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Job Title:Power Plant Mechanic A

Department:Department of the Army

Agency:U.S. Army Corps of Engineers

Job Announcement Number:SWGR13381690-817607D

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

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$36.06 to $36.06 / Per Hour


Wednesday, January 16, 2013 to Tuesday, January 29, 2013




Full Time - Permanent


1 vacancy in the following location:
Royal, AR 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:

As Power Plant Mechanic A you will accomplish maintenance and major overhaul of mechanical equipment associated with output of electrical power and timely release flood water at the Blakely Dam in Royal, AR.

About the Organization:

This position is located in Royal, Arkansas which is 15 minutes away from Hot Springs. Hot Springs is the 11th most populous city in the state of Arkansas, the county seat of Garland County and the principal city of the Hot Springs metropolitan Statistical Area Encompassing all of Garland County. Hot Springs is nestled in the Ouachita Mountains, home of the famous Bath House Row in Hot Springs National Park and surrounded by numerous lakes and rivers. For additional information about Hot Springs, visit

Who May Apply:

US Citizens


  • Temporary Business Travel up to 10% required
  • Pre-employment and random drug testing required
  • Moving expenses will not be authorized
  • A copy of a valid driver's license must be submitted with this application.
  • Pre-employment and routine physical required


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As a Power Plant Mechanic A, you will accomplish routine and non-routine maintenance repair, modification replacement and major overhaul of mechanical equipment associated with output of electrical power and the timely release of flood water at a large hydroelectrical generating plant and dam. Listed below are other duties you will perform:

The ability to perform Power Plant Mechanic A duties without or with more than normal supervision in accordance with job elements.

  • Troubleshoots and diagnose mechanical equipment failures
  • Plan maintenance and inspections 
  • Work with lower graded craftsmen, helpers and/or laborers assigned to assist in the work




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For this position, the job element method is used to match what you can do against what the work calls for. Your knowledge, skills and abilities will be compared to the knowledge, skills and abilities needed for success. Your qualifications will first be evaluated against the prescribed screen out element. Your experience will be evaluated through responses obtained from the occupational questionnaire and your resume. Your resume must show evidence of training or experience of sufficient scope and quality of your ability to do the work of this position. In addition, your responses to the occupational questionnaire must be supported by your resume. Those applicants that meet the screen out element will be considered for further evaluation; potential eligible are then rated against the remainder of the questions.

Screen Out:

The ability to do the work of a Power Plant Mechanic A WB-5352-00 without more than normal supervision.

1. Ability To Use And Maintain Tools And Equipment

2. Knowledge of Materials

3. Ability To Interpret Instructions, Specifications

4. Knowledge of Equipment Assembly, Installation, And Repair

5. Technical Practices


Works under the general supervision of the Power Plant Superintendent and the immediate direction of the Senior Mechanic who assigns work in the form of oral instructions, work orders and maintenance schedules accompanied by power plant mechanical and electrical diagrams and drawings, established testing procedures, manufacturers' manuals regulations, background knowledge, etc. Incumbent is responsible for the safety of equipment, as well as correcting any hazardous conditions that affect the safety of personnel.

Incumbent assists the Senior Mechanic in maintaining necessary records on such items as work accomplished quality and progress of in-house and hired labor procured through contracts, spare parts, requisitions of supplies and materials, equipment breakdown. future work for budgeting purposes. When the Senior Mechanic is absent, accomplishes safe clearance procedures performed for AP&L and Entergy Systems dispatcher MSDS, etc

Incumbent executes assignments independently, determining sequence of tasks and using accepted practices and methods. Work is spot-checked for adequacy workmanship, and adherence to schedules for in-house and hired labor. 

Physical Effort:
Fabricates and machines replacement parts for both mechanical and electrical apparatus, piping system, machine bushings, pins, gears, and other parts used in repairing power plant equipment. Employee frequently lifts carries or otherwise handles items weighing up to 50 pounds. Occasionally handles items greater than 50 pounds. Assistance is usually available with heavy items. Works in sitting, standing, walking, bending, crouching, reaching, and stooping positions, for extended periods if required.

Working Conditions:
Work is required to be performed both inside and outside and is subject to all extremes of weather. Incumbent is subjected to the danger of falls from scaffolds and slings, asbestos, carbon dust fumes, electric shock, noise, moving machinery close places in cramped positions, slippery conditions, frequent travel, and other conditions expected from mechanical repair of power plant equipment. Incumbent is subject to abrasions, burns, cuts, and bruises common to the use of hand tools. Incumbent is subject to callback during nonduty hours in cases of equipment failures and/or power outages. Employee is required to observe established safe working procedures. Wearing of respirators, hard hats. hard toe footwear, gloves, goggles, face shields, rubber aprons, rainwear. and earplugs is mandatory in the performance of duties; often works alone. At DeGray and Narrows Dams and Power Plants incumbent may be required to work alone when operating the control room

All qualifications must be met by the closing date of the announcement.

This announcement may be used to fill like vacancies for six months after the closing date.

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.

This position is covered by the civilian drug abuse testing program. Incumbent is required to sign a DA Form 5019-R, "Condition of employment for certain civilian positions identified as critical under the drug abuse testing program," or a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU).


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 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.


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 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.


    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.


    This position is Non-Exempt from the Fair Labor Standards Act.


    Nepotism:   Under the provisions of 5 USC 3110, an individual may not be appointed into a position if the position is under the supervisory chain of command of a relative.



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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.  "IN DESCRIBING YOUR EXPERIENCE, PLEASE BE CLEAR AND SPECIFIC. WE MAY NOT MAKE ASSUMPTIONS REGARDING YOUR EXPERIENCE."
    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 Tuesday, January 29, 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 ID 817607.  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  2. 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.   Credit will be given for unpaid experience or volunteer work such as community, cultural, social service and professional association activities on the same basis as for paid experience.
    • - 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, 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: A statement of service from your unit identifying the branch of service, period(s) of service, campaign badges or expeditionary medals earned, type of discharge, character of service, and the date you will be separated or be on approved terminal leave. If you supply a statement of service at this stage, your preference/eligibility will be verified by a DD214 (Member 4 Copy) upon separation from the military. 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:
    Civilian Personnel Advisory Center
    4155 Clay Street Room 115
    Vicksburg, MS


    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:

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