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Terrazzo

Starting Wage

$19.51/hr

Journey-Level Wage

$31.95/hr

***The listed wages may vary by state and county.***

Rock-Solid Benefits

  • Retirement And Pension Funds

  • Wellness Program

  • Health Care

  • Vacation Fund

Career Requirements

  • Must Be 18 Years Old For Hire

  • High School Diploma or GED

  • Driver's License

  • Reliable Transportation

  • Willing to Travel

Terrazzo texture on flecked stone.

Terrazzo is a composite material, poured in place or precast, which is used for floor and wall treatments. It consists of chips of marble, quartz, granite, glass, or other suitable material, poured with a cementitious binder (for chemical binding), polymeric (for physical binding), or a combination of both. Metal strips often divide sections, or changes in color or material in a pattern. Additional chips may be sprinkled atop the mix before it sets. After it is cured it is ground and polished smooth or otherwise finished to produce a uniformly textured surface.

Terrazzo trades workers are artfully skilled in creating decorative surfaces that are durable, long lasting and esthetically pleasing. They prepare the surface by installing strips to divide sections. They then blend fine marble chips into cement or epoxy and pour the solution into the sections. Once the terrazzo is thoroughly set, terrazzo craft workers correct any depressions or imperfections with a grinder to create a smooth, uniform finish.

APPLY TODAY!

Enroll in a Terrazzo apprenticeship program through MN/ND Bricklayers & Allied Craftworkers Journeyman & Apprentice Training, here.

RECOMMENDED HIGH SCHOOL CLASSES

The recommended prerequisites for high school students include construction courses, shop courses, and multiple math courses. Knowledge of algebra, geometry and calculus are all applied to the tile laying process almost every day. Understanding fractions, using a measuring tape and being confident finding exact measurements are useful skills to experience before starting an apprenticeship.

Completion of high school classes do not count for hours in the apprenticeship program, but the experience and classes taken are valuable in building students skill set.

TRADE OR TECHNICAL SCHOOL CREDIT

A two-year diploma with a construction-related degree is required to qualify for a Terrazzo apprenticeship.

APPRENTICESHIP PROGRAM

Terrazzo Finisher at BAC Training Center:
A paid two-year apprenticeship program in which apprentices receive both on-the-job practical training and classroom instruction. The apprenticeship requires 4,000 hours of on-the-job training over the course of two years and 144 classroom-training hours each year. Day classes held January for 3-1/2 weeks, Monday through Friday 7:00 am – 3:30 pm.

Terrazzo Mechanic at BAC Training Center:
A paid two-year apprenticeship program in which apprentices receive both on-the-job practical training and classroom instruction. The apprenticeship requires 4,000 hours of on-the-job training over the course of two years and 144 classroom-training hours each year. Day classes held January for 3-1/2 weeks, Monday through Friday 7:00 am – 3:30 pm.

Tile-Terrazzo Coordinator

Jayson Moore 
Cell: 612-380-3022

KEY SKILLS

Being detail oriented and comfortable regularly applying math skills are important for a terrazzo apprentice’s success. Some tile arrangements can be highly detailed and artistic, so workers must ensure that the patterns are properly and accurately arranged. Basic math skills are used on every job. Besides measuring the area to be tiled, installers must calculate the number of tiles needed to cover an area.
Terrazzo apprentices also must be good at communicating their ideas, especially if the work is done in residential areas or in teams. High school students preparing to become a terrazzo apprentice should seek out part-time jobs that require physical strength, applying math skills such as reading a tape measurer adding and subtracting fractions and calculating area.

MILITARY

Military members applying for a terrazzo apprenticeship should reach out to Jayson Moore, Tile-Terrazzo Coordinator for BAC 1. Veteran’s can also search job opportunities at www.helmetstohardhards.org.

Local Offices

Minneapolis

MN/ND Bricklayers and Allied Craftworkers Journeyman and Apprentice Training Center

5420 International Parkway, New Hope, MN 55428

Drug Testing

An employer/contractor/apprenticeship instructor may require drug and alcohol testing of employees and applicants for employment, including random testing.

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