Signal International
  • 16-Jun-2014 to 30-Sep-2014 (CST)
  • Blaster/Painter -014
  • Pascagoula, MS, USA
  • Hourly
  • Full Time

BLASTER/PAINTER

JOB SUMMARY:


The painter/blaster is responsible for the preparation of metal surfaces for painting, and also paints components, equipment, interiors, and exteriors of vessels, using spray guns, brushes, and rollers. Uses solvents to wash surfaces to remove grease, rust, scale, and dirt. Washes and treats surface with turpentine and other preparations. Mixes batches of paint, varnish, and stain. Operates spray painting equipment or brushes or rolls paint on surfaces. Abrades surfaces of metal or hard-composition objects to remove adhering scale, sand, paint, grease, tar, rust, and dirt, and to impart specified finish, using abrasive-blasting equipment: Masks specified areas of object to protect from abrading action. Turn valves on equipment to regulate pressure and composition of abrasive mixture flowing through nozzle.

  • Starts equipment that directs blast or flow of abrasive-laden compressed air over surface of parts.
  • Manually directs nozzle over surface of large parts.
  • May examine finished surfaces to ensure conformance to specifications.


The above description is general in nature. A painter/blaster may be required to perform additional duties not specifically described herein.

HOURS:

  • Typical hours for a painter/blaster range from 40 to 60 hours per week.
  • Work that exceeds 40 hours per week is considered overtime.
  • A 30 minute unpaid lunch break is provided.


TRANSPORTATION:

  • It is the responsibility of the worker to provide his or her own transportation to and from the facility.


EXPERIENCE, CERTIFICATES, LICENSES, AND TRAINING REQUIREMENT:

  • An apprenticeship type situation exists in which an individual can progress from a laborer to a third class painter, then second class, and first class.
  • There are no education or prior training requirements for the position.
  • No certificates nor licenses are needed nor granted.


SAFETY REQUIREMENTS:

  • Painter/Blasters attend weekly safety meetings and are required to wear safety equipment including a hard hat, safety glasses, steel toe boots, and ear plugs.
  • When blasting, a blast hood is worn along with gloves and a full body protective suit.
  • When painting under some conditions, a light plastic hood and an overall are worn.
  • Respirators are used during painting/blasting operations.


TOOL LIST:

  • Basic equipment provided by the painter/blaster:
  • Gloves Small Hand tools Steel toe shoes
  • The facility provides all painting/blasting tools and equipment in addition to the following:
  • Safety Glasses and Hard Hat – (1st issue provided by the company.)
  • Respirator (where needed)


ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS

  • Occasionally - Less than 1/3 of the time
  • Frequently - 1/3 to 2/3 of the time
  • Constantly - More than 2/3 of the time


I. Essential Function: Blasting is a part of surface preparation that begins with preparing the area or item to be sandblasted.This involves picking up around an area to be blasted; welding rods and other trash that has been left behind must be collected and disposed of. Some areas of equipment and components are protected from the blasting procedure by being taped.


Physical Demands: This function requires the individual to stand and walk on a frequent basis. Frequent bending occurs while picking up trash and other items to be cleared away. The worker may occasionally crawl to pick up discarded welding rods. Trash items, individually, will range in weight from zero to five pounds. The workers could use their own judgment to decide how much trash is enough before dumping what is picked up and carried. Taping of an area requires frequent standing, bending, reaching and handling.

II. Essential Function: Paint jobs also require some clean up and surface preparation prior to the actual application of paint. Again, this involves picking up around an area to be painted; welding rods and other trash that has been left behind must be collected and disposed of. Some areas of equipment and components are protected from the paint application by being taped.

Physical Demands: Essentially the same physical demands as above. The worker will stand and walk on a frequent basis. Frequent bending occurs while picking up trash and other items to be cleared away. The worker may occasionally crawl to pick up discarded welding rods. Trash items, individually, will range in weight from zero to five pounds. The workers could use their own judgment to decide how much trash is enough before dumping what is picked up and carried. Taping of an area requires frequent standing, bending, reaching and handling.

III. Essential Function: A painting job will require set up that extends beyond clean up and masking. Equipment and tools are set into place through the coordinated efforts of several painter/blasters. Ventilation equipment, needed on all enclosed operations, requires some set up. Air ducts are connected to a blower (that weighs 68 pounds) and the opposite ends are directed to the area where ventilation is needed. One blower is set in place to suck fumes away from an area and another is in place to blow in air from the outside. Painting equipment, including a two wheeled airless pump, are positioned and hooked up. Pneumatic pressure is obtained from manifolds that exist onsite. Air lines and paint lines (weighing less than 15 pounds) are plugged in and run to the area being painted. A painting gun is then attached.

Physical Demands: Frequent bending and walking is required during this essential function. The heaviest item lifted and carried is a blower that weighs 65 pounds. Assistance is always available for items that weigh in excess of 40 pounds. Paint lines, hand tools, air ducts and air lines do not weigh in excess of 15 pounds.

IV. Essential Function: Paint retrieval and mixing is another task that is integrated into the setup of a paint job. Paint is retrieved from a holding area and delivered either by means of a two-wheeled dolly, or by using a forklift. For larger jobs, an entire pallet of paint is delivered to the site. More often, five-gallon containers of paint are carried one or two at a time using the dolly. Distances vary depending upon the yard but should not exceed 200 yards. Paint mixing is assigned to one or two individuals. The person must keep a constant source of mixed paint ready for use. Paint cans are opened and a pneumatic mixer is inserted into the can. Operating the mixer's trigger device mixes paint. Various paint additives and thinners may be incorporated according to instruction. Prepared paint is poured into a five-gallon can that is drawn upon by the airless pump.

Physical Demands: While full five-gallon paint containers (40 to 60 pounds) are lifted on an occasional basis during the course of this essential function, they are not carried for distances greater than a few feet. The dolly and forklift can be utilized to move these items into proximity. Frequent bending or kneeling may be required during the mixing process. In between batches, the worker is monitoring the situation, and standing without other physical activity.

V. Essential Function: Paint application involves the use of a paint gun that has been connected and prepared as mentioned in essential function number three. A respirator (w/ eye protection), painting hood and overalls are donned. Paint gun is aimed at a uniform speed and distance to evenly distribute paint without causing runs. Will paint modular sections of vessel hulls and equipment, the inside of storage tanks and various external vessel structures. Some paint jobs may require conventional brush painting.

Physical Demands: This essential function requires standing with the arm extended away from the body and perhaps overhead. Standing and bending may be considered constant and lifting in excess of 15 pounds is not expected during this essential function. Ventilators and respirators are used during this essential function.

VI. Essential Function: Blasting involves the use of a blasting gun that has been set up in a similar fashion as that described in essential function III. Air lines are hooked into an existing (on site) manifold and abrasive sand is accessed from a large, centralized hopper (kept loaded by a truck). Once lines are in place, an individual performing a blasting operation will don a heavy gauge, protective suit and gloves. Some of these suits include an internal ventilation system that cools the body. A blast cover and shield is also worn. Work surfaces (prepared in the manner mentioned in essential function number one) are blasted with pressurized air and sand that is emitted from a spray gun. Surfaces are blasted at close range until paint, rust or debris are removed.

Physical Demands: This essential function also requires standing with the arm extended away from the body and perhaps overhead. Standing and bending may be considered constant and lifting in excess of 15 pounds is not expected during this essential function. Ventilators and respirators are used during this essential function.

VII. Essential Function: There are clean up duties that are associated with both painting and blasting operations. Painting and blasting equipment that was set up is, in turn, taken down and put away.

Physical Demands: Frequent bending and walking is required during this essential function. The heaviest item lifted and carried is a blower that weighs 65 pounds. Assistance is always available for items that weigh in excess of 40 pounds. Paint lines, hand tools, air ducts and air lines do not weigh in excess of 15 pounds.

VIII. Essential Function: Regular and predictable attendance is required.

Other reasonable duties as assigned by management.

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