This painting contractor handles all the components of a painting job for bigger facilities. This includes cleanup, application, and preparation. They are usually an independent contractor who will provide an estimate for the job and then manage it from start to finish. When it is a mid-level project, the industrial contractor may also help their employees with the job. During the workday, an industrial painting contractor will act as the supervisor while their employees perform the painting jobs. They are in charge of the safety of their workers and the work site. Some industrial painting contractors have several painting jobs they are supervising and will travel from work site to work site monitoring the progress of the job and give any directions that are needed. At these different work sites, one employee will be the supervisor and answer to the contractor. The contractor will also hire and train new employees.
If they do not have an office staff or someone to do the paperwork, it will be their responsibility to do it. This can include tying estimates for potential customers, sending invoices, collecting payments for customers, doing payroll, setting up appointments for the contractor to give estimates for potential jobs, and more.
As their employees clean and prepare the surfaces for painting in the larger industrial buildings the industrial painting contractor will supervise them to ensure that the job is done correctly. It is important for the contractor to have knowledge of scraping and power washing to help get the material prepared for the paint. They are also responsible for the order and cleanliness of the work site even if they have a supervisor working under them. Once the area is ready to paint, the contractor may have to have scaffolding constructed so the painters can reach all the walls and ceilings that need to be painted. In order for their employers to know how to use paint sprayers and other equipment that is required for large areas the contractor needs to know how so they can train their employees.
To become an industrial painting contractor will often include on-the-job training and educational courses. Often they will work for an experienced contractor before they start their own company so they can get the experience they need. The minimum educational requirement is generally a high school diploma but if you want to own your own company you should consider getting a two year degree in business management or go on for your Bachelor’s degree. In the beginning, the best way is to secure an apprenticeship position. During your apprenticeship, you will learn how to operate various painting equipment and how to select the right materials. You will also learn the safety procedures involved in being an industrial painting contractor.