An aircraft painter applies paint, lacquer, and epoxy to an aircraft that may be either pre-mixed or mixed by the painter. The painter should be able to use a variety of painting tools such as rollers, brushes, and spray guns. The paint is applied to the inner and outer parts of the aircraft. Prior to applying the paint, the painter may have other duties such as removing the previous paint coat from the aircraft. Also, the painter will have to sand down and smooth the aircraft to make sure that the surface will be smooth for the paint application. Then the aircraft painter needs to perform techniques in order to ensure that the paint adheres properly to the aircraft.
Some jobs may require military experience with aircrafts, and other jobs will require the ability to get a government security clearance. The job usually requires many years of experience in a similar position, along with thorough knowledge of OSHA and TM guidelines. Some positions may require schooling in the field. This job is physically demanding, so there may be minimum physical requirements. Also, the job is carried out in an environment that is often noisy, so an aircraft painter should not be sensitive to this. Exposure to harmful chemicals may also be possible in this job. Attention to detail is an important personality trait for this job as the painter must make sure that the application of paint is flawless. The ability to see the full spectrum of colors may also be necessary. This job may be full-time, part-time, temporary, or ongoing, depending on need. Usually, a high school diploma is a minimum requirement.
Aircraft Painter Tasks
Paint all major components of an airplane, from interior to exterior.
Paint logos, colors, and other specifications as directed.
Prepare surfaces for painting via sanding, stripping, priming, and cleaning.