Cleaner and Preparer

Apply paint and masking materials on motor and generator subassemblies.
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Quick Stats

Salary Range
$17,000 – $39,000

Data from U.S. Department of Labor

What do Cleaner and Preparers do?

Cleans and applies paint and masking materials on motor and generator subassemblies to preserve surface for further processing: Brushes solvents onto parts or dips parts into caustic solutions to loosen paint, grease, dirt, and other foreign substances. Rinses parts with hot water. Removes loosened paint, using scraper, wire brush, or portable buffer. Brushes grease and masking compound on subassemblies, inserts cork plugs into holes, and tightens screws to keep insulating material or paint from specified areas. Coats parts with paint or insulating material, using spray gun or dipping tank.

Should I be a Cleaner and Preparer?

You should have a high school degree or higher and share these traits:
  • Outside the Box Thinker: Your creative brainpower gets a workout as you come up with innovative ideas.
  • Independent: You enjoy flying solo and doing things your own way.
  • Persistent: You keep pushing through, even when faced with tough obstacles.

  • How to become a Cleaner and Preparer

    Most Cleaner and Preparers have no higher education and get on-the-job training. Think about earning a Certificate or Associate's degree to increase your competitiveness in the field. Chart?chd=s:9bbaaa&chl=no+college+%2894%25%29|certificate+%283%25%29|associate%27s+%282%25%29|||&cht=p3&chs=466x180&chxr=0,94,94
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