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Coating, Painting, and Spraying Machine Setters, Operators, and Tenders - 51-9121.00

O*NET-SOC Description

Set up, operate, or tend machines to coat or paint any of a wide variety of products, including glassware, cloth, ceramics, metal, plastic, paper, or wood, with lacquer, silver, copper, rubber, varnish, glaze, enamel, oil, or rust-proofing materials.

Sample of Reported Job Titles

  • Coater Operator
  • Hand Sprayer
  • Industrial Painter
  • Machine Operator
  • Paint Technician
  • Painter
  • Powder Coater
  • Press Operator
  • Silk Screen Operator
  • Spray Painter

SOC Occupation Groups

51-0000 Production Occupations
51-9000 Other Production Occupations
51-9120 Painting Workers
51-9121.00 Coating, Painting, and Spraying Machine Setters, Operators, and Tenders

Related Occupations


  • Attach and align machine parts such as rollers, guides, brushes, and blades, using hand tools.
  • Attach hoses or nozzles to machines, using wrenches and pliers, and make adjustments to obtain the proper dispersion of spray.
  • Clean machines, related equipment, and work areas, using water, solvents and other cleaning aids.
  • Determine paint flow, viscosity, and coating quality by performing visual inspections, or by using viscometers.
  • Examine, measure, weigh, or test sample products to ensure conformance to specifications.
  • Fill hoppers, reservoirs, troughs, or pans with material used to coat, paint, or spray, using conveyors or pails.
  • Hold or position spray guns to direct spray onto articles.
  • Observe machine gauges and equipment operation to detect defects or deviations from standards, and make adjustments as necessary.
  • Operate auxiliary machines or equipment used in coating or painting processes.
  • Paint small items and perform touch-up painting, using paint brushes.
  • Perform test runs to ensure that equipment is set up properly.
  • Place items or products on feedracks, spindles, or reel strands to coat, paint, or spray them, using hands, hoists, or truck lifts.
  • Prepare and apply stencils, computer-generated decals, or other decorative items to finished products.
  • Record operational data on specified forms.
  • Remove materials, parts, or workpieces from painting or coating machines, using hand tools.
  • Select appropriate coatings, paints, or sprays, or prepare them by mixing substances according to formulas, using automated paint mixing equipment.
  • Set up and operate machines to paint or coat products with such materials as silver and copper solution, rubber, paint, glaze, oil, or rustproofing materials.
  • Spray coated products with salt solutions to determine how they will resist corrosion.
  • Start and stop operation of machines, using levers or buttons.
  • Start pumps to mix solutions and fill tanks.
  • Thread or feed items or products through or around machine rollers and dryers.
  • Transfer completed items or products from machines to drying or storage areas, using handcarts, handtrucks, or cranes.
  • Turn dials, handwheels, valves, or switches to regulate conveyor speeds, machine temperature, air pressure and circulation, and the flow or spray of coatings or paints.
  • Weigh or measure chemicals, coatings, or paints before adding them to machines.

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.
  • Attach decorative or functional accessories to products.
  • Clean production equipment.
  • Clean work areas.
  • Conduct test runs of production equipment.
  • Connect supply lines to production equipment or tools.
  • Feed materials or products into or through equipment.
  • Inspect finishes of workpieces or finished products.
  • Load materials into production equipment.
  • Measure dimensions of completed products or workpieces to verify conformance to specifications.
  • Measure ingredients or substances to be used in production processes.
  • Mix ingredients to create specific finishes.
  • Monitor equipment operation to ensure proper functioning.
  • Mount attachments or tools onto production equipment.
  • Move products, materials, or equipment between work areas.
  • Operate mixing equipment.
  • Operate painting or coating equipment.
  • Operate pumping systems or equipment.
  • Position raw materials on processing or production equipment.
  • Record operational or production data.
  • Remove products or workpieces from production equipment.
  • Select production input materials.
  • Test chemical or physical characteristics of materials or products.
  • Weigh finished products.

Military Crosswalk Titles

No information available.

Apprenticeship Crosswalk Titles

  • Coating-Machine Operator I
  • Electrostatic Powder Coating Technician
  • Production Finisher

DOT Crosswalk Titles

  • Abrasive-Coating-Machine Operator
  • Air-Drier-Machine Operator
  • Banding-Machine Operator
  • Bead-Forming-Machine Operator
  • Buckle-Strap-Drum Operator
  • Calender Operator
  • Calender Operator, Four-Roll
  • Calender Operator, Insulation Board
  • Carbon-Coater-Machine Operator
  • Carbon-Paper-Coating-Machine Setter
  • Cathode Maker
  • Cheese Sprayer
  • Coater
  • Coater, Brake Linings
  • Coater, Smoking Pipe
  • Coating Equipment Operator, Printed Circuit Boards
  • Coating Operator
  • Coating-and-Embossing-Unit Operator
  • Coating-Machine Operator
  • Coating-Machine Operator I
  • Coating-Machine Operator II
  • Coating-Machine Operator, Hardboard
  • Cracker Sprayer
  • Depositing-Machine Operator
  • Dipper
  • Enrobing-Machine Operator
  • Fiberglass-Machine Operator
  • Foxing Painter
  • Glazing-Machine Operator
  • Glue-Size-Machine Operator
  • Heel Sprayer, Machine
  • Icer, Machine
  • Impregnating-Tank Operator
  • Impregnation Operator
  • Impregnator
  • Knife-Machine Operator
  • Latexer I
  • Operator, Prefinish
  • Ornamental-Machine Operator
  • Paint-Line Operator
  • Paint-Spray Tender
  • Paint-Sprayer Operator, Automatic
  • Painter, Tumbling Barrel
  • Painting-Machine Operator
  • Paper Coater
  • Paper-Coating-Machine Operator
  • Paraffin-Machine Operator
  • Primer-Waterproofing-Machine Adjuster
  • Production Finisher
  • Ribbon Inker
  • Roofing-Machine Operator
  • Sanding-Machine Operator
  • Saturator Tender
  • Seed Pelleter
  • Shot-Coat Tender
  • Silvering Applicator
  • Sizing-Machine Operator
  • Sizing-Machine-and-Drier Operator
  • Spray-Machine Operator
  • Spray-Painting-Machine Operator
  • Sprayer, Machine
  • Stain Applicator
  • Supercalender Operator
  • Tape Coater
  • Tarring-Machine Operator
  • Tip Bander
  • Varnisher
  • Varnishing-Machine Operator
  • Varnishing-Unit Tool Setter
  • Wad Impregnator
  • Wax-Machine Operator
  • Waxing-Machine Operator
  • Whiting-Machine Operator