Coating, Painting, and Spraying Machine Setters, Operators, and Tenders
SOC: 51-9121.00

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.


National Salary Information:

Hourly Statistics:

Annual Statistics:

Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics 2015 wage data.


Employment Projections:

Employment (2014):
97,700 employed

Projected (2024):
97,000 employed

Projected growth (2014-2024)


Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics 2015 2014-2024 employment projections external site. "Projected growth" represents the estimated change in total employment over the projections period (2014-2024). "Projected job openings" represent openings due to growth and replacement.


Alternate 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
  • Lacquer Spray Booth Operator
  • Laminating Press Operator
  • Latexer
  • Machine Heel Sprayer
  • Machine Icer
  • Machine Operator
  • Machine Sprayer
  • Machine Tender
  • Manufacturing Assistant
  • Manufacturing Associate
  • Manufacturing Operator
  • Marbleizer
  • Mastic Sprayer
  • Mechanical Striper
  • Metal Painter
  • Metalizer Operator
  • Ornamental Machine Operator
  • Paint Booth Operator
  • Paint Dipper
  • Paint Line Operator
  • Paint Machine Operator
  • Paint Room Operator
  • Paint Spray Tender
  • Paint Technician
  • Painter
  • Painter Apprentice
  • Painting Machine Operator
  • Paper Coater
  • Paper Coating Machine Operator
  • Paraffin Machine Operator
  • Paraffiner
  • Pill Coater
  • Powder Coater
  • Powder Painter
  • Prefinish Operator
  • Press Operator
  • Primer Waterproofing Machine Adjuster
  • Printed Circuit Boards Coating Equipment Operator
  • Printer Adjustor
  • Production Finisher
  • Production Painter
  • Recoating Machine Operator
  • Redipper
  • Reed Dipper
  • Ribbon Inker
  • Roofing Machine Operator
  • Sanding Machine Operator
  • Saturator Tender
  • Screen Print Operator
  • Screen Tender
  • Seed Pelleter
  • Sensitizer
  • Shot Coat Tender
  • Silk Screen Operator
  • Silvering Applicator
  • Sizing Machine and Drier Operator
  • Sizing Machine Operator
  • Smoking Pipe Coater
  • Spray Deco Operator
  • Spray Machine Operator
  • Spray Painter
  • Spray Painting Machine Operator
  • Spray Technician
  • Spraying Machine Operator
  • Spreading Machine Operator
  • Stain Applicator
  • Staining Machine Operator
  • Supercalender Operator
  • Tablet Coater
  • Tape Coater
  • Tarring Machine Operator
  • Tinner
  • Tip Bander
  • Tumbling Barrel Painter
  • Tumbling Barrel Painter Apprentice
  • Varnisher
  • Varnishing Machine Operator
  • Varnishing Unit Tool Setter
  • Wad Impregnator
  • Wax Machine Operator
  • Waxing Machine Operator
  • Whiting Machine Operator
  • Wire Coater
  • Wire Coating Machine Operator


  • Job Zone Two: Some Preparation Needed

    Experience:

    Some previous work-related skill, knowledge, or experience is usually needed. For example, a teller would benefit from experience working directly with the public.

    Education:

    These occupations usually require a high school diploma.

    Job Training:

    Employees in these occupations need anywhere from a few months to one year of working with experienced employees. A recognized apprenticeship program may be associated with these occupations.


    Required Skills:

  • Reading Comprehension
  • Active Listening
  • Writing
  • Speaking
  • Mathematics
  • Science
  • Critical Thinking
  • Active Learning
  • Learning Strategies
  • Monitoring
  • Social Perceptiveness
  • Coordination
  • Persuasion
  • Negotiation
  • Instructing
  • Service Orientation
  • Complex Problem Solving
  • Operations Analysis
  • Technology Design
  • Equipment Selection
  • Operation Monitoring
  • Operation and Control
  • Equipment Maintenance
  • Troubleshooting
  • Repairing
  • Quality Control Analysis
  • Judgment and Decision Making
  • Systems Analysis
  • Systems Evaluation
  • Time Management
  • Management of Financial Resources
  • Management of Material Resources
  • Management of Personnel Resources

  • Knowledge Used:

  • Administration and Management
  • Clerical
  • Customer and Personal Service
  • Personnel and Human Resources
  • Production and Processing
  • Computers and Electronics
  • Engineering and Technology
  • Design
  • Mechanical
  • Mathematics
  • Physics
  • Chemistry
  • Therapy and Counseling
  • Education and Training
  • English Language
  • Foreign Language
  • Public Safety and Security
  • Telecommunications
  • Communications and Media
  • Transportation


  • 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 truck lifts.
  • 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.

  • Tools & Technology:

  • Abrasive disc wheels
  • Adjustable wrench sets
  • Air-assisted spraying systems
  • Airless gravity pumps
  • Automated paint mixing equipment
  • Compressed air systems
  • Electric hoists
  • Electrically operated airless pumps
  • Electrostatic paint systems
  • Gas torches
  • Handcarts
  • High volume low pressure HVLP spray guns
  • Low volume high pressure LVHP sprayers
  • Paint spray guns
  • Paint viscometers
  • Pallet jacks
  • Personal computers
  • Product coating machines
  • Protective respirators
  • Rotary atomizers
  • Sand blasters
  • Slip joint pliers
  • Specialized paint brushes
  • Steam cleaners
  • Thermal spray systems
  • Trucklifts
  • Wheeled forklifts
  • Wire cleaning brushes
  • Workshop cranes
  • Data entry software
  • Materials requirement planning MRP software
  • Microsoft Excel
  • Microsoft Word
  • Time recording software


  • production


    industry stats

    SOC: 51-0000

    Total Employed: 9,073,290

    Average Annual Salary: $36,220