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Coating, Painting, and Spraying Machine Setters, Operators, and Tenders

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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.

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

      Watching gauges, dials, or other indicators to make sure a machine is working properly.

    • Quality Control Analysis

      Conducting tests and inspections of products, services, or processes to evaluate quality or performance.

    • Complex Problem Solving

      Identifying complex problems and reviewing related information to develop and evaluate options and implement solutions.

    WorkKeys®
    Applied Math
    4
    Workplace Documents
    4
    Graphic Literacy
    4
    Abilities
    • Near Vision

      The ability to see details at close range (within a few feet of the observer).

    • Control Precision

      The ability to quickly and repeatedly adjust the controls of a machine or a vehicle to exact positions.

    • Visual Color Discrimination

      The ability to match or detect differences between colors, including shades of color and brightness.

    Knowledge
    • Production and Processing

      Knowledge of raw materials, production processes, quality control, costs, and other techniques for maximizing the effective manufacture and distribution of goods.

    • English Language

      Knowledge of the structure and content of the English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.

    • Mechanical

      Knowledge of machines and tools, including their designs, uses, repair, and maintenance.

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    Pay
    • Ohio Annual Salary $36,660/yr
    • Typical Salary
    • Ohio Hourly Wage $17.63/hr
    • Typical Hourly Wage
    Ohio Employment Trends
    • Currently Employed 6,640
    • Yearly Projected Openings 680
    Typical Education
    Personality
    Realistic: People interested in this work like activities that include practical, hands-on problems and solutions. They do well at jobs that need:
    • Dependability
    • Attention to Detail
    • Adaptability/Flexibility
    • Persistence
    • Self Control
    • Achievement/Effort
    Tools
    • Thermal spray machine
    • Paint sprayers
    • Paint application system
    • Coating machines
    • Blow torch
    Technology
    • Word processing software
    • Time accounting software
    • Spreadsheet software
    • Materials requirements planning logistics and supply chain software
    • Data base user interface and query software
    Tags
    • InDemand occupations are considered a priority by the state of Ohio.
    • Apprenticeships are available for this occupation. These programs can help you get hands-on experience and build your skills.