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Job Title:  Lock and Dam Equipment Mechanic
Department:  Department of the Army
Agency:  U.S. Army Corps of Engineers
Job Announcement Number:  SWGJ13375112826172D

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

The contents of the announcement can still be viewed.
$21.64 to $27.61 / Per Hour
Wednesday, January 16, 2013 to Friday, January 25, 2013
Full Time - Permanent
1 vacancy in the following location:
Cannelton, IN 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:

Cannelton Locks and Dam is a high-lift structure located in the Ohio River basin, mile marker 720.7. Locks consist of two lock chambers (main chamber-1,200’ x 110’; auxiliary chamber-600’ x 110’). It is 3 mi east of Cannelton, IN and 7 mi east of Tell City, IN. It is 88 mi west of Louisville, KY and 3 mi northeast of Hawesville, KY across the Ohio River Bridge leading into Cannelton, IN and 186 mi south of Indianapolis, IN. It has a visitors area with picnic/rest room facilities. Located in Perry County, the area has interesting historical sites with many festivals representing the founders of the area. Located within an hour’s drive is Patoka Lake, Holiday World Theme Park, Hoosier Natl Forest, Marengo Caves. There are 3 govt lakes (Celena, Indian, Tipsaw Lakes) within an hour’s drive that offer fishing, boating, camping, and walking trails.Rough River Lake is a 40-minute drive and offers swimming, camping, boating, skiing, fishing, lodge facilities.

Who May Apply:

  • United States Citizens

If you are currently a permanent Department of Army employee with status or have another appointment eligiblity, you may apply against announcement SWGJ13375112824871, which is open to status candidates only. Selection may be made from either announcement.


  • This position requires a Pre-Employment/Annual Physical
  • Pre-Employment/Random Drug Testing is required for this position
  • Personnel Investigation is required
  • May be required to wear protective clothing and/or equipment
  • PCS/Relocation expenses are NOT authorized


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Perform a variety of mechanical, hydraulic, and electrical duties at a high-lift navigation structure.  Participate in a variety of maintenance, inspection and repair work.  Equipment involved includes the following:

  • "Stony" gate valves and/or tainter valves to control equipment which control the emptying and filling of the lock chambers
  • Gate jacks (hydraulic pistons and cylinders) which control the opening and closing of lock gates
  • Large, electrically-driven, hydraulic pumps which furnish oil pressure (1000 pounds) for the operation of emptying and filling valves and gate jacks;
  • The complete hydraulic system for multiple locks (piping, valves, and oil storage facilities)
  • Electrically-driven oil storage pump, and electrically-driven and gasoline-driven water pumps
  • Trucks, diesel-driver work boat
  • Lighting system in power hours and on lock walls
  • Low pressure, steam, heating system in power house and shop buildings (includes such equipment as diesel-engine-driven standby generator)
  • Motor-driven, high-pressure hydraulic oil pumps
  • Heating, ventilating, water and pumping systems in the operations building
  • Extensive high-pressure hydraulic-oil power and control piping systems on lock walls and galleries including some 40 manual and pilot-operated control valves, a large number of various types of relief, directional, flow-control and counterbalance valves, and shock absorbing devices
  • A distribution and control complex at the hydraulic oil pumps including main pump relief and pilot-operated unloading valves
  • Water and compressed air piping systems in lock walls and galleries
  • Large hydraulic servometers and associated heavy machinery for operation of the double-leaf lock emergency gates and of the numerous dam gates
  • Tow-haulage equipment incorporating torque-converters and/or eddy-current clutches and arranged for electrical remote control


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SCREEN OUT ELEMENT: Ability to perform the work of the position without more than normal supervision.  Applicants will also be evaluated on the following job elements that must be demonstrated in their resume:

  • Knowledge of equipment and machinery assembly, installation, repair etc.
  • Ability to interpret instructions, specifications, etc.
  • Ability to use and maintain tools and equipment

PHYSICAL EFFORT: Work requires frequent standing, stooping, stretching, climbing, and crouching. Lifts and carries items weighing up to 50 pounds; occasionally lift and carry larger assemblies or complete units exceeding 50 pounds. Uses coordination of eyes, hands, legs, and body in installing, repairing, or testing equipment in confined spaces such as manholes, enclosed switchgear, or on overhead structures; climbs ladders and poles.

WORKING CONDITIONS: Work is performed largely outside during the day or night subject to inclement weather, on high structures usually over water that is frequently turbulent, in the proximity of moving machinery and high tension electrical equipment, on scaffolds, and from slings. Occasionally will work behind bulkheads below water level. Incumbent is also subject to falls, drowning, injury, or discomfort and when inside, exposure to drafts, changing temperatures, and loud noises. Uses safety equipment such as protective ear devices, hard hats, hard toe shoes, respirators, and protective clothing. Working conditions have been considered in evaluation of the job; therefore, environmental differential pay is not warranted for duties performed.

Other Requirements:
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  • Male applicants born after December 31, 1959 must complete a Pre-Employment Certification Statement for Selective Service Registration.
  • Personnel investigation may be required.
  • Required to provide proof of U.S. Citizenship.
  • One year trial/probationary period may be required.
  • Direct Deposit of Pay is required.
  • Pre-employment physical may be required.  Annual physical is required.
  • Testing Designated Position: Incumbent of this position is subject to all the provisions of Civilian Drug Abuse Testing Program, including periodic random drug tests.


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 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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    Special Note to NSPS Applicants: If you apply for and accept a GS position, your GS pay will be set differently than if you transition out of NSPS with your organization. If you apply for and accept a position and your pay cannot be set within the GS grade range, you may not be eligible for pay retention. Be sure to refer to the NSPS web site ( for more details on how this might affect your specific situation."

    • 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.



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

    1. Your resume
    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 Friday, January 25, 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 ID826172.  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. Print the 1203FX form to provide your response to the questionnaire, and
    3. Fax the completed 1203FX form along with any supporting documents to 1-478-757-3144. Your 1203FX will serve as a cover page for your fax transmission.

    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
    • Completed Occupational Questionnaire

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


    Veterans' Preference: If claiming veterans' preference, you must include your Member 4 or Service 2 copy of your DD-214 (Release from Active Duty) or Statement of Service/Proof of Service which must include service dates and character of service.  In addition, if claiming 10 point preference you must submit a VA letter or a disability determination from a branch of the Armed Forces (or documentation of purple heart, if applicable) and a completed SF 15 (Application for 10-point veteran preference).  A copy of the SF-15 can be obtained at to provide appropriate documentation will result in an alteration of your preference claim.

    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.


    Charlette Smith
    Phone: (502)315-6165
    Agency Information:
    PO Box 59
    Louisville, KY


    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. 


    If no email address is provided, applicant is responsible for checking status updates and notifications in Applicant Manager.  Hard copy notifications will not be sent to applicant. 


    For questions regarding the status of your application, eligibility or qualifications determination contact:

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