Painter helpers assist with prep work and cleanup, as well as sanding, taping, and grinding, associated with painting projects. They work with a variety of power tools to prep, paint, and clean these areas, and they may work indoors or outdoors depending on the employer and particular project.
Painter helpers are employed primarily in the automotive and construction industries, and may work alone or on teams with other painter helpers. They are usually supervised and answer to master painters or supervisors, and they also work in shipyards, factories, assembly lines, and for large and small construction companies.
A high school diploma may be a minimum requirement for this position, and certification from a college or trade school is highly beneficial. Many employers offer on-the-job training, while some require prior painting experience for employment. Painter helpers should have flexible schedules, and some even work overnight to let paint dry and avoid interference with other parts of a construction project. Due to the chemicals and nature of the work, they may be required to wear protective gear such as masks and hardhats, especially if they work in the construction industry.
Painter Helper Tasks
Clean up after painting, including removing tape and supplies.
Apply primer and paint to achieve desired look.
Clean, sand, and repair surfaces to prepare them for painting.
Ensure safety of work site, including storing supplies and equipment.