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State of Washington Classified Job Specification


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Class Code: 629E
Category: Maintenance Trades & Labor


Tune, maintain, repair and rebuild pianos and similar musical instruments.

Typical Work

Tunes pianos and harpsichords by varying changes in pitch of strings utilizing a tuning hammer and other tools;

Rebuilds pianos and harpsichords, including unstringing, removing and replacing string frames, repairing sound board, bridges, etc.; repairs pianos by replacing, adapting, making and adjusting wood, metal, felt, leather, and plastic parts;

Diagnoses quality or condition of pianos and harpsichords by inspection, testing and analyzing opinions of the musician users;

Keeps records and performs related duties as required;

Uses and maintains hand tools and power tools such as drill presses, sanders, grinders, power saws, etc.

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

Completion of a recognized training program as a piano technician;


Full journey status as a piano technician in the Piano Technician Guild;


Three years applicable work experience.

Vocational training may be substituted for work experience on a year-for-year basis.  Possession of a valid motor vehicle operator's license may be required.

Class Specification History

New class adopted January 3, 1973.
Revise class. Revises class code (formerly 5420), typical work, general revision; adopted
May 10, 2007, effective July 1, 2007.