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Painters, Transportation Equipment - 51-9122.00

O*NET-SOC Description

Operate or tend painting machines to paint surfaces of transportation equipment, such as automobiles, buses, trucks, trains, boats, and airplanes. Includes painters in auto body repair facilities.

Sample of Reported Job Titles

  • Auto Painter (Automobile Painter)
  • Auto Refinisher (Automobile Refinisher)
  • Automotive Paint Technician (Auto Paint Technician)
  • Automotive Painter
  • Automotive Refinish Technician
  • Body Technician/Painter
  • Finish Painter
  • Paint Prepper
  • Paint Technician
  • Top Coater

SOC Occupation Groups

51-0000 Production Occupations
51-9000 Other Production Occupations
51-9120 Painting Workers
51-9122.00 Painters, Transportation Equipment

Related Occupations


  • Adjust controls on infrared ovens, heat lamps, portable ventilators, or exhaust units to speed the drying of vehicles between coats.
  • Allow the sprayed product to dry and touch up any missed spots.
  • Apply designs, lettering, or other identifying or decorative items to finished products, using paint brushes or paint sprayers.
  • Apply primer over any repairs made to vehicle surfaces.
  • Apply rust-resistant undercoats and caulk and seal seams.
  • Buff and wax the finished paintwork.
  • Clean equipment and work areas.
  • Disassemble, clean, and reassemble sprayers or power equipment, using solvents, wire brushes, and cloths.
  • Dispose of hazardous waste in an appropriate manner.
  • Fill small dents or scratches with body fillers and smooth surfaces to prepare vehicles for painting.
  • Lay out logos, symbols, or designs on painted surfaces, according to blueprint specifications, using measuring instruments, stencils, or patterns.
  • Mix paints to match color specifications or vehicles' original colors, stirring or thinning paints, using spatulas or power mixing equipment.
  • Monitor painting operations to identify flaws, such as blisters or streaks, and correct their causes.
  • Operate lifting or moving devices to move equipment or materials to access areas to be painted.
  • Pour paint into spray guns and adjust nozzles and paint mixes for proper paint flow and coating thickness.
  • Remove accessories, such as 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.
  • Sand and apply sealer to properly dried vehicle finish.
  • Sand vehicle surfaces between coats of paint or primer to remove flaws and enhance adhesion for subsequent coats.
  • Select paint according to company requirements and match paint colors, following specified color charts.
  • Select the correct spray gun system for the material being applied.
  • Set up portable equipment, such as ventilators, exhaust units, ladders, or scaffolding.
  • Spray prepared surfaces with specified amounts of primers and decorative or finish coatings.
  • Use brush to hand-paint areas in need of retouching or unreachable with a spray gun.
  • Verify paint consistency, using a viscosity meter.

Detailed Work Activities

  • Adjust equipment controls to regulate flow of production materials or products.
  • Adjust temperature controls of ovens or other heating equipment.
  • Apply protective or decorative finishes to workpieces or products.
  • Assemble temporary equipment or structures.
  • Attach decorative or functional accessories to products.
  • Clean production equipment.
  • Clean work areas.
  • Disassemble equipment for maintenance or repair.
  • Dispose of trash or waste materials.
  • Draw guide lines or markings on materials or workpieces using patterns or other references.
  • Fill cracks, imperfections, or holes in products or workpieces.
  • Load materials into production equipment.
  • Mix ingredients to create specific finishes.
  • Monitor equipment operation to ensure that products are not flawed.
  • Operate cranes, hoists, or other moving or lifting equipment.
  • Operate painting or coating equipment.
  • Polish materials, workpieces, or finished products.
  • Remove accessories, tools, or other parts from equipment.
  • Select production equipment according to product specifications.
  • Select production input materials.
  • Shape surfaces or edges of wood workpieces.
  • Smooth metal surfaces or edges.
  • Test chemical or physical characteristics of materials or products.
  • Trim excess material from workpieces.

Military Crosswalk Titles

  • Automotive Maintenance Technician (Marine Corps - Enlisted)
  • Boatswain's Mate (Navy - Enlisted)
  • Tactical Aircraft Maintenance (Air Force - Enlisted)
  • Tactical Aircraft Maintenance Apprentice, A-10/U-2 (Air Force - Enlisted)
  • Tactical Aircraft Maintenance Apprentice, F-15 (Air Force - Enlisted)
  • Tactical Aircraft Maintenance Apprentice, F-16 (Air Force - Enlisted)
  • Tactical Aircraft Maintenance Craftsman (Air Force - Enlisted)
  • Tactical Aircraft Maintenance Helper, A-10/U-2 (Air Force - Enlisted)
  • Tactical Aircraft Maintenance Helper, F-15 (Air Force - Enlisted)
  • Tactical Aircraft Maintenance Helper, F-16 (Air Force - Enlisted)
  • Tactical Aircraft Maintenance Journeyman (Air Force - Enlisted)
  • Tactical Aircraft Maintenance Journeyman, A-10/U-2 (Air Force - Enlisted)
  • Tactical Aircraft Maintenance Journeyman, F-15 (Air Force - Enlisted)

Apprenticeship Crosswalk Titles

  • Painter, Transportation Equipment

DOT Crosswalk Titles

  • Paint Sprayer, Sandblaster
  • Painter Apprentice, Transportation Equipment
  • Painter, Transportation Equipment
  • Railroad-Car Letterer