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Launderer (2119)


California State Personnel Board Specification

  • Schematic Code: DG50
  • Class Code: 2119
  • Established: 08/16/1935
  • Revised: 01/19/1983
  • Title Changed: 01/19/1983


Under supervision, to perform skilled work in finishing, ironing, and distributing operations in a State institution laundry or clothing center; to care for laundry equipment, supplies, and work areas; to supervise, instruct, and work with employees and helpers from the patient/resident population; may instruct, lead, or supervise inmates, wards, or patient/resident workers; and to do other related work.

Typical Tasks

Operates flatwork ironers, presses, and other ironing equipment; may load, unload and operate small dryers; does skilled ironing and finishing work; touches up uniforms and shirts; polishes shirts and collars; before and after laundering receives, counts, marks, folds, sorts, wraps, and distributes laundry; sews on buttons and does miscellaneous mending and darning; cleans laundry equipment and work areas; inspects personnel and work areas and maintains safety and sanitation standards; assigns work and gives instruction and training to employees and helpers from the patient/resident population, evaluates their performance and takes or recommends appropriate action; may recover and pad ironers and presses and make minor repairs and adjustments on ironing and finishing equipment; reports on the work progress of assistants; keeps records.

Minimum Qualifications

Either I


One year of experience in the California state service performing the duties of a Launderer Assistant.



Two years of experience in a laundry. This experience must have included operation of flatwork ironers, presses, and other finishing and ironing equipment.

Knowledge and Abilities

Knowledge of: Principles, procedures, and equipment used in finishing and ironing operations in a laundry; safety sanitation measures used in the operation, cleaning, and care of ironing, finishing, and distributing equipment and work areas; principles of effective supervision; department's Affirmative Action Program objectives; a manager's role in the Affirmative Action Program and the processes available to meet affirmative action objectives.


Skill in: Hand finishing and ironing work.


Ability to: Distinguish woolen, cotton, rayon, and silk articles and fugitive colors; mark and sort articles to be laundered; do simple sewing and mending; fold and wrap laundry; make minor repairs and adjustments to ironing and finishing equipment; instruct and work with employees and helpers from the patient/resident population; analyze situations accurately and adopt an effective course of action; keep records and prepare reports; read and write at a level appropriate to the classification; effectively contribute to the department's affirmative action objectives.

Special Personal Characteristics

Understanding of and willingness to work with the patient/resident population of a State institution; personal cleanliness; freedom from communicable diseases; and ability to stand for prolonged periods of time.

  Updated: 6/3/2012
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