Carpenter Leader

Hampton, Virginia
Oct 22, 2021
Oct 29, 2021
Full Time


The Carpenter Leader consistently and independently leads the Building Repair Shop on employees in their assignments, assigns work and schedules under general production accomplishment guidelines and deadlines established by the Carpenter Supervisor. The Carpenter Leader works closely with Carpenter Supervisor on work accomplishments through oral and written reports. Responsible for assigning and monitoring preventive maintenance, assigning work orders, monitoring work order status reports.
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Performs general maintenance and repair pertaining to the carpenter trade throughout the Hampton VA Medical Center. This includes inside and outside repairs to the buildings, alterations, and minor improvement projects.

Incumbent installs floor tile requiring material for adhesion, repairs and replaces window guides and tapes, cuts and replaces different size window glass, installs detention screens, acoustical ceiling suspension systems, metal stud walls, partitions and carpet.

Constructing, installing, repairing, and modifying wood and wood substitute structures and items requiring close tolerance fit and structural soundness

Fabricates and repairs wooden items such as cabinetry, furniture and other devices as used throughout the patient care services and other areas.

Plans and lays out his/her work from specifications, blueprints, sketches and oral instructions. He/she selects cuts, joins, bonds, fits wooden material and parts using hand and power tools to accomplish the task.

Installs and repairs locks, hardware, door closures, and security combination locks such as push button and safes. Incumbent is required to re-key lock cylinders, duplicate and make new keys.
Required to repair and troubleshoot automatic doors, which includes reading schematics and installation of parts.

Responsible for the Hampton VA Health Care System lock system and maintains all keys codes and door hardware, repairs and maintains automatic doors and installs fire protection door closures on all smoke doors throughout the Medical Center.

Must be a qualified Carpenter with basic knowledge of masonry work as well; must have a full range of knowledge of various types and sizes of wood and plywood, nails, screws, rivets, bolts, adhesives, caulking compounds and lubricants. Must be knowledgeable in the various sizes and types of builder's hardware and their finishes.

Performs other directly related duties as assigned.

Work Schedule: Monday-Friday, 7am-3:30pm. Must have the flexibility to work outside the normal tour of duty which may include weekends and holidays.
Position Description Title/PD#: Carpenter Leader/PD028830
Relocation/Recruitment Incentives: Not authorized

Travel Required

Occasional travel - You may be expected to travel for this position.

Supervisory status

Promotion Potential


Conditions of Employment

  • You must be a U.S. Citizen to apply for this job
  • All applicants tentatively selected for VA employment in a testing designated position are subject to urinalysis to screen for illegal drug use prior to appointment. Applicants who refuse to be tested will be denied employment with VA.
  • Selective Service Registration is required for males born after 12/31/1959
  • You may be required to serve a probationary period
  • Subject to a background/security investigation
  • Pre-employment physical required
  • Selected applicants will be required to complete an online onboarding process
  • Participation in the seasonal influenza vaccination program is a requirement for all Department of Veterans Affairs Health Care Personnel (HCP)
  • Participation in the Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) vaccination program is a requirement for all Department of Veterans Affairs Personnel
  • Must possess a valid driver?s license. Position requires occasional travel to satellite VA Facilities with a government furnished vehicles to conduct building maintenance/repair functions.
  • The position requires the incumbent to be fit tested for a respirator on an annual basis which may prohibit facial hair growth.


To qualify for this position, applicants must meet all requirements by the closing date of this announcement, 10/29/2021.

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. You will be rated on the following Job Elements as part of the assessment questionnaire for this position:

Equipment Assembly, Installation, Repair
Interpret Instructions, Specifications (includes blueprint reading)
Lead or Supervise
Measurement and Layout
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: Incumbent is required to work from ladders, scaffolds, in close places, indoors and outdoors. The carpenter works in tiring positions for prolonged periods. Heavy physical efforts are required. Must be able to lift heavy objects, walk, bend, stoop, climb, crawl and stand on feet for extended periods of time. Must be able to work in tight and restrictive spaces such as under buildings, under equipment, in attics, in tunnels, etc., and at high elevations such as on roofs, scaffolds, ladders, in towers, etc., in excess of 30 feet. Incumbent works in tiring positions for prolonged periods. Position work requires frequent standing, bending, stooping, crouching, and arm movement. Position sometimes do position work in cramped areas, on temporary platforms, and overhead and frequently lift and carry items weighing up to 20 kilograms (45 pounds). Position may occasionally lift heavier items with assistance.

Working Conditions: Must be able to work under stressful conditions typical to the hospital environment. Often employee must work in confined and poorly ventilated areas, both inside and outside. Is subject to working in all types of weather including inclement weather as employee is deemed essential to the vital function of the hospital. Subject to various conditions that may result in burns, abrasions, cuts, and working in areas that are hot, cold, damp, dusty, dirty and potential for encountering contaminated articles. Subject to possible injuries from falling off ladders, scaffolds, etc. Required to wear all personal protective equipment assigned to him as each situation warrants, such as eye, hearing, head, feet and respiration protective devices. Usually work in woodworking machine shop areas or other enclosed areas which are sometimes unheated. Position is frequently exposed to eye, skin, nose, and lung irritations from glue, bonding chemicals, vapors, splinters, and sawdust. Position is also frequently exposed to the possibility of receiving cuts and serious injuries, such as loss of fingers, from accidents while operating woodworking machines. To minimize or eliminate the effects of some of these conditions, the position follows numerous safety practices and wears or uses various protective devices. For example: wears protective eyeglasses or a face mask to protect against flying wooden particles; wears protective ear devices to lower noise; wears a respirator to protect against sawdust and vapors; uses machine guards to protect against cuts and loss of fingers; follows numerous safety practices in operating machines and using tools and equipment. Some of the protective devices used by the position are uncomfortable and are worn for long periods.

Valid State Driver's License. Must possess a valid driver's license. Position requires occasional travel to satellite VA Facilities with a government furnished vehicles to conduct building maintenance/repair functions.

Respirator Requirement. The position requires the incumbent to be fit tested for a respirator on an annual basis which may prohibit facial hair growth.


This job does not have an education qualification requirement.

Additional information

Receiving Service Credit or Earning Annual (Vacation) Leave: Federal Employees earn annual leave at a rate (4, 6 or 8 hours per pay period) which is based on the number of years they have served as a Federal employee. VA may offer newly-appointed Federal employee's credit for their job-related non-federal experience or active duty uniformed military service. This credited service can be used in determining the rate at which they earn annual leave. Such credit must be requested and approved prior to the appointment date and is not guaranteed.

Special Employment Consideration: VA encourages persons with disabilities to apply, including those eligible for hiring under 5 CFR 213.3102(u), Schedule A, Appointment of persons with disabilities [i.e., intellectual disabilities, severe physical disabilities, or psychiatric disabilities], and/or Disabled veterans with a compensable service-connected disability of 30% or more. Contact the Agency Contact for information on how to apply under this appointment authority via the Selective Placement Coordinator.

The Interagency Career Transition Assistance Plan (ICTAP) nd Career Transition Assistance Plan (CTAP) provide eligible displaced Federal/VA competitive service employees with selection priority over other candidates for competitive service vacancies. To be qualified you must submit appropriate documentation (a copy of the agency notice, your most recent performance rating, and your most recent SF-50 noting current position, grade level, and duty location) and be found well-qualified (have a final rating of 85 or more) for this vacancy. Information about ICTAP and CTAP eligibility is on OPM's Career Transition Resources website at .

Placement Policy: The posting of this announcement does not obligate management to fill a vacancy or vacancies by promotion. The position may be filled by reassignment, change to lower grade, transfer, appointment, or reinstatement. Management may use any one or any combination of these methods to fill the position.

It is the policy of the VA to not deny employment to those that have faced financial hardships or periods of unemployment.

This job opportunity announcement may be used to fill additional vacancies.

Veterans and Transitioning Service Members: Please visit the VA for Vets site for career-search tools for Veterans seeking employment at VA, career development services for our existing Veterans, and coaching and reintegration support for military service members.

Financial disclosure not required.

For more information on the "Who may apply" eligibility requirements, please refer to the OHRM Status Candidates and Other Candidate Definitions document.

If you are unable to apply online or need to fax a document you do not have in electronic form, view the following link for information regarding an Alternate Application .

How You Will Be Evaluated

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


Narrative responses are not required at this time. If you are referred for consideration, you may be asked to submit additional job related information, which may include, but not limited to; responses to the knowledge, skills and abilities; completion of a work sample, and/or contact for an interview. Your resume and/or supporting documentation will be verified. Please follow all instructions carefully. Errors or omissions may affect your rating or consideration for employment.

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

To apply for this position, you must provide a complete Application Package which includes:
  • State Driver's License
  • Resume

The following documents are accepted, and may be required if applicable to your eligibility and/or qualifications for this position. Please use this checklist to make sure you have included other documents required for your application, such as a copy of your transcript (if using education to qualify), SF-50's (current/former Federal employees), documentation to support Veterans Preference claims, or ICTAP/CTAP documentation (for displaced Federal employees). You will not be contacted for additional information.
  • Cover Letter
  • DD-214/ Statement of Service
  • Disability Letter (Schedule A)
  • Disability Letter (VA)
  • State Driver's License
  • Proof of Marriage Status
  • Resume
  • Separation Notice (RIF)
  • SF-15
  • SF-50/ Notification of Personnel Action

Veterans' Preference: When applying for Federal Jobs, eligible Veterans should claim preference for 5pt (TP), 10pt (CP/CPS/XP), or for Sole Survivor Preference (SSP) in the questionnaire. You must provide a legible copy of your DD214(s) which shows dates and character of service (honorable, general, etc.). If you are currently serving on active duty and expect to be released or discharged within 120 days you must submit documentation related to your active duty service which reflects the dates of service, character of service (honorable, general, etc.), and dates of impending separation. Additionally, disabled veterans and others eligible for 10-point preference (such as widows or mothers of eligible Veterans) must also submit an SF-15 "Application for 10 Point Veteran Preference" with required proof as stated on the form. Documentation is required to award preference. For more information on Veterans' Preference, please visit Feds Hire Vets - Veterans - Job Seekers - Veterans' Preference .