Structural Painter

City of Seattle, WA
November 5, 2023
Rockport, WA
Job Type


Position Description
Seattle City Light, a department of the City of Seattle, is one of the nation's largest municipally owned utilities in terms of the number of customers served. Over the years we have worked very hard to keep Seattle's electricity affordable, reliable, and environmentally sound. Today, City Light is a recognized national leader in energy efficiency and environmental stewardship.

Seattle City Light is seeking a safety-focused Structural Painter for its Skagit Hydroelectric Project located in Newhalem, Washington 125 miles northeast of Seattle.
A Structural Painter at Skagit Hydroelectric Project performs skilled structural painting work in the maintenance and protection of high structures including public buildings, dams, spillways, powerhouses, and related Seattle City Light's facilities. As a Structural Painter, he/she will have the opportunity to work on a variety of challenging projects and participate in generation operations strengthening and improving the reliability of the operation of the hydroelectric plant. This position reports to the Structural Painter Crew Chief.
Job Responsibilities
Job Responsibilities - Here is more about what you'll be doing:

  • Operates, rigs and works from stationary and aerial scaffolding and swing stage apparatus such as boat swain chair, power spider staging or other manually or motor-operated swing staging; works from baskets suspended from overhead and mobile cranes;
  • Prepares surfaces for painting by scraping, wire brushing, filling, sanding, burning, sandblasting, and other processes;
  • Applies two-part epoxy and vinyl coatings, paint, varnish, lacquer and stain to high steel structures such as spill gates, highline towers, microwave towers, bridges, buildings, and fixtures; uses brushes, spray equipment, and other appropriate methods in paint application;
  • Cleans and maintains brushes, spray equipment, and other painting tools, equipment, and devices used in the painting trade;
  • Erects and dismantles scaffolding and rigging; removes or covers objects to protect them from spattered paint; cleans work areas when jobs are completed;
  • Maintains necessary routine records; prepares job time; materials usage and other required or necessary reports; and
  • Performs other related duties of a comparable level/type as assigned.

Required Qualifications: In addition to the skills and experience mentioned below, a successful applicant will have experience that reflects a commitment to creating fair and equitable outcomes and has:

Completion of an approved painter apprenticeship program including one year of high structure painting experience; or
Three years of industrial painting experience under the supervision of a qualified journeyman painter, including one year of experience in high structural painting; or
A combination of education and/or training and/or experience which provides an equivalent background required to perform the job responsibilities of a Structural Painter.


  • Washington State Driver's License
  • Normal Color vision

A structural painter requires specialized knowledge of procedures, equipment, and application of materials used in painting, mixing, and blending colors, and surface preparation. Requires knowledge of safety precautions necessary for applying protective coatings as well as working at substantial heights.
Additional Information
Desired Qualifications - You will be successful if you have the following experience, skills, and abilities:

  • Three years of high structural painting experience
  • Skilled in Microsoft Office Suite; proficient computer navigation
  • Experience safely working around and in energized electrical yards, including substations, powerhouses and dams;
  • Excellent communication skills
  • Ability to work collaboratively within a diverse team.
  • Training and/or certification in confined spaces, fall protection, hazardous spill response, hazardous waste handling, lead abatement, scaffolding, and rigging.
  • Effective in a team setting or alone after receiving oral or written instructions.
  • Demonstrates a continuous learning style.

Please note this job advertisement is not designed to cover or contain a comprehensive listing of activities, duties or responsibilities that are required of the employee for this job. Duties, responsibilities, and activities may change at any time with or without notice .

The full salary range for this position is $38.81to $40.31 per hour.

Application Process
Please submit the following with your online application:

  • A cover letter in which you clearly describe how your knowledge, experience, skills, and abilities prepare you for the job responsibilities and qualifications outlined in the job announcement
  • A current resume of your educational and professional work experience.

Who May Apply: This position is open to all candidates that meet the qualifications. Seattle City Light values diverse perspectives and life experiences. Applicants will be considered regardless of race, color, creed, national origin, ancestry, sex, marital status, disability, religious or political affiliation, age, sexual orientation, or gender identity. Seattle City Light encourages people of all backgrounds to apply, including people of color, immigrants, refugees, women, LGBTQIA+, people with disabilities, veterans, and those with diverse life experiences.

Job offers are contingent on the verification of credentials and other information required by the employment process, including the completion of a background check. The background check will involve a criminal history check, which includes conviction and arrest records in compliance with the Seattle's Fair Chance Employment Ordinance , SMC 14.17 and the City of Seattle Personnel Rule 10.3 . A driving history review may be conducted in compliance with SMC 4.79.020 . Applicants will be provided an opportunity to explain or correct background information.

The City of Seattle offers a comprehensive benefits package including vacation, holiday, and sick leave as well as medical, dental, vision, life and long-term disability insurance for employees and their dependents. More information about employee benefits is available on the City's website at: .

Want to know more about Seattle City Light? Check out our web page: .

The City of Seattle offers a comprehensive benefits package including vacation, holiday and sick leave as well as medical, dental, vision, life and long-term disability insurance for employees and their dependents.

More information about employee benefits is available on the City's website at:
"Most" Employees Plans - Human Resources |

Closing Date/Time: Continuous

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