Carpenter, Lead in Baghdad at PAE

Date Posted: 9/9/2020

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Carpenter, Lead

Carpenter, Lead (AN)

The Carpenter, Lead will be based at one of three PAE sites in Iraq and serve the Operations and Maintenance Support Services (OMSS) contract in support of the U.S. Department of State. This position will be responsible for taking ownership of all site painting, office, and residential relocation and minor furniture repair services. The Carpenter, Lead will report to the Carpentry Supervisor. The duties and responsibilities listed below are representative of the nature and level of work assigned and are not necessarily all inclusive.  

The Carpenter, Lead will:

  • Responsible for maintaining a safe workplace and ensuring that safety is the highest priority in the workplace.
  • Comply with all Environmental Health & Safety and Quality Assurance requirements and goals. Provide information and materials to these divisions as necessary to ensure adequate and legal documentation.
  • Provide daily work assignments and supervises one Locksmith, one Carpenter with locksmith experience and five Carpenters.
  • Perform carpentry services as required for:
    • Carpet installation and replacement.
    • Tile and linoleum replacement.
    • Windows, window frames, and screens.
    • Stair repair to include new anti-slip treading.
    • Make and install signs.
    • Coat rack and similar fixture installation.
    • Drywall, studs, ceiling tracks and ceiling tile layout and installation.
  • Perform painting services as required for:
    • Maintenance areas.
    • Piping and equipment.
    • Office and residential areas.
    • Areas that are missing paint or have bleed- through noticeable from a distance of five feet or more.
  • Perform minor furniture repair services, including repair services that can be resolved on site within an eight hour timeframe which may include:
    • Bookcases.
    • Cabinets.
    • Shelves.
    • Chairs.
    • Tables.
    • Doors and door bolts.
    • Doorframes.
  • Manage, coordinate and implement relocation of staff for both office and residential areas. This includes coordination of the delivery and installation of office and residential furniture from the warehouse.
  • Report any problems or lack of compliance with Statement of Work (SOW) to the Carpenter Supervisor.
  • Perform scheduled and unscheduled inspections.
  • Assist in developing the Statement of Work (SOW) when requested.
  • Maintain effective, timely and respectful communications and interactions with other employees, managers, and supports other organizations.
  • Perform other administrative tasks including material ordering, inventory, and work scheduling.
  • Collect, analyze and summarize data for report preparation and submit written reports.
  • Responsible for facility custodianship of work area and management of tools, equipment and spare parts.
  • Take initiative to analyze a situation and to make frequent technical decisions based on specifications, safety and electrical codes.
  • Evaluate operational effectiveness and develop/maintain effective operational control mechanisms.
  • Perform other duties and special projects as assigned.


  • Minimum Acceptable Experience Level:
    o    Eight (8) years’ general carpentry experience in operations and maintenance services.
    o    Three (3) years’ operations and maintenance (O&M) experience in an overseas setting.
  • Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:
    o    Training and experience with rough carpentry finish carpentry, cabinet making, furniture repair and furniture construction is highly desired.
    o    Demonstrated knowledge of:
        Roofing - shingle and sheet-metal.
        Concrete form construction including mixing and finishing.
        Carpeting including laying tile carpet and runner carpeting.
        Painting including knowledge of different kinds of paint and application methods.
        Flooring types and installation.
        Operation of all normal fixed and portable carpentry shop tools.
    o    Knowledge of applicable U.S. Codes and accepted trade practices.
    o    Knowledge and experience regarding occupational hazards of the carpentry, painting and furniture repair trades and related safety precautions.
    o    Must have good organizational and communication skills with the ability to exercise sound judgment and make decisions independently.
    o    Work independently in the absence of supervision.
    o    Establish and maintain effective relationships with those contacted in the course of work.
    o    Ability to lift heavy objects, bend, stoop, kneel, crawl, walk, stand for prolonged periods of time.
    o    Knowledge of principles and processes involved in supporting carpentry functions at an overseas facility.
  • o    Ability to work in a fast-paced environment that requires handling multiple tasks at a given time and rapidly adapting to changing priorities and schedules.
  • o    Cross-cultural sensitivity with an international perspective.
    o    Excellent organizational and time management skills.
    o    Computer skills, specifically in Microsoft Word and Excel.
    o    Ability to become an active and functioning member of a team.
    o    Ability to be innovative and be an agent for change.
    o    Expert communication skills to facilitate and disseminate information.


  • Relevant overseas contract experience
  • Experience working with PAE 


  • Knowledge of ALL principles and processes involved in operating and supporting carpentry, painting and minor furniture repair functions at an overseas facility.
  • Knowledge of principles and processes for providing excellent customer services.
  • Ability to work in a fast-paced environment that requires handling multiple tasks at a given time and rapidly adapting to changing priorities and schedules.
  • Cross-cultural sensitivity with an international perspective.
  • Excellent organizational and time management skills.
  • Expert computer skills, specifically in Microsoft Word and Excel.
  • Ability to become an active and functioning member of a team.
  • Must have the ability to be innovative and be an agent for change.
  • Expert communication skills to facilitate and disseminate information.


  • Citizenship: US Citizenship is required due to Secret or higher level US government clearance being required. 
  • Security Vetting: Already have or be able to obtain a Secret or Top Secret clearance and must maintain eligibility at the required certification level for the duration of the contract.
  • Education: A high school diploma (or GED) and a vocational diploma in carpentry or completion of an Apprentice program with a Journeyman certificate is required.
  • Language Skills: Must be able to speak English and read English Technical Manuals.
  • Medical: Favorable passage of a drug screen and physical examination. 

Working and Living Conditions

This position may be located in a war zone, in an environment with harsh and dangerous working and living conditions. While performing the duties of this job, the employee may regularly be exposed to extreme and austere desert-like environment. Temperatures can reach 120- 130 degrees Fahrenheit/50-55 degrees Celsius during the summer months. Employees must be willing and able to perform regular job requirements in this austere, extreme environment, as well as willing and able to deploy to Iraq for extended periods. Work schedules are a minimum of 6 days per week and 10 hours per day, while some jobs have higher daily and weekly minimums. Employees must be willing and able to perform physical activities including, but not limited to, heavy lifting and moving of items, parts, assemblies, and equipment up to the safety regulation maximum; climbing in and out of equipment; crawling; and working outdoors. This includes being able to lift and carry 40 pounds of personal protective equipment for extended periods of time and being capable of running and ‘duck & cover’ during emergencies without putting oneself or others at risk.  

PAE is proud to be an Equal Opportunity Employer. Our hiring practices provide equal opportunity for employment without regard to race, religion, color, sex, gender, national origin, age, United States military veteran’s status, ancestry, sexual orientation, marital status, family structure, medical condition including genetic characteristics or information, veteran status, or mental or physical disability so long as the essential functions of the job can be performed with or without reasonable accommodation, or any other protected category under federal, state, or local law.

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