Painting, Coating, and Decorating Workers

In 2015, the average annual wage in a Alabama was $24,710 with most people making betweeen $19,900 and $35,790
Wages by Industry
  • Other Miscellaneous Manufacturing $30,040.00
  • Grocery Stores $27,450.00
  • Household and Institutional Furniture and Kitchen Cabinet Manufacturing $28,090.00
  • Clay Product and Refractory Manufacturing $25,060.00
  • Bakeries and Tortilla Manufacturing $23,500.00
  • Coating, Engraving, Heat Treating, and Allied Activities $26,910.00
Education Required
These occupations usually require a high school diploma.
Common Majors
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About the job

Paint, coat, or decorate articles such as furniture, glass, plateware, pottery, jewelry, toys, books, or leather.

What you'll do
    • Clean surfaces of workpieces in preparation for coating, using cleaning fluids, solvents, brushes, scrapers, steam, sandpaper, or cloth.
    • Conceal blemishes in workpieces, such as nicks and dents, using fillers such as putty.
    • Cut out sections in surfaces of materials to be inlaid with decorative pieces, using patterns and knives or scissors.
    • Immerse workpieces into coating materials for specified times.
    • Melt or heat coating materials to specified temperatures.
    • Place coated workpieces in ovens or dryers for specified times to dry or harden finishes.
    • Position and glue decorative pieces in cutout sections of workpieces, following patterns.
    • Read job orders and inspect workpieces to determine work procedures and materials required.
    • Rinse, drain, or wipe coated workpieces to remove excess coating material or to facilitate setting of finish coats on workpieces.
    • Select and mix ingredients to prepare coating substances according to specifications, using paddles or mechanical mixers.
Things you need to know
    • Production and Processing - Knowledge of raw materials, production processes, quality control, costs, and other techniques for maximizing the effective manufacture and distribution of goods.
    • Sales and Marketing - Knowledge of principles and methods for showing, promoting, and selling products or services. This includes marketing strategy and tactics, product demonstration, sales techniques, and sales control systems.
    • Design - Knowledge of design techniques, tools, and principles involved in production of precision technical plans, blueprints, drawings, and models.
    • Mechanical - Knowledge of machines and tools, including their designs, uses, repair, and maintenance.
    • Transportation - Knowledge of principles and methods for moving people or goods by air, rail, sea, or road, including the relative costs and benefits.
Abilities you'll need to have
    • Monitoring - Monitoring/Assessing performance of yourself, other individuals, or organizations to make improvements or take corrective action.
    • Critical Thinking - Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.
    • Active Listening - Giving full attention to what other people are saying, taking time to understand the points being made, asking questions as appropriate, and not interrupting at inappropriate times.
    • Social Perceptiveness - Being aware of others' reactions and understanding why they react as they do.
    • Reading Comprehension - Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work related documents.
    • Time Management - Managing one's own time and the time of others.
    • Speaking - Talking to others to convey information effectively.