Occ. Code 7202150





New York State Department of Civil Service


Classification Standard




Maintenance Assistant (Painter) performs semiskilled activities 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 and equipment.


Maintenance Assistant (Painter) is located in many agencies with the greatest number of positions in the Offices of Mental Health and Mental Retardation and Developmental Disabilities, and in the State University.




Maintenance Assistant (Painter), as a semiskilled employee, performs interior and exterior painting, generally not requiring fine finish or the mixing of paints and matching of colors to decorate interiors of structures. Incumbents, in learning and perfecting their skills, may perform journey level activities under supervision or after receiving detailed instructions. Maintenance Assistant (Painter) may supervise maintenance helpers, laborers, institutional workers and other relatively unskilled workers in performing painting tasks involving elementary skills.


There are a number of other specialized maintenance assistant classes having parenthetic designations describing the predominant trade area in which the incumbent is assigned; i.e., carpenter, plumber and steamfitter, electrician, and mason and plasterer. Although incumbents of such classes may perform tasks normally associated with more than one trade, most of their time is spent performing tasks typical of the trade indicated by the special title.


Incumbents of Maintenance Assistant positions without a parenthetic designating a trade specialty are usually found in relatively small maintenance staffs where such specialization is not desirable, or in maintenance pools where specialization is not efficient. However, incumbents may be assigned to tasks such as those described for any of the specialized positions of Maintenance Assistant.


Maintenance Assistant is distinguished from Maintenance Helper by the latter's performance of relatively unskilled tasks in direct support of semiskilled or skilled trades positions. Such tasks involve a limited use of the tools and equipment of the trade under very specific instructions and supervision of either a Maintenance Assistant or a journey level tradesperson.


The position of Painter is distinguished from Maintenance Assistant (Painter) by the responsibility for supervising a crew of Maintenance Helpers, Laborers, and occasionally other Painters on a project basis performing interior and exterior painting at a State facility, and for estimating the quantity and quality of paint and other materials required to complete a job. Positions of Painter may work independently on painting projects requiring special surface preparation, remixing of paints to match specified colors, and painting requiring fine finish and decorative treatment.




As directed, prepares and applies protective and decorative coats of paint to interior and exterior surfaces of buildings, furniture, equipment, guiderails, fences and like surfaces.


·        Arranges, assembles and erects scaffolds and ladders at work site.


·        Places drop cloths over shrubbery, furniture or floors to avoid paint splattering.


·        Moves furniture and moveable equipment from area to be painted.


·        Prepares surfaces for painting by such methods as washing surfaces with soap and water, the use of paint remover, blowtorch, wire brush, or chipping hammer to remove all paint, and by sanding surfaces to smooth them.


·        Removes electrical wall plates prior to painting and replaces when job completed.


·        Fills cracks, crevices and holes with putty, plaster or other materials.


·        Mixes paints following standard proportions to achieve desired color.


·        Paints surfaces usually not requiring fine finish, using brush, spray gun, paint roller or mittens following oral or written instructions.


·        May install or replace window glass.


·        Cleans brushes and equipment with soap and water, turpentine or other solvents.


·        Cleans work area of spotted paint and dirt.


May assist in covering interior walls with wall coverings.


·        Erects scaffolds as required.


·        Prepares and cleans surfaces to be covered.


·        Cuts wall covering to proper lengths.


·        Mixes paste, brushes on back of wall covering, and places and smooths strips on wall.


As assigned, a Maintenance Assistant (Painter) functions as a lead worker over a small maintenance crew, usually consisting of Maintenance Helpers, institution workers and Laborers.


Under direction, incumbents may participate in work in other maintenance specialties.




The nature of Maintenance Assistant (Painter) activities generally restricts relationships to employees working within the same organizational unit. As assigned, incumbents supervise a small maintenance crew characterized by frequent oral communications in assigning work and providing instructions. Written and oral communications with the general public are not typical of this class.




Maintenance Assistants (Painter) are supervised by skilled craft positions, usually a Painter or a General Mechanic. Work priorities and the nature and extent of work to be performed are laid out by the supervisor who gives specific instructions, assists in the more difficult tasks, and inspects the job while in progress and when completed to insure that instructions have been followed and that the quality of the work is satisfactory. However, a Maintenance Assistant may perform the activities of the class with considerable independence when supervision is not immediately available due to such factors as the geographic location of the assignment. In addition, incumbents are expected to perform the more routine and repetitive tasks with considerable independence.


As assigned, a Maintenance Assistant (Painter) supervises a maintenance crew consisting of Maintenance Helpers, Laborers and other relatively unskilled workers by making assignments, giving instructions and providing assistance in performing the work.




Maintenance Assistants (Painter) use the tools of the painting trade including rollers, airless and electrostatic spray guns, paint brushes, paint mitts as well as a variety of smaller hand tools such as scrapers, wire brushes, chipping hammers, and putty knives.




·      Working knowledge of painting techniques and practices.


·      Working knowledge of the characteristics of common types of paints and finishes from the standpoint of their durability, suitability for different purposes, and ease of handling and application.


·      Ability to erect and work from scaffolds, swing stages and ladders.


·      Ability to use the tools, equipment and materials of the painting trade.


·      Ability to stand for long periods of time, to climb, and to bend.


·      Ability to understand and carry out written and oral instructions.


·      As assigned:


·      Ability to lead the activities of a subordinate staff.


·      Ability to apply wall coverings.




Two years of experience in performing painting work under the supervision of a journey level painter, or completion of an appropriate two-year technical school course.



Reviewed:  4/04




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.