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NOC Code: NOC Code: 7322a Occupation: Automotive painters
Occupation Description: Occupation Description:
Automotive painters prepare body surfaces on motor vehicles, and apply paint and other coatings. They are employed by automobile dealerships, automobile body repair shops and automobile appraisal centres. Automotive painters prepare body surfaces on motor vehicles, and apply paint and other coatings. They are employed by automobile dealerships, automobile body repair shops and automobile appraisal centres.

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Essential Skills Essential Skills Levels
Reading Reading 1 2 3
Writing Writing 1 2
Document Use Document Use 1 2
Digital Technology Digital Technology 1 2
Oral Communication Oral Communication 1 2 3
Money Math Money Math 1 2
Scheduling or Budgeting and Accounting Scheduling or Budgeting and Accounting 1 2
Measurement and Calculation Measurement and Calculation 1 2
Data Analysis Data Analysis 1
Numerical Estimation Numerical Estimation 1 2
Job Task Planning and Organizing Job Task Planning and Organizing 1 2
Decision Making Decision Making 1 2
Problem Solving Problem Solving 1 2 3
Finding Information Finding Information 1 2
Critical Thinking Critical Thinking 1 2

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  • Read letters and comment cards, e.g. read comment cards by customers to determine satisfaction levels. (1)
  • Read instructions on labels, e.g. read labels to determine the safe use and storage of paints and thinners. (1)
  • Read brochures and pamphlets, e.g. read brochures to learn about new automotive paint finishes and equipment. (2)
  • Read memos to learn about work schedules, performance goals and changes to operating procedures. (2)
  • Read text entries in a variety of forms, e.g. read instructions to learn how to complete claim forms and notes from shop supervisors requesting the application of special decals. (2)
  • Read safety related instructions, e.g. read hazardous material handling instructions in Material Safety Data Sheets (MSDS) and instructions for the use of personal protective equipment, such as air respirators. (2)
  • Read instruction manuals for the use of computerized databases and paint systems, e.g. read online user guides to learn how to mix specific types of paints and clear coats. (3)
  • Read website articles and trade publications, e.g. read articles on manufacturers' websites to learn about new paint booth technologies. (3)
  • Read a variety of equipment manuals, e.g. read manuals to learn how to assemble, use, clean and service air respirators. (3)
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  • Write short statements on product defect forms to describe defective materials, e.g. write notes to explain that batches of paints do not adhere properly to primed surfaces. (1)
  • Write short notes on forms, e.g. write comments on work orders to explain what work was carried out and describe irregularities. (2)
  • Write reports to describe events leading up to workplace accidents, e.g. write about injuries and events when completing reports for workers' compensation boards. (2)
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Document Use
  • Observe hazard and safety icons, e.g. scan icons affixed to paints to learn about the product's toxic properties. (1)
  • Locate data, such as mixing ratios, drying times and expiration dates, on product labels. (1)
  • Enter data on a variety of forms, e.g. enter times and dates on time sheets and information, such as times, dates, quantities and costs, on work orders. (2)
  • Locate data on a variety of forms and tables, e.g. find data, such as dates, times and colour codes, on work order forms and drying times, temperatures and ratios on specification tables. (2)
  • Use colour chips to locate paint codes for non-standard vehicle colours. Locate paint codes by visually comparing different colour chips to a vehicle's paint colour until a direct match is found. (2)
  • Use colour wheels, colour charts and code books to determine the various tints required to produce a desired colour. (2)
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Digital Technology
  • Use electronic hand-held wands to scan vehicle paint colours and determine paint colours and codes. (1)
  • Use personal digital assistant (PDA) devices to complete numeracy-related tasks, such as calculating material requirements. (1)
  • Operate computer programs that integrate database functions with electronic measuring devices. Using touch-screen technology, automotive painters enter data to retrieve paint formulas and then follow instructions to select and mix the correct quantity of ingredients to create the desired amount and colour of paint. (2)
  • Use browsers and search engines to access websites operated by paint and equipment suppliers. Navigate websites to locate information, such as equipment specifications and user guides. (2)
  • Use the Internet to access training courses and seminars offered by apprenticeship trainers, suppliers, employers and sector councils, e.g. learn about Workplace Hazardous Materials Information System (WHMIS) for the collision shop by accessing videos, learning guides and exams delivered over the Internet by the Canadian Automotive Repair and Service (CARS) Council. (2)
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Oral Communication
  • Order parts, materials and supplies, such as masking tape, paint and thinners, by telephone. (1)
  • Speak with customers about the scope and expected cost of paint projects, e.g. describe the type of paint to be used and answer questions customers may have. (2)
  • Explain procedures to apprentices, e.g. explain techniques for sanding feather edges. (2)
  • Talk with co-workers about a wide range of topics including paint preparation methods, application techniques, problems and job task scheduling. (2)
  • Participate during meetings, e.g. discuss production problems and workflow processes with co-workers during staff meetings. (2)
  • Talk to dissatisfied customers, e.g. speak with disgruntled customers to learn about their complaints and to negotiate solutions. (3)
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Money Math
  • Pay cash-on-delivery for parts, materials and supplies ordered. (1)
  • Check quantities, prices and totals on supplier invoices and approve them for payment. (2)
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Scheduling or Budgeting and Accounting
  • Create schedules to plan and control the amount of time spent on vehicles. (2)
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Measurement and Calculation
  • Tally hours on work orders to determine the total amount of billable time. (1)
  • Measure the viscosity (thickness) of primers and paints by timing drip-rates using Zahn cups. (1)
  • Use ratio sticks and electronic scales to measure quantities of tints and base colours needed to produce different amounts of coloured paint. (2)
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Data Analysis
  • Compare the actual times taken to complete painting tasks to flat rates. (1)
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Numerical Estimation
  • Estimate how long it will take to complete repairs and painting tasks. Consider the size of the area to be repaired or painted, painting and drying techniques employed, materials used and special requirements, such as pinstriping. (2)
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Job Task Planning and Organizing
  • Automotive painters organize their daily activities according to amount and type of work booked by shop supervisors. They schedule the order in which work is carried out to ensure the efficient use of resources such as paint booths and labour. Tasks are routine in nature, but automotive painters should be prepared to work extended hours to meet deadlines. Automotive painters may schedule the activities of helpers to ensure work is completed as planned and within the price quoted. (2)
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Decision Making
  • Select the workplace materials needed to complete painting-related tasks, e.g. select the appropriate grits of sandpaper needed to achieve desired surface conditions. (1)
  • Decide which personal protective equipment to use when painting. Consider the size of the areas to be painted and the types of paint being used, when choosing between facemasks and air respirators. (2)
  • Decide how to cure fresh paints and primers. Consider the size of the surface areas to be dried and the benefits of using ultraviolet, infrared or air-drying techniques. (2)
  • Decide the order and priority of painting-related tasks. Consider the availability of equipment, such as paint booths, and the priority of unfinished work. (2)
  • Make decisions about which paints to use to create desired finishes. Choose paint products according to the types of surfaces being painted, budgets and the results desired by customers. (2)
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Problem Solving
  • Discover that insurance claims allow for too few hours to complete the work. Review and itemize the work required and submit detailed quotes to shop supervisors for follow-up. (2)
  • Notice that paint finishes have defects, such as fish-eyes and embedded dirt. Determine probable sources of contamination, assess the severity of defects and decide how to remove them. (2)
  • Paint or primers cannot be applied because of the inappropriate use of chemicals, such as washes, solvents and adhesives. Painters determine the best way to remove or neutralize the chemicals by referring to product information sheets or by discussing the problem with other painters. (2)
  • Determine that vehicles will not be ready for delivery as promised. Inform shop supervisors and tell customers to expect delays. Change work schedules to minimize delays and work overtime to finish priority jobs. (2)
  • Experience production problems when important pieces of equipment, such as ventilation systems and paint booths, break down. Inform the shop supervisor about the breakdown and complete other work until the equipment is repaired. If the equipment cannot be repaired immediately, you may negotiate temporary access to equipment used by co-workers or by painters in other shops. (3)
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Finding Information
  • Locate information about the products by reading product information sheets, container labels and Material Safety Data Sheets (MSDS) and by talking with other painters and manufacturers' representatives. (2)
  • Locate information about alternative paint techniques by talking with other automotive painters, reading trade magazines and brochures published by vendors. (2)
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Critical Thinking
  • Assess the need for additional coats of primer after inspecting the results of previous applications. (1)
  • Evaluate whether paint jobs should pass final inspection by considering the severity and frequency of defects such as blemishes, lines, paint runs and colour mismatches. (2)
  • Assess the skill level of helpers and apprentices. Consider the worker’s ability to follow instructions and complete work within specified timelines and quality guidelines. (2)
  • Judge the adequacy of vehicle preparation to determine if cars are ready for painting. Analyze the quality of sanding, how well primers have been applied and surface cleanliness to assess whether painting should proceed as planned. (2)
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