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Montana State University Carpenter, Journeyman in Bozeman, Montana

Position Details

Position Information

Announcement Number STAFF - VA - 22405

For questions regarding this position, please contact:

Kathy Jahnke at 406-994-6774 or at

Classification Title Carpenter, Trades

Working Title Carpenter, Journeyman

Brief Position Overview

The Carpenter/Journeyman position is an essential part of Facilities Services at Montana State University. The work performed by the carpenter ensures the maintenance, repair, renovation, and replacement of University facilities meets the highest standards.

Position Number 4N0831/4N0912

Department Facility Services

Division University Services

Appointment Type Skilled Craft

Contract Term Fiscal Year


If other, specify From date

If other, specify End date

FLSA Non-Exempt

Union Affiliation Carpenters

FTE 1.0

Benefits Eligible Eligible

Salary Carpenter - $26.44/hr; Apprentice Carpenter - minimum $21.152/hr commensurate with experience, education, and qualifications

Contract Type Skilled Craft

If other, please specify

Recruitment Type Open

Position Details

General Statement

MSU’s Carpenter Shop maintains over 5,000,000 square feet of buildings of varying ages which, in addition to the traditional classroom, office, and residential spaces, include teaching and research labs, recreational and NCAA sports facilities, commercial kitchens, retail centers, the Museum of the Rockies and other specialty use spaces. Specialty use square footage may have specific component/installation requirements to be compliant with safety and other use-specific needs. MSU Carpenters apply journeyman-level skills in maintaining, repairing, renovating, and remodeling these space and use types under minimal supervision

Duties and Responsibilities

  • Maintain, repair, renovate, and remodel institutional, commercial, and residential building types.

  • Install, maintain, and repair: floors and floor coverings; doors and door systems including closures, safety glass, strikes, and hinges; windows and window coverings; acoustical ceilings and walls; stairways; railings; partitions; signs; roofs, insulation; siding; and concrete formwork.

  • Repair and maintain classrooms and office fixtures including fixed seating, chairs, tables, benches, dry-erase boards, and bulletin boards.

  • Construct cabinets, counters, and other related items.

  • Install countertops and partitions.

  • Perform concrete form and concrete work

  • Prepare wood surfaces for refinishing.

  • Safely operate and maintain a variety of hand, power, and stationary tools normally associated with the Carpentry industry.

    Required Qualifications – Experience, Education, Knowledge & Skills


  • High school graduation or equivalent, plus four years journeyman-level carpentry experience, or documentation certifying achievement of journeyman level status, or an equivalent combination of education and experience.

  • Working knowledge of standard construction practices, methods, materials, tools and equipment of carpentry trade.

  • Demonstrated experience in the following carpentry skills: Framing, trim and molding, door and window installation.

  • Demonstrated experience in one or more of the following basic carpentry skills: cabinet installation, acoustical ceilings, interpreting blueprints.

  • Demonstrated competence working on building components such as windows, doors, window and door hardware, stairs, and railings.

  • Demonstrated competence building and repairing structural systems.


  • High school education or G.E.D/HiSet.

  • Demonstrated competence using personal computers and software, such as word processing, spreadsheets, electronic calendars, and email. Microsoft Office Suite is preferred.

  • Demonstrated ability to establish and maintain effective working relations with a diverse range of individuals, such as customers, staff members, administrators, and vendors.

  • Experience in building, carpentry, plumbing, electrical, or a maintenance trade

  • Willingness and ability to complete the Carpenter Apprentice program

    Preferred Qualifications – Experience, Education, Knowledge & Skills


  • Experience with historical building/building component maintenance, repair, and restoration.

  • Experience in specialty tasks like welding, concrete forming and repair, cabinet making, solid surfaces, seating systems, and/or ceiling systems, metal framing, manual and electronic security hardware, stair layout and construction, and exterior finish work.


  • Two years of Apprenticeship program completed or equivalent.

  • Demonstrated experience in tasks such as framing, trim and molding, door and window installation.

    The Successful Candidate Will

The successful candidate will have broad carpentry experience and a diverse set of skills and be willing to add to those skill sets and experience by:

  • Effectively and safely operate work-related equipment and tools.

  • Consistently exercise initiative and good judgment.

  • Accurately follow written and oral instructions and procedures.

  • Communicate effectively with co-workers, supervisors, contractors, and the campus community.

  • Establish and maintain effective working relationships with supervisors, coworkers and the public.

  • Be a successful team player.

  • Provide excellent customer service.

  • Represent the department and MSU to others in a professional and courteous manner.

    Position Special Requirements/Additional Information

Must possess currently or be eligible to obtain a valid State of Montana Driver’s license and have an acceptable driving record (less than 12 points). Do NOT send a copy of the driver’s license.

This job description should not be construed as an exhaustive statement of duties, responsibilities or requirements, but a general description of the job. Nothing contained herein restricts Montana State University’s rights to assign or reassign duties and responsibilities to this job at any time.

Physical Demands

This position requires the ability to: position self to stoop, bend, and crawl; ascend and descend scaffolds, stairs, roofs and ladders; and traverse long distances. Working conditions include but are not limited to: exposure to temperature extremes and inclement weather; working in/around fumes, dust, noise, and research-related activities; and working around equipment, machinery, and site conditions typical of a construction environment.

To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily with or without reasonable accommodations. The requirements listed above are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required.

This position has supervisory duties? No

Posting Detail Information

Number of Vacancies 2

Desired Start Date Upon completion of a successful search

Position End Date (if temporary)

Open Date

Close Date

Applications will be:

Screening of applications will begin on December 4, 2023; however, applications will continue to be accepted until an adequate applicant pool has been established.

Special Instructions

Diversity Statement

Montana State University values diverse perspectives and is committed to continually supporting, promoting and building an inclusive and culturally diverse campus environment. MSU recognizes the importance of work-life integration and strives to be responsive to the needs of dual career couples.

In compliance with the Montana Veteran’s Employment Preference Act, MSU provides preference in employment to veterans, disabled veterans, and certain eligible relatives of veterans. To claim veteran’s preference please complete the veteran’s preference information located in the Demographics section of your profile.

MSU’s Non-Discrimination Policy and Discrimination Grievance Procedures can be located on the MSU Website: