According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, industrial paint specialists usually have a high school diploma or GED certificate. Employers prefer individuals who have practical experience. Some industrial paint specialists hold a two-year degree from a vocational school.
According to a poll by the bureau, apprentice industrial paint specialists receive on-the-job training. Job candidates often must have anywhere from a few months to one year of experience and training with skillful professionals, indicates O*Net OnLine.
Industrial paint specialists learn how to weigh chemicals and coatings, select proper coatings, sprays and paints, operate spraying machinery and mix solutions using pumps.
According to O*Net OnLine, training sessions help a novice industrial paint specialist become adept with tools, such as paint and coating machinery, spraying equipment, dials and hand-wheels, as well as viscometers and automated paint-mixing equipment.