Aviation Painters do all the paintwork on an aircraft including the aircraft skin, propellers, instrument and engines. This highly skilled and critical trade involves stripping, cleaning, masking of the aircraft and component as well as selecting and mixing paints and using sophisticated automated painting equipment.
Not a standard painting job: Aviation Painters are master craftspeople who know advanced coating application techniques and technologies and the full range of products that do everything from prevent interference with radar reception and static charges through to enhanced electro-conductivity and aluminum-filled organic coatings that can withstand 450 degrees Fahrenheit (242 degrees Celsius) operating temperatures.
Once you have a high school diploma, you can get on-the-job training or register at an aviation-specific college for training. See the College and University section for more information.
Aviation Painters are highly specialized and often part of larger work teams working on aircraft. Career opportunities can be found in airlines, major repair and overhaul companies, aircraft manufacturers, the military and aerospace organizations. The Canadian Aviation Maintenance Council (CAMC) can also certify you*.