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Job Title:Equipment Specialist

Department:General Services Administration

Agency:Federal Acquisition Service

Job Announcement Number:1304024TYDEA

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

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$49,581.00 to $77,981.00 / Per Year


Tuesday, February 05, 2013 to Wednesday, February 13, 2013




Full-time - Permanent




1 vacancy - Riverdale, GA, USView Map


All United States citizens and nationals (residents of American Samoa and Swains Island).


You may have heard GSA called 'the government's landlord', but GSA is about more than just buildings...We're a vehicle management and acquisition service...a real estate IT solutions provider...a global supply chain manager...and more!  GSA provides innovative solutions for Federal agencies that include products, services, workspace, and expertise to build a more high-performing, efficient, sustainable, and transparent government for the American people.  And, since our jobs are as diverse as the services we provide, GSA is a great place to start, build, and expand your career.

GSA has been repeatedly named by the Partnership for Public Service as one of the 'Best Places to Work in the Federal Government'. As a Equipment Specialist, you will provide nationwide support to customers and other fleet personnel through a national maintenance control system that handles repair problems for regional government-owned vehicles. This position is located in the Federal Acquisition Services, Office of Motor Vehicle Management, Maintenance Control Center, located in Riverdale, GA. GSA offers its employees a wide range of benefits including:

  • Federal health insurance plans (choose from a wide range of plans)
  • Life insurance coverage with several options to choose from
  • Leave policies to help you take care of your personal, recreational, and health care needs
  • Thrift Savings Plan (similar to a 401(k) plan)
  • Flexible work schedules and telework
  • Transit and child care subsidies
  • Training and development


  • U.S. Citizenship or National
  • Apply online (See How to Apply section.)
  • Suitable for Federal employment


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Provides nationwide support to customers and other Fleet personnel, through a national maintenance control system that serves as a nationwide electronic link for all GSA Fleet customers. Coordinates vehicle repairs, including major mechanical repairs, and determines the nature of the repair, costs associated with or projected for the repair, cost replacements for parts, etc. Acts as a principal point of contact to GSA Fleet customers and contractors throughout the country. Guides customers and contractors through the entire process of procuring vehicle repairs, including identifying and recommending to the customer which repair facilities to use to obtain the most cost effective and timely repair possible. Resolves customer vehicle complaints, determines corrective actions and coordinates and resolves billing issues. Collects and analyzes data compiled from computer generated reports to track trends pertaining to performance differences among regions. Reviews and evaluates all vehicle quality deficiency reports, service bulletins and vehicle manufacturer service recommendations, in addition to any other pertinent sources of information. Coordinates with the vehicle manufacturer's technical representatives to obtain all warranted repairs at minimum or no cost to the Government. Ensures that repair estimates from GSA contractors are in accordance with contract requirements and industry standards. Negotiates best prices with open market vendors for repair services and supplies.


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The GS-09 salary range starts at $49,581.00 per year, if you meet the following qualifications. You must meet all qualification and eligibility requirements within 30 days of the closing date of this announcement. To qualify, you must have one year of specialized experience equivalent to federal sector GS-07 level. Specialized experience is reviewing and applying well-established methods, techniques, processes and precedents of equipment or service operations to plan and perform duties that involve limited technical issues and specific, well-defined objectives such as: determining equipment maintenance, restoration, or repair needs; preparing plans, specifications and instructions for repair or maintenance of assigned equipment; and reading and interpreting equipment requisitions, shop orders, and work orders. As a mechanic or maintenance worker the following skills are required.

  • Sales or service engineer
  • Planner or estimator in a technical group dealing with manufacture, utilization, repair, or operation of equipment.



Graduate Education: Major study -- fields related to the position to be filled.


The GS-11 salary range starts at $59,987.00 per year, if you meet the following qualifications. You must meet all qualification and eligibility requirements within 30 days of the closing date of this announcement. To qualify, you must have one year of specialized experience equivalent to federal sector GS-09 level. Specialized experience is defined as experience reviewing and applying technical specifications and requirements; analyzing equipment and forecasting spare parts requirements; preparing statements of work and serving as the contractor representative to ensure compliance with contracts; analyzing contract specifications and determining if they are met; and analyzing and researching equipment problems or customer issues and making appropriate recommendations from many alternatives. Examples of such experience are:

  • Working as a skilled mechanic or maintenance worker
  • Sales or service engineer
  • Planner or estimator in a technical group dealing with manufacture, utilization, repair, or operation of equipment.


Graduate Education: Ph.D. or equivalent doctoral degree with Major study in fields related to the position to be filled; or 3 full years of progressively higher level graduate education leading to such a degree.


Combination of education in the field related to the position and specialized experience equivalent to the GS-09 level in the Federal service as listed above.



If selected, you must meet the following conditions:

  • Serve a one year probationary period (unless you have previously satisfied this requirement).
  • Be able to make a direct deposit of your salary check to a financial organization.
  • Males born after December 31, 1959 must have registered with the Selective Service.
  • Complete a "Declaration of Federal Employment" (OF-306) to determine suitability for Federal employment.
  • If you are not a current GSA employee, you must complete the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Form I-9 to determine identity and employment (work status) eligibility. GSA will verify the information through the DHS e-Verify automated system. Any identified discrepancies must be resolved as a condition of continued employment.
  • Undergo a background investigation and favorable adjudication.
  • Be able to work on rotating shift and/or weekend.


The Category Rating procedure is being used to rate candidates. If you are found qualified for the position, your responses to the self assessment vacancy questions will be used to place you in one of the following categories: Qualified, Well Qualified, Best Qualified. Your responses to the vacancy questions must be supported by your resume or the Human Resources Specialist may adjust your responses lower. Within these categories, applicants eligible for veterans' preference will receive selection priority over non-veterans. Appropriate documentation must be received to adjudicate veterans' preference. You will be evaluated on the vacancy related questions that were designed to assess your overall possession of the following competencies/knowledge, skills, and abilities:

  1. Knowledge of the characteristics, operation, installation, repair and maintenance of commercial motor vehicles including gasoline and diesel engines, standard and automatic transmissions, clutch assemblies, transfer cases, differentials, radiators and cooling systems, fuel tanks and fuel systems, carburetors, distributors, generators, alternators, voltage regulators, hydraulic and air brake systems, suspension systems and chassis components.
  2. Technical knowledge of maintenance and repair requirements for commercial vehicles consisting of various passenger and cargo types, including compact, medium and large sedans; light, medium and heavy duty trucks; passenger buses; refrigerated trucks and refrigerated trailers; dry cargo, goose neck and flat bed trailers; and truck tractors.
  3. Knowledge of Federal contract terminology and contracting procedures to determine if terms, conditions and requirements of contracts are being met and to determine if contract terms need revision.
  4. Ability to read and interpret published technical instructions, service orders, service bulletins repair manuals, labor rates and time guides and parts manuals to ascertain required repairs to be performed and to evaluate completed repairs.
  5. Skill in communicating orally and in writing with a wide variety of customers in varying situations.

A variety of assessments/assessment tools may be used to evaluate candidates for specific vacancies covered by this announcement. Candidates will be notified when further assessments are implemented and provided with instructions on how to access and complete the assessment(s). Be sure to APPLY EARLY as most assessments must be completed fully and submitted before the announcement closing. If you are an Interagency Career Transition Assistance Plan eligible or a GSA Career Transition Assistance eligible, you must be considered well qualified (minimum score or 85) to receive priority. ICTAP/CTAP

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GSA offers a comprehensive benefits package. To explore the major benefits offered to most Federal employees, see Benefits.


Bargaining Unit status: NFFE GSA does not accept applications or application materials submitted with Government-paid postage. Additional vacancies may be filled from this announcement as needed. This vacancy announcement does not preclude filling this position by other means. Management also has the right not to fill the position. Travel, transportation, and relocation expenses are not authorized for this position. Any travel, transportation, and relocation expenses associated with reporting for duty in this position will be the responsibility of the successful applicant.  If you are selected for this position at a grade lower than the full performance level, you may be promoted up to that grade level without further competition in accordance with all applicable regulations.  However, promotions are not guaranteed and are dependent on performance.  


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You must submit a complete application including any required documents prior to 11:59 pm Eastern Time on the closing date of the Announcement. Errors or omissions may result in your not being considered for this vacancy. For information on applying for a GSA vacancy, please visit Applying for a GSA Job We will only consider applications submitted through the online process listed below unless an exception has been approved by a representative of the HR Office listed on this announcement. A description of the online process is provided below:

  1. Select the "Apply Online" button. Log on to OPM's USAJOBS to access your existing resume or to create a new one.
  2. From your account, select which resume you wish to submit. You also have the option of attaching any required documents saved in your USAJOBS account. Click "Apply for this Position Now!"
  3. You will be redirected to GSA's automated system, GSAjobs. First time users will be asked to respond to "Account Creation" questions. If you are a return GSAjobs user, click the links on the left to review and update any necessary profile information before continuing on with the application process.
  4. You will be prompted to respond to "Eligibility Questions" which will be used to determine your eligibility to apply for various types of vacancies. If you are a return user, these fields will pre-populate with your previous responses. Please review and make any necessary changes before proceeding.
  5. Next, you will be asked to respond to vacancy specific questions regarding your qualifications and the knowledge, skills, abilities, and/or other competencies required to successfully perform this position.
  6. Submit any required documents (see below). A "Vacancy Documents" page is automatically displayed by the GSAjobs system. Most documents become part of your permanent electronic file and you need to submit them only once unless you wish to update. You can view the Description column next to each form to determine if a previously submitted document is on file. For each document you must submit, select one of the following options in the "Action" column:
    • "Upload" - Using the Document Manager, upload document (.gif, .jpeg, .png, .rtf, .pdf, and .doc format only) directly from your computer;
    • "USAJOBS" - Using the Document Manager, download a document you previously attached from your USAJOBS account for this vacancy.
    • "FAX" - Print the Fax Cover Sheet, then fax cover sheet and document(s) to the listed phone number. We strongly recommend you read the "Fax Instructions" provided on the Document Manager page prior to printing the Fax Cover Sheet and faxing your information.
  7. At this point, if you are determined to be qualified for the position based upon your previous responses, additional assessment questions may be presented.
  8. Finally, you'll receive an Application Review Page which allows you to review the information that will be submitted. You can save a copy of your application by selecting the 'Save PDF' button. Then, YOU MUST CLICK THE 'FINISH' BUTTON to submit your application.

Note: If you cannot complete any part of the application process listed above, contact the Human Resources Office/representative listed on the announcement prior to the announcement deadline for instructions on how to proceed. Be sure to receive prior HR approval to deviate from these instructions so that your application will be considered.



Please review the following to determine which documents you must submit in order to complete your application. ICTAP/CTAP Eligible: Submit proof of eligibility including agency notice; SF-50, Notification of Personnel Action (or similar agency form); and most recent performance rating. Veterans: In order to be considered as a 5-point preference eligible, you must submit a copy of your Certificate of Release or Discharge From Active Duty, DD-214. Your DD-214 must show the type of discharge and dates of active duty (member 4 copy). If you are claiming 10-point preference, you must submit the following in addition to the DD-214: (1) completed SF-15 form; and (2) proof of your entitlement to this preference. A list of documents which serve as acceptable proof of entitlement is indicated on the SF-15 form. College Transcripts: Submit a photocopy of your college transcript(s) for this announcement if you are using education to meet all or part of the qualification requirements. If slected, an official/sealed transcript will be required prior to appointment. For education completed outside the United States, submit a valid foreign credential evaluation. See OPM's General Policies for information on crediting education.


Toynia Young
Phone: 404-331-3186
Fax: 000-000-0000
TDD: 800-877-8339
Agency Information:
GSA, Federal Acquisition Service
General Services Administration
Human Resources Division (CPF)
77 Forsyth Street, Suite 650
Atlanta, GA
Fax: 000-000-0000


If your application is complete, we will review your application to ensure you meet the basic qualification requirements. We will further evaluate each applicant who meets the basic qualifications on the knowledge, skills, abilities, and/or competencies required of the position. Candidates in the highest quality category will be referred to the hiring manager for further consideration and possible interview. 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 within 40 days after the deadline for applications. Thank you for your interest in working for U.S. General Services Administration!

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