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State of Washington Classified Job Specification


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Class Code: 612E
Category: Maintenance Trades & Labor


Functions as a fully qualified journey-level upholsterer. Performs skilled work in the fitting, cutting, sewing, and preparation of cloth, plastics, and hardware and installing those components on furniture, walls, windows, and automotive and truck seats.  Repair furniture and Venetian blinds.

Typical Work

Repairs and reupholsters furniture by removing old covering, repairing and making new parts as required, retying springs, repadding, filling, cutting, and tailoring new covers, hand sewing where required, and installing the covers by means of tacking, stapling, nailing, gluing, sewing, etc.; 

Estimates materials and time needed to complete jobs; 

Keeps labor, time, and material costs records and create reports; 

Makes and repairs window shades by installing rollers, shade cloth, and replacing hardware; make and repair movie screens; 

Renovates mattresses by removing ticking, fluffing, old filler or replacing with new materials, resewing, and tufting; 

Disassembles damaged or worn furniture; replace broken parts and missing hardware; reassemble furniture; fasten and glue wooden parts; 

Removes old finishes by sanding or chemical action; fill cracks and holes and apply new finish; 

Repairs and replaces Venetian blinds, shades, awnings, and drapes; 

May operate motor vehicle; transport equipment between campus locations as required;

Operates woodworking machines, hand tools, and equipment;

Maintains upholstery tools and equipment; keep shop area in a clean orderly manner;

May supervise lower level staff, students or patients.

Knowledge and Abilities

Knowledge of:  practices, methods, materials, tools, and equipment used in upholstery work and furniture repair. 

Ability to:  estimate materials and time needed to complete jobs; follow written and oral instructions; keep labor, time, and material cost records; supervise and instruct unskilled help; establish and maintain effective working relationships with others.

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

Positions typically require journey status as an upholsterer or, three to four years experience in upholstery work or, two years experience in upholstery work plus completion of a vocational training course in upholstering.

Class Specification History

New class, consolidates 5348 Furniture Repair Worker, 76700 Upholsterer; adopted May 10, 2007, effective July 1, 2007.