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Maintenance Assistant, Carpenter

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Department: FM&D
Local Title: Maintenance Assistant, Carpenter
Budget Title: Maintenance Assistant Carpenter
Work Type: Full Time
Location: Brooklyn, NY
Categories: Maintenance & Skilled Trades


Are you looking to take your career to new heights with a leader in healthcare? SUNY Downstate Health Sciences University is one of the nation's leading metropolitan medical centers. As the only academic medical center in Brooklyn, we serve a large population that is among the most diverse in the world. We are also highly-ranked by Castle Connolly Medical, a healthcare rating company for consumers, among the top 5 leading U.S. medical schools for training doctors.

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Job Summary:

The Department of Facilities Management and Development at SUNY Downstate Health Sciences University is seeking a full-time Maintenance Assistant, Carpenter.

Maintenance Assistant, Carpenter as a semiskilled employee, performs the more routine, repetitive maintenance, installation, and repair tasks in the carpentry trade. Incumbents may also perform journey-level activities, under supervision, or after receiving detailed instructions, to learn and perfect their skills.  Generally, Maintenance Assistants, Carpenter work under the supervision of a skilled trades or supervisory maintenance position; in turn, they may supervise Facility Operations Assistants 1 and other relatively unskilled workers in performing manual tasks involving elementary skills.

Illustrative Tasks  

Working from blueprints, drawings, oral or written instructions and using carpenter's hand tools and power tools, performs a variety of semiskilled maintenance, repair and construction activities in the carpentry trade including but not limited to the following:

  • Repairs structural woodwork and equipment such as doors, window sash, storm windows, screens, window guards, stairs and railings.
  • Repairs, installs and adjusts locks, door closures, hinges, door checks and ether door hardware.
  • Installs glass in windows, doors and partitions.
  • Builds, repairs and installs such items as bookcases, shelving, tables, and racks using woodworking machines.
  • Following instructions, assists skilled tradespersons in such construction activities as the erection or renovation of larger buildings and structures, and in the repair and construction of roofs. 
  • Builds forms for concrete work. 
  • Erects and moves wall partitions.
  • Installs and replaces damaged floor and ceiling tile.
  • Replaces quoin, miter and fender timbers on lock gates.

Required Qualifications:

  • Non-competitive: 2-years of full-time experience in carpentry work under the supervision of a skilled tradesperson; 
    • OR completion of an appropriate two-year technical school course in carpentry at a school, institute, or branch of the Armed Services, such as the New York State Civil Service Employees Association-Partnership (NYS CSEA-P) Applied Skilled Trades Certificate Program*;
    • OR an equivalent combination of experience and training gained by completion of appropriate technical courses in carpentry at a school, institute, or branch of the Armed Services.
  • When required to operate motor vehicles, candidates must possess a valid New York State driver's license appropriate for the type of vehicle to be operated. 

(*Successful completion of the NYS CSEA-P Applied Skilled Trades Certificate Program includes a total of 288 hours of trade-specific classroom instruction, 45 hours of technical math course work, 45 hours of technical communications course work, and 15 hours of blueprint/schematic reading course work.  It does not include 4,000 hours of on-the-job training, as required for the NYS CSEA-P Applied Skilled Trades Traineeship.)

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Work Schedule:

Variable Days; Variable Hours

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Salary Range:

As per civil service guidelines


COVID-19 Vaccination Requirement:


  An approved COVID-19 vaccination.

Executive Order:

Pursuant to Executive Order 161, no State entity, as defined by the Executive Order, is permitted to ask, or mandate, in any form, that an applicant for employment provide his or her current compensation, or any prior compensation history, until such time as the applicant is extended a conditional offer of employment with compensation.  If such information has been requested from you before such time, please contact the Governor’s Office of Employee Relations at (518) 474-6988 or via email at

Equal Employment Opportunity Statement:

SUNY Downstate Health Sciences University is an affirmative action, equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, religion, creed, age, disability, sex, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, familial status, pregnancy, predisposing genetic characteristics, military status, domestic violence victim status, criminal conviction, and all other protected classes under federal or state laws.

Women, minorities, veterans, individuals with disabilities and members of underrepresented groups are encouraged to apply.

If you are an individual with a disability and need a reasonable accommodation for any part of the application process, or in order to perform the essential functions of a position, please contact Human Resources at


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