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A floor covering student installs flooring

Floor Covering



People working in this field perform floor covering installation, maintenance, and repair. This can include applying blocks, strips, or sheets of shock-absorbing, sound-deadening, or decorative covering to floors, walls, and cabinets.

Career Details


Students in Floor Covering are trained in the following subject areas:

  • Laying out and installing different types of flooring according to blueprints, shop drawings, and manufacturer’s specifications
  • Reading blueprints to estimate the amount of material needed to complete a job
  • Cleaning, scraping, and sanding base surfaces to prepare them for new covering
  • Cutting flooring material to specifications
  • Creating and finishing flooring patterns with laminate, wood, and other materials
  • Learning how to use equipment such as levels, power tools, and respirators
  • Inspecting final surfaces to ensure they are firm and dry

Career Options

Career Options

Most Floor Covering graduates work for construction contractors. Floor covering installers usually work full-time hours during normal day shifts, but many may work weekends depending on the deadlines of construction projects.


Before entering the program, students must:

  • Complete the core curriculum with passing scores on all written and performance tests.
  • Have strong math and reading skills.
  • Have a high school diploma or equivalent.


As a Job Corps student, you will have the opportunity to earn credentials in your training area that may lead to greater employment opportunities, higher wages, and promotions.


While on the job, you will be expected to display the following traits at all times:

  • Commitment to safety
  • Dependability
  • Integrity
  • Monitoring skills
  • Observational skills

Floor Covering Numbers to Know


National average earning potential for this career

Completion times vary by training area. Check with your admissions advisor.


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