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Powder Coat Operator

Hourly (Non-Exempt)

The Powder Coating position is a hands-on position that will be responsible for preparing and finishing metal and/or other surfaces.

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Essential Duties & Responsibilities

  • Must be willing to learn follow all procedures set by company and supervisor.

  • Must be willing to work in any area of department doing different types of jobs.

  • Must be able to lift 50lbs.

  • Responsible for keeping his or her area and tools clean.

  • Responsible for keeping quality standards set by the company and supervisor.

  • Responsible for following all safety rules and codes throughout the company.

  • Must be able to read and follow blueprints.

  • Handles a variety of different metal products and is responsible for understanding metal treatments for each product.

  • Examines product as it moves through finishing process to be certain it meets specifications.

  • Handles finishing substances and prepares these specific to each products’ requirements.

  • Needs to be willing to use sanders, buffers, and any other equipment needed for the job.

  • Needs to be able to read the job travelers and drawings in order to know what colors and other details of the part

  • Apply coatings to specifications of build sheets. Prepares, coats, and finishes with powder coat

  • Adjust the application process, application equipment, and materials being applied to achieve target appearance as specified by application inspection tools, color targets, production "step offs," and verbal instruction.

  • Clean, set up, and adjust pumps, agitators, regulators, spray guns, and wiping materials.

  • Use application process monitoring equipment which includes, but is not limited to: film thickness gauges, gloss meters, viscosity cups, stop watches, graduated measuring cups, air cap gauges, temperature sensors, calipers, and tape measures.

  • Adhere to company policies, including attendance and punctuality

  • Communicate with co-workers, management and others in a courteous and professional manner;

  • Conform with and abide by all regulations, policies, work procedures and instructions including but not limited to confidentiality requirements.

Professional Qualifications

  • Excellent attention to detail, time management skills and meeting deadlines

  • Positive attitude and ability to handle highly confidential information

  • Ability to reflect positive attitude and disciplined work ethic

  • Ability to work in a team

  • Ability to work independently

  • High energy level

  • Strong interpersonal skills

  • Demonstrated experience in being a self-starter

  • Ability to deal with internal/external customers with enthusiasm and professionalism

  • Strong verbal, written and interpersonal communication skills are essential

  • Must possess confidence, good judgment, energy and the right personality to work in a challenging environment

Supervisory Responsibilities

  • None

Education & Experience

  • 2 years of experience - Powder paint experience (preferred).

  • Excellent communication & interpersonal skills.

  • Demonstrates an attention to detail.

  • Ability to read, communicate and interpret documents such as safety rules, operating and maintenance instructions, 

  • Blueprint reading and interpretation, Measuring skills and basic mathematics: 1 year (Required)

  • Experience with electrostatic coating equipment

Knowledge, Skill, & Ability

  • Safety Awareness - Takes responsibility for his or her own safety as well as the safety of others. Understands the proper processes/equipment in the department. Knowledge of safety procedures, PPE usage, 5S, and all safety regulations in the facility. Responsible for overall cleanliness of working area.

  • Quality - Detects and reports defective materials or questionable conditions to the department supervisors. Performs first article inspection for conformance to specifications both blue print and work order.
    Teamwork – Builds teamwork by working with other departments, shifts, and management to meet and exceed customer expectations. Communicate regularly and effectively with co-workers, utilities, coordinators, and management and reports problems with safety, quality, processes, equipment, materials, and/or questionable conditions to the Department Supervisor. Displays professionalism in the workplace, able to perform duties during times of stress and pressure.

  • Continuous Improvement – Ability to manage time and deliver results. Ability to troubleshoot and provide solutions with the understanding of value-added versus non-value added activities and improve the ratio. Ability to collect and understand production data corresponding to the machinery.

  • Flexibility. Availability to work overtime and/or move between shifts for training and/or coverage purposes to support production as needed.

  • Relevant knowledge to look up blueprints, production orders, key parts into inventory, and use the system as a tool to assist in production.

  • Must perform operator preventative maintenance of equipment.

  • Perform other assignments as directed by management

Physical Demands

The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions

  • Ability to properly lift/carry/push/pull/manipulate/transport up to 30 lbs

  • Ability to occasionally lift up to 50 lbs, and frequently lift up to 40 lbs

  • Ability to work in repetitive motions and pressure involving fingers, hands, and wrists

  • The work requires some physical exertion such as long periods of standing or walking over hard concrete surface

  • Exposure to recurring bending, crouching, stooping, kneeling, sitting, climbing, stretching, or similar activities

  • Ability to reach at high levels

  • Ability to read, write, speak and communicate in the English Language

  • Must have the physical strength and ability to frequently work more than 40 hours weekly.

While performing the duties of this Job, the employee is regularly required to sit; use hands to finger, handle, or feel; reach with hands and arms and talk or hear. The employee is occasionally required to stand and walk. The employee must occasionally lift and/or move up to 10 pounds. Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision and ability to adjust focus.  Ability to move between departments to interact with others.  Consistent daily attendance required; occasional off-shift support.

Work Environment

The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.  The noise level in the work environment is usually moderate.


  • Ability to work in a noisy, dusty, industrial/manufacturing environment, and exposed to non-toxic fumes, chemicals, grease and oils

  • Ability to work with machinery and moving parts

  • Ability to operate crane,

  • Ability to work in a non-climate controlled environment

Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.  General working conditions include an office environment, manufacturing, and warehouse, some of which are not climate controlled. 

*The statements herein are intended to describe the general nature and level of work being performed by associates and are not to be construed as an exhaustive list of responsibilities, duties, and skills required.  Furthermore, they do not establish a contract for employment and are subject to change at the discretion of the employer at any time with or without notice. AA/EOE/Minorities/Females/Veterans/Disabled.  All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without race, color, gender (including pregnancy), gender identity, sexual orientation, national origin, religion, age, disability, veteran status, genetic information or other protected characteristics.*

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