Communication skills are important for aircraft painters. For example,
if you are painting a flap, you have to communicate with the mechanics to
ensure safety. The mechanics have to ensure that that particular part of the
airplane is deactivated. Perhaps lock pins have to be put on parts of the
mechanism or fuse plugs have to be pulled.
This is to make sure that
no accidents occur while the painter is working, such as another person activating
the same part of the plane for other maintenance or repair. While you're
painting, you may notice other repairs that need to be made. You will also
have to communicate these repairs to the appropriate people.
is really important to an aircraft painter because you are not just an individual
employee working on your part of a project, insulated from everything else
going on around you, but you are part of a department who are all working
together to ensure the safety of personnel around the aircraft," says Joe
Dough, a professional aircraft painter.
You are an aircraft painter
and you are painting the engine of a 747. The engine is so big that you can
stand in the mouth of the engine painting it. Suddenly, you hear a cry below
you to get out of there. The next thing you notice is that turbines of the
engine are moving. You only have a few seconds before the engine starts.
jump on to a bunch of empty paint containers just in time. You bruise your
legs, but luckily nothing else is seriously damaged. As it turns out, the
pilot accidentally left the key in the ignition and a maintenance crewmember
accidentally turned it on while cleaning the cabin. Your manager wants you
to write an accident report on what happened and recommend how an accident
could be prevented in the future.
Here are the facts you need to put
in your report. You went to work at 8 a.m. You received a work order to paint
the engine. You told the mechanics, flight control, your manager
and the maintenance people that you were going to work on the engine. Then
you heard a cry and leapt off the engine. To write a proper accident report,
it is best to leave out any unnecessary exaggeration.