McElwain Industries

McElwain Industries
17941 Road L
Ottawa, OH 45875

Powder Coat Specialist


Job Summary:

A Powder Coat Specialist is a skilled professional who specializes in applying powder coatings to various surfaces, typically metal, to provide a durable and aesthetically pleasing finish. Powder coating is a finishing process that involves applying dry powder to a substrate and then curing it through a heat process, resulting in a durable and attractive finish.

Key Responsibilities:

Surface Preparation:

Thoroughly clean and prepare the surfaces to be coated by removing dirt, grease, and other contaminants. This may involve sandblasting, chemical cleaning, or other methods.

Coating Application:

Apply powder coatings using specialized equipment such as spray guns or electrostatic applicators. Ensure even coverage and proper thickness to achieve the desired finish.

Color Matching:

Work with color samples and specifications to accurately match the desired color and texture for the finished product.

Quality Control:

Inspect coated surfaces for defects, imperfections, and irregularities. Make adjustments as needed to ensure a high-quality finish.

Equipment Maintenance:

 Maintain and clean powder coating equipment, ensuring proper functioning and preventing downtime.


Place coated items in curing ovens or other heat sources to melt and fuse the powder into a smooth, durable finish.


Qualifications and Skills:

Knowledge of different types of powder coatings, their properties, and applications.

Familiarity with coating equipment, such as spray guns, electrostatic applicators, and curing ovens.

Attention to detail and an eye for color matching and aesthetics.

Strong problem-solving skills to address issues that arise during the coating process.

Knowledge of safety protocols and regulations related to powder coating.

Physical stamina to work in a potentially demanding environment and handle heavy objects.

Good communication skills to interact with team members, clients, and supervisors.

Training or certification in powder coating processes is often preferred.

Career LevelEntry to Mid

As an employee at MEI, our goal is to make sure you have the opportunity for personal growth and contribute to our success story.  We offer competitive compensation, comprehensive benefits, and a supportive culture that encourages a good work life balance.  Here are some of the benefits and opportunities we offer as an employer to our employees:

Full Health, Dental, and Vision Coverage after 1 full calendar month of employment
Retirement Account with a 3% employer match
Year end bonuses based on work performance
Pay between $18-$23 per hour depending on experience
Ability to earn an additional 10 hours vacation time every quarter for no unexcused absences (Extra 40 hours per year).  This would be on top of any vacation time you are entitled to upon hire.

McElwain Industries