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Lead Carpenter

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Job Summary

The Lead Carpenter, assigned to the Carpenter Shop within the Maintenance & Operations unit of Facilities Development & Operations, works under general supervision and provides lead direction for journey-level crafts workers and semi-skilled assistants, laying out and coordinating the work flow for the shop, preparing materials lists, and ordering supplies in addition to performing work as a skilled carpenter. Staff within the Carpenter Shop are responsible for a full range of journey-level skilled work in rough and finished skilled carpentry, to ensure a clean, safe, attractive, and well maintained learning environment.

The Maintenance & Operations unit of Facilities Development & Operations provides services to a University campus spread across five sites comprised of +170 acres, 52 buildings, and more than six million gross square feet. The Carpenter Shop is one of seven skilled trades shops within Maintenance & Operations and is comprised of a lead carpenter plus three journey-level carpenters and may be assisted by staff in the Facility Worker Shop. The Shop reports up to a Facilities Project Supervisor who provides supervision and guidance.

Key Responsibilities
  • Performs as a journey-level carpenter in association with basic and advanced maintenance and repair work
  • Builds, remodels, and maintains various types of facilities, buildings, offices, classrooms, restrooms, sheds, fences and other structures
  • Installs, builds and repaired internal and external structures
  • Installs and repairing drywall, ceiling and floor tiles, and roofs
  • Makes, installs, and repairs cabinets, counters, shelves, benches, partitions, floors, and door and window frames
  • Hangs doors and installation window frames
  • Erecting scaffolding, forms, frames, molds, and/or use electronic lifts or personnel ladders in the performance of duties
  • Installs and repairs modular furniture
  • Reads, interprets, and works from plans, drawings, and specifications
  • Ensures work performed is completed in a manner conforming with plans, specifications, and building code and safety requirements
  • Cleans and maintains materials, tools, and equipment used in the performance of duties
  • Performs all work in accordance with established safety procedures
  • Maintains a clean and safe work environment
  • Work may involve exposure to hazardous materials such as lead and asbestos. Performs abatement, where certified
  • Consults and works with other trades workers
  • Operates power tools, shop and construction equipment typical to the carpentry trade
  • Provides lead work direction to skilled trades staff and semi-skilled and unskilled assistants through the performance of the duties noted below understanding that operational needs vary daily and are based on priorities set by the appropriate administrator
  • Reviews work order system to understand and plan for preventative, deferred, and reactive maintenance work efforts in a manner aligned with the priorities communicated by the appropriate administrator
  • Ensures preventative maintenance and other work orders designated as high priority are completed on schedule
  • Prepares for and plans work including development of material/supply needs lists and ordering supplies through the warehouse and business office so as to pursue the work according to schedule. Ensures adequate and appropriate warehouse stock supplies are on hand
  • Develops rough sketches/diagrams and corresponding cost estimates and projected schedules for communication with the business office and customer
  • Develops labor resource schedules and communicates assignments to assigned workers, making adjustments and coordinating with other shops, where necessary
  • Lays out, directs, assists and coordinates the work flow for assigned work including project planning and coordinating with other shops where necessary
  • Instructs shop members in industry best practices and safety rules through regular shop and safety meetings. Provides instruction and lead direction to unskilled and semi-skilled assistants
  • Inspects completed work for conformance with specifications, requirements, compliance with applicable building and safety codes and regulations
  • Ensures computerized record keeping systems are maintained with all work efforts documented accurately
  • Communicates with customers in a professional manner to keep them informed of work efforts
  • Provides feedback to the appropriate administrator concerning staff work performance including productivity, quality, teamwork, and communication
  • Advises on set-up and layout of the shop as well as the selection, ordering and storage of equipment and supplies. Consults with shop staff to obtain feedback on recommendations
  • Ensures Carpenter Shop and work areas remain neat and tidy at all times and that tools and equipment are properly cared for and stored safely
  • Prepares standard reports, including preparation of as-builts for database updates
  • Acts as shop supervisor in absence of the Facility Project Supervisor
Knowledge, Skills & Abilities
  • Thorough knowledge of the methods, materials, tools and equipment used in both rough carpentry and finishes carpentry including knowledge of various types and grades of lumber, and in the use of hand and power carpentry tools
  • Thorough knowledge of the applicable state codes and regulations, including the Safety Orders of the Division of Industrial Safety of the State of California and California Building Codes
  • Working knowledge of effective supervisory practices and techniques and the ability to lead, instruct and coordinate the work of a small group or crew of skilled and semi-skilled workers as well as provide instruction to unskilled and semi-skilled assistants
  • Ability to provide lead work direction including supervising and instructing in the necessary work efforts and safety rules that must be adhered to
  • Ability to make rough sketches, accurately estimate time and costs as well as necessary supplies and materials needed for assigned work, and to ensure work is performed in sequence
  • Ability to build, install, and repair structural woodwork, flooring, ceilings, and cabinetry
  • Ability to operate and maintain hand and power tools typical to the carpentry trade as well as to erect and work from scaffolds, ladders, and personnel lifts
  • Ability to recognize and select appropriate materials for the work assigned including lumber types and grades
  • Developed organizational skills to allow for the establishment of priorities and labor resource assignments to accomplish work within budget and labor resource constraints while meeting the required schedule
  • Working knowledge of practices and procedures of safety and emergency preparedness and ability to respond appropriately to such situations
  • Knowledge and ability to complete work in conformance with drawings, plans, and specifications, requirements and compliance with applicable building and safety codes and regulations. Ability to inspect work performed by others to ensure adherence to requirements and industry practices
  • Ability to ensure shop, equipment, and tools are properly cleaned, maintained, and securely stored with shop being kept neat and tidy at all times
  • Knowledge in the use of computers and technology including email, word processing, and spreadsheets
  • Ability to use enterprise software systems to track work orders, obtain supplies, document work efforts, and maintain records
  • Ability to read and write at a level appropriate to the position; read and interpret blueprints, and perform arithmetic calculations as required to perform the duties assigned
  • Ability to prepare standard reports that may require one to organization information, ideas and concepts in a written or presentation format
  • Ability to learn and maintain knowledge of a variety of state, federal, CSU, and SJSU policies and procedures pertaining to assigned duties
  • Ability to implement a positive customer service approach, with a commitment to high ethical standards, while maintaining focus on solving problems or issues effectively and in a professional manner
  • Ability to communicate effectively and work harmoniously with a diverse group of individuals who are directly or indirectly involved with assignments and projects
  • Ability to foster and participate in a positive, cooperative, productive teamwork focused atmosphere and maintain positive working relationships with a diverse population including those from various backgrounds
  • Ability to understand and embrace priorities for work assignments while also maintaining flexibility to accommodate changes while meeting deadlines despite intermittent interruptions
  • Ability to operationalize sustainability concepts (economic justice, social justice, environmental justice) into all aspects of performing job duties
  • Ability to perform strenuous work in potentially hazardous environments
  • Ability to pass a physical which enables the use of a half-face respirator
  • Possession of a valid California driver’s license and maintain a driving record that allows for the operation of any vehicle or equipment required in the performance of duties
Required Qualifications
  • These abilities normally would be acquired through any combination of progressively responsible training and experience which demonstrates achievement of journey-level skills equivalent to that acquired through the completion of a carpenter’s apprenticeship program. Must participate in all OSHA required physicals and examinations.
  • One to two years of experience as a journey-level carpenter that included work coordination responsibilities
  • Valid driver’s license with an appropriate safety record so as to allow operation of assigned equipment in California

A valid driver's license is required for this position. Out of state candidates selected for the position must obtain a State of California driver's license within 10 days of hire in accordance with the California Department of Motor Vehicles regulations.

Once hired the employee must successfully complete the Defensive Driver Training Program provided by the State of California for California State University campuses.

Preferred Qualifications
  • Possession of a current California asbestos worker certification
  • Possession of a current California lead worker certification
  • Experience in maintenance of a State facility, College or University, or other multi-facility complex
  • Working knowledge of effective supervisory practices and techniques


Classification: Lead Carpenter
Anticipated Hiring Range: $7,000/month - $7,205/month
CSU Hiring Range: $6,151/month - $7,942/month

San José State University offers employees a comprehensive benefits package typically worth 30-35% of your base salary. For more information on programs available, please see the Employee Benefits Summary .

Application Procedure

Click Apply Now to complete the SJSU Online Employment Application and attach the following documents:
  • Resume
  • Letter of Interest
This position is open until filled.

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Additional Information

Satisfactory completion of a background check (including a criminal records check) is required for employment. SJSU will issue a contingent offer of employment to the selected candidate, which may be rescinded if the background check reveals disqualifying information, and/or it is discovered that the candidate knowingly withheld or falsified information. Failure to satisfactorily complete the background check may affect the continued employment of a current CSU employee who was offered the position on a contingent basis.

The standard background check includes: criminal check, employment and education verification. Depending on the position, a motor vehicle and/or credit check may be required. All background checks are conducted through the university's third party vendor, Accurate Background. Some positions may also require fingerprinting. SJSU will pay all costs associated with this procedure. Evidence of required degree(s) or certification(s) will be required at time of hire.


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Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Crime Statistics Act and Campus Housing Fire Safety Notification:

Pursuant to the Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Campus Crime Statistics Act, the Annual Security Report (ASR) is also now available for viewing at The ASR contains the current security and safety-related policy statements, emergency preparedness and evacuation information, crime prevention and Sexual Assault prevention information, and information about drug and alcohol prevention programming. The ASR also contains statistics of Clery crimes for San José State University locations for the three most recent calendar years. A paper copy of the ASR is available upon request by contacting the Office of the Clery Director by phone at 408-924-1501 or by email at .

Pursuant to the Higher Education Opportunity Act, the Annual Fire Safety Report (AFSR) is also available for viewing at . The purpose of this report is to disclose statistics for fires that occurred within SJSU on-campus housing facilities for the three most recent calendar years, and to distribute fire safety policies and procedures intended to promote safety on Campus. A paper copy of the AFSR is available upon request by contacting the Housing Office by phone at 408-795-5600 or by email at .

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San José State University (SJSU) is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer committed to nondiscrimination on the basis of age, ancestry, citizenship status, color, creed, disability, ethnicity, gender, genetic information, marital status, medical condition, national origin, race, religion or lack thereof, sex, sexual orientation, transgender, or protected veteran status consistent with applicable federal and state laws. This policy applies to all SJSU students, faculty and staff programs and activities. Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972, and certain other federal and state laws, prohibit discrimination on the basis of sex in all education programs and activities operated by the university (both on and off campus).

Advertised: January 26, 2024 (9:00 AM) Pacific Standard Time
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