MüLLER ACADEMY

At our core, the quality of our work depends on highly trained trade workers. In our efforts to maintain a staff that kept a high standard of work, we kept running into the same challenge - a lack of opportunity for training and learning in the tiling and flooring industry. Leadership decided that the only way to meet the needs of employees and customers was to do the job internally and so the Academy was born. The Academy is built on three pillars: Safety, Culture, and Artisanry.

Muller academy

Why Müller Academy?

You earn while you learn with our apprenticeship method.

Our programs are based on the German tile installation program, which is recognized internationally for its high standard of quality.

The final certificate is recognized by the Department of Labor.

A great Career Alternative to a college education with very competive pay.

Benefits

Health Insurance

Life Insurance

Disability

Paid Holidays

Professional Development

Career path in construction

Provided PPE

Local and long distance travel

Employee Discounts

Apprenticeship

Our apprenticeship is based on the German model, which is recognized internationally for its high standard of quality. In order to develop our apprentices into quality tile installers, we run a two-year program that consists of classroom and workshop training, as well as on-the-job training.

To achieve their Certificate, which is officially recognized by the Department of Labor, apprentices must meet classroom expectations, complete specific numbers of hours in the field and pass several skills assessments, including a final assessment where they display all of their skills in a timed assessment.

We provide all the necessary tools for our apprentices to be successful, so whilst the program is quite rigorous, the students are all well-prepared.

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Pre-apprenticeship Program (1st Program)
Tile Finisher Apprenticeship Program (2nd Program)
Tile Installer Apprenticeship Program (3rd Program)

01. What is a Pre-Apprenticeship Program?

At Müller Corporation we feel it is important for employees to have work experience where they can understand us and we can understand them. A Pre-Apprenticeship is a focused job training and working experience where we share our culture and expectations while our employees develop a sense of self while on the job. Some of the things we are looking for are foundational skills or soft skills: work ethic, timeliness, attitude, and others are more skill and interest-based. During the Pre-Apprenticeship, employees have an opportunity to earn their position in our program simply by doing the foundational skills, and then the specific program is chosen based on their interest and technical skills.

02. How does the apprenticeship work?

The Pre-Apprenticeship Program is a minimum of 3 months and a maximum of 6 months. During the program, the following classroom instruction will take place:

Prior to work experience:

  • Construction Safety Training and Company Specific Safety Training – 4 hours
  • Company Culture and Expectations – 2 Hours

Integrated throughout Work Experience:

  • Site-Specific Safety Instruction
  • Forklift Certification
  • CPR/First Aid Certification
  • Construction Basics Math
  • OSHA 10 Certification
  • Intro to Tile Cutting, Mortar Mixing, Staging, Grouting, and Caulking
  • Work Experience

Pre-Apprentices will be paired with current apprentices or mentor installers to learn the everyday functions of the company, including the various types of tasks and responsibilities expected of each employee. Specific training will be tailored to current project needs so that pre-apprentices will have the opportunity to practice each skill they are taught. Before the program is finished all skills will be covered in either a combination of classroom/work experience or classroom/workshop. As often as possible a pre-apprentice will experience classroom/workshop/work experience as a standard learning environment.

The pre-apprenticeship is meant to prepare candidates for the Tile Finisher and Tile Setter Apprenticeship Programs. If a situation arises where a pre-apprentice does not qualify to enter either program, they will be given a review and growth plan along with an opportunity to extend their pre-apprenticeship at the sole discretion of Müller Corporation.

03. Why go into a trade?

80% of Construction Companies in North Carolina report that workforce shortages remain one of the single most significant threats to their businesses. These companies have open and available positions they are trying to fill today and the number of those positions continues to grow.

04. Will I get a job after the program? Or What happens when I finish the program?

Our parent company, Muller Corporation, currently has open positions for trained Tile Finishers. We are also partnering with other companies with similar needs for skilled trade workers. There is a large shortage of construction workers in general and a particularly large need for trade workers with tile installation skills. While taking a position as a pre-apprentice does not guarantee acceptance into these programs we strive to train and retain all employees with solid foundational skills.

05. What wage does a Pre-Apprentice earn?

Pre-Apprentices starting pay is based on experience and is between 13-15 dollars an hour.

06. When does the program start?

The Pre-Apprenticeship runs all year and pre-apprentices are added throughout the year. Our other Apprenticeship Programs run at various times throughout the year and you must be a current Pre-Apprentice in order to apply.

07. How do I apply?

Fill out our form via this link and then contact Joshua Doty (jdoty@mullercorporation.com), Müller Academy Director.

08. How do I get started?

We hire all of our employees through the NCWorks Portal so be sure to set up an account and connect with NCWorks to speed up the hiring process.

Once your account is set up you can search our open Pre-Apprentice position and apply.

01. What is a Tile Finisher Apprenticeship Program?

Müller Academy, a company with German roots, uses the German Apprenticeship model for all of our Apprenticeship Programs. Germany has a long-standing history of excellence in both trade programs and trade work. The Tile Finisher Program is the prerequisite program for our Tile Installer Apprenticeship. Students who complete the apprenticeship will have demonstrated consistent skills and knowledge associated with the DOL Tile Finisher program. The Tile Finisher program also develops the base skills for the Tile Installer Program. Upon completion of the program, each apprentice will receive a Department of Labor recognized Certificate of Completion that never expires.

02. How does the apprenticeship work?

Training consists of 6 total weeks of classroom and workshop training spread out over the course of a year and a half in 2-week sections. When not in the classroom/workshop, apprentices will work on the job and receive on the job training. The program is an 18-month program and participants receive a certificate from our Academy upon graduation. Completing this program also qualifies employees to apply for our Tile Setter Program.

This program is designed for individuals with limited experience in construction and tile work but is open to anyone wanting to start a career in tile/trades.

Some of the essential skills of a Tile Finisher are as follows:

  • Moves tiles, tile setting tools, and work devices from storage area to installation site. manually or using a wheelbarrow.
  • Prepare walls and floors for Waterproofing, installation of water-resistant underlayments
  • Mixes mortar and grout according to standard formulas and request from TILE SETTER, using a bucket, water hose, spatula, and portable mixer.
  • Supplies TILE SETTER with mortar and tile, using a wheelbarrow, shovel, and bucket.
  • Cuts marked tiles to size using a manual tile cutter or wet saw.
  • Applies grout between joints of the installed tile, using a grouting trowel
  • Removes excess grout from tile joints with a wet sponge, grout residue, and polish tile, using non-abrasive materials
  • Covers surfaces of tile after the grout has set
  • Applies caulk, sealer, acid, steam, or related agents to caulk, seal or clean installed tile, using various application devices and equipment
  • Cleans installation sites, mixing and storage areas, and installation machines, tools, and equipment, using water and various cleaning tools
  • Stores tile setting materials, machines, tools, and equipment
  • Assist TILE SETTER to position and secure metal lath, wire mesh, or felt paper prior to tile installation

03. Why go into a trade?

80% of Construction Companies in North Carolina report that workforce shortages remain one of the single most significant threats to their businesses. These companies have open and available positions they are trying to fill today and the number of those positions continues to grow.

04. Will I get a job after the program? Or What happens when I finish the program?

Our parent company, Muller Corporation, currently has open positions for trained Tile Finishers. We are also partnering with other companies with similar needs for skilled trade workers. There is a large shortage of construction workers in general and a particularly large need for trade workers with tile installation skills.

05. What wage does a Tile Finisher Apprentice earn?

Tile Finisher Apprentices’ starting pay is based on experience and is between 13-15 dollars an hour.

06. When does the program start?

The program runs multiple times throughout the year. For upcoming start dates please contact us. (see below)

07. How do I apply?

Fill out our form via this link and then contact Joshua Doty (jdoty@mullercorporation.com), Müller Academy Director.

08. How do I get started?

We hire all of our employees through the NCWorks Portal so be sure to set up an account and connect with NCWorks to speed up the hiring process.

Once your account is set up you can search our open Pre-Apprentice position and apply.

01. What is a Tile Installer Apprenticeship Program?

Müller Academy, a company with German roots, uses the German Apprenticeship model for all of our Apprenticeship Programs. Germany has a long-standing history of excellence in both trade programs and trade work. The Tile Installer Program is the main program for our institution. Students who complete the apprenticeship will have demonstrated consistent skills and knowledge associated with all currently used thin-set installation techniques being used in the American Market. Upon completion of the program, each apprentice will receive a Department of Labor recognized Certificate of Completion that never expires.

02. How does the apprenticeship work?

The Tile Finisher Program is a prerequisite for admission to the Tile Installer Program. Students with prior installation/tile experience may test into the program and receive credit for past experience at the sole discretion of the Academy.

This is a 2 ½-3 year program running on a rotation of 2 ½(10 weeks) months in classroom/workshop learning followed by 4-5 months of On-The-Job Training(insert as infographic from presentation).

Each course section of classroom/workshop and OTJ takes approximately 6 months and apprentices must attend 4 classroom/workshop trainings, making the program last between 2 and 3 years. Each classroom/workshop session has specific learning goals relative to the apprentice’s skill level. In order to advance to the next course, an apprentice must pass a practical assessment as well as log a specific number of On-The-Job Training hours practicing each of the skills learned in the previous session.

First 10 Weeks: Students practice all the basics of tile installation. This includes mixing thin-set and grout, cutting tiles, centering, basic layouts, leveling, lippage management, and other fundamentals.

Second 10 Weeks: Students return from the field to begin working with imperfect surfaces (walls and floors), specialty cuts around objects such as piping and niches, inserting edging, increased complexity layouts, and working with a variety of tile sizes and types.

Third 10 Weeks: The focus of the third session is the bathroom. Students learn all aspects of waterproofing, sloping and screeding, curb installation, and even high complexity layouts including mosaic tile.

Fourth 10 Weeks: In the fourth and final session students continually demonstrate mastery of all practical skills. In addition, students prep for their final exam, which is both written (TCNA Handbook and practical knowledge) and practical (hands-on installation exam assessed at the highest standard.

On-The-Job Training takes place between each of the 10-week courses and, typically, lasts 3-5 months. It may last longer based on the number of hours an apprentice achieves as well as their scores on their practical assessments. On The Job Training is in-field work under the supervision of a mentor veteran tile installer. Skills learned in the classroom are practiced in the field until they become permanent. Those skills are then re-tested in the classroom as an assessment.

03. Why go into a trade?

80% of Construction Companies in North Carolina report that workforce shortages remain one of the single most significant threats to their businesses. These companies have open and available positions they are trying to fill today and the number of those positions continues to grow.

04. Will I get a job after the program? Or What happens when I finish the program?

Our parent company, Muller Corporation, currently has open positions for trained Tile Finishers. We are also partnering with other companies with similar needs for skilled trade workers. There is a large shortage of construction workers in general and a particularly large need for trade workers with tile installation skills.

05. What wage does a Tile Installer Apprentice earn?

Tile Installer Apprentices’ starting pay is based on experience and is between 14-16 dollars an hour with raises every 6 months based on performance and program completion.

06. When does the program start?

The program runs multiple times throughout the year. For upcoming start dates please contact us. (see below)

07. How do I apply?

Fill out our form via this link and then contact Joshua Doty (jdoty@mullercorporation.com), Müller Academy Director.

08. How do I get started?

We hire all of our employees through the NCWorks Portal so be sure to set up an account and connect with NCWorks to speed up the hiring process.

Once your account is set up you can search our open Pre-Apprentice position and apply.

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Philosophy

The Academy is built on three pillars: Safety, Culture, and Artisanry. While each of these pillars are different, they provide equal support to the program, as well as the company.

Artisanry

Easy to identify. Difficult to replicate.

What sets Müller Surfaces apart from our competitors is our high standard of Artisanry but the skills of an Artisan are becoming increasingly rare. While learning how to safely and correctly install various surfaces is an achievement on its own, in order to be considered a skilled artisan requires a trade worker to pair their technical skills with artistic talent.

Our installers interpret the plans and blueprints (or other means by which a vision is shared) and create that product for the client. Our installers bring life to the work they are assigned by blending functional installation with aesthetic appeal.

These skills are developed by training and practice, and require our installers to have either completed a certified program or apprenticeship. Because these programs are becoming sparse, we have created our very own programs and apprenticeships to meet the needs of future Artisans, using instructors and mentors who are not only certified, but have a strong history of artisanry themselves.

Safety

Safety is a central pillar at Müller Academy. From our office staff to our warehouse and field employees, we strive to provide the safest possible environment for our staff.

In order to accomplish this, we maintain up-to-date training on all safety aspects identified by OSHA, as well as additional safety goals determined by our Safety Committee.

The Head of Müller Academy, Joshua Doty, is also the Safety Director for the company. He holds the Construction MESH (Manager of Environmental Safety & Health) certificate which requires 100 hours of workplace safety, health or environmental training.

Culture

Muller Surfaces prides itself on its positive culture and to enhance this culture further, The Muller Way was developed.

The Muller Way identifies 31 “Fundamentals” that make up the foundation of our company culture. In support of this initiative, the Academy supplies training on various cultural “Fundamentals”. These trainings are employee-specific so they can be as broad as the entire company, or as few as the individual employee. They may happen yearly, monthly, or even weekly. Many of these principles are taught in-house but sometimes they are outsourced to professionals in the subject area.

Academy Staff

Our team of staff at the Müller Academy are highly dedicated individuals, committed to training the next generation of skilled artisans through classroom training and practical, hands on experience.

Joshua Doty

ACADEMY DIRECTOR

Bernd Wilke

LEAD INSTRUCTOR

Apprentices

Our Apprentices come from all backgrounds, often construction, but as often not. Our program is built to accommodate learning for students who have no experience, as well as students who have a background in construction and tile installation. The only mandatory requirements for our programs are a good attitude, ethics, and hard work.

Adrian Ramos

APPRENTICE

Christopher Crosby

APPRENTICE

Frank Tesorio

APPRENTICE

Jonathan Lopez

APPRENTICE

Kristen Dunham

APPRENTICE

Patrick Weill

APPRENTICE

Xavier Elliott

APPRENTICE

Brandon Demby

APPRENTICE

Sonja Roberts

APPRENTICE

Contact Our Team

If you are interested in finding out more about the Academy, or want to register for the next enrollment for the Apprenticeship Program for Tile Installers, simply complete the form below.

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Müller Academy

3400 International Airport Drive
Suite 100
Charlotte, NC 28208
+1 (704) 594 0613

academy@mullercorporation.com