Occ. Code 7202100




New York State Department of Civil Service


Classification Standard




Maintenance Assistants (Carpenter) perform semiskilled carpentry work in the construction and repair of structures and of other items, generally under the supervision of a journey level tradesperson. Incumbents may work with a variety of materials in addition to wood including but not limited to, sheet metal, plastics or aluminum.


Maintenance Assistants (Carpenter) are employed by many agencies with the greatest number in the Office of Mental Health, the Office of Mental Retardation and Developmental Disabilities and the State University.




Maintenance Assistant (Carpenter) as a semiskilled employee, performs the more routine repetitive maintenance and repair tasks in the carpentry trade, typically under the supervision of a Carpenter. Incumbents, in learning and perfecting their craft skills, may perform journey level activities under supervision or after receiving detailed instructions. They often supervise Maintenance Helpers, Laborers and other relatively unskilled workers in performing manual tasks involving elementary skills.


There are a number of other specialized maintenance assistant classes having parenthetic designations describing the predominant trade areas to which the incumbent is assigned; i.e., electrician, mason and plasterer, painter, and plumber and steamfitter. Although incumbents of such classes may perform tasks normally associated with more than one trade, most of their time is spent performing tasks typical of the trade indicated by the special title.


Incumbents of Maintenance Assistant positions without a parenthetic designating a trade specialty are usually found in relatively small maintenance staffs where such specialization is not desirable, or in large maintenance pools where specialization is not efficient. However, incumbents may be assigned to tasks such as those described for any of the specialized positions of Maintenance Assistant.


Maintenance Assistant is distinguished from Maintenance Helper by the latter's performance of relatively unskilled tasks in direct support of semiskilled and/or skilled trades positions. Such tasks involve a limited use of the tools and equipment of the trade under very specific instruction and supervision of either a Maintenance Assistant or a journey level tradesperson.


Critical distinctions between Maintenance Assistant (Carpenter) and Carpenter are the latter's responsibility for the planning, layout, estimating the quantity and type of materials needed, and supervision of maintenance and repair projects, the diagnosing of structural problems, and the performance of a broad range of carpentry tasks in producing a finished product.




A Maintenance Assistant (Carpenter) 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, incumbents assist journeymen 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.


Under direction, incumbents may participate in work in other maintenance specialties.


As assigned, a Maintenance Assistant (Carpenter) functions as a lead worker over a small building maintenance crew usually consisting of maintenance helpers and laborers or State wards.




The nature of Maintenance Assistant (Carpenter) activities generally restricts relationships to employees working within the same organizational unit. As assigned, incumbents supervise a small maintenance crew which may include State wards. Such relationships are characterized by frequent oral communications in assigning work and providing instructions. Written and oral communications with the general public are not typical of this class.




A Maintenance Assistant (Carpenter) is usually supervised by a higher level trade position such as Carpenter or General Mechanic. Work priorities and the nature and extent of the work to be performed are prescribed and materials are furnished. When necessary, the work to be performed is laid out by a journey level tradesperson who gives specific instructions, assists in performing the more difficult tasks and inspects the job while in progress and when completed to insure the quality of the work and that instructions are followed. However, a Maintenance Assistant (Carpenter) may perform the activities of this class with considerable independence when supervision is not immediately available due to the geographic location of the assignment. In addition, incumbents are expected to perform the more routine and repetitive tasks with considerable independence.


As assigned, a Maintenance Assistant (Carpenter) supervises a maintenance crew comprised of Maintenance Helpers, Laborers and other relatively unskilled workers and/or wards of the State. Incumbents make assignments, give instructions and provide assistance in performing work.




Maintenance Assistant (Carpenter) uses the hand tools, portable power tools, shop equipment and standard measuring instruments of the carpentry trade.  An incumbent may occasionally operate a motor vehicle.




·        Working knowledge of the methods, materials, tools and equipment of the carpentry trade.


·        Ability to use the tools, machines, equipment and materials of the carpentry trade.


·        Ability to perform moderate to heavy manual labor.


·        Ability to understand and carry out written and oral instructions.


As assigned:


·        Working knowledge of the rules and regulations of the facility governing the activities of state wards under the supervision of a Maintenance Assistant.


·        Ability to read plans and specifications.


·        Ability to lead the activities of a subordinate staff.


·        Ability to operate a motor vehicle.




Two years of experience in carpentry work under the supervision of a skilled carpenter, or completion of an appropriate two year technical school course in carpentry.





Reviewed:  4/04






NOTE:  Classification Standards illustrate the nature, extent and scope of duties and responsibilities of the classes they describe.  Standards cannot and do not include all of the work that might be appropriately performed by a class.  The minimum qualifications above are those which were required for appointment at the time the Classification Standard was written.  Please contact the Division of Staffing Services for current information on minimum qualification requirements for appointment or examination.