Industrial Spraypainters operate spray painting equipment to paint and apply other industrial coatings to manufactured items (Vehicle Painters are shown separately).

Specialisations: Powder Coater, Rust Proofer.

You can work as an Industrial Spraypainter without formal qualifications, however, they may be useful. A course in surface preparation and coating application might be helpful.

Tasks

  • grinding, sanding and cleaning surfaces of items to be painted
  • loading paint, oil, lacquer, varnish and rustproofing agents into spray equipment
  • connecting hoses to spray equipment and adjusting spray nozzles to required pressure
  • securing items to be sprayed within spray booths or placing them onto conveyors
  • directing spray guns to apply even coatings
  • moving items to drying areas and stacking them for further painting and packaging
  • starting and monitoring extractor and drying fans, and heaters
  • cleaning nozzles, containers and hoses of equipment
  • may operate paint dipping baths
  • may mix coating solutions and regulate their temperature

All Industrial Spraypainters

  • Unavailable Weekly Pay
  • Decline Future Growth
  • Higher Unemployment Unemployment
  • 5,700 workers Employment Size
  • Lower skill Skill level rating
  • 90% Full-Time Full-Time Share
  • 45 hours Average full-time
  • 40 years Average age
  • 2% female Gender Share

The number of people working as Industrial Spraypainters (in their main job) is about the same as 5 years ago and is expected to fall over the next 5 years:
from 5,700 in 2018 to 5,500 by 2023.
Job openings can come from new jobs being created, but most come from turnover (workers leaving).
There are likely to be around 3,000 job openings over 5 years (that's about 600 a year).

  • Size: This is a small occupation.
  • Unemployment: Unemployment was above average in 2018.
  • Location: Industrial Spraypainters work in many parts of Australia. Queensland and Western Australia have a large share of workers.
  • Industries: Most work in Manufacturing; Construction; and Other Services.
  • Full-time: Most work full-time (90%, much higher than the average of 66%).
  • Hours: Full-time workers spend around 45 hours per week at work (compared to the average of 44 hours).
  • Age: The average age is 40 years (compared to the average of 40 years).
  • Gender: 2% of workers are female (compared to the average of 48%).

Employment Outlook

Number of Workers

Source: ABS Labour Force Survey, Department of Jobs and Small Business trend data to May 2018 and Department of Jobs and Small Business projections to 2023.
YearNumber of Workers
20087500
20093800
20107800
20116600
20127500
20135700
20146400
20156400
20165900
20175400
20185700
20235500

Weekly Earnings

Weekly Earnings (Before Tax)

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Main Industries

Main Employing Industries (% Share)

Source: Based on ABS Census 2016, Customised Report. Industries are based on the Australian and New Zealand Standard Industrial Classification (ANZSIC 06).
Main Employing IndustriesIndustry (% share)
Manufacturing46.9
Construction33.1
Other Services4.9
Mining4.1
Other Industries11.0

States and Territories

  • NSW

  • VIC

  • QLD

  • SA

  • TAS

  • NT

  • ACT

Employment by State and Territory (% Share)

Source: Based on Based on ABS Census 2016, Customised Report. Share of workers across Australian States and Territories, in this job compared to the all jobs average.
StateIndustrial SpraypaintersAll Jobs Average
NSW23.231.6
VIC22.625.6
QLD25.120.0
SA7.27.0
WA18.410.8
TAS1.62.0
NT1.61.0
ACT0.31.9

Age Profile

Age Profile (% Share)

Source: Based on Based on ABS Census 2016, Customised Report. Age profile of workers in this job compared to the all jobs average.
Age BracketIndustrial SpraypaintersAll Jobs AverageAll Jobs Average
15-192.6-5.05.0
20-248.8-9.39.3
25-3425.5-22.922.9
35-4425.9-22.022.0
45-5422.3-21.621.6
55-598.5-9.09.0
60-644.6-6.06.0
65 and Over1.8-4.24.2

Education Level

Highest Level of Education (% Share)

Source: ABS, ABS Census 2016, Customised Report. Highest qualification completed by workers in this job (in any field of study). Qualifications needed by new workers might be different from the qualifications of workers already in the job.
Type of QualificationIndustrial SpraypaintersAll Jobs AverageAll Jobs Average
Post Graduate/Graduate Diploma or Graduate Certificate0.1-10.110.1
Bachelor degree2.1-21.821.8
Advanced Diploma/Diploma2.6-11.611.6
Certificate III/IV41.3-21.121.1
Year 1215.9-18.118.1
Year 118.1-4.84.8
Year 10 and below30.0-12.512.5

You can work as an Industrial Spraypainter without formal qualifications, however, they may be useful. A course in surface preparation and coating application might be helpful.

Checks, licences and tickets

You may need:

  • construction induction card (white card)
  • working at heights ticket
  • forklift licence
  • driver's licence
  • national police check
  • Psychometric or aptitude tests

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Employers look for Industrial Spraypainters who provide good customer service, are reliable and can work well in a team.

Filter Skills & Knowledge

Knowledge

These are important topics, subjects or knowledge areas.

  1. Production and Processing

    46% Skill level

    Raw materials, production processes, quality control, costs, and ways of making and distributing goods.

  2. Mechanical

    43% Skill level

    Machines and tools, including their designs, uses, repair, and maintenance.

  3. Customer and Personal Service

    37% Skill level

    Understanding customer needs, providing good quality service, and measuring customer satisfaction.

  4. English Language

    34% Skill level

    English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.

  5. Mathematics

    33% Skill level

    Arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, or statistics.

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The skills and importance ratings on this page are derived from the US Department of Labor O*NET Database Version 21.2, 51-9121.00 - Coating, Painting, and Spraying Machine Setters, Operators, and Tenders.

Learn about the daily activities, and physical and social demands faced by workers. Explore the values and work styles that workers rate as most important.

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Demands

The physical and social demands workers face most often are shown below.

  1. Wear Common Protective or Safety Equipment

    96% Important

    How often do you wear equipment like safety shoes, glasses, gloves, hard hats or life jackets?

  2. Exposed to Contaminants

    92% Important

    How often are you exposed to pollutants, gases, dust or odours?

  3. Spend Time Standing

    90% Important

    How much time do you spend standing?

  4. Time Pressure

    87% Important

    How often does this job require the worker to meet strict deadlines?

  5. Sounds, Loud or Uncomfortable

    84% Important

    How often are you there sounds and noise levels that are distracting or uncomfortable?

Occupational Information Network
O*NET is a trademark of the U.S. Department of Labor, Employment and Training Administration.
The skills and importance ratings on this page are derived from the US Department of Labor O*NET Database Version 21.2, 51-9121.00 - Coating, Painting, and Spraying Machine Setters, Operators, and Tenders.

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