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State of Washington Classified Job Specification


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Class Code: 619I
Category: Maintenance Trades & Labor


Leads sign painters and others. Performs skilled sign painting work. Responsible for the coordination of requirements, design, and development of signs, posters, show cards, and graphic visual aids.

Typical Work

Regularly assign, instruct and check the work of others;

Coordinate with college staff and physical plant on proper design, placement, and use of signs on or near campus buildings and facilities;

Prepare preliminary cost estimates, plan, and design signs and sign systems;

Plan and coordinate work of a sign shop;

Perform duties of Sign Painter;

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

Four 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 5461), general revision, changes basic function to definition, deletes distinguishing characteristics; adopted May 10, 2007, effective July 1, 2007