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HISTORICAL CRAFTSPERSON

MASON, CARPENTER, PAINTER, ETC.


Essential Competencies

ENTRY LEVEL

Description: These competencies identify the knowledge, skills, and abilities required to perform preservation maintenance tasks and the treatment of historic structures at the entry level. Work is performed under close supervision with emphasis on safety and developing knowledge of historic preservation.

I. Trade/Craft Skills

A. Interpret construction drawings and plans
B. Selection of proper tools and equipment
C. Working knowledge of construction techniques
D. Use of Tools and Shop equipment

II. Preservation Policies, Standards, and Guidelines

A. National Historic Preservation Act of 1966, NPS -28, and other guidelines
B. Secretary of the Interior's Standards for the Treatment of Historic Properties

III. Preservation Skills

A. Basic knowledge of preservation treatment techniques

IV. Health and Safety Awareness

A. Environmental practices

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities

Ability to understand the Secretary of Interior's Standards for the Treatment of Historic Properties and NPS-28, Cultural Resource Management Guidelines

Ability to address compliance with the law in preservation craft work

Ability to layout work and select proper tools and materials

Ability to interpret construction drawings and plans into own work

Skill and ability to execute a range of appropriate preservation treatments; knowledge and ability to recognize treatments that offer potential for damage

Working knowledge of various types of architectural, structural, mechanical, electrical, and protection systems, components, and hardware

Ability to recognize materials safety, environmental, and other workplace hazards and respond appropriately

Ability to use and maintain a variety of tools and shop equipment

Ability to develop beyond apprentice level craft skills in at least one trade

DEVELOPMENTAL LEVEL

Description: These competencies identify the knowledge, skills, and abilities required to perform state-of-the-art preservation and restoration work on historic structures at the developmental level. Work is performed under normal supervision with emphasis on traditional and historical craft skills.

All competencies at the entry level plus:

I. Journeyman-level Trade/Craft Skills

A. Framing building additions
B. Performing masonry repairs
C. Performing roofing repairs
D. Painting
E. Working with traditional building materials and finishes

II. Preservation Policies, Standards, and Guidelines

A. Sources of technical information
B. Preservation Briefs and Tech Notes

III. Preservation Skills

A. Reassembling historic building components
B. Identifying wood deterioration
C. Identifying masonry deterioration

IV. Health and Safety Awareness

A. Awareness of environmental hazards

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities

Ability to identify sources of additional knowledge, skills, and expertise; who the sources are, where to find them, and when to call them for help

Working knowledge of traditional building materials and

finishes such as wood, masonry, metals, mortar, stucco, plasters, paints, etc

Ability to recognize materials safety, environmental, other workplace hazards and respond appropriately

Working knowledge of traditional and historical craft skills

Ability to differentiate between contemporary and historic building materials and methods

Ability to work accurately from blueprints, sketches, shop lists, and written and oral instruction to procure supplies, materials, and equipment for work assignment

Ability to reassemble historic building components after they have been dismantled for a period of time

Ability to identify deteriorated building materials and skill in replacing the deteriorated component as needed

Ability to understand technical information produced as reference materials by the National Park Service

Knowledge of how to prevent damage or destruction of historic and/or archeological evidence during treatment/construction projects

Knowledge of how to remove, identify, salvage, and store historic structure materials and artifacts during treatment/construction projects

Knowledge of how to remove, identify, salvage, and store historic structure materials and artifacts during treatment/construction projects

FULL PERFORMANCE LEVEL

Description: These competencies identify the knowledge, skills, and abilities required to perform state-of-the-art preservation and restoration work on historic structures at the full performance level. Work is performed with little direct supervision and with oral and written instructions.

All competencies at the entry and developmental levels plus:

I. Trade/Craft Skills

A. Multi-disciplinary craftsperson with journeyman-level; skills in one trade

II. Preservation Policies, Standards, and Guidelines

A. Interdisciplinary preservation process
B. Levels of Treatment

III. Preservation Skills

A. Current technologies in historic preservation
B. Dealing with vegetation overgrowth in and around historic structures
C. Photographic documentation

IV. Health and Safety Awareness

A. Personal protective equipment

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities

Ability to translate and explain to others the levels of treatments that are consistent with the Secretary of Interior's Standards for the Treatment of Historic Properties and NPS-28, Cultural Resource Management Guidelines

Knowledge of the interdisciplinary preservation process in NPS

Ability to perform preservation maintenance related to problems associated with vegetation overgrowth, biological agents, pests, and water problems for various building materials and structures

Ability to accurately and completely document project work through photography and written narratives

Ability to identify, recommend and implement appropriate corrective/preservation actions for standard/routine condition deficiencies

Ability to apply preservation skills in a broad range of crafts related to the practice of historic preservation

Ability to identify period versus contemporary work

Skill in repairing or replacing period elements and using appropriate tools, methods, and materials

Ability to maintain hand tools, portable power tools, and stationary power tools in safe operating condition

Extensive knowledge of traditional building materials and finishes such as wood, masonry, metals, mortar, stucco, plasters, paints, etc

Ability to properly use and maintain personal protective equipment

Ability to apply knowledge of current technologies in historic preservation to the maintenance and repair or historic structures



National Park Service
Training and Development Division
Essential Competencies
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