Aviation Painter

Job Description

Aviation Painters perform all aircraft paintwork. Aircraft skin, propellers, instruments, engines, you name it — if it needs painting, it’s the Aviation Painter’s job. This highly skilled trade involves set-up and operation of tools and equipment, stripping, cleaning, masking of the aircraft and components, as well as selecting and mixing paints and using sophisticated automated painting equipment. Understanding and following all safety regulations is crucial to the job — an Aviation Painter’s work includes the use of hazardous chemicals and potentially dangerous industrial spray-paint equipment.

Aviation Painters are master craftspeople who know advanced coating application techniques and technologies and are well-versed in the full range of products, such as those that prevent interference with radar reception and static charges to those with enhanced electroconductivity and aluminum-filled organic coatings that can withstand 450 degrees Fahrenheit (232°C) operating temperatures. Aviation Painters also perform the Quality Inspection of completed painting.

Other job titles
  • Aircraft Detailer

  • Aircraft Painter

  • Entry Level Prep Person

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The Canadian Council of Aerospace & Aviation manages the certification process for this and other regulated careers in our industry.

Our industry has identified this career as in-demand, and is looking for certified skilled labourers to fill positions in this role. Use our self-assessment screening tool, and we’ll help you determine what steps you need to take to expedite your certification for Aviation Painter.

By completing this assessment, you’ll provide us with everything we need to point you in the right direction to completing your certification. And, once you’re certified, we’re ready to introduce you to employers looking for people with your skills.

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Work, Education &

Places you
could work

Aerospace Organizations

Aircraft Maintenance, Repair and Overhaul Organizations (MROs)

Aircraft Manufacturers

The Canadian Forces


Completion of Secondary School (required)

On-the-job training (may be available)

CCAA certification (an asset)


Good physical condition (work involves heavy lifting and climbing)

Knowledge of and experience with hazardous materials (HazMats)

At ease with heights as work can be up on aircraft wings and fuselage

Canadian Council for Aviation & Aerospace

Tel   613-727-8272       Fax   613-727-7018

1785 Alta Vista Drive, Suite 105, Ottawa, ON, K1G 3Y6

CCAA’s mission is to develop, promote and administer a comprehensive and effective human resources strategy for the Canadian aviation and aerospace industry.

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