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Become A Paint Technician

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Working As A Paint Technician

  • Updating and Using Relevant Knowledge
  • Getting Information
  • Inspecting Equipment, Structures, or Material
  • Making Decisions and Solving Problems
  • Communicating with Supervisors, Peers, or Subordinates
  • Outdoors/walking/standing

  • $53,619

    Average Salary

What Does A Paint Technician Do At Polaris Industries

* Complete understanding to operate and maintain Liquid Paint Waste Water System.
* Operate, maintain, perform daily tests, and log results for Wastewater Treatment, RO and other production systems.
* Follow specific written and verbal procedures to ensure efficient operation of systems.
* Pre-production checks and start-up of systems (wastewater and paint kitchen).
* Follow written procedures for maintaining a liquid paint kitchen.
* Titrate washer system and all gauge readings.
* Communicate effectively with outside vendors and personnel.
* Work with hazardous materials while following specific safety precautions, OSHA, DOT and EPA regulations.
* May require some work in Haz
* Mat suit.
* Maintain appropriate inventory of chemicals and initiate raw material orders when necessary.
* Ensure a high quality product is produced in your area of job responsibility, by meeting all quality standards and taking appropriate action when necessary.
* Responsible forLiquid Paint Kitchen Room
* Coach, develop, motivate, and train employees to be efficient and productive.
* To have knowledge of, and ensure enforcement of, company policies, procedures and systems from all areas within the company.
* Other duties as assigned

What Does A Paint Technician Do At Spacex

* Safely perform preparation, painting, and detailing of the rocket under minimal supervision.
* Coordinate with supervision and Inspection to ensure compliance with internal quality specifications.
* 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.
* Assist in defining and enforcing compliance with Paint Shop standard work practices

What Does A Paint Technician Do At Johnson Controls

* 1. Using spray gun or electrostatic paint gun, paints all Unit requirements such as tanks, pipes, shells, skids, and wheels.
* Also uses a brush for touch up work.
* Prepares surfaces for painting by cleaning off dirt, grease or grit blaster sand from the surfaces using solvents, wire brushes, steel wool and an air gun.
* Also uses hand sander, files and grinders in the surface preparation.
* Fills in dented surfaces with "green stuff" or body putty.
* Sands surface to desired smoothness.
* Caulks hose reel for corrosion resistant painting.
* Applies masking tape to all surfaces which are designated as areas not to be painted.
* Uses plastic plugs to cover pipe ends and valve ends.
* Uses a pipe to cover axles on steel units.
* Following written instructions, mixes a variety of primers and paints to attain the proper viscosity and/or color.
* Will also use a paint heater to attain proper viscosity and spray ability.
* Regulates the air gun, electrostatic gun, paint pot, and electrostatic control module to control the width and pressure of the spray according to various painting techniques.
* Adjusts oven to proper temperature and moves painted equipment by using hand carts into and out of the oven at proper intervals.
* Rolls cylinders by hand.
* Uses a hand sander or grinder to remove painting errors from shells, tanks, pipes, skids or wheels which require rework.
* Frequently will hang parts such as piping and other small parts on carts.
* Cleans and performs minor maintenance on all painting equipment including paint booths.
* Scrapes loose paint off of louvers and greased walls as well as the troughs and other areas around the exhaust systems.
* Relines the other walls within the paint booths with a plastic coating.
* Moves all Unit requirements into and out of paint booths using the wheeled carts and air driven hoists to maneuver equipment.
* Also hand rolls cylinders into and out of the paint booths.
* Sprays several coats of phenolic lining into all 50, 100 and 200 gallon tanks using a special spray gun to insure proper coverage.
* Frequently caulks the welds on the inside of the tanks prior to spraying by using a brush on a curved rod or with a sponge

What Does A Paint Technician 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

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How To Become A Paint Technician

Most employers prefer to hire automotive body and glass repairers who have completed a formal training program in automotive body or glass repair. Still, many new body and glass repairers begin work without formal training. Industry certification is increasingly important.


High school, trade and technical school, and community college programs in collision repair combine hands-on practice and technical instruction. Topics usually include electronics, repair cost estimation, and welding, all of which provide a strong educational foundation for a career as a body repairer. Although not required, postsecondary education often provides the best preparation.

Trade and technical school programs typically award certificates after 6 months to 1 year of study. Some community colleges offer 2-year programs in collision repair. Many of these schools also offer certificates for individual courses, so students can take classes part time or as needed.

Licenses, Certifications, and Registrations

Although not required, certification is recommended because it shows competence and usually brings higher pay. In some instances it is required for advancement beyond entry-level work.

Certification from the National Institute for Automotive Service Excellence (ASE) is a standard credential for body repairers. In addition, many vehicle and paint manufacturers have product certification programs that train body repairers in specific technologies and repair methods.

A few states require a license to perform automotive glass installation and repair. Check with your state for more information.


New workers typically begin their on-the-job training by helping an experienced body repairer with basic tasks, such as fixing minor dents. As they gain experience, they move on to more complex work, such as aligning car frames. Some body repairers may become trained in as little as 1 year, but they generally need 2 or 3 years of hands-on training to become fully independent body repairers. 

Basic automotive glass installation and repair can be learned in as little as 6 months, but becoming fully independent can take up to a year of training.

Formally educated workers often require significantly less on-the-job training and typically advance to independent work more quickly than those who do not have the same level of education.

Throughout their careers, body repairers need to continue their education and training to keep up with rapidly changing automotive technology. Body repairers are expected to develop their skills by reading technical manuals and by attending classes and seminars. Many employers regularly send workers to advanced training programs, such as those offered by the Inter-Industry Conference on Auto Collision Repair (I-CAR).


Automotive body and glass repairers earn more money as they gain experience, and some may advance into management positions within body shops, especially those workers with 2- or 4-year degrees.

Important Qualities

Critical-thinking skills. Automotive body and glass repairers must be able to evaluate vehicle damage and determine necessary repair strategies. In some cases, they must decide if a vehicle is “totaled,” or too damaged to justify the cost of repair.

Customer-service skills. Automotive body and glass repairers must discuss auto body and glass problems, along with options to fix them, with customers. Workers must be courteous, good listeners, and ready to answer customers’ questions.

Detail oriented. Automotive body and glass repairers must pay close attention to detail. Restoring a damaged auto body or windshield to its original state requires workers to have a keen eye for even the smallest imperfection. 

Dexterity. Many body repairers’ tasks, such as removing door panels, hammering out dents, and using hand tools to install parts, require a steady hand and good hand-eye coordination.

Mechanical skills. Body repairers must know which diagnostic, hydraulic, pneumatic, and other power equipment and tools are appropriate for certain procedures and repairs. They must know how to apply the correct techniques and methods necessary to repair modern automobiles.

Physical strength. Automotive body and glass repairers must sometimes lift heavy parts, such as door panels and windshields.

Time-management skills. Automotive body and glass repairers must be timely in their repairs. For many people, their automobile is their primary mode of transportation.

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Paint Technician Career Paths

Paint Technician
Welder Technician Specialist
Account Manager
5 Yearsyrs
Service Technician Service Manager General Manager
Area Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Mechanic Maintenance Manager Facilities Manager
Director Of Facilities
11 Yearsyrs
Repair Technician Field Service Technician Operations Manager
Division Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Operator Foreman Estimator
Estimating Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Body Technician Body Shop Manager Estimator
Estimator Project Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Industrial Painter Operator Maintenance Technician
Facilities Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Mechanic Forklift Operator Carpenter
General Contractor
6 Yearsyrs
Service Technician Maintenance Supervisor Operations Manager
Human Resources Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Material Handler Technician Technical Support Specialist
Information Technology Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Material Handler Forklift Operator Maintenance Technician
Maintenance Director
11 Yearsyrs
Maintenance Technician Maintenance Supervisor
Maintenance Manager
10 Yearsyrs
Welder Maintenance Technician
Maintenance Supervisor
7 Yearsyrs
Repair Technician Engineering Technician Manufacturing Engineer
Manufacturing Manager
10 Yearsyrs
Forklift Operator Warehouse Manager Operations Manager
Operations Director
9 Yearsyrs
Maintenance Technician Field Service Technician Service Manager
Operations Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Forklift Operator Maintenance Technician Production Supervisor
Plant Manager
11 Yearsyrs
Body Shop Manager Estimator Project Engineer
Production Manager
6 Yearsyrs
Body Shop Manager General Manager
Site Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Industrial Painter Material Handler Forklift Operator
Warehouse Manager
5 Yearsyrs
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Paint Technician Demographics


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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

  • French

  • Russian

  • Indonesian

  • Chinese

  • German

  • Arabic

  • Italian

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Top Paint Technician Skills

  1. Painting Vehicles
  2. Specific Surface Preparation
  3. Safety Procedures
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Paint technician, responsible for prepping and painting vehicles, repairing or replacing damaged parts.
  • *Trained by RPG chemicals in Lenoir, NC on color matching, chemical understanding, and safety procedures.
  • Color sanded and buffed to show room perfection.
  • Processed/Closed out work orders Mixed Paints Prep cars or parts for spray
  • Sanded and painted primers on the entire aircraft and parts of the aircraft.

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