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This Position Is No Longer Available

Department:  Department of the Air Force
Agency:  U.S. Air Force - Agency Wide
Job Announcement Number:  5E-AFPC-792501-740094-ARS

This position is closed and no longer accepting online applications through USAJOBS.

The contents of the announcement can still be viewed.
$34,957.00 to $40,780.00 / Per Year
Wednesday, November 21, 2012 to Friday, November 30, 2012
Multiple Schedules - Internships
Many vacancies in the following location:
Laughlin AFB, TX United StatesView Map
Students accepted for enrollment and/or attending college in the commuting area.



This is a Department of the Air Force (AF) Pathways Student Internship Announcement. Students considered must reside within the commuting area where the position is located.

If you are looking for a unique opportunity to gain valuable work experience, an internship with the Department of the Air Force is for you.  AF Internships offer challenging work and the opportunity to gain “real world” experience.

The Internship offers valuable work experience directly related to your academic field of study or career goals.  As an Intern, you will be given the opportunity to gain the knowledge, skills and abilities needed to pursue a successful career with the US Air Force upon completing your degree, certificate or diploma and meeting conversion eligibility requirements.  However, it is important to remember that eligibility for conversion does not guarantee you will be offered a permanent position. 

Internship appointments made under this announcement may be extended or may be non-competitively converted to permanent without further competition.


Applicants May Be Referred For Consideration As Vacancies Occur And Based On The Eligibility Claimed At The Time Of Application And When A Certificate Is Issued.


WHO MAY BE CONSIDERED:  **Students**   Enrolled or accepted for enrollment in a qualifying educational program – “residing in the commuting area” (use if applicable)


  • Students enrolled or accepted for enrollment (see REQUIREMENTS below)
  • Suitable for Federal employment as determined by background investigation
  • Be at least 16 years of age
  • You may be required to obtain and maintain a security clearance
  • Must be registered for Selective Service, see Other Information below


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This internship is to provide a learning opportunity for a student enrolled in a field of study relating to their career path, to enhance their future goals and improve their knowledge with work experience in a working environment.

·        The primary purpose of this position is to provide a student trainee in the Pathways Internship Program with on-the-job training and guidance.

·        Marshals aircraft into and out of designated parking areas and directs aircraft into parking position, secures aircraft by chocking wheels, attaching ground wires, and installing lock pins and engine covers.

·        Services all types of aircraft by checking and replenishing oil, hydraulic, and other consumable fluids; and servicing hydraulic accumulators, landing gear struts, pneumatic systems, and gaseous and liquid oxygen systems.

·        Sets up and operates a variety of powered and non-p owe reed aerospace ground equipment (AGE), such as auxiliary power units, dicers, air start units, nitro carts, and auxiliary heating and cooling units.

·        Utilizes safety practices and procedures following established safety rules and regulations and maintains a safe and clean work environment.  Prepares or annotates aircraft forms such as AFTO 781 to record servicing and other actions either manually or through input into Integrated Maintenance Data System (IMDS).


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EXPERIENCE: Applicants will be rated in accordance with the OPM Qualification Standard Handbook X-118C; WG-8800, AIRCRAFT OVERHAUL FAMILY. Although a specific length of time and experience is not required for most blue-collar positions, you must meet any screen-out element listed, and show through experience and training that you possess the quality level of knowledge and skill necessary to perform the duties of the position at the level for which they are applying. Qualification requirements emphasis is on the quality of experience, not necessarily the length of time.


The screen out element for this position is:  Ability To Do The Work Of The Position Without More Than Normal Supervision

KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS AND ABILITIES (KSAs):  Your qualifications will be evaluated on the basis of your level of knowledge, skills, abilities and/or competencies in the following areas: 

  1. Knowledge of procedures in meeting and guiding aircraft across active runways to parking areas; directing and securing aircraft in parked position; operation of ground support equipment (e.g., auxiliary power units); and procedures for servicing engine oil tanks and hydraulic reservoirs.
  2. Knowledge of complex servicing operations to service components and systems such as hydraulic accumulators, landing gear struts, and oxygen and pneumatic systems on a variety of aircraft.
  3. Knowledge of hydraulic and pneumatic principles governing the behavior of liquids and gases utilized in servicing equipment.
  4. skill to set up, adjust, and operate servicing trailers and check and refill liquid oxygen converters, hydraulic accumulators, and landing gear struts.
  5. Skill in directing aircraft to parking areas, direct and secure aircraft in

PART-TIME OR UNPAID EXPERIENCE: Credit will be given for appropriate unpaid and or part-time work.  You must clearly identify the duties and responsibilities in each position held and the total number of hours per week.

This position has an education requirement. You will be required to provide transcripts or proof of enrollment to support your educational claims.  Education must be accredited by an accrediting institution recognized by the U.S. Department of Education.


PART-TIME OR UNPAID EXPERIENCE: Credit will be given for appropriate unpaid and or part-time work.  You must clearly identify the duties and responsibilities in each position held and the total number of hours per week.

You must be:

  • Enrolled or accepted for enrollment and seeking a degree (diploma, certificate, etc.) from an accredited high school, technical or vocational school, 2-year or 4-year college or university, graduate or professional school
  • Enrolled or attending on at least a half-time basis as defined by the institution

·         Meet the qualification standards of the position

·         A U.S. citizen or a national (resident of American Samoa or Swains Island). Non-citizens may be eligible for employment if:

·         Permitted by the DoD Appropriation Act

·         Eligible to work under U.S. immigration laws

NOTE: U.S. citizenship is required for a non competitive conversion to a permanent or term appointment with the Department of the Air Force.

Applicants must meet requirements by the closing date of this announcement.

Other significant facts pertaining to this position are:

  • May be required to work shifts, weekends, holidays, and overtime.  Subject to work an uncommon tour of duty.
  • The work requires the employee to drive a pickup or carryall.  An appropriate driver's license is required.
  • This is drug testing designated position.  The incumbent is subject to random testing for drug use.
  • Must be able to pass a security background investigation.

Physical Effort:  The employee is required to exert light to moderate physical effort while performing duties such as operating fledglings vehicles (e.g., tugs, pickups, and carryalls), uncoupling and making couplings between vehicles and towed equipment, and occasionally is required to lift or move objects weighing in excess of 50 pounds.  The work requires kneeling, stooping, bending, reaching, and climbing on and under aircraft.


Working Conditions: Work is performed outside with exposure to all kinds of weather conditions.  Exposed to the possibility of injury from electrical shocks, bruises, cuts, and burns from auxiliary electrical equipment, falls from aircraft, hot brakes, movable surface controls, pressurized liquids and gases, high levels of noise, rotating rotor blades, and jet engine intakes and exhausts. Must follow safety regulations and use safety equipment to avoid possible hazards in the work area.


You will be evaluated based on the information provided in your resume and responses to the Occupational Questionnaire.  Applications will be evaluated against the Air Force unique qualification standard for student employment.  Qualified candidates will be considered in accordance with the Office of Personnel Management Pathways Guidelines.


Veterans' Preference applies in the recruitment and hiring procedures for Interns under the Pathways program.

Your latest resume will be used to determine your qualifications.


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Department of the Air Force offers a comprehensive benefits package that includes, in part, paid vacation, sick leave, holidays and a 401K-type retirement plan. For more information, visit:


Male applicants born after December 31, 1959, who are 18 but not yet 26 years old, must be registered with the selective service system (or have an exemption) to be eligible for federal employment.  For additional information or to register, click here.

The entire period served under the Internship Program counts as the participant's trial period.

You will be in a trial period throughout your entire Pathways appointment. 

Interns may work part-time or full-time schedules

Interns may be considered for noncompetitive conversion to a term or permanent appointment within 120 days of completion of educational program requirements, if they meet the following:

1.    U.S. citizenship

2.    Successful completion of academic course of study, degree, diploma, etc.

3.    Completion of a minimum of 640 hours of work experience under the Internship Program

4.    Meet the OPM Qualification requirements for the position the intern may be converted to

5.    Maintain acceptable performance 

It is important to remember that eligibility for conversion does not guarantee the agency will offer conversion.


Current Federal Civilian employees may apply for temporary and term positions and if selected, a break in service of more than three (3) calendar days may be required prior to appointment to the position.


90-Day Register: This announcement may result in a 90-day register that may be used to fill like vacancies for 90 days after the closing date. Applicants may be referred for consideration as vacancies occur.

DIRECT DEPOSIT: All Federal employees are required to have Federal salary payments made by direct deposit to a financial institution of their choosing.


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IF APPLICABLE:  Military service member's "Statement of Service" will be accepted up to 120 days prior to separation date IF a terminal leave form or DD214 cannot be provided.  The "Statement of Service" must be signed by, or by direction of, the adjutant, personnel officer, or commander of your unit or higher headquarters and must indicate when your terminal leave will begin, your rank, dates of active duty service, the Type of Discharge and Character of Service (i.e. honorable).


To determine if you are qualified for this position, your resume will be reviewed and compared to your responses to the assessment questionnaire.  Applicants, who disqualify themselves, will not be evaluated further.


To apply for this position, you must provide a complete Application Package which includes:

1. Your Résumé
2. A complete Occupational Questionnaire
3. Additional Documents (see Documents to Submit section below)

The complete Application Package must be submitted by 11:59 PM (EST) on Friday, November 30, 2012

To begin the process, click the Apply Online button 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, click here for the required cover page.  This Vacancy ID is 792501.  Fax your documents to 1-478-757-3144.

If you cannot apply online:

1. Click the following link to view and print the questionnaire View Occupational Questionnaire

2. OPM Form 1203-FX must be provided to show your responses to the occupational questionnaire.  The numbering sequence on the OPM Form 1203-FX will not match the Occupational Questionnaire.  Section 25 of the Occupational Questionnaire restarts with number one, so when entering your responses please continue regardless of number sequence.  This issue has been identified and will be resolved as soon as possible.  Applicants are responsible for ensuring their responses are transferred accurately. Click here for the OPM Form 1203-FX., and
3. Fax all required documents to 1-478-757-3144. Your OPM Form 1203-FX will be the cover page for your fax transmission.


PLEASE NOTE: It is the applicant’s responsibility to verify that information entered, uploaded, or faxed (i.e., resume) is received, accurate and submitted by the closing date.  You may verify your documents have been processed with your application package successfully by clicking here.  Uploaded documents may take up to one hour to clear the virus scan.  Faxed documents take 2-3 business days to process.


Human Resources WILL NOT modify or change any answers submitted by an applicant.


The following documents are necessary when applying for a position.

·        Current Resume - 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). Resumes that do not contain this information will be marked as insufficient and applicants may not receive consideration for this position.

·        Transcripts (unofficial copies acceptable; however, if selected official transcripts are required).

·        Proof of enrollment/class registration

·        Veteran's Preference documentation: DD214, Statement of Service (in lieu of DD 214 if currently active duty), VA letter, SF-15 if claiming 10 point preference, if applicable

·        Online Application (Questionnaire) 

To be considered, you must submit all required supporting documentation mentioned in this vacancy announcement, and all vacancy applications submitted electronically or via fax must be submitted and received by 11:59 pm ET on the closing date of this announcement.  You are not required to submit official documents at this time; copies are sufficient.

If you are faxing any documents, click here for the official cover sheet to print.  The fax number is 478-757-3144


Ensure all submitted documents contain your full name, address, phone number and last four digits of your social security number.


When a request to fill a vacancy is received, your application will be evaluated and if referred, you will receive a notice of referral.  Please note: you will not receive any notices for Standing Register announcements other than acknowledgement, notice of rating, and referral notices should your application be referred to a Selecting Official for consideration and disposition notice on those referrals.  Non-referral notices are not issued for Standing Register vacancies.


Phone: (800)525-0102
TDD: 800-382-0893
Email: CALL_ONLY_DO_NOT_EMAIL_@1800.525.0102.ORG
Agency Information:
Air Force Personnel Center
550 C Steet W Ste 57
Randolph AFB, TX


Electronic submission is the quickest and easiest option.  Please ensure all submitted documents contain your full name, address, phone number and at least your last four digits of your social security number.

Applicants will be notified by USAJOBS when their application has been received. This notification does not imply that you have submitted all the necessary documentation for this announcement, so read the announcement carefully.  After the announcement closes, your application will be evaluated. If you are deemed "eligible" or "ineligible", you will receive an appropriate "Notice of Results".  Then if you are referred to the selecting official at this time, you will also receive a "Notice of Referral". If you are deemed eligible, but are not referred to the selecting official at this time, you will receive a "Notice of Non-Referral".  If you are referred, but not selected, you will receive a "Disposition Letter" notifying you of the non-selection. If you are selected, you will receive a tentative offer of employment via email.

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