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Oregon Apprenticeship Guide
Job Description
Resilient floor and decorative coverings workers install, replace and repair all types of carpets, plastic laminates, and other decorative coverings in residential, commercial and industrial buildings, airplanes, ships, swimming pools, highway medians, garage aprons, automobiles and athletic fields. Apprentices learn about products, how to prepare a pattern to absolute tolerances, and to use scribes and dividers for precision work. Floorcoverers use manual and power tools to measure, hammer, cut and shear, spread and stretch, and prepare floors.
Working Conditions
Most work is inside with occasional outside work when weather conditions are suitable. Work sites range from clean to dirty. The job requires stooping, kneeling, reaching, stretching and heavy lifting for long periods.
Beginning apprentices start at approximately 50 percent of the journey-level wage. Upon successful completion of required class work and on-the-job hours, wages increase usually every six months, until the journey-level rate is achieved.
Length of Apprenticeship
The apprenticeship is approximately a three to four year program with opportunity to advance approximately every six months. Apprentices must complete a minimum of 144 hours per year of related classroom hours and 7,000 on-the-job training hours.
Minimum Qualifications
Apprenticeship applicants must be at least 17 years of age. In addition, they must provide proof of high school graduation or general education development (GED) equivalent.
Local apprenticeship committees may require additional qualifications.
Apprenticeship Committees 
MA# 1020
OR & SW-WA Floor Covering JATC
Go to the Occupational Summaries List.
Go to the Apprenticeship Opportunities Statewide.