Painting & Plastering Helpers Careers

Also called: Billboard Poster Helper, Bridge Painter Helper, Dry Plasterer Helper, Exterior Work Helper, Highway Painter Helper

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estimated salary

Helpers of painters, paperhangers, plasterers, or stucco masons perform duties requiring less skill. Duties include using, supplying, or holding materials or tools, and cleaning the work area and equipment.

  • Clean work areas and equipment.
  • Perform support duties to assist painters, paperhangers, plasterers, or masons.
  • Apply protective coverings, such as masking tape, to articles or areas that could be damaged or stained by work processes.
  • Erect scaffolding.
  • Fill cracks or breaks in surfaces of plaster articles or areas with putty or epoxy compounds.
  • Supply or hold tools and materials.
  • Smooth surfaces of articles to be painted, using sanding and buffing tools and equipment.
  • Mix plaster, and carry plaster to plasterers.
  • Place articles to be stripped into stripping tanks.
  • Remove articles such as cabinets, metal furniture, and paint containers from stripping tanks after prescribed periods of time.
  • Pour specified amounts of chemical solutions into stripping tanks.
Work Context

Work Context information for this career will be available soon.

Work Activities
  • Communicating with Supervisors, Peers, or Subordinates — Providing information to supervisors, co-workers, and subordinates by telephone, in written form, e-mail, or in person.
  • Performing General Physical Activities — Performing physical activities that require considerable use of your arms and legs and moving your whole body, such as climbing, lifting, balancing, walking, stooping, and handling of materials.
  • Handling and Moving Objects — Using hands and arms in handling, installing, positioning, and moving materials, and manipulating things.
  • Inspecting Equipment, Structures, or Material — Inspecting equipment, structures, or materials to identify the cause of errors or other problems or defects.
  • Getting Information — Observing, receiving, and otherwise obtaining information from all relevant sources.
  • Making Decisions and Solving Problems — Analyzing information and evaluating results to choose the best solution and solve problems.
Detailed Work Activities
  • Clean equipment or facilities.
  • Assist skilled construction or extraction personnel.
  • Protect structures or surfaces near work areas to avoid damage.
  • Assemble temporary equipment or structures.
  • Apply material to fill gaps in surfaces.
  • Assist skilled construction or extraction personnel.
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Knowledge

Building and Construction
  • Knowledge of materials, methods, and the tools involved in the construction or repair of houses, buildings, or other structures such as highways and roads.
English Language
  • Knowledge of the structure and content of the English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.

Skills

Speaking
  • Talking to others to convey information effectively.
Coordination
  • Adjusting actions in relation to others' actions.

Abilities

Trunk Strength
  • The ability to use your abdominal and lower back muscles to support part of the body repeatedly or continuously over time without 'giving out' or fatiguing.
Gross Body Equilibrium
  • The ability to keep or regain your body balance or stay upright when in an unstable position.
Static Strength
  • The ability to exert maximum muscle force to lift, push, pull, or carry objects.
Extent Flexibility
  • The ability to bend, stretch, twist, or reach with your body, arms, and/or legs.
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Personality

People interested in this work like activities that include ideas, thinking, and figuring things out.
They do well at jobs that need:
  • Achievement/Effort
  • Persistence
  • Initiative
  • Leadership
  • Cooperation
  • Concern for Others
  • Social Orientation
  • Self Control
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Technology

You might use software like this on the job:

Spreadsheet software
  • Microsoft Excel Hot Technology
Office suite software
  • Microsoft Office Hot Technology
  • Apple iWork
Project management software
  • Turtle Creek Software Goldenseal
  • Sage Construction Anywhere
  • On Center Quick Bid
  • Evergreen Technology Eagle Bid Estimating
  • Cost estimating software
  • Construction Software Center EasyEst
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