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Department:Department of the Air Force

Agency:Air Force Personnel Center

Job Announcement Number:AFPCDEO-849771-833537-BG

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

The contents of the announcement can still be viewed.


$42,637.00 to $49,775.00 / Per Year


Wednesday, March 06, 2013 to Tuesday, March 12, 2013




Full Time - Term NTE 09/30/2013




1 vacancy in the following location:
Laughlin AFB, TX United StatesView Map


United States Citizens


The mission of the United States Air Force is to fly, fight and win…in air, space and cyberspace.

To achieve that mission, the Air Force has a vision of Global Vigilance, Reach and Power. That vision orbits around three core competencies: Developing Airmen, Technology-to-Warfighting and Integrating Operations. Core competencies and distinctive capabilities are based on a shared commitment to three core values -- integrity first, service before self, and excellence in all we do.


IF APPLICABLE:  Military service member's "Statement of Service" will be accepted up to 120 days prior to separation date IF a terminal leave form or DD214 cannot be provided.  The "Statement of Service" must be signed by, or by direction of, the adjutant, personnel officer, or commander of your unit or higher headquarters and must indicate when your terminal leave will begin, your rank, dates of active duty service, the Type of Discharge and Character of Service (i.e. honorable).


90-Day Competitive Certificate: This vacancy announcement may be used to fill like vacancies for 90-days from the closing date. Applicants may be referred for consideration as/if additional vacancies occur during this period.


  • U.S. Citizenship is required
  • This position will be filled through the Delegated Examining Office
  • Travel and relocation expenses will not be paid
  • A pre-employment physical examination is required
  • This is a Term position NTE 09/30/2013


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HOURLY RATE $20.43 – $23.85


-  Disassembles, repairs, rebuilds, modifies, tests, troubleshoots and installs more complex hydraulic and pneumatic systems designed to adjust automatically to factors such as temperature, humidity, pressure, or rate of change of velocity, or have sensing devices that feed back into the system information on the systems' performance.


-  Plans and lays out work using blueprints, schematics, technical orders and other specifications.  Diagnoses the cause of operational failures to determine the extent of repairs and whether to rework or replace faulty components and to estimate time required to complete repairs.


-  Sets up and operates test stands and required test adapters to calibrate the systems at various rates of speed and under environmental conditions such as temperature, humidity, pressure, altitude and inlet flow.  





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QUALIFICATION REQUIREMENTS:  WG:  The following summarizes the qualification standard for this position found in the Job Qualifications System for Trades and Labor Occupations (Handbook X-118C)


To qualify, there is no specific length of training or experience required; however, you must be able to demonstrate enough experience in your application to show you possess sufficient knowledge, skills and abilities to make extensive repairs, conduct testing, and troubleshooting on aircraft environmental systems; and turbine powered systems; heating-refrigeration and aircraft compressors; servo hydraulic constant speed transmissions; and systems of similar complexity.  




1.  Ability to do the work of a Pneudraulic Systems Mechanic without more than normal supervision (Screen Out)


2.  Knowledge of pneumatic, hydraulic, and basic electrical and mechanical principles to plan, lay out, and perform work involving the repair, test, installation, and maintenance of complex hydraulic and pneumatic systems designed to adjust automatically to factors such as temperature, humidity, pressure, or rate of change of velocity, or have sensing devices that feed back into the system information on the systems' performance.


3.  Knowledge of the complex interrelationship of numerous subassemblies that make up total sitemaps, to restore systems to optimum serviceable condition; and of the relationship of hydraulic and pneumatic systems to the structure of the aircraft or other system where the systems are located to install and test systems.


4.  Knowledge of the physical principles governing the behavior of fluids (liquids and gases) as they pertain to hydraulic and pneudraulic systems and their components, and of standard formulae and mathematics, particularly the use of decimal values in computing shop limits and flow values.


5.  Skill to set up and operate test stands and test adapters to calibrate the systems at various rates of speed and under environmental conditions such as temperature, humidity, pressure, altitude, and inlet flow; and to conduct quality of performance and endurance tests in the hydraulic flow metering area; and to apply troubleshooting procedures to isolate malfunctions.


6.  Ability to diagnose the cause of operational failures, to determine the extent of repairs and whether to rework or replace faulty components, and to estimate time required to complete repairs, and to perform necessary rework to ensure the proper operation in accordance with standards and technical specifications.


PART-TIME OR UNPAID EXPERIENCE: Credit will be given for appropriate unpaid and or part-time work.  You must clearly identify the duties and responsibilities in each position held and the total number of hours per week. 






1.  May be required to work overtime, rotating shifts, uncommon tours, weekends, etc.


2.  The work may require the employee to drive a motor vehicle.  An appropriate, valid driver's license may be required for the position.


3.  May be required to assist and/or train lower-graded employees



Frequently required to work in awkward or cramped conditions when positioning items in test stands, and to exercise visual and tactile sensitivity in lapping, polishing, adjusting, and aligning items.  Frequently handles objects weighing up to 20 pounds, and occasionally objects weighing up to 50 pounds.  Hoists, lifts, and other workers are available to assist moving heavier items.  Required to lift, reach, push, pull, bend, walk, sit, and stand for prolonged periods of time.  Required to ascend and descend narrow vertical ladders or stagings, often while carrying tools and equipment.



Work is usually performed in areas that are adequately lighted, ventilated, and heated.  Frequently exposed to loud noise from the movement of machinery and test equipment; to the possibility of cuts, burns, electrical shock, and bruises from moving parts of machinery; and to unpleasant conditions from dirt, grease, fuel, toxic fumes, solvents, and gases.  Various protective devices such as gloves, ear plugs, face shields, safety shoes, and safety glasses are used.  The work is frequently performed in cramped areas of aircraft with minimum light and ventilation.  Exposed to the possibility of serious injury from slipping and falling while working from ladders and staging.  May perform work outside exposing the employee to the prevailing weather conditions and intermittent slippery or uneven surfaces.



To determine if you are qualified for this position, your resume will be reviewed and compared to your responses to the assessment questionnaire.  Applicants, who disqualify themselves, will not be evaluated further.



Your application will be rated under the Category Rating procedures based on the extent to which the quality, depth, and complexity of your experience and education relate to the qualifications requirement.  Additional points are not added for Veteran's Preference; however, Veteran Preference is still applied.


Category 3, Best Qualified:  Candidates in this category possess exceptional skills and experience to exceed well above the minimum requirements.


Category 2, Highly Qualified:  Candidates in this category possess good skills and experience above the minimum requirements.


Category 1, Qualified:  Candidates in this category meet the minimum education and/or experience requirements.

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 assessment questionnaire.  The numeric rating you received 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.  If, after reviewing your resume and or supporting documentation, a determination is made that you have inflated your qualifications and or experience, your score can and will be adjusted to more accurately reflect your abilities.  Please follow all instructions carefully.  Errors or omissions may affect your rating.







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Benefits of Working for the Federal Government - Click here for an overview of the benefits currently offered to Federal employees.


For information on veterans’ preference click here.


Males born after 12-31-59 must be registered or exempt from Selective Service.  For additional information, click here.


MILITARY SPOUSE PREFERENCE:  Click here for specific program requirements.  To request MSP hiring preference, you must submit the following documents:


·    Application or resume;

·    Statement requesting MSP; and

·    Copy of military sponsor's PCS orders

Interagency Career Transition Assistance Program (ICTAP):  For information on how to apply as an ICTAP eligible click here.  To be well-qualified and exercise selection priority for this vacancy, displaced Federal employees must be rated at 80 or above on the rating criteria for this position. 


Employed Annuitants (Reemployed Annuitants): Applicants in receipt of an annuity based on civilian employment in the Federal Service are subject to the DoD Policy on The Employment of Annuitants.   Click here for more information.

Incentives: Recruitment and/or retention incentives may or may not be used.


Temporary and Term Appointments:  If you are selected for a temporary or term position, your appointment may be extended to the maximum period allowed by law without further competition.


DIRECT DEPOSIT: All Federal employees are required to have Federal salary payments made by direct deposit to a financial institution of their choosing.





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

1. Your Résumé
2. A complete Occupational Questionnaire
3. Additional Required Documents (see Required Documents section below)

The complete Application Package must be submitted by 11:59 PM (EST) on Tuesday, March 12, 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 occupational 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, click here for the required cover page.  This Vacancy ID is 849771.  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. OPM Form 1203-FX must be provided to show your responses to the occupational questionnaire.  The numbering sequence on the OPM Form 1203-FX will not match the Occupational Questionnaire.  Section 25 of the Occupational Questionnaire restarts with number one, so when entering your responses please continue regardless of number sequence.  This issue has been identified and will be resolved as soon as possible.  Applicants are responsible for ensuring their responses are transferred accurately. Click here for the OPM Form 1203-FX., and
3. Fax all required documents to 1-478-757-3144. Your OPM Form 1203-FX will be the cover page for your fax transmission.


PLEASE NOTE: It is the applicant’s responsibility to verify that information entered, uploaded, or faxed (i.e., resume) is received, accurate and submitted by the closing date.  You may verify your documents have been processed with your application package successfully by clicking here.  Uploaded documents may take up to one hour to clear the virus scan.  Faxed documents take 2-3 business days to process.


Human Resources WILL NOT modify or change any answers submitted by an applicant.


The following documents are required and must be provided by the closing date of the announcement. 


·        Online Application (Questionnaire)

·        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.

·       Veterans’ Preference -  a copy of your DD Form 214 which must include character of service or a 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 SF 15 (Application for 10-point veteran preference).


If you are faxing any documents, click here for the official cover sheet to print.  The fax number is 478-757-3144


Ensure all submitted documents contain your full name, address, phone number and last four digits of your social security number.


Phone: (800)525-0102
TDD: 800-382-0893
Agency Information:


Once the online questionnaire is received you will receive an acknowledgement email. After a review of your complete application is made you will be notified of your rating and/or referral to the hiring official.

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