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NOC Code: NOC Code: 9536a Occupation: Industrial painters and coaters
Occupation Description: Occupation Description:
Industrial painters and coaters operate and tend machines or use brushes and spray equipment to apply paint, enamel, lacquer or other non-metallic protective and decorative coatings to surfaces of various products. These workers are employed by manufacturing companies and custom refinishing, coating and plating shops. Industrial painters and coaters operate and tend machines or use brushes and spray equipment to apply paint, enamel, lacquer or other non-metallic protective and decorative coatings to surfaces of various products. These workers are employed by manufacturing companies and custom refinishing, coating and plating shops.

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Essential Skills Essential Skills Levels
Reading Reading 1 2 3
Writing Writing 1
Document Use Document Use 1 2 3
Digital Technology Digital Technology 1
Oral Communication Oral Communication 1
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 3
Numerical Estimation Numerical Estimation 1 2
Job Task Planning and Organizing Job Task Planning and Organizing 1 2 3
Decision Making Decision Making 1 2 3
Problem Solving Problem Solving 1 2
Finding Information Finding Information 1 2

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  • Read bulletins from paint manufacturers to learn about new products or new directions for applying products. (1)
  • Read instructions and warnings that appear on cans of paints, thinners and cleaners. (1)
  • Read memos and notices regarding health and safety. (2)
  • Read material safety data sheets (MSDS) to obtain information about chemical composition and the safe use of products. (3)
  • Read manuals for information on the use of tools and equipment. (3)
  • Read contracts showing specifications of jobs and the liabilities which apply. (3)
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  • Write reminder notes. (1)
  • Write notes to record your experience with new materials being tested for manufacturers. (1)
  • Complete order forms for special requests of materials. (1)
  • Write notes to supervisors or co-workers to advise them on the depletion of stock or the status of jobs. (1)
  • Complete time logs to record the progress of jobs. (1)
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Document Use
  • Read hazard signs and signs regarding the use of protective equipment, such as safety glasses and gloves. (1)
  • Read forms, such as inspection forms and shipping forms from suppliers. (2)
  • Read product labels and paint codes. (2)
  • Complete invoices to clients. (2)
  • Read work schedules to verify shifts and to see if any overtime is available. (2)
  • Complete order forms. (2)
  • Make entries in tables to record information about a paint mix, such as dye lot numbers, application times and temperatures. (2)
  • Complete quality assurance forms. (2)
  • Read tables giving information on paint preparation. (2)
  • Take measurements from scale drawings to reproduce designs or decals on surfaces, such as auto bodies. (3)
  • Read assembly drawings in order to reassemble parts if they are taken apart to be painted different colours. (3)
  • Read schematic drawings of equipment such as spray guns. (3)
  • Read blueprints to review the specifications of jobs. (3)
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Digital Technology
  • Use computer-operated machinery. For example, use computer time clocks that automatically calculate time spent per job when cards are passed through scanners. (1)
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Oral Communication
  • Give simple instructions to apprentices or helpers. (1)
  • Contact suppliers to check on product availability, confirm shipments and discuss the quality of products. (1)
  • Communicate with supervisors to receive or clarify schedules and to discuss changes in work orders. (1)
  • Interact with co-workers to co-ordinate work and discuss problems. (1)
  • Discuss job requirements with customers, such as the brand and colour of paint to be used. (1)
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Money Math
  • Calculate invoices to clients, taking into account the number of gallons of paint used and the hours of labour multiplied by the hourly rate. (2)
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Scheduling or Budgeting and Accounting
  • Prepare a schedule for a job when acting as a leadhand, determining the number of employees needed to complete the job and the time frame for completion. (2)
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Measurement and Calculation
  • Measure designs and decals to be painted on pieces, such as car hoods. (1)
  • Take readings on gauges, such as the gauges on electrostatic drying guns, and compare to operational standards for the gauges. (1)
  • Calculate the quantity of paint required to complete a job, based on the area of the surface to be painted. (2)
  • Take exact measurements on items where painting is to be placed to minute specifications, such as identification markings on aircraft. (3)
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Numerical Estimation
  • Estimate the quantity of paint required to complete a job, based on "eyeballing" and past experience. (1)
  • As a leadhand, estimate the time required to complete a job; for instance, the time needed to paint a number of vehicles. (2)
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Job Task Planning and Organizing
  • While schedules are generally set by production supervisors, painters and coaters in manufacturing prioritize their own job tasks to meet deadlines. They may work on several projects at once, preparing and priming for one project while the paint on another project dries. Interruptions may occur to respond to rush jobs. They co-ordinate their activities with co-workers, with whom they may have to share tools, equipment and work space. They plan resource requirements several weeks in advance in order to have adequate levels of supplies to complete present jobs and upcoming projects. (3)
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Decision Making
  • Decide which type of paint is most suited to different types of surfaces. (1)
  • Decide if items need to be washed or sanded before painting. (1)
  • Decide how much drying time is needed between coats of paint. (1)
  • Decide whether to substitute a different type of primer for the remainder of an order if a specified primer runs out. (2)
  • Decide whether to change the paint mixture by adding an ingredient. (2)
  • Decide whether you have enough expertise and enough time available to repair extensive damage to a painted surface or whether the job should be referred to others more familiar with such work. The wrong decision can lead to cost overruns. (3)
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Problem Solving
  • Supplies of paint run out before an order is complete. Check storerooms to locate more cans or call suppliers on an urgent basis. (1)
  • The colours are not consistent throughout a job. Another coat of painted may be added to make sure all pieces look the same. (1)
  • An equipment failure has occurred with a sand blaster. Refer to manuals to identify the problem. Do the repair, if possible, call on service personnel or order new parts. (2)
  • Surfaces to be painted are pitted and therefore will not accept the paint. Either sand the piece or send it back to other workers for rework. (2)
  • There are scheduling problems. For example, when working offsite with a customer and circumstances lead to a stop in a painting job. Reschedule other jobs to fill the time slot that has suddenly become open. (2)
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Finding Information
  • Refer to catalogues to locate parts numbers and product codes. (1)
  • Contact suppliers, supervisors or co-workers to get information on how to solve a quality problem with a product. (2)
  • Refer to technical materials, such as manuals and material safety data sheets (MSDS), to get information on the properties of paints and primers and instructions for proper use. (2)
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