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Mechanic - Carpenter

Facilities Operations

Mechanic - Carpenter

  • 532972
  • Manhattanville
  • Facilities Operations
  • Full Time
  • Opening on: Dec 23 2022
  • Mech: Mechanic A/Mechanic
  • Job Type: Support Staff - Union
  • Bargaining Unit: TWU - B&G
  • Regular/Temporary: Regular
  • Hours Per Week: 40
  • Salary Range: $38.76- $38.76 per hour
The salary of the finalist selected for this role will be set based on a variety of factors, including but not limited to departmental budgets, qualifications, experience, education, licenses, specialty, and training. The above hiring range represents the University's good faith and reasonable estimate of the range of possible compensation at the time of posting.

Position Summary

LOCATION(S): Manhattanville
SCHEDULE:     Monday - Friday 11:00AM-7:30PM

A Carpenter is a position in the facilities department providing high quality and effective work that provides quality carpentry services to the academic, research and administrative units on the Columbia University- Manhattanville Campus(CUMVC). A Carpenter will ensure quality carpentry work in the planning, laying out, construction, repair and assembly of temporary and permanent buildings, additions, partitions and wooden structures and fixtures. May be required to respond to any emergency on a 24 hour basis. Perform and/or assist in any routine or emergency function of the carpenter position.


  • Reads, understands and interprets blue prints, drawings, floor plans and schedules, and manufacturers operating and/or maintenance specifications, building structure and finishes.
  • Proficient in the employment of all tools and measuring instruments and in the methods and materials common to the carpentry trade.
  • Thorough knowledge of carpenter shop power tools such as band saw, router, lather, table saw, shaper, and planer.
  • Work alongside and assist other personnel in completing all assigned relevant maintenance and work orders.
  • Ability to install or repair drop ceilings.
  • Must be skilled at metal restoration and repair.
  • Must be skilled in various types of shade/blind repair and maintenance.
  • Shall have good knowledge of types of wood, their characteristics and their uses.
  • Maintains, constructs, and performs minor and major repairs, renovations, alterations, and installations of building structures, components, millwork items and furnishings.
  • Work in conjunction with other relevant trades on preventative maintenance and corrective repairs on equipment, systems and building features.
  • Provide guidance, direction and on the education to all junior personnel in the proper procedures of maintenance, repair and operations.
  • Process paperwork including but not limited to work orders, inventory, and preventative maintenance forms.
  • Maintain completeness, timeliness, and accuracy of the work and work orders.
  • Continually and immediately communicate with supervisor regarding any apparent operational deficiencies.
  • Ability to perform relevant tasks and duties related to Maintenance Worker and Apprentice positions.
  •  Responds to requests for maintenance and service from relevant supervisor to include emergencies, maintenance problems, requested installations, modifications, repairs and adjustments, and other tasks relevant to their trades.
  • Perform minor patching and painting of areas.
  • Perform other related duties incidental to work described herein.
  • Attends and participates in all departmental trainings and meetings.
  •  Must perform any relevant duties assigned in an emergency as determined by management.
  • The duties listed below are intended only as illustrations of the types of work that may be performed. The omission of special statement of duties does not exclude them from the position if the work is similar, related, or a logical assignment.
  • Maintains, constructs, and performs repairs, renovations, alterations, and installations on a wide variety of building materials to include minor roof repairs, walls, framing and casings, ceilings and ceiling grids, stairs, handrails, cove bases, signage, pictures, bulletin and chalkboards, room furnishings and other similar relevant items and installations.
  • Maintains and perform repairs, modifications, fabrications, replacements and installations of cabinets, doors and window and door sills, jambs, moldings, decorative paneling, laminates, inlays, and other similar relevant millwork items.
  • Operates mill working equipment to include joiners, shapers, planers, routers, table, band and radial arm saws, sanders and other stationary portable mill working equipment.
  • Maintains and performs minor repairs on a wide variety of millwork items and furnishings to include cabinets, chairs, desks, tables, bookcases, decorative moldings and cove bases, paneling and other similar relevant items.
  • Maintain clean and neat work environment in shop area as well as any area where carpentry work may be completed.
  • Accompany and/or assist facilities staff, project leaders, consultants and contractors as directed or assigned.
  • Perform other related duties incidental to the work herein.

Minimum Qualifications

  • HS diploma or GED
  • 3- 5 years Carpenter experience
  • Must demonstrate minimum professional proficiency in the English Language; as defined by the U.S. Department of State.
  • Hold and maintain Certificate of Fitness for Fire Guard (F-60)
  • Hold and maintain Certificate of Fitness for Using Powder Activated Tools(E-21)
  • Hold and Maintain Certificate of Fitness for Operation and Maintain Air Compressors(A-35)
  • Hold and Maintain Certificate of Fitness for supervision of Flammable/Combustible Finishing Operations (C-30)
  • Must demonstrate minimum professional proficiency in the English Language as defined by the U.S. Department of State.
  • Preferred: Hold and maintain an active Motor Vehicle Class D License.
  • Must be a quick learner and exhibit self-motivational skills.
  • Strong team mentality (ability to work with others).
  • Strong communication skills with the ability to communicate with all levels of staff, customers, clients, students, vendors, and management.
  • How to read and interpret SDS information.
  • Understanding of general vivarium, and laboratory rules and restrictions.
  • How to identify a fire rated barrier and properly install fire-stopping materials.
  • Hold licenses/certifications as required by local, state, and federal regulations
  • Knowledge of and/or Training on the following:
  • Use of portable fire extinguisher.
  • Hazardous Waste awareness
  • Asbestos hazards and safety.
  • Required to complete Computerized Maintenance Management Training (work order management training) prior to end of probation period.
  • Confined space entry procedures.
  • Personal Protective Equipment
  • Infection Control procedures
  • Interim Life Safety Measures
  • Safe Equipment handling
  • Lock-out/Tag-out procedures relevant to carpentry trade.
  • Description and use of fire stopping materials
  • Communication etiquette including phone, radio, and customer service
  •  Must demonstrate knowledge of all CUMVC’s safety policies and procedures.
  • Must demonstrate applicable institutional knowledge and practices of the facility and its operations.
  • Must be able to work all shifts as assigned.
  • Understand fundamentals of maintenance, repair and operations of relevant building features and systems.
  • How to properly use, install, and inspect fire stopping materials.
  • Must demonstrate knowledge of CUMVC’S customer service policies.
  • Ensures positive interaction by acknowledging, greeting, and thanking our customers.

Physical and Environmental Conditions

  • Use strength to lift and transport items needed to perform the functions of the job, with the ability to lift 50 pounds independently and support team lift with reasonable accommodations.
  • Sit, stand, bend, kneel, crouch, and squat for prolonged periods of time and/or repeatedly over a required period of time.
  • Reach with and work with hands and arms overhead.
  • Exposure to variable and unfavorable climate and weather conditions.
  • May work in an environment where a variety of pathogens, chemical substances, and gases are used for research. After receiving notification from EH&s that the area has clearance for work to be performed, employee(s) will be required to practice the use of proper PPE when exposed to the conditions mentioned, the use of N-95 type respirator
  • Ability to work while wearing a respirator appropriate with regulations.
  • Required to be Tuberculosis (TB) negative, submit to periodic TB testing, and a chest x-ray if a positive TB test is read.

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