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Class Code: 619F
Category: Maintenance Trades & Labor


Performs journey-level skilled painting work.

Typical Work

Prepares and cleans surfaces by use of sandpaper, burners, scrapers, sanding machines, dusters, power washers, power sanders and paint removers; 

Preparatory to painting, make minor repairs in plaster, sheetrock, metal, wood and masonry surfaces by filling with putty, caulks, fiberglass, resin, etc.; 

Mixes paints and allied products; matches colors; applies undercoats and finish coat to furnishings, equipment and exterior and interior surfaces of buildings and other structures by means of brush, roller or spray equipment; use tinting machines; erects and removes portable mechanical scaffolding; 

Cleans brushes, containers, spray guns and other equipment; 

Performs glazing, paper hanging, stencil lettering; tape, texture and patch wall coverings using trowels, taping knives, texture machines; repair plaster, sheetrock, cement and marble; 

Lay out and stripe parking lots and crosswalks using striping machine;  

Estimates materials and time needed to complete jobs; May direct and instruct helpers, patients or inmates;  

Tape and flush smooth wall sheetrock joints using trowels, hawks, taping knives and other taping equipment; apply texture material to walls and ceilings using texture machines, pumps and hand tools; install vinyl and paper wall coverings; 

Install, work from and remove scaffolding, stages, planks, ladders, jacks, spider staging and other work platforms; 

Drive service truck as required; load and unload materials and supplies; 

Develop preliminary cost estimates for installations and repairs; 

Provide required assistance using respirators and protective clothing in support of the asbestos abatement program; 

May operate and perform minor maintenance on sandblasters, power washers, striping machines, airless and conventional paint sprayers, and spray booth; operate engraving machine, Leteron machine; 

May operate ladder and boom trucks and forklift; 

May refinish gym floors and other hardwood floors; sealing, stripping, and sanding; 

Performs other work as required.

Knowledge and Abilities

Knowledge of: standard practices, methods, materials, tools and equipment of painting trade; characteristics of paints, varnishes, stains, shellacs, lacquers, enamels and solvents; methods of preparing metal, wood, glass, plaster, cement and other surfaces; safety precautions; possess basic computer skills.


Ability to: blend, harmonize and contrast colors; apply paints and other finishes by brush, roller or spray gun; work on scaffoldings and swing stages.

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

Journey‑level standing as a painter as attested by:

a. Completion of recognized apprenticeship.




b. Full journey‑level status in Painters' Union.




c. Four years of experience in State service as full‑time helper to a journey‑level Painter.


Some positions may require a valid motor vehicle driver’s license.

Class Specification History

New class, consolidates 5410 Painter, 70320 Painter, adopted May 10, 2007, effective July 1, 2007