Painter and Decorator
Introduction
Painters and decorators apply decorative and protective finishes in residential, commercial, institutional and industrial settings. They prepare a variety of surfaces (wood, masonry, drywall, plaster, concrete, synthetics, stucco and metal) prior to the application of materials such as paint, high performance coatings, waterproofing, fireproofing, varnish, shellac, wall coverings and specialty finishes. 
Essential Skills Requirements:
 
Safety-related Activities
Reading
Ability to understand short instructions and warnings written on signs, labels and packaging. (Complexity: 1)
Ability to read instructions about the use, maintenance and storage of personal protective equipment such as harnesses and respirators. (Complexity: 2)
Ability to read stafety related information, e.g. instructions in safety bulletins and Material Safety Data Sheets applicable to materials such as isocyanates, free silica, lead and volatile organic compounds. (Complexity: 2)
Ability to read brochures and magazine and website articles to learn about new products and stay informed about industry practices. (Complexity: 3 or higher)
Document Use
Ability to identify symbols, icons and signs, e.g. scan symbols on equipment to identify safety concerns, such as electrical hazards. (Complexity: 1)
Writing
Ability to write text entries in forms to describe events leading up to incidents or accidents. (Complexity: 2)
Thinking
Ability to evaluate the safety of equipment and the severity of workplace hazards. (Complexity: 2)
 
Painting and Decorating
Reading
Ability to understand short written comments on technical drawings. (Complexity: 1)
Ability to read instructions for mixing and applying products such as primers and paints. (Complexity: 2)
Ability to understand written instructions for the set-up, operation and maintenance of pneumatic and power tools such as spray guns and sandblasting equipment. (Complexity: 2)
Ability to read and interpret regulations that govern occupational health and safety. (Complexity: 3 or higher)
Document Use
Ability to locate data such as room and wall sizes using relatively complex scale drawings. (Complexity: 2)
Ability to locate data, such as specifications, identification numbers and times in complex tables, e.g. scan specification tables to determine the material requirements for projects. (Complexity: 3 or higher)
Thinking
Ability to choose tools and work procedures for common tasks. (Complexity: 1)
Ability to evaluate customer needs by considering factors such as specifications, preferences and costs. (Complexity: 2)
Ability to evaluate work projects by considering factors such as efficiencies, timelines, costs and the quality of work performed. (Complexity: 2)
Digital Technology - Computer Assisted Design
Ability to use advanced features of CAD software to create 2- and 3-dimensional views of rooms and buildings. (Complexity: 3 or higher)
 
General Administrative Duties
Reading
Ability to understand short written comments on forms such as work orders and requisitions. (Complexity: 1)
Document Use
Ability to enter data such as readings and quantities into forms such as time sheets, inspection forms, invoices and logbooks. (Complexity: 1)
Ability to locate data such as identification numbers and quantities in simple lists and tables. (Complexity: 1)
Ability to enter and locate data such as contact information, part numbers, descriptions, quantities and costs in work orders. (Complexity: 2)
Ability to locate data such as identification numbers, exposure limits, specifications and quantities in moderately complex tables. (Complexity: 2)
Writing
Ability to write reminders and short notes, e.g. write short notes to co-workers to inform them about the status of projects. (Complexity: 1)
Ability to write short text entries in forms such as work orders, application forms and supply requests. (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)
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 add, subtract, multiply and divide whole numbers. (Complexity: 2)
Fractions
Ability to add, subtract, multiply and divide fractions. (Complexity: 2)
Decimals
Ability to add, subtract, multiply and divide decimals. (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)
Geometry - Basic Skills
Ability to analyze and draw lines and line segments; use coordinates to locate points in a plane; calculate angles; use concepts such as parallelism to solve problems. (Complexity: 2)
Geometry - Plane Figures
Ability to calculate perimeters, areas and circumferences; analyze angles and distances in triangles, rectangles and circles; analyze complex shapes into constituent plane figures. (Complexity: 2)
Geometry - Solids
Ability to calculate volumes of rectangular solids, cylinders and prisms; analyze complex volumes into constituent regular solids. (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)