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Performs supervisory responsibilities for managing a skilled cabinet shop where individuals handle the construction, refinishing, repair, and installation of tables, desks, cabinets, chairs, shelving, bookcases, and other related work. This individual is also responsible for the supervision of the floor covering installers and the locksmiths.

This individual is responsible for planning, supervising, and assigning the work of employees engaged in carpentry and cabinet work for all types of wooden furniture and equipment. Work also includes personal participation as a master craftsman. Assignments are received in writing and with attached drawings or blue prints. Work is performed under general direction of an administrative superior and is reviewed through discussions and inspection of completed work.


Plans, lays out, and supervises all work of the cabinet shop; advises carpenters on solution of problems relating to cabinet making and carpentry repairs.

Assigns subordinate personnel to work details and inspects work in progress and upon completion to insure that it meets required standards; inspects items reported to be in need of repair; estimates time, materials, and costs for work to be built, repaired, and refinished.

Supervises and participates in the construction, installation, refinishing, and repairs of cabinets, desks, tables, shelves, and the other articles of furniture; lays out outline and dimensions on lumber stock according to drawing and blue print designs and specifications.

Supervises the operation and maintenance of woodworking machines including table saws, planers, jointers, wood lathes, drill presses, and other machines and tools used to cut, shape, and assemble parts from stock.

Estimates construction costs.

Maintains records and reports material, labor, and time costs; requisitions supplies, materials, tools, and equipment.

Recruits and trains personnel in the safe operation of equipment and tools.

Enforces safety regulations, rules, and working conditions.


High school diploma or GED; 5 years of related experience including supervisory or lead experience and considerable experience as a journeyman cabinet maker or any equivalent combination of training and experience. Excellent communication skills.


Thorough knowledge of the standard methods, equipment, materials, tools, and practices of the cabinet making trade.

Thorough knowledge of the occupational hazards and safety precautions of the construction trades.

Ability to effectively supervise skilled workers.

Ability to interpret and work from penciled sketches, drawings, plans, and blue prints.

Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with employees and other university personnel.

Ability to make and project material and labor estimates.

Ability to communicate and coordinate with superiors, subordinates, vendors and university personnel.

Skill in the use and care of standard tools and equipment of the carpentry, cabinet making, and woodworking trades.



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