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Career and Education Opportunities for Auto Body Painters in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Many educational and employment opportunities exist for auto body painters in the Philadelphia, Pennsylvania area. The national trend for auto body painters sees this job pool growing by about 0.8% over the next eight years. In general, auto body painters operate or tend painting machines to paint surfaces of transportation equipment, such as automobiles, buses, and airplanes.

The income of an auto body painter is about $18 per hour or $39,370 yearly on average in Pennsylvania. In the U.S. as a whole, their income is about $17 hourly or $37,150 yearly on average. Earnings for auto body painters are better than earnings in the general category of Painting and Coating in Pennsylvania and better than general Painting and Coating category earnings nationally.

The Philadelphia area is home to 156 schools of higher education, including four within twenty-five miles of Philadelphia where you can get a degree as an auto body painter. Given that the most common education level for auto body painters is a high school diploma or GED, you can expect to spend only a short time studying to be an auto body painter if you already have a high school diploma.

CAREER DESCRIPTION: Auto Body Painter

In general, auto body painters operate or tend painting machines to paint surfaces of transportation equipment, such as automobiles, buses, and airplanes.

Auto body painters spray prepared surfaces with specified amounts of primers and decorative or finish coatings. They also decide on the correct spray gun system for the material being applied. Equally important, auto body painters have to pour paint into spray guns, and adjust nozzles and paint mixes so as to get the proper paint flow and coating thickness. They are often called upon to remove grease and rust from vehicle surfaces in preparation for paint application. They are expected to disassemble and reassemble sprayers and power equipment, using solvents and cloths for cleaning duties. Finally, auto body painters paint by hand areas that cannot be reached with a spray gun, or those that need retouching, using brushes.

Every day, auto body painters are expected to be able to distinguish between colors. It is also important that they twist and stretch their arms and legs to get work done.

It is important for auto body painters to remove accessories from vehicles, such as chrome or mirrors, and mask other surfaces with tape or paper so as to protect them from paint. They are often called upon to decide on paint in line with company requirements, and match colors of paint following specified color charts. They also fill small dents and scratches with body fillers, and smooth surfaces in order to ready vehicles for painting. They are sometimes expected to mix paints to match color specifications or vehicles' original colors, then stir and thin the paints, using spatulas or power mixing equipment. Somewhat less frequently, auto body painters are also expected to decide on the correct spray gun system for the material being applied.

They also have to be able to apply rust-resistant undercoats, and caulk and seal seams and assemble portable equipment such as ventilators and scaffolding. And finally, they sometimes have to adjust controls on infrared ovens and exhaust units so as to speed the drying of vehicles between coats.

Like many other jobs, auto body painters must be thorough and dependable and be reliable.

Similar jobs with educational opportunities in Philadelphia include:

EDUCATIONAL OPPORTUNITIES: Auto Body Painter Training

Pennco Tech - Bristol, PA

Pennco Tech, 3815 Otter St, Bristol, PA 19007. Pennco Tech is a small school located in Bristol, Pennsylvania. It is a private for-profit school with primarily 2-year programs. It has 414 students and an admission rate of 90%. Pennco Tech has less than one year, one to two year, and associate's degree programs in Autobody/Collision and Repair Technology/Technician which graduated four, twenty-seven, and fourteen students respectively in 2008.

Automotive Training Center - Warminster, PA

Automotive Training Center, 900 Johnsville Blvd, Warminster, PA 18974. Automotive Training Center is a small school located in Warminster, Pennsylvania. It is a private for-profit school with primarily 2-year programs. It has 291 students and an admission rate of 100%. Automotive Training Center has a one to two year and a two to four year program in Autobody/Collision and Repair Technology/Technician which graduated five and twenty students respectively in 2008.

Pennco Tech - Blackwood, NJ

Pennco Tech, 99 Erial Road, Blackwood, NJ 08012. Pennco Tech is a small school located in Blackwood, New Jersey. It is a private for-profit school with primarily 2-year programs. It has 680 students and an admission rate of 88%. Pennco Tech has less than one year, one to two year, and two to four year programs in Autobody/Collision and Repair Technology/Technician which graduated eleven, twenty-nine, and three students respectively in 2008.

Automotive Training Center - Exton, PA

Automotive Training Center, 114 Pickering Way, Exton, PA 19341-1310. Automotive Training Center is a small school located in Exton, Pennsylvania. It is a private for-profit school with primarily 2-year programs. It has 222 students and an admission rate of 100%. Automotive Training Center has a one to two year and a two to four year program in Autobody/Collision and Repair Technology/Technician which graduated six and twenty students respectively in 2008.

LOCATION INFORMATION: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania photo by Apollo1758

Philadelphia is located in Philadelphia County, Pennsylvania. It has a population of over 1,447,395, which has shrunk by 4.6% in the past ten years. The cost of living index in Philadelphia, 102, is near the national average. New single-family homes in Philadelphia cost $212,900 on average, which is far greater than the state average. In 2008, five hundred forty-five new homes were constructed in Philadelphia, down from five hundred ninety-one the previous year.

The top three industries for women in Philadelphia are health care, educational services, and professional, scientific, and technical services. For men, it is construction, educational services, and health care. The average travel time to work is about 32 minutes. More than 17.9% of Philadelphia residents have a bachelor's degree, which is lower than the state average. The percentage of residents with a graduate degree, 7.5%, is lower than the state average.

The percentage of Philadelphia residents that are affiliated with a religious congregation, 53.4%, is more than the national average but less than the state average. Boulevard Church, Mount Herman Church and Saint Michael Mission Center are all churches located in Philadelphia. The most prominent religious groups are the Catholic Church, the American Baptist Churches in the USA and the Muslim Estimate.

Philadelphia is home to the Five Points and the Academy Gardens as well as Durham Park and Cloverly Park. Shopping malls in the area include Roosevelt Mall, Andorra Shopping Center and Red Lion Shopping Center. Visitors to Philadelphia can choose from Comfort Inn, Concordia Worldwide Hotel Reservations and Embassy Suites for temporary stays in the area.