Industrial painters, coaters and metal finishing process operators (NOC 9536)

About this job

Painters and coaters in this group:

  • tend and operate machines or use brushes and spray equipment to apply paint, enamel, lacquer or other non-metallic protective and decorative coatings to various products
  • work for manufacturing companies, specialized coating and plating shops and refinishing establishments

Metal finishing process operators:

  • operate machines or equipment to deposit metallized substances on workpieces and surfaces to provide decorative, protective and restorative coatings
  • work for manufacturing companies, specialized coating and plating shops and refinishing establishments
Common job titles
  • anodizer
  • applier, decal / print
  • burnisher-finisher, firearm
  • coater, painter, pipe / spray painter
  • crester
  • electrogalvanizer / electroformer


Industrial painters and coaters:

  • choose paint or mix paints using paint mixing equipment according to instructions
  • run equipment to clean, wash, strip, sand, remove rust, fill dents or otherwise prepare items for paint, lacquer or other protective or decorative coatings
  • tend or operate automated spray paint, dip or flow coating equipment or other painting or product coating equipment
  • operate hand-held spray guns to spray paint or coat still items or items on a moving conveyor system with protective or decorative coatings
  • paint small items and apply touch-ups using paint brushes
  • clean and maintain painting and coating, ventilation, compressed air and personal protective equipment
  • prepare and apply stencils, computer-generated decals or other decorative items on finished products

Metal finishing process operators:

  • Prepare and mix metallizing solutions according to formulas or specifications
  • Operate or tend equipment to clean, degrease, pickle and etch metal and non-metal surfaces to prepare workpieces with desired surface characteristics
  • Tend automatic metal coating machines which convey objects through a series of cleaning, rinsing and plating solutions
  • Operate and control electroplating equipment to coat metal and other workpieces
  • Operate hot-dip metal plating equipment to galvanize metal and other workpieces
  • Operate spray equipment to build up worn or damaged parts or to bond protective or decorative coatings on various objects
  • Check proper thickness of plating using micrometers, calipers or other devices
  • May operate equipment to polish metallic surfaces of products
  • May tend ovens which cure metal coating.

Work environment

Key aspects of work in this occupation:

  • Operators in this unit group usually work in a conventional controlled environment such as an office, hospital or school.
  • Work may involve chemicals that are harmful to skin or eyes, dangerous if inhaled or may cause a fire or explosion.
  • Work is done in the presence of strong odours.

Career paths and resources

Career paths

Progression to supervisory positions is possible with experience.

Additional resources

Additional resources are not currently available for this career.