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State of Washington Classified Job Specification


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Class Code: 595K
Category: Maintenance Trades & Labor

Class Series Concept

Positions in this series perform unskilled or semi-skilled maintenance, repair, remodeling, and construction duties as part of a work crew or assisting journey level workers in a specific trade. 


Under close supervision, performs various unskilled manual work in the maintenance, repair, remodeling, and construction of buildings, facilities, utility and sewer systems, equipment, and grounds.

Typical Work

Loads and unloads materials, supplies, and equipment used in construction and maintenance work;

Digs ditches; cuts and burns brush and weeds; cleans gutters, culverts, and other drainage structures; mows grass and trims lawns; rakes and burns leaves;

Makes rough or minor repairs to building fixtures, equipment, and furniture;

Assists skilled craftsman in construction, maintenance, and repair of buildings, structures, and equipment;

Assists with interior and exterior painting using spray gun, brush, or roller;

Drives light equipment occasionally in transporting supplies, equipment, and rubbish; may drive passenger cars and buses;

Shovels coal or other types of fuel from truck or boxcar; may tend fuel loading or elevating equipment;

Removes ashes and clinkers; cleans stacks and sumps; cleans boiler room equipment and area;

Works with hand tools to dig ditches, trenches, and other excavations and remove debris;

Assists in building and repairing walkways, streets, parking areas, and other paved surfaces;

Assists in preparation for new construction, facilities alterations, and maintenance projects; clean up when project is completed;

Paints guardrails and signposts; dig and backfill ditches; assists in the installation, cleaning, and repairs of sewer mains, catch basins, and storm sewers;

Cleans tunnel passages, sumps and utility access holes;

Installs and repairs fences, signs, and rockeries;

Operates power tools and equipment, such as pneumatic tamper, jackhammer, portable pumps, lawn mowers, and paint spraying equipment;

Operates motorized equipment, such as trucks, tractors, forklifts, street cleaning equipment and turf renovation equipment;

Loads and unloads trucks and moves furniture, equipment, supplies and materials; assemble new furniture;

May assist heavy equipment operators in activities such as removing material from job site or digging ditches to place pipe;

May perform routine equipment maintenance; may clean and service air filtration systems.

Performs other work as required.

Knowledge and Abilities

Ability to: read and write; understand and carry out simple instructions; perform heavy manual labor and work outside in all types of weather.

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

Six months of manual labor experience. Some positions require a valid Washington State vehicle operator’s license.

Class Specification History

New class, consolidates 5264 Utility Worker I, 70050 Laborer, adopted; May 10, 2007, effective
July 1, 2007.
Revise definition and typical work, adopted May 12, 2011, effective May 13, 2011.