Scope of Work - Work includes indoor and outdoor work, brush/roller/spray, with most work being more than 10' off the ground (towers, tall buildings, etc.).  Painters prepare surfaces of buildings and other structures and then apply paint by means of brushes, rollers or sprayers.  Work with varnish, enamels, lacquer and other materials.  May also paint interior rooms or cover walls with paper, fabrics, vinyls or other materials (paperhanger).  The painters must be able to mix paints as well as do sandblasting and waterblasting.


Working Conditions - Painters work both indoors and out.  Outside work is done in relatively mild weather.  In some jobs, especially maintenance and redecoration of offices and building, the painter may be required to work evenings or weekends.  Work is seasonal; however, new materials and methods tend to give more steady employment throughout the year.  Physical and health hazards include the dangers of poisoning, falling from ladders and scaffolds, breathing paint fumes and dust.  The work involves standing, bending, climbing and working with arms over the head most of the time.



Apprenticeship Requirements


Length of Program - 3-year apprenticeship program, 4 hours per week (day or evening).


Requirements - High school diploma or GED, dependable transportation, eye exam (no color blindness), no aversion to working at heights, good basic health.  School stresses dependability.  Show up on time, every time.


To apply, contact the District Council office to get a list of contractors.  Visit contractors to get hired as apprentice.  Contractor will refer to apprenticeship school.


Courses Required - Wood Finishing, Blueprint Reading, Color Mixing and Matching, Special Decorative Effects, and Wall Covering. Upgrading for journeymen includes Asbestos Encapsulation and Vinyl Wall Coverings.


Painters Apprentice School-Painters District Council 1-M

I.U.P.A.T. Painters Local Union 514 - Painters Apprenticeship

Robert Wells, Director of Training

14587 Barber

Warren, Michigan 48088

(586) 552-4481

FAX (586) 552-4477




F.T.I of Great Lakes

Robert Wells, Director & Training Coordinator

14587 Barber Avenue

Warren, MI 48088

(586) 552-4481

FAX (586) 552-4477


Robert Gonzalez, Business Manager & Special Trustee

(586) 552-4474


Territories Covered:  The Entire State of Michigan



I.U.P.A.T District Council 1-M

Robert Gonzalez, Business Manager

PO Box 497

Freeland, MI 48623

(989) 695-6889

FAX (989) 695-6889




Coordinates the Following:



Painters & Drywall Finishing Local 312 - Kalamazoo Painters J.A.C.

Ken Pifer, Business Representative

1473 30th Street

Galesburg, Michigan 49053

CELL (269) 998-6917


Territories Covered:  Kalamazoo, Calhoun, Branch, St.Joseph, Cass, Van Buren, Allegan, Barry, and Eaton.



I.U.P.A.T. Local - Local 845

Fred Frederickson, Business Representative

419 S. Washington Ave.

Lansing, MI 48933

(517) 882-3701

FAX (517) 882-2412

CELL:(517) 242-2986



I.U.P.A.T. Painters Local 1011 - Painters Local Training Center

Travis Cary, Training Coordinator

116 South 9th Street

Escanaba, MI 49829

(906) 786-9626

FAX (906) 786-9626


Territories Covered:  Baraga, Gogebic, Houghton, Iron, Keweenaw, Ontonagon, Alger, Chippewa, Delta, Dickinson, Luce, Mackinac, Marquette, Menomiee and Schoolcraft.



Great lakes District Council 1M Training Center

Lorna Ferley, Training Coordinator

750 Lake Lansing Rd.

Suite C

Lansing, MI 48906

(517) 882-3701

FAX (517) 882-2412


Territories Covered:  Genesee, Shiawassee and Lapeer.



I.U.P.A.T.  Painters Local 1803

Robert Gonzalez, Business Manager

P.O. Box 497

7677 Midland Rd.

Freeland, MI 48623

(989) 695-6888

FAX (989) 695-6889