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Job Title:PLANT MECHANIC (Sub-Operator)

Department:Department Of The Interior

Agency:Bureau of Reclamation

Job Announcement Number:BR-PN-DE-HH-13-079

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

The contents of the announcement can still be viewed.

SALARY RANGE:

$33.48 to $33.48 / Per Hour

OPEN PERIOD:

Saturday, January 26, 2013 to Monday, March 24, 2014

SERIES & GRADE:

WB-5352-00

POSITION INFORMATION:

This is a FULL TIME position. - This is a PERMANENT position.

DUTY LOCATIONS:

1 vacancy in the following location:
Hungry Horse, MT, USView Map

WHO MAY APPLY:

All United States Citizens and Nationals

JOB SUMMARY:

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 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: http://www.usbr.gov. View our DVD titled "Traditions, Talent, and Teamwork" at: http://www.usbr.gov/pmts/hr/video/

Position is being advertised concurrently under BR-PN-VA-HH-13-078 for current federal employees serving under a competitive service career or career-conditional appointment or reinstatement eligible. If you are interested in applying under both announcement numbers, you must submit application packages for each.

Reclamation is seeking a journeyman-level Mechanic looking for an opportunity to capitalize on his/her expertise as a Plant Mechanic/Operator. You can make a difference in the West by assisting in meeting increasing power demands.

Duty Location - Hungry Horse, MT http://www.usbr.gov/pn.about/hr/area-information.html.

Relocation expenses are authorized with the exception of the Guaranteed Home Sale Provision. First-post-of-Duty relocation expenses are authorized for new appointment or reinstatement eligibles.

Additional vacancies may be filled from this vacancy announcement.

KEY REQUIREMENTS

  • US Citizen or National
  • Pre-employment physical is required.
  • Suitability for Federal employment determined by background investigation.
  • You must submit a resume and supporting documentation. (See How to Apply)
  • For veterans consideration, submit documents under Required Documents

DUTIES:

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Responsible for locating trouble and maintaining mechanical equipment in a hydroelectric generating station, switchyard, dam and appurtenant structures.  Installs, modifies, repairs and tests new and existing mechanical equipment and systems. Performs maintenance on turbines, generators, governors, motors, pumps, scrape babbitt bearings, educators, valves, pipes, penstocks, air compressors and elevators.  Installs new equipment and relocates existing equipment as necessary, using precision visual, audio and optical instruments to insure critical alignment. Erects scaffolds, platforms, hoisting frames and devices to repair and replace machinery. Cleans parts and/or area as directed.

Operates gantry cranes, bridge cranes and hoist, moving, dismantling, assembling, overhauling and repairing of hydroelectric plant machinery and related equipment. Rigs for overhaul and maintenance of powerplant and dam equipment.

When assigned as a powerplant operator, duties include starting and stopping hydroelectric generating units, operating valves, gates and all related electrical and mechanical equipment or as directed by dispatchers or directed by supervisors.

Performs other related duties as assigned.


QUALIFICATIONS REQUIRED:

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Your application materials must demonstrate sufficient experience and training to perform the duties of this position. Qualifications will be determined on the basis of information submitted in your resume and responses to the assessment questions. For information about qualifications for federal wage system positions please visit: http://www.opm.gov/qualifications/x-118c/index.htm


You must meet all qualification requirements and any selective factors, by the closing date of the announcement.

HOW YOU WILL BE EVALUATED:

Category rating and selection procedures will be used to evaluate applications from this announcement. 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. Qualified candidates will be assigned a numerical score on a scale of 70-100 and veterans with preference will be placed at the top of their respective category. The assessment questionnaire will take you approximately 45 minutes to complete.

Applicants will be further evaluated on the following “Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities (KSAs)” or “Job Elements” for trade/labor positions through your resume and responses to the online questions. 1. Ability to do the work of a hydroelectric powerplant mechanic without more than normal supervision (screen out element); 2. Knowledge of safe work practices; 3. Knowledge of equipment assembly, installation, and repair; 4. Ability to use and maintain equipment using tools and materials; and, 5 Ability to learn/perform powerplant operations. Minimum qualifications for trades and labor positions are determined by evaluation of job elements. You must meet at least 2 points on the screen-out element(s) and obtain an average of at least 2 points on all of the job elements in order to be considered qualified for this position. Applicant's answers to questions will be verified against information provided in their online resume. Be sure that the resume clearly supports the responses to all the questions by addressing experience, education, and/or training relevant to this position. Applicants must make a fair and accurate assessment of their qualifications. Applicants who exaggerate or falsify their experience and/or education may be removed from employment consideration.
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BENEFITS:

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Working for the Bureau of Reclamation offers a comprehensive benefits package that includes, in part, paid vacation, sick leave and holidays, life and health insurance benefits, and participation in the Federal Employees Retirement System (FERS) and the Federal 401-K Thrift Savings Plan (TSP). For additional information about benefits visit: http://www.opm.gov/insure.

OTHER INFORMATION:

If you are initially appointed to a career-conditional position, you must serve a 1-year probationary period.

NOTE:  The incumbent is responsible for maintaining water treatment and distribution systems, as well as the collection system of the wastewater, in accordance with the State of Montana certification requirements.    A minimum certification level of Class 2 is required for the position.  Candidate must obtain a Class 2 (C2) certificate within 18 months of appointment.  Eligibility may be through reciprocity from another state if it is recognized and accepted by the State of Montana.  Failure to obtain and maintain this certification will be grounds for removal from this position.

Selective Service: If you are a male applicant born after December 31, 1959, you must certify that you have registered with the Selective Service System, or are exempt from having to do so under the Selective Service Law. Go to: www.sss.gov. The Bureau of Reclamation is an Equal Opportunity Employer. Selection for positions is made solely on the basis of merit, fitness and qualifications without regard to race, gender, age, color, religion, national origin, disability, marital status, sexual orientation, or any other non-merit factors.

If selected, you will be required to obtain successful pre-employment physical examination by licensed physician certifying to your ability to perform the duties of this position. A physical exam may not be required if a comparable agency approved examination was performed within the last 12 months. The cost of the exam will be reimbursed by the agency.

The referral list from this public notice may be used to fill subsequent positions (similar title, series and grade, location, and KSA requirements) within 180 days of the date the referral list was issued.

Related non-federal experience or related experience as retired members of the uniformed services may be credited towards computing entitlement to leave accrual, at managerial discretion, providing that experience meets certain criteria. This provision allows new employees to earn annual leave at a higher rate than would otherwise be allowed. (5 Code of Federal Regulations, 630).



HOW TO APPLY:

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Applications (resume and assessment questionnaire) for this vacancy MUST be received online BEFORE midnight Eastern Time (Washington, DC time) on the closing date of this announcement. When you're ready to apply, click the blue APPLY ONLINE button on the right 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: http://www.usbr.gov/pmts/hr/hireme.html . As part of the on-line application process, applicants may be required to submit supporting documents. 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 your USAJOBS profile - instructions provided during the online application process -- E-mail to tcarlton@usbr.gov -- Fax directly to the HR Office at (208) 378-5023 -- Mail to the Bureau of Reclamation, ATTN: PN-1445, 1150 North Curtis Road, Suite 100, Boise, Idaho 83706-1234 - or - -- Hand deliver to the Bureau of Reclamation, Human Resources - Room 109, 1150 North Curtis Road, Boise, Idaho. Include your name and the vacancy number on the supporting documents. 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.

REQUIRED DOCUMENTS:

To be considered for this position, applicants are required to submit a resume, on-line assessment questions and the following required Supporting Documents as appropriate.  DD-214, Certificate of Release from Active Duty: If you are entitled to 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. If you have a compensable service connected disability, submit a Standard Form (SF) 15, Application for 10-Point Veteran Preference, and the required documentation requested by this form, in addition to the DD-214, For information on veteran's eligibility visit: http://www.opm.gov/veterans/html/vetguide.asp . CTAP/ICTAP: 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 well qualified on the assessment questionnaire as established, and be able to perform the duties of the position upon entry. For information on CTAP/ICTAP, http://www.opm.gov/ctap/index.asp Declaration of Federal Employment, OF-306: You will be required to complete an (OF-306), http://www.opm.gov/forms/pdf_fill/of0306.pdf prior to being appointed to determine your suitability for federal employment and to authorize a background investigation. Failure to answer all questions truthfully and completely or providing false statements on the application may be grounds for not hiring you or for dismissing you after you begin work, and may be punishable by fine or imprisonment (U.S. Code, Title 18, section 1001).

AGENCY CONTACT INFO:

Teresa Carlton
Phone: 208-378-6544
Fax: 208-378-5023
Email: tcarlton@usbr.gov
Agency Information:
BUREAU OF RECLAMATION
1150 N. Curtis Road, Suite 100
Attn: PN-1438
Boise, ID
83706-1234
US
Fax: 208-378-5023

WHAT TO EXPECT NEXT:

After all application packages have been received, we will review your resume to ensure you meet the basic qualification requirements. We will evaluate each applicant who meets the basic qualifications on the information provided in the answers to the Assessment Questionnaire and may interview the best-qualified applicants. After making a tentative job offer, we will conduct a suitability and/or security background investigation. A final job offer for this position is typically made approximately within 40 days after the deadline for applications.

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Job Announcement Number:

BR-PN-DE-HH-13-079

Control Number:

336538500