Industrial Carpet Jobs

The industrial carpet industry offers a wide range of exciting careers, and during these times of economic instability it may also be of interest to note that job stability in this industry is fairly high. Regardless of which part of the industry you are interested in working in, there is good money to be made for skilled and motivated workers, but most jobs do require training prior to employment. The two main categories of industrial carpet job are:

  • Development and Production; and
  • Installation;

 Let’s take a look at what each of these job types involves.

Development/Production

This is most difficult area of industrial carpet work that you can get in to, as it requires substantial knowledge of how various elements work together and reach to each other. The physical requirements of industrial carpets vary depending on their use; some will need to be heavy, others light, some will need to be able to withstand vast amounts of water, others need to be able to deal with mud and sand being constantly ground in to them by dirty shoes, to name but a few examples. It is quite challenging, then, to develop carpets that suit a wide range of needs at as low a cost as possible, whilst looking good and being durable. These industrial carpet jobs are generally undertaken my chemists, who are employed to improve existing or develop new materials for carpet production. It is a fascinating area of research that requires the ability to think outside the box.

Once an actual material has been developed, an efficient method of production needs to be thought of. This requires another form of academic, a production engineer, to design a piece of machinery that can automate the process of creating the material and turn it into a specified type of carpet at a high rate of efficiency. Both of these industrial carpet jobs offer high levels of pay, and excellent career development possibilities.

Installation

The general term for someone who installs carpet is a ‘carpet fitter’. Becoming a carpet fitter does not necessarily require formal schooling, instead the majority of carpet fitters are trained on the job. Prior to being given employment, they are hired as apprentice carpet fitters and learn the job under an experienced colleague. This is a highly skilled job that requires not just physical strength, dexterity and endurance, but also spatial awareness and the ability to work to a high level of precision. As with any carpentry, carpet fitters must be exceptional at working with their hands, and must be able to perform very exact measurements and fittings.

Training and working as a carpet fitter is also an excellent route for anyone who wishes to start their own business, as skilled fitters often set up their own carpet fitting business once they have accumulated the skills necessary through their employment. As such there are excellent possibilities to develop your own career, and a skilled fitter can earn an excellent wage as their reputation spreads.