Operates or tends painting machines to paint surfaces of transportation equipment, such as automobiles, buses, trucks, trains, boats, and airplanes. Includes painters in auto body repair facilities.
This career is part of the Manufacturing cluster Production pathway.
A person in this career:
- Mixes paints to match color specifications or vehicles' original colors, stirring or thinning paints, using spatulas or power mixing equipment.
- Selects paint according to company requirements and matches paint colors, following specified color charts.
- Disposes of hazardous waste in an appropriate manner.
- Removes grease, dirt, paint, or rust from vehicle surfaces in preparation for paint application, using abrasives, solvents, brushes, blowtorches, washing tanks, or sandblasters.
- Sprays prepared surfaces with specified amounts of primers and decorative or finish coatings.
- Pours paint into spray guns and adjusts nozzles and paint mixes for proper paint flow and coating thickness.
- Monitors painting operations to identify flaws, such as blisters or streaks, and correct their causes.
- Removes accessories, such as chrome or mirrors, from vehicles and masks other surfaces with tape or paper to protect them from paint.
- Disassembles, cleans, and reassembles sprayers or power equipment, using solvents, wire brushes, and cloths.
- Selects the correct spray gun system for the material being applied.