|Painters & Allied Trades
Painters prepare and paint an incredibly diverse array of surfaces.
There are three main areas of the industry: industrial (steel structures
like ship tanks and bridges), commercial (everything from small
businesses to skyscrapers), and residential (homes and small apartments).
Painters need to be skilled with a wide variety of hand and power
tools, depending on the type of surface preparation and coating
required. Glaziers prepare and install various types of glass,
mirrors, metal framing, and glass and aluminum doors and entrances
in on buildings at residential, commercial, and industrial sites.
Work is often performed with other trades-people on new construction,
remodeling and repair jobs. Hand and power tools are used during
the preparation and insulation process. Floor coverers install
carpet, linoleum, and soft tile on floors, walls, and stairs at
residential and commercial sites. This includes the preparation
of the surface, measuring and calculations, cutting and fitting,
and sewing (carpets).
Painters work indoors and outdoors at floor levels, on ladders,
rigging, and scaffolding. They use a variety of chemicals and
are exposed to fumes from paints and solvents. Workers may
have to travel great distances to work sites. Glaziers work
indoors and outdoors. Although some work is done at floor level,
a considerable amount of the work is conducted at great heights
on ladders, rigging, and scaffolding. There is considerable
bending, lifting, carrying, pushing, and pulling. Floor
coverers usually work indoors. There is considerable bending, stooping,
pulling, pushing and heavy lifting. Preparation and installation
on outdoor surfaces is influenced by weather conditions. These
three trades may experience periods of unemployment between
The painter, glazier and floor coverer apprenticeships consist
of a 3-4 year program requiring 6000 hours of on-the-job training
and an additional 144 hours of related classroom instruction
per year. Satisfactory progress must be maintained in all training
30 day opening, usually in the spring for Unions. It is advertised
in the newspaper and posted at job service offices. Check with
AB&C Inc. for non union enrollment.
Associated Builders and Contractors, Inc.
360 W. Benson
Anchorage, AK 99503
Contact: Apprenticeship Director
(907) 565-5600 (phone)
(907) 565-5645 (fax)
International Union of Painters and Allied Trades, Alaska Local 1959
5821 Arctic Blvd., Unit B
Anchorage, AK 99518
Contact: Tim Linzie
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