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

Description

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.

Tasks

  • 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.
  • Select appropriate coatings, paints, or sprays, or prepare them by mixing substances according to formulas, using automated paint mixing equipment.
  • Set up and operate machines to paint or coat products with such materials as silver and copper solution, rubber, paint, glaze, oil, or rustproofing materials.
  • 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.
  • Start pumps to mix solutions and fill tanks.
  • 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.
  • Perform test runs to ensure that equipment is set up properly.
  • Clean machines, related equipment, and work areas, using water, solvents and other cleaning aids.
  • 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.
  • Transfer completed items or products from machines to drying or storage areas, using handcarts, handtrucks, or cranes.
  • Attach and align machine parts such as rollers, guides, brushes, and blades, 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.
  • Place items or products on feedracks, spindles, or reel strands to coat, paint, or spray them, using hands, hoists, or trucklifts.
  • Prepare and apply stencils, computer-generated decals, or other decorative items to finished products.
  • Paint small items and perform touch-up painting, using paint brushes.
  • Spray coated products with salt solutions to determine how they will resist corrosion.

Skills

Installation
Installing equipment, machines, wiring, or programs to meet specifications.
Programming
Writing computer programs for various purposes.

Abilities

Explosive Strength
The ability to use short bursts of muscle force to propel oneself (as in jumping or sprinting), or to throw an object.
Dynamic Flexibility
The ability to quickly and repeatedly bend, stretch, twist, or reach out with your body, arms, and/or legs.

Interests

Realistic
Realistic occupations frequently involve work activities that include practical, hands-on problems and solutions. They often deal with plants, animals, and real-world materials like wood, tools, and machinery. Many of the occupations require working outside, and do not involve a lot of paperwork or working closely with others.
Conventional
Conventional occupations frequently involve following set procedures and routines. These occupations can include working with data and details more than with ideas. Usually there is a clear line of authority to follow.
Investigative
Investigative occupations frequently involve working with ideas, and require an extensive amount of thinking. These occupations can involve searching for facts and figuring out problems mentally.
Artistic
Artistic occupations frequently involve working with forms, designs and patterns. They often require self-expression and the work can be done without following a clear set of rules.
Enterprising
Enterprising occupations frequently involve starting up and carrying out projects. These occupations can involve leading people and making many decisions. Sometimes they require risk taking and often deal with business.
Social
Social occupations frequently involve working with, communicating with, and teaching people. These occupations often involve helping or providing service to others.

Work Style

Attention to Detail
Job requires being careful about detail and thorough in completing work tasks.
Dependability
Job requires being reliable, responsible, and dependable, and fulfilling obligations.
Cooperation
Job requires being pleasant with others on the job and displaying a good-natured, cooperative attitude.
Integrity
Job requires being honest and ethical.
Self Control
Job requires maintaining composure, keeping emotions in check, controlling anger, and avoiding aggressive behavior, even in very difficult situations.
Persistence
Job requires persistence in the face of obstacles.
Independence
Job requires developing one's own ways of doing things, guiding oneself with little or no supervision, and depending on oneself to get things done.
Adaptability/Flexibility
Job requires being open to change (positive or negative) and to considerable variety in the workplace.
Concern for Others
Job requires being sensitive to others' needs and feelings and being understanding and helpful on the job.
Initiative
Job requires a willingness to take on responsibilities and challenges.

Work Values

Support
Occupations that satisfy this work value offer supportive management that stands behind employees. Corresponding needs are Company Policies, Supervision: Human Relations and Supervision: Technical.
Relationships
Occupations that satisfy this work value allow employees to provide service to others and work with co-workers in a friendly non-competitive environment. Corresponding needs are Co-workers, Moral Values and Social Service.
Independence
Occupations that satisfy this work value allow employees to work on their own and make decisions. Corresponding needs are Creativity, Responsibility and Autonomy.
Achievement
Occupations that satisfy this work value are results oriented and allow employees to use their strongest abilities, giving them a feeling of accomplishment. Corresponding needs are Ability Utilization and Achievement.
Recognition
Occupations that satisfy this work value offer advancement, potential for leadership, and are often considered prestigious. Corresponding needs are Advancement, Authority, Recognition and Social Status.
Working Conditions
Occupations that satisfy this work value offer job security and good working conditions. Corresponding needs are Activity, Compensation, Independence, Security, Variety and Working Conditions.

Lay Titles

Abrasive Coating Machine Operator
Abrasive Coating Machine Set Up Operator
Air Drier
Air Drier Machine Operator
Asphalt Coater
Automatic Paint Sprayer Operator
Banding Machine Operator
Bead Forming Machine Operator
Bead Forming Machine Set Up Operator
Blackener
Blacker
Bonderite Operator
Bonderizer
Bonderizer Operator
Brake Linings Coater
Bronzer
Browner
Buckle Strap Drum Operator
Calender Operator
Carbon Coater Machine Operator
Carbon Coating Machine Operator
Carbon Paper Coating Machine Setter
Cast Iron Dipper
Cathode Maker
Cheese Sprayer
Chocolate Dipper
Coater
Coater Adjuster
Coater Operator
Coating and Embossing Unit Operator
Coating Machine Operator
Coating Operator
Cracker Sprayer
Dagger
Depositing Machine Operator
Dip Filler
Dip Painter
Dipper
Dipper Operator
Disintegrator
Dixonac Operator
Drum Sprayer
Electrostatic Paint Operator
Emulsion Coater
Enamel Dipper
Enamel Machine Operator
Enameler
Enrobing Machine Operator
Fiberglass Machine Operator
Finisher Operator
First Calender Worker
Foam Machine Operator
Four Roll Calender Operator
Foxing Painter
Furniture Dipper
Furniture Painter
Furniture Sprayer
Getter Filler
Getter Operator
Gettering Operator
Glazing Machine Operator
Glue Size Machine Operator
Hand Sprayer
Hardboard Coating Machine Operator
Hot Dipper
Icer Machine Operator
Impregnating Tank Operator
Impregnation Operator
Impregnator
Industrial Painter
Insulation Board Calender Operator
Knife Machine Operator
Lacquer Booth Operator
Laminating Press Operator
Latexer

National Wages and Employment Info

Median Wages (2008):
$14.68 hourly, $30,530 annual.
Employment (2008):
79,970 employees