George G. Sharp, Inc
SSPC C12 Paint Technician
The SSPC C12 Paint Technician is the skilled trade person which performs horizontal and vertical surface preparation (including environmental sampling, ventilation, and masking), surface imperfections removal, cleans surface areas with various approved techniques, mixes surface coating systems, applies various primer and paint systems and removes masking and hazardous materials for disposal. The Paint Technician shall be familiar with a wide variety of marine industrial equipment to facilitate the application of surface coating systems such as, ventilation air pumps and non-collapsible hose, staging and lifts, power mixing tools, paint sprayer pumps and equipment.
Paint technicians work in hazardous environments involving toxic chemicals from paint fumes, and therefore must adhere to rigorous health and safety regulations to minimize risk. Paint technicians must be familiar with Hazardous Material handling processes (MSDS) and wear masks and other protective equipment and may work in booths that minimize their exposure to toxins. If working with more than one color or with unpainted parts, Paint Technicians may also have to carefully mask parts of the product with paper or tape. While masking, they also may preform cross trade duties as installation mechanics to remove mirrors, berthing lockers and bunks or other Habitability space equipment that aren't painted. Technicians may also be responsible for controlling air temperature, humidity and other factors that determine how a coat of paint dries.
Paint Technicians use painting techniques including brush, roller and spraying. Spray painting involves operating a spray gun and other machinery. The ability to read and understand formulas and follow written and verbal directions are essential for painting technicians, as they must demonstrate the ability to understand paint application and mixing formulas to prepare the paint that goes into the spray gun. They adjust the flow and viscosity of their paint and control the air pressure to the spray gun by adjusting the nozzle. Other duties include properly disposing of hazardous waste, following color charts and removing rust. Paint technicians must disassemble, clean and reassemble their painting equipment.
The SSPC C12 Paint Technician shall have:
a) High school degree or a technical vocational high school degree
b) Minimum of two (2) years of shipboard experience in the position, and
c) Maintain Journeyman level of competence in their related trade skill
d) Be able to lift and move 50 pounds and be physically agile to perform tasks in naval ships.
Note: Due to the nature of the work, crossing of trade boundaries will be required (i.e., each person will clean up after themselves thus not requiring sweepers/cleaners, rig and move equipment)
OSHA Compliant Environmental Sampling and Heavy Metal Abatement
Confined Space (OSHA 1915.12(d)
Brush & Roller (BR) IAW SSPC QP-1
C-7 Blaster/C-12 Airless Spray/C-14 Plural component
NBPI Qualification/NACE Level II
Respirator/10 Hour OSHA Training
Category: Marine Painter
NOTE: The following description is a GENERAL Overview of this career and not a description of a particular job posting.
Marine Painters are skilled in the craft of covering various vessel surfaces, both interior and exterior, with protective coatings using brushes, spray guns, and rollers. Many kinds of paints/coatings are used as protection of steel, wood, fiberglass, and other surfaces from rust and corrosion, and protection of the underwater portion of vessels against the attachment of marine life. Painters must know the proper surface preparations, the best coating to use for each purpose and the accepted application techniques to obtain the desired results.
A Marine painter's typical duties include:
- Preparing the surface (by sanding, blasting, cleaning, etc.)
- Removing old coatings using chemicals
- Applying primers and finish coats
- Providing quality wood finishing
- Tinting paints
- Spray painting (indoors and outdoors)
- Sign work ( such as cutting stencils, hand lettering, silk screen lettering, etc.)
- Poster work (design and lay out)
- Graining, marbling, and flocking
- Gold and aluminum leaf application
- Estimating the quantity and type of coating needed, and the required amount of labor for each task
Marine Painters must also be familiar with, and trained in, the proper use of respiratory protection equipment such as respirators and other breathing devices.
Typically, Marine Painting careers require a high school diploma.
Typically, the ideal Marine Painting candidate will posses:
- Previous job experience, particularly in a maritime setting
- Basic trade knowledge, such as the use of job related tools and equipment
- A strong work ethic (flexible, reliable, and punctual)