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Company: Grand Rapids Public Schools
Location: Grand Rapids
Posted on: June 12, 2021

Job Description:

Position Title: Carpenter

Bargaining Unit: Grand Rapids Educational Support Professional Association (GRESPA)

Pay Rate: $19.85/hour

Earning Days: Determined by the negotiated calendar

GRPS MISSION: Our mission is to ensure that all students are educated, self-directed and productive members of society.


The Carpenter is a member of the Facilities Team. This position reports to

the Supervisor of Maintenance and is responsible for assisting in the operation of the Maintenance Department.

ESSENTIAL JOB FUNCTIONS - Essential functions under the Americans with Disabilities Act may include any of the following duties, knowledge and skills. This list is illustrative only and is not a comprehensive listing of all functions and duties performed by employees in this position. Regular on time and in person attendance is an essential function of this job. Other essential functions may include, but are not limited to the following:


  • Responsible for maintaining knowledge of schools and their construction, and perform repairs and renovations utilizing various kinds of building materials
  • Estimate and procure materials and equipment as needed to complete assigned work, and plan, layout and organize own work with minimal supervision
  • Ability to install and repair various trade related building components such as/but not limited to cabinets, countertops, flooring materials, ceiling tiles, window shades and blinds, drywall, masonry, commercial doors, frames, hardware and locks, and manufactured panel wall systems
  • Respond to emergency situations to insure the facilities are available as scheduled for use, and assist with off-hour emergency calls as needed 24 hours/day, 7 days/week
  • Practice safe work habits
  • Assist other departments as requested
  • Promote continuous quality improvement with each work person.
  • Work flexible work hours as required
  • Interact with co-workers, administration, students, parents and the community in positive, supportive and cooperative ways
  • Other duties as assigned

This description is intended to describe the type and level of work performed by a person assigned to this position. It is not an exhaustive list of all duties and responsibilities required to be performed in the position.


  • High School diploma or GED required
  • Extensive knowledge and experience in the building trades field
  • Minimum three years full time work experience as a Carpenter
  • Demonstrated ability to read and interpret blueprints, specifications and schematics
  • Possess a driver's license, reliable vehicle, a good driving record and the ability to travel the district in a timely and efficient manner
  • Demonstrated ability and experience to use hand tools, power tools, and equipment to perform tasks of the trade
  • Must pass a pre-employment physical
  • Demonstrated good attendance and punctuality
  • Demonstrated ability to participate as a member of a team
  • Demonstrated ability to work in a diverse environment
  • Demonstrated working knowledge of Building, Life Safety, and Barrier Free codes, and the ability to interpret building codes and implement necessary changes to District facilities to bring them into code compliance
  • Asbestos awareness training +/or licenses, or the willingness to receive required training within 6 months of employment
  • Preferred: Training and experience in repairing automatic operated door systems
  • Preferred: State of Michigan Builders license


  • Must possess personal hand tools of the trade
  • Specialty power tools will be provided


The physical demands, work environment factors, and mental functions described below are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.


While performing the duties of this job, the employee is required to stand, walk, sit, use hands to finger, handle, or feel, reach with hands and arms, climb or balance, stoop, kneel, crouch, or crawl, carry materials and equipment, talk, hear (in a quiet or noisy environment). The employee must occasionally lift and/or move up to 40 pounds. Must be able to work outside for extended periods (up to the entire eight (8) hour shift) in varying types of weather conditions. Must be able to climb and work from scaffolding and ladders. Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, distance vision and ability to adjust/focus.


The noise level in the work environment is usually loud to moderate.


While performing the duties of this job, the employee is required to compare, analyze, communicate both orally and in writing, copy, coordinate, instruct, compute, synthesize, evaluate, use interpersonal.


Grand Rapids Public Schools manages employment applications online. Applications must be completed online at No hardcopy applications/resumes will be accepted for this position. Computer terminals are available in the GRPS Franklin Campus lobby from 8:00am - 4:00pm, Monday-Friday, for applicant use (Monday - Thursday during the summer).


The Grand Rapids Public Schools will not discriminate against any person based on race, sex, sexual orientation, gender, gender identity and expression, height, weight, color, religion, national origin, age, marital status, pregnancy, disability or veteran status.

Americans with Disabilities Act accommodations: Assistance with the application process may be requested through the Human Resources Department at 616 819-2022 or

Keywords: Grand Rapids Public Schools, Grand Rapids , Carpenter, Other , Grand Rapids, Michigan

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