408 Housing Construction, Wall and Floor Tiling

Deputy coordinator Markku Järvinen from Tavastiaand coordinator Keijo Hakala from HAMK.

Masonry is one of the most demanding and traditional craft professions in the building trade. Masons work in building companies and as independent professionals. This vocation requires versatile manual skills, mastering various work techniques, planning skills, and caution. Masons mainly performs brick and concrete block masonry used in the foundations of buildings, and also inner and outer walls and masonry columns. Bricks are also used to make fireplaces.

A mason needs planning and organizing skills as well as caution and patience. The work requires adaptability to various work situations and varying circumstances, as well as the ability to work both independently and in a team.

The tools used in masonry include a masonry trowel, hammer, rubber mallet, mortar tub, mortar mixer, spirit level, mason’s line, etc. Machines are used in lifting and transporting heavy materials.

The job of a mason may also include plastering and tiling. Tilers install stone, concrete, brick and ceramic tiles on walls and floors, and in outdoor facilities. A tiler also often installs the waterproofing in wet areas.

It is essential to know and follow the work safety regulations.

The competition is an individual competition, but depending on the task, the competitor can be helped by an assistant provided by the organizer.

Skill requirements

The competition tasks are based on the requirements of the grade Excellent (K3) for the following competence areas of the vocational qualification in Construction:

  • frame construction work
  • foundation work
  • masonry
  • tiling

408 Housing Construction, Wall and Floor Tiling finals

The Taitaja2018 Tampere competition is held in the Tampere Sports and Exhibition Center from 14 to 17 May 2018.

Here you will find the final task description and finalists for competition 408, Housing Construction, Wall and Floor Tiling.

Competition task structure and central task module components

The task consists of a wall tiling part and two separate floor tiling parts. The competitor will perform a masonry task in accordance with the drawings, and tile a wall or part of a wall. The competitors receive drawings of the task to be completed, templates for tiling and written and oral work instructions.

The total work time is ca. 17,5 hours over the three competition days in accordance with the separate schedule provided in the beginning of the competition.

First competition day 15 May 2018

Task 1: Tiling with personal hand tools or those provided at the finals in accordance with a dimensional image or drawings. The main focus in the evaluation is on objective assessment areas such as dimensional accuracy, vertical and horizontal straightness, and smoothness. (6 hours)

Competition time, including breaks, from 10.00 am to 5.30 pm

Lunch break 1h

Coffee breaks 2 x 15min

 

Second competition day 16 May 2018

Task 2: Building a brick and tile barbecue with personal hand tools or those provided at the finals in accordance with a dimensional image or drawings. The main focus in the evaluation is on objective assessment areas such as dimensional accuracy, vertical and horizontal straightness, and smoothness. (7.5 hours)

Competition time, including breaks, from 8.00 am to 5.00 pm

Lunch break 1h

Coffee breaks 2 x 15 min.

Third competition day 17 May 2018

Task 3: Tiling with personal hand tools or those provided at the finals in accordance with a dimensional image or drawings. The main focus in the evaluation is on objective assessment areas such as dimensional accuracy, vertical and horizontal straightness, and smoothness. (4 hours)

Competition time, including breaks, from 7.30 am to 12.30 pm

Lunch break 45 min.

Coffee break 15 min.

Competition task assessment criteria

Task 1: Tiling, 30 points

  • Measures of length and width, vertical and horizontal straightness, surface smoothness (22 points)
  • Visual look, general appearance, professional way of working, missing parts (6 points)
  • Work safety (2 points)

Task 2: Building a brick and tile barbecue, 50 points

  • Measures of length and width, vertical and horizontal straightness, surface smoothness (40 points)
  • Work safety (2 points)
  • Visual look, general appearance, professional way of working, missing parts (8 points)

Task 3: Tiling, 20 points

  • Measures of length and width, vertical and horizontal straightness, surface smoothness (15 points)
  • Work safety (1 point)
  • Visual look, general appearance, professional way of working, missing parts (4 points)

 

Description of the competition task and assessment process

The competition tasks are modular so that the daily results can be assessed separately. The total score for the competition tasks is 100 points.

The evaluation is performed using a WorldSkill-based CIS scoring system. The results are announced by module. The competition performance is assessed at the end of each module. The judges assess the competitors during the competition by monitoring them and measuring dimensional accuracy and accordance with the drawings.

The score weighting between masonry and tiling tasks is ca. 50/50 points. The main focus in the evaluation is on objective assessment areas such as dimensional accuracy, vertical and horizontal straightness, surface smoothness, and work safety. Subjective assessment makes up ca. 15 points, which includes the tidiness of the work and the workstation, smoothness of the seams and the general appearance of the finished product. In their subjective assessments, the judges give numerical grades (from 1 to 10), of which the highest and lowest may only differ by two when assessing the competitor.

Should the competitor present a risk to the competitor’s or others’ safety, the competition performance may be interrupted.

Scope of the tasks and time allotted

More exact competition and break schedule will be given to the competitors at the competition venue at the latest.

 

Materials, equipment and work phases used and the competition area

Each competitor has a separate workstation. There are platforms for tiling and masonry.

The competition organizer provides the following machines, equipment and supplies

The primary materials used in the competition are MRT bricks and regular Pukkila 147×147 wall tiles, which the competition organizer provides at the competition venue.

The mortar is made by the competition organizer and delivered to the workstation. The competitor mixes the tile plaster needed in the competition.

The organizer also provides the following tools: a battery-powered drill, coping saw, sander and a dust extractor attached to them.

What the competitor brings to the competition venue

Protective equipment used on a construction venue

The competitors brings their personal work clothes with safety colours, safety gloves, safety shoes, respirators, safety goggles, ear muffs and safety helmet.

Equipment

Ordinary masonry and tiling tools including a tile saw, work benches, tiling platforms and a work stand with which you can reach the height of 2,700mm.

NB!

Any other electrical or battery-powered tools than the ones listed above are not allowed in the competition. This includes e.g. curved tile cutters attached to the work bench for cutting the tiles.

Preliminary tasks

The masonry task can be rehearsed with the 2015 and 2017 finals tasks found in the SkillsFinland task bank.

The tiling task can be rehearsed with the 2016 finals task found in the task bank.

 

408 Competition coordinator and deputy coordinator

Keijo Hakala, HAMK and Markku Järvinen, Tavastia Vocational College