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Department:  Department of the Army
Agency:  U.S. Army Corps of Engineers
Job Announcement Number:  SWGJ13411269846579D

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

The contents of the announcement can still be viewed.
$18.05 to $25.25 / Per Hour
Friday, February 22, 2013 to Monday, March 04, 2013
Full Time - Permanent
4 vacancies in the following location(s):
Pulaski County, IL United StatesView Map
Massac County, IL United StatesView Map
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.


This position is also being announced under SWGJ13411269832088 for "Status Candidates". If you are currently a permanent Department of Army employee with status or have other appointment eligibility(s), ensure to review this announcement to determine if you are eligible to apply and receive consideration.

About the Position:

This announcement may be used to fill vacanies at the following locations:

Lock and Dam #52 (Brookport, IL)

Lock and Dam #53 (Grand Chain, IL)

Cannelton Locks and Dam (Cannelton, IN)


Payment of Permanent Change of Station (PCS) costs is not authorized, based on a determination that a PCS move is not in the Government interest.


Who May Apply: Click here for more information.

All US Citizens








  • Pre-Employment/Annual Physical
  • Pre-Employment/Random Drug Testing
  • Shift Work/Alternating Work Hours (including weekends)
  • Mission Essential (Key) Position
  • Valid State Driver's License


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As a Lock and Dam Operator at  a U. S. Army Corps of Engineers navigation facility within the Inland Marine Transportation System (IMTS), you will operate electrically, electronically, and/or hydraulically-controlled lock or lock and dam gates, control valves, and other associated equipment required for a variety of private and commercial traffic through lock structure and/or maintenance of required pool levels.  Specific duties include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • Handle bow or stern lines, walk lines to proper locations along wall and snub lines to assist pilot in maneuvering craft into position;

  • Obtain and record lockage information from pilots of vessels;

  • Secure towlines to lock wall, as required;

  • Operate electrical or electronic gate controls to open or close gates at one end of the lock chamber;

  • Operate electrically, electronic, or hydraulically-controlled valves controlling flow of water for emptying and filling operation, and during double lockage;

  • Operate electrical tow haulage unit (as applicable) to move barges into and out of lock chamber;

  • Operate electrical or electronic controls to raise and lower dam gates in accordance with specific instructions regarding time and degree of gate change;

  • May be required to raise and lower wicket gates, based on site-specific facilities;

  • Perform a variety of tasks in providing assistance to and/or personally performing work required for the installation, repair, and maintenance of lock or lock and dam machinery and equipment of mechanical or electrical type; and

  • Perform continuing and special operational or functional checks on machinery to avoid untimely or dangerous equipment breakdown, and identify development of unsafe situations, and reports same to supervisor.


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Screen Out Element: No specific length of experience is required. However, your application packet must show sufficient experience and training to indicate that you can perform the work of a Lock and Dam Operator, WY-5426-05 without more than normal supervision. Applicants will be rated on a points system based on responses to the below Knowledges, Skills and Abilities (KSAs). Applicants must obtain a minimum of 2 points on the screen-out element to be found qualified for the position.


Additionally, you will be rated on a points system based on your responses to the below Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities (KSAs):

·         Knowledge of equipment and machinery assembly, installation, and preventive maintenance

·         Operation of equipment and machinery

·         Technical practices

·         Use of measuring instruments

·         Ability to follow instructions

·         Ability to operate equipment and machinery safely    

Physical effort:  Eye and hand coordination for operating various controls and handling lines while observing traffic and personnel, during crane lifting operations, lifting dam gates, etc.  There is standing, stooping, bending, occasionally lifting in excess of 50 pounds, stretching, working in cramped position, handling or maneuvering bulky items or equipment, and general continuous moderate to arduous physical activity.  


Working Conditions: Preponderance of work is performed outside, subject to extremes of temperature and weather.  There is exposure of injuries associated with working in restricted areas (occasionally in cramped and/or uncomfortably hot or cold areas), from falling objects, from working with electrical power tools and wiring or other equipment, from working with normal manual tools, and from falls whiles working on  lock walls, dam service bridge, etc.  While possibility of drowning exists as result of falls while working around water, hazard is practically eliminated through observance of safety procedures and use of safety equipment.  During maintenance operations, you are occasionally exposed to unpleasant fumes, dust etc. 



Other Requirements:
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  • Male applicants born after December 31, 1959 must complete a Pre-Employment Certification for Selective Service.
  • 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.

    ·  Valid state driver's license may be required.

    ·  Test Designated Position: Incumbent of this position is subject to all of the provisions of the Department

      of the Army Drug Free Federal Workforce Program as supplemented by USACE Pamphlet 600-1-2. This includes periodic  

        random drug tests.

    ·     Mission Essential (Key) Position: Incumbent cannot vacate this position during war or national emergency without pairing          

        the mission. This includes states of emergencies due to inclement weather conditions, or other emergency situations, as

    ·     Work Schedule: Days of operation and typical daily schedules will vary based on site-specific work requirements. Typical 

        schedules may consist of 1,2, or 3, specific shift schedules. Operators may be required to alternate working hours on all 

        shifts and on weekends, as well as weekdays.         


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 catagory.


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 he or she attains 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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    • 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 Monday, March 04, 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 ID846579.  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: 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. For qualifications determinations your resume must contain hours worked per week and the dates of employment (i.e., HRS per week and month/year to month/year or month/year to present). Resumes that do not contain this information will be marked as insufficient and applicants may not receive consideration for this position.

    ·          Online Application (Questionnaire)

    ·          Transcripts: 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. 

    Submission of transcripts is required regardless of whether or not you currently occupy or have in the past occupied a position requiring the same education

    ·          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.


    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, you are 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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