• Transportation Equipment Painters
  • Manufacturing
  • Annual Median Wage
    $ 45,558
    $26,897 range bar $67,271
    Annual NC Wage Range
    Growth Rate
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    Fast Growing
  • Transportation equipment painters operate or tend painting machines to paint surfaces of transportation equipment, such as automobiles, buses, trucks, trains, boats, and airplanes.

What do they typically do

  • Spray prepared surfaces with specific amounts of primers and decorative or finish coatings
  • Mix paints to match color specifications or vehicles' original colors, stirring or thinning paints, using spatulas or power mixing equipment
  • Remove accessories like chrome or mirrors from vehicles and mask other surfaces with tape or paper to protect them from paint
  • Remove grease, dirt, paint, or rust from vehicle surfaces in preparation for paint application, using abrasives, solvents, brushes, blowtorches, washing tanks, or sandblasters
  • Monitor painting operations to find flaws like blisters or streaks, and correct their causes
  • Dispose of hazardous waste in an appropriate manner
  • Pour paint into spray guns and adjust nozzles and paint mixes for proper paint flow and coating thickness
  • Choose paint according to company requirements and match paint colors, following specified color charts

Number of Jobs

Average Annual
Job Growth +0.8%
Job Opening 171

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Education & Training

  • Education

    These occupations usually require a high school diploma.
    Associated Programs or Majors
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