Painters and Decorators apply decorative and protective finishes in residential, commercial, and institutional settings. They prepare a variety of surfaces (wood, masonry, drywall, plaster, concrete, synthetics, stucco and metal) prior to the application of materials such as paint, high performance coatings, waterproofing, fireproofing, varnish, shellac, wall coverings and special decorative finishes.
FTINW trained painters and decorators are employed by signatory construction companies, painting contractors, building maintenance contractors, and governmental agencies. They work on projects such as commercial and residentical interiors and exteriors, residential high rises, wall covering work, airports, schools & institutions, and other commercial and projects. Some Painters and Decorators may work for years on a single site; others may work for contractors that rarely work on the same site more than once.
Painters and Decorators must have an eye for detail, the ability to plan work, and knowledge of many types of finishes, their properties and their applications. They must be able to calculate areas and relate such calculations to required material. Good communications and customer service skills are required by Painters and Decorators who often interact with home/business owners, contractors, interior designers and architect.
Marine/Industrial/CAS Painters apply protective finishes in marine, industrial, highway, bridge, pipeline, and institutional settings. They clean, wash, blast, and prepare a variety of surfaces (often concrete and metal) prior to the application of materials such as epoxies, urethanes, and other high performance coatings.
FTINW trained Marine/Industrial CAS Painters are employed by signatory construction companies, painting contractors, departments of transportation, ports, shipyards, marine shipping companies, refinery owners, utilities, and governmental agencies. They work on projects such as marine and offshore projects, rail and highway bridges, highway concrete, industrial plants, dams, powerhouses, pipelines, and other industrial projects.
The Painter's apprenticeship is a 4 year program (3 years in Eastern Washington). The apprenticehsip consists of 8000 hours of on the job training and 144 hours of trade related classroom instruction per year. Classes generally are scheduled as one week block training sessions three quarters per year; Fall, Winter, Spring.