Woodlawn, Maryland
Nov 30, 2022
Dec 03, 2022
Full Time

  • Must be able to perform work without more than normal supervision.
  • Receives assignments through Information Work Management System (IWMS), Supervisors or Work Leaders. Ensures work is completed to the customer?s satisfaction. Responds to building emergencies.
  • Uses a wide variety of machines, hand tools, power tools, ladders and scaffolding.
  • Assembles various building materials using accepted trade practices.
  • Finishes various surfaces utilizing items such as primers, paints, sealers, varnishes, finishes and wallcoverings.
  • Performs work that involves the maintenance, alteration, repairs and construction of various materials such as wood, glass, metal, plastic, sheet rock, acoustical title, ceiling grids or related materials.
  • Installs, repairs or replaces wood or metal window frames, doors, doorframes, baseboards, moldings, transoms and panels.
  • Removes and replaces damaged sections of various flooring and subflooring materials.
  • Performs preventive maintenance on various building systems.
  • Interprets drawings, specifications, sketches, work orders and oral instructions.
  • Analyzes and determines the work layout and work sequence of projects.
  • May construct and repair high-grade wooden items such as cabinetry and furniture.


Conditions of Employment

  • U.S. Citizenship required; Selective Service Registration: If you are a male born after December 31, 1959, you must certify that you have registered with the Selective Service System, or are exempt under the Selective Service Law. See
  • Fingerprinting and background and/or security investigation may be required. Job offers are contingent on fingerprinting and background / security investigation results.
  • Federal employees must be in good standing. Federal employees must have a successful performance rating. Official Personnel Folders will not be reviewed.
  • Selectees may be required to serve a 1-year probationary period.
  • All application materials must be received by the closing date. All application forms submitted become the property of SSA Human Resources. Requests for copies of application documents will not be accepted.
  • This is an emergency/mission-critical position.
  • This position is not eligible for telework or Alternate Work Schedule (AWS).
  • Salary will be set in accordance with local pay provisions.
  • This position involves specific physical efforts, working conditions, shift requirements and/or protective gear requirements as described under QUALIFICATIONS below.
  • Successful performance of electrical work, including adherence to these conditions, will be assessed during the 1-year probationary period that may be served by new appointees.


To qualify for this WG-09 Carpenter position your resume must describe duties you perform that demonstrate:
A. the Screen Out
B. the six individual Job Elements

A. SCREEN OUT: Ability To Do Carpentry Work Without More Than Normal Supervision

REQUIREMENT: Carpenters in this position perform various tasks in connection with maintenance, alteration, repair and construction projects across agency facilities with only normal supervision. Work encompasses numerous building systems such as walls, floors, ceilings, roofs, doors, windows, stairs, casework, millwork, finishes and exterior structures.

You must have a fundamental understanding of the carpentry trade based on the following knowledge, skills and/or abilities:

(1) knowledge of carpentry equipment;
(2) ability to interpret and apply carpentry guidelines and instructions;
(3) skill in using trade tools; and
(4) skill in planning and preparing carpentry materials.

B. Additionally, your resume must describe duties you perform without more than normal supervision (e.g., with only regular spot-checks or guidance during progress and upon completion) that pertain to the following JOB ELEMENTS

(1) Knowledge of Carpentry Equipment
(2) Knowledge of Technical Practices
(3) Ability to Interpret Instructions
(4) Measurement and Layout
(5) Ability to Use and Maintain Tools
(6) Knowledge of Materials


Reviewers can only rate your application on the information you provide; if duties you perform are missing or incomplete, you may be rated ineligible.

Do not simply list projects on which you work or describe your work in terms of general accomplishments or achievements.

Qualifications must be met by the closing date of this announcement.


Due to the nature of carpentry work, the following conditions are essential for successful performance in this position and selected candidates must fully comply with all of these conditions in order to meet performance requirements.

Successful performance of carpentry work and adherence to these conditions will be assessed during the 1-year probationary period that may be served by new appointees.

(1) Performs work in a workshop (where there may be exposure to moderate or high noise levels from operating machinery, air particulates, chemical fumes and hazards associated with woodworking and related power equipment) OR at job sites (where there may be exposure to weather conditions and the hazards of working on and around scaffolds and ladders.

(2) May work in confined areas, which may be dusty and dirty.

(3) Carpenters are subject to cuts, bruises and contusions and are frequently exposed to the possibility of serious injuries, such as loss of fingers from accidents while operating woodworking machines.

(4) Stands for extended periods while operating machines such as bench planers, saws and drill presses.

(5) Work requires frequent standing, stooping, bending, climbing, crouching, kneeling and arm movement.

(6) Heavy exertion and physical strength is required at frequent internals to handle heavy and bulky materials, such as sheets of plywood, framing members and other building and constructions materials.

(7) May lift and move materials up to 50 pounds, unassisted, and occasionally lift or move heavier items with the assistance of lifting devices or other workers.

(8) May be required to support other agency buildings to provide critical services to sustain the operational needs of agency buildings.

(9) May be required to report to or remain at a duty station to perform critical services when employees are generally excused for all or part of a workday in emergency conditions.

(10) May be required to report during irregular hours and travel in hazardous weather conditions.

(11) Carpenters in this position are on call 24-hours a day, 7-days a week, year around.

(12) May be required to wear a uniform while work at the duty station.

(13) Required to understand and follow mandated safety procedures and wear mandated Personal Protective Equipment, including earplugs, safety glasses, steel-toed boots, gloves and any other gear required by the supervisor.

(14) May be required to wear a respirator and shave to ensure a proper fit.

(15) This is an emergency/mission critical position. Incumbent may be called to work after-hours, on weekends and holidays. Telework not eligible for this position.

Information on Federal Wage System Qualifications can be found at FWS Qualifications Guide .


This position does not have an educational requirement.

If you completed trade-relevant training you want considered as part of your evaluation, include that training on your resume rather than uploading certificates you earned.

Additional information

Additional selections may be made for this vacancy six months from the closing date of this announcement.

This is a bargaining unit position, represented by AFGE, to be filled under the provisions of the SSA/AFGE Merit Promotion Plan .

Selective Service: If you are a male born after December 31, 1959, you must certify that you have registered with the Selective Service System or are exempt under the Selective Service Law. See .

If you are a federal contractor, do not identify yourself as a federal employee.


Your resume must address the Screen Out and Job Elements required for this position -- see QUALIFICATIONS for information.

Position is on a full-time/flex-time shift, but is not eligible for telework or Alternate Work Schedules (AWS).

Position is not authorized to be filled virtually or through outstationing; selectees will be required to report to SSA-HQ in Woodlawn, Maryland; relocation expenses will not be paid.

Salary will be set in accordance with local pay provisions.

Location of position:
Office of Facilities and Logistics Management (OFLM)
Office of Buildings Management (OBM)
Division of Mechanical Maintenance (DMM)

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