NOC 9536 – Industrial painters, coaters and metal finishing process


  • airbrush painter
  • aircraft painter
  • anodizer
  • assembly line painter
  • assembly painter
  • automatic paint-sprayer operator
  • automobile assembly line painter
  • automobile assembly painter
  • automobile dipper-painter
  • automobile painter – motor vehicle manufacturing
  • aviation painter
  • bathtub refinisher
  • bathtub varnisher
  • bench lacquer sprayer
  • bench spray painter
  • block sander and glazier
  • boiler painter
  • bronze plater
  • brush stainer – production
  • cadmium galvanizer
  • car painter – manufacturing
  • ceramic and enamel refinisher
  • ceramic enameler
  • ceramic painter
  • ceramic spray painter
  • ceramic sprayer
  • chromium plater
  • coating equipment operator
  • coating equipment operator – metal plating
  • coating machine operator – industrial painting and coating
  • coating machine tender – product manufacturing
  • coating oven tender – manufacturing
  • coating tank dipper
  • continuous galvanizing line operator
  • copper coater – metal plating
  • copper plater
  • corrosion resistant metal sprayer
  • crester
  • cylinder painter – industrial
  • cylinder plater-grinder – metal processing
  • decal applier
  • dip tank attendant
  • dipper and coater – metal plating
  • dipper, coil springs
  • dipper-baker
  • dipping tank operator
  • dipping tank tender
  • drum painter
  • electroformer
  • electrogalvanizer
  • electrogalvanizing machine operator
  • electroless plater
  • electrolytic tank tender
  • electroplasty equipment operator
  • electroplater
  • electroplater operator
  • electrostatic machine painter
  • electrostatic painter
  • electrostatic painting line tender
  • electrostatic painting machine operator
  • electrostatic painting machine set-up operator
  • Elpo tank attendant
  • enamel baker – manufacturing
  • enamel dipper
  • enamel painter
  • enameller
  • enameller – industrial painting and coating
  • enameller – ship and boat building
  • enameller, electrical equipment
  • enamelling machine tender
  • engine and generator support painter
  • filament coater
  • final colour production painter
  • finished enamel sprayman/woman
  • finished vehicle paint repairman/woman
  • finishing roller industrial painter
  • firearm burnisher – metal plating
  • firearm finisher – metal plating
  • galvanizer
  • galvanizing machine operator
  • hand touch-up painter – production
  • hardboard spray-coating machine tender
  • hot-dip coater – metal plating
  • hot-dip galvanizer – metal plating
  • industrial coater
  • industrial paint baker
  • industrial paint dipper
  • industrial paint finisher
  • industrial paint mixer
  • industrial paint sprayer operator
  • industrial painter
  • industrial products painter
  • industrial spray painter
  • lacquer-sprayer
  • large surface spray painter
  • lead coater
  • lead hand, industrial painters
  • leather goods spray painter
  • leather goods sprayer
  • locomotive painter
  • machine enameller
  • machine operator – plating and metal spraying
  • manufacturing painter
  • metal bluer
  • metal coater
  • metal coater operator
  • metal coating-equipment operator
  • metal dipper
  • metal electroplater
  • metal electroplating inspector
  • metal plater-polisher
  • metal plating-equipment operator
  • metal product spray painter
  • metal spray operator
  • metal sprayer
  • metal-dipping equipment operator
  • metal-leaf gilder
  • metallizer
  • motor and generator subassemblies painter
  • motor vehicle painter – motor vehicle manufacturing
  • nickel plater
  • oven tender – painting and coating
  • paint and mix production and control operator
  • paint and varnish dipper operator
  • paint baking oven tender
  • paint control operator
  • paint dipper – flow coating
  • paint machine operator
  • paint production operator
  • paint room attendant
  • paint spray inspector
  • paint systems attendant
  • painter and letterer, railway cars
  • painting machine attendant
  • painting machine operator
  • painting machine tender
  • paint-sprayer operator
  • particleboard spraying machine tender
  • pencil-coating machine tender
  • pencil-tip-banding machine tender
  • pipe coater-painter
  • pipe spray painter
  • plating tank operator
  • prep line attendant – bulk galvanizing
  • primer sprayer
  • print applier – production
  • product lacquer-sprayer
  • product painter
  • product spray painter
  • product stainer
  • product surface preparer and prefinisher
  • production brush painter
  • production coating machine operator
  • production electroplater
  • production painter
  • production painter-finisher
  • production touch-up painter
  • railway car letterer
  • railway car stenciller
  • railway car varnisher
  • robotic paint sprayer attendant
  • robotic spray paint system attendant
  • rough benchwork spray painter
  • rough spray painter – manufacturing
  • rustproof coater – motor vehicle manufacturing
  • rustproof sprayer – motor vehicle manufacturing
  • rustproofer, motor vehicle
  • shellacker
  • sherardizer
  • shipyard painter
  • sign letterer
  • sign panel primer
  • sign spray painter
  • silver plater
  • silver spray operator
  • smoking-pipe stainer
  • spray paint machine operator
  • spray paint machine tender
  • spray paint operator
  • spray painter
  • spray painter – motor vehicle manufacturing
  • spray painter – production
  • spray stainer – production
  • stove refinisher
  • stove varnisher
  • temperer – plating and metal spraying
  • thermospray operator
  • tin can dipping enameller
  • tin plater
  • tinned sheet coating machine operator
  • tinware dipper and enameller
  • tinware dipping enameller
  • tumbling barrel painter
  • tumbling barrel tender
  • undercoater – motor vehicle manufacturing
  • vacuum-metallizer tender
  • vehicle cleaner-coater
  • wire coater
  • wire tinner
  • wire-coating equipment operator
  • wire-paint-coating machine tender
  • zinc galvanizer

Job Duties

Industrial painters and coaters perform some or all of the following duties:

  • Select appropriate paint or mix paints using automated paint mixing equipment according to a pre-determined formula
  • Operate or tend equipment to clean, wash, strip, sand, remove corrosion, fill dents or otherwise prepare items for application of paint, lacquer or other protective or decorative coatings
  • Operate or tend automated spray paint, dip or flow coating equipment or other mechanized painting or product coating application equipment
  • Operate hand-held spray guns to spray paint or coat stationary items or items on moving conveyor system with protective or decorative coatings
  • Paint small items and apply touch-ups using paint brushes
  • Clean and maintain painting and coating, ventilation, compressed air and personal protective equipment
  • May prepare and apply stencils, computer-generated decals or other decorative items on finished products.

Metal finishing process operators perform some or all of the following duties:

  • Prepare and mix metallizing solutions according to formulas or specifications
  • Operate or tend equipment to clean, degrease, pickle and etch metal and non-metal surfaces to prepare workpieces with desired surface characteristics
  • Tend automatic metal coating machines which convey objects through a series of cleaning, rinsing and plating solutions
  • Operate and control electroplating equipment to coat metal and other workpieces
  • Operate hot-dip metal plating equipment to galvanize metal and other workpieces
  • Operate spray equipment to build up worn or damaged parts or to bond protective or decorative coatings on various objects
  • Check proper thickness of plating using micrometers, calipers or other devices
  • May operate equipment to polish metallic surfaces of products
  • May tend ovens which cure metal coating.

Employment Requirements

  • Some secondary school education is usually required.
  • Some experience in operating production machinery or equipment may be required.
  • Several months of on-the-job training are usually provided.
  • Some industrial painters, such as aviation painters, may require specialized training and certification or college courses.

Additional Information

  • Progression to supervisory positions is possible with experience.


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