Getting an aircraft painter job.

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How did you get your start doing aircraft painter work, and what career moves did you make to get to your current position?

Do you need a particular educational background?

art decesare in Cocoa, Florida

101 months ago

looking to get a new job

jeffrey roberts in Saint Louis, Missouri

89 months ago

Host said: How did you get your start doing aircraft painter work, and what career moves did you make to get to your current position?

Do you need a particular educational background?


I'm a industrial liquid spray painter i would like info on what and how to get into the aircraft painting career.

jeffrey roberts in Saint Louis, Missouri

89 months ago

I'm in minneapolis minnesota

baldwin in Wickenburg, Arizona

76 months ago

Host said: How did you get your start doing aircraft painter work, and what career moves did you make to get to your current position?

Do you need a particular educational background?

I moved to Az from Mi back in 81 stated working for a little mom and pop shop after 11 yrs bought company ran it for anther 12yrs sold it and have been working for various companies just to get an idea of how other shops perform, debating about going back into business gonna wait on the economy see if it starts to turn around.

tony-com2003@yahoo.com in Mount Pleasant, South Carolina

65 months ago

looking for work for aircraft painting

timothycline

65 months ago

jeffrey roberts in Saint Louis, Missouri said: I'm a industrial liquid spray painter i would like info on what and how to get into the aircraft painting career.
Jeffery, you would probley want to look for a painters helper first, that do aircraft. When painting planes, they uselly want you to be able to be a prep person also. The first thing you do to a aircraft is tape it up for it to be stripped of its original paint, down to the bare aluminum. And then you start preping it for primer. There are 2-4 stages involved when doing a complete paint job. My advice start has a helper & go from there. That is how I learned to paint Aircraft

tony-com2003@yahoo.com

65 months ago

Hi jeffery,
Yes you would like to preper first, to learn the basics first, when working with preper, you will learn quick, how to sand, tape,strip, acid wash,alodine, then masking to prime. and paint but then you will learn how to prime, it's just step by step, like anything esle, aircraft painting it's more high tech painting then industiral painting, so you will see the deffernet. it will be a little easy for you because you are a painter also, so just little you need to know, hope this info help you.
Tony,

Joseph Guerrero in Houston, Texas

63 months ago

Host said: How did you get your start doing aircraft painter work, and what career moves did you make to get to your current position?

Do you need a particular educational background?

I started doing aircraft prep-work such as sanding, masking the aircraft from knowing a friend who desperately needed a hand doing a full citation, and to get to this current position, you would need either 1 go to school, and hope they get you a job in a industry that needs it, or your second option would be to know a friend of a friend type of thing.

Now as aircraft painting education, there is only common sense that applies, there is no need for a straight education. I have been in the industry for only 8 years, but I've been there sense the age of 13, with no degree, and only a high school diploma. I have a considerable military experience such as Apache's, and simple Leer's, and King Air's, and other type of jets, and helicopter's. I hope this helps simply to them that want a brief answer.

Now to know what to know on the job: 1) Don't ever pull out your phone with the boss.
2) Don't stare at the toolbox's Mechanics think you might be a thief, or thinking about stealing there tool's
3) Remember at all times you are working on multi-million dollar machines, and if there leer's, and wing tips are low, watch your head when working on them.
4) Mask, sand, re-check masking, Finalize (clean), and then the easiest of it all paint.

If you can paint a aircraft, helicopter. then you can pretty much paint anything, from interior, to extior, and please, PLEASE. Only use the paint that is neccecary to what it goes too. 'For example' Car paint doesn't go to a aircraft.

Daniel Oh in Fullerton, California

1 month ago

Hi, I got some questions regarding to becoming an aviation paint-tech. Would it be a good step to take Auto body paint shop courses at a community college or a trade school? I don't think they would accept any entry level paint prepper without any experiences. Should I practice spray painting on cars before I enter the aerospace industry? I also hear that the hazardous nature on the job is very severe as well even with all the safe breathing apparatuses and protective wear.

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