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State of Washington Classified Job Specification


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Class Code: 619G
Category: Maintenance Trades & Labor


Perform journey-level work in the layout, fabrication, and painting of signs for exterior or interior use.

Typical Work

Perform hand lettering on signs, posters, show cards, doors, and glass;

Layout and cut stencils for lettering and numbering;

Prepare and use pounce paper patterns;

Apply gold, silver, or bronze leaf to surfaces;

Paint and letter numerals and symbols and background pictures for lettering;

Construct signs using materials such as "Scotch lite", "Scotch cal", and other adhesives; utilize silk screen process to prepare signs;

Mix paints as required and care for tools and equipment;

May operate motor vehicle and transport materials;

Perform related duties as required.

Knowledge and Abilities

Knowledge of: techniques of fine lettering and painting; paints, varnishes, fillers, dryers and equipment used in sign painting; silk screen process; preparation of various types of surfaces for painting; computerized vinyl techniques on layout plotting, cutting, and application methods; computerized digitizing and scanning methods and principles; various substrates and compatibility to vinyls, paints, and finishes; basic carpentry, mechanical, masonry, and painting methods and materials; mathematical, grammar, and spelling principles; sign and sign frame construction and installation methods.

Ability to: do skillful freehand lettering; lay out and letter a large variety of signs on various types of surfaces in an artistic and well-balanced manner; make and use silk screen stencils; mix, match, and harmonize colors; understand and follow written and oral instructions; construct and install custom interior and exterior signage, or related projects, using computerized sign making equipment or manufactured materials.

Legal Requirement(s)

There may be instances where individual positions must have additional licenses or certification. It is the employer’s responsibility to ensure the appropriate licenses/certifications are obtained for each position.

Desirable Qualifications

Three years of experience/training in the sign painting trade. May require a valid motor vehicle driver's license.

Class Specification History

New class adopted January 3, 1973.
Revised class; adopted June 22, 1987.
Revise class. Revises class code (formerly 5460), general revision, deletes distinguishing characteristics; adopted May 10, 2007, effective July 1, 2007