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Working As A Spray Technician

  • Handling and Moving Objects
  • Controlling Machines and Processes
  • Establishing and Maintaining Interpersonal Relationships
  • Performing General Physical Activities
  • Getting Information
  • Outdoors/walking/standing

  • Unpleasant/Hazardous Environment

  • $19,872

    Average Salary

What Does A Spray Technician Do

Grounds maintenance workers ensure that the grounds of houses, businesses, and parks are attractive, orderly, and healthy in order to provide a pleasant outdoor environment.

Duties

Grounds maintenance workers typically do the following:

  • Mow, edge, and fertilize lawns
  • Weed and mulch landscape beds
  • Trim hedges, shrubs, and small trees
  • Remove dead, damaged, or unwanted trees
  • Plant flowers, trees, and shrubs
  • Water lawns, landscapes, and gardens
  • Monitor and maintain plant health

Grounds maintenance workers are generally under the direction of a professional grounds manager and perform a variety of tasks to achieve a pleasant and functional outdoor environment. They also care for indoor gardens and plantings in commercial and public facilities, such as malls, hotels, and botanical gardens.

The following are examples of types of grounds maintenance workers:

Landscaping workers plant trees, flowers, and shrubs to create new outdoor spaces or upgrade existing ones. They also trim, fertilize, mulch, and water plants. Some grade and install lawns or construct hardscapes such as walkways, patios, and decks. Others help install lighting or sprinkler systems. Landscaping workers are employed in a variety of residential and commercial settings, such as homes, apartment buildings, office buildings, shopping malls, and hotels and motels.

Groundskeeping workers, also called groundskeepers, maintain grounds. They care for plants and trees, rake and mulch leaves, and clear snow from walkways. They work on athletic fields, golf courses, cemeteries, university campuses, and parks, as well as in many of the same settings that landscaping workers work. They also see to the proper upkeep of sidewalks, parking lots, fountains, fences, planters, and benches, as well as groundskeeping equipment.

Groundskeeping workers who care for athletic fields keep natural and artificial turf in top condition, mark out boundaries, and paint turf with team logos and names before events. They mow, water, fertilize, and aerate the fields regularly. They must ensure that the underlying soil on fields with natural turf has the composition required to allow proper drainage and to support the grass used on the field. In sports venues, they vacuum and disinfect synthetic turf to prevent the growth of harmful bacteria and they remove the turf and replace the cushioning pad periodically.

Groundskeepers in parks and recreation facilities care for lawns, trees, and shrubs; maintain playgrounds; clean buildings; and keep parking lots, picnic areas, and other public spaces free of litter. They also may erect and dismantle snow fences and maintain swimming pools. These workers inspect buildings and equipment, make needed repairs, and keep everything freshly painted.

Some groundskeepers specialize in caring for cemeteries and memorial gardens. They dig graves to specified depths, generally using a backhoe. They mow grass regularly, apply fertilizers and other chemicals, prune shrubs and trees, plant flowers, and remove debris from graves.

Greenskeepers maintain golf courses. Their work is similar to that of groundskeepers, but they also periodically relocate holes on putting greens and maintain benches and tee markers along the course and provide more intense turf maintenance. In addition, greenskeepers keep canopies, benches, and tee markers repaired and freshly painted.

Pesticide handlers, sprayers, and applicators apply herbicides, fungicides, and insecticides on plants or the soil to prevent or control weeds, insects, and diseases. Those who work for chemical lawn or tree service firms are more specialized, inspecting lawns for problems and applying fertilizers, pesticides, and other chemicals to stimulate growth and prevent or control weeds, diseases, or insect infestations.

Tree trimmers and pruners, also called arborists, cut away dead or excess branches from trees or shrubs to clear utility lines, roads, and sidewalks. Although many of these workers strive to improve the appearance and health of trees and plants, some specialize in diagnosing and treating tree diseases. Others specialize in pruning, trimming, and shaping ornamental trees and shrubs. Tree trimmers and pruners use chain saws, chippers, and stump grinders while on the job. When trimming near power lines, they usually work on truck-mounted lifts and use power pruners.

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How To Become A Spray Technician

Most grounds maintenance workers need no formal education and are trained on the job. Most states require licensing for workers who apply pesticides and fertilizers.

Education

Although most grounds maintenance jobs have no education requirements, some employers may require formal education or certification in areas such as landscape design, horticulture, or arboriculture.

Licenses, Certifications, and Registrations

Most states require workers who apply pesticides and fertilizers to be licensed. Obtaining a license usually involves passing a test on the proper use and disposal of insecticides, herbicides, and fungicides.

The National Association of Landscape Professionals offers seven certifications in landscaping and grounds maintenance for workers at various experience levels.

The Tree Care Industry Association offers certification for tree care safety professionals.

The International Society of Arboriculture offers six certifications for workers at various experience levels.

The Professional Grounds Management Society offers certification for workers at various experience levels.

Training

A short period of on-the-job training is usually enough to teach new hires the skills they need, which often include how to plant and maintain areas and how to use mowers, trimmers, leaf blowers, small tractors, and other equipment. Large institutional employers such as golf courses, university campuses, or municipalities may supplement on-the-job training with coursework in horticulture or small-engine repair.

Advancement

Grounds maintenance workers who have good communication skills may become crew leaders or advance into other supervisory positions. Becoming a manager or a landscape contractor may require some formal education and several years of related work experience. Some workers use their experience to start their own landscaping companies.

Important Qualities

Physical stamina. Grounds maintenance workers must be capable of doing physically strenuous labor for long hours, occasionally in extreme heat or cold.

Self-motivated. Because they often work with little supervision, grounds maintenance workers must be able to do their job independently.

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Spray Technician Career Paths

Spray Technician
Forklift Operator Warehouse Manager General Manager
Area Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Driver Instructor Case Manager
Clinical Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Assistant Superintendent Project Superintendent
Construction Manager
10 Yearsyrs
Pest Control Technician Service Manager Operations Director
Director/Operations Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Pest Control Technician Field Service Technician Project Engineer
Estimator Project Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Delivery Driver Maintenance Technician Maintenance Supervisor
Facilities Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Mechanic Forklift Operator Carpenter
General Contractor
6 Yearsyrs
Service Technician Maintenance Supervisor Operations Manager
Human Resources Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Mechanic Operator Laboratory Technician
Laboratory Manager
5 Yearsyrs
Golf Course Superintendent Maintenance Technician
Maintenance Director
11 Yearsyrs
Assistant Superintendent Project Manager Program Manager
Operations Director
9 Yearsyrs
Golf Course Superintendent General Manager Account Manager
Operations Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Service Technician Service Manager Operations Manager
Plant Manager
12 Yearsyrs
Machine Operator Technician Operations Manager
Property Manager
6 Yearsyrs
Forklift Operator Technician Quality Control Inspector
Quality Control Supervisor
5 Yearsyrs
Delivery Driver Service Technician Operations Manager
Site Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Welder Foreman
Superintendent
9 Yearsyrs
Driver Delivery Driver Service Technician
Technical Services Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Machine Operator Production Supervisor Warehouse Supervisor
Warehouse Manager
5 Yearsyrs
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Spray Technician Demographics

Gender

Male

86.4%

Female

12.6%

Unknown

1.0%
Ethnicity

White

64.1%

Hispanic or Latino

14.7%

Black or African American

11.7%

Asian

6.3%

Unknown

3.2%
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Languages Spoken

Spanish

75.0%

French

10.0%

Greek

5.0%

Turkish

5.0%

Gothic

5.0%
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Spray Technician Education

Schools

University of Phoenix

12.0%

Pennsylvania State University

9.6%

University of Georgia

8.4%

University of Kentucky

7.2%

Valencia College

4.8%

Ohio State University

4.8%

University of Florida

4.8%

Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College

4.8%

Troy University

3.6%

University of South Florida

3.6%

Universal Technical Institute

3.6%

Michigan State University

3.6%

Daytona State College

3.6%

College of the Desert

3.6%

Valdosta State University

3.6%

University of Central Florida

3.6%

Vance-Granville Community College

3.6%

Northwest Mississippi Community College

3.6%

University of Missouri - Saint Louis

3.6%

Indian Hills Community College

3.6%
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Majors

Business

17.9%

Applied Horticulture

13.9%

Plant Sciences

13.0%

Criminal Justice

6.6%

General Studies

6.4%

Automotive Technology

5.8%

Management

3.8%

Parks And Recreation Management

3.2%

Psychology

3.2%

Nursing

2.6%

Electrical Engineering

2.6%

Education

2.6%

Electrical Engineering Technology

2.3%

Precision Metal Working

2.3%

Computer Science

2.3%

Kinesiology

2.3%

Communication

2.3%

Mechanical Engineering

2.3%

Agricultural Business

2.3%

Accounting

2.3%
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Degrees

Other

40.0%

Bachelors

28.2%

Associate

18.9%

Certificate

8.2%

Masters

2.0%

Diploma

1.5%

Doctorate

0.8%

License

0.5%
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Top Skills for A Spray Technician

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  1. Customer Service
  2. Foam
  3. Pest Control Services
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Used excellent customer service skills to establish and maintain effective working relationships with other employees, members and suppliers.
  • Spray foam the structure neatly and in a constant consistent pattern, Trim and clean up excess foam.
  • Educated and trained in all chemical applications, spray rig calibrations with equipment uses all while meeting regulations and strict guidelines.
  • Performed sandblasting and thermal coating of industrial equipment using high velocity oxygen fueled sprayers.
  • Enhanced preventative maintenance schedule on equipment and systems.

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