Research Center Carpenter

Research Center Carpenter

Have you ever wanted to be a part of a team constructing and conducting research on full-size buildings by putting them through high winds with rain, up to category 3 hurricanes, hail storms, or wildfires? Do you have the carpentry skills and expertise to build full sized specimens that will be tested and measured for the impacts and results from these type of research demonstrations? If so, we need you!

The Insurance Institute for Business & Home Safety (IBHS), is searching for a talented individual to join its construction team in our Richburg, South Carolina Research Center. The person in this position will work closely with engineers and scientists to construct specimens used to conduct scientific research to reduce damage to buildings from natural hazards.

The successful candidate must be a person who:

  • is interested in working with and developing state-of-the-art technology in a one-of-a-kind laboratory;
  • is organized, detail-oriented and innovative with high quality standards
  • works well in a collaborative multidisciplinary environment; and,
  • is an excellent problem solver, both individually and as part of a team

About IBHS:

The Insurance Institute for Business & Home Safety’s mission is to reduce the social and economic effects of natural disasters and other property damage by conducting research and advocating improved construction, maintenance and preparedness practices. IBHS is a dynamic organization where staff work together in an exciting creative and innovative environment that is changing the world of building science. By identifying ways to build safer, stronger homes and businesses, IBHS is helping to create communities that will be able to stand up to Mother Nature.



Responsible for supporting the completion of all construction activities and the movement of test specimens and other research equipment on site at the IBHS Research Center under the direction of the Carpentry Supervisor. Works hands-on with all members of the Production Team to assure all work is completed in a safe, high quality, and efficient manner.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities include, but are not limited to the following: **

  • Under the direction of the Carpentry Supervisor, performs assigned tasks to meet scheduled deadlines while assuring high-quality workmanship.
  • Assists the Carpentry Supervisor with the management and supervision of contractors performing work at the research center.
  • Assists the Carpentry Supervisor in developing construction and movement plans for projects based on input from Research Engineers and Scientists.
  • Assists other functional groups as needed to assure the completion of tests throughout the facility, including but not limited to fabrication and installation of instrumentation support structures and sensors, hail, wind and wildfire test specimens and running of various scientific tests.
  • Responsible for the safe use and maintenance of all construction tools and inspection of, powered industrial trucks and movement equipment including the movement system for test specimens and steel frames.
  • Capable of properly using all construction equipment including but not limited to table, panel & powered hand saws, nail guns, lift truck, aerial platforms and boom lifts.
  • Conducts inventory of consumables and equipment in the carpentry shop.
  • Assists with routine facility maintenance and special projects as assigned.
  • Operates various powered industrial equipment including, but not limited to forklift, shooting boom forklift, scissor manlift, boom lift required to assemble and install test specimens, access instrumentation and complete facility maintenance.

Supervisory Responsibilities: None


  • High School diploma or equivalent
  • Five (5) or more years of experience in the construction industry.
  • Ability to read, analyze, and interpret blueprints and drawings.
  • Ability to follow detailed instruction and produce high quality work.
  • Basic Computer Skills, e.g. Microsoft Windows, Microsoft Office, e-mail
  • Familiarity with safe and effective use of carpentry tools, including table saw, panel saw, miter/double bevel saw, band saws, drill press, nail guns and other hand tools.
  • Ability to lift 50 lbs.


  • Ability to effectively present information in one-on-one and small group situations to internal customers, clients, and other employees of the organization.
  • Ability to effectively communicate with contractors and technical staff, through written correspondence and verbal communication.
  • Flexible, adaptable and self-motivated.
  • Experience with maintenance activities a plus.
  • Forklift and aerial lift certification a plus.
  • Knowledge of Internet software; Spreadsheet software, Word Processing software, CAD software, and scheduling software such as Microsoft Project is a plus.
  • OSHA 10 Hour or 30 Hour safety certification a plus.

IBHS Core Values:

  • Integrity – Consistent, dependable, reliable, and accountable. Capable of leading the carpentry team with fairness, works side-by-side and hands-on with crew to assure all work is completed in a safe and efficient manner.
  • Professional Excellence – Knowledgeable, experienced, and respectful. Personally respected for quality work and capable of coaching others to appreciate and achieve quality.
  • Credibility – Honest, believable, trustworthy, accurate, and knowledgeable. Sets reasonable deadlines and meets them. Has a reputation for being dependable and trustworthy.
  • Real-World Impact – Transformative, actionable, meaningful, passionate, and influential. Actively participates in making IBHS a better place to work by suggesting things that improve safety and work flow. Encourages team to fully understand that the work we do will have long lasting impact in building safer, stronger communities.


We are an Equal Opportunity Employer
Military Veterans Welcome!

For more information, interested candidates should send their resume to
Or contact Barbie Simonson, Director of Human Resources, at or (813) 675–1048, fax (813) 286–9960