How to become a Industrial Spray Painter

Industrial spray painters operate spray-painting equipment to apply protective coatings to manufactured items or structures.

Personal requirements of a Industrial Spray Painter

  • enjoy practical and manual activities
  • able to cope with the physical demands of the job
  • no chest complaints
  • no allergies related to paints, solvents or dust
  • normal colour vision.

Duties & Tasks of a Industrial Spray Painter

Industrial spray painters: • prepare surfaces to be coated by using various methods (abrasive blasting, high pressure water washing or power wire brushing) to remove grease, dirt and rust • monitor extractors, drying fans and heaters • mix chemicals to meet the requirements of the customer • spray coatings (such as paint, lacquer, enamel, silver or copper solutions) onto manufactured products to provide finished surfaces • move items to drying areas and unload and stack them for further painting or packaging • rub down painted items between coats • operate paint dipping baths and conveyor equipment • touch up defective areas of painted items • clean nozzles, containers and hoses of machines.

Working conditions for a Industrial Spray Painter

Industrial spray painters usually work in noisy factory or construction environments. Most of their time is spent standing or bent over. Protective clothing, masks and goggles must be worn when handling poisonous materials.

Avg. weekly wage:


Future growth:


Employment by state:

ACT ACT 0.8%

NSW NSW 27.1%

NT NT 1.6%

QLD QLD 30.8%

SA SA 6.3%

TAS TAS 1.3%

VIC VIC 24.6%

WA WA 7.6%

Hours worked:



Higher unemployment

Gender split:

Male 95.8%

Female 4.2%

Education level:

Age brackets:

15-19 - 0%

20-24 - 7.1%

25-34 - 16.6%

35-44 - 25%

45-54 - 43.1%

55-59 - 3.4%

60-64 - 4.9%

65 and Over - 0%

*The data above is sourced from the Department of Employment’s Job Outlook website.

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