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Coating, Painting, and Spraying Machine Setters, Operators, and Tenders - 51-9124.00

O*NET-SOC Description

Set up, operate, or tend spraying or rolling 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. Includes painters of transportation vehicles such as painters in auto body repair facilities.

Sample of Reported Job Titles

  • Automotive Painter (Auto Painter)
  • Automotive Refinish Technician (Auto Refinish Tech)
  • Coater Operator
  • Hand Sprayer
  • Industrial Painter
  • Paint Technician
  • Powder Coater
  • Silk Screen Operator
  • Spray Painter
  • Top Coater

SOC Occupation Groups

51-0000 Production Occupations
51-9000 Other Production Occupations
51-9120 Painting Workers
51-9124.00 Coating, Painting, and Spraying Machine Setters, Operators, and Tenders

Related Occupations

Tasks

  • Adjust controls on infrared ovens, heat lamps, portable ventilators, or exhaust units to speed the drying of surfaces between coats.
  • Apply primer over any repairs made to surfaces.
  • Apply rust-resistant undercoats and caulk and seal seams.
  • Attach hoses or nozzles to machines, using wrenches and pliers, and make adjustments to obtain the proper dispersion of spray.
  • Buff and wax the finished paintwork.
  • Clean equipment and work areas.
  • Determine paint flow, viscosity, and coating quality by performing visual inspections, or by using viscometers.
  • Disassemble, clean, and reassemble sprayers or power equipment, using solvents, wire brushes, and cloths.
  • Dispose of hazardous waste in an appropriate manner.
  • 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.
  • Fill small dents or scratches with body fillers and smooth surfaces to prepare for painting.
  • Hold or position spray guns to direct spray onto articles.
  • Mix paints to match color specifications or 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.
  • 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.
  • Operate lifting or moving devices to move equipment or materials to access areas to be painted.
  • Prepare and apply stencils, computer-generated decals, or other decorative items to finished products.
  • Record operational data on specified forms.
  • Remove grease, dirt, paint, or rust from surfaces in preparation for paint application, using abrasives, solvents, brushes, blowtorches, washing tanks, or sandblasters.
  • Remove materials, parts, or workpieces from painting or coating machines, using hand tools.
  • Sand and apply sealer to properly dried finish.
  • 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.
  • Start and stop operation of machines, using levers or buttons.
  • Thread or feed items or products through or around machine rollers and dryers.
  • 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.
  • Use brush to hand-paint areas in need of retouching or unreachable with a spray gun.
  • 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.
  • Assemble temporary equipment or structures.
  • Attach decorative or functional accessories to products.
  • Clean production equipment.
  • Clean work areas.
  • Connect supply lines to production equipment or tools.
  • Disassemble equipment for maintenance or repair.
  • Dispose of trash or waste materials.
  • Feed materials or products into or through equipment.
  • Fill cracks, imperfections, or holes in products or workpieces.
  • 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.
  • Monitor equipment operation to ensure that products are not flawed.
  • Mount attachments or tools onto production equipment.
  • Operate cranes, hoists, or other moving or lifting equipment.
  • Operate painting or coating equipment.
  • Polish materials, workpieces, or finished products.
  • Prepare surfaces for finishing.
  • Record operational or production data.
  • Remove products or workpieces from production equipment.
  • Smooth metal surfaces or edges.
  • Weigh finished products.

Military Crosswalk Titles

  • Aircraft Structural Maintenance (Air Force - Enlisted)
  • Aircraft Structural Maintenance Apprentice (Air Force - Enlisted)
  • Aircraft Structural Maintenance Craftsman (Air Force - Enlisted)
  • Aircraft Structural Maintenance Helper (Air Force - Enlisted)
  • Aircraft Structural Maintenance Journeyman (Air Force - Enlisted)
  • Automotive Maintenance Technician (Marine Corps - Enlisted)
  • Aviation Maintenance Technician (Coast Guard - Enlisted)
  • Boatswain's Mate (Coast Guard - Enlisted)
  • Boatswain's Mate (Navy - Enlisted)
  • Remotely Piloted Aircraft Maintenance (Air Force - Enlisted)
  • Remotely Piloted Aircraft Maintenance Apprentice, MQ-1/MQ-9 (Air Force - Enlisted)
  • Remotely Piloted Aircraft Maintenance Apprentice, RQ-4 (Air Force - Enlisted)
  • Remotely Piloted Aircraft Maintenance Craftsman (Air Force - Enlisted)
  • Remotely Piloted Aircraft Maintenance Helper, MQ-1/MQ-9 (Air Force - Enlisted)
  • Remotely Piloted Aircraft Maintenance Helper, RQ-4 (Air Force - Enlisted)
  • Remotely Piloted Aircraft Maintenance Journeyman, MQ-1/MQ-9 (Air Force - Enlisted)
  • Remotely Piloted Aircraft Maintenance Journeyman, RQ-4 (Air Force - Enlisted)
  • Tactical Aircraft Maintenance (Air Force - Enlisted)
  • Tactical Aircraft Maintenance Apprentice (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 (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

  • Coating Machine Operator I
  • Electroplater (Electrostatic Powder Coating Technician (Military Only))
  • Electrostatic Powder Coating Tech
  • Experimental Laboratory Paint Technician
  • Painter, Trans Equipment
  • 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 Sprayer, Sandblaster
  • Paint-Line Operator
  • Paint-Spray Tender
  • Paint-Sprayer Operator, Automatic
  • Painter Apprentice, Transportation Equipment
  • Painter, Transportation Equipment
  • Painter, Tumbling Barrel
  • Painting-Machine Operator
  • Paper Coater
  • Paper-Coating-Machine Operator
  • Paraffin-Machine Operator
  • Primer-Waterproofing-Machine Adjuster
  • Production Finisher
  • Railroad-Car Letterer
  • 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