Paint & Coatings 2022-07-21T18:01:58-04:00


The Glenn E. Stevick Program in

Paint & Coatings Technology

Associate in Specialized Technology Degree

The Glenn E. Stevick 4W0 Paint and Coatings Technology Program is designed to offer the student an opportunity to learn the basic knowledge and proper application of protective coating systems, protection of various surfaces, and the prevention of corrosion and other surface deterioration. 

The program covers surface preparation (hand tool preparation, power tool cleaning, and sand blasting), application of architectural coatings (coverings for attractiveness), and protective coatings (coverings to protect wood, metal, and concrete surfaces from deterioration). Students also learn to layout and paint signs, mix colors, prepare surfaces, and apply wallcoverings.

Instructors cover such theoretical aspects of the trade as color utilization, the manufacture of surface coatings, chemical makeup of coatings related to durability and failure, and business and management practices in the industry, including administrative requirements, office procedures, job estimating, business ethics, purchasing of materials, and principles of successful supervision. Other topics include interior and exterior painting, sign construction, scaffolding, ladder utilization, and accident prevention. Tool skills, such as the use of brushes, rollers, and sprayers, are developed through hands-on training in the shop and on actual painting and wallcovering projects on-campus and for nearby charitable organizations.

The objective of this program is to prepare students for the challenging task of protecting industrial and commercial infrastructures. Applying the skills and education received in their painting and wallcovering instruction, and their theoretical training in metallurgy, structural coatings, and corrosion control, graduates of this program will work to protect industrial plant sites, roadways and bridges, commercial buildings, and maritime structures and vessels.

Students gain the necessary knowledge to enter the work force at the advanced painter’s apprentice level and to prepare for careers as painters, wallcoverers, salesmen, estimators, project supervisors, and owners/operators of their own businesses; they may also be able to work in the corrosion control field in entry-level management positions as construction and maintenance assistant managers, manufacturers of protective coatings, project managers and estimators for industrial and commercial maintenance contractors, quality control and quality assurance managers, and positions with technical inspection firms.

About Williamson

“Shop Talk”

Student-written articles about current on-campus projects being completed by students.

“Paint shop took on the project of repairing and painting the exterior of a house on campus near Rowan Hall. First step in the process was prepping the walls of the house. We used carbide scrapers to remove. . .” Read full article (by Vatangoe “Tangoe” Donzo 2W1)


“The Glenn E. Stevick 4W0 Paint and Coatings Technology Program is designed to offer the student an opportunity to learn the basic knowledge and proper application of protective coating systems, protection of various surfaces, and the prevention of corrosion and other surface deterioration.”

Employment Information

Potential Paint & Coatings Technology Jobs

  • Apprentice Painter
  • Assistant Field Engineer
  • Assistant Superintendant
  • CAD Applicator 
  • Cathodic Protection Technician
  • Coatings Inspector 
  • Coatings Technician
  • Construction Inspector
  • Corrosion Technician
  • Crew Leader
  • Crew Member
  • Engineering Technician
  • Estimator
  • Field Engineer
  • Field Technician 
  • Industrial Painter
  • Inspector 
  • Journeyman Painter
  • Paint Project Manager
  • Painter
  • Project Manager
  • QC Paint Inspector
  • Self-Employed Painting Contractor
  • Service Technician
  • Superintendent
  • Wallpaper Hanger

Who Has Hired Our Graduates?

  • Able Services
  • Aker Philadelphia Shipyard
  • Bass Rocks Construction
  • The Boeing Company
  • Carboline
  • Carney’s Point Metal Processing
  • Cathodic Protection Management, Inc.
  • Colonial Williamsburg
  • Color Works Painting
  • Colorful Remedies
  • D.R. Horton
  • David R. Weiss Painting
  • Doogan Construction
  • Federal Reserve Bank of Philadelphia
  • First Place Painting
  • GPI/GreenmanPederson
  • Henkels & McCoy, Inc.
  • HMI Technical Solutions
  • International Marine and Industrial Applicators
  • Jacobs Engineering Group
  • Jamestown Painting
  • JDS Painting
  • JMT/Johnson, Mirmiran & Thompson
  • Joel’s Painting
  • John Neill Painting & Decorating
  • JQG’s Platinum Painting Corp.
  • The Judge Group
  • Kapski Painting, Inc.
  • KCI Technologies, Inc.
  • KTA-Tator, Inc.
  • Kyle Painting
  • Kyle Painting
  • Letterkenny Army Depot
  • LF Driscoll Company
  • Maco Painting
  • Michael J. Kelly & Son
  • Miller Flooring
  • Nolan Painting
  • Pennoni
  • PermaFloor
  • Plas-Tech Coatings Inc.
  • Platt & Company, Arborists
  • Quanta Services, Inc.
  • RUST – Cathodic Protection Co.
  • Schnoll Painting
  • Self-Employed Painting Contractor
  • Sherwin-Williams
  • Stenton Corporation
  • Structural Coatings Inc.
  • University City Housing
  • Van Hawk Painting Co.
  • Whiting-Turner Contracting Co.
  • Zebby Sulecki, Inc.

Paint & Coatings Technology Courses

PACT 111 Basic Painting Theory I (3 credits) Acquaints students with safety concerns for general construction and painting. Covers history of the painting trade, identification and use of basic tools, application techniques (including brush, roller, conventional air spray, and airless spray), principles of surface preparation, and efficiency through work sequencing.

PACT 112 Basic Painting Skills I (4.5 credits) Provides a hands-on introduction to the basic techniques of interior and exterior painting, with emphasis on developing skills with brush, roller, airless spray, and on window glazing and painting.

PACT 121 Basic Painting Theory II (3 credits) Examines the basic principles of composition for architectural coatings and proper application methods of coatings, including water borne and oil-based coatings. Students learn to identify and choose proper coatings for substrates and environments, and to identify and understand the causes of and remedies for common coating failures. Also, covers the basic principles of corrosion as applied to structural steel and industrial installations.

PACT 122 Basic Painting Skills II (4.5 credits) Continues skill development from Basic Painting Skills I with deeper involvement in the use of spray equipment.

PACT 124 Paint Industry Safety (.5 credit) Provides awareness training of occupational hazards associated with the application of protective coatings and finishes. Discusses health and safety issues, as well as federal, state, and local rules and regulations.

PACT 131 Wallcovering (2 credits) Familiarizes students with a variety of wallcoverings, adhesives, tools, and with vocabulary used in the trade. Also provides instruction and training in methods of removal, wall preparation, and estimation along with basic installation techniques.

PACT 141 Faux Finishing I (2 credits) Offers a study of faux finishing with an examination of the structure of a tree, the conversion of logs into lumber, and the characteristics and qualities of marble. Covers choosing and mixing of colors and clear finishes, particulars of surface preparation, designing panel systems, and reproduction of basic wood grains and marble formations.

PACT 151 Faux Finishing II (1.5 credits) Offers additional instruction in faux finishing, including various glazing techniques (sponging, ragging, frottage, dragging, and colorwashing). Also develops skills with textures and accents. As time allows, treats subjects such as trompe l’oeil, crackle, brick and stone finishes, and metallics.

PACT 231 Intermediate Painting Theory I (2 credits) Familiarizes students with leadership and communication skills necessary to achieve success in the workplace. Also familiarizes students with project specifications, types of construction estimates, measuring and takeoff, production and material usage rates, job costs, and the preparation of proposals and contracts.

PACT 232 Intermediate Painting Skills I (3.5 credits) Offers practical training in wallcovering installation, along with training in various forms of mechanized surface treatment. Also gives practical instruction in the proper application of protective coatings on steel substrates, as well as iron, aluminum, galvanized metal, and other metal surfaces. In addition, students prepare project specifications, evaluate job costs, write estimates, and manage work sites.

PACT 241 Intermediate Painting Theory II (2 credits) Instructs students in furniture refinishing techniques. Examines problems related to improper selection or usage of coatings. Presents the theory of color, including the technology of color, color spectrum, mixing and matching, color schemes, pigments, dyes, and colorants. Also introduces the use of color in industry: how it defines space and its relation to human emotions, behavior, and to safety engineering.

PACT 242 Intermediate Painting Skills II (3 credits) Provides practical training in decorative trades of furniture refinishing and faux finishing, as well as in the selection of paint systems, choosing colors, applying OSHA color codes, and in the use of various color schemes. Leadership skills are further developed as students continue project and personnel management.

PACT 251 Advanced Painting Theory I (1.5 credits) Provides instruction in running a small painting business, including such topics as business planning, hiring good personnel, and other small business practices. Also surveys some of the latest trends in architectural painting, new products, equipment, and application techniques.

PACT 252 Advanced Painting Skills I (5 credits) Provides practice in estimating costs, purchasing materials, serving as foreman, handling assigned workers, and assuming responsibility for overall supervision of a project.

PACT 261 Advanced Painting Theory II (1.5 credits) Provides students with additional instruction in interpreting written specifications; estimating costs of necessary equipment, surface preparation, special materials, and specialty items; and determining overall project costs.

PACT 262 Advanced Painting Skills II (5 credits) Offers further practical experience in running residential, institutional, or commercial jobs, in using different types of equipment to apply various types of material on different kinds of surfaces, and in supervising underclassmen on a variety of work projects.

STCT 110 Introduction to Structural Coatings Technology I (.5 credit) Introduces the fundamental principles of corrosion theory and how coating systems protect metal surfaces, including the study of different types of corrosion and protection methods. Provides a basic introduction to cathodic protection.

STCT 120 Introduction to Structural Coatings Technology II (.5 credit) Focuses on the coating system, explaining surface preparation in detail. Studies the importance of primers and finish coatings for effective high performance protection against corrosive environments.

STCT 230 Basic Structural Coatings Technology I (2 credits) Introduces students to rust, corrosion, and surface deterioration control technology with an emphasis on chemical, electrolytic, and metallurgical factors. Covers technical terminology, types and forms of deterioration, causes of rust and corrosion, and the importance of controlling surface breakdown related to potential environmental factors, impact on national resources, and costs to society.

STCT 240 Basic Structural Coatings Technology II (2 credits) Develops a basic understanding of surface preparation standards and methods; the forms of surface breakdown; methods of control; characteristics of coating materials; properties of steel, aluminum, alloy, and other metal surfaces; fundamentals of applying rust and corrosion resistant coatings; and job safety.

STCT 250 Advanced Structural Coatings Technology I (2 credits) Emphasizes failure analysis, coating system selection, specification writing, tables of rates and quantities, quality control of paints, safe storage and handling of materials, and inspection requirements and procedures.

STCT 260 Advanced Structural Coatings Technology II (2 credits) Examines the economics of maintenance painting, design of deterioration control systems, coatings for buried and submerged surfaces, project management strategies, painting in fabricating plants, and application of coatings for various industrial structures, such as refineries, tanks, pipelines, bridges, and chemical manufacturing plants.