Paint Technician

Wabtec Corporation

Erie, PA


Position summary

Wabtec Corporation is a leading global provider of equipment, systems, digital solutions and value-added services for freight and transit rail. Drawing on nearly four centuries of collective experience across Wabtec, GE Transportation and Faiveley Transport, the company has unmatched digital expertise, technological innovation, and world-class manufacturing and services, enabling the digital-rail-and-transit ecosystems. Wabtec is focused on performance that drives progress, creating transportation solutions that move and improve the world. Wabtec has approximately 27,000 employees in facilities throughout the world. Visit the company’s new website at:

It’s not just about your career… or your job title…it’s about who you are and the impact you are going to make on the world. Do you want to go into uncharted waters…do things that haven’t been done to make yours and someone else's life better? Wabtec has been doing that for decades and we will continue to do so! Through our people, leadership development, services, technology and scale, Wabtec delivers better outcomes for global customers by speaking the language of industry.

We are the doers. The leaders. The makers. Our teams are hungry to make history, acting with integrity to relentlessly improve people’s lives. It’s time to stop dreaming about the future; let’s build it together.

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This is an hourly union represented position. Local UE 506

Starting wage: $21.86

Position Summary:

Paint Technician is responsible for painting, grinding, sanding, buffing and masking of various locomotive components and parts throughout our facility. This technician will also set up and control various plating equipment and solutions on a variety of control parts.  This position is essential for preparing our product for final paint.

Major Responsibilities:

  • Work from Manufacturing Process Plans (MPP’s), drawings and/or sketches and verbal information to determine exact areas of product to be primed and painted, type and color of paint and/or other material to apply.
  • Checks to ensure that areas to be painted are cleaned, masked and ready for finish.  Mixes paint per specifications and thins to obtain proper viscosity.  Sets up, adjusts, and operates paint spraying equipment and drying ovens. Performs touchup work on the above when required.


Minimum Requirements:

  • High School Diploma or GED
  • 4+ years of automotive or industrial paint application experience
  • Demonstrated knowledge of air spray process
  • Demonstrated knowledge of 2-component paint systems
  • Must be able to perform paint scheme layouts from complex blue prints
  • Demonstrated ability to read and understand engineering drawings/specifications and manufacturing processes
  • Competency in conventional air and high voltage low pressure spray technics
  • Must be willing and able to work any shift


  • Automotive or Commercial paint experience
  • Experience in electrostatic spray paint techniques
  • ASE certification
  • Performance Alliance certification
  • 4+ years experience in manufacturing
  • Ability to work in a fast-paced manufacturing environment
  • Energetic and positive attitude to excel in skills and knowledge

Functional Requirements: 

Unusual fatigue factors including prolonged standing and walking, walking on slippery or uneven surfaces, moderate to heavy lifting, repeated straight pulling and pushing, repeated bending and reaching above head, climbing, kneeling, able to distinguish basic colors, exposure to intermittent noise (90 DBA), exposure to paint, vapors, dust and others like fiberglass, operate a crane and industrial truck.

Wabtec Corporation is committed to taking on the world’s toughest challenges. In order to fulfill that commitment we rely on a culture of leadership, diversity and inclusiveness. We aim to employ the world’s brightest minds to help us create a limitless source of ideas and opportunities. We believe in hiring talented people of varied backgrounds, experiences and styles…people like you! Wabtec Corporation is committed to equal employment opportunity regardless of race, color, ancestry, religion, sex, national origin, sexual orientation, age, citizenship, marital status, disability, gender identity or expression, or protected Veteran status. If you have a disability or special need that requires accommodation, please let us know.

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About the company

Industry: Industrial: Equipment Manufacturing

At Wabtec, we are in the business of realizing potential. Our employees are the architects of the future. Go just about anywhere and you’ll find us. If you want to move and improve the world, start here.