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


  • 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.

  • Types of paint

    Varieties of paint and chemicals used in their composition.

  • 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.

  • 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.


  • Handle chemical cleaning agents

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

  • Use power tools

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

  • 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.

  • Maintain work area cleanliness

    Keep the working area and equipment clean and orderly.

  • Use drying equipment for vehicles

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

  • Monitor painting operations

    Monitor the painting in progress to prevent flaws.

  • Use technical documentation

    Understand and use technical documentation in the overall technical process.

  • Protect workpiece components from processing

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

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Mix paints for vehicles

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

  • Apply preliminary treatment to workpieces

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

  • Use color matching techniques

    Apply specific techniques in order to match different colours.

  • Clean painting equipment

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

  • Apply health and safety standards

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

  • Fix minor vehicle scratches

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

  • Use painting equipment

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

  • Dispose of hazardous waste

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

  • 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.

  • Check paint consistency

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

  • Inspect paint quality

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

  • 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.

Optional knowledge and skills

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