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51-9122.00 - 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.

Sample of reported job titles: Auto Painter (Automobile Painter), Auto Refinisher (Automobile Refinisher), Automotive Paint Technician (Auto Paint Technician), Automotive Painter, Automotive Refinish Technician, Body Technician/Painter, Finish Painter, Paint Prepper, Paint Technician, Top Coater

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Tasks  |  Tools & Technology  |  Knowledge  |  Skills  |  Abilities  |  Work Activities  |  Detailed Work Activities  |  Work Context  |  Job Zone  |  Education  |  Credentials  |  Interests  |  Work Styles  |  Work Values  |  Related Occupations  |  Wages & Employment  |  Job Openings  |  Additional Information

Tasks

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

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Tools & Technology

Tools used in this occupation:

  • Adjustable wrenches — Adjustable hand wrenches See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Air compressors See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Air exhausters — Exhaust units See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Blow torch — Blow torches See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Claw hammer — Claw hammers See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Desktop computers See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Forklifts See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Gas welding or brazing or cutting apparatus — Oxyacetylene welding equipment See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Goggles — Safety goggles See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Heat guns — Hot air guns See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Hoists — Hoisting equipment See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Infrared lamps — Infrared drying lamps See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Jacks — Hydraulic jacks See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Ladders — Step ladders See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Mainframe console or dumb terminals — Computer terminals See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Manlift or personnel lift — Manlift buckets See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Metal inert gas welding machine — Metal inert gas MIG welding equipment See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Paint application system — Paint booths See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Paint brushes — Paint application brushes See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Paint mixers — Power paint mixers See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Paint robots — Robotic paint equipment See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Paint rollers — Paint application rollers See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Paint sprayers — Paint sprayguns See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Pallet trucks — Pallet jacks See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Plasma arc welding machine — Plasma cutters See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Pneumatic sanding machines — Sandblasters See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Power buffers — Portable buffers See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Power drills See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Power riveter — Rivet guns See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Power sanders See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Protective gloves — Safety gloves See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Respirators — Respiratory protection equipment See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Safety glasses See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Scaffolding See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Screwdrivers — Straight screwdrivers See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Shielded metal arc welding or stick welding machine — Shielded arc welding tools See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Stencils or lettering aids — Paint stencils See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Tungsten inert gas welding machine — Tungsten inert gas TIG welding equipment See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Viscosimeters — Viscosity meters See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Wire brushes See more occupations related to this tool.

Technology used in this occupation:

  • Calendar and scheduling software — Scheduling software See more occupations related to this technology.
  • Data base user interface and query software — Data entry software See more occupations related to this technology.
  • Electronic mail software — Microsoft Outlook See more occupations related to this technology.
  • Facilities management software — Maintenance management software See more occupations related to this technology.
  • Industrial control software — Robotic painting software See more occupations related to this technology.
  • Inventory management software — Inventory control software See more occupations related to this technology.
  • Spreadsheet software — Microsoft Excel See more occupations related to this technology.
  • Word processing software — Microsoft Word See more occupations related to this technology.

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Knowledge

  • English Language — Knowledge of the structure and content of the English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar. See more occupations related to this knowledge.

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Skills

  • Monitoring — Monitoring/Assessing performance of yourself, other individuals, or organizations to make improvements or take corrective action. See more occupations related to this skill.
  • Operation and Control — Controlling operations of equipment or systems. See more occupations related to this skill.
  • Operation Monitoring — Watching gauges, dials, or other indicators to make sure a machine is working properly. See more occupations related to this skill.
  • Coordination — Adjusting actions in relation to others' actions. See more occupations related to this skill.
  • Critical Thinking — Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems. See more occupations related to this skill.
  • Quality Control Analysis — Conducting tests and inspections of products, services, or processes to evaluate quality or performance. See more occupations related to this skill.

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Abilities

  • Visual Color Discrimination — The ability to match or detect differences between colors, including shades of color and brightness. See more occupations related to this ability.
  • Arm-Hand Steadiness — The ability to keep your hand and arm steady while moving your arm or while holding your arm and hand in one position. See more occupations related to this ability.
  • Near Vision — The ability to see details at close range (within a few feet of the observer). See more occupations related to this ability.
  • Finger Dexterity — The ability to make precisely coordinated movements of the fingers of one or both hands to grasp, manipulate, or assemble very small objects. See more occupations related to this ability.
  • Manual Dexterity — The ability to quickly move your hand, your hand together with your arm, or your two hands to grasp, manipulate, or assemble objects. See more occupations related to this ability.
  • Control Precision — The ability to quickly and repeatedly adjust the controls of a machine or a vehicle to exact positions. See more occupations related to this ability.
  • Trunk Strength — The ability to use your abdominal and lower back muscles to support part of the body repeatedly or continuously over time without 'giving out' or fatiguing. See more occupations related to this ability.
  • Extent Flexibility — The ability to bend, stretch, twist, or reach with your body, arms, and/or legs. See more occupations related to this ability.
  • Deductive Reasoning — The ability to apply general rules to specific problems to produce answers that make sense. See more occupations related to this ability.
  • Far Vision — The ability to see details at a distance. See more occupations related to this ability.
  • Multilimb Coordination — The ability to coordinate two or more limbs (for example, two arms, two legs, or one leg and one arm) while sitting, standing, or lying down. It does not involve performing the activities while the whole body is in motion. See more occupations related to this ability.
  • Visualization — The ability to imagine how something will look after it is moved around or when its parts are moved or rearranged. See more occupations related to this ability.
  • Information Ordering — The ability to arrange things or actions in a certain order or pattern according to a specific rule or set of rules (e.g., patterns of numbers, letters, words, pictures, mathematical operations). See more occupations related to this ability.
  • Problem Sensitivity — The ability to tell when something is wrong or is likely to go wrong. It does not involve solving the problem, only recognizing there is a problem. See more occupations related to this ability.
  • Static Strength — The ability to exert maximum muscle force to lift, push, pull, or carry objects. See more occupations related to this ability.

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Work Activities

  • Inspecting Equipment, Structures, or Material — Inspecting equipment, structures, or materials to identify the cause of errors or other problems or defects. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Making Decisions and Solving Problems — Analyzing information and evaluating results to choose the best solution and solve problems. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Identifying Objects, Actions, and Events — Identifying information by categorizing, estimating, recognizing differences or similarities, and detecting changes in circumstances or events. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Getting Information — Observing, receiving, and otherwise obtaining information from all relevant sources. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Communicating with Supervisors, Peers, or Subordinates — Providing information to supervisors, co-workers, and subordinates by telephone, in written form, e-mail, or in person. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Monitor Processes, Materials, or Surroundings — Monitoring and reviewing information from materials, events, or the environment, to detect or assess problems. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Updating and Using Relevant Knowledge — Keeping up-to-date technically and applying new knowledge to your job. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Organizing, Planning, and Prioritizing Work — Developing specific goals and plans to prioritize, organize, and accomplish your work. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Performing General Physical Activities — Performing physical activities that require considerable use of your arms and legs and moving your whole body, such as climbing, lifting, balancing, walking, stooping, and handling of materials. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Thinking Creatively — Developing, designing, or creating new applications, ideas, relationships, systems, or products, including artistic contributions. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Scheduling Work and Activities — Scheduling events, programs, and activities, as well as the work of others. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Handling and Moving Objects — Using hands and arms in handling, installing, positioning, and moving materials, and manipulating things. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Judging the Qualities of Things, Services, or People — Assessing the value, importance, or quality of things or people. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Operating Vehicles, Mechanized Devices, or Equipment — Running, maneuvering, navigating, or driving vehicles or mechanized equipment, such as forklifts, passenger vehicles, aircraft, or water craft. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Repairing and Maintaining Mechanical Equipment — Servicing, repairing, adjusting, and testing machines, devices, moving parts, and equipment that operate primarily on the basis of mechanical (not electronic) principles. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Controlling Machines and Processes — Using either control mechanisms or direct physical activity to operate machines or processes (not including computers or vehicles). See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Documenting/Recording Information — Entering, transcribing, recording, storing, or maintaining information in written or electronic/magnetic form. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Estimating the Quantifiable Characteristics of Products, Events, or Information — Estimating sizes, distances, and quantities; or determining time, costs, resources, or materials needed to perform a work activity. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Evaluating Information to Determine Compliance with Standards — Using relevant information and individual judgment to determine whether events or processes comply with laws, regulations, or standards. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Coordinating the Work and Activities of Others — Getting members of a group to work together to accomplish tasks. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Training and Teaching Others — Identifying the educational needs of others, developing formal educational or training programs or classes, and teaching or instructing others. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Processing Information — Compiling, coding, categorizing, calculating, tabulating, auditing, or verifying information or data. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Monitoring and Controlling Resources — Monitoring and controlling resources and overseeing the spending of money. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Analyzing Data or Information — Identifying the underlying principles, reasons, or facts of information by breaking down information or data into separate parts. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Developing Objectives and Strategies — Establishing long-range objectives and specifying the strategies and actions to achieve them. See more occupations related to this activity.

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Detailed Work Activities

  • Select production equipment according to product specifications. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Mix ingredients to create specific finishes. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Select production input materials. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Dispose of trash or waste materials. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Operate cranes, hoists, or other moving or lifting equipment. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Monitor equipment operation to ensure that products are not flawed. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Trim excess material from workpieces. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Smooth metal surfaces or edges. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Adjust temperature controls of ovens or other heating equipment. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Polish materials, workpieces, or finished products. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Apply protective or decorative finishes to workpieces or products. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Adjust equipment controls to regulate flow of production materials or products. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Load materials into production equipment. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Operate painting or coating equipment. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Remove accessories, tools, or other parts from equipment. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Clean production equipment. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Clean work areas. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Draw guide lines or markings on materials or workpieces using patterns or other references. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Disassemble equipment for maintenance or repair. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Fill cracks, imperfections, or holes in products or workpieces. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Test chemical or physical characteristics of materials or products. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Attach decorative or functional accessories to products. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Shape surfaces or edges of wood workpieces. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Assemble temporary equipment or structures. See more occupations related to this activity.

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Work Context

  • Exposed to Contaminants — 99% responded “Every day.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Exposed to Hazardous Conditions — 98% responded “Every day.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Spend Time Using Your Hands to Handle, Control, or Feel Objects, Tools, or Controls — 93% responded “Continually or almost continually.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Spend Time Standing — 84% responded “Continually or almost continually.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Wear Common Protective or Safety Equipment such as Safety Shoes, Glasses, Gloves, Hearing Protection, Hard Hats, or Life Jackets See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Wear Specialized Protective or Safety Equipment such as Breathing Apparatus, Safety Harness, Full Protection Suits, or Radiation Protection See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Importance of Being Exact or Accurate — 81% responded “Extremely important.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Spend Time Walking and Running — 74% responded “Continually or almost continually.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Spend Time Bending or Twisting the Body — 57% responded “Continually or almost continually.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Time Pressure See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Frequency of Decision Making — 67% responded “Every day.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Impact of Decisions on Co-workers or Company Results — 64% responded “Very important results.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Face-to-Face Discussions — 54% responded “Every day.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Sounds, Noise Levels Are Distracting or Uncomfortable See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Spend Time Making Repetitive Motions — 56% responded “Continually or almost continually.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Freedom to Make Decisions — 22% responded “Some freedom.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Responsibility for Outcomes and Results — 15% responded “High responsibility.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Structured versus Unstructured Work — 25% responded “Some freedom.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Work With Work Group or Team — 32% responded “Extremely important.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Indoors, Not Environmentally Controlled — 63% responded “Every day.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Very Hot or Cold Temperatures — 19% responded “Every day.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Cramped Work Space, Awkward Positions — 23% responded “Never.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Exposed to Minor Burns, Cuts, Bites, or Stings — 22% responded “Never.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Spend Time Kneeling, Crouching, Stooping, or Crawling — 39% responded “About half the time.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Duration of Typical Work Week — 29% responded “More than 40 hours.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Level of Competition — 13% responded “Extremely competitive.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Importance of Repeating Same Tasks — 20% responded “Important.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Responsible for Others' Health and Safety — 20% responded “High responsibility.” See more occupations related to this work context.

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Job Zone

Title Job Zone Two: Some Preparation Needed
Education These occupations usually require a high school diploma.
Related Experience Some previous work-related skill, knowledge, or experience is usually needed. For example, a teller would benefit from experience working directly with the public.
Job Training Employees in these occupations need anywhere from a few months to one year of working with experienced employees. A recognized apprenticeship program may be associated with these occupations.
Job Zone Examples These occupations often involve using your knowledge and skills to help others. Examples include sheet metal workers, forest fire fighters, customer service representatives, physical therapist aides, salespersons (retail), and tellers.
SVP Range (4.0 to < 6.0)

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Education


Percentage of Respondents
Education Level Required
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Not available Less than high school diploma

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Credentials

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Interests

Interest code: RC

  • Realistic — Realistic occupations frequently involve work activities that include practical, hands-on problems and solutions. They often deal with plants, animals, and real-world materials like wood, tools, and machinery. Many of the occupations require working outside, and do not involve a lot of paperwork or working closely with others. See more occupations related to this interest.
  • Conventional — Conventional occupations frequently involve following set procedures and routines. These occupations can include working with data and details more than with ideas. Usually there is a clear line of authority to follow. See more occupations related to this interest.

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Work Styles

  • Attention to Detail — Job requires being careful about detail and thorough in completing work tasks. See more occupations related to this work style.
  • Dependability — Job requires being reliable, responsible, and dependable, and fulfilling obligations. See more occupations related to this work style.
  • Initiative — Job requires a willingness to take on responsibilities and challenges. See more occupations related to this work style.
  • Adaptability/Flexibility — Job requires being open to change (positive or negative) and to considerable variety in the workplace. See more occupations related to this work style.
  • Integrity — Job requires being honest and ethical. See more occupations related to this work style.
  • Achievement/Effort — Job requires establishing and maintaining personally challenging achievement goals and exerting effort toward mastering tasks. See more occupations related to this work style.
  • Persistence — Job requires persistence in the face of obstacles. See more occupations related to this work style.
  • Self Control — Job requires maintaining composure, keeping emotions in check, controlling anger, and avoiding aggressive behavior, even in very difficult situations. See more occupations related to this work style.
  • Analytical Thinking — Job requires analyzing information and using logic to address work-related issues and problems. See more occupations related to this work style.
  • Independence — Job requires developing one's own ways of doing things, guiding oneself with little or no supervision, and depending on oneself to get things done. See more occupations related to this work style.
  • Cooperation — Job requires being pleasant with others on the job and displaying a good-natured, cooperative attitude. See more occupations related to this work style.
  • Innovation — Job requires creativity and alternative thinking to develop new ideas for and answers to work-related problems. See more occupations related to this work style.
  • Stress Tolerance — Job requires accepting criticism and dealing calmly and effectively with high stress situations. See more occupations related to this work style.
  • Social Orientation — Job requires preferring to work with others rather than alone, and being personally connected with others on the job. See more occupations related to this work style.
  • Concern for Others — Job requires being sensitive to others' needs and feelings and being understanding and helpful on the job. See more occupations related to this work style.
  • Leadership — Job requires a willingness to lead, take charge, and offer opinions and direction. See more occupations related to this work style.

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Work Values

  • Support — Occupations that satisfy this work value offer supportive management that stands behind employees. Corresponding needs are Company Policies, Supervision: Human Relations and Supervision: Technical. See more occupations related to this work value.
  • Independence — Occupations that satisfy this work value allow employees to work on their own and make decisions. Corresponding needs are Creativity, Responsibility and Autonomy. See more occupations related to this work value.
  • Working Conditions — Occupations that satisfy this work value offer job security and good working conditions. Corresponding needs are Activity, Compensation, Independence, Security, Variety and Working Conditions. See more occupations related to this work value.

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Wages & Employment Trends

Median wages (2014) $19.60 hourly, $40,770 annual
State wages Local Salary Info
 
Employment (2012) 49,000 employees
Projected growth (2012-2022) Average (8% to 14%) Average (8% to 14%)
Projected job openings (2012-2022) 14,000
State trends Employment Trends
 
Top industries (2012)

Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics 2014 wage data external site and 2012-2022 employment projections external site. "Projected growth" represents the estimated change in total employment over the projections period (2012-2022). "Projected job openings" represent openings due to growth and replacement.

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