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Paint walls, equipment, buildings, bridges, and other structural surfaces, using brushes, rollers, and spray guns. May remove old paint to prepare surface prior to painting. May mix colors or oils to obtain desired color or consistency.

    Work Activities
    • Fill cracks, holes, or joints with caulk, putty, plaster, or other fillers, using caulking guns or putty knives.
    • Cover surfaces with dropcloths or masking tape and paper to protect surfaces during painting.
    • Smooth surfaces, using sandpaper, scrapers, brushes, steel wool, or sanding machines.
    • Read work orders or receive instructions from supervisors or homeowners to determine work requirements.
    • Apply primers or sealers to prepare new surfaces, such as bare wood or metal, for finish coats.
    • Apply paint, stain, varnish, enamel, or other finishes to equipment, buildings, bridges, or other structures, using brushes, spray guns, or rollers.
    • Erect scaffolding or swing gates, or set up ladders, to work above ground level.
    • Mix and match colors of paint, stain, or varnish with oil or thinning and drying additives to obtain desired colors and consistencies.
    • Calculate amounts of required materials and estimate costs, based on surface measurements or work orders.
    • Polish final coats to specified finishes.
    • Wash and treat surfaces with oil, turpentine, mildew remover, or other preparations, and sand rough spots to ensure that finishes will adhere properly.
    • Select and purchase tools or finishes for surfaces to be covered, considering durability, ease of handling, methods of application, and customers' wishes.
    • Remove old finishes by stripping, sanding, wire brushing, burning, or using water or abrasive blasting.
    • Remove fixtures such as pictures, door knobs, lamps, or electric switch covers prior to painting.
    • Waterproof buildings, using waterproofers or caulking.
    • Use special finishing techniques such as sponging, ragging, layering, or faux finishing.
    • Cut stencils and brush or spray lettering or decorations on surfaces.
    Skills
    • 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.

    • Critical Thinking

      Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.

    • Social Perceptiveness

      Being aware of others' reactions and understanding why they react as they do.

    WorkKeys®
    Applied Math
    3
    Workplace Documents
    3
    Graphic Literacy
    3
    Abilities
    • Arm-Hand Steadiness

      The ability to keep your hand and arm steady while moving your arm or while holding your arm and hand in one position.

    • Trunk Strength

      The ability to use your abdominal and lower back muscles to support part of the body repeatedly or continuously over time without 'giving out' or fatiguing.

    • Extent Flexibility

      The ability to bend, stretch, twist, or reach with your body, arms, and/or legs.

    Knowledge
    • Public Safety and Security

      Knowledge of relevant equipment, policies, procedures, and strategies to promote effective local, state, or national security operations for the protection of people, data, property, and institutions.

    • Administration and Management

      Knowledge of business and management principles involved in strategic planning, resource allocation, human resources modeling, leadership technique, production methods, and coordination of people and resources.

    • English Language

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

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    Pay
    • Ohio Annual Salary 41550/yr
    • Typical Salary
    • Ohio Hourly Wage 19.98/hr
    • Typical Hourly Wage
    Ohio Employment Trends
    • Currently Employed 9,410
    • Yearly Projected Openings 850
    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:
    • Attention to Detail
    • Integrity
    • Leadership
    • Dependability
    • Cooperation
    • Adaptability/Flexibility
    Tools
    • Pressure or steam cleaners
    • Power sanders
    • Paint sprayers
    • Manlift or personnel lift
    • Hand sprayers
    Technology
    • Word processing software
    • Spreadsheet software
    • Project management software
    • Graphics or photo imaging software
    • Analytical or scientific 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.