OSW Equipment & Repair, LLC Published: October 13, 2017


Job Purpose


Prep, operate or tend painting machines to paint surfaces of transportation equipment, such as trucks, trailers, and other construction industry equipment.



  • Dispose of hazardous waste in an appropriate manner.
  • Select paint according to company requirements, and match colors of paint following specified instructions.
  • Mix paints to match color specifications or vehicles' original colors, then stir and thin the paints, using spatulas or power mixing equipment.
  • Remove grease, dirt, paint, and rust from vehicle surfaces in preparation for paint application, using abrasives, solvents, brushes, or grinding wheels .
  • Pour paint into spray guns, and adjust nozzles and paint mixes in order to get the proper paint flow and coating thickness.
  • Monitor painting operations in order to identify flaws such as blisters and streaks so that their causes can be corrected.
  • Sand vehicle surfaces between coats of paint and/or primer in order to remove flaws and enhance adhesion for subsequent coats.
  • Disassemble, clean, and reassemble sprayers and power equipment, using solvents, wire brushes, and cloths for cleaning duties.
  • Spray prepared surfaces with specified amounts of primers and decorative or finish coatings.
  • Remove accessories from vehicles, such as chrome or mirrors, and mask other surfaces with tape or paper in order to protect them from paint.
  • Allow the sprayed product to dry, and then touch up any spots that may have been missed.
  • Apply rust-resistant undercoats, and caulk and seal seams.
  • Select the correct spray gun system for the material being applied.
  • Apply primer over any repairs made to vehicle surfaces.
  • Fill small dents and scratches with body fillers, and smooth surfaces in order to prepare vehicles for painting.
  • Paint by hand areas that cannot be reached with a spray gun, or those that need retouching.


Work Context

Requires bending or twisting,  standing, kneeling, crouching, stooping or crawling.  Requires repetitive movement and exposure to high places.

Includes exposure to contaminants; exposure to hazardous equipment and conditions.

Requires working in very hot (above 90 F degrees) or very cold (below 32 F degrees) temperatures; working in environmentally controlled conditions.

Requires working in cramped workspaces and getting into awkward positions.

Requires wearing specialized protective or safety equipment


Work Activities

  • Inspecting Equipment, Structures, or Material
  • Performing General Physical Activities
  • Handling and Moving Objects
  • Operating Vehicles, Mechanized Devices, or Equipment
  • Organizing, Planning, and Prioritizing Work
  • Apply cleaning solvents
  • Prime or paint vehicle or transportation equipment surfaces
  • Clean equipment or machinery
  • Operate mix or blending machine
  • Use hand or power tools
  • Read work order and instructions
  • Apply adhesives, caulking, sealants, or coatings
  • Distinguish colors
  • Mix paint, ingredients, or chemicals, according to specifications
  • Mask vehicle body in preparation for painting
  • Use spray paint equipment