Profession transport equipment painter

Transport equipment painters use painting machines and hand tools to coat individual parts and to paint the surface of all types of transport equipment such as cars, buses, boats, aircraft, motorcycles and railway cars. They prepare the surface of the pieces for the paint and apply the coaat. Transport equipment painters can perform industrial painting or individual customisation. They may also remove or repair painting errors such as scratches.  

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Personality Type

  • Realistic / Conventional


  • Paint spraying techniques

    Field of information which distinguishes different kinds of paint spraying equipment and spraying techniques., and the order in which parts should be spray-painted.

  • Industrial paint

    The various kinds of paint used as coating in manufacturing finishing processes, such as primers, intermediate coats, finish coats, stripe coats, and others.

  • Types of paint

    Varieties of paint and chemicals used in their composition.

  • Quality standards

    The national and international requirements, specifications and guidelines to ensure that products, services and processes are of good quality and fit for purpose.

  • Lacquer paint applications

    Have knowledge of the characteristics and applications of lacquer paint and primers, such as the level of sheerness, the varying results of a lacquer treatment on different materials, and others.


  • Ensure equipment availability

    Ensure that the necessary equipment is provided, ready and available for use before start of procedures.

  • Use paint safety equipment

    Wear safety equipment appropriately such as face masks, gloves and overalls, in order to stay protected from toxic chemicals emitted during paint spraying.

  • Use painting equipment

    Use brushes, rollers, spray guns and other painting equipment in accordance with the work.

  • Maintain work area cleanliness

    Keep the working area and equipment clean and orderly.

  • Apply colour coats

    Spray colour coats onto vehicle parts, operate painting equipment and leave freshly sprayed vehicles to dry in a temperature-controlled and dust-proof environment.

  • Inspect paint quality

    Inspect paint to ensure it is of a good quality by testing the viscosity, homogeneity and other factors.

  • Use technical documentation

    Understand and use technical documentation in the overall technical process.

  • Use color matching techniques

    Apply specific techniques in order to match different colours.

  • Follow control of substances hazardous to health procedures

    Adhere to the Control of Substances Hazardous to Health (COSHH) procedures for activities that involve hazardous substances, such as bacteria, allergens, waste oil, paint or brake fluids that result in illness or injury.

  • Use power tools

    Operate power driven pumps. Use hand tools or power tools. Use vehicle repair tools or safety equipment.

  • Dispose of hazardous waste

    Dispose of dangerous materials such as chemical or radioactive substances according to environmental and to health and safety regulations.

  • Use drying equipment for vehicles

    Employ air compressors and other specialist equipment to dry inside as well as outside surfaces of a vehicle.

  • Analyse the need for technical resources

    Define and make a list of the required resources and equipment based on the technical needs of the production.

  • Troubleshoot

    Identify operating problems, decide what to do about it and report accordingly.

  • Keep records of work progress

    Maintain records of the progress of the work including time, defects, malfunctions, etc.

  • Check paint consistency

    Before application of the paint, check paint viscosity by using viscosity meter.

  • Monitor painting operations

    Monitor the painting in progress to prevent flaws.

  • Handle chemical cleaning agents

    Ensure proper handling, storage and disposal of cleaning chemicals in accordance with regulations.

  • Apply preliminary treatment to workpieces

    Apply preparatory treatment, through mechanical or chemical processes, to the workpiece preceding the main operation.

  • Clean painting equipment

    Disassemble, clean, and reassemble paint sprayers and other vehicle painting equipment.

  • Paint with a paint gun

    Use a paint gun to coat or paint surfaces of items which are stationary or moving on a conveyor belt. Load the equipment with the suitable type of paint and spray the paint onto the surface in an even and controlled manner to prevent paint from dripping or splashing.

  • Follow quality standards

    Apply a set of measures and standards concerning the quality of processes or products, ensuring that quality is maintained and improved during work activities.

  • Mix paints for vehicles

    Select appropriate paint varieties and mix paint using mixing equipment and according to the colour formulas presented by vehicle manufacturers.

  • Fix minor vehicle scratches

    Fix minor vehicle dents and scratches with touch-up paint.

  • Prepare vehicles for application of paint

    Set up vehicles for standard or custom paint job; prepare painting equipment; cover vehicle parts that should be protected from paint.

  • Apply health and safety standards

    Adhere to standards of hygiene and safety established by respective authorities.

  • Protect workpiece components from processing

    Cover parts from being treated with chemicals in order to protect them.

Optional knowledge and skills

add paint hardeners recognise signs of corrosion manage consumables stock teamwork principles operate rust proofing spray gun carry out repair of vehicles buff finished paintwork mechanical tools perform general maintenance on ship exteriors apply decorative design to vehicles clean vehicle exterior follow safety procedures when working at heights ensure customer focus inspect aircraft's body perform minor vehicle repairs ensure maintenance of railway machinery tend dip tank perform manual work autonomously add paint thinners set up automotive robot repair aircraft's body perform maintenance on locomotives dip-coating process mechanics apply a protective layer fibreglass laminating remove paint identify customer's needs mix paint sanding techniques sand between coats remove rust from motor vehicles determine colour shades

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