Paint Sprayer Careers

How to become Paint Sprayer

What does a Paint Sprayer do?

Paint sprayers, sometimes known as finishers or coatings specialists, work either as production line sprayers or construction site sprayers.

Production line sprayers apply finishes to manufactured articles such as new vehicles, white goods - ovens, fridges and dishwashers, yellow goods - construction plant vehicles and machinery, furniture and other everyday items.

Construction site sprayers apply protective coatings and decorative finishes to steel structures such as ships and bridges, finishes to the interior and exterior of buildings, and some may work on abrasive blasting to clean structures. These sprayers often have to have construction training before working in such a role.

Paint sprayers use a hand spray gun or operate automated machinery to apply the coating, and are responsible for the maintenance of the equipment.

Main duties include:

  • setting up spray equipment
  • ensuring materials are processed and mixed to the right specification
  • following instructions, measurements and drawings for the type of finish required
  • preparing surfaces
  • applying primers, followed by a finishing coat
  • working cleanly to avoid contaminating materials
  • following strict safety regulations covering the use of potentially hazardous materials.
Some paint sprayers work as car mechanics or in specialised vehicle body repair workshops.

What's the working environment like working as a Paint Sprayer?

Production paint sprayers normally work shifts, typically lasting eight hours. Paint spraying is the last part of the manufacturing process, and may involve working overtime.

Most work is done in controlled conditions, usually in specially designed paint or powder booths that have extra ventilation and may be set aside from the rest of a factory.

A construction site paint sprayer works mainly outdoors, often from ladders, raised platforms or scaffold.

Protective clothing must be worn and this may not be a suitable job for people with allergies or medical conditions such as asthma.

What does it take to become a Paint Sprayer?

To be a paint sprayer you should:

  • be able to follow written instructions and keep records
  • be safety-conscious
  • be able to work on your own initiative and as part of a team
  • have good hand-to-eye coordination
  • be able to work accurately and pay attention to detail
  • have good practical skills
  • have normal colour vision.

Paint Sprayer Career Opportunities

The manufacturing and construction industries are the main employers of paint sprayers. Most opportunities are with large manufacturers and smaller specialist coating firms.

Initial promotion is normally to paint shop supervisor. Paint sprayers with relevant qualifications and experience may be able to work in quality control, health and safety, and production management.

There is some scope for self-employment.

There may be opportunities for construction paint sprayers to work overseas on large projects.

Further information

If you would like to know anything about Paint Sprayer that does not appear on Hotcourses, further information can be found below.

Bircham Newton
King’s Lynn
PE31 6RH
Tel: 0808 100 0055

The Institute of the Motor Industry
SG13 8PQ
Tel: 01992 511521

The Institute of Metal Finishing
Exeter House
48 Holloway Head
B1 1NQ
Tel: 0121 622 7387

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