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

Also called: Coater Operator, Hand Sprayer, Industrial Painter, Painter

What they do:
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.
On the job, you would:
  • Observe machine gauges and equipment operation to detect defects or deviations from standards, and make adjustments as necessary.
  • Determine paint flow, viscosity, and coating quality by performing visual inspections, or by using viscometers.
  • Weigh or measure chemicals, coatings, or paints before adding them to machines.


Manufactured or Agricultural Goods
  • manufacture and distribution of products
Engineering and Technology
  • mechanical


Basic Skills
  • keeping track of how well people and/or groups are doing in order to make improvements
  • thinking about the pros and cons of different ways to solve a problem
Problem Solving
  • noticing a problem and figuring out the best way to solve it


Hand and Finger Use
  • keep your arm or hand steady
  • hold or move items with your hands
Controlled Movement
  • quickly change the controls of a machine, car, truck or boat
  • change when and how fast you move based on how something else is moving
Visual Understanding
  • quickly compare groups of letters, numbers, pictures, or other things
  • see hidden patterns


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
  • Dependability
  • Cooperation
  • Integrity
  • Persistence
  • Self Control


You might use software like this on the job:

Spreadsheet software
  • Microsoft Excel
Word processing software
  • Microsoft Word
Time accounting software
  • Time recording software


Education: (rated 2 of 5)
high school diploma/GED or
no high school diploma/GED
usually needed

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