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Position Classification Description

Position Class Code / Title: P4003 / Master Painter
Recruitment Tier: Tier 1
FLSA: Non-Exempt
Grade: 08

This is a description of a Staff Position Classification. It is not an announcement of a position opening. To view descriptions of current openings, please go to UNMJobs and Search Postings to view positions that are currently accepting applications.

The following statements are intended to describe, in broad terms, the general functions and responsibility levels characteristic of positions assigned to this classification. They should not be viewed as an exhaustive list of the specific duties and prerequisites applicable to individual positions that have been so classified.


Leads planning efforts for waterproofing and painting projects. Inspects buildings; documents interior and exterior finish coating repair requirements.

Duties and Responsibilities

  1. Leads and/or guides the work of lower level painters; provides training and monitors performance.
  2. Plans work; estimates job costs and selects materials.
  3. Surveys buildings to determine repairs needed and develops schedules for completion.
  4. Applies paints, sealers, and solvents to exterior and interior building surfaces such as plaster, sheetrock, concrete, and wood.
  5. Operates equipment such as airless spray equipment, scaffolding, and motorized lifts.
  6. Performs building exterior and interior caulking, finish repair, mud and tape, and texturing tasks.
  7. Uses mechanized high-reach equipment to renew caulking on exterior building panel seams, windows, and doors.
  8. Performs flat glass repairs.
  9. Performs special refinishing tasks including wood surface preparation, staining, and sealing.
  10. Ensures proper care in the use and maintenance of equipment and supplies; promotes continuous improvement of workplace safety and environmental practices.
  11. Performs miscellaneous job-related duties as assigned.

Minimum Job Requirements

  • High school diploma or GED; at least 3 years of experience directly related to the duties and responsibilities specified.
  • Completed degree(s) from an accredited institution that are above the minimum education requirement may be substituted for experience on a year for year basis.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities Required

  • Ability to prepare engineering documents, specifications and cost estimates for projects.
  • Ability to plan work schedules and assign duties; ability to provide or arrange for training.
  • Ability to use hand and power tools applicable to trade.
  • Ability to lead and train staff and/or students.
  • Skill in selecting and applying paint and associated products.
  • Ability to read, understand, follow, and enforce safety procedures.
  • Skill in applying coatings and/or caulking and completing repairs to exterior and interior surfaces.
  • Knowledge of glass repair techniques, tools and materials.
  • Skill in wood surface preparation, staining, and/or sealing techniques.
  • Ability to perform facilities audits.

Distinguishing Characteristics

    Position requires: a) Leading/guiding the work of lower level painters including training and monitoring of performance; b) planning work, estimating job costs and selecting materials; and c) Technical Certificate in a field or discipline as specified by the department.

Conditions of Employment

  • Possession of a valid New Mexico driver's license is a requirement for this job.
  • Must pass a pre-employment criminal background check.
  • This position is represented by a labor union and is subject to the terms and conditions of the CWA Collective Bargaining Agreement.
  • Successful candidate must submit to post-offer, pre-employment physical examination and medical history check.

Working Conditions and Physical Effort

  • Work involves considerable exposure to unusual elements, such as extreme temperatures, dirt, dust, fumes, smoke, unpleasant odors, and/or loud noises.
  • Work environment involves some exposure to hazards or physical risks, which require following basic safety precautions.
  • Considerable physical activity. Requires heavy lifting, pushing, or pulling required of objects up to 50 pounds. Must be capable of climbing and working from ladders up to 36 feet.

The University of New Mexico provides all training required by OSHA to ensure employee safety.

Revised Date: 03/20/2017