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Become An Aircraft Painter

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Working As An Aircraft Painter

  • Inspecting Equipment, Structures, or Material
  • Making Decisions and Solving Problems
  • Identifying Objects, Actions, and Events
  • Getting Information
  • Communicating with Supervisors, Peers, or Subordinates
  • Unpleasant/Hazardous Environment

  • Outdoors/walking/standing

  • Repetitive

  • Stressful

  • $68,120

    Average Salary

What Does An Aircraft Painter Do At Textron

* Good knowledge of General / Principle Paint Methods(Bell SOPMs)
* Good level of understand FOD (foreignobject debris) free awareness, sensitive environments, ensures all assembliesand detail parts are free FOD and non-conformance issues.
* Good level of understand of mil specs,detailed blueprints, fabrication, assembly outlines, sketches, patterns, andwritten or verbal instructions.
* Aircraft Paint Booth manometer andtemperature/humidity readings and tracking
* Inventory monitoring and tracking, ordering
* Good level of experience of specialtyrepairs (scratches, dents, damage, blending colors)
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* Process Inspection Certification
* Qualifications

What Does An Aircraft Painter Do At The Boeing Company

* Setup and operate tungsten, arc, gas, and metal inert gas welding equipment to weld metals such as steel alloys, titanium, aluminum, magnesium using A
* C. and D
* C. equipment and accessories.
* Fabricate sheet metal parts using a variety of tools.
* Layout, setup and operate power roll, power shears, power brakes, metal disintegrator, punch presses, circular and band saws, shaper, routers and accessories.
* Perform such work as blanking, forming, bending, piercing, perforating, punching, flanging, slotting, and hot forming on various parts.
* Form regular and irregular shapes and contours.
* Hand route and drill parts and hand form parts.
* Tap, ream, grind, assemble, fit, setup and alignment of parts in jigs or fixtures preparatory to welding.
* Work on parts where established tooling or methods may not be available.
* Cut, drill, burr, file, trim, sand, clean, polish, identify and finish form simple parts.
* Mask, wire or otherwise prepare and/or clean parts.
* Load, unload, control and operate electrolytic and chemical plating equipment and accessories.
* Program and perform new operations and record data for future runs.
* Use hand and power tools, equipment and measuring instruments such as wrenches, pliers, oven, ammeter, voltmeters, rules, scales, hydrometers and micrometers.
* Prepare work, clean parts, load and unload tanks, rinse, dry, buff or polish as directed.
* Add dry chemicals to maintain solution as directed.
* Setup, load and operate cranes.
* Control and operate electrochemical and chemical metal cleaning, treating and caustic etching processes.
* Calculate chemical milling rate and determine process time required to chemical mill parts.
* Chemically mill parts.
* Operate ion exchanges, pumps, ovens, degreasers and impregnators.
* Insert and remove parts from cleaning solutions for cleaning process.
* Unwrap, sort, load and transport preparatory to electrochemical and chemical cleaning and treating processes.
* Clean or otherwise prepare parts to be chemically milled.
* Chemically mill parts by inserting and removing parts from chemical milling.
* Prepare and apply coatings to materials for nameplates.
* Prepare materials for chemical etching and coating.
* Touch up any imperfections in coatings before or during the chemical etching process.
* Lay out, cut, trim and sew coverings.
* Boeing is the world's largest aerospace company and leading manufacturer of commercial airplanes and defense, space and security systems.
* We are engineers and technicians.
* Skilled scientists and thinkers.
* Bold innovators and dreamers.
* Join us, and you can build something better for yourself, for our customers and for the world.

What Does An Aircraft Painter Do At Plane Techs

* Safely perform aircraft preparation, painting, and detailing of aircraft under minimal supervision.
* Coordinate with supervision and inspection to ensure compliance with internal and FAA paperwork, sign-offs and quality inspection.
* Promote high standards of quality through instruction and by setting a good example for others to follow.
* Follow standard operating procedures when using tools and equipment such as dual action sanders, hydraulic lift platforms, and paint sprayers.
* Properly care for and maintain shop equipment and tools.
* Follow standard operating procedures when using sealants, paint strippers, and corrosion-preventive chemicals and use protective equipment as required.
* Comply with safety rules and procedures and be alert for unsafe conditions.
* Address unsafe conditions before putting people or property at risk.
* Use the material tracking system to create parts demand, track squawks, and to sign off on work

What Does An Aircraft Painter Do At DAL Global Services

* Prepare composite and sheet metal parts and assemblies for paint as well as fill and fair
* Paint aircraft parts and assemblies with different water based and solvent based paints in accordance with released data.
* Read and interpret engineering drawings, engineering orders, and work instructions.
* Read, understand and follow Delta, Boeing and Airbus process and material specifications.
* Properly use calibrated precision measuring equipment
* Comply with lean manufacturing principals and work with leads and supervisors to implement best practices in the manufacturing process.
* Work with engineers and management in problem solving production issues.
* Be prepared to cross train and be utilized in other aspects in the production process.
* Follow all procedures for the use and proper fitting of required respirator systems
* Maintain safe operations by adhering to DFP safety procedures and regulations
* Under the direction of the Production management, the DFP Paint Technician will perform a variety of painting activities for interior Aircraft parts and assemblies

What Does An Aircraft Painter Do At PDS Tech Inc.

* Mask, sand, and prepare aircraft for paint application.
* Apply glazing and sealing compounds in preparation for final painting.
* Operate and maintain all types of preparation and priming equipment.
* Mix paints and primers.
* Perform leading edge sealant work in final detail.
* Comply with all safety, 5S, and housekeeping policies.
* Use personal protective equipment and ensure aircraft interior is protected (PTP).
* Additional Functions:
* Properly care for and maintain shop equipment and tools as assigned.
* Comply with Paint shop standard practices.
* Perform other duties as required

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How To Become An Aircraft Painter

Most painting and coating workers learn on the job after earning a high school diploma or equivalent. Training for new workers usually lasts from a few days to several months.


Painting and coating workers in the manufacturing sector usually must have a high school diploma or equivalent. Employers outside of manufacturing sometimes hire workers without a high school diploma.

Taking high school courses in automotive painting is recommended.

Some automotive painters attend a technical or vocational school where they receive hands-on training and learn the intricacies of mixing and applying different types of paint.


Most entry-level workers receive on-the-job training that may last from a few days to a few months.

Workers who operate computer-controlled equipment may require additional training in computer programming.

Manufacturing transportation equipment painters typically learn to paint on the job.

Licenses, Certifications, and Registrations

Voluntary certification by the National Institute for Automotive Service Excellence (ASE) is recognized as the standard of achievement for automotive painters. To obtain certification, painters must pass a written exam and have at least 2 years of experience in the field. Recertification is required every 5 years. Few painting and coating workers other than automobile painters obtain certification.

ASE-approved training in refinishing taken while one is enrolled in high school, a trade or vocational school, or a community college may substitute for up to 1 year of work experience. To keep the certification, painters must retake the exam at least every 5 years.

Important Qualities

Artistic ability. Some workers make elaborate or decorative designs. For example, some automotive painters specialize in making custom designs for vehicles. 

Color vision. Workers must be able to blend new paint colors in order to match existing colors on a surface.

Mechanical skills. Workers must be able to operate and maintain sprayers that apply paints and coatings.

Physical stamina. Some workers must stand at their station for extended periods. Continuous standing or activity can be tiring.

Physical strength. Workers may need to lift heavy objects. Some products that are painted or coated may weigh over 50 pounds.

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  • White

  • Hispanic or Latino

  • Asian

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  • Black or African American

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Languages Spoken

  • Spanish

  • Tagalog


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Real Aircraft Painter Salaries

Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
Aircraft Painter Jetcrafters Aviation LLC AZ Jul 03, 2013 $40,550
Aircraft Painter Jetcrafters Aviation, LLC. AZ Apr 25, 2014 $39,695
Aircraft Painter Jetcrafters Aviation LLC Safford, AZ Dec 01, 2015 $39,048
Aircraft Painter James A Lamberth DBA Sunshine Aviation Russellville, KY Jan 19, 2016 $33,392

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Top Skills for An Aircraft Painter


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Top Aircraft Painter Skills

  1. Aircraft Parts
  2. Surface Preparation
  3. Epoxy Primer
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Assist higher grade mechanics with cleaning of aircraft parts using solvents and other cleaning solutions.
  • Perform surface preparation and spraying applications.
  • Apply epoxy primer to aircraft.
  • Worked on a daily basis with Media Blaster, pressure washers and sand blasters, for removal of corrosion and coatings.
  • Water break and alodine aircraft.

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