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Job Title:Electrician

Department:Department of the Army

Agency:U.S. Army Corps of Engineers

Job Announcement Number:SWGY13482184850337D

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

The contents of the announcement can still be viewed.


$26.43 to $30.87 / Per Hour


Thursday, February 28, 2013 to Wednesday, March 27, 2013




Full Time - Permanent




1 vacancy in the following location:
Orleans County, LA 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:

The New Orleans District provides for navigation, flood and hurricane protection, environmental stewardship, and other water resources needs to benefit the people of southern Louisiana and the  nation. The offices are located in a modern energy efficient building in the Uptown area of New Orleans overlooking the Mississippi River. There is a child care center and a fitness center on the premises as well as free employee parking. Audubon Park, an urban oasis offering alleys of ancient live oaks, a tranquil 1.8 mile jogging path, a lagoon, picnic shelters, playgrounds, tennis courts and soccer fields is within walking distance. USACE New Orleans District


Home port is New Orleans, LA, and work is performed aboard the Dredge Wheeler. Work is performed in all types of weather in all deep draft waterways managed by New Orleans District and can be called to work in any deep draft waterway worldwide. Incumbent will be required to live aboard Dredge WHEELER during his/her tour of duty, which will be approximately 2 weeks on duty/2 weeks off duty. Normal shift is 10 hour days; however, occasional shift work may be required to serve watch. Due to working schedule on the Wheeler, it is not a requirement to live locally, but would be advantageous to the employee to avoid travel expenses as Corps of Engineers does not pay transportation to and from vessel.


Who May Apply:


  • Interagency Career Transition Assistance Plan (ICTAP) eligibles
  • All U.S. Citizens


This position is being advertised concurrently with SWGY13482184802421 (Merit Promotion). Only one position will be filled from these announcements. Candidates who wish to be considered under both DEU and Merit Promotion MUST apply to both vacancy announcements separately.


  • Permanent Change of Station (PCS) costs are not authorized
  • A medical examination is required
  • Must possess or obtain a Transportation Worker Identification Credential
  • Must possess or obtain a US Coast Guard Merchant Mariner Credential
  • Must possess or obtain a US Coast Guard Electrician endorsement


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Serves as Electrician on a self-propelled sea-going diesel powered large class hopper dredge. Is responsible to the Chief Electrician for the maintenance, proper operating conditions, installation, and repair of all electrical machinery and equipment of the dredge. Equipment ranges from fractional HP units up to 6170 brake horsepower (BHP) propulsion engines. Dredging electric power for the dredge pumps will be supplied by two diesel driven (4960 BHP each) generator sets. A knowledge of AC and DC motors, generators, and converter equipment such as silicon rectifiers is required. Auxiliaries and other electrical equipment typically include switchboards, rheostats, relays, circuit breakers, voltage regulators, dredge pump speed control, radio equipment, lighting equipment, etc. In addition to conventional AC and DC power supply systems, incumbent must have a knowledge of electronic power supply circuits to the extent of being able to trouble shoot system failures and analyze problems.


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Screen Out Element:


Qualified applicants must show in their resume the knowledge skills and abilities to perform the work of an Electrician, WK-2805-13 without more than normal supervision. You will also be evaluated on the basis of your level of competency (knowledge, skill, and ability) in the following areas:



Physical effort:


Makes repairs and installations from ladders, scaffolding, and platforms, and where the parts of the system worked on are in hard-to-reach places. Duties require long periods of standing, stooping, bending, kneeling, climbing, and working in tiring and uncomfortable positions. Incumbent is required to exert moderate to heavy physical effort in handling equipment. Frequently lifts, carries, and sets up tools and equipment. Incumbent must possess color perception is order to perform troubleshooting and repair work on the full range of equipment.

Working Conditions:


Work is performed primarily in closed areas with some work outside. Much time is spent in or adjacent to the engine room area with its attendant noise and heat. Works in very close places and in awkward positions. Employee is subject to the usual electrician hazards, involving shock, strain, burns, cuts, falls from ladders and fumes and heat while working in confined quarters.

Other Requirements:
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  • Male applicants born after December 31, 1959 must complete a Pre-Employment Certification Statement for Selective Service Registration.
  • You will be required to provide proof of U.S. Citizenship.
  • One year trial/probationary period may be required.
  • Direct Deposit of Pay is Required.
  • Failure to provide all required information as stated in the vacancy announcement may result in an ineligible rating or may affect the overall rating of your application.
  • 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.
  • Defense National Relocation Program will not be authorized.
  • A medical examination is required.
  • Incumbent must possess or be able to obtain a Transportation Worker Identification Credential (TWIC) and a United States Coast Guard Merchant Mariner Credential if selected for employment.  Failure to obtain these credentials will result in removal from the position. 
  • Incumbent must possess or be able to obtain a United States Coast Guard endorsement as Qualified Member of the Engine Department with a rating of Electrician within 18 months if selected for employment.  Failure to obtain this endorsement within 18 months will result in removal from the position.


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 to include use of telework 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 for up to 180 days after the closing date of this announcement.


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    To apply for this position, you must provide a complete Application Package.
    Your complete application packages must include:

    1. Your resume:


    • Your resume may be submitted in any format.
    • If you submit more than one copy of your resume, only the most recent version will be reviewed. The latest timestamp will be used to determine which version of your resume is "most recent." It is your responsibility to check the status and timestamp of all documents you submit as part of your application.
    • If your resume includes a photograph or other inappropriate material or content, you will not be considered for this vacancy.
    • 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). If your resume does not contain this information, your application will be marked as insufficient and you will not receive consideration for this position.


    2. Your responses to the online questionnaire
    3. Documents to support your eligibility category(ies)
    (see Required Documents section below)

    The complete Application Package must be submitted by 11:59 PM (EST) on Wednesday, March 27, 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.


    If you upload your documents, do not fax the same documents. If you are unable to upload your documents, you may submit them by fax.  Download and complete this cover page using the following Vacancy ID 850337.  Fax your documents to 1-478-757-3144.

    If you cannot apply online, you will need to provide the same information obtained in the online process.  You will need three documents to complete this process:  the Occupational Questionnaire, the scan response form, U.S. Office of Personnel Management Occupational Questionnaire (OPM Form 1203-FX), and a separate document described in item #3. below. 

    1. Download the scan response form, OPM Form 1203-FX, from

    2. View Occupational Questionnaire.  Use this information to guide you in completing the OPM Form 1203-FX.  Note that you may be instructed to leave some responses blank on the scan response form.

    3.  On a separate document, please identify which position(s) on your resume (include title, organization, and employment dates) support any response of “E” ("I am considered an expert in performing this task...."). 

    Fax the completed OPM Form 1203-FX, along with your required and supporting documents, to 1-478-757-3144. Your OPM Form 1203-FX will serve as a cover page for your fax transmission.

    PLEASE NOTE: The numbering on the OPM Form 1203-FX will not match the Occupational Questionnaire in Section 25 of the OPM Form 1203-FX, which continuously numbers from number one, while the Questionnaire starts each section of questions with number one.  When entering your responses please continue regardless of number sequence.  This issue has been identified and will be resolved as soon as possible. 

    It is your responsibility to verify that information entered, uploaded, or faxed (i.e., resume) is complete, accurate, and submitted by the closing date.  Uploaded documents may take up to one hour to clear the virus scan.  Faxed documents must be completely transmitted by 11:59p.m. Eastern Standard Time on the closing date of the announcement.

    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. Your requests for reasonable accommodation will be addressed 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.
    • 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
    • If you are claiming Veterans Preference or Military Spouse preference (MSP), to verify your preference claim you MUST submit supporting documents with your application package. These documents may include, but are not limited to:   for MSP claims, PCS orders and marriage certificate; for verification of Veteran Preference, DD214 (which indicates character of service) SF-15, VA Letter and/or Activation/Deactivation orders.
    •  If you are currently serving on active duty:  You MUST submit a certification from the armed forces that certifies the service member is expected to be discharged or released from active duty service in the armed forces under honorable conditions not later than 120 days after the date the certification is signed. If you supply a certification at this stage, your preference/eligibility will be verified prior to appointment. 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.


    Central Resume Processing Center
    Phone: (410)306-0137
    Agency Information:
    W2R902 OD Phys Supp Br Mar Mgt Sec Dredge Wheeler
    7400 Leake Ave
    New Orleans, LA


    Once the application process is complete, a review of your application will be made to ensure you meet the job requirements. To determine if you are qualified for this job, a review of your resume and supporting documentation will be made and compared against your responses to the occupational questionnaire. The numeric rating you receive is based on your responses to the questionnaire. The score is a measure of the degree to which your background matches the knowledge, skills, and abilities required of this position. Please follow all instructions carefully. Errors or omissions may affect your rating.

    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.

    For questions regarding the status of your application, eligibility or qualifications determination contact the Army Applicant Helpdesk at

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