State of Maryland

CARPENTER (#000167)

- Hourly / - BiWeekly /
- Monthly / $28,559.00-$44,455.00 Yearly






A Carpenter is the full performance level of work in the construction, installation, alteration, removal, maintenance and repair of wooden structures, concrete forms, scaffolds, frame shelters, platforms, sign boards and general supports. Employees in this classification do not supervise other Carpenters but may supervise lower-level maintenance employees or helpers.

Employees in this classification receive general supervision from a Carpenter Supervisor or other designated higher-level staff. Work is performed at various State facilities. Employees in this classification may be required to work in elevated areas and may be required to lift heavy objects.

Positions in this classification are evaluated using the classification job evaluation methodology. This method compares the position’s assigned duties and responsibilities to the job criteria defined in the Nature of Work and Examples of Work sections of the classification specification.

The Carpenter is differentiated from the Carpenter Trim in that the Carpenter performs the full range of duties and responsibilities under general supervision while the Carpenter Trim is the advanced level of work in woodworking, precision cutting, fitting and finishing of wood.


Examines specifications, blueprints, and drawings to determine dimensions of the structure;

Lays floors, installs baseboards and moldings; Repairs and builds stairs, fences and forms;

Erects partitions and scaffoldings;

Repairs chairs, tables, desks, shelves, cabinets and cupboards; Installs locks and other hardware;

Lays and repairs shingle roofs;

Surveys and recommends treatment to old and new floors; Installs acoustical ceiling tile;

Operates saws, joiners, shapers, and other power equipment;

Cleans and repairs tools and equipment;

Installs glass in doors, windows, and partitions;

May supervise lower-level maintenance workers and helpers;

Performs other related duties.


Knowledge of the methods and techniques of carpentry and joinery;

Knowledge of the qualities and characteristics of wood and materials that can be worked like wood, such as plastic and fiberglass;

Skill in the use and maintenance of tools such as handsaws, ripsaws, planes, braces, hammers and woodworking machines;

Skill in measuring, cutting and installing materials;

Ability to read, interpret and work from plans, blueprints, drawings and specifications;

Ability to follow instructions;

Ability to direct and supervise lower-level maintenance workers and helpers.


Education: Completion of the eighth grade.

Experience: Four years of experience in general carpentry.


1. Applicants may substitute additional carpentry experience at a rate of one year of experience for two years of education for up to four years of the required education.

2. Graduation from an accredited vocational or technical high school with a concentration in carpentry may be substituted for up to three years of the required experience.

3. Graduation from a vocational or technical trade school with a concentration in carpentry may be substituted for up to three years of the required experience.

4. Candidates may substitute U.S. Armed Forces military service experience as a non-commissioned officer in builder classifications or construction and engineering specialty codes in the carpentry field of work, on a year-for-year basis for the required experience.




Class specifications are broad descriptions covering groups of positions used by various State departments and agencies. Position descriptions maintained by the using department or agency specifically address the essential job functions of each position.

This is a Skilled Service classification in the State Personnel Management System.  All positions in this classification are Skilled Service positions.  Some positions in Skilled Service classifications may be designated Special Appointment in accordance with the State Personnel and Pensions Article, Section 6-405, Annotated Code of Maryland.  

This classification is assigned to Bargaining Unit A, Labor and Trades classes.  As provided by the State Personnel and Pensions Article, Section 3-102, special appointment, temporary, contractual, supervisory, managerial and confidential employees are excluded from collective bargaining.  Additionally, certain executive branch agencies are exempt from collective bargaining and all positions in those agencies are excluded from collective bargaining.  

Employees in this classification are eligible to receive overtime compensation. An employee who works more than the normal workweek is entitled to be compensated for that overtime, as provided by the State Personnel and Pensions Article, Section 8-305.

Date Revised

November 17, 2017

Approved By

Director, Division of Classification and Salary

CLASS: 000167; EST: ; REV: 11/17/2017;

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