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CARPENTER

Essential Competencies

ENTRY LEVEL

Description: This competency identifies the knowledge and skills required to perform basic helper duties; following scheduling requirements and manufacturer's guidelines; and by using trouble-shooting techniques and proper tool care.

I.Project accomplishment for minor construction and repairs

A. Assist full level Carpenter
1. Follow Scheduling
2. Basic interpretation of blueprints and drawings
3. Uses of basic materials, techniques
4. Closely supervised materials takeoffs
B. Setup and operation of basic tools and equipment
1. Setup to framing tolerances
2.Basic joining techniques where close tolerances are not a factor
C. Helper Responsibilities
1. Gather materials
2. Cleanup & Tool Care
3. Safety Considerations

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities

Ability to:

Follow instructions
Schedule small projects
Learn basic drawing symbols
Learn basic carpentry techniques
Learn types and characteristics of building materials
Learn advanced math

Knowledge of:

Basic shop math
Care of tools and equipment
Safe working practices

Skilled in:

Use of common hand and power tools
Demonstrated mechanical skill

DEVELOPMENTAL LEVEL

Description: This competency identifies the knowledge and skills required to perform standard building construction and repair; cyclic preventive maintenance on a selected array of machinery and equipment; proper tool use and care.

All Competencies at the Entry Level, plus:

I.Project accomplishment from initial layout to completion of standard repair and construction projects

A.Work from sketches, work orders and basic blueprints
1.Develop and implement schedule; follow specific instructions
2. Select general appropriate materials

3. Materials takeoff

B. Setup and operate standard tools and equipment
1.Work to allowable tolerance limits to produce a serviceable product
2.Assemble items with standard joining techniques
C.Developmental level responsibilities
1. Independent performance of standard construction and repairs
2. Safety Considerations

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities

Knowledge of:

General woodworking techniques
Materials strengths and applications
Bonding materials
Standard shop math

Skilled in:

Using measuring tapes, squares, levels and other carpentry tools to plan, lay out, measure, cut, construct and install materials to specification
Use and operation of hand and power tools such as planes, routers, power nailers and fasteners, metal shears, screw guns, power saws, sanders and planes

Ability to:

Read complete blueprints, construction drawings
Apply standard measurements, specifications and instructions
Schedule projects
Select appropriate materials

FULL PERFORMANCE LEVEL

Description: This competency identifies the knowledge and skills required to perform complex building construction and repair; skilled use of the full range of wood working tools, techniques and machines.

All Competencies at the Entry and Developmental Levels, plus:

I.Project accomplishment from initial layout to completion of complex repair and construction

A.Interpret complex blueprints, drawings and specifications; determine layout and work sequence
1. Develop and implement schedule
2. Select specific appropriate materials

3. Materials takeoff

B.Setup and operate a wide variety of woodworking tools and machines
1. Work to close tolerance and fit

2.Assemble items with a wide variety of joining techniques

C. Lead Responsibilities
1. Lead accomplishment of project
2. Safety Considerations

3. Instruct others

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities

Thorough Knowledge of:

Wood and substitute materials and construction techniques
Advanced shop mathematics to compute and lay out arcs, tangents and circles

Skilled in:

The setup and operation of general and precision carpentry and wood working tools and equipment including table saws, drill presses, joiners, shavers, tennoners and lathes

Ability to:

Interpret complex blueprints and instructions
Finish products with precise fit, accurate dimensions and acceptable appearance
Determine grade, size and type of lumber
Cut precision bevels, rabbetts, chamfers, grooves and compound miter joints.

National Park Service
Training and Development Division
Essential Competencies
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