Air Reserve Technicians (ARTs) are part of the regular civil service and enjoy all the benefits granted to Federal employees in the competitive civil service. In addition, ARTs are required to maintain active membership in an Air Force Reserve unit so long as they occupy ART positions. As members of reserve units, ARTs receive on average one weekend of military training per month. In addition, they are eligible for 15 days active duty tour each year for which military leave is granted with full civilian pay. Air Force Reserve units and members are subject to immediate call to active duty in mobilization to meet a national emergency.
This is a standing register used to fill position at AFRC locations as vacancies occur. Some positions may have promotion potential to a higher grade than the grade being filled. Multiple vacancies may be filled from this announcement. The beginning and ending salaries may vary depending on location of position.
The cut-off date for these positions is the 25th of each month. Therefore, if we receive your application by midnight on the 25th of the month, you are eligible to go on the register the following month.
Some positions covered may or may not be obligated. Therefore, the selectee may be displaced by reassignment or reduction in force procedures at a later time should the previous incumbent exercise his/her reemployment rights.
Retired military are usually ineligible for membership in the Air Force Reserve. Retired military personnel who have active Air Force Reserve assignments may apply provided they show assignment (position and unit) on their application.
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The primary purpose of this Air Reserve Technician (ART) Enlisted position is to serve as an Aircraft Mechanic in an aircraft maintenance organization of an Air Force Reserve unit. The incumbent will perform duties such as:
- Installing, adjusting, aligning, inspecting, troubleshooting, and final functional and operational tests on a variety of major aircraft systems, their assemblies, and components such as airframe, landing gear, wheel and tire, power plant, gear boxes, pumps, and hydraulic, pressurization, utility, fuel, oil, pneumatic, and flight control systems.
- Towing, launching and recovering aircraft
- Documenting work performed on appropriate forms and systems.
- Initiating requisitions for needed parts and supplies.
- Providing on-the-job training to lower graded aircraft workers and others in related trades on aircraft maintenance procedures.
Occasional travel - Incumbent may be required to fly in military and/or commercial aircraft in the performance of temporary duty (TDY) assignments.
Who May Apply
This job is open to…Applicants must be United States Citizens and be eligible and willing to join the USAF Reserve. For questions concerning military eligibility, please contact the Air Force Reserve Qualifications Center at 1-800-257-1212.
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Conditions Of Employment
- Must be a United States citizen
- Travel Expenses may or may not be paid
- Incentives/Special Pay Rates may or may not apply
- Must meet and maintain Air Force Reserve military requirements
CONDITIONS OF EMPLOYMENT:
Position may or will require incumbent to: (1) Be exposed to intake suction or hot exhaust blasts. (2) Drive a motor vehicle. (3) Lift 80 lbs or more. (4) Work in heat, cold and inclement weather. (5) Be exposed to aircraft fluids, oils, hydraulic fluids, solvents, and hazardous fluids and gases. (6) Work on slippery or uneven surfaces. (7) Work around machinery with moving parts. (8) Work uncommon tours of duty. (9) Obtain and maintain the appropriate security clearance. (10) Some positions covered by this announcement may be designated as drug testing positions where the incumbent may be subject to random drug testing. (11) Some positions under this announcement may be covered by the Domestic Violence Misdemeanor Amendment (30 Sept 96) of the Gun Control Act (Lautenberg Amendment ) of 1968. An individual convicted of a qualifying crime of domestic violence may not perform the duties of such positions. (12) Some positions under this announcement may be controlled positions cover by the Personal Reliability Program (PRP). (13) Regular assignments are primarily ART duties, however, some non-ART duties, generally not to exceed 30 percent of total responsibilities may be assigned.
A specific length of experience or training is not required. However, you must have experience and/or training (military or civilian, paid or unpaid) of sufficient scope and quality to be able to perform the duties of the specific position for which you are applying. You must show that you have the experience identified in the Job Elements listed below as they relate to the position for which you are applying. Since your rating will be based upon the information you supply in your application (resume), you should be as detailed as possible and use the following Job Elements as a guide to assist you in identifying your relevant work experience.
ELEMENT A - Ability to Do the Work of the Position Without More Than Normal Supervision -- What work can you do by yourself without the help of a boss or supervisor? Give examples of the kinds of instructions your supervisor gives you when you start a task. Tell about experience you have had that shows you can work on the basis of your own judgment (Screening Element). ELEMENT B - Ability to Use and Maintain Tools and Equipment -- Identify the hand tools, power tools, specialized tools, and related support equipment that you have used and give brief examples of the work performed with each. ELEMENT C - Knowledge of Equipment Assembly, Installation, and Repair -- Identify the types of equipment you had to assemble; make; install; test; or repair. Give examples of the work you performed on the equipment such as assemble; disassemble; install; test; maintain; repair; troubleshoot; calibrate; modify; and design. ELEMENT F - Technical Practices -- Provide examples of your work experience that require inventing new methods to do tasks that could not be done in regular ways. State trade theory or technical principles you are familiar with which must be understood to perform the duties of the position for which you are applying. Give examples of work you have performed which required knowledge and experience in new and up-to-date trade practices. Also, give examples of your work, which required precise timing, accurate dimensions, or precise fit. ELEMENT I - Use of Test Equipment or Measuring Instruments -- Identify the measuring instruments and/or test equipment that you have used and briefly describe for what purpose you used each. ELEMENT J - Troubleshooting -- Provide examples of your experience troubleshooting equipment. Show the extent to which you had to understand the entire system to isolate the problem. Tell extent of danger to equipment if incorrectly handled with troubleshooting. Give examples of the more difficult troubleshooting you have done. ELEMENT K - Ability to Interpret Instructions, Specification, or Blueprints -- What kind of instructions, specification or directives have you had to interpret? Be sure to describe experience in interpreting new instructions or specifications concerning changes in operational procedures. How frequent were changes? On what jobs did you have to interpret manufacturers'' guides, catalogues, technical manuals, drawings, blueprints, charts or maps? Give examples of the more difficult instructions, etc. you had to interpret.
Preferred Military AFSCs: 2A351, 2A353, 2A257, 2A358, 2A551, 2A554Candidates are encouraged to provide a copy of their military experience and training with their resume in order to expedite recruitment efforts. Visit the "Transition GPS (Goals, Plans, Success)" website For more information visit the Air Force Reserve Special Examining Unit website at http://www.afrc.af.mil/AboutUs/JobOpportunities.aspx. Individuals on active duty may apply 120 days before separation date and should indicate in their application their military separation date. Individuals with more than 120 days before separation date must submit with their application a letter, signed by their commanding officer, stating the individual will be released from active duty (Palace Chase) if they obtain an ART position. Reservist who are mobilized may submit a copy of their mobilization orders or a statement in their application stating they are available with 120 days. Individuals who have special priority selection rights under the Interagency Career Transition Assistance Program (ICTAP) must rank in the Best or Highly Qualified categories to be considered well qualified for the position. Federal civilian employees seeking ICTAP eligibility must submit proof that they meet the requirement of 5 CFR 330.704. This includes a copy of the agency notice, a copy of the most recent Performance Rating, and a copy of the most recent SF-50 noting current position, grade level, and duty location. Please annotate your application to reflect that you are applying as an ICTAP eligible. Spouses of active duty military members of the armed forces may receive preference in hiring under this announcement if they are among the best qualified referred and are with reach of selection. For information on military spouse preference, please refer to website https://www.opm.gov/policy-data-oversight/hiring-information/veterans-authorities/ All Federal Employees are required by PL 104-134 to have federal payments made by Direct Deposit.
How You Will Be Evaluated
Please note if duplicate/multiple application materials are submitted, we will consider the most recent submission as the one of record. If you do not meet the screen out questions, you will not receive any further consideration. Errors or omissions may affect your rating.You will be rated under Category Rating procedures based on the extent to which your experience meets the job elements for the position under 'Qualifications Required' and quality categories as shown below. Experience refers to paid and unpaid experience, including volunteer work done through National Service Programs (e.g., Peace Corps, Americops) and other organizations (e.g., professional; philanthropic; religious; spiritual; community; student; social). Volunteer work helps build critical competencies, knowledge, skills, and can provide valuable training and experience that translates directly to paid employment. You will receive credit for all qualifying experience, including volunteer experience. Qualified applicants eligible for veterans' preference will receive selection priority over non-veterans within the same quality category. Each applicant will receive an initial rating based solely on their responses to the assessment questionnaire. To determine if you are qualified for this position, a review of your resume and supporting documentation will be made and compared against your responses to the assessment questionnaire. If after reviewing your resume and supporting documentation a determination is made that you have inflated your qualifications and/or experience, your rating will be adjusted to more accurately reflect your abilities. The final rating is a measure of the degree to which your background matches the Job elements required for this position.
If you meet the qualification requirements, your application will be placed in one of three categories: Best Qualified- Candidates in this category possess exceptional skills and experience to exceed well above the minimum requirements for announced position. Highly Qualified - Candidates in this category possess good skills and experience above the minimum requirements for announced position. Qualified-Candidates in this category meet the minimum experience requirements for announced position.
The assessment questionnaire is designed to measure your ability as identified in the Job Elements listed under 'Qualifications Required' as they related to the position for which you are applying.
Background checks and security clearance
The following documents are required:
1. Your Resume
2. The Occupational Assessment Questionnaire
3. Other supporting documents:
Veterans Preference Documentation, if applicable - To successfully claim veterans' preference, your resume/supplemental data must clearly show your entitlement. If you are claiming Veterans' Preference, please see the information below:
COPY OF DD 214, CERTIFICATE OF RELEASE OR DISCHARGE FROM ACTIVE DUTY PROVIDED MUST IDENTIFY TYPE OF SEPARATION, CHARACTER OF SERVICE AND NARRATIVE REASON FOR SEPARATION.
Claims for 5-Point Veterans' Preference. Submit official documentation such as a (1) DD 214, Certificate of Release or Discharge from Active Duty - Member 4 copy; (2) Virtual MPF awards and decoration printout; or (3) Statement of Service Letter or other form of certification signed by a Military Personnelist or other authorizing official (Commander of your unit or higher headquarters) which certifies the service member is expected to be discharged or released from active duty service in the armed forces under honorable conditions not later than 120 days after the date the certification is submitted. The certification should also include your rank, dates of active duty service, the type of Discharge and Character of Service (for members in a Reserve component, the letter must clearly identify 181 consecutive days of active duty, not for training).
Note: If selected, you will be required to submit a copy of your DD214 prior to entering on duty.
Claims for 10-Point Veterans' Preference. Submit the following documents: (1) Standard Form 15, pages 1&2 (Revised Oct 13 or later; previous editions are unsusable); (2) a letter from the Veterans Administration, dated 1991 or later identifying percentage of disability. The Employment Letter is the preferred supporting documentation which must be submitted with the SF 15. The Employment Letter can be requested through the Veterans Administration by calling 1-800-827-1000; and (3) a DD 214 Member 4 copy. If sufficient information is not provided for 10-point preference, 5 point tentative preference may be granted based on criteria as identified above for 5-Point Veterans' Preference.
For recent changes regarding veterans' preference eligibility, please refer to the Federal Register at http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2014-12-29/html/2014-30295.htm
For further details on veterans preference, please refer to the OPM VetGuide at http://www.opm.gov/policy-data-oversight/veterans-services/vet-guide/.
The above mentioned forms may be obtained from the Air Force Reserve website at http://www.afrc.af.mil/AboutUs/JobOpportunities.aspx.
If you are relying on your education to meet qualification requirements:
Education must be accredited by an accrediting institution recognized by the U.S. Department of Education in order for it to be credited towards qualifications. Therefore, provide only the attendance and/or degrees from schools accredited by accrediting institutions recognized by the U.S. Department of Education.
Failure to provide all of the required information as stated in this vacancy announcement may result in an ineligible rating or may affect the overall rating.
A career with the U.S. Government provides employees with a comprehensive benefits package. As a federal employee, you and your family will have access to a range of benefits that are designed to make your federal career very rewarding.
The Department of Defense offers an excellent benefits program. In addition to your take-home pay, click here for an overview benefits currently offered to Federal employees.
Salary will vary depending on geographical location. Please visit http://www.cpms.osd.mil/wage/scheds/afusa.aspx to obtain the salary for your area of interest.
Eligibility for benefits depends on the type of position you hold and whether your position is full-time, part-time, or intermittent. Contact the hiring agency for more information on the specific benefits offered.
How to Apply
Your application must be completed online or faxed to the Office of Personnel Management (OPM) at 1-478-757-3144. The Special Examining Unit (SEU) office does not accept applications by e-mail, regular mail, fax or in person. To apply for this position, you must provide a complete Application Package by Wednesday, January 03, 2018 , which includes:
1. Your Resume
2. The Occupational Assessment Questionnaire (as applicable)
3. Additional Required Documents (see Required Documents section below)
The complete Application Package must be submitted by 11:59 PM Eastern Standard Time (EST) on Wednesday, January 03, 2018. Incomplete application packages will not be considered and will receive an ineligible rating.
To begin the process, click the Apply Online to create an account or log in to your existing USAJOBS account. Follow the prompts to complete the occupational questionnaire. Please ensure you click the Submit My Answers button at the end of the process.
To fax supporting documents you are unable to upload, complete this cover page http://staffing.opm.gov./pdf/usascover.pdf using the following Vacancy ID 1009289. Fax your documents to 1-478-757-3144.
Note: To check the status of your application or return to a previous or incomplete application, log into your USAJOBS account, select My Applications, and click on the more information link under the application status for this position.
If you cannot apply online:
1. Click the following link to view and print the occupational questionnaire View Occupational Questionnaire and
2. Print this 1203FX form to provide your response to the occupational questionnaire http://www.opm.gov/forms/pdf_fill/OPM1203fx.pdf and
3. Fax the completed 1203FX form along with any supporting documents to 1-478-757-3144. Your 1203FX will serve as a cover page for your fax transmission.
Agency contact information
HQ AFRC SEU
AddressAir Force Reserve Special Examining Unit
Special Examining Unit
155 Richard Ray Blvd
Robins AFB, GA 31098-1601
This is an Air Reserve Technician (ART) Enlisted position.
Applications will be processed for rating after the close date of this announcement. Processing time for applications may be several weeks from the close date of this announcement. Applicants will receive a Notice of Results (NORs) via Application Manager approximately 2 days after the announcement closes. The rating on the initial NOR will be based strictly on your answers to the questionnaire. You may receive another NOR via email once your experience as shown on your application has been evaluated by a Human Resources Specialist which may reflect a different eligibility rating than the one shown on the initial notice. Qualified candidates may be referred to the selecting official for further consideration.
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The United States Government does not discriminate in employment on the basis of race, color, religion, sex (including pregnancy And gender identity), national origin, political affiliation, sexual orientation, marital status, disability, genetic information, age, membership in an employee organization, retaliation, parental status, military service, or other non-merit factor.
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Federal agencies must provide reasonable accommodation to applicants with disabilities where appropriate. Applicants requiring reasonable accommodation for any part of the application process should follow the instructions in the job opportunity announcement. For any part of the remaining hiring process, applicants should contact the hiring agency directly. Determinations on requests for reasonable accommodation will be made on a case-by-case basis.
A reasonable accommodation is any change in the workplace or the way things are customarily done that provides an equal employment opportunity to an individual with a disability. Under the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) must provide reasonable accommodations:
- An applicant with a disability needs an accommodation to have an equal opportunity to apply for a job.
- An employee with a disability needs an accommodation to perform the essential job duties or to gain access to the workplace.
- An employee with a disability needs an accommodation to receive equal access to benefits, such as details, training, and office-sponsored events.
Legal and regulatory guidance
This job originated on www.usajobs.gov. For the full announcement and to apply, visit www.usajobs.gov/GetJob/ViewDetails/358034300. Only resumes submitted according to the instructions on the job announcement listed at www.usajobs.gov will be considered.