Careers In Construction

Ceramic Tile Finisher (Updated January 2017)

Ceramic tile finishers are responsible for all grouting cleaning and handling of all ceramic tile and/or other materials that are to be installed by ceramic tile layers. They are also responsible for mixing all mortars used in the installation of ceramic tile. Other duties include unloading materials, covering finished floors and the cleaning and removal of all waste and materials used in connection with the installation of ceramic tile.

Length of Apprenticeship:

  • Two (2) years.

  • Apprentices begin by attending a mandatory, unpaid four-week pre-apprentice session.

  • Apprentices receive on-the-job training five days a week.

  • Apprentices also attend school for eight hours two days per month from September through May.

  • Wage Information:

    0 to 500 hours of on-the-job training: 50% of journey workers wage
    501 to 1000 hours of on-the-job training: 60% of journey workers wage
    1001 to 1500 hours of on-the-job training: 65% of journey workers wage
    1501 to 2000 hours of on-the-job training: 70% of journey workers wage
    2001 to 2500 hours of on-the-job training: 75% of journey workers wage
    2501 to 3000 hours of on-the-job training: 80% of journey workers wage
    3001 to 3500 hours of on-the-job training: 85% of journey workers wage
    3501 to 4000 hours of on-the-job training: 90% of journey workers wage


    Health and welfare, pension local and international, annuity

    Basic Requirements:

  • Must be at least 18 years old.

  • Must have a high school diploma or GED.

  • Must take and pass an aptitude test.

  • Must take and pass an oral interview.

  • Must take and pass a drug test.

  • Working Conditions:

    Ceramic tile Finishers work both inside and out.


  • Must be able to withstand working on your hands and knees for long periods of time.

  • Must be able to lift heavy objects.

  • Work Experience:

    Previous construction experience could be beneficial but is not necessary for acceptance.

    Entry Process:

  • Complete application at the office. Applications are accepted Monday through Friday between the hours of 7:30 and 2:30.

  • Take and pass aptitude and drug tests.

  • Applicants receiving the top scores will receive an interview.

  • A combination of the aptitude test and the oral interview will determine an applicant’s rank.

  • The highest-ranking applicants will be accepted first.

  • Contact:

    District Council Training Center
    2140 Corporate Dr.
    Addison, IL 60101
    Phone: 630-953-0835


    Gavin Collier
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