Painting, Coating, and Decorating Workers

Description

Paint, coat, or decorate articles such as furniture, glass, plateware, pottery, jewelry, toys, books, or leather.

Tasks

  • Apply coatings, such as paint, ink, or lacquer, to protect or decorate workpiece surfaces, using spray guns, pens, or brushes.
  • Examine finished surfaces of workpieces to verify conformance to specifications; then retouch any defective areas.
  • Clean and maintain tools and equipment, using solvents, brushes, and rags.
  • Read job orders and inspect workpieces to determine work procedures and materials required.
  • Clean surfaces of workpieces in preparation for coating, using cleaning fluids, solvents, brushes, scrapers, steam, sandpaper, or cloth.
  • Rinse, drain, or wipe coated workpieces to remove excess coating material or to facilitate setting of finish coats on workpieces.
  • Place coated workpieces in ovens or dryers for specified times in order to dry or harden finishes.
  • Select and mix ingredients to prepare coating substances according to specifications, using paddles or mechanical mixers.
  • Melt or heat coating materials to specified temperatures.
  • Conceal blemishes in workpieces, such as nicks and dents, using fillers such as putty.
  • Immerse workpieces into coating materials for specified times.
  • Cut out sections in surfaces of materials to be inlaid with decorative pieces, using patterns and knives or scissors.
  • Position and glue decorative pieces in cutout sections of workpieces, following patterns.

Skills

Science
Using scientific rules and methods to solve problems.
Installation
Installing equipment, machines, wiring, or programs to meet specifications.
Management of Material Resources
Obtaining and seeing to the appropriate use of equipment, facilities, and materials needed to do certain work.
Programming
Writing computer programs for various purposes.
Management of Financial Resources
Determining how money will be spent to get the work done, and accounting for these expenditures.

Abilities

Dynamic Flexibility
The ability to quickly and repeatedly bend, stretch, twist, or reach out with your body, arms, and/or legs.
Spatial Orientation
The ability to know your location in relation to the environment or to know where other objects are in relation to you.
Explosive Strength
The ability to use short bursts of muscle force to propel oneself (as in jumping or sprinting), or to throw an object.
Sound Localization
The ability to tell the direction from which a sound originated.
Night Vision
The ability to see under low light conditions.
Peripheral Vision
The ability to see objects or movement of objects to one's side when the eyes are looking ahead.

Interests

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.
Artistic
Artistic occupations frequently involve working with forms, designs and patterns. They often require self-expression and the work can be done without following a clear set of rules.
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.
Enterprising
Enterprising occupations frequently involve starting up and carrying out projects. These occupations can involve leading people and making many decisions. Sometimes they require risk taking and often deal with business.
Investigative
Investigative occupations frequently involve working with ideas, and require an extensive amount of thinking. These occupations can involve searching for facts and figuring out problems mentally.
Social
Social occupations frequently involve working with, communicating with, and teaching people. These occupations often involve helping or providing service to others.

Work Style

Attention to Detail
Job requires being careful about detail and thorough in completing work tasks.
Dependability
Job requires being reliable, responsible, and dependable, and fulfilling obligations.
Adaptability/Flexibility
Job requires being open to change (positive or negative) and to considerable variety in the workplace.
Innovation
Job requires creativity and alternative thinking to develop new ideas for and answers to work-related problems.
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.
Persistence
Job requires persistence in the face of obstacles.
Initiative
Job requires a willingness to take on responsibilities and challenges.
Achievement/Effort
Job requires establishing and maintaining personally challenging achievement goals and exerting effort toward mastering tasks.
Stress Tolerance
Job requires accepting criticism and dealing calmly and effectively with high stress situations.
Integrity
Job requires being honest and ethical.

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.
Achievement
Occupations that satisfy this work value are results oriented and allow employees to use their strongest abilities, giving them a feeling of accomplishment. Corresponding needs are Ability Utilization and Achievement.
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.
Recognition
Occupations that satisfy this work value offer advancement, potential for leadership, and are often considered prestigious. Corresponding needs are Advancement, Authority, Recognition and Social Status.
Independence
Occupations that satisfy this work value allow employees to work on their own and make decisions. Corresponding needs are Creativity, Responsibility and Autonomy.
Relationships
Occupations that satisfy this work value allow employees to provide service to others and work with co-workers in a friendly non-competitive environment. Corresponding needs are Co-workers, Moral Values and Social Service.

Lay Titles

Air Brush Decorator
Air Brush Operator
Airbrush Painter
Animated Cartoons Painter
Apprentice, Painter, Brush
Apprentice, Painter, Hand
Art Gilder
Artist
Assembler
Babbitter
Bakery Decorator
Balloon Dipper
Banner Painter
Barrel Coater
Barrel Liner
Battery Container Finishing Hand
Bisque Ware Dipper
Blocker Ii
Boiler-Out
Bottom Painter
Bowling Pin Refinisher
Brush Hand
Brush Painter
Brusher
Bun Icer
Button Spindler
Cake Decorator
Carroter
Caustic Operator
Ceramic Painter
Charger
China Decorator
Cleaner and Preparer
Clear Coat Sprayer
Clip Coater
Clock and Watch Hands Dipper
Clock and Watch Hands Painter
Coater
Color Coater
Colorer
Cork Painter and Grader
Decal Applier
Decal Decorator
Decal Maker
Decaler
Decorator
Design Painter
Dial Marker
Dial Painter
Dial Refinisher
Dipper
Dipper and Drier
Drawer Waxer
Drywall Sprayer
Duller
Duster
Dyer
Edge Stainer
Electroless Plater
Electrostatic Painter
Embossed or Impressed Lettering Painter
Enamel Applier
Enamel Finisher
Enameler
Enrobing Machine Corder
Filler
Filler In
Film Coater
Finisher
Foam Gun Operator
Frame Trimmer
Fur Blender
Furniture Stainer
Gilder
Glass Bulb Silverer

National Wages and Employment Info

Median Wages (2008):
$13.36 hourly, $27,790 annual.
Employment (2008):
16,310 employees