Painter



Painters apply paint and other finishes to interior and exterior surfaces of buildings and other structures. They estimate the amount of materials required and then complete the project.

Duties:

  • Applying paint or other materials such as stains, lacquer or varnish using brushes, rollers or spray equipment
  • Preparing and cleaning surfaces such as removing old paint or wallpaper
  • Repairing cracks and holes in wall
  • Measuring, cutting and applying wallpaper or fabric to walls
  • Building and installing scaffolding
  • Advising customers on colour selection and choice of wall coverings
  • Providing cost estimates
  • Reading specifications to determine required materials

Essential Skills:

  • Oral Communication
  • Decision Making
  • Measurements & Calculations
  • Problem Solving
  • Document Use
  • Numerical Estimations

Skills:

  • Work safely as a team, following written and oral directions
  • Able to perform heavy manual labour for prolonged periods of time
  • Read and interpret documents, work with numbers to perform calculations
  • Problem solving skills to provide solutions to challenges

Education:

    Apprenticeship is required

Education Requirements :

  • Completion of high school is required.
  • Apprenticeship: 6000 hours-5280 on the job and 720 in school
  • Painter is a voluntary trade in Ontario
  • Real seal certification is available.
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Available Programs:

  • OYAP

Program Description:

An apprenticeship training program consists of on-the-job and in-school training. Register for an Apprentice Intake Assessment Session on our website or in person.  Attend your scheduled Intake Assessment Session.  Be on time and prepared.  Successful Candidates will be contacted for an interview and a basic hands-on assessment.  Finally, Candidates will be invited to a two week Work-Preparation course where they will receive Free job specific training to prepare them to succeed in their chosen career path.  During this two weeks, new members will be invited to join the International Union of Painters and Allied Trades and start their career as soon as work becomes available.

Schools:

  • OIFCS-PAINTER LEVEL 1
  • THE INTERNATIONAL UNION OF PAINTERS AND ALLIED TRADES ONTARIO COUNCIL


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Essentials Skills
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  • Oral Communication
  • Decision Making
  • Measurements & Calculations
  • Problem Solving
  • Document Use
  • Numerical Estimations
Financial Expectation

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Education Roadmap

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Career ETA: 1 years

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