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How do I become a Floor Sander?

Floor sanding is a job that requires patience and attention to detail, but the satisfaction of a job well done is nearly unmatched! Working as a Floor Sander you would sand wooden floors to a smooth finish by using a floor scraper and sanding machine. You might also diagnose different types of timber, and work on restoration projects.

What is a Floor Sander?

Floor Sanders play a vital role in the preparation and preservation of a variety of types of flooring used in the construction industry. By sanding back wooden floors to achieve a smooth finish, floor sanders help to improve the look and feel of flooring, as well as the overall quality of a building. Every building has a floor, and it is the floor sander's job to make sure that the timber being used presents beautifully and lives a long, healthy life.

Am I suited to becoming a Floor Sander?

Am I suited to becoming a Floor Sander?

Before beginning an apprenticeship or traineeship, it is important that you know what to expect. There are a few things to think about before committing to becoming a Floor Sander, such as whether you could comfortably learn how to:

- Prepare to work safely in the construction industry
- Receive and prepare flooring materials
- Select, prepare and apply moisture barriers to concrete subfloors
- Plan and cost flooring technology work
- Establish and maintain a safe work environment
- Assess flooring installation sites

How do I find a job as a Floor Sander?

If you are wondering how to start an apprenticeship or traineeship, the first step is to find an employer who will have an open position for you. There are many different ways to find a traineeship, starting from job search sites online to door-knocking, or via Group Training Organisations. To get started, have a look at these job search sites and look for any open positions that may be advertised.

Jason Mackintosh got his start by working with his father, fast forward over two decades and he is still thriving in the floor sanding industry. Learn all about Jason's journey in the video below.

 
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What can I expect to be doing as an apprentice Floor Sander?

A floor sanding apprenticeship will lead you to completing your Certificate III in Flooring Technology - MSF30818. This qualification includes a range of on-the-job and off-the-job training. Over the course of the traineeship, you will learn about different aspects of the job. This will help you build the necessary skills and knowledge to operate independently in the future.

Through on-the-job and off-the-job training, you will learn to:

  • Prepare to work safely in the construction industry
  • Receive and prepare flooring materials
  • Select, prepare and apply moisture barriers to concrete subfloors
  • Prepare subfloors with cementitious coating applications
  • Plan and cost flooring technology work
  • Establish and maintain a safe flooring technology work environment
  • Assess flooring installation sites
  • Make measurements and calculations
  • Read and interpret work documents
  • Communicate in the workplace
  • Work in a team
  • Handle dangerous goods/hazardous substances
  • Install mouldings and edge trims to timber floors
  • Coarse sand timber flooring
  • Plan and implement maintenance of timber, laminate and engineered flooring
  • Apply solvent-based coatings to timber floors
  • Apply water-based coatings to timber floors
  • Apply oil-based coatings to timber floors
  • Apply composite-based coatings to timber flooring
  • Apply stains and fillers to timber flooring
  • Fine sand timber flooring
  • Edge sand timber flooring
  • Sand and fill parquetry flooring
  • Deliver and monitor a service to customers

Learn more about what is involved in training by checking out this Job & Training Description.

What are my career outcomes?

What are my career outcomes?

A Certificate III in Flooring Technology is a nationally recognised qualification with the potential to open the door to many careers. From working on new builds to restorative projects, there are so many opportunities and career pathways once you earn your qualification. As well as working as with all types of timber, you may also work with other flooring materials such as vinyl and carpet. Here are some of the other jobs out there in this industry:

- Carpet Layer
- Resilient Floor Layer
- Resin Floor Finisher
- Floor Preparation Worker (laminates and vinyl)

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