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Carpenter D

Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority
Washington D.C
Closing date
Oct 1, 2023

Job Details

ORDER OF PREFERENCE: The selection for Maintenance and Construction is made on the basis of fitness and ability with preference given to: Maintenance and Construction District, System-Wide (L689), Authority-Wide and external candidates, respectively.

Minimum Qualifications

  • High school diploma or possession of a General equivalency diploma (GED)


Twelve (12) months following the achievement of a particular grade level (i.e. Grades D, C, B, A and AA), an incumbent may be advanced to the next grade level provided he/she has taken and passed any required written or practical tests, acquired any required certifications and has met acceptable fitness for duty, work record and job performance requirements.
  • Carpenter "D"
    • A minimum of two (2) years of carpenter or related craftsman work experience.

  • Possession of a valid motor vehicle operator's license issued from the jurisdiction of residence

  • N/A

Medical Group

Satisfactorily complete the medical examination for this position, if required. The incumbent must be able to perform the essential functions of this position either with or without reasonable accommodations.

Mission Essential Designation:
  • In accordance with the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority's Continuity of Operations Plan (COOP) this job has been identified as critical to mission essential functions. Incumbents in this role may be required to report to or continue to work in the event of authorized office closings or service suspensions due to severe weather, natural disaster, fire, operational emergencies or related events.


Carpenters are responsible for performing skilled woodcraft work in the construction, alteration, renovation, repair, modification and fabrication of Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority (WMATA) facilities. The incumbent works with wood and wood substitutes for the framework, rafters, doors, paneling, interior and exterior trim, staircases, beams and other high-grade wooden items where accuracy, spacing, and fit are essential and structural soundness and appearance are important.

Job Levels : At each successive grade level of this job (i.e. Grades D, C, B, A and AA), the incumbent is expected to demonstrate increased, distinguishing levels of proficiency and efficiency in knowledge, skills and abilities when performing the assigned duties and essential functions described in this job description

Essential Functions
  • Performs skilled woodcraft and related work activities in the construction, renovation, alteration, repair, maintenance or modification of WMATA facilities. Duties include the fabrication and repair of high-grade wooden items such as cabinetry, commercial and industrial furniture, graphic displays, paneling and design models and prototypes, while ensuring compliance with industry and WMATA applicable code and principles standards.
  • Works from and interprets complex plans, blueprints, and sketches; and uses rulers, tapes, squares, planes, powered saws, routers, miter boxes and other power and hand tools to perform work assignments. Uses shop mathematics in planning and completing projects requiring the use of instruments such as arcs, tangents, and circles.
  • Performs skilled tasks such as laminating, fine surfacing, plastic overlaying, steam bending and grain matching. Fabricates templates and patterns and selects appropriate machine tools and materials. Applies decorative finishes to wooden items, and develops curves, contours, shaped surfaces and features such as inlays, marquetry, miniature parts, friezes, matched contours and complex joints.
  • Lays out work assignments, determines methods, techniques, and materials needed to effectively accomplish assignments, and ensures WMATA facilities are operationally safe, neat, orderly maintained aesthetically appealing and functional.
  • Completes the required forms, tags, and other documentation that describes maintenance work and enters data into appropriate asset management systems. Prepares materials requisitions for the supervisor's approval and ensures equipment, systems and associated mechanical devices are maintained according to Authority and manufacturer standards.

Other Functions
  • Attends and passes the required safety training classes and continuously learns industry best practices for working safely and efficiently. Performs assignments according to established industry and WMATA safety practices and maintenance guidelines.
  • Supports response efforts in emergencies by providing immediate repairs to protect Authority assets. Responds to and assists during severe weather emergencies, ensuring safety requirements are met/exceeded.

The essential duties listed are not intended to limit specific duties and responsibilities of any particular position. Nor is it intended to limit in any way the right of managers and supervisors to assign, direct and control the work of employees under their supervision.

Evaluation Criteria

Consideration will be given to applicants whose resumes demonstrate the required education and experience. Applicants should include all relevant education and work experience.

Evaluation criteria may include one or more of the following:
  • Skills and/or behavioral assessment
  • Personal interview
  • Verification of education and experience (including certifications and licenses)
  • Criminal Background Check (a criminal conviction is not an automatic bar to employment)
  • Medical examination including a drug and alcohol screening (for safety sensitive positions)
  • Review of a current motor vehicle report


WMATA is an equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, status as a protected veteran, or any other status protected by applicable federal law.

This posting is an announcement of a vacant position under recruitment. It is not intended to replace the official job description. Job descriptions are available upon confirmation of an interview.


The Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority operates the second largest rail transit system and the fifth largest bus network in the United States. Safe, clean and reliable, "America's Transit System" transports more than a third of the federal government to work and millions of tourists to the landmarks in the Nation's Capital.

Metro has earned a worldwide reputation for security and architectural beauty. WMATA is clearly the employer of choice for over 10,000 area residents. The Authority was created in 1967 by an interstate compact to plan, develop, build, finance and operate a balanced regional transportation system in the National Capital area. Construction of the Metrorail system began in 1969. Four area bus systems were acquired in 1973. The first phase of Metrorail began operation in 1976. The final leg of the original 103-mile rail network was completed in early 2001. Metrorail now operates 83 stations. One line extension and three new stations are now under construction.

Metrorail and Metrobus serve a population of 3.4 million within a 1,500-square-mile area. The transit zone consists of the District of Columbia, the suburban Maryland counties of Montgomery and Prince George's and the Northern Virginia counties of Arlington, Fairfax and Loudoun and the cities of Alexandria, Fairfax and Falls Church. Overall, about 40 percent of the region's residents commute to work on Metro.

Metro and the federal government are partners in transportation. Half of the 83 Metrorail stations serve federal facilities and 36 percent of the local federal workforce uses Metro. We are committed to being an integral part of the Washington metropolitan area by ensuring the best in safe, reliable, cost-effective and responsive transit services, by promoting regional mobility and by contributing toward the social, economic and environmental well-being of our community. Employees are Metro.; We are committed to providing a working environment that fosters a high standard of performance, recognition for contributions and innovations, mutual respect and a healthy quality of life.

We are committed to developing ourselves through technology, training and education. We recognize our diversity as a source of strength that enables us to attain individual and Authority goals. In addition to competitive salaries, Metro employees enjoy a number of attractive benefits. These benefits include paid time off in the form of vacations, holidays and sick leave; medical, dental, life insurances as well as long term disability. Retirement is planned for through a defined contribution plan and a deferred compensation plan. Alternative work schedules, teleworking and free transportation on Metrorail and Metrobus make for an great benefits package for WMATA employees.Jump to our website to apply online for current openings and save the link for future vacancies as they occur.



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