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Painter Duties and Responsibilities

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Purpose of Classification:

Applies preparatory materials, paints, and stains to surfaces of walls, ceilings, equipment, and furniture. Prepares and applies appropriate materials to signage and irregular surfaces such as parking lots, streets, and athletic play areas. Working conditions include restricted movement; air contamination, dirty environment, hazardous materials, lifting or carrying heavy objects.

Distinguishing Characteristics:

This is first in a series of four classifications and is a journey level painter. This classification typically reports to the Painter Lead.

Examples of Duties:

  • Applies protective and decorative coats of paint, varnish, lacquer, and/or other related materials to interior and exterior surfaces of buildings, furniture, equipment, and other structures.
  • Washes, scrapes, sands, torches, and/or smoothes interior and exterior surfaces prior to painting, varnishing, lacquering or applying other related materials.
  • Cleans equipment, paint mixing area, and work area.
  • Operates compressors, striping machines, sandblasters, spray equipment, and other small power equipment.
  • Installs, repairs, and maintains drywall, wall texturing, and ceiling acoustic texturing.
  • Operates heavy lift equipment including scissors, and boom swing stage to heights of 80 feet.
  • Erects various types of scaffolding, staging, ladders, and planks to reach surfaces of work area for Painters and others.
  • Applies paints, stains, surface preparatory materials, and undercoating materials to a variety of surfaces, as appropriate, and according to Materials Safety Data Sheets ensuring compliance with hazardous materials guidelines.
  • Determines appropriate color for new or replacement applications through consultation with customer.
  • Maintains existing paint surfaces through matching and tinting of appropriate paint products.
  • Prepares and implements line striping layouts for streets, parking lots, and athletic fields according to Arizona Department of Transportation (ADOT), and various athletics requirements.
  • Identification, safe handling, and appropriate disposal of paints, stains, preparatory and undercoating materials, and other hazardous materials.
  • Creation and application of graphics and signage layouts according to ADOT, Safety, and Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) requirements to meet state and federal regulations.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:

  • Knowledge of the tools, equipment, materials, and application techniques common to the painting trade.
  • Knowledge and skill in hazardous materials handling, application, and disposal.
  • Knowledge of text and display requirements for signage applications.
  • Skill in the preparation and application of paints, stains, and surface preparation materials to a wide variety of surfaces.

Minimum Qualifications:

Completion of a three year federally approved technical training program in painting and three years of painting experience; OR, Six years of painting experience; OR, Any equivalent combination of experience and/or education from which comparable knowledge, skills and abilities have been achieved.


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