In the future, which most of us have not thought much about, the painting of surfaces will no longer be needed.
All construction and building materials will be coated at the manufacturing plant. Even touch-ups on the construction sites will be unnecessary.
If you’ve been paying attention, that’s the case more and more today.
So, where will that leave the experienced painter? Will he or she become extinct?
A number of occupational pilot programs offer training in things like “paint coatings technology,” for example. Painters learn skills used at the product design and manufacturing levels.
- Design, development and maintenance of computer systems that run assembly coating systems equipment.
- Operation of assembly painting computer system equipment.
- Research and development of painting and coating products applied at building products manufacturing plants.
- Manufacture of manufacturing equipment that applies coatings.
- Installation and maintenance of manufacturing equipment that applies coatings.
- Quality control.
- Sales and marketing of above mentioned computer systems, manufacturing equipment, and pre-coated construction materials and products.
- Risk management.
- Accounting, credit and collections.
- Training of construction workers in installation of pre-coated materials and products, etc.
You get the picture.
Painting science and technology. Not a bad choice, actually. Generally, technology jobs pay more per hour. They offer more job stability, and mobility. They offer access to job, and volunteer, opportunities not available outside the realm of science and technology (STEM).
By this time, the old structures and pieces will have bitten the dust. I’m referring to the homes, office buildings, stores, schools, restaurants, manufacturing plants, etc. that required painters on site, or a paintshop, for brushing, rolling or spraying on product.
The panorama of our residential, commercial and industrial landscapes and skylines will be occupied solely by surfaces pre-coated at the plant. Sleek, clean lines. Toxic-free, hazard-free.
Recently, I got out “Star Wars” from my Star Wars Trilogy Special Collection. I popped it into my DVD-VCR system. I looked more closely at the sets used in the movie. Awesome!
There, in full view, was a vivid picture of future surfaces. Those construction/building products and materials precoated at the manufacturing plant.
I took my first class in Painting Technology 101, I guess you could say. Food for thought for certain.
It’s amazing the trade lessons that science/futuristic fiction authors, artists
and filmmakers have been teaching us, probably without thinking about that.
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