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Job Title:  Equipment Mechanic, BB-5803-00 (DEU-JR)
Department:  Department Of The Interior
Agency:  Bureau of Reclamation
Job Announcement Number:  BR-MP-2012-294

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

The contents of the announcement can still be viewed.
$35.78 to $35.78 / Per Hour
Wednesday, November 28, 2012 to Wednesday, December 12, 2012
Full Time - Permanent
1 vacancy - Shasta Lake City, CA, US  View Map

All United States Citizens and Nationals.


Reclamation is a contemporary water management agency. Reclamation is best known for Hoover Dam on the Colorado River, Grand Coulee Dam on the Columbia River, Shasta Dam on the Sacramento River, and Folsom Dam on the American River. Today we are the largest wholesaler of water in the country and the second largest producer of hydroelectric power in the western United States. Visit: and view our DVD titled "Traditions, Talent, and Teamwork" at:

Embark on an exciting future! Reclamation is seeking a heavy mobile equipment mechanic looking for an opportunity to capitalize on their mechanical expertise to overhaul, rebuild, repair and maintain bulldozers, tractors, roadgraders, cranes, draglines, forklifts and vehicles.  Work supports the operations and maintenance of Shasta Dam, Keswick Dam, Trinity Dam, Lewiston Dam, associated powerplants, facilities and auxiliary equipment in Northern California.

This position is assigned to the Bureau of Reclamation, Mid-Pacific Region, Northern California Area Office, duty station, Shasta Lake City, California. Shasta Lake City is located approximately 13 miles north of Redding,CA.  For information on the Northern California Area Office visit: For information about Shasta Lake City visit:

Additional positions may be filled through this announcement as vacancies occur.


  • Pre-employment medical examination is required.
  • Selectee is subject to detailed background investigation.
  • Must possess and maintain a valid state driver's license.


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  • Overhauls, rebuilds, repairs, and maintains gasoline and diesel powered heavy mobile and automotive equipment such as bulldozers, tractors, roadgraders, cranes, draglines, forklifts, cars, trucks, and trailers. 
  • Performs similar tasks on small miscellaneous equipment such as chain saws, mowers, portable air compressors, boat motors, portable generators, etc. 
  • Overhauls motors, engines, starters, generators, transmissions, differentials and distributors. 
  • Troubleshoots various systems such as electrical and hydraulic components to determine cause of mechanical defects.  Determines the extent of repairs based on diagnosis, user and inspection reports, and/or vehicle guidelines and procedures.  
  • Performs preventive maintenance inspection.  Makes repairs that can be accomplished by cleaning, reinstalling, or replacing defective parts of components and systems such as fouled spark plugs, leaky wheel cylinders, corroded mufflers, and worn brakeshoes. 
  • Prepares, updates and maintains records, reports, and forms that are required by regulations and written directives.
  • Uses diagnostic or measuring instruments such as oscilloscopes, dwell meters, volt?ohm meters, vacuum gauges, battery starters/testers, fuel analyzers.
  • Works with hand tools common to the trade and operates garage equipment such as gas and arc welders, alignment machines, wheel balancers, headlight equipment, brake drum machines, drill presses, hydraulic or electric hoists. 


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Minimum qualifications for trades and labor positions are determined by evaluation of the following job elements. You must meet the screen-out element(s) by receiving a minimum rating of 2 points on the screen-out element(s) and an average of at least 2 points on all job elements in order to be basically qualified for this position.

Applicants must meet all qualification and skill level, and as applicable, and selective factor requirements by the closing date of this announcement.


Human Resources will review resumes and transcripts to ensure applicants meet the basic qualification requirements. We will evaluate each applicant who meets the basic qualifications on the information provided in the assessment questionnaire. The assessment questionnaire will take approximately 60 minutes. Applicants determined best-qualified will be referred to the selecting official.

Category rating and selection procedures will be used for evaluating this position.  If you meet the basic qualification requirements, your on-line responses to the vacancy assessment questionnaire will be used to determine the quality and extent of your experience, education, training, etc., for placement in one of the following categories: (1)Best Qualified, (2) Well Qualified and (3) Qualified. Veterans with preference will be placed at the top of their respective category.
-Best Qualified candidates are those who meet minimum qualifications, are highly proficient in the major requirement(s) of the position, and proficient in most of the remaining aspects of the position.
-Well Qualified candidates are those who meet minimum qualifications and are proficient in most aspects of the position.
-Qualified candidates are those who meet minimum qualifications and possess only a few aspects of the position.

Applicants will be further evaluated on the following Job Elements through their resume and responses to the online questions.
1. Ability to do the work of journey level Equipment Mechanic without more than normal supervision.(Screen-out)
2. Knowledge of equipment assembly, installation, repair, and maintenance
3. Ability to troubleshoot electrical and hydraulic components to determine cause of mechanical defects.
4. Ability to operate, use and maintain various hand tools, equipment and machinery.
5. Ability to read and interpret blueprints, drawings, and manufacturer's instructions.

Applicants must make a fair and accurate assessment of their qualifications. Applicants rating themselves higher than is apparent in their description of experience, competencies, skills, and/or education/training OR whose resume/application is incomplete may be removed from employment consideration.

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Working for the Bureau of Reclamation offers a comprehensive benefits package that includes paid vacation, sick leave, holidays, life insurance, health benefits, and participation in the Federal Employees Retirement System. To explore the major benefits offered to most Federal employees, visit:


Travel, transportation, and relocation expenses are not authorized for payment by the Bureau of Reclamation. Any costs incurred in reporting for duty are the responsibility of the selectee.

Employment Conditions:
-Selectee may be subject to successful completion of a one year probationary period.
-Operation of a Government vehicle required; a valid state driver's license is required. Driving record will be verified prior to final selection.
-Obtaining and using a government-issued charge card will be required for any business-related travel.
-All Federal employees are required by PL 104-134 to have Federal payments made by Direct Deposit.
-Selectee is subject to a pre-employment Physical.
-Work is indoors and outside, subject to prevailing weather and terrain. 
-Frequently lifts, carries, or otherwise handles items weighing up to 50 pounds. Occasionally may handle items weighing more than 50 pounds. 

Selective Service: Male applicants born on or after January 1, 1960, must certify that they have registered with the Selective Service System or are exempt from having to do so under Selective Service Law. To register for Selective Service or to verify that you have registered, please visit:

The United States Government does not discriminate in employment on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, political affiliation, sexual orientation, gender identity, marital status, disability and genetic information, age, membership in an employee organization, or other non-merit factor.

For a list of Frequently Asked Questions regarding the Federal hiring process visit:

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Applications (resume and assessment questionnaire) for this vacancy MUST be received online BEFORE midnight Eastern Time (Washington D.C. time) on the closing date of this announcement. When you're ready to apply, click the blue APPLY ONLINE button at the side of any page.

This vacancy is being announced through Bureau of Reclamation's Hiring System-HireMe. For more information about the HireMe system and the registration process, visit:

As part of the on-line application process, applicants may be required to provide supporting documentation. Failure to submit the requested supporting documents may result in your not being considered for this position.

Options for submitting supporting documentation include Auto Requested Fax or uploading from a USAJOBS profile (instructions are provided during the online application process.) In addition, applicants may E-mail their supporting documentation to, fax directly to the HR Office at 916-978-5563, or mail or hand-deliver to USBR/ATTN: HR, 2800 Cottage Way, Sacramento, CA 95825. Include your name and the vacancy number on the documents.

Applicants needing assistance in applying online should contact the HR Office at 916-978-5476. If applying online poses a hardship contact the HR Office prior to the closing date of the announcement for an alternative method of applying.

This agency provides reasonable accommodation to applicants with disabilities. If you need a reasonable accommodation for any part of the application and hiring process, please notify us at the phone number shown at the bottom of this page. The decision on granting reasonable accommodation will be on a case-by-case basis.


To be considered for this position, applicants are required to submit a resume (with dates of employment, i.e. years and months), an on-line assessment questionnaire, and the following supporting documents, as appropriate:

DD-214, Certificate of Release from Active Duty: If you are entitled to veterans' preference, you must provide a copy of your DD-214, and you should indicate the type of veterans' preference you are claiming on your resume. Your veterans' preference entitlement will be verified by the employing agency.
--For 5-point veterans' preference, submit a copy of your DD-214 (Member 4 Copy), or an official statement of service from your command if you are currently on active duty, or other official documentation (e.g., documentation of receipt of a campaign badge or expeditionary medal) that proves your military service was performed under honorable conditions.
--For 10-point veterans' preference, please submit a Standard Form (SF) 15, Application for 10-Point Veteran Preference, DD-214, and the required documentation requested by this form.
--For information on veteran's eligibility visit:

CTAP/ICTAP Documentation: CTAP/ICTAP provides placement assistance to permanent Federal employees who are surplus, displaced or involuntarily separated. Applicants claiming CTAP-ICTAP eligibility must submit a copy of their most recent performance appraisal, proof of eligibility and most current SF-50 noting position, grade level, and duty location with their application. To be considered under CTAP/ICTAP, applicants must be well-qualified, i.e. meet the minimum qualification requirements, including selective factors, education and experience requirements and score at least 85 on the assessment questionnaire as established, and be able to perform the duties of the position upon entry. For information on CTAP/ICTAP, visit:


Human Resources Office
Phone: 916-978-5476
Fax: 916-978-5563
Agency Information:
2800 Cottage Way
Attn: MP-500
Sacramento, CA
Fax: 916-978-5563


After all application packages have been received, resumes and transcripts will be reviewed to ensure applicants meet the basic qualification requirements. Each applicant who meets the basic qualifications will be further evaluated on the information provided in the Assessment Questionnaire. Best-qualified applicants will be referred to the selecting official. After making a tentative job offer, a suitability and/or security background investigation will be conducted. A final job offer is typically made within 40 days after the deadline for applications. Applicants should monitor their status for positions with the Bureau of Reclamation, by regularly checking their public status notifications in their USAJOBS profile.

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