Must be at least 18 years old; must have a high school diploma or G.E.D. certificate; must be a U.S. citizen or have filed for citizenship; must have a letter of ‘intent to hire’ from a prospective employer; must have reliable transportation; and must be physically fit to perform the job.
The apprenticeship program runs for three years. Apprentices spend 960 hours in the classroom during the three years of the program. Apprentices receive on-the-job training for four days per week and attend school one day per week.
WAGE INFORMATION: Apprentices start at 40 percent of scale.
RECOMMENDED PREPARATORY CLASSES:
Mathematics, art and drafting classes.
Painters work both inside and out. Their jobs also require a considerable amount of climbing and bending. They must have stamina because much of the work is done with their arms raised overhead. Painters often work outdoors, but seldom in wet, cold or inclement weather. Painters and paperhangers risk injury from slips or falls off ladders and scaffolds. They may sometimes work with materials that can be hazardous if masks are not working or if ventilation is poor.
Must be able to work at high levels with ladders and scaffolds; and must be able to lift at least 80 pounds.
Todd Dotson, Business Rep. Gary Von Behren
400 NE Jefferson 2175 Rochester
Peoria, IL 61603 Aurora, IL 60506
(309) 674-9242 (630) 966-1451
Apply Monday through Friday, 7 a.m. - 9 a.m. and 3 p.m.
to 5 p.m. No application fee.
Painters Local 157
Painters apply paint, stain, varnish and other finishes to buildings and other structures. They choose the right paint or finish for the surface to be covered, taking into account customers’ wishes, durability, ease of handling and method of application. They first prepare the surfaces to be covered so the paint will adhere properly. This may require removing the old coat by stripping, sanding, wire brushing, burning or water and abrasive blasting. Painters also wash walls and trim to remove dirt and grease, fill nail holes and cracks, sandpaper rough spots and brush off dust. On new surfaces, they apply a primer or sealer to prepare them for the finish coat. Painters also mix paints and match colors, relying on knowledge of paint composition and color harmony. Paperhangers cover walls and ceilings with decorative wall coverings made of paper, vinyl or fabric. They first prepare the surface to be covered by applying “sizing,” which seals the surface and makes the covering stick better. When redecorating, they may first remove the old covering by soaking, steaming, or applying solvents. When necessary, they patch holes and take care of other imperfections before hanging the new wall covering.
APPRENTICESHIP PROGRAM REQUIREMENTS: