About the Position:
The Headquarters offices and Dredge Wheeler dock are located in the uptown area of New Orleans overlooking the Mississippi River near Audubon Park. Free long-term vehicle parking is available for Wheeler employees near the ship's dock. Duty station is New Orleans, LA and the work is performed aboard the US Dredge Wheeler where located), a 410-foot, seagoing dredging ship home ported at the New Orleans District. While there is no requirement to live in the New Orleans area, applicants should realize that paid transportation to and from the vessel is generally not provided. The incumbent will be required to live aboard the Dredge Wheeler during his/her tour of duty, which will be approximately 2 weeks on duty/ 2 weeks off duty. When not in port during the duty tour, the Wheeler will be on dredging mission mostly in the Mississippi River between Baton Rouge and the mouth of the river, but also occasionally in any deep draft US sea port in the Gulf of Mexico, and deployable on emergency missions elsewhere.
Who May Apply: U.S. Citizens
This position is being advertised concurrently with SWGY172769082006518 (Merit Promotion). Only one position will be filled from these vacancy announcements. Candidates who wish to be considered under both DEU and Merit Promotion procedures MUST apply to both vacancy announcements separately.
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As the Third Assistant Engineer, Diesel, the incumbent is required to stand regularly scheduled watches which include leaving the engine room at prescribed intervals during the watch to conduct routine inspection of all engineer spaces and equipment including dredge pumps, bow thruster, steering gear, and emergency generator areas. Makes minor and routine repairs to operating machinery during assigned watch. Assists Chief Engineer and other senior engineers with major repairs to any equipment or machinery throughout the dredge.
Who May Apply
This job is open to…United States Citizens
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Conditions Of Employment
- Drug test required.
- Permanent Change of Station (PCS) costs are not authorized.
- Medical examination required.
- USCG license-3rd Asst. Engineer for Motor Vessels with no horsepower limit
Other Requirements: Click here for expanded definitions.
- Male applicants born after December 31, 1959 must complete a Pre-Employment Certification Statement for Selective Service Registration.
- You will be required to provide proof of U.S. Citizenship.
- Two year trial/probationary period may be required.
- Direct deposit of pay is required.
- Failure to provide all required documentation as stated in the vacancy announcement may result in an ineligible rating or may affect overall rating of your application.
- Pre-employment and annual physical medical examination required.
- Must comply with the Drug Abuse Testing program requirements. (NOTE: This is subject to the Department of Army Drug-free workplace program. Applicants will be required to sign a statement agreeing to testing under this program, both as condition of pre-employment and periodic unscheduled testing as a condition of continued employment. Refusal to sign this form or a confirmed urinalysis test will cause applicants to be denied further consideration for this position. Applicants will be required to take a urinalysis during pre-employment physicals.)
- Personnel security investigation may be required.
- Must possess a United States Coast Guard license (Merchant Mariner Credential) as Third Assistant Engineer for motor vessels with no horsepower limitation. (Or a higher license.) NOTE: You are required to provide a copy of your licensure at the time of application.
- Relocation/recruitment bonus may be authorized.
QualificationsExperience refers to paid and unpaid experience, including volunteer work done through National Service programs (e.g., Peace Corps, AmeriCorps) and other organizations (e.g., professional; philanthropic; religious; spiritual; community; student; social). You will receive credit for all qualifying experience, including volunteer experience.
Screen Out Element:
Qualified applicants must show in their resume the knowledge, skill, and abilities to perform the duties of a Third Assistant Engineer, Diesel, WJ-4742-07, without more than normal supervision.
You will be evaluated on the basis of your level of competency (knowledge, skills and abilities) in the following areas:
- Technical Practices (Theoretical, Precise, Artistic)
- Knowledge of Assembly, Installation, Repair etc.
- Ability to Interpret Instructions, Specifications etc., (includes reading blueprints)
- Ability to Use and Maintain Tools and Equipment
Work involves standing, climbing, bending in occasionally cramped and awkward positions. Frequently handles objects weighing from 5 to 40 pounds and occasionally objects over 40 pounds.
Works indoors and outdoors in all types of weather. The work environment involves considerable risk from potentially dangerous situations, including exposure to high voltage and working aboard a ship which at times could be exposed to rough seas which may create a potential personal risk. There is exposure to cuts, bruises, scrapes, broken bones and dangers of slipping from ladders and work stands.
Qualification requirements must be met by the closing date of this announcement.
- Selection is subject to restrictions resulting from Department of Defense referral system for displaced employees.
- If you have retired from federal service and you are interested in employment as a reemployed annuitant, see the information in the Reemployed Annuitant information sheet.
- You may claim military spouse preference, see the information in the Military Spouse Preference Under Delegated Examining Procedures information sheet.
- Multiple positions may be filled from this announcement within 180 days after the closing date of the announcement.
How You Will Be Evaluated
Your application package (resume, supporting documents, and responses to the questionnaire) will be used to determine your eligibility, qualifications, and quality ranking for this position. Please follow all instructions carefully. Errors or omissions may affect your rating or consideration for employment.
Basis for Rating: Qualified candidates will be assigned to one of three quality categories: Best Qualified, Highly Qualified and Qualified. Veteran preference eligibles are listed ahead of non-preference eligibles within each quality category.
- Best Qualified. Candidates in this category possess exceptional skills and experience to exceed well above the minimum requirements for the announced position.
- Highly Qualified. Candidates in this category possess good skills and experience above the minimum requirements for the announced position.
- Qualified. Candidates in this category meet the minimum experience requirements for the announced position.
Interagency Career Transition Assistance Program (ICTAP). If you are a Federal employee in the competitive service and your agency has notified you in writing that you are a displaced employee eligible for ICTAP consideration, you may receive selection priority. See Interagency Career Transition Assistance Program (ICTAP) for more information. Additional information about the program is on OPM's Career Transition Resources website.
Background checks and security clearance
The documents you are required to submit vary based on whether or not you are eligible for preference in federal employment. A complete description of preference categories and the associated required documents is in the Applicant Checklist (External).
As described above, your complete application includes your resume, your responses to the online questionnaire, and documents which prove your eligibility to apply. If you fail to provide these documents, you will be marked as having an incomplete application package and you will not be considered any further.
- Your resume may be submitted in any format.
- If you submit more than one copy of your resume, only the most recent version will be reviewed. The latest timestamp will be used to determine which version of your resume is "most recent." It is your responsibility to check the status and timestamp of all documents you submit as part of your application.
- If your resume includes a photograph or other inappropriate material or content, it will not be used to make eligibility and qualification determinations and you may not be considered for this vacancy.
- For qualifications determinations your resume must contain hours worked per week and the dates of employment (i.e., HRS per week and month/year to month/year or month/year to present). If your resume does not contain this information, your application will be marked as incomplete and you will not receive consideration for this position.
If you are relying on your education to meet qualification requirements: You MUST submit a copy of your transcript if you want to substitute your education for experience. If you claim qualifications based on education, and do not submit a transcript, your education will not be used in making a qualification determination and you may be found "not qualified." See: Transcripts and Licenses
If you are unable to apply online or unable to upload your supporting documents follow the directions located at: Faxing Applications and Documents The Vacancy ID is 2006520. You will need the questionnaire, View Occupational Questionnaire, to complete your faxed application
NOTE: Documents submitted as part of the application package, to include supplemental documents, may be shared beyond the Human Resources Office. Some supplemental documents such as military orders and marriage certificates may contain personal information for someone other than you. You may sanitize these documents to remove another person's personal information before you submit your application. You may be asked to provide an un-sanitized version of the documents if you are selected to confirm your eligibility.
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, your comprehensive compensation/benefits package will include most of the benefits described in the USAJOBS Resource Center.
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
To apply for this position, you must complete the online questionnaire and submit the documentation specified in the Required Documents section below.
The complete application package must be submitted by 11:59 PM (EST) on Monday, September 25, 2017 to receive consideration.
- To begin, click Apply Online to create a USAJOBS account or log in to your existing account. Follow the prompts to select your USAJOBS resume and/or other supporting documents and complete the occupational questionnaire.
- Click the Submit My Answers button to submit your application package.
- It is your responsibility to ensure your responses and appropriate documentation is submitted prior to the closing date.
- To verify your application is complete, log into your USAJOBS account, select the Application Status link and then select the more information link for this position. The Details page will display the status of your application, the documentation received and processed, and any correspondence the agency has sent related to this application. Your uploaded documents may take several hours to clear the virus scan process.
- To return to an incomplete application, log into your USAJOBS account and click Update Application in the vacancy announcement. You must re-select your resume and/or other documents from your USAJOBS account or your application will be incomplete.
- It is your responsibility to verify that information entered, uploaded, or faxed (i.e., resume) is complete, accurate, and submitted by the closing date. Uploaded documents may take up to one hour to clear the virus scan. Faxed documents must be completely transmitted by 11:59p.m. Eastern Standard Time on the closing date of the announcement.
The Department of the Army provides reasonable accommodations to applicants with disabilities. If you need a reasonable accommodation for any part of the application and hiring process, please notify the servicing civilian personnel unit. Your requests for reasonable accommodation will be addressed on a case-by-case basis.
Agency contact information
Central Resume Processing
7400 Leake Avenue
New Orleans, LA
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If you provided an email address, you will receive an email message acknowledging receipt of your application. Your application package will be used to determine your eligibility, qualifications, and quality ranking for this position.
If you are determined to be ineligible or not qualified, your application will receive no further consideration.
The documents you submit must support your responses to the online questionnaire. If your application contradicts or does not support your questionnaire responses, you will receive a rating of "not qualified" or "incomplete application" and you will not receive further consideration for this job.
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The Federal hiring process is setup to be fair and transparent. Please read the following guidance.
Equal Employment Opportunity Policy
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.
Reasonable Accommodation Policy
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/478425800. Only resumes submitted according to the instructions on the job announcement listed at www.usajobs.gov will be considered.