Metropolitan Water Reclamation District of Greater Chicago

Painter Leadman (#20005555)

General Statement

Under supervision, performs skilled manual work in the application of surface finishes and protective coatings to building interiors and exteriors, bridges and other structures, furniture, machinery and equipment, and directs the work of assigned Painters.

Essential Job Functions

Essential job functions are fundamental, core functions common to positions in a classification.  They are not intended to be an exhaustive list of all job duties for any one position in the class.  Since class specifications are designed to be descriptive and not restrictive, incumbents may complete one or all of the job duties listed or tasks of similar kind not specifically listed here. 

  • Performs first-line supervision of assigned Painters performing skilled manual work in the application of surface finishes or protective coatings to building interiors and exteriors, other structures, furniture, machinery and equipment.
  • Participates in planning the work of assigned Painters.  
  • Checks work progress and gives instructions and training in job duties and safety practices.  
  • Cleans and prepares surfaces for the application of paint, stain, varnish or other finish.
  • Removes old paint or varnish from surfaces. 
  • Mixes and properly matches colors of paint or other coatings, and applies surface finishes with hand brush, spray machine, air gun or other means.
  • Conducts work in a safe manner and in accordance with established safety rules and practices.
  • Requisitions tools, equipment, supplies, and/or materials from the storeroom.

Other Job Functions

  • Is responsible for the custody and care of all tools and equipment of the trade in performing painting work.
  • Does lettering and stenciling; stripes pavements; refinishes furniture and does glazing work.  
  • Erects or dismantles ladders and scaffolding, as required. 
  • Reviews and codes timesheets, electronic time off requests and maintains vacation schedules online.
  • Performs other duties as assigned.

Environmental Conditions

May involve exposure to a variety of operating mechanical equipment and loud noise and/or noxious odors.  May include working in all types of weather conditions throughout the plant facility and collection system.

Desirable Knowledge, Skills and Abilities

  • Thorough knowledge of the painting and glazing trades.
  • Thorough knowledge of the characteristics, uses, limitations and adaptability of a wide variety of paints, stains, varnishes and similar interior and exterior finishes.
  • Thorough knowledge of the occupational hazards and safety precautions of the trade.
  •  Skill in the use and care of the tools and equipment of the trade.
  •  Basic computer skills.
  •  Ability to plan and supervise the work of others in a manner conducive to full performance and high morale.
  • Ability to mix paints and match colors.
  • Ability to use hand brush, spray machine and air gun.

Minimum Qualification Requirements

Graduation from a standard senior high school or the equivalent and one year experience as journeyman painter.



Promotional Requirement

  • One year of service with the District as a Painter. 
  • Civil service status as a Painter.

CLASS: 20005555; EST: 1/1/1900;