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Vehicle Paint Technicians

Vehicle paint technicians use spray equipment to apply paint, cellulose and other protective or decorative materials to the bodywork of motor vehicles.

Tasks

  • Applies masking material to protect areas not to be coated and removes any external fixtures
  • Consults vehicle colour code, chooses appropriate paint or mixes paint to achieve desired consistency and colour
  • Uses hand or electrostatic spray gun to coat surfaces, adjusting nozzle and pressure valves of the gun as required
  • Removes masking materials and refits external fittings after completion of spraying
  • Cleans and maintains spray equipment, protective clothing and spraying booth.

Entry Requirements

There are no formal academic entry requirements although some employers may require GCSEs/S grades or an equivalent qualification. Off- and on-the-job training is provided. NVQs/SVQs at Levels 2 and 3 are available. Apprenticeships at NVQ/SVQ Levels 2 and 3 are also available and take between three to four years to complete.


What could I earn?

Salaries for this occupation tend to start at £28,000 per annum and can progress up to £35,000 per annum.

Is it in growth or decline?

There are currently 1,409 employed Vehicle Paint Technicians in the region.

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