The Industrial Painter must be skilled in surface preparation and coating application techniques. He or she must also be familiar with safety requirements of the job site, with the equipment associated with industrial painting, with personal and environmental hygiene practices and requirements of the trade. Due to the risks associated with this work, the industrial painter must be physically fit and not intimidated with the height of the work
Working Conditions: Painting is strenuous work, requiring much walking, standing, reaching, kneeling, stooping, climbing and carrying. Occupational hazards include falls from ladder or scaffolds, and skin or throat irritations from paint fumes and thinners. Exterior painters lose some work-time each year due to bad weather. Interior painters who work primarily on new construction may lose work-time during slowdowns in construction activity.
Interest and Temperament: INDUSTRIAL & BRIDGE PAINTERS must have manual dexterity as well as steady nerves to work in high places. They should not be allergic to paint fumes, toxic materials, or spray dust. An artistic sense, good eyesight, and a sense of color are necessary to do a first class job.
Recommended Courses: General Science, General Math, Mechanical Drawing, Chemistry will help.
Terms of Apprenticeship: 4 years of on the job training, related class room instruction, classes a minimum of 160 hours per year.
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