Becoming a Painter

What does a Painter do?

Plumbers install, service, and maintain the waters needed in the State. They install the domestic drinking water systems vital for safe and clean drinking water. They install the piping systems that distribute waste and stormwater to proper treatment facilities to return it safely into the ground. Apprentices will acquire skills required to install, service and maintain many different types of piping –  soldering, brazing, and welding to name a few. Knowledge of all the equipment and components the systems require to function correctly will also be acquired through training. All these are essential in protecting the nation’s health.

Where does a Painter work?
  • Bridges
  • Industrial projects
  • Schools
  • Homes
  • Commercial buildings

Am I qualified?
  • Must be at least 18 years of age
  • Must be able to physically perform the work required
  • Must have a valid driver’s license
  • Must have a sincere interest in the trade
  • Must have manual dexterity
  • Good eyesight and color-sense is preferable
What can I expect while training?
  • Program is 5 years (3 years for Drywall Taper)
  • Program includes a combination of on-the-job learning and related instruction
  • You must pass an aptitude test
  • On-the-job training with an experienced Journeyman
  • Some travel may be required

Wage Rates 2021 – 2022 (Hourly)

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