Painters, Transportation Equipment

Operate or tend painting machines to paint surfaces of transportation equipment, such as automobiles, buses, trucks, trains, boats, and airplanes. Includes painters in auto body repair facilities.

Median Annual Wage: $40,770

Projected Growth: Average (8% to 14%)

Related Job Titles: Automotive Painter; Auto Painter (Automobile Painter); Paint Prepper; Automotive Refinish Technician; Finish Painter; Paint Technician; Auto Refinisher (Automobile Refinisher); Automotive Paint Technician (Auto Paint Technician); Body Technician/Painter; Top Coater

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  • Select paint according to company requirements and match paint colors, following specified color charts.
  • Dispose of hazardous waste in an appropriate manner.
  • Remove grease, dirt, paint, or rust from vehicle surfaces in preparation for paint application, using abrasives, solvents, brushes, blowtorches, washing tanks, or sandblasters.
  • Spray prepared surfaces with specified amounts of primers and decorative or finish coatings.
  • Pour paint into spray guns and adjust nozzles and paint mixes for proper paint flow and coating thickness.
  • Remove accessories, such as chrome or mirrors, from vehicles and mask other surfaces with tape or paper to protect them from paint.
  • Monitor painting operations to identify flaws, such as blisters or streaks, and correct their causes.
  • Disassemble, clean, and reassemble sprayers or power equipment, using solvents, wire brushes, and cloths.
  • Select the correct spray gun system for the material being applied.
  • Fill small dents or scratches with body fillers and smooth surfaces to prepare vehicles for painting.
  • Sand vehicle surfaces between coats of paint or primer to remove flaws and enhance adhesion for subsequent coats.
  • Sand and apply sealer to properly dried vehicle finish.
  • Apply rust-resistant undercoats and caulk and seal seams.
  • Buff and wax the finished paintwork.
  • Clean equipment and work areas.
  • Apply primer over any repairs made to vehicle surfaces.
  • Adjust controls on infrared ovens, heat lamps, portable ventilators, or exhaust units to speed the drying of vehicles between coats.
  • Allow the sprayed product to dry and touch up any missed spots.
  • Operate lifting or moving devices to move equipment or materials to access areas to be painted.
  • Set up portable equipment, such as ventilators, exhaust units, ladders, or scaffolding.
  • Use brush to hand-paint areas in need of retouching or unreachable with a spray gun.

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  • Operation Monitoring - Watching gauges, dials, or other indicators to make sure a machine is working properly.
  • Monitoring - Monitoring/Assessing performance of yourself, other individuals, or organizations to make improvements or take corrective action.
  • Quality Control Analysis - Conducting tests and inspections of products, services, or processes to evaluate quality or performance.
  • Coordination - Adjusting actions in relation to others' actions.
  • Critical Thinking - Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.
  • Time Management - Managing one's own time and the time of others.
  • Judgment and Decision Making - Considering the relative costs and benefits of potential actions to choose the most appropriate one.
  • Equipment Selection - Determining the kind of tools and equipment needed to do a job.
  • Social Perceptiveness - Being aware of others' reactions and understanding why they react as they do.

Source: O*NET OnLine information for Painters, Transportation Equipment.

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