University of Waterloo

  • Building Serviceperson II - Painter

    Requisition ID
    Job Category
    Maintenance (CUPE)
    5503 - Plant Operations-Building
    Job Status
    Temporary Appointment (Contract)
    Hiring Range
    $28.52 per hour
  • Overview

    Term: 6 months


    The Building Serviceperson II 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. Assists with addressing stewardship responsibilities and promoting long-term sustainability of facilities and infrastructure, maximizing opportunities for efficient delivery of services.


    There are 3 positions available.


    Maintenance and Repair

    Performs assigned work including but not limited to:

    • Repairing, cleaning, patching and performing other appropriate surface preparations to prepare for painting, including minor drywall/wallboard repair

    • Mixes and tints paints, matching colours as required to maintain consistency of finished appearance

    • Maintaining exterior building features and decorative elements and outdoor equipment such as benches, railings, guard posts, light standards

    • Painting offices, touching up walls, doors and trim

    • Painting of service areas, mechanical equipment and piping

    • Performs work in an organized manner to minimize client impact

    • Documenting 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



    • Assisting with design aspects of jobs assigned if or when required to assure safety, functionality, cost, and timeline targets will be met

    • Assists with and coordinates the work of external suppliers as requested


    Customer Service

    • In conjunction with the Supervisor, coordinates preventive and demand maintenance and discretionary work assignments with clients when requested

    • May assist with the sourcing and requisitioning of materials, supplies, tools and support equipment/services


    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



    • 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


    • Minimum of a grade 10 education or equivalent
    • Minimum of three (3) years recent experience as a painter

    • Work experience within major institutional sector(s), such as education, post-secondary education, medical/ hospital or related construction industry, may be preferred

    • Sound knowledge of the trade, including techniques, finishes and the ability to match and mix colours

    • Must have the ability to read and interpret blueprints and drawings

    • Must be customer and team oriented, as well as self-motivated, and able to work successfully with minimal supervision

    • Ability to work from ladders, scaffolding and personnel lifts

    • Knowledge of the uses and application of materials and tools for the work to be performed

    • Understanding of job safety procedures and the ability to properly use required PPE Good communication, organizational and interpersonal skills

    • Basic computer literacy is required

    • Physical demands are typical of an industrial environment. Routine physical activities include standing, walking, bending, crouching, stooping, reaching, lifting and carrying light (up to 5kg or 11lb), medium (5 to 20kg or 11 to 44lb), and/ or heavy (over 20kg or 44lb) objects, pushing, pulling, working in an awkward position and/ or maintaining one position for a long period. Possesses ability to reduce any strain by changing positions and/ or alternating performing other activities
    • Working locations may vary; performs tasks within buildings, on exterior locations, as well as within service tunnels and equipment rooms.  Ladder, scaffold or personnel lift access required to some installations
    • Moderate exposure to unpleasant conditions such as accessing and working in confined spaces and/ or in awkward positions, accessing and working at heights, exposure to noise, chemicals and other hazardous material, odours, extreme temperatures and adverse weather conditions


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