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Career and Education Opportunities for Carpet Installers in Portland, Maine

Carpet installers can find both educational opportunities and jobs in the Portland, Maine area. The national trend for carpet installers sees this job pool shrinking by about 1.1% over the next eight years. In general, carpet installers lay and install carpet from rolls or blocks on floors.

Income for carpet installers is about $15 hourly or $32,480 yearly on average in Maine. Nationally, their income is about $17 hourly or $37,030 yearly. Earnings for carpet installers are not quite as good as earnings in the general category of Home and Office Installation in Maine and not quite as good as general Home and Office Installation category earnings nationally.

There are two schools within twenty-five miles of Portland where you can study to be a carpet installer, among twenty-three schools of higher education total in the Portland area. Carpet installers usually hold less than a high school diploma, so you can expect to spend only a short time training to become a carpet installer if you already have a high school diploma.

CAREER DESCRIPTION: Carpet Installer

Carpet Installer video from the State of New Jersey Dept. of Labor and Workforce Development

In general, carpet installers lay and install carpet from rolls or blocks on floors. They also install padding and trim flooring materials.

Carpet installers cut and trim carpet to fit along wall edges and projections, finishing the edges with a wall trimmer. They also inspect surfaces to be covered to establish condition, and correct any imperfections that might show through carpets or cause carpets to wear unevenly. Equally important, carpet installers have to lay carpet on floors using adhesive, following prescribed methods. They are often called upon to trim carpet padding to size and lay padding, following prescribed methods. They are expected to fasten metal treads across door openings or where carpet meets flooring to hold carpet in position. Finally, carpet installers take measurements and study floor sketches to calculate areas to be carpeted and the amounts of material needed.

Every day, carpet installers are expected to be able to lift, push and move large and heavy objects. They need to twist and stretch their arms and legs to get work done.

It is important for carpet installers to take measurements and study floor sketches to calculate areas to be carpeted and the amounts of material needed. They are often called upon to nail tack strips around areas to be carpeted or use old strips to attach edges of new carpet. They also draw building diagrams and record dimensions. They are sometimes expected to stretch carpet to align with walls and insure a smooth surface, and press carpet in position over tack strips or use staples, tape, tacks or glue to hold carpet in position. Somewhat less frequently, carpet installers are also expected to fasten metal treads across door openings or where carpet meets flooring to hold carpet in position.

They also have to be able to move furniture from areas to be carpeted and remove old carpet and padding and trim and bind material. And finally, they sometimes have to move furniture from areas to be carpeted and remove old carpet and padding.

Like many other jobs, carpet installers must be thorough and dependable and be reliable.

Similar jobs with educational opportunities in Portland include:

  • Insulation Installer. Line and cover structures with insulating materials. May work with batt, roll, or blown insulation materials.
  • Tile Setter. Apply hard tile, marble, and wood tile to walls, floors, and roof decks.

EDUCATIONAL OPPORTUNITIES: Carpet Installer Training

York County Community College - Wells, ME

York County Community College, 112 College Drive, Wells, ME 04090. York County Community College is a small college located in Wells, Maine. It is a public school with primarily 2-year programs and has 1,074 students. York County Community College has a one to two year and an associate's degree program in Construction Trades, Other Specialties which graduated zero and five students respectively in 2008.

Central Maine Community College - Auburn, ME

Central Maine Community College, 1250 Turner Street, Auburn, ME 04210-6498. Central Maine Community College is a small college located in Auburn, Maine. It is a public school with primarily 2-year programs and has 2,426 students. Central Maine Community College has an associate's degree program in Construction Trades, Other Specialties which graduated two students in 2008.

CERTIFICATIONS

SCI/SPI/SEN - Carpet Inspector: The Carpet Inspector Course focuses on preparing carpet inspectors for certification, it also serves as an introductory floor covering inspection course explaining basic investigation procedures that apply to all floor coverings.

For more information, see the Institute of Inspection, Cleaning, and Restoration Certification website.

LOCATION INFORMATION: Portland, Maine

Portland, Maine
Portland, Maine photo by Pauk

Portland is situated in Cumberland County, Maine. It has a population of over 62,561, which has shrunk by 2.6% over the last ten years. The cost of living index in Portland, 102, is above the national average. New single-family homes in Portland are priced at $164,700 on average, which is well below the state average. In 2008, twenty-three new homes were built in Portland, down from thirty-two the previous year.

The three most popular industries for women in Portland are health care, educational services, and finance and insurance. For men, it is professional, scientific, and technical services, accommodation and food services, and construction. The average commute to work is about 19 minutes. More than 36.4% of Portland residents have a bachelor's degree, which is higher than the state average. The percentage of residents with a graduate degree, 13.0%, is higher than the state average.

The unemployment rate in Portland is 6.3%, which is less than Maine's average of 7.6%. About 14.1% of Portland's residents are below the poverty line, which is worse than the state average.

The percentage of Portland residents that are affiliated with a religious congregation, 40.4%, is less than the national average but more than the state average. Mariners Church, Swedenborgian Church and Stroudwater Christian Church are among the churches located in Portland. The most prominent religious groups are the Catholic Church, the United Church of Christ and the United Methodist Church.

Portland is home to the Cumberland Wharf and the Browns Wharf as well as Longfellow Square and Hadlock Field. Shopping centers in the area include Mill Creek Shopping Center, Monument Square Shopping Center and Portland East Shopping Center. Visitors to Portland can choose from Motel 6, Fairfield Inn Portland Airport and Ramada Limited Portland for temporary stays in the area.