Utah State University

Finishes Technician Apprentice or Journeyman

City Logan Campus
Posted Date 4 weeks ago(11/10/2021 1:44 PM)
Requisition ID
# of Openings
Job Locations
Category (Portal Searching)
Building Trades
Position Type
Benefited Full-Time
Job Classification
Percent of Time or Hours per Week
40 hours per week
Facilities Operations
Advertised Salary
Commensurate with experience, plus excellent benefits


Finishes Technicians perform general painting preparation and application techniques to maintain, repair, and finish USU Facilities, as well as assist with floor covering preparation and application as needed. They work as a member of a team under limited supervision on various projects or assignments. 


  • Prepares surfaces before painting by: removing nails, washing, scraping, sanding, puttying, patching, mudding and taping, etc.
  • Repairs chips or scrapes on walls, ceilings, and furniture and completes texturing tasks.
  • Applies paint to walls, equipment, buildings, and other structural surfaces by using brushes, rollers and related equipment
  • Mixes, blends and matches paint to proper color and consistency, using computer.
  • Maintains records of paint colors for assigned buildings.
  • Operates equipment such as spray equipment, striping machine, scaffolding, and motorized lifts.
  • Hangs wall paper and applies other decorative finish elements to walls and other surfaces.
  • Cleans equipment, shop area, and work site.
  • Provides limited technical guidance and direction to less senior technicians.
  • Ensures proper care in the use and maintenance of equipment and supplies; promotes continuous improvement of workplace safety and environmental practices.
  • Performs other miscellaneous duties as assigned such as assists work in the other areas of the Finishes Shop.


Minimum Qualifications:


For Apprentice: 

    • Basic knowledge and understanding of building trades.
    • Pass the Weisen Test of Mechanical Aptitude. 

For Journeyman:

    • Four years of directly related work experience. Incumbents must possess journeyman skills and/or a license.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:

  • Skilled with various hand and power tools common to trade.
  • Knowledge of different types of floor coverings and installation and repair techniques.
  • Knowledge of repair process for walls and surfaces.
  • Ability to select and apply paint.
  • Knowledge of various types of painting and finishing materials and application techniques.
  • Ability to take direction from supervisors.

Required Documents

Along with the online application, please attach:

  1. Resume to be uploaded at the beginning of your application in the Candidate Profile under “Resume/CV”
  2. Cover Letter to be typed/pasted at the end of your application


**Document size may not exceed 10 MB.**

Advertised Salary

Commensurate with experience, plus excellent benefits


The position requires considerable physical activity. Employees must have sufficient strength to perform the duties and responsibilities of the position including heavy lifting and/or pushing and pulling of heavy objects.  Employees must be prepared to assume uncomfortable positions such as crawling, kneeling, and squatting. Additionally, the work environment can include confined or narrow spaces. Employees must adhere to safety precautions and may be required to use protective equipment.

University Highlights

Utah State University (USU) was founded in 1888 and is honored to be Utah’s land-grant and space-grant university. USU is a Carnegie RU/H (Research University/High Research Activity) institution with approximately 27,700 students (24,660 undergraduates and 3,040 graduate students) on the Logan main campus. Utah State’s statewide system features eight campuses and 23 education centers and serves all counties in the state with Extension programs. USU offers 114 undergraduate majors, 132 graduate programs, and a variety of innovative stackable associate and certificate credentials. Washington Monthly ranked USU 14th in their national university rankings in 2019 and the 5th best public national university in the nation in 2018. As one of the two premier research institutions in Utah, USU is proud to provide a high-quality education at an affordable price. Additional information about Utah State University can be found here.


A core characteristic of USU is engagement with communities and people in economic development, improvements to quality of life, and human capital. Through the practical application of knowledge, the University and its faculty engage and share expertise with the state, nation, and world, preserving the historical land-grant tradition of partnering with communities to address critical societal issues in the interest of the public good.


The USU main campus is located in beautiful Logan, Utah; a city of about 50,000 situated in a picturesque mountain valley about 80 miles north of Salt Lake City. Outstanding recreational opportunities abound in the nearby mountains and proximate region.


Notice of Non-discrimination

In its programs and activities, including in admissions and employment, Utah State University does not discriminate or tolerate discrimination, including harassment, based on race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, genetic information, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, disability, status as a protected veteran, or any other status protected by University policy, Title IX, or any other federal, state, or local law.

The following individuals have been designated to handle inquiries regarding the application of Title IX and its implementing regulations and/or USU’s non-discrimination policies:


Executive Director of the Office of Equity  discrimination@usu.edu, Old Main Rm. 161, 435-797-1266

Title IX Coordinator Hilary Renshaw, titleix@usu.edu, Old Main Rm. 161, 435-797-1266.

For further information regarding non-discrimination, please visit https://equity.usu.edu/, or contact:

U.S. Department of Education, Office of Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights, 800-421-3481, OCR@ed.gov

U.S. Department of Education, Denver Regional Office, 303-844-5695, OCR.Denver@ed.gov


USU is sensitive to the needs of dual career couples and provides a Dual Career Assistance program to support careers for partners who are also seeking employment.


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