Profession staircase installer

Staircase installers put in place standard or custom designed staircases between the various levels in buildings. They take the necessary measurements, prepare the site, and install the staircase safely.

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Personality Type

  • Realistic / Investigative


  • Woodworking tools

    The various tools used to process wood, such as planers, chisels and lathes.


  • Clean wood surface

    Use a variety of techniques on a wood surface to ensure it is free of dust, sawdust, grease, stains, and other contaminants.

  • Fasten treads and risers

    Securely fasten the treads of a staircase and their vertical counterparts, the risers, to the structural support element or elements of the stair. Screw or nail the risers and treads onto the structure, like stringers, carriages or I-beam. Use adhesives to prevent creaking if called for.

  • Work in a construction team

    Work as part of a team in a construction project. Communicate efficiently, sharing information with team members and reporting to supervisors. Follow instructions and adapt to changes in a flexible manner.

  • Snap chalk line

    Stretch a line covered in fine, non-staining chalk between two points and snap it against a surface to produce a straight line.

  • Join wood elements

    Bind wooden materials together using a variety of techniques and materials. Determine the optimal technique to join the elements, like stapling, nail, gluing or screwing. Determine the correct work order and make the joint.

  • Use measurement instruments

    Use different measurement instruments depending on the property to be measured. Utilise various instruments to measure length, area, volume, speed, energy, force, and others.

  • Transport construction supplies

    Bring construction materials, tools and equipment to the construction site and store them properly taking various aspects into account such as the workers' safety and protection from deterioration.

  • Inspect construction supplies

    Check construction supplies for damage, moisture, loss or other problems before using the material.

  • Position carriage

    Set stair carriages to their final position. Fix them to the top terminal, usually with a headboard. Fix the carriage to the bottom terminal and block it from sliding over the floor with a brace. Fix the carriage to the wall if called for.

  • Install handrail

    Install handrails on stairs or balustrades. Firmly anchor the handrail onto newel posts or directly to the floor.

  • Use safety equipment in construction

    Use elements of protective clothing such as steel-tipped shoes, and gear such as protective goggles, in order to minimise risk of accidents in construction and to mitigate any injury if an accident does occur.

  • Apply wood finishes

    Use a variety of techniques to finish wood. Paint, varnish and stain wood to improve its function, durability, or appearance.

  • Follow health and safety procedures in construction

    Apply the relevant health and safety procedures in construction in order to prevent accidents, pollution and other risks.

  • Work ergonomically

    Apply ergonomy principles in the organisation of the workplace while manually handling equipment and materials.

  • Interpret 3D plans

    Interpret and understand plans and drawings in manufacturing processes which include representations in three dimensions.

  • Interpret 2D plans

    Interpret and understand plans and drawings in manufacturing processes which include representations in two dimensions.

Optional knowledge and skills

wood cuts cut stair carriages create architectural sketches use cad software sort waste advise on construction materials set up temporary construction site infrastructure estimate restoration costs keep records of work progress calculate needs for construction supplies select restoration activities protect surfaces during construction work maintain work area cleanliness place carpet apply restoration techniques create smooth wood surface calculate stairs rise and run operate table saw monitor stock level operate hand drill types of carpet types of wood follow safety procedures when working at heights order construction supplies process incoming construction supplies answer requests for quotation operate wood router install newel posts install spindles create cutting plan keep personal administration