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This is supervisory and skilled work in supervising and participating in painting activities on campus including buildings, equipment, and other property in accordance with blueprints, sketches and verbal instructions.

This individual will plan and schedule work for the group, ensuring proper distribution of assignments and adequate manning, space and facilities for subsequent performance of duties. This individual will also estimate time, cost and materials for painting projects; determine sequences of painting operations and methods to be used to include scaffolding and rigging, color blending and matching; inspect completed work for compliance with blueprints, specifications and instructions; direct any rework or modification; conduct periodic inspections of University buildings and facilities to determine painting needs; recommend various personnel actions including, but not limited to, hiring, performance appraisals, promotions and vacation schedules. Assignments are received in the form of brief written work orders and must frequently be supplemented by consultation with departmental personnel regarding color schemes desired. Work is performed under general direction of an administrative superior.


Supervises skilled painters in shop and outside work; assigns subordinate painters to work details, and inspects work in progress and upon completion to ensure that it meets required standards.

Supervises and participates in mixing paints and matching colors; inspects surfaces for cleanliness and readiness for painting; inspects equipment; buildings, or other structures reported to be in need of painting.

Discusses painting needs and color matching problems with departmental personnel; supervises the painting and redecorating of building interiors and exteriors, furniture, equipment, and fixtures; supervises skilled glazing, paper hanging, and truck and parking lot painting.

Maintains records and reports of material, labor, and time costs. Requisitions supplies and equipment; maintains check on material requirements; estimates costs of jobs and amounts of material necessary; maintains records and submits reports.

Performs related work as required.


Graduation from a standard high school or vocational school with 5 years of related experience and considerable experience as a journeyman painter, and some experience in supervisory and cost estimating work; or any equivalent combination of training and experience.


Considerable knowledge of the standard practices, materials, methods, and equipment of the painting trade necessary to execute a top-level painting project.

Considerable knowledge of the qualities and adaptabilities of various surfacing materials, of the methods or preparing surfaces for finishing, of the proper methods of mixing paints to obtain desired colors and qualities, and of the weather and wear resistance qualities of paints and other finishing materials.

Considerable knowledge of the hazards and safety precautions of the work.

Knowledge of glazing and paper hanging trades.

Ability to successfully manage hazardous waste satellite facility. Considerable knowledge of the hazards and safety precautions of the work.

Ability to successfully administer various large and small contacts.

Ability to plan, lay out, assign, and supervise the work of journeymen painters and helpers.

Ability to make estimates for materials and time requirements and to prepare reports.

Ability to maintain good working relationships with other campus employees.

Skill in applying paints and other finishes by brush and spray equipment, in mixing paints, and in matching and blending colors.



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