The skilled Painter knows and uses what is best for each job. Although some PAINTERS do all types of painting, most specialize in one type, such as: interior or exterior work, new construction, signs, remodeling, particular structures and buildings (apartments, homes, bridges, water tanks, structural steel), special effects and decorative designs, metal surfaces, or transportation equipment.
Working Conditions: Painting, Wall Covering and Drywall Finishing are all strenuous work, requiring much walking, standing, reaching, kneeling, stooping, climbing and lifting (up to 75 lbs.). 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.
Recommended Courses: General Science, General Math, 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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