Industrial Coaters & Liner Application Specialists

After a thorough surface preparation (e.g., abrasive blasting), industrial coaters apply thin films via brush, roll, spray, arc, or flame, whose primary purpose serves some critical engineering role (e.g., corrosion protection); an aesthetic appearance may result, and may even be desired, but such is usually a secondary benefit of that primary engineering function. For example, steel bridges are coated not principally to make them look nice (although they might), but rather to prevent catastrophic failure from corrosion of the girders, cross bracing, truss system, etc. Other coating engineering concerns might be passive fire protection of industrial structures (e.g., refineries), anti-fouling coatings (e.g., ships hull), chemically resistant liners (e.g., wastewater tanks), etc. As you can imagine, these products are not your standard latexes found at Home Depot. They require expensive application equipment, crafty operators to maintain, and talented applicators to apply.

Skills & Abilities

Industrial Painters enjoy developing their expertise by doing precise, analytical work in a broad range of industries and locations. They enjoy the outdoors and often like traveling and working with different crews. To be successful in their trade, Industrial Painters need:

  • The skills to read, write and communicate verbally
  • Good background in trade math and basic science
  • The ability to interpret blueprints/placing drawings and other specification documentation
  • An understanding of safe work practices and the knowledge to safely operate the tools and equipment of the trade
  • To be able to work at heights
  • The ability to lift in excess of 25 kilograms
  • Manual dexterity
  • Very good muscular coordination, agility and balance
  • A willingness to travel to various work sites
  • An inclination to work cooperatively with others
  • The ability to act quickly and decisively in emergencies


Alberta: apprentices pursue training for traditional Red Seal Painter & Decorator program at NAIT or SAIT. Supplemental industrial training is available at the Hall.
Manitoba: apprentices pursue training for traditional Red Seal Painter & Decorator at Red River. Supplemental Industrial training is available at the Hall upon request.
Saskatchewan: DC 17 is developing an Apprenticeship for Saskatchewan Industrial Painters. A couple different models are under consideration. One is a completely separate trade altogether from the Red Seal Painter & Decorator program. The other is to branch off after the 1st [or 2nd] year from the existing Painter & Decorator program. Ontario does the later with an Industrial path. There are advantages and disadvantages to both. Stay tuned.

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