Automotive Painter
Introduction
Automotive painters work on the surfaces of motor vehicles, primarily in restoring vehicles to their original condition following damage and subsequent auto body repair.
Essential Skills Requirements:
 
Safety-related Activities
Reading
Abiity to read instructions on labels, e.g. read labels to determine the safe use and storage of paints and thinners. (Complexity: 1)
Ability to read safety related instructions, e.g. read hazardous material handling instructions in Material Safety Data Sheets and instructions for the use of personal protective equipment such as air respirators. (Complexity: 2)
Document Use
Ability to identify icons used in WHMIS, fire control and other hazard management systems. (Complexity: 1)
Writing
Ability to write incident reports, e.g. complete incident reports to describe events leading up to accidents. (Complexity: 2)
Thinking
Ability to evaluate the safety of equipment and the severity of workplace hazards. (Complexity: 2)
 
Painting-related Activities
Reading
Ability to read brochures and pamphlets, e.g. read brochures to learn about new automotive paint finishes and equipment. (Complexity: 2)
Document Use
Ability to locate operating data such as temperatures, flows, pressures and viscosities using gauges and digital readouts. (Complexity: 1)
Thinking
Ability to evaluate the severity of equipment faults by considering factors such as readings, noise levels, pressures, temperatures, vibrations and odours. (Complexity: 2)
Ability to evaluate whether paint jobs should pass final inspection by considering the severity and frequency of defects such as blemishes, lines, paint runs and colour mismatches. (Complexity: 2)
Ability to judge the adequacy of vehicle preparation to determine if cars are ready for painting. (Complexity: 2)
Digital Technology - Internet
Ability to use Internet browsers and search engines to locate information such as specifications provided by paint suppliers. (Complexity: 2)
Digital Technology - Other Digital Technology
Ability to use electronic hand-held wands to scan vehicle paint colours and determine paint colours and codes. (Complexity: 2)
 
General Administrative Duties
Reading
Ability to read text entries in a variety of forms, e.g. read instructions to learn how to complete claim forms and notes from shop supervisors requesting the application of special decals. (Complexity: 1)
Read letters and comment cards, e.g. read comment cards by customers to determine satisfaction levels. (Complexity: 1)
Ability to read a variety of equipment manuals, e.g. read manuals to learn how to assemble, use, clean and service air respirators. (Complexity: 2)
Ability to read bulletins and memos to learn about policy changes, administrative details and production concerns. (Complexity: 2)
Ability to read memos to learn about work schedules, performance goals and changes to operating procedures. (Complexity: 2)
Ability to read instruction manuals for the use of computerized databases and paint systems, e.g. read online user guides to learn how mix specific types of paints and clear coats. (Complexity: 3 or higher)
Ability to read website articles and trade publications, e.g. read articles on manufacturers' websites to learn about new paint booth technologies. (Complexity: 3 or higher)
Document Use
Ability to enter data on a variety of forms, e.g. enter times and dates on time sheets and information such as times, dates, quantities and costs on work orders.   (Complexity: 1)
Ability to locate data as mixing ratios, drying times and expiration dates on product labels. (Complexity: 1)
Ability to locate data such as identification numbers, drying times and quantities in simple lists and tables. (Complexity: 1)
Ability to locate information such as the position of spray gun parts using simple assembly drawings. (Complexity: 1)
Ability to locate data on a variety of forms and tables, e.g. locate data such as dates, times and colour codes on work orders forms and drying times, temperatures and ratios on specification tables. (Complexity: 2)
Ability to use colour wheels, colour charts and code books to determine the various tints required to produce a desired colour. (Complexity: 2)
Writing
Ability to write short notes on forms, e.g. write comments on work orders to explain what work was carried out and describe irregularities. (Complexity: 1)
Ability to write short statements on product defect forms to describe defective materials, e.g. write notes to explain that batches of paints do not adhere properly to primed surfaces. (Complexity: 1)
Thinking
Ability to choose tools and work procedures for common tasks. (Complexity: 1)
Ability to deal with minor equipment breakdowns and malfunctions. (Complexity: 1)
Digital Technology - Databases
Ability to use databases to retrieve data such as colour codes and paint quantities. (Complexity: 2)
Oral Communication - Listening
Ability to understand short spoken statements such as a simple instruction or question. (Complexity: 1)
Ability to understand moderately complex spoken statements such as instructions involving multiple steps. (Complexity: 2)
Oral Communication - Speaking
Ability to ask simple questions and explain simple thoughts, instructions and opinions using appropriate language. (Complexity: 1)
Ability to explain moderately complex thoughts, instructions and opinions using appropriate tone and language. (Complexity: 2)
 
Use of Mathematics
Whole Numbers
Ability to read and write, count, round off, add or subtract, multiply or divide whole numbers, e.g. read and write paint codes; count materials and supplies to verify inventory levels. (Complexity: 2)
Fractions
Ability to read and write, add or subtract fractions, multiply or divide by a fraction, multiply or divide fractions, e.g. add fractions of hours to determine total drying times. (Complexity: 2)
Decimals
Ability to read and write, round off, add or subtract decimals, multiply or divide by a decimal, multiply or divide decimals, e.g. add flat rate time expressed as decimal hours; use decimals to prepare bills and cost estimates. (Complexity: 2)
Percents and Mixed Operations
Ability to use percent to locate numbers; add, subtract, multiply and divide signed numbers; complete mixed operations with whole numbers, fractions, percents and decimals. (Complexity: 2)
Data Analysis
Ability to calculate and use totals, sub-totals and basic summary measures like averages and rates; perform proportional calculations. (Complexity: 2)
Measurement
Ability to measure things such as distances, weights, volumes, temperatures and angles; use and convert between Metric and Imperial measurement units. (Complexity: 2)
Algebra
Ability to construct and solve equations with one to three different variables and use common formulas. (Complexity: 2)