Detail — Job requires being careful about detail and thorough in completing work tasks. See more occupations related to this work style.
  • Dependability — Job requires being reliable, responsible, and dependable, and fulfilling obligations. See more occupations related to this work style.
  • Integrity — Job requires being honest and ethical. See more occupations related to this work style.
  • Cooperation — Job requires being pleasant with others on the job and displaying a good-natured, cooperative attitude. See more occupations related to this work style.
  • Self Control — Job requires maintaining composure, keeping emotions in check, controlling anger, and avoiding aggressive behavior, even in very difficult situations. See more occupations related to this work style.
  • Initiative — Job requires a willingness to take on responsibilities and challenges. See more occupations related to this work style.
  • Concern for Others — Job requires being sensitive to others' needs and feelings and being understanding and helpful on the job. See more occupations related to this work style.
  • Leadership — Job requires a willingness to lead, take charge, and offer opinions and direction. See more occupations related to this work style.
  • Persistence — Job requires persistence in the face of obstacles. See more occupations related to this work style.
  • 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. See more occupations related to this work style.
  • Stress Tolerance — Job requires accepting criticism and dealing calmly and effectively with high stress situations. See more occupations related to this work style.
  • Adaptability/Flexibility — Job requires being open to change (positive or negative) and to considerable variety in the workplace. See more occupations related to this work style.
  • Achievement/Effort — Job requires establishing and maintaining personally challenging achievement goals and exerting effort toward mastering tasks. See more occupations related to this work style.
  • Innovation — Job requires creativity and alternative thinking to develop new ideas for and answers to work-related problems. See more occupations related to this work style.
  • Analytical Thinking — Job requires analyzing information and using logic to address work-related issues and problems. See more occupations related to this work style.
  • Social Orientation — Job requires preferring to work with others rather than alone, and being personally connected with others on the job. See more occupations related to this work style.

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Work Values

  • Independence — Occupations that satisfy this work value allow employees to work on their own and make decisions. Corresponding needs are Creativity, Responsibility and Autonomy. See more occupations related to this work value.
  • 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. See more occupations related to this work value.
  • Achievement — Occupations that satisfy this work value are results oriented and allow employees to use their strongest abilities, giving them a feeling of accomplishment. Corresponding needs are Ability Utilization and Achievement. See more occupations related to this work value.

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Wages & Employment Trends

Median wages (2014) $18.79 hourly, $39,090 annual
State wages Local Salary Info
 
Employment (2012) 4,000 employees
Projected growth (2012-2022) Faster than average (15% to 21%) Faster than average (15% to 21%)
Projected job openings (2012-2022) 1,100
State trends Employment Trends
 
Top industries (2012)

Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics 2014 wage data external site and 2012-2022 employment projections external site. "Projected growth" represents the estimated change in total employment over the projections period (2012-2022). "Projected job openings" represent openings due to growth and replacement.

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