Painter / Coater

Painters / Coaters are employed predominantly in the oil and gas fabrication and construction industry. They are involved in the fabrication and construction of oil and gas equipment and major production facilities. They are responsible for removing old paintwork using abrasive blasting methods and then applying new coatings with industrial paint spraying equipment.

About this role

Typical duties

  • Uses suitable safety equipment e.g. harnesses, cradles, protective personal equipment
  • Prepares work areas using special treatments and abrasive blasting
  • Applies industrial finishes using paint spraying methods
  • Maintains painting and coating equipment in a safe and usable condition, and in line with painting and coating regulations
  • Removes any items of painting and coating equipment which is deemed to be unsafe or beyond repair
  • Works in a safe manner at all times, ensuring that the permit to work system is followed
  • Reports any breaches of safety procedures to supervision / management
  • Actively participates in and promotes company health and safety campaigns, policies and procedures, and ensures personal safety and that of colleagues at all times

In the industry

Painters / Coaters form an important part of a fabrication / construction team to ensure that structures, pipe work and other items are fabricated in line with specification and in a safe manner. Painters / Coaters are normally employed by specialist companies or construction firms who provide painting and coating services both offshore and onshore. They may be based onshore in a workshop or construction yard, or offshore on a platform or drilling rig. By the nature of activity, much of the work is conducted outside and involves working at height and in all weathers. The role will involve shift work, which may have early starts and late finishes.


  • Office
  • Outdoors
  • Offshore


  • University
  • College
  • Apprenticeships

What do I need?

Key Skills

  • Team working
  • Verbal communication
  • Written communication
  • Problem solving
  • Planning
  • Organising
  • Numerical
  • Practical
  • Working to deadlines
  • Flexibility


Entry requirements:

  • Relevant Trade Apprenticeship or equivalent e.g. in painting / coatings
  • Recognised industrial Painting / Coatings qualification
  • Relevant experience as an industrial painter
  • Basic offshore induction and emergency training (BOSIET)
  • Offshore Medical Certificate
  • OPITO Minimum Industry Safety Standards (MIST)
  • Trades test/certification

Employers might also look for:

  • City and Guilds Level 1 Basic
  • Construction Skills
  • Offshore experience
  • General labourer experience