We Build Painters

As a painter, you'll be responsible for applying paint and other coatings to a variety of surfaces, including buildings, bridges, and other structures. This work requires skill and precision to ensure that the finished product looks professional and is long-lasting. Painters often work in a variety of conditions, including indoor and outdoor environments, at heights, and in confined spaces. They must be able to work independently, as well as part of a team, to complete projects on time and within budget.

In the apprenticeship program, painters will learn a range of skills and techniques, including surface preparation, mixing and matching colors, applying paint and other coatings, and using specialized tools and equipment. They will also learn safety procedures, including proper ventilation and protective equipment usage. Throughout the program, apprentices will work alongside experienced painters to gain real-world experience and develop their skills.

The work of a painter is essential in maintaining and improving the appearance of buildings, infrastructure, and other structures. Painters work on a range of projects, from small residential jobs to large-scale industrial projects. The career path can be very rewarding, as you'll see the results of your hard work every day. As you gain experience, you may have the opportunity to specialize in areas such as faux finishing, decorative painting, or restoration work, which can add to the excitement and variety of the job.

How can I Prepare?

To prepare for a career in the painters union, high school students should focus on courses that emphasize building and construction, including math and blueprint reading. Additionally, classes in English composition and communication will be helpful in developing strong verbal and written communication skills, which are essential in the industry. Participation in Career and Technical Education (CTE) courses in building and construction trades can also provide valuable hands-on experience and help prepare students for entry into the apprenticeship program. 

Apprenticeship Length

4 Years

Ivy Tech Degree

Associate of Applied Science from Ivy Tech Community College issued upon successful completion of the apprenticeship program

Apprenticeship Opportunities

NW Indiana Painters Joint Apprenticeship Training Center
8364 Minnesota Street
Merrillville, IN 46410
Phone: 219-945-0956

Application Period
Applications are accepted daily.

Application Cost
No cost.

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