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Job Title:Aircraft Mechanic Leader

Department:Department of the Air Force

Agency:Air National Guard Units (Title 32)

Job Announcement Number:MN-ANG-13-142

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

The contents of the announcement can still be viewed.


$28.01 to $32.73 / Per Hour


Wednesday, January 9, 2013 to Wednesday, January 23, 2013




Full Time - Excepted Service Permanent




1 vacancy in the following location:
Saint Paul, MN United StatesView Map


United States Citizens


MINNESOTA AIR NATIONAL GUARD This position is located in the 133rd Airlift Wing, ANG, Maintenance Group, Maintenance Squadron.   The purpose of this position is to lead three or more journeyman Aircraft Mechanics, WG-8852-10, crew chiefs, and specialist personnel.

UNIT:  133rd Airlift Wing, Maintenance Group, St. Paul, MN

SELECTING OFFICIAL: SMSgt Danny Dahms, 612-713-2729, DSN 783-2729



This is an Excepted Service position that requires active membership in a compatible AFSC in the Minnesota Air National Guard and wear of the military uniform. Acceptance of an Excepted Service position constitutes concurrence with these requirements as a condition of employment. Applicants who are not currently enlisted in the Minnesota Air National Guard must be eligible for immediate enlistment or appointment. For enlistment/appointment information, contact 651-268-8967.


  • Membership in the Minnesota Air National Guard is REQUIRED
  • Enlisted (TSgt/E6 to MSgt/E7)
  • Current members of the MN ANG
  • Higher grades welcome to apply, MAY be required to take a reduction in rank
  • Must have at least 5 years experience as a 7 level in the 2A571 career
  • field. Prefer Isochronal Inspection Experience.


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On a regular and recurring basis, leads three or more aircraft mechanics, crew chiefs, and specialist personnel performing work in the inspection docks.  Monitors the work of assigned personnel, sets the pace, passes along assignments, and assures that materials, tools, equipment, and stock are available. Works along with aircraft mechanics and specialist personnel performing journeyman work as required. Insures that assigned personnel are fully utilized and work is accomplished in accordance with established time frames and priorities. Checks work in progress and/or upon completion for compliance with the supervisor’s instructions, appropriate technical orders, etc. Serves as a technical advisor by answering questions regarding appropriate procedures, policies, written instructions and other directives. Ensures that safety, housekeeping, security and other environmental rules are followed.  Advises the supervisor of overall work operations, status and progress of work, causes for delays, problems encountered, and individual performance (e.g., additional on-the-job training requirements for individual employees). As requested by the supervisor, provides functional planning for the inspection docks. On a daily basis, recommends adjustments in work schedules to provide optimum utilization of personnel in support of functional requirements. Performs other duties as assigned.



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GENERAL EXPERIENCE:  Experience or training that has provided the candidate with sufficient knowledge to complete the work of this occupational series.  Experience or training which demonstrates the candidates ability to lead other technicians engaged in the duties performed by this occupational series.

SPECIALIZED EXPERIENCE:  In addition to the journeyman level knowledge, experience which demonstrates the ability to plan, organize, and lead the work of others in fields directly related the repair function of this occupational series.  Must have the ability to perform administrative functions; to read and interpret a variety of technical publications used in the repair of supported equipment.  The ability to provide guidance to others in work related directly to this occupational series. 


MILITARY COMPATIBILITY:   Upon selection, individual must be assigned to a compatible military position and must also maintain satisfactory membership in the Minnesota National Guard.

Upon selection, individuals will undergo a background check to validate suitability for employment with the federal government as permitted by law, regulation, Presidential order or other authority. Suitability is dependent upon the particular requirements for security clearance, sensitivity level, and DOD IT network access.  Items checked include, but are not limited to all criminal history record information, employment history, education and fiscal accountability/responsibility.

EVALUATION FACTORS:   Candidates will be evaluated on the basis of appropriate education, experience, training, self-development activities, and special awards. Candidates are considered on the basis of available information on their current application and supporting information that has been provided to this office. To insure full consideration, applicants are urged to submit information about their training, self-development, outside experience, activities and awards. National Guard military (Part-time) service is considered as full-time experience when evaluated against the qualification requirements for a technician position. The applicant is credited with actual number of months the member has been in the National Guard if the experience is related.


AREAS OF PRIORITY: In accordance with MN National Guard Regulation 690-335 (Army) or 36-1 (Air), applications will be forwarded to the selecting official to conduct interviews by area of priority listed below:

Area 1: Career/Career-Conditional technicians and Indefinite technicians assigned to the 133rd Airlift Wing.

Area 2: Career/Career-Conditional technicians and Indefinite technicians Statewide (148th Fighter Wing and MN Army National Guard) who were initially hired based on a posted job vacancy

Area 3: Minnesota National Guard technicians who have not previously competed and traditional Minnesota National Guard members.

Area 4: National Guard technicians from other states and civilian persons eligible for membership in the Minnesota Air National Guard.


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The Federal government offers a number of exceptional benefits to its employees. The following Web addresses are provided for your reference to explore the major benefits offered to most Federal employees.

Flexible Spending Accounts - The Federal Flexible Spending Accounts Program (FSAFeds) allows you to pay for certain health and dependent care expenses with pre-tax dollars. For additional information visit:

Health Insurance - The Federal Employees Health Benefits Program offers over 100 optional plans. For additional information visit:

Leave - Most Federal employees earn both annual and sick leave. For additional information visit:

Life Insurance - The Federal Employees' Group Life Insurance Program (FEGLI) offers: Basic Life Insurance plus three types of optional insurance, for additional information visit:

Long Term Care Insurance - The Federal Long Term Care Insurance Program (FLTCIP) provides long term care insurance for Federal employees and their parents, parents-in-law, stepparents, spouses, and adult children. For additional information visit:

Retirement Program - Almost all new employees are automatically covered by the Federal Employees Retirement System (FERS). FERS is a three-tiered retirement plan. The three tiers are: Social Security Benefits, Basic Benefit Plan, and Thrift Savings Plan. For additional information visit:



REMARKS: No PCS available.  Position will not be filled until current incumbent vacates. Higher Grades are welcome to apply, however MAY be required to take a reduction in rank. Normal color vision as defined in AFI 48-123 is required.  This position is subject to rules and regulations of the USAF and the ANG, to include fitness standards, as well as any AFSC specific requirements.  This is a dual status position.  Sensitivity Level 2.



Acceptance of a Technician position will result in the termination of your Selected Reserve bonus.

IAW NGR 600-25 AND AFI 36-101, grade inversion within the full-time workforce is not permitted.

To view ALL MN National Guard Vacancies, go to:


  • Should a position be announced at less than the authorized grade, the selected applicant may be non-competitively promoted when he/she meets all qualifications and is submitted for promotion by the supervisor.
  • Employment is contingent upon successful completion of technician pre-employment physical for certain occupational series.
  • Males applicants born after 31 December 1959 must be registered with the Selective Service System in compliance with the Defense Authorization Act of 1986, Section 1622.
The Minnesota Department of Military Affairs is an Equal Opportunity Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for the position without discrimination for any non-merit reason(s) such as age, race, religion, gender, ethnic origin or non-disqualifying disability. Pre-selection is not only counter-productive to effective recruitment and placement, but also violates Minnesota National Guard Merit Placement principles and will not be tolerated. If you have information or questions regarding this issue, please contact the Equal Employment Manager at 651-282-4472 or 651-282-4066.


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You  MUST submit a Resume or form OF 612 along with AGO 163 in an all-electronic format via facsimile or as an uploaded document.

The Minnesota National Guard Human Resources Office (HRO) DOES NOT accept hardcopy applications for a job announcement published on USA Jobs.  You must upload these documents after completing the Online Questionnaire or fax them to 1-478-757-3144 using the OPM supplied fax cover sheet using the Vacancy Identification Number .821610

To apply for this position, you must provide both of the following parts:

  1. Your responses to the Qualifications Questionnaire, and
  2. Your supporting documents: Resume or OF 612 along with the AGO 163.

OF 612 and AGO 163 can be downloaded from:

Use the Online Qualifications Questionnaire (Option A) for convenience and quickest processing.

Option A: Online Qualifications Questionnaire.

Tips for using the Online Qualifications Questionnaire:

  • Complete and save your supporting documents before starting the Online Qualifications Questionnaire and upload these documents online. 
  • You can upload or fax supporting documents during or after you complete the Online Qualifications Questionnaire process.
  • You must click Submit My Answers for your questionnaire to be processed.
  • You must complete the entire process by 11:00pm central time on the closing date --  Wednesday, January 23, 2013.
  • You can save your work and come back later. Just click both Save and Logout. (When you want to return, go to and log in using the User Name and Password you created.
  • Select the job you would like to update to complete the questionnaire or upload documentation.   It is important for you to complete this process in its entirety.


Option B: Paper Qualifications Questionnaire.

If it is not practical for you to use the Online Qualifications Questionnaire, you can write your answers on paper.  Follow these steps:

    1. You can print a copy of this job announcement so that you can read the questions offline.
    2. Obtain and print a copy of the OPM Form 1203-FX, which you will use to provide your answers. You can obtain the form at this URL or by calling USAJOBS by Phone at (703) 724-1850 – after the introduction, press 1, and listen for instructions.
    3. Complete the OPM Form 1203-FX using the information listed under Questions to complete Paper Qualifications Questionnaire below. 
    4. You may submit the Form 1203-FX, resume or OF 612 along with the AGO 163, and any supporting documents by fax.  If you are faxing a Form 1203-FX, you do not need a separate cover sheet. Simply make sure the Form 1203-FX is on top of any other documents you are faxing. If you are faxing any documents without the Form 1203-FX on top, always use the official cover sheet which is here -- -- and be sure to fill it out completely and clearly. The fax number is 1-478-757-3144. Feed all documents into your fax machine top first so that we receive them right-side up.

Questions to complete Paper Qualifications Questionnaire

Social Security Number

Enter your Social Security Number in the space indicated. Providing your Social Security Number is voluntary, but we cannot process your application without it.

Vacancy Identification Number

Required. Enter 821610

1. Title of Job

Enter Aircraft Mechanic Leader

2. Biographic Data

3. E-Mail Address

4. Work Information

5. Employment Availability

6. Citizenship

If you are applying by the OPM Form 1203-FX, leave this section blank.

7. Background Information

If you are applying by the OPM Form 1203-FX, leave this section blank.

8. Other Information

If you are applying by the OPM Form 1203-FX, leave this section blank.

9. Languages

If you are applying by the OPM Form 1203-FX, leave this section blank.

10. Lowest Grade

It is in your interest to select the lowest grade listed to ensure qualification.  Select the lowest grade you are willing to accept for this position; however, if you select a grade that is higher than your qualifications you will not be eligible for this position.  If you select the lowest grade available but are qualified at a higher level, you will receive the higher grade of qualification if selected for this vacancy.


11. Miscellaneous Information

What is your current grade/rank or highest grade/rank held if prior service.

(Type "Civilian" if no military service)

12. Special Knowledge

If you are applying by the OPM Form 1203-FX, leave this section blank.

13. Test Location

If you are applying by the OPM Form 1203-FX, leave this section blank.

14. Veteran Preference Claim

If you are applying by the OPM Form 1203-FX, leave this section blank.

15. Dates of Active Duty - Military Service

If you are applying by the OPM Form 1203-FX, leave this section blank.

16. Availability Date

If you are applying by the OPM Form 1203-FX, leave this section blank.

17. Service Computation Date

If you are applying by the OPM Form 1203-FX, leave this section blank.

18. Other Date Information

If you are applying by the OPM Form 1203-FX, leave this section blank.

19. Job Preference

If you are applying by the OPM Form 1203-FX, leave this section blank.

20. Occupational Specialties

001 Aircraft Mechanic Leader

21. Geographic Availability

Select the location(s) you would like to be considered for.

276330123 Saint Paul, MN

22. Transition Assistance Plan

If you are applying by the OPM Form 1203-FX, leave this section blank.

23. Job Related Experience

If you are applying by the OPM Form 1203-FX, leave this section blank.

24. Personal Background Information

If you are applying by the OPM Form 1203-FX, leave this section blank.

25. Occupational/Assessment Questions:

Select the appropriate answer to each of the following.

1. I am currently:

A. A permanent or indefinite technician in the Minnesota National Guard.

B. A traditional member of the Minnesota National Guard.

C. A traditional member of the National Guard in a different state.

D. Eligible for enlistment/appointment in the Minnesota National Guard. *NOTE: (For enlistment/appointment criteria, contact 1-800-464-8273 for Army criteria or 1-800-835-3764 for Air Force criteria)

E. Not interested in joining the Minnesota National Guard.

Respond to all the questions below. For each question, choose the response below that best describes your experience and/or training. Mark only one response for each question. Please note that your answers will be verified against the information you provide in your resume or application and information your references provide.

2. Do you possess experience, education, or training that has provided the candidate with the skill to remove and replace aircraft parts, accessories, and components, and to make adjustments and settings according to established specifications and are skilled in the use of hand tools and test equipment?

A. Yes.

B. No.

3. Do you possess 24 months: Experience in repairing, rebuilding, or overhauling aircraft systems and major components using the tools of the trade; Experience which demonstrates the skill to align and rig systems and controls after the replacement of parts, components and major repairs; Experience in operating a variety of measurement, test and diagnostic equipment utilized in trouble shooting and repair of aircraft; Experience in inspecting the full range of mechanical systems with the ability to analyze existing or foreseeing problems and recommend corrective action; Experience using a wide variety of technical publications to include complex schematics and specifications?

A. Yes.

B. No.

For each of the following tasks, chose the statement from the list below that best describes your experience and/or training. Darken the oval corresponding to that statement. Please select only one letter for each item.

A- I know little or nothing about this.

B- I have had study or training in this.

C- I have used my knowledge or ability, but I have been closely supervised.

D- I have used my knowledge or ability on my own, under normal supervision.

E- I am consulted by others in difficult situations, or I am called on to do unusually difficult jobs.

4. Selects the proper tools, equipment, machinery, parts, computer equipment, or software to perform a work activity.

5. Reads and understands technical or other complex materials required for the job.

6. Conducts quality checks or inspections to determine quality or condition.

7. Installs, maintains, troubleshoots, or repairs aircraft engines or engine components.

8. Reviews reports, documents, records, data, or other materials to verify completeness, correctness, consistency, compliance, or authenticity.

9. Keeps abreast of latest technology, information, research, etc., to maintain knowledge in field of expertise.

10. Follows safety rules and regulations.

11. Inspects and certifies aircraft as safe and ready for flight.

12. Determines serviceability of parts, supplies, materials, or equipment.

13. Informs supervisor or other official of issues or problems.

14. Identifies needs or problems.

15. Promotes or develops and maintains good working relationships with key individuals or groups.

16. Analyzes or interprets data or other information.

17. Explains technical or other complex information orally.

18. Discusses results, problems, plans, suggestions, terms, or conditions with others.



Copies of OF 612 and AGO 163:

Your application must include the following information:

A detailed narrative of your work experience (paid or unpaid), training, education, and/or other information that relates to the specialized and general experience stated on the vacancy announcement. Include pertinent military experience and describe duties in detail. You may use continuation pages to include all related experience. Ensure that both military and civilian experiences are fully described, to include time frames.

Job Information:

  • Vacancy Identification Number, (821610) title (Aircraft Mechanic Leader) and grade(s) for which you are applying.

Personal Information:

  • Full name, mailing address (with zip code) and day/evening telephone numbers (with area code).
  • Social Security Number. Giving your Social Security Number is voluntary. However, we cannot process your application without it.
  • Country of Citizenship.
  • If ever employed by the Federal Government, please show the highest Federal civilian grade held, job series, and dates of employment in grade.


  • High School name, city, state and zip code, date of diploma or GED.
  • Colleges and/or Universities attended, city, state and zip code.
  • Major field(s) of study.
  • Type and year of degree(s) received. If no degree received, show total credit hours received in semester or quarter hours.

Work Experience:

For each paid or non-paid position held related to the job for which you are applying (do not provide copies of job descriptions):

  • Job title.
  • Duties and accomplishments.
  • If assigned additional duties in a position, include percentage of time spent performing the additional duties.
  • Number of hours per week.
  • Employer's name and address.
  • Supervisor's name and phone number.
  • Starting and ending dates of employment (month and year).
  • Salary.
  • Indicate if your current supervisor may be contacted.

Military Experience:

Include all military experience that is pertinent to the position for which you are applying:

  • Starting and ending dates of assignment.
  • Duty title of position.
  • Description of duties.
  • MOSs/AFSCs.
  • Complete a separate experience block for each period of military service related to the position.

Other Qualifications:

  • Job-related training courses (title and length of course must be included).
  • Job-related skills (e.g., other languages, computer software/hardware, tools, machinery, typing speed, etc.)
  • Job-related certificates and licenses.
  • Job-related honors, awards, and special accomplishments. (e.g., publications, memberships in professional or honor societies, leadership activities, public speaking, performance awards, etc.)

CONTACTING US: After you have read all the instructions in this vacancy announcement, if you still have questions about this position or the application process, you may contact us at (651) 282-4155.



Human Resources Office
Phone: (651)282-4155
Agency Information:
Minnesota Air National Guard
Human Resources Office
20 West 12th Street
Saint Paul, MN


Once the online questionnaire is received you will receive an acknowledgement email that your submission was successful.  After a review of your complete application is made you will be notified of your application status.

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