Carpenter

Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration | Coatesville, PA

Posted Date 5/22/2020
Description This position is located in the Facilities Engineering Service at the Coatesville VA Medical Center (VAMC) . The incumbent receives general work-related instructions or assignments; and is directly supervised by the Maintenance Supervisor.

Duties for this position include, but are not limited to:
  • Sets up and operates a wide variety of wood working machines and tools. Assembling items with a wide variety of joining techniques such as miters, rabbets, dados, biscuit and mortise and tenon, and using glues and adhesives to secure wood pieces, veneers and counter tops.
  • Installs, constructs and repairs a wide variety of structural items such as building frames, rafters, concrete forms, walls, staircases, door and window frames, interior and exterior trim, and miscellaneous items such as workbenches, counter tops, bookcases, equipment cabinets, computer consoles, and items requiring limited decorative trim and molding.
  • Constructs, installs, repairs, and modifies wood, metal studs, and items requiring close tolerance fit and structural soundness.
  • Repairs flooring to include removal and installation of vinyl composite tile, mosaic tile, quarry tile, laminate flooring products and carpeting as necessary.
  • Repairs roofing of various forms including glue-down rubber, ballasted rubber, steel standing seam, as well as corresponding flashing, gutter, and parapet systems commonly encountered.
  • Remove, install, fabricate or repair doors, windows, and all hardware associated with the doors and windows.
  • Incumbent is responsible for the security of the lock and key hardware to prevent unauthorized access and maintains all lock and key coding information in a secure and organized manner.
  • Orders parts, materials, tools and equipment as needed for the necessary execution of the carpentry duties.
  • Completes assigned work orders in the work order tracking system as needed

Work Schedule: Monday - Friday; 8:00a.m. - 4:30p.m.
Position Description Title/PD#: Carpenter/00478-A
Relocation/Recruitment Incentives: Not authorized
To qualify for this position, applicants must meet all requirements by the closing date of this announcement, 06/06/2020

EXPERIENCE: A specific length of training and experience is not required, but you must show evidence of training or experience of sufficient scope and quality of your ability to do the work of this position. Evidence which demonstrates you possess the knowledge, skills, and ability to perform the duties of this position must be supported by detailed descriptions of such on your resume. Applicants will be rated in accordance with the OPM Federal Wage System Qualification Standards.

SCREEN-OUT ELEMENT: Your qualifications will first be evaluated against the prescribed screen out element, which usually appears as question 1 in the on-line questionnaire. Those applicants who appear to possess at least the minimal acceptable qualification requirement are considered for further rating; those who do not are rated ineligible and are eliminated. The potential eligibles are then rated against the remainder of the Job Elements:
  • Equipment Assembly, Installation, Repair
  • Materials
  • Technical Practices


Experience refers to paid and unpaid experience, including volunteer work done through National Service programs (e.g., Peace Corps, AmeriCorps) and other organizations (e.g., professional; philanthropic; religions; spiritual; community; student; social). Volunteer work helps build critical competencies, knowledge, and skills and can provide valuable training and experience that translates directly to paid employment. You will receive credit for all qualifying experience, including volunteer experience.

Note: A full year of work is considered to be 35-40 hours of work per week. Part-time experience will be credited on the basis of time actually spent in appropriate activities. Applicants wishing to receive credit for such experience must indicate clearly the nature of their duties and responsibilities in each position and the number of hours a week spent in such employment.

Physical Requirements/Working Conditions: Must be able to perform work requiring moderate to heavy physical effort over a minimum eight-hour shift (which may run longer if overtime or off-hours work is required due to medical center needs), including lifting, crawling, climbing, bending, etc. When working on platforms, scaffolding and ladders, workers must climb equipment carrying and lifting tools and materials.

Physical or muscular effort in performing duties incudes but is not limited to; fatigue producing action such as working overhead, lifting, pushing, pulling, crawling, climbing, stooping, stretching, standing, sitting, bending; kneeling, squatting and other potentially uncomfortable positions to accomplish the assigned task. Incumbent may work with and in areas with unpleasant fumes or odors and shall wear assigned Personal Protective Equipment. Strenuous physical effort is required while dismantling and reassembling equipment. The incumbent frequently carries and sets up parts and equipment that weigh up to 50 pounds, infrequently items over 100 pounds with assistance. The incumbent must work from ladders, scaffolding, etc., where parts of systems worked on are frequently in hard to reach places. Hand dexterity is a critical requirement in completing most tasks.

Work is performed both inside and outside. There may be exposure to chemicals and the inhalation of harmful fumes from chemicals in oils, gases, etc. Irritation of eyes, skin and respiratory tract may result from equipment maintenance and/or repairs. Ladder climbing and working in high places is routine. Incumbent must always be very safety conscious.

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