- Painter Jobs
If you have an eye for detail, good motor coordination, and a high regard for neat workmanship and are comfortable working on ladders and scaffolding, you can pursue a career as a PAINTER.
|What are Working Conditions for Painters?|
Most painters eitherwork for construction or building maintenance companies, or as self-employed contractors.
A company painter:
|What do Painters Do?|
Painters are manual workers. They use hand tools and automated equipment to apply sealants, paint, wallpaper and other finishes to interior and exterior surfaces. They have to prepare the surfaces before beginning, and clean up after finishing a job.
Company paint jobs typically involve:
Self-employed contractors also:
To become a painter, a person must:
- Be knowledgeable about paints and finishes, and their properties;
- Know how to create the proper compound specifications for paint mixing;
- Possess thorough knowledge of sandblasting, hydro-blasting, and steam-cleaning tools and techniques and related safety regulations.
Painters working on a construction or renovation project need to be able to move around the work site with ease and carry equipment and supplies weighing up to 40 pounds.
Self-employed contractors require good interpersonal communication and customer service skills and good business skills. Painters who travel with their own or company gear must possess a driver’s license and good driving record.
All painters need to pay close attention to safety issues such as ladder safety and use of appropriate protective gear when working with materials that emit noxious gases or fumes, or in dusty or noisy locations.
There are no formal educational requirements to become a painter. Instead, skills are learned through apprenticeship programs or journeyman painter positions, which provide on-the-job training.
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