Woodlawn, Maryland
Jul 17, 2019
Jul 20, 2019
Full Time



Performs carpentry work relating to the alteration, repair and maintenance of buildings and structures, and fabrication, repair and maintenance of wooden or related products.

Position is located at SSA-HQ in Woodlawn, Maryland. Work is performed at the Woodlawn Complex, including Security West Buildings, National Computer Center and National Support Center in Urbana.
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  • Plans and lays out work from blueprints, sketches, work orders or oral instructions.
  • Erects, alters, repairs and/or removes partitions of wood, glass, metal, plastic, sheet rock, acoustical title or related materials.
  • Repairs or replaces wood or metal window framing, doors, baseboards, moldings, transoms and panels.
  • May duplicate or make new keys to fit the locks by code, impression or duplicating machine
  • May set up coding systems involving varying types of locks and keyways.
  • Installs window glass in window frames.
  • Removes and replaces damaged sections of wood or tile flooring and stairways. Lays masonite, asphalt, rubber title and inlaid linoleum.
  • Sharpens saws and saw blades and other tools.
  • Occasionally repairs office furniture and constructs bulletin boards and picture frames.
  • Works within a comprehensive space utilization control and improvement program by using application software to view, read and print drawings for use in maintaining building facilities space management system.

Travel Required

Not required

Supervisory status

Promotion Potential


Conditions of Employment

  • U.S. Citizenship required
  • Selective Service Registration, if applicable (
  • Background and/or security investigation required
  • Job offers are contingent on background / security investigation results
  • Selectees may be required to serve a 1 year probationary period
  • Relocation expenses will not be paid
  • All qualification requirements must be met by the closing date of the announcement
  • See Qualifications Section for detailed information pertaining to Physical Efforts, Working Conditions, Protective Gear and Shift Requirements.


To qualify for this position, you must have:

Ability to Do the Work of this Position Without More Than Normal Supervision

This is the OPM-required Screen Out Element and means you must demonstrate the following worker-traits in the performance of carpenter duties:

(1) possesses satisfactory or greater knowledge of the trade and
(2) keeps informed of current trade practices

(1) accepts and completes assigned tasks (requests assistance if needed) and
(2) uses time productively

(1) produces work products consistent with trade standards and
(2) completes expected amount of work on schedule with a minimum of errors

(1) takes prompt action to accomplish tasks and
(2) properly organizes and prioritizes work

In addition, you must meet or exceed the following OPM-required Job Elements.

This means your resume should describe the duties you perform that support the level of knowledge, skills and/or abilities you claim.

Applicants may be asked to provide supporting documentation, describe specific examples of work performed OR to support claims by a practical demonstration.

Knowledge of Equipment - must have (at least) a general understanding of the operation and function of equipment used to prepare materials for common carpentry tasks and, with no more than normal supervision, ability to set up and operate such equipment.

Technical Practices - must have (at least) a general understanding of wood, woodworking materials and accepted practices of the carpentry trade and, with no more than normal supervision, ability to perform basic carpentry tasks.

Ability to Interpret Instructions, Specifications, etc -- must have (at least) a general understanding of common architectural and/or engineering terminology, ability to follow basic oral and/or written instructions (such as work orders, plans or sketches) and, with no more than normal supervision, ability to carry out routine carpentry work .

Measurement and Layout -- As requested andwith no more than normal supervision, ability to gather and assemble the materials needed for common carpentry tasks andability to measure, mark, cut and/or lay out those materials .

Ability to Use and Maintain Tools and Equipment - must have (at least) general knowledge and occasional hands-on use of tools and equipment necessary to complete routine carpentry projects and ability to follow common safety precautions while operating such tools, as well as procedures for storing tools and/or equipment not in use.

Knowledge of Materials - must have (at least) a general understanding of most materials used for carpentry work, including the physical properties and/or characteristics of wood and wood substitutes and, with no more than normal supervision, ability to choose appropriate materials to perform assigned carpentry tasks.



This position also requires that applicants be willing and able to comply with the following:

Physical Efforts: Usually works at benches or while material is on supports. This requires considerable standing, stooping and bending. Also works on ladders and scaffolds, which require work overhead or in stretched, cramped or awkward positions. Arm movement is considerable when nailing and using such tools as handsaws and planers. Carpenters may occasionally lift and carry items that weigh about 50 pounds

Working Conditions: Some work is done inside a shop where carpenters are subject to cuts from hand or powered tools and danger from flying splinters and chips. Shop work also involves the presence of sawdust in the air. Carpenters may be required to work outside in all kinds of weather or at locations when protection from weather conditions is limited to unheated building shells. Carpenters also work on scaffolding, high ladders or rooftops when nailing and installing completed items.

Protective Gear: Carpenters in this position are required to wear safety shoes and safety glasses. Additionally, you will be required to wear a respirator on an as needed basis and may be required to shave to support a respirator fit.


Shift Requirements: This is a full-time position on a flex-time schedule, but is considered an emergency/mission critical position. This means you may be required to report to work or remain at your workstation to perform critical services when employees are generally excused for all or part of a workday because of hazardous weather and other emergency situations. In case of snow, you may be required to report during irregular hours and travel in hazardous weather conditions. Carpenters are on call 24-hours a day, 7-days a week and/or according to rotational shifts. NOTE: This position is not eligible for telework consideration.

Information on Federal Wage System Qualifications can be found at


There is no educational requirement for this position.

This position does not accept education in lieu of experience.

Additional information

This position is located in
Office of Facilities and Logistics Management (OFLM)
Office of Buildings Management (OBM)
Division of Mechanical Maintenance (DMM)

This position is not eligible for telework consideration.

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

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

See Qualifications Section for detailed information pertaining to Physical Efforts, Working Conditions, Protective Gear and Shift Requirements.

How You Will Be Evaluated

You will be evaluated for this job based on how well you meet the qualifications above.

Preview the questionnaire here:

Answer all questions and follow instructions carefully. Errors or omissions may affect your evaluation. The questionnaire takes approximately 15 minutes to complete.

The score you receive is based on your responses to the online questionnaire. Your resume and supporting documentation will be compared to your responses to the occupational questionnaire, which is designed to capture the desired competencies for this position.

Follow all instructions carefully. The experience you claim is subject to verification by the selecting official. You may be asked to provide specific examples or documentation of experience to support your answers or you may be required to verify a response by a practical demonstration of your claimed ability to perform a task.

Your resume should describe duties you perform that demonstrate how you meet the Screen Out requirement, as well as duties that pertain to the Job Elements stated under Qualifications.

Applicants will receive a score based on responses to the online questionnaire. In accordance with the provisions of Category Rating, eligible applicants will be placed into one of three categories:

(1) Qualified -- Candidates who meet the Screen Out criteria and demonstrate a satisfactory level of knowledge, skills and abilities necessary to perform the duties of the position.

(2) Well Qualified -- Candidates who meet the Screen Out criteria and demonstrate an advanced level of knowledge, skills and abilities necessary to perform the duties of the position.

(3) Best Qualified -- Candidates who meet the Screen Out criteria and demonstrate an expert level of knowledge, skills and abilities necessary to perform the duties of the position.

Candidates eligible for veterans' preference will be placed ahead of other candidates in the appropriate category for which they have been rated. Additionally, preference eligibles who have a compensable service-connected disability of at least 10 percent AND who meet the Screen Out criteria AND demonstrate at least a satisfactory level of the knowledge, skills and abilities necessary to perform the duties of the position will automatically be placed in the Best Qualified Category.

Background checks and security clearance

Security clearance
Not Required

Drug test required

Position sensitivity and risk
Non-sensitive (NS)/Low Risk

Trust determination process

Required Documents

You must submit a resume that clearly demonstrates how you meet the Screen Out criteria as well as the individual Job Elements. If your resume doesn't provide sufficient information to demonstrate the required knowledge, skills and abilities required for this position, you will not receive consideration for this position. Your resume should not simply list knowledge, skills, abilities or projects worked on, but must describe how you use your claimed knowledge, skills and abilities (e.g., the duties you perform) to accomplish carpentry work without more than normal supervision.

Supporting documents must be uploaded with your application by the closing date of the vacancy announcement or they cannot be considered.

If you are claiming eligibility for preference, you must also submit supporting documents, as follows:

ICTAP (INTERAGENCY CAREER TRANSITION ASSISTANCE PLAN): ICTAP provides eligible displaced competitive service employees with selection priority for competitive service vacancies. If you voluntarily separated from federal employment (e.g., resigned or retired) OR you separated at the conclusion of a term or temporary appointment OR you were terminated for performance or conduct reasons, you do not meet the requirements for ICTAP and should not indicate that as an eligibility.

ICTAP candidates must provide (as part of your application):
-- a copy of your written notification of ICTAP eligibility or a copy of your separation SF-50 (Notice of Personnel Action) and
-- your most recent performance rating of at least "fully successful" (Level III) or equivalent

ICTAP-candidates must meet the requirements for the Well-Qualified category (as described above) to receive selection priority.

For more information on ICTAP-eligibility see

VETERAN'S PREFERENCE: Follow these instructions pertaining to documents required to substantiate veteran's preference. PLEASE NOTE THAT SSA'S REQUIREMENTS MAY BE DIFFERENT FROM WHAT YOU HAVE SUBMITTED IN THE PAST. Applicants who don't submit the required documents will receive preference based only on the documents provided. This may affect your eligibility and/or rating.

Applicants claiming veterans' preference must submit a DD-214 ( member 4 copy ONLY ) OR if you are currently on active duty, an official statement of service from your command. To be acceptable, documents must show Character of Service. You may not receive consideration as a veteran if you fail to submit a legible copy of the proper DD-214.

Applicantsclaiming 10-point veterans' preference based on a service-connected disability, must submit an SF-15 ( Application for 10-Point Veterans' Preference) and the documents specified on the reverse of the SF-15. You may not receive consideration as a 10-point veteran if you fail to submit all of the required documents.

Applicants claiming derived preference must submit an SF-15 and the documents specified on the reverse of the SF-15. You may not receive derived preference if you fail to submit all of the required documents.

MILITARY SPOUSES: You must meet certain conditions to be eligible as a Military Spouse. See complete information at .

Preference will be granted using ONLY the documents listed above .
For more information visit the Vet Guide .

IMPORTANT NOTICE TO VETERANS : The Office of Personnel Management has published the end date for Operation Iraqi Freedom (OIF) as August 31, 2010. To receive veterans' preference for service during the Enduring Freedom/Iraqi Freedom era, you must have served for more than 180 days between September 11, 2001 and August 31, 2010 OR be in receipt of a campaign badge or expeditionary medal. The updated CFR language is available here . Other qualifying eligibility for preference (e.g., disability) remains unchanged.