Job Profile:      Abrasive Coating Machine Operator

Set up, operate, or tend spraying or rolling 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. Includes painters of transportation vehicles such as painters in auto body repair facilities.

Job Information
37,800 50,360 82,160

Select Tasks
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. Turn dials, handwheels, valves, or switches to regulate conveyor speeds, machine temperature, air pressure and circulation, and the flow or spray of coatings or paints.
Start and stop operation of machines, using levers or buttons. Record operational data on specified forms. Operate auxiliary machines or equipment used in coating or painting processes.
Fill hoppers, reservoirs, troughs, or pans with material used to coat, paint, or spray, using conveyors or pails. Thread or feed items or products through or around machine rollers and dryers. Attach hoses or nozzles to machines, using wrenches and pliers, and make adjustments to obtain the proper dispersion of spray.
Remove materials, parts, or workpieces from painting or coating machines, using hand tools. Examine, measure, weigh, or test sample products to ensure conformance to specifications. Hold or position spray guns to direct spray onto articles.
Prepare and apply stencils, computer-generated decals, or other decorative items to finished products. Adjust controls on infrared ovens, heat lamps, portable ventilators, or exhaust units to speed the drying of surfaces between coats. Apply primer over any repairs made to surfaces.
Apply rust-resistant undercoats and caulk and seal seams. Buff and wax the finished paintwork. Clean equipment and work areas.
Disassemble, clean, and reassemble sprayers or power equipment, using solvents, wire brushes, and cloths. Dispose of hazardous waste in an appropriate manner. Fill small dents or scratches with body fillers and smooth surfaces to prepare for painting.
Mix paints to match color specifications or original colors, stirring or thinning paints, using spatulas or power mixing equipment. Monitor painting operations to identify flaws, such as blisters or streaks, and correct their causes. Operate lifting or moving devices to move equipment or materials to access areas to be painted.
Remove grease, dirt, paint, or rust from surfaces in preparation for paint application, using abrasives, solvents, brushes, blowtorches, washing tanks, or sandblasters. Sand and apply sealer to properly dried finish. Set up portable equipment, such as ventilators, exhaust units, ladders, or scaffolding.
Spray prepared surfaces with specified amounts of primers and decorative or finish coatings. Use brush to hand-paint areas in need of retouching or unreachable with a spray gun.

Select Abilities
The ability to read and understand information and ideas presented in writing. The ability to communicate information and ideas in speaking so others will understand. The ability to communicate information and ideas in writing so others will understand.
The ability to come up with a number of ideas about a topic (the number of ideas is important, not their quality, correctness, or creativity). The ability to come up with unusual or clever ideas about a given topic or situation, or to develop creative ways to solve a problem. The ability to tell when something is wrong or is likely to go wrong. It does not involve solving the problem, only recognizing there is a problem.
The ability to apply general rules to specific problems to produce answers that make sense. The ability to combine pieces of information to form general rules or conclusions (includes finding a relationship among seemingly unrelated events). The ability to arrange things or actions in a certain order or pattern according to a specific rule or set of rules (e.g., patterns of numbers, letters, words, pictures, mathematical operations).
The ability to generate or use different sets of rules for combining or grouping things in different ways. The ability to choose the right mathematical methods or formulas to solve a problem. The ability to add, subtract, multiply, or divide quickly and correctly.
The ability to remember information such as words, numbers, pictures, and procedures. The ability to quickly make sense of, combine, and organize information into meaningful patterns. The ability to identify or detect a known pattern (a figure, object, word, or sound) that is hidden in other distracting material.
The ability to quickly and accurately compare similarities and differences among sets of letters, numbers, objects, pictures, or patterns. The things to be compared may be presented at the same time or one after the other. This ability also includes comparing a presented object with a remembered object. The ability to know your location in relation to the environment or to know where other objects are in relation to you. The ability to imagine how something will look after it is moved around or when its parts are moved or rearranged.
The ability to concentrate on a task over a period of time without being distracted. The ability to shift back and forth between two or more activities or sources of information (such as speech, sounds, touch, or other sources). The ability to keep your hand and arm steady while moving your arm or while holding your arm and hand in one position.
The ability to quickly move your hand, your hand together with your arm, or your two hands to grasp, manipulate, or assemble objects. The ability to make precisely coordinated movements of the fingers of one or both hands to grasp, manipulate, or assemble very small objects. The ability to quickly and repeatedly adjust the controls of a machine or a vehicle to exact positions.
The ability to coordinate two or more limbs (for example, two arms, two legs, or one leg and one arm) while sitting, standing, or lying down. It does not involve performing the activities while the whole body is in motion. The ability to choose quickly between two or more movements in response to two or more different signals (lights, sounds, pictures). It includes the speed with which the correct response is started with the hand, foot, or other body part. The ability to time your movements or the movement of a piece of equipment in anticipation of changes in the speed and/or direction of a moving object or scene.
The ability to quickly respond (with the hand, finger, or foot) to a signal (sound, light, picture) when it appears. The ability to make fast, simple, repeated movements of the fingers, hands, and wrists. The ability to quickly move the arms and legs.
The ability to exert maximum muscle force to lift, push, pull, or carry objects. The ability to use short bursts of muscle force to propel oneself (as in jumping or sprinting), or to throw an object. The ability to exert muscle force repeatedly or continuously over time. This involves muscular endurance and resistance to muscle fatigue.
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. The ability to exert yourself physically over long periods of time without getting winded or out of breath. The ability to bend, stretch, twist, or reach with your body, arms, and/or legs.
The ability to quickly and repeatedly bend, stretch, twist, or reach out with your body, arms, and/or legs. The ability to coordinate the movement of your arms, legs, and torso together when the whole body is in motion. The ability to keep or regain your body balance or stay upright when in an unstable position.
The ability to see details at close range (within a few feet of the observer). The ability to see details at a distance. The ability to match or detect differences between colors, including shades of color and brightness.
The ability to see under low light conditions. The ability to see objects or movement of objects to one's side when the eyes are looking ahead. The ability to judge which of several objects is closer or farther away from you, or to judge the distance between you and an object.
The ability to see objects in the presence of glare or bright lighting. The ability to detect or tell the differences between sounds that vary in pitch and loudness. The ability to focus on a single source of sound in the presence of other distracting sounds.
The ability to tell the direction from which a sound originated. The ability to identify and understand the speech of another person. The ability to speak clearly so others can understand you.

Tools Used
Adjustable hand wrenches Adjustable wrench sets Air compressors
Air-assisted spraying systems Airless gravity pumps Automated paint mixing equipment
Blow torches Claw hammers Compressed air systems
Computer terminals Desktop computers Electric hoists
Electrically operated airless pumps Electrostatic paint systems Exhaust units
Forklifts Gas torches Handcarts
High volume low pressure HVLP spray guns Hoisting equipment Hot air guns
Hydraulic jacks Infrared drying lamps Low volume high pressure LVHP sprayers
Manlift buckets Metal inert gas MIG welding equipment Oxyacetylene welding equipment
Paint application brushes Paint application rollers Paint booths
Paint spray guns Paint sprayguns Paint stencils
Paint viscometers Pallet jacks Personal computers
Plasma cutters Portable buffers Power buffers
Power drills Power paint mixers Power sanders
Product coating machines Protective respirators Respiratory protection equipment
Rivet guns Robotic paint equipment Rotary atomizers
Safety glasses Safety gloves Safety goggles
Sand blasters Sandblasters Scaffolding
Shielded arc welding tools Slip joint pliers Specialized paint brushes
Steam cleaners Step ladders Straight screwdrivers
Thermal spray systems Trucklifts Tungsten inert gas TIG welding equipment
Viscosity meters Wheeled forklifts Wire brushes
Wire cleaning brushes Workshop cranes

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