Aircraft Painter Job Profile and Description

Working with a team of aircraft mechanics, Aircraft Painters apply various paint coats on repaired or replaced aircraft body sheet metals in part or in its entirely during any body overhaul work.  Following painting design standards that carry the airline’s or charterer’s livery, they apply paints that go beyond aesthetics but to protect the aircraft body from corrosion that can easily occur at high cruising altitudes.  Coats of paints are applied after stripping the aircraft or replacement of sheetmetal parts.

Aircraft Painter Duties and Responsibilities

  • Strip old paint from the aircraft body sheet metal using prescribed paint remover solutions and pain scraping hand tools.
  • Sand and smooth sheet metal surfaces with prescribed sanding hand tools
  • Roughen aluminum surfaces to create pain adhesion properties for the surface to be painted.
  • Coat the metal surfaces with the prescribed epoxy, lacquer, resin or other material before applying the final color coat.
  • Blend paint pigments in accordance with aircraft specified livery colors
  • Perform appropriate masking and stenciling to paint airline logo and livery, numerals and letters of the airline name.
  • Observe work shift schedules for optimum productivity
  • Observed safety regulations and wear protective masks and clothing during spray painting operations.

Aircraft Painter Skills and Specifications

  • Must have adequate comprehension skills to understand simple to medium complexity instructions and safety regulations.
  • Must have good understanding on the behavior and properties of paints and paint removers.
  • Above average communication and interpersonal skills


Aircraft Painter Education and Qualification

A high school diploma is basic as the painting skill can be learned on-the=job.

A post secondary education on technical courses is an advantage.


Aircraft Painter Salary

The median hourly wages for Aircraft Painter employed in airlines and aircraft maintenance stations  are higher than those with most transport equipment painters and in 2009 stood at  $21.86 per hour or $45,460 annually.