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Classification Specifications


Classification Number: 4209


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Salary Range 18B $3382 $3540 $3710 $3887 $4072 $4265


The PAINTER performs skilled journey-level work in preparing and applying coating materials such as paint and varnish to metal, wood, glass, plaster, and masonry surfaces of buildings and other structures, equipment, furniture and woodwork in order to protect and beautify the surfaces. Employees in this class may apply specialized skills to a particular form or type of painting project. Examples include painting exclusively vehicles and equipment, freehand or silkscreen painting of signs, murals or other graphics, or serving exclusively as a touch-up painter.


This is a single classification and not currently part of a series of classes.


  1. Job Preparation. Typical tasks: inspects work site for proper equipment; moves furniture away from work site; may determine and requisition appropriate coating materials and equipment and compute work time needed to complete the job; may schedule the job; erects and dismantles scaffolding, swing stages, boatswain chairs; masks and covers protected work areas.
  2. Surface Preparation. Typical tasks: scrapes, cleans, patches, tapes and coats dry wall; sands and/or power washes surfaces of interior and exterior walls, floors, ceilings, furniture, cabinets, woodwork, parking lots, vehicles or equipment; fills cracks, plasterboard joints, nail holes, dents and pores; caulks, waterproofs, recoats roofs, repairs leaks, replaces ceiling tile; makes repairs to fiberglass sinks and troughs; makes simple repairs to furniture, woodwork and cabinets prior to starting refinishing work.
  3. Coating Materials Preparation. Typical tasks: selects and mixes coating materials and universal colors, adds thinners and driers in order to produce desired color, quality of coating materials, drying time and optimum reflection of light; matches existing colors to prevent repainting of entire surface.
  4. Application of Coating Materials. Typical tasks: applies coating materials such as oil base and water base paints, varnish, lacquer, expoxy, sealers, undercoatings and primers, by brush, roller, and/or sprayer. May stencil, silkscreen or freehand the painting of signs and graphics.
  5. Clean, Service and Repair Equipment. Typical tasks: cleans and checks paint sprayer valves, adds oil to correct levels in the pumps, repairs packing or needle valve assemblies; washes and cleans brushes and rollers.
  6. Miscellaneous. Typical tasks: orders and stocks supplies; records and submits accurate account of time and materials on work orders and time slips; hangs wallpaper; operates paint mixers, drills, compression generators, band saws, and other hand tools.


Employees in this class are in daily contact with all levels of staff to arrange work to be performed in areasoccupied by staff, to select paint colors, to clarify work orders and to answer questions, and with other trades workers, e.g., plumbers, electricians, carpenters, other maintenance staff and engineers to coordinate work schedules, review prints, and provide technical assistance. Employees in this class are in contact occasionally with private painting companies and contractors to order and pick up supplies, match paint samples and ask technical questions regarding materials.


Employees in this class receive general supervision, usually from an administrative superior. Work is assigned through work order slips and verbal discussion. Review of work varies from daily on-site reviews of progress and quality of work to final inspection of work at the completion of a job.

Established rules, policies and Federal and State laws on safety, storing of paint and combustible materials, use of certain materials, and the control of inmates and patients at State institutions must be followed.


Positions are found in central and remote locations throughout State government (e.g., general government agencies, human or natural resource agencies, correctional, mental health, or higher education institutions, hospitals, etc.). They require the willingness to work within the environment associated with the position's location. They require the willingness to work outdoors in inclement weather. They require the willingness to walk, stand and work while bending and stooping for extended periods. They require the willingness to work from ladders, scaffolds, and other above ground locations such as on roofs. They require the willingness to work in an environment containing dust, odor, and high levels of noise.


  • completed painter apprenticeship training and be a journey worker; OR
  • three years of varied painting experience.