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Union Tile Layers install ceramic or stone tile on floors, walls, ceilings, countertops, building exteriors according to blueprints or other instructions. They are responsible for layout, mortar bed installation, cutting tiles, and bonding the tile with cement or epoxy mortars or mastic. Work may involve scaffolding and working at heights. Tile Layers are also expected to have experience as Tile Finishers.


Length36 months
Benefits for ApprenticesMedical, dental and vision care for worker and
dependants, pension, annuity and vacation
Minimum age18
Education prerequisitesHigh School Graduate, GED or equivalent
Physical requirementsMust be able to perform physical tasks and
activities related to trade
Additional requirementsTile Layers are also expected to have
experience as Tile Finishers
Written or oral entry examsNone
Subjects studied by ApprenticesCeramic, glass and stone tile installation
Craft specifi c training
Up to date codes and standards
Ssafety training
Advance training
New product presentations,
Hands-on training

Contact: Northern California Tile Industry Joint Apprenticeship Training Committee BAC Local 3 15091 Wicks Blvd. San Leandro, CA 94577. Lupe Ortiz, Coordinator.

Applications: Applications accepted Monday’s only from 9 am to 11:30 am. Please bring your Driver License or photo ID and your diploma, GED, or official transcripts.

How do new apprentices get their first job? The applicant must seek his/her own employment from participating employers, after meeting the qualifications to enter an apprenticeship program.

Additional information: Northern California Tile Industry Joint Apprenticeship Training Committee.