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Residential and Student Service Programs (RSSP) is part of the Division of Student Affairs under the direction of the Associate Vice Chancellor of RSSP. RSSP provides student housing, residential life programs, self-operated dining services for undergraduate and graduate students and their families, and child care services for students, faculty, and staff; it also conducts a year-round conference business, operates eleven campus restaurants, and manages twenty-six faculty apartments. The Central Maintenance, Design, and Minor Capital Projects units provide a comprehensive group of services to all units within RSSP. These services include performing or managing all building trades and related maintenance services, performing interior design services, space planning, renovation project planning and management services, major maintenance, minor capital planning and project management for RSSP.
There are multiple openings for this positon and the listing will remain open until filled.
General Duties & Responsibilities:
Properly prepares all types of surfaces for application of new finishes.
Fills and feathers surface defects for all types of surfaces to be painted - wood, metal, plaster, concrete, stucco.
Operates abrasive blasting equipment and is knowledgeable about proper compressor pressures and grade of abrasive to obtain desired results.
Operates power washing equipment to clean surfaces and to prepare surfaces for new finishes.
Selects proper tip size and pressure to obtain desired results.
Performs painting tasks such as applying coats of paint, varnish, stain, lacquer, enamel and other materials to all indoor and outdoor surfaces in RSSP buildings and facilities.
Removes old finishes, prepares surfaces; mixes and matches paint, and applies new finish using brushes, spray application, and/or rollers.
Trims, tapes and textures sheet rock and other similar building materials.
Protects adjacent interior or exterior surfaces, trim, and fixtures of buildings and other structures, equipment, or furniture that is not to be painted.
Applies acoustical materials to ceilings and walls.
Keeps accurate time and material records; orders supplies and/or materials.
As required, works from drawing, prints, manuals, and coordinates work.
As required, handles hazardous waste and will be responsible to safely handle, properly contain and label, and follow appropriate emergency procedures as they relate to hazardous waste materials.
Performs basic mathematical calculations related to performing projects.
Performs other duties as assigned.
Work is assigned by means of verbal and/or written instructions given by the superintendent, lead, and/or service request.
Duties are performed by the worker in accordance with the standard practices of the painting trade; executes all job assignments in a safe and timely manner.
Performs all work while conforming with EH&S health and safety policies, OSHA and other applicable federal, state and local fire, health, safety, emergency-preparedness, pollution-prevention policies, RSSP policies and procedures and University of California's policies and procedures, including Code of Conduct, IIPP (Safety and Health Procedures), Hazardous Materials Communications Program, Health and Safety Manual, as well as any other document authorized by the RSSP management to have bearing on employee safety and conduct.
Accountable for his or her own actions within work spaces of the University and RSSP facilities.
Available for holidays, weekends, weekend on-call procedures, emergencies and shift work.
Work is subject to inspection while in progress and upon completion
Coordinates with project managers and building inspectors.
Keeps up-to-date, accurate, comprehensive project records including plans, specifications, submittals, schedules, requests, changes, approvals, and costs.
Consults lead/supervisor or project superintendents who administer requirements and standards for modification of projects.
Supports maintenance projects and programmatic work assignments.
Uses information to track jobs for job completion.
Prioritizes requirements to meet customer needs.
Completes paperwork in a neat and timely manner.
Reads information from equipment manufacturers' manuals, service request, layout sketches, blueprints, appropriate state and local government codes, trade-specific manuals and practices, and to determine how the fixture or equipment should perform.
Defines and describes materials, tools and/or equipment, work methods and task sequences.
Serves as liaison with clients, relaying their needs and requirements to the appropriate department or superintendent.
Works and supports shutdowns and project schedules to minimize interference with others.
Coordinates with various units, departments, procurement and clients as necessary to specify and obtain timely performance of contracted services.
Orders, procures materials and equipment; maintains records.
Communicates clearly over the telephone and two-way radio.
Attends safety, technical and general meetings.
Safety and Health Awareness/Responsibilities:
Adheres to the Code of Conduct, Health and Safety policies.
Completes job related tasks in a safe manner by adhering to appropriate safety regulations.
Aware of potential hazardous operations, and takes appropriate precautions.
Immediately stops work in the event of danger to people or property.
Proceeds with work only after ensuring that appropriate safety procedures have been implemented.
Reports all accidents and/or incidents immediately to supervisor for record keeping.
Attends safety meetings.
Utilizes good judgment in interpersonal communications in situations requiring sensitivity and tact.
Treats customers, co-workers, supervisors and managers with respect and courtesy.
Works in a cooperative manner with co-workers and promotes a cooperative team environment.
Has a good working relationship with a complete understanding of the roles of students, faculty, staff and other RSSP employees as clients.
Demonstrates at all times good communication skills with campus community, including students, building managers, faculty, and craft personnel.
Interacts directly with all levels of clients throughout the division in defining project requirements.
Responds to requests for service in a timely manner.
Supports and achieves organizational goals established to maintain and enhance customer satisfaction.
Reports progress or delays and refers major problems to lead or superintendent for resolution and informs customers as needed.
Performs jobs at different sites, including students-occupied spaces. Uses UC vehicle travel to the job sites, and transport materials.
Provides health and safety training, guidance on safe work practices, provides proper equipment, observes work practices and correct methods, and investigates accidents.
Work in a safe and responsible manner while not putting self or others at risk. This includes complying with applicable policies and regulations, using personal safety gear, observe warning signs, learning about potential hazards, and reporting unsafe conditions.
Successful completion of four years apprenticeship or equivalent work experience plus performing painting and finishing work at the journey level for a minimum of four years.
Successful completion of training at the worker-level in hazardous materials exposure and waste disposal.
Experience and a thorough knowledge of surface preparation materials and techniques including proper use of filling compounds, ability to fill and feather surface defects for all types of surfaces to be painted - wood, metal, plaster, concrete, stucco, types and proper use of chemical strippers, power washers, wet and dry abrasive blasting.
Knowledge of paint materials, knowledgeable about product selection and application including proper thinning or use of additives to optimize application.
Color matching skills - paints and stains including visual capability to identify matches or mis-matches in color and sheen.
Thorough knowledge of masking products, materials, and methods and materials for protecting adjacent surfaces not to be painted - drops, rosin paper, masking paper, plastic sheeting including thickness requirements for specific applications.
Thorough knowledge of caulking materials, their proper usage and application techniques.
An understanding of proper techniques and materials for bare wood surfaces preparation for stain or clear finishes.
Product knowledge and ability to properly select and apply lacquer, varnish, shellac, polyurethanes, oil finishes.
Thorough knowledge of brushes, rollers, proper usage and application, ability to apply finishes evenly, without streaks, voids, or sags, ability to cut in without applying paint to adjacent surfaces.
Knowledge of spray equipment and proper usage - airless, HVLP, conventional spray guns, and hand tools used in performance of assigned tasks, including cleaning and care.
Properly patches or repairs lath and plaster surfaces, stucco; selects proper materials for specific applications.
Knowledge and proper use of rolling platforms, scaffolding, ladders, lift equipment.
Demonstrated thorough comprehension of building and related codes applicable to the performance of painting and related work.
Performs accurate material take-offs for projects, plans projects including material and equipment requirements, staffing needs, and estimate time required for completion.
Able to work safely at heights; able to gain access to work in small/tight areas and be able to gain access to work or maneuver around obstacles that requires stairs and ladders, able to safely maneuver supplies and objects up to 75 lbs; sets up and uses scaffolding and/or ladders to perform tasks above ground level.
Available for holidays, weekends, weekend on call-procedures, emergencies and shift work.
Reads information from equipment manufacturers' manuals, service request, layout sketches, blueprints, appropriate state and local government codes, trade-specific manuals and practices, and to determine how the material or equipment should perform.
Understands preventive maintenance and its role in a comprehensive maintenance program.
Performs preventive maintenance work as directed.
Must assist with the development of a preventive maintenance program and perform preventive maintenance work as directed.
Salary & Benefits
This position is a non-exempt, bi-weekly paid position. Hourly pay for this role is commensurate with experience.
For information on the comprehensive benefits package offered by the University visit:
Employment is contingent upon passing a physical exam.
Conviction History Background
This is a designated position requiring fingerprinting and a background check due to the nature of the job responsibilities. Berkeley does hire people with conviction histories and reviews information received in the context of the job responsibilities. The University reserves the right to make employment contingent upon successful completion of the background check.
This position has been identified as a Mandated Reporter required to report the observed or suspected abuse or neglect of children, dependent adults, or elders to designated law enforcement or social service agencies. We reserve the right to make employment contingent upon completion of signed statements acknowledging the responsibilities of a Mandated Reporter.
Equal Employment Opportunity
The University of California is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, or protected veteran status. For more information about your rights as an applicant see:
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