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City of Torrance
Class Code: 5511

Class Designation: Civil Service

January 2010

Representation Unit: Torrance Municipal Employees
(AFSCME Local 1117)


Traffic Painter


Under general supervision, performs skilled work in traffic line and legend painting, fabricating traffic regulatory warning and directional signs, and installing and maintaining signs and sign posts; and performs other related work as required.
Distinguishing Characteristics
Distinguished from Traffic and Lighting Supervisor in that the incumbent regularly performs work in traffic line and legend painting, fabricating traffic regulatory warning and directional signs, and installing and maintaining signs and sign posts. At this level, incumbents work with only occasional instruction or assistance; work requires incumbents to exercise judgment in selecting appropriate guidelines to follow; significant deviations require prior approval.

Supervision Exercised/Received

Supervision is received from the Traffic and Lighting Supervisor. The Traffic Painter may provide technical direction to lower level classifications. 

Examples Of Essential Duties 

The following duties represent the principal job duties however; they are not all-inclusive.
  • Paints pavement markings including legends, school crossings, and crosswalks, while operating a flatbed truck with airless spray unit, airless spray gun, and stencils;
  • Paints City curbs to regulate parking, utilizing a flatbed truck with airless unit, and an airless spray gun;
  • Paints traffic lines while operating a self-propelled line striper with airless spray unit and regulators;
  • Properly cleans the equipment, flushing out all hoses and spray guns and cleaning and lubricating the automatic spray guns; Makes minor repairs;
  • Operates and maintain high temperature thermoplastic applicating equipment;
  • Installs and repairs signs, replacing defective, destroyed, or damaged traffic signs, and placing new traffic signs to regulate, safeguard, and expedite traffic;
  • Utilizes posthole digger, shovels, digging bars, brooms, ladders, and other hand and power tools;
  • Fabricates signs for traffic control and direction;
  • Correctly lays out letters on the sign blank;
  • Lays out regulation traffic lines on new City streets, checking and reading blueprints approved by the City Engineer;
  • Utilizes ropes, paints traffic dots to guide the street striping operation, measuring all traffic lane lines according to the blueprint specifications;
  • Installs traffic directional pavement buttons utilizing epoxy and placing the pavement buttons in accordance with the specifications and blueprints;
  • Paints traffic lines in City parking lots, tennis and basketball courts, utilizing traffic line striper;
  • Thins and mixes paints to proper consistency to enable the effective application;
  • Lays out job sites, placing safety signs and devices sufficient to protect all members of the crew;
  • Performs routine and light maintenance of equipment including cleaning and maintaining paint spray outfits, brushes, templates, stencils, paint truck and other equipment. 
  • Examples of Other Duties

    The following duties represent duties that are generally performedby this position, but are not considerd to be principal job duties:
  • Responds to emergency calls during work and after normal working hours;
  • Assists in the training of new and lower classification employees;
  • Maintains and cleans equipment and tools; maintains a clean and orderly workplace;
  • May maintain field reports, and work orders;
  • Performs other related duties.
  • Qualification Guidelines 

    Knowledge of
  • Methods and techniques used in applying paint safely to a variety of street surfaces;
  • Techniques used in traffic control;
  • Methods for thinning and mixing paint;
  • Techniques, materials and supplies used in traffic painting operations;
  • Functions, characteristics and use and care of common hand and power tools;
  • Operation of power driven maintenance equipment such as trucks;
  • Traffic safety procedures and delineation with cones. 
  • Ability to
  • Perform heavy and physically demanding work for lengthy and continuous period of time;
  • Work carefully and efficiently under hazardous traffic conditions;
  • Thin paints to a proper consistency;
  • Operate a variety of traffic painting equipment;
  • Work on ladders and/or aerial lift devices;
  • Apply paint by spray machine and manually;
  • Understand and follow verbal and written instructions;
  • Keep simple records;
  • Set up a jobsite in a safe manner;
  • Establish and maintain cooperative relationships with co-workers, the public, other City departments and individuals from other agencies;
  • Exercise sound judgment in stressful situations;
  • Understand and follow detailed oral and written instructions;
  • Speak, read, and write Basic English;
  • Maintain basic records, complete reports and perform basic arithmetic computations;
  • Learn City policies and procedures affecting departmental operations, generally City operations and utilize new skills and information to improve job performance and efficiency. 
  • License or Certificate

    Possession of a valid California Class C driver's license, class B desirable.
    International Municipal Signal Association (I.M.S.A.) Work Zone Safety and level 1 Signs and Markings certificate is desirable.

    Education and Experience

    Any combination of education and experience that would have provided the knowledge and skills required is qualifying. A typical way to obtain the knowledge and skills would be:
    Graduation from high school or equivalent and one year of experience performing maintenance, repair or construction work preferably in highway painting or traffic sign installation.

    Special Requirements 

    Performance of the essential duties of this position includes the following physical demands and/or working conditions:
    Require vision (which may be corrected) to read small print.  Requires the mobility to stand, stoop, reach and bend, and mobility of arms to reach and dexterity of hands to grasp and manipulate small objects.  Requires the ability to stand for long periods, maintain balance and walk long distances.  Requires the ability to perform frequent lifting, pushing and/or pulling of objects which may approximate 50 pounds and may occasionally weigh up to 75 pounds. Requires the ability to climb ladders of various heights.  Tasks require color and visual perception and discrimination, as well as oral communications ability.  Work is regularly performed outside in seasonal climate and weather conditions.  May be required to work in inclement weather without effective protection from sun, cold, and rain.  May be required to work within enclosed spaces or at heights above ground level.  May be required to work around moving mechanical parts. May be required to work around electrical current.

    Career Ladder Information

    Experience gained in this classification may serve to meet the minimum requirements for promotion to Public Works Supervisor.