University of Waterloo


Requisition ID 2023-10772
Plant Operations
Employment Type
Time Type
Hiring Range
Job Category
Trades (CUPE)
Job Location : Location


The Building Serviceperson I Painter is assigned to participate in all facets of building maintenance including corrective, demand, preventive maintenance, reconstruction and restoration work primarily related to building and equipment finishes, coatings and coverings.
Will perform other duties as assigned to the limits of skills and code requirements.


This position brings general trade knowledge, provides job instruction and work direction to others as required and contributes towards providing a safe, accessible, invitingly clean, comfortable and well-maintained campus environment.


Maintenance, Repair, and New Installations

Performs assigned work including, but not limited to:

  • Repairs, cleans, patches, and prepares various surfaces for painting, including minor drywall / wallboard repair
  • Mixes and tints paints, matching colours as required to maintain consistency of finished appearance
  • Maintains exterior building features and decorative elements and outdoor equipment such as benches, railings, guard posts, light standards
  • Paints offices (touching up walls, doors, trim and furniture, etc.)
  • Paints various service areas (mechanical equipment, piping, etc.)
  • Assists with paint related design aspects of jobs assigned
  • Performs work in an organized manner to minimize client impact
  • Documents all maintenance and inspection activities as directed by the Supervisor


  • Provides feedback on facility condition and potential maintenance timelines and options
  • Provides assistance to other trades, including internal and external contractor resources
  • Provides job instruction as well as work direction to other trades/ classifications as required. May coordinate work among other trades/ classifications

Health, Safety, and the Environment

  • In consideration of the University’s commitment to the safety and well-being of all faculty, support staff, students, and visitors, ensures all assigned activities are performed in compliance with all applicable legislation, regulations, codes and standards related to facilities operations as well as occupational health and environmental safety.  Adheres to departmental policy, procedures and safe work practices and complies with relevant health and safety legislation, developing and enhancing a safety culture among support staff
  • Maintains current health and safety certifications in all areas required to perform the functions of the position


  • May assist with the sourcing and requisitioning of materials, supplies, tools and support equipment / services
  • Works cooperatively with other trades, service providers and contractors
  • Performs other related duties and responsibilities as assigned and supports departmental activities, including performing work of other classifications within scope of trade practice, level of incumbent’s capability/ competency/ skills, and/or regulatory requirements
  • May perform work of a lower classification/ pay band


  • High School Diploma or equivalent
  • Current Certificate of Qualification as a Painter and Decorator – Commercial and Residential (404C) required.
  • Minimum of five (5) years recent commercial experience as a painter
  • Work experience within major institutional sector(s), such as education, post-secondary education, medical/ hospital or related construction industry, is preferred
  • Sound working knowledge of the trade, including techniques, finishes and ability to match and mix colours.
  • Ability to work from ladders, scaffolding and personnel lifts
  • Understanding of job safety procedures and the ability to properly use required PPE (e.g. work at heights)
  • Customer service and team oriented
  • Self-motivated, and able to work successfully with minimal supervision
  • Capable of reading and interpreting building drawings and documentation is desirable
  • Valid Class G Driver’s License
  • Ability to use MS Office applications, mobile phone, etc.

Equity Statement

The University of Waterloo acknowledges that much of our work takes place on the traditional territory of the Neutral, Anishinaabeg and Haudenosaunee peoples. Our main campus is situated on the Haldimand Tract, the land granted to the Six Nations that includes six miles on each side of the Grand River. Our active work toward reconciliation takes place across our campuses through research, learning, teaching, and community building, and is co-ordinated within our Office of Indigenous Relations.


The University values the diverse and intersectional identities of its students, faculty, and staff. The University regards equity and diversity as an integral part of academic excellence and is committed to accessibility for all employees. The University of Waterloo seeks applicants who embrace our values of equity, anti-racism and inclusion.  As such, we encourage applications from candidates who have been historically disadvantaged and marginalized, including applicants who identify as First Nations, Métis and/or Inuk (Inuit), Black, racialized, a person with a disability, women and/or 2SLGBTQ+.


All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however, Canadians and permanent residents will be given priority.


The University of Waterloo is committed to accessibility for persons with disabilities. If you have any application, interview, or workplace accommodation requests, please contact Human Resources at  or 519-888-4567, ext. 45935.


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