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Become An Industrial Painter

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Working As An Industrial Painter

  • Getting Information
  • Inspecting Equipment, Structures, or Material
  • Coordinating the Work and Activities of Others
  • Communicating with Supervisors, Peers, or Subordinates
  • Performing General Physical Activities
  • Outdoors/walking/standing

  • Repetitive

  • $36,580

    Average Salary

What Does An Industrial Painter Do At Kelly Services

* Operates spray paint guns to apply standard primers and enamels.
* Maintain accurate paint logs on paint usage and other data as it relates to the job.
* Operates a forklift and lifting devices for movement of parts.
* Set-up/blast with sand, shot or grit.
* Achieve and Maintain consistent DFT.
* Knowledgeable in coating types and methods.
* Ability to service blast and paint equipment.
* Operate overhead cranes and forklifts.
* Speed of accomplishing tasks - less than moderate.
* Ability to work safely - must.
* Operates other equipment used to prepare parts for painting to include but not limited to compressors, grinders and sanders.
* Proper handling and disposal of paint materials.
* Accountable and responsible for health, safety and environmental conditions and practices.
* Accurate reporting of paint usage and Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA) checklist

What Does An Industrial Painter Do At Tradesmen International, Inc.

* Filling nail holes, cracks, and joints with putty plaster
* Painting water pumps and other machinery
* Smoothing surfaces, using sandpaper, brushes, or steel wool
* Removing old paint from surfaces using paint remover, scraper, wire brush, or blowtorch to prepare surfaces for painting
* Painting surfaces using brushes, spray gun, or paint rollers
* Simulating wood grain, marble, brick, tile or other special effects with cloth, brush, or sponge
* Erecting scaffolding or setting up ladders safely to perform tasks above ground level

What Does An Industrial Painter Do At DAL Global Services

* Responsible for working in a team based environment working on a busy assembly line manufacturing ground support equipment.
* Preparing parts ready for paint
* Painting parts to a high quality
* Working to set production targets and will need to have the ability to safely move production parts Maintain a clean and tidy works area
* Ensure that all works carried out comply with the ISO 9001 and Occupational Safety and Health (OSHA) standards

What Does An Industrial Painter Do At Terex Corporation

* repair dents, scratches, etc. as needed.
* Prepare to paint: sand, blow with air nozzle, wipe down with thinner, tape and clean surfaces.
* Prepare materials and equipment.
* Prime to paint parts and equipment.
* Hang parts on hooks or spread out on pallets to spray primer.
* Paint parts with the appropriate color and material.
* Paint machinery as a finished product.
* Touch up machinery for shipment.
* Check equipment for light spots/scratches which may rust, runs in primer, debris on surfaces.
* May sort parts and forward to different areas for assembly.
* Perform minor assembly and disassembly

What Does An Industrial Painter Do At Fives Group

* Operate pneumatic spraying equipment
* Operate media blasting equipment
* Follow specifications ensuring adherence to standards
* Keep accurate records for jobs and environment
* Adherence to a strict schedule to ensure all customer orders are on time
* Use independent judgement to prioritize orders
* Work in a time sensitive, fast paced environment
* Safely operate a tow motor and other electric vehicles
* Work individually, and as part of a team
* Use overhead cranes to lift, move, and manipulate larger parts
* Comply with safety regulations and maintain clean and orderly work areas
* Strict adherence to quality standards and ability to ensure they meet customer requirements and company standards
* Required Skills

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How To Become An Industrial Painter

Most painters learn their trade on the job. No formal education is typically required to enter the occupation.


There are no specific education requirements to become a painter, but high school courses in mathematics, shop, and blueprint reading can be useful. Also, some 2-year technical schools offer courses through apprenticeships affiliated with union and contractor organizations. Credits earned as part of an apprenticeship program usually count toward an associate’s degree.


Most painters learn their trade on the job. They typically begin by doing simple tasks, such as helping carry materials and laying drop cloths, and then move on to more complicated tasks, such as priming surfaces to be finished.

Some painters learn their trade through a 3- or 4-year apprenticeship, although a few local unions have additional time requirements. For each year of the typical program, apprentices must have at least 144 hours of technical instruction and 2,000 hours of paid on-the-job training. Through technical instruction, apprentices learn how to: use and care for tools and equipment, prepare surfaces, mix and match paint, and read blueprints. In addition, they may learn about application techniques, the characteristics of different finishes, including wood finishing, and safety practices. 

After completing an apprenticeship program, painters are considered journey workers and may perform tasks on their own.

Unions and contractors sponsor apprenticeship programs. Some apprenticeship programs have preferred entry for veterans. The basic qualifications to enter an apprenticeship program are as follows:

  • Minimum age of 18
  • High school diploma or equivalent
  • Physically able to do the work

Although the vast majority of workers learn their trade on the job or through an apprenticeship, some contractors offer their own training program for new workers. The National Association of Home Builders through the Home Builders Institute offer Pre-Apprenticeship Certificate Training (PACT), which covers information for eight construction trades, including painting.

Licenses, Certifications, and Registrations

Those interested in industrial painting can earn several certifications from NACE International Institute or from the Society for Protective Coatings. The most common certification, from both groups, is called Protective Coating Specialist. Courses range from 1 day to several weeks, depending on the certification program and specialty. Applicants also must meet work experience requirements.

Important Qualities

Color vision. Painters must be able to identify and differentiate between subtle changes in color.

Customer-service skills. Workers who paint the inside and outside of residential homes often interact with clients. They must communicate with the client, listen to what the client wants, and help select colors and application techniques that satisfy the client.

Detail oriented. Painters must be precise when creating or painting edges, because minor flaws can be noticeable.

Physical stamina. Painters should be able to stay physically active for many hours, because they spend most of the day standing with their arms extended while climbing ladders.

Physical strength. Painters must lift and move numerous items during the course of a job. For example, a 5-gallon bucket of paint weighs over 40 pounds.

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Languages Spoken

  • Spanish

  • German

  • French

  • Carrier

  • Polish

  • Dakota

  • Thai

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Top Industrial Painter Skills

  1. Small Parts
  2. Safety Meetings
  3. Sand Blast
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Apply primer over any repairs made to poles or small parts surfaces.
  • Attended monthly safety meetings to ensure machine operation safety.
  • Perform a variety of routine and preventive maintenance painting duties including sand blasting and other preparations for the different paint types.
  • Performed surface preparation of metals including sanding and grinding.
  • Surface protection of metal and concrete surfaces during new construction using Industrial specialty coatings and primers.

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