Occ. Code 7020000



New York State Department of Civil Service


Classification Standard




A Painter performs journey level painting work and frequently supervises others in preparing surfaces and applying coats of paint, varnish and other finishes and stains to decorate and protect interior or exterior surfaces and fixtures of buildings, structures, furniture, equipment and materials.


            Painters are employed by many agencies with the greater number of positions in the Offices of Mental Health and Mental Retardation and Developmental Disabilities and in the State University.




Characteristically, a Painter supervises on a project basis, a crew normally consisting of less than 10 maintenance assistants, helpers and laborers and occasionally other Painters doing interior and exterior painting in a State facility. Such a work crew generally contains two to three semiskilled or elementary skilled positions for each journey level painter. In an agency such as the Department of Correctional Services where inmates or residents perform painting tasks, a Painter may work with, lead, and provide practical instruction to a small group of such individuals.


Painters may on occasion work independently on painting projects requiring special surface preparation, remixing of paints to match specified colors, and painting calling for fine finish and decorative treatment.


The class of Sign Painter is distinguished from Painter by the performance of skilled sign painting work including the design of specialized signs requiring artistic creation usually involving hand lettering, and the use of a variety of processes, equipment, and materials.


Maintenance Assistant (Painter) as a semiskilled employee does interior and exterior painting not requiring fine finish or decorative treatment, assisting journey level painters in a variety of painting projects including those requiring high quality work.


Maintenance Helpers assigned to a painting crew assist maintenance assistants and painters in such activities as erecting scaffolds and ladders, preparing and cleaning surfaces prior to painting, applying paint while learning the trade, cleaning painting tools and equipment, unloading paint supplies, and cleaning the work area.


General Mechanics may perform journey level painting activities. However, such positions are classified only where the incumbents perform skilled and semiskilled level work in a combination of trades.


A Supervising Painter supervises a large scale painting operation involving ten or more skilled, semiskilled or relatively unskilled maintenance personnel. Such personnel may include those engaged in trades other than painting.


Employees engaged in other building and maintenance trades are classified under a variety of other commonly used titles descriptive of their work such as Carpenter or Electrician.




Supervises and instructs others in the preparation and painting of interior and exterior surfaces.








Applies paint, varnish, stains, enamel or lacquer to interior and exterior surfaces, trimming and fixtures of buildings, to furniture, a variety of equipment, signs and like surfaces requiring protective or decorative treatment







May cover interior walls with wall coverings.








The nature of a Painter's activities generally restricts relationships to employees working within the same organizational unit including artisans in other trades.  On occasion, however, incumbents may be required to verbally communicate with administrators and others in a State agency or facility on the reasons why work is being accomplished in the manner selected.


Typically, Painters supervise a painting crew which may include supervising persons for whom the State has custody or responsibility. Such relationships are characterized by frequent verbal communications in assigning work and providing instructions.  Written and verbal communications with the general public are not typical of this class. The tasks of this class are predominantly thing-oriented and the involvement with others is not a factor in determining the classification of individual positions.




Painters are usually supervised by higher level trades positions such as Supervising Painter or Maintenance Supervisor. Generally, work priorities and the nature and extent of the work to be performed are prescribed and materials are furnished. However, in the absence of such direction a Painter may set priorities, requisition materials and determine the work that has to be done.


Although the work of the Painter is inspected periodically by the supervisor, incumbents are expected to work with considerable independence as is typical of a skilled worker.


As assigned a Painter will supervise other craft positions including Painters and subordinate employees and/or supervising persons for whom the State has custody or responsibility in making assignments, giving instructions and observing and inspecting work performed to insure that instructions have been followed and that the quality of the work is satisfactory.




Painters use the tools of the painting trade including rollers, spray guns including airless and electrostatic, paint brushes, paint mitts, as well as a variety of smaller hand tools such as scrapers, wire brushes, and putty knives.












As assigned:







Four years of full time experience under a journey level painter which provided training equivalent to that given in an apprenticeship program. Apprenticeship training in painting or training gained by the completion of technical courses in painting at a school, institute or a branch of the Armed Services may be substituted for the above training and experience on a year-for-year basis.




Reviewed:  11/04




NOTE:  Classification Standards illustrate the nature, extent and scope of duties and responsibilities of the classes they describe.  Standards cannot and do not include all of the work that might be appropriately performed by a class.  The minimum qualifications above are those which were required for appointment at the time the Classification Standard was written.  Please contact the Division of Staffing Services for current information on minimum qualification requirements for appointment or examination.