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How do I become an Industrial Painter/Blaster?

Do you take satisfaction in completing a task or project, and being able to see the work you have produced? As an Industrial Painter/Blaster, you can apply beautiful colours and effects to finished projects, all while playing an important role in the production and maintenance of huge structures. Industrial Painters/Blasters may work in areas such as oil and gas, marine, mining, asset maintenance and manufacturing. 

What is an Industrial Painter/Blaster?

Industrial Painters/Blasters play a vital role in the preparation and protection of a variety of surfaces and materials used for building, construction and manufacturing. By performing tasks such as abrasive blasting and applying a variety of protective coatings, Industrial Painters/Blasters ensure that surfaces and materials are well protected against corrosion and deterioration. 

Am I suited to becoming an Industrial Painter/Blaster?

Am I suited to becoming an Industrial Painter/Blaster?

Before beginning an apprenticeship or traineeship, it is important that you know what to expect. There are a few things to think about before committing to becoming an Industrial Painter/Blaster, such as whether you could comfortably learn how to:

- Interpret technical drawing
- Undertake manual handling
- Perform engineering measurements
- Perform computations
- Work safely and effectively in manufacturing and engineering
- Interact with computing technology
- Assist in the provision of on-the-job training
- Use hand tools
- Use power tools/hand held operations

How do I find a job as an Industrial Painter/Blaster?

If you are wondering how to start an apprenticeship or traineeship, the first step is to find an employer who will have an open position for you. There are many different ways to find a traineeship, starting from job search sites online to door-knocking, or via Group Training Organisations. To get started, have a look at these job search sites and look for any open positions that may be advertised.

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What can I expect to be doing as an apprentice Industrial Painter/Blaster?

An Industrial Painter/Blaster apprenticeship will lead you to completing your Certificate III in Engineering - Fabrication Trade (Surface Finishing). This qualification includes a range of on-the-job and off-the-job training. Over the course of the traineeship, you will learn about different aspects of the job. This will help you build the necessary skills and knowledge to operate independently in the future.

Through on-the-job and off-the-job training, you will learn to:

  • Participate in environmentally sustainable work practices
  • Perform wire, jig and barrel load/unload work
  • Pre-treat work for subsequent surface coating
  • Finish work using wet, dry and vapour deposition methods
  • Control surface finish production and finished product quality
  • Make up solutions
  • Manually finish/polish materials
  • Prepare surfaces using solvents and/or mechanical means
  • Prepare surfaces by abrasive blasting (basic)
  • Prepare surfaces by abrasive blasting (advanced)
  • Apply protective coatings (basic)
  • Apply protective coatings (advanced)
  • Control blast coating by-products, materials and emissions
  • Handle/move bulk fluids/gases
  • Carry out mechanical cutting
  • Perform operational maintenance of machines/equipment
  • Operate mobile load shifting equipment
  • Operate fixed/moveable load shifting equipment
  • Undertake work health and safety activities in the workplace
  • Work safely with industrial chemicals and materials
  • Perform inspection
  • Operate as a team member to conduct manufacturing, engineering or related activities
  • Shut down and isolate machines/equipment
  • Dismantle, replace and assemble engineering components
What are my career outcomes?

What are my career outcomes?

A Certificate III in Engineering - Fabrication Trade (Surface Finishing) is a nationally recognised qualification with the potential to open the door to many careers. From small and medium sized enterprises to large international corporations, there are so many opportunities and career pathways once you earn your qualification. As well as working as an Industrial Painter/Blaster, you may go on to pursue the following career paths:

- Aluminium Fabrication Technician
- Sheetmetal Worker
- Boilermaker/Welder
- Blacksmith
- Casting and Moulding Tradesperson