What being a Painter is about

Painters prepare and paint objects ranging from interior and exterior wall applications in the residential setting to shopping malls, office buildings, and hotels in the commercial setting.  Painters also work in the industrial setting painting bridges, equipment, power plants, and refineries.  Painters use three major tools to apply coatings: the spray gun, brush, and roller. Paint has evolved vastly over time from its original decorative purposes.  Today, there are numerous types of paints produced for the protection of almost any material against any type of weather or chemical corrosion.  The skilled Painter is knowledgeable enough to determine which type of paint and which type of application is best for each job.  Painters also erect the scaffolding, ladders, and safety barriers from which they often work.  Safety precautions must be taken to avoid the hazards of the job which include poisoning from breathing paint fumes and dust, and falling from ladders and scaffolds.

General Qualifications

  • Age 18 or older
  • Minimum Education: High School Diploma or GED
  • Valid Driver’s License
  • Must be able to pass drug screen
  • Good physical condition
  • Manual dexterity and good eyesight
  • Recommended High School Courses: General Science, Chemistry, General Math, Mechanical Drawing, and Art.

Painters Apprenticeship Program

  • Complete a personal interview and application
  • Length of Indentureship (Apprenticeship): 4 years
  • Length of classroom instruction: 144 hours/year
  • Length of probationary period: 90 days

How to Apply

Applications may be obtained by appointment.

David Plough
International Union of Painters & Allied Trades
1345 Northside Blvd.
South Bend, IN 46615
(219) 246-4200