Industrial Coaters & Liner Application Specialists

After a thorough surface preparation (e.g., abrasive blasting) industrial coaters apply paints or coatings via brush, roll, spray, arc, or flame, whose primary purpose serves a critical engineering role (e.g., corrosion protection). 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 Red Seal Painter & Decorator level training at Prairie Finishing Trades Institute Inc. (PFTI). Contact to register.
Manitoba: apprentices pursue Red Seal Painter & Decorator level training at Red River (Winnipeg).
Saskatchewan: there is no local Red Seal Painter & Decorator instruction in Saskatchewan. Members are welcome to attend PFTI in Alberta.

Industrial Painters Gallery

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