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Job Title:Maintenance Worker

Department:Department of the Army

Agency:Army Tank-Automotive and Armament Command (TACOM)

Job Announcement Number:NEAJ121716645814790D

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

The contents of the announcement can still be viewed.


$21.54 to $25.16 / Per Hour


Friday, December 28, 2012 to Monday, January 07, 2013




Full Time - Permanent


1 vacancy in the following location:
Watervliet, NY United StatesView Map


United States Citizens


Civilian employees serve a vital role in supporting the Army mission.  They provide the skills that are not readily available in the military, but crucial to support military operations.  The Army integrates the talents and skills of its military and civilian members to form a Total Army.

About the Position:

Civilian employees serve a vital role in supporting the Army mission. They support the skills that are not readily available in the military, but crucial to support military operations. The Army integrates the talent and skills of its military and civilian members to form a Total Army.

 The Watervliet Arsenal is an Army-owned and -operated manufacturing center located in New York.  It is the oldest, continuously active arsenal in the United States having begun operations in 1813. Today it is relied upon by U.S. and foreign militaries to produce the most advanced, high-powered weaponry for cannon, howitzer, and mortar systems.  The Arsenal is the only location in the DoD that has a weapons research facility (Benét Laboratories) collocated with a manufacturing facility (Arsenal).


Who May Apply: US Citizens / Interagency Career Transition Assistant Plan Eligibles.


  • U.S. Citzenship
  • Incumbant must possess a valid state drivers license
  • May require overtime
  • See physical / working conditions for more information


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Perform routine preventive maintenance on heating systems and refrigeration and air conditioning units. Visually examine and operationally test electric, electronic, pneumatic, and mechanical systems and equipment using specialized test equipment. Check and observe equipment for proper operation, oil levels, cycling, overheated bearings, and unusual noises. Removes, replaces, and repairs defective components. Adjust equipment controls, such as temperature sensors, thermostats, and leak detectors. Test small units and systems using compound refrigeration gauges and ammeters to locate worn and broken parts. Recognize the cause of faulty equipment. Trace and locate defects, determine nature and extent of repairs required, selects appropriate tools, testing devices, and work sequence. Test unit upon completion of maintenance to ensure that equipment and systems operate as intended. Install, maintain, and repair industrial equipment. Analyze defects and determine the extent of repairs required. Exercise knowledge of a variety of general nonproduction industrial plant machinery and equipment such as hydraulic jacks, chain hoists, firefighting equipment, steam cleaners, unit heaters, compressors and condensate pumps. Maintain and repair lighting fixtures and wiring, power fixtures and wiring, power sources, and/or fire alarm systems. Work on the basis of oral instructions, wiring diagrams, and work orders, which indicate the nature of the repair to be made.


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SCREEN OUT: To qualify for this position, your resume must indicate the following SCREEN OUT ELEMENT is met: Ability to Work Independently as a Maintenance Worker performing common Maintenance Worker tasks such as recognizing the causes of faulty equipment, and making repairs on a variety of industrial equipment under the direct supervision of a higher graded worker or supervisor.   Assisting in the performance of routine preventive maintenance on heating systems and refrigeration and air conditioning units.   Assisting in performing routine maintenance on small electric motors, feed pumps, valves , including replacing brushes, seals and bearings.

NOTE: There is no specific length of training or experience required. However, you must be able to demonstrate, through experience shown in your written application materials that you possess the sufficient knowledge, skills and abilities to successfully perform the work of the position 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:

(1) Knowledge of equipment assembly, installation, repair, etc.;

(2) Knowledge of technical practices (theoretical, precise, artistic) such as determine the condition of system parts and components to make repairs and/or replacements;
(3) Use of measuring instruments appropriate to the line of work such as calipers, micrometers, tape measures, rulers and/or squares;

(4) Ability to interpret instructions, specifications, etc. (includes blueprint reading);
 (5) Ability to use and maintain tools and equipment used to perform the duties as described in the duties section of this vacancy announcement;   and
 (6) Knowledge of material used in industrial equipment, mobile equipment, automobiles, and/or construction.


Physical Effort: Work requires frequent handling of objects weighing up to 45 pounds and some lifting and carrying of objects weighing in excess of 45 pounds. Is required to push, pull, reach, walk, stand, crouch, kneel, climb, and work in cramped positions over and under machinery for substantial periods of time.

Working Conditions: Work is usually performed inside areas that are adequately lighted, ventilated, and heated. Floor and deck surfaces are sometimes uneven, oily, and slippery. Is frequently exposed to moving objects and sharp edges with the possibility of cuts and bruises  and to noise and vibration from machines. Subject to burns from chemicals. Occasionally climbs and works from ladders and staging's causing exposure to the possibility of serious injury from slipping and falling. Encounters acids and chemical additives, dirt, grease, and dampness. Various protective devices such as hard hats, gloves, face shields, respirators, safety shoes, and glasses are used.

Other Requirements:
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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.

One year trial/probationary period may be required.

Direct Deposit of Pay is Required.


You will be required to undergo a pre-employment physical and subsequent annual physicals while employed in this position. 

This position requires you to perform duties that are subject to the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA) regulations regarding hazardous wastes.

This position requires the employee to possess the applicable license(s) or authorizations(s) to operate assigned equipment.

Inclement Weather position: You may be required to work shift work and /or work on rotating shifts to provide coverage on evenings, weekends, holidays and in other situations. 



Your application package (resume, supporting documents, and responses to the questionnaire) will be reviewed to verify that you meet the basic eligibility and qualification requirements.  Your responses to the questionnaire will be used to evaluate your relevant personal, educational, and work experiences.

Basis for RatingQualified 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.  

Interagency Career Transition Assistance Program (ICTAP).  The Interagency Career Transition Assistance Plan (ICTAP) provides eligible displaced Federal competitive service employees with selection priority over other candidates for competitive service vacancies.  If your agency has notified you in writing that you are a displaced employee eligible for ICTAP consideration, you may receive selection priority if:  1) this vacancy is within your ICTAP eligibility, 2) you apply under the instructions in this announcement, and 3) you are found well-qualified for this vacancy.  Well-qualified is defined as meeting all of the minimum qualification standards and eligibility requirements as well as possessing skills that clearly exceed the minimum qualification requirements for the position. Under competitive delegated examining, an ICTAP eligible will be considered well-qualified if they attain an eligibility rating of 90 or higher, not including points for veterans' preference. You must provide proof of eligibility with your application to receive selection priority.  Such proof may include a copy of your written notification of ICTAP eligibility or a copy of your separation personnel action form.  Information about ICTAP eligibility is on OPM's Career Transition Resources website at



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The Department of Defense offers excellent benefits programs some of which may include:


  • Comprehensive health and life insurance
  • Competitive salaries
  • Generous retirement programs
  • Paid holidays, sick leave, and vacation time
  • Flexible work environment to include use of telework and alternate work schedules
  • Paid employment related training and education
  • Possible student loan repayment
  • Payment of licenses, certification, and academic degrees as applicable
  • Bonuses, incentives, and awards as appropriate for the job.


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    • Selection is subject to restrictions resulting from Department of Defense referral system for displaced employees.

    • The Department of Defense (DoD) policy on employment of annuitants will be used in determining eligibility of annuitants. The DoD policy is available at

    • In accordance with section 9902(h) of title 5, United States Code, annuitants reemployed in the Department of Defense shall receive full annuity and salary upon appointment. They shall not be eligible for retirement contributions, participation in the Thrift Savings Plan, or a supplemental or redetermined annuity for the reemployment period. Discontinued service retirement annuitants (i.e. retired under section 8336(d)(1) or 8416(b)(1)(A) of title 5, United States Code) appointed to the Department of Defense may elect to be subject to retirement provisions of the new appointment as appropriate. (See DoD instructions 1400.25, Volume 300, at

    Multiple positions may be filled from this announcement.


    • Moving expenses are not authorized
    • Defense national Relocation Program will not be authorized.


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

    1. Your resume: If you submit a resume with inappropriate material e.g. photos, you will not be considered for this vacancy. Your resume may be submitted in any format.
    2. Your responses to the questionnaire
    3. Additional required documents (see Required Documents section below)

    The complete Application Package must be submitted by 11:59 PM (EST) on Monday, January 07, 2013.

    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 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 using the following Vacancy ID814790.  Fax your documents to 1-478-757-3144.


    If you cannot apply online, you will need to provide the same information obtained in the online process.  You will need three documents to complete this process:  the Occupational Questionnaire, the scan response form, U.S. Office of Personnel Management Occupational Questionnaire (OPM Form 1203-FX), and a separate document described in item #3. below. 

    1. Download the scan response form, OPM Form 1203-FX, from View Occupational Questionnaire: View Occupational Questionnaire Use this information to guide you in completing the OPM Form 1203-FX.  Note that you may be instructed to leave some responses blank on the scan response form.

    3.  On a separate document, identify which position(s) on your resume (include title, organization, and employment dates) support any response of “E” ("I am considered an expert in performing this task...."). 

    4. Fax the completed OPM Form 1203-FX, along with your required and supporting documents, to 1-478-757-3144. Your OPM Form 1203-FX will serve as a cover page for your fax transmission.

    PLEASE NOTE: The numbering on the OPM Form 1203-FX will not match the Occupational Questionnaire.  Section 25 of the OPM Form 1203-FX continuously numbers from number one, while the Questionnaire starts each section of questions with number one.  When entering your responses please continue regardless of number sequence.  This issue has been identified and will be resolved as soon as possible.

    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 11:59 p.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. Requests for reasonable accommodation are made on a case-by-case basis.


    The following documents are required:

    • Resume: If you submit a resume with inappropriate material e.g. photos, you will not be considered for this vacancy. Your resume may be submitted in any format.
    • If the position has an education requirement or you are qualifying based on a combination of education and experience or solely on education, you must submit your college transcripts with your application
    • If you are claiming Veterans Preference or Military Spouse preference (MSP), to verify your preference claim you MUST submit supporting documents with your application package. These documents may include, but are not limited to:   for MSP claims, PCS orders and marriage certificate; for verification of Veteran Preference, DD214 (which indicates character of service) SF-15, VA Letter and/or Activation/Deactivation orders.
    •  If you are currently serving on active duty:  You MUST submit a certification from the armed forces that 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 signed. If you supply a certification at this stage, your preference/eligibility will be verified prior to appointment. For more information about Veteran's Preference, please click this link:   Please upload veteran's documents under the appropriate category.

    If you fail to provide these documents, you will be marked as having an incomplete application package and will not be considered any further.


    PLEASE NOTE:   Documents submitted as part of the application package, to include supplemental documents, may be shared beyond the Human Resources Office.   Some supplemental documents like military orders and marriage certificates may contain personal information for other than the applicant.   These documents may be sanitized to remove such personal information before submission with the application.   Applicants may be asked to provide an un-sanitized version of the documents upon selection to confirm eligibility.


    Central Resume Processing Center
    Phone: (410)306-0137
    Agency Information:
    314 Johnson Street
    Aberdeen Proving Ground, MD


    Once the application process is complete, a review of your application will be made to ensure you meet the job requirements. To determine if you are qualified for this job, a review of your resume and supporting documentation will be made and compared against your responses to the occupational questionnaire. The numeric rating you receive is based on your responses to the questionnaire. The score is a measure of the degree to which your background matches the knowledge, skills, and abilities required of this position. Please follow all instructions carefully. Errors or omissions may affect your rating.

    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.

    For questions regarding the status of your application, eligibility or qualifications determination contact the Army Applicant Helpdesk at

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