Careers In Construction

Ceramic Tile Layers (Updated January 2017)

Ceramic tile layers install ceramic mosaic quarry marble tile and decorative tiles.

Length of Apprenticeship:

Four years. Apprentices begin by attending a mandatory, unpaid eight-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 1000 hours of on-the-job training: 50% of journeypersons wage
1001 to 2000 hours of on-the-job training: 60% of journeypersons wage
2001 to 3000 hours of on-the-job training: 65% of journeypersons wage
3001 to 4000 hours of on-the-job training: 70% of journeypersons wage
4001 to 5000 hours of on-the-job training: 75% of journeypersons wage
5001 to 6000 hours of on-the-job training: 80% of journeypersons wage
6001 to 7000 hours of on-the-job training: 85% of journeypersons wage
7001 to 8000 hours of on-the-job training: 90% of journeypersons 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 layers work both inside and out.

    Recommended Preparatory Classes:

    Mathematics, geometry, shop and blueprint reading classes.


  • 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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