Sandblast operators must be able to sandblast the surfaces of various objects efficiently and safely. They must be knowledgeable in cleaning and abrading surfaces made of metal, rust, paint, and/or concrete.
Employers prefer sandblast operators that have prior work experience. However, employers are willing to train suitable candidates. They must be able to use various tools, including dust blowers, pressurized guns, pressure blasters, and siphon sandblasters. Some employers prefer that sandblast operators have a high school diploma or GED certificate. Possession of a vocational or technical training certificate is a plus. Sandblast operators must be physically fit, since they perform manual labor. Some employers require sandblast operators to have a valid driver license. They must also pass drug and background tests. If sandblast operators are not members of labor unions, they may be required to do tasks other than sandblasting. They may be required to perform painting tasks and/or wash surfaces.
They must follow safety and health guidelines established by their company. They may have to wear various safety gears, such as dust masks, safety goggles, protective clothing, hard hats, and special shoes. They must be able to tolerate various weather conditions, since most sandblast operators work outside. They may be required to attend workshops to learn more about sandblasting technology. They must be able to work in a team environment. They may be required to train new sandblast operators.
Sandblasting Operator Tasks
May operate portable air compressor as necessary.
Remove paint, scale, grease, tar, and other foreign objects from surfaces.
Operate sandblast machine to remove markings from streets, curbs, metal, concrete, wood, and other surfaces.