Paints walls, equipment, buildings, bridges, and other structural surfaces, using brushes, rollers, and spray guns. May remove old paint to prepare surface prior to painting. May mix colors or oils to obtain desired color or consistency.
This career is part of the Architecture and Construction cluster Construction pathway.
A person in this career:
- Fills cracks, holes, or joints with caulk, putty, plaster, or other fillers, using caulking guns or putty knives.
- Covers surfaces with dropcloths or masking tape and paper to protect surfaces during painting.
- Smoothes surfaces, using sandpaper, scrapers, brushes, steel wool, or sanding machines.
- Reads work orders or receives instructions from supervisors or homeowners to determine work requirements.
- Applies primers or sealers to prepare new surfaces, such as bare wood or metal, for finish coats.
- Applies paint, stain, varnish, enamel, or other finishes to equipment, buildings, bridges, or other structures, using brushes, spray guns, or rollers.
- Erects scaffolding or swing gates, or sets up ladders, to work above ground level.
- Mixes and matches colors of paint, stain, or varnish with oil or thinning and drying additives to obtain desired colors and consistencies.
- Calculates amounts of required materials and estimates costs, based on surface measurements or work orders.
- Polishes final coats to specified finishes.
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