Painters, Transportation Equipment

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About the Job

Operate or tend painting machines to paint surfaces of transportation equipment, such as automobiles, buses, trucks, trains, boats, and airplanes. Includes painters in auto body repair facilities.

It is also Called

  • Vehicle Painter
  • Transportation Equipment Painter Apprentice
  • Transportation Equipment Painter
  • Touch Up Painter
  • Top Coater
  • Shipyard Painter
  • Sandblaster Paint Sprayer
  • Rust Proofer
  • Refinish Technician
  • Railroad Car Painter
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What They Do

  • Verify paint consistency, using a viscosity meter.
  • Lay out logos, symbols, or designs on painted surfaces, according to blueprint specifications, using measuring instruments, stencils, or patterns.
  • Apply designs, lettering, or other identifying or decorative items to finished products, using paint brushes or paint sprayers.
  • Use brush to hand-paint areas in need of retouching or unreachable with a spray gun.
  • Set up portable equipment, such as ventilators, exhaust units, ladders, or scaffolding.
  • Operate lifting or moving devices to move equipment or materials to access areas to be painted.
  • Allow the sprayed product to dry and touch up any missed spots.
  • Adjust controls on infrared ovens, heat lamps, portable ventilators, or exhaust units to speed the drying of vehicles between coats.
  • Apply primer over any repairs made to vehicle surfaces.
  • Clean equipment and work areas.

Interests

People who work in this occupation generally have the interest code: I.

This means people who work in this occupation generally have Investigative interests.

Work Values

People who work in this occupation generally prize Support, but also value Independence and Working Conditions in their jobs.

Things They Need to Know

  • English Language - Knowledge of the structure and content of the English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.
  • Chemistry - Knowledge of the chemical composition, structure, and properties of substances and of the chemical processes and transformations that they undergo. This includes uses of chemicals and their interactions, danger signs, production techniques, and disposal methods.
  • Production and Processing - Knowledge of raw materials, production processes, quality control, costs, and other techniques for maximizing the effective manufacture and distribution of goods.
  • Mechanical - Knowledge of machines and tools, including their designs, uses, repair, and maintenance.
  • Administration and Management - Knowledge of business and management principles involved in strategic planning, resource allocation, human resources modeling, leadership technique, production methods, and coordination of people and resources.

Things They Need to Be Able to Do

  • Monitoring - Monitoring/Assessing performance of yourself, other individuals, or organizations to make improvements or take corrective action.
  • Operation and Control - Controlling operations of equipment or systems.
  • Operation Monitoring - Watching gauges, dials, or other indicators to make sure a machine is working properly.
  • Coordination - Adjusting actions in relation to others' actions.
  • Critical Thinking - Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.
  • Quality Control Analysis - Conducting tests and inspections of products, services, or processes to evaluate quality or performance.
  • Judgment and Decision Making - Considering the relative costs and benefits of potential actions to choose the most appropriate one.

Education Required

These occupations usually require a high school diploma.

Wages

In 2016, the average annual wage in Pennsylvania was $45,360 with most people making between $26,820 and $69,510

Outlook

0.66%
avg. annual growth

During 2014, this occupation employed approximately 2,440 people in Pennsylvania. It is projected that there will be 2,600 employed in 2024.

This occupation will have about 16 openings due to growth and about 44 replacement openings for approximately 60 total annual openings.



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