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Become A Lead Painter

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Working As A Lead Painter

  • Getting Information
  • Performing General Physical Activities
  • Inspecting Equipment, Structures, or Material
  • Handling and Moving Objects
  • Organizing, Planning, and Prioritizing Work
  • Deal with People

  • Unpleasant/Hazardous Environment

  • Outdoors/walking/standing

  • Make Decisions

  • $42,090

    Average Salary

What Does A Lead Painter Do At General Motors

* Effectively execute level 4 BPD Goals and Objectives in support of
* department level 2 BPD
* Effectively coach Team Leaders and Team Members in the execution of level 5 BPD Goals and Objectives.
* Maintain awareness of quality standards, communicate department quality goals and leverage resources to solve quality problems
* Build and maintain good working relationships with employees, union and management
* Understand and consistently administer the National and Local Agreements between General Motors and the United Auto Workers Union
* Bring leadership skills that help develop teams
* Strong problem solving skills (utilizing data)
* Implement/follow systems that prevent reoccurrence of known issues
* Promote safe work practices and achieve objectives for ergonomics, health and safety and housekeeping
* Motivate, train and develop employees to effectively perform their jobs utilizing standardized methods.
* Ensure team members receive adequate JIT (job instruction training)
* Maintain Flex Charts in order to optimize flexibility of the team.
* Influence your peers to accomplish plant goals
* Utilize human resources in accordance with corporate policies and procedures and government regulations
* Achieve production schedules and product requirements by applying lean manufacturing/synchronous principles with emphasis on variation reduction
* Control costs and achieve productivity improvements
* Provide input to payroll and perform other administrative tasks, as required
* Coach, teach, counsel and mentor Group Leaders in these responsibilities

What Does A Lead Painter Do At ADM

* _ _Duties include but are not limited to:_
* Assist foremen in all duties
* Cleaning and prep of materials to be painted.
* Brush and Roll.
* Applying water base / oil base paints on metal, wood and concrete.
* Mixing and matching paints.
* Use of Airless and air spray gun.
* Clean up of all painting materials.
* Caulking, Staining and understanding of M
* S.D
* S sheet
* Patch drywall
* Painting interior and exterior of plant
* Painting of Machines,walls ,Bollards ,and work that comes out of the shop
* Use of fillers to patch holes in walls / concrete ect .
* Hand sanding
* Use of electric and air hand grinders
* Work well with others
* Good attendance
* Not afraid of heights
* Can work overtime each day and oncall 24
* Enforcement of all ADM policies and procedures_
* Assist in completing JSA’s_
* Must have a demonstrated history of safe work behavior and a sincere desire to follow and improve upon safety policies and procedures._
* Promotes the ADM Way and Core Values_
* Ability to manage a diverse team_
* Able to communicate with all levels of the organization_

What Does A Lead Painter Do At Masco Corporation

* Oversee departmental activities per standard operating procedures.
* Work with Shift Supervisor in the assignment and supervision of personnel in order to achieve an efficient operation at all times.
* Assists personnel in analyzing and correcting problems encountered in job assignments in order to perform work according to standard operating procedures.
* Assist Shift Supervisor to see that all manufacturing orders are followed through properly to completion and are filled out properly prior to turning in.
* Provide orderly and efficient changeover to next shift Lead person.
* Pick up and deliver to the department or line (when possible) equipment required from the shop or tool crib.
* Organize and schedule work assignments to achieve maximum efficiency and meet processing objectives.
* Keep informed of changes and new procedures in manufacturing operations.
* Ensure safety of personnel and compliance with all applicable health and safety regulations

What Does A Lead Painter Do At Albert Einstein College

* The Lead Painter, VI prepares and paints construction and maintenance projects without supervision.
* List of Responsibilities
* Must fulfill duties of all previous grades;
* Work with a minimum of supervision;
* Perform demolition related to painting, clean up shop, organize storage and clean work sites;
* Accept, unload and stock deliveries;
* Pickup and deliver materials;
* Perform set up, use lifts and scaffolding;
* Prepare surfaces including patching drywall, plaster and block walls;
* Follow instructions and perform all related tasks;
* Must work cleanly and in a professional manner;
* Work with acrylic and oil based and epoxy paints;
* Tape drywall and skim coat all types of walls;
* Set up scaffolds;
* Must be able to mix paint and plaster;
* Fill all forms and write all reports associated with his duties;
* Must be able to patch/repair plaster walls and ceilings;
* Assist all other grades;
* Perform other related duties as assigned

What Does A Lead Painter Do At Schuff International

* Ensures that production staff is adhering to all applicable safety standards through training and accountability;
* Provides guidance, instruction, direction and leadership while directly supervising production staff to meet the established production and quality standards;
* Provides the team with the vision of the project objectives;
* Provides motivation and accountability to the team;
* Responsible for providing training to production staff as needed;
* Encourages constant improvement and leads by example; Wearing the proper safety equipment.
* Responsible for painting activities.
* Responsible for shipping loads to job sites.
* Other duties may be assigned.
* Supervisory Responsibilities :
* Directly supervise 10- to 25 employees in various fabrication departments.
* Responsibilities include training employees, planning, assigning and directing work

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How To Become A Lead Painter

Although most carpenters learn their trade through an apprenticeship, some learn on the job, starting as a helper.


A high school diploma or equivalent is required. High school courses in mathematics, mechanical drawing, and general vocational technical training are considered useful.


Most carpenters learn their trade through a 3- or 4-year apprenticeship program. For each year of a typical program, apprentices must complete at least 144 hours of technical training and 2,000 hours of paid on-the-job training. In the technical training, apprentices learn carpentry basics, blueprint reading, mathematics, building code requirements, and safety and first-aid practices. They also may receive specialized training in creating and setting concrete forms, rigging, welding, scaffold building, working within confined workspaces, and fall protection. All carpenters must pass the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) 10- and 30-hour safety courses.

After finishing an apprenticeship, carpenters are considered to be journey workers and may perform tasks on their own.

Several groups, including unions and contractor associations, sponsor apprenticeship programs. Some apprenticeship programs have preferred entry for veterans. The basic qualifications for a person to enter an apprenticeship program are as follows:

  • Minimum age of 18
  • High school education or equivalent
  • Physically able to do the work
  • U.S. citizen or proof of legal residency
  • Pass substance abuse screening

Some contractors have their own carpenter training program, which may be an accredited apprenticeship program.

Although many workers enter apprenticeships directly, some carpenters start out as helpers.

Some workers can earn certificates before entering an apprenticeship. The National Association of Home Builders offers Pre-Apprenticeship Certificate Training (PACT) through the Home Builders Institute. PACT is available for several different groups, from youths to veterans, and covers information for eight construction trades, including painting.

Workers typically learn the proper use of hand and power tools on the job. They often start by working with more experienced carpenters and are given more complex tasks as they prove that they can handle simpler tasks, such as measuring and cutting wooden and metal studs.

A number of 2-year technical schools offer carpentry degrees that are affiliated with unions or contractor organizations. Credits earned as part of an apprenticeship program usually count toward an associate’s degree.


Because they are involved in all phases of construction, carpenters usually have more opportunities than other construction workers to become first-line supervisors, independent contractors, or general construction supervisors.

Carpenters seeking advancement often take additional training provided by associations, unions, or employers. Communication in both English and Spanish also is helpful for relaying instructions to workers.

Important Qualities

Business skills. Self-employed carpenters must be able to bid on new jobs, track inventory, and plan work assignments. 

Detail oriented. Carpenters perform many tasks that are important in the overall building process. Making precise measurements, for example, may reduce gaps between windows and frames, limiting any leaks around the window.

Dexterity. Carpenters use many tools and need hand-eye coordination to avoid injury or damaging materials. Striking the head of a nail, for example, is crucial to not damaging wood or injuring oneself.

Math skills. Carpenters use basic math skills every day to calculate volume and measure materials to be cut.

Physical stamina. Carpenters need physical endurance. They frequently stand, climb, or bend for long periods.

Physical strength. Carpenters use tools and materials that are heavy. For example, plywood sheets can weigh 50 to 100 pounds.

Problem-solving skills. Because construction jobs vary, carpenters must adjust project plans accordingly. For example, if a prefabricated window arrives at the worksite slightly oversized, carpenters must shave framework to make the window fit.

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  • White

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  • Asian

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  • Black or African American

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Languages Spoken

  • Spanish

  • Venetian

  • German

  • French

  • Russian

  • Vietnamese

  • Japanese

  • Tagalog

  • Somali

  • Polish

  • Arabic

  • Hebrew

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Top Lead Painter Skills

  1. Safety Procedures
  2. Prep Uneven Surfaces
  3. Painting Techniques
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Involved in implementing safety procedures for press brake operators.
  • Applied putty, wood filler, spackling and caulks to prep uneven surfaces.
  • Lead painter on many job sites, train new employees on safety and painting techniques.
  • Exemplify superb customer service to clients
  • Managed a small painting crew whose duties included interior and exterior painting as well as plastering and sanding

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