Painter II

Jun 12, 2017
Institution Type
Community College

Company Description:

Since 1963, Mount Wachusett Community College has built a tradition of providing innovative undergraduate education, workforce development, personal enrichment, and community service to North Central Massachusetts and beyond. Located in Gardner, MA, with satellite campuses in Fitchburg, Leominster and Devens, MWCC now serves approximately 12,000 credit and noncredit students each year and offers over 70 associate degree and credit certificate options. An award-winning, national leader in the area of renewable energy, MWCC is also nationally recognized for its veterans' services, civic engagement and K-12 partnerships.

We hope you will consider applying for one of our open positions, and discover all that Mount Wachusett Community College and the North Central Massachusetts region have to offer.

Job Description:

General Statement of Duties

Incumbents of positions in this series apply paint, varnish and/or stain to all types of surfaces; prepare surfaces for painting; select types and colors of paint, varnish or stain; mix, blend and prepare paints for proper color match; erect stagings and scaffolding; and perform related work as required.

The basic purpose of this work is to maintain, decorate and protect wood, metal, plaster and other surfaces by applying paints, varnish and/or stains.


  1. Applies paints, varnish, and/or stains to all types of surfaces (e.g. wood, metal, plaster, etc.) in order to protect and beautify such surfaces using appropriate utensils and equipment such as paint spraying machines.
  2. Prepares surfaces for painting using appropriate tools, equipment and techniques.
  3. Selects the types and color of paints, varnish or stain and mixes, blends and prepares the same for proper color match.
  4. Erects, repairs, maintains and operates staging, rigging and scaffolding following accepted safety practices in order to gain access to areas needing painting.
  5. Estimates length of time, cost and quantities of materials and manpower needed to complete a job.
  6. Operates, cleans and maintains hand and power tools, air compressors and painting equipment as required.
  7. Confers with supervisors and department heads regarding the scheduling of work, the handling of emergencies and the feasibility of installing painting equipment and materials in the area in order to ensure that needs of the agency are met expeditiously and at a convenient time.
  8. Prepares surfaces for plaster or cement work by taping joints on sheetrock, caulking and waterproofing walls and cracks in floor, etc. by using appropriate tools and equipment.
  9. Performs related duties such as preparing various reports; maintaining records and files; setting up sign and barricades; reading instructions on lay-outs; removing and placing glass; drilling holes in signs; printing letters and signs; laying out drop cloths; and moving office furniture.
  10. Based on assignment, may operate road-line painting machines and sand blasting equipment; plaster ceilings and walls; clean gutters; and/or load and unload furniture and supplies.
  11. Select and purchase appropriate materials by conferring with central stores.
  12. Provide on-the-job training to new employees.
  13. Read and/or interpret blueprints, sketches, instructions or layouts to understand work to be done.
  14. Perform related duties such as arranging transportation for employees to job sites.

For complete Job Specifications please click here: Painter II Specifications


Applicants must have at least (A) two years of full-time, or equivalent part-time, experience in painting work, or (B) any equivalent combination of the required experience and the substitutions below.


I.  A diploma or certificate from a recognized trade, technical or vocational school at the high school level with a major in painting may be substituted for a maximum of one year of the required experience.

  1. Knowledge of the practices and techniques of painting.
  2. Knowledge of the types and uses of painting material such as paints, varnishes, stains, etc.
  3. Knowledge of the types and uses of painting tools such as brushes, rollers, spray machine guns, etc.
  4. Knowledge of the types and uses of small hand tools such as hammers, saws, screwdrivers, chisels, drills, etc.
  5. Knowledge of the types and uses of hand held power tools such as power saws, power drills, power hammers, etc.
  6. Knowledge of the properties and characteristics of wood.
  7. Knowledge of the methods of preparation of wood, metal, glass, plaster, cement and other materials and surfaces for painting.
  8. Knowledge of the practices and techniques of mixing and matching paints.
  9. Knowledge of the types and uses of safety or climbing equipment used in painting such as scaffolds, ladders and rigging.
  10. Knowledge of the safety practices and procedures followed in painting.
  11. Knowledge of chemical solvents used to prepare surfaces for painting and cleanup.
  12. Knowledge of the types of finishes used in painting.
  13. Skill in using small hand tools such as hammers, saws, screwdrivers, chisels, drills, etc.
  14. Skill in using hand held power tools such as power saws, power drills, power hammers, etc.
  15. Skill in the use of painting tools such as rollers, sprayers, etc.
  16. Skill in applying paints and other finishes by brush, cloth, air gun, etc.
  17. Skill in using painting equipment such as hand and power-operated paint chippers, sand blasting equipment, etc.
  18. Ability to follow oral and written instructions.
  19. Ability to give oral instructions in a precise, understandable manner.
  20. Ability to establish and maintain harmonious working relationships with others.
  21. Ability to climb and work from ladders and scaffolds.
  22. Ability to stand for prolonged periods of time.
  23. Ability to lift and carry objects.
  24. Physical stamina and endurance.
  25. Ability to supervise, including planning and assigning work according to the nature of the job to be accomplished, the capabilities of subordinates and available resources; controlling work through periodic reviews and/or evaluations; determining subordinates' training needs and providing or arranging for such training; motivating subordinates to work effectively; determining the need for disciplinary action and either recommending or initiating disciplinary action.
  26. Ability to read and interpret documents such as plans, blueprints, drawings, etc.                                                                                                                        
  27. Knowledge of the policies, procedures, specifications, standards and guidelines governing assigned unit activities in connection with painting work.
  28. Knowledge of the types and uses of agency forms.
  29. Knowledge of the principles, practices and techniques of supervision.


Based on assignment, possession of a current and valid Massachusetts Rigger's License issued by the Department of Labor and Industries (Division of Industrial Safety) may be required.


Commercial painting experience preferred. 

General commercial carpentry experience preferred.

Additional Information:

In-house Title:  Painter II

An appointment made from outside the bargaining unit must be made at step one of the salary range.

Salary:  $44,092.36 - $62,508.16  
Grade:  16
Employee Status:  Full Time
Benefits:  Yes
Hours per Week:  40  6:00AM-2:00 PM M-F  
Number of Weeks:  52

Mount Wachusett Community College is an affirmative action/equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, ethnicity, gender, disability, religion, age, veteran status, genetic information, gender identity or sexual orientation in its programs and activities as required by Title IX of the Educational Amendments of 1972, the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990, Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, and other applicable statutes and college policies. The College prohibits sexual harassment, including sexual violence. Inquiries or complaints concerning discrimination, harassment, retaliation or sexual violence shall be referred to the College's Affirmative Action and/or Title IX Coordinator, the Massachusetts Commission against Discrimination, the Equal Employment Opportunities Commission or the United States Department of Education's Office for Civil Rights.

Application Instructions:

The following documents are required:
1. Resume
2. Cover Letter

Deadline Date: June 23, 2017

Candidates may be subject to employment screening to include both a Criminal Offender Record Information (CORI) request and a Sexual Offender Registry Information (SORI).


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