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Job Title:  Facility Operations Specialist, ZA-1640 (DE/CR)
Department:  Department Of Commerce
Agency:  National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
Job Announcement Number:  OAR-AOML-2013-0008

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

The contents of the announcement can still be viewed.
$41,043.00 to $71,876.00 / Per Year
Tuesday, March 19, 2013 to Monday, March 25, 2013
Career/Career-Conditional - Permanent/Full Time
1 vacancy in the following location:
Miami, FL, USView Map
All qualified United States citizens.


OAR is where science comes to life.  Become part of a team that develops innovative ideas and technologies and collaborate with the many talented and dedicated people who work to solve the mysteries of the deepest oceans to the surface of the sun.  Explore the facets and trends of the earth's environment that will influence the future.  Become a part of the team that provides the nation with scientific information to thrive in an ever-changing world.

The position is located at the Atlantic Oceanographic and Meteorological Laboratory (AOML) which is one of the Oceanic and Atmospheric Research (OAR) Facilities of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA).  NOAA/AOML is a part of the US Department of Commerce (DOC) and is located in Miami, Florida. 

This position will be filled under the DOC Alternative Personnel System (CAPS).  This system replaced the Federal GS pay plan and structure. Under CAPS, positions are classified by career, pay plan, and pay band.  The ZA-2 is equivalent to the 


This position is also being advertised as a Facility Operations Specialist, ZA-1640-2 under announcement number OAR-AOML-2013-0007 (open to status applicants). You must apply separately under each announcement to be considered for each announcement.

Payment of relocation expenses is NOT authorized.

A one-year probationary period may be required.

This is a bargaining unit position.


  • U.S. Citizen.
  • Qualifications requirements must be met by closing date of announcement.
  • Must be suitable for Federal employment.
  • Registered for Selective Service if applicable (
  • Must possess and maintain a valid driver's license.


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The individual selected for this position will:

*Assists the Associate Director in planning for out-year facility needs and upgrades.

*Draft and review technical Statements of Work required for the contracting of maintenance and/or repair of facility components and systems, as well as acquisition of new equipment.

*Operate, maintain,and repair legacy power equipment, including emergency generator.

*Operate, maintain and repair legacy HVAC equipment.  Monitor and control HVAC  via web-based interface to maximize efficiency. Troubleshoot problems using hand-held equipment. Ensure safety devices are functioning properly.

*Manage recycling program, including hazardous recyclables.  Interact with outside contractors and facilities to ensure the most cost-effective and environmentally-friendly disposal.

*Manage the facility's fleet of vehicles and forklifts. Ensure General Service Administration (GSA) vehicles are properly scheduled, maintained, and readied for safe and efficient staff use.       



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Qualification requirements in vacancy announcements are based on the U.S. Office of Personnel Management (OPM) Qualification Standards Handbook, which contains federal qualification standards.  This handbook is available on OPM's website at: 

This position does not have an education requirement. 

Applicants must possess one year of specialized experience equivalent in difficulty and responsibility to the next lower grade level ZA-1/ (GS-5/6) in the Federal service.  Specialized experience is experience that has equipped the applicant with the particular competencies/knowledge, skills and abilities to successfully perform the duties of the position.  This experience need not have been in the federal government.

Specialized experience is defined as: Experience in operating, maintaining, and repairing legacy HVAC equipment. Conducting research on equipment and standards, troubleshooting  equipment problems. Drafting and reviewing technical Statements of Work required for the contracting of maintenance and/or repair of facility components and systems. Conducting oversight activities of contractors performing construction or maintenance operations including developing and reviewing project plans and specifications. Managing the facility's fleet of vehicles and forklifts.

SUBSTITUTION OF EDUCATION FOR SPECIALIZED EXPERIENCE - For the ZA-2 level: Undergraduate and Graduate Education: Major study-engineering, industrial arts, property management, or business administration.

NOTE:  Equivalent combinations of education and experience are qualifying for all grade levels for which both education and experience are acceptable.

*You must provide all transcripts from all degrees received (unofficial copies are acceptable) by the closing date of this announcement. Individuals who are selected must be prepared to provide official transcripts. *If course content cannot be easily identified from the title of the course as listed on your transcript, you must submit an official course description from the college/university that reflects the content at the time the course was taken.Your resume must document specialized experience and support your responses to the vacancy questions. 

For more information about the qualifications requirements for this position:


We will review your resume, optional cover letter and supporting documentation to determine if you meet the minimum qualifications for the position.  If you meet the minimum qualifications stated in the vacancy announcement, we will compare your resume, optional cover letter and supporting documentation to your responses on the scored occupational questionnaire (True/False, Yes/ No, Multiple Choice questions) and place you in one of three pre-defined categories.  These categories are "gold," "silver," and "bronze."  However, your resume and/or optional cover letter must support your responses to the self-assessment questions, or your score may be lowered. Candidates placed in the "gold" category will be identified for referral to the hiring manager and may be invited for an interview.


How you will be evaluated for preference eligibility: Within each category, those entitled to veterans' preference will be listed at the top of the pre-defined category for which they are placed.  Preference eligibles with a service-connected disability of 10% or more will be listed at the top of the highest quality category (gold) depending on the position and grade level of the job. 


The scored occupational questionnaire will evaluate you on the following competencies; please do not provide a separate written response:

  • Knowledge of,and skill in applying, principles,concepts, and practices of facilities management sufficient to determine facility, grounds, or equipment overhaul, maintenance, restoration,or repair needs. 
  • Knowledge of electrical and security systems, heating, ventilation, air conditioning (HVAC) and elevator systems.
  • Knowledge of complex systems and equipment in order to troubleshoot problems and initiate corrective actions.
  • Ability to read and interpret paper or computer-based engineering drawings and schematic diagrams. 
  • Knowledge of and ability to apply safety,security, and environmental compliance practices.
  • Ability to coordinate the planing, analysis, execution, and certification of facility repairs and/or modifications with vendors and contractors.

For more information on category rating, please go to:>Category Rating.

To preview questions please click here.


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NOAA offers a comprehensive benefits package.  Explore the benefits offered to most Federal employees at 


More than one selection maybe made from this announcement

ICTAP candidates will be eligible if it is determined that they have exceeded the minimum qualifications for the position by attaining at least a rating of 85 out of 100.  Information about ICTAP eligibility is on the Office of Personnel Management's Career Transition Resources website at:>CTAP/ICTAP.

ICTAP applicants MUST submit the following documents:

1. A copy of your RIF separation notice, notice of proposed removal for failure to relocate, notice of disability annuity termination, certification from the National Guard Bureau of Military Department that you are eligible for disability retirement.

2. A copy of your SF-50 "Notification of Personnel Action", documenting your RIF separation, noting your positions, grade level, and duty location, and/or Agency certification of inability to place you through RPL, etc.;

3. A copy of your last performance appraisal including your rating; and

4. Any documentation from your agency that shows your current promotion potential.

The following links provide information on how you may be eligible for various hiring authorities:>VRA>VEOA>30% or more disabled veteran>ICTAP>Persons with disabilities







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Your complete application, including required documents, must be received by 11:59 p.m. Eastern Time (ET) on the closing date of this announcement.  To apply on-line, you must complete and submit an application by accessing the USAJOBS website at USAJOBS. To begin, click the Apply Online button near the bottom of this screen and follow the prompts to register into your USAJOBS account, answer the questions, and submit all required documents.  To return to your saved application, log in to your USAJOBS account at USAJOBS and click on "Application Status."  Click on the position title, and then select Apply Online to continue.  If you have problems completing your on-line application, including problems submitting your supporting documents, please contact the Help Desk by e-mail at or phone at 866.656.6831.  The help desk is available Monday-Friday, 7:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. ET.  For instructions on submitting your application in another format please contact the HR Personnel listed in this announcement.


A complete application consists of the following:

* Resume showing relevant experience; cover letter optional.  Your resume must indicate your citizenship and if you are registered for Selective Service if you are a male born after 12/31/59.  Your resume should also list your educational and work experience including the dates (mm/dd/yy) of each employment along with the number of hours worked per week.  For work in the Federal service, please include the grade level for the position(s).  Your resume may be used to validate your responses to the assessment tool(s). 

* Veterans' Preference documentation. Please indicate on your resume the type of veterans' preference you are claiming and provide the appropriate supporting documentation (DD-214 stating disposition of discharge or character of service, VA letter, SF-15, etc.) to validate your claim. For more information regarding eligibility requirements, please go to: Veterans.

Interagency Career Transition Assistance Plan (ICTAP) documentationif applicable (see other information).

 *Education. If this position requires proof of higher education, you must submit an unofficial transcript or a list of courses that includes the following information: name of accredited institution, grades earned, completion dates, and quarter and semester hours earned. Education completed in foreign colleges or universities may be used to meet the requirements. Please refer to Qualifications for more information. You are not required to submit official documents at this time; copies are sufficient. Special Instructions for Foreign Education: Qualifying education from colleges and universities in foreign countries must be evaluated in terms of equivalency to that acquired in U.S. colleges and universities. Applicants educated in whole or in part in foreign countries must submit sufficient evidence, including transcripts, to an accredited private organization for an equivalency evaluation of course work and degree. A listing of these accredited organizations can be found on the Department of Education's website Qualifications: You must provide a copy of the letter containing the results of the equivalency evaluation with a course by course listing along with your application. Failure to provide such documentation by the closing date of the announcement will result in lost consideration.



Eugene Jackson
Phone: 816-426-3044
Fax: 000-000-0000
Agency Information:
WFMO/Kansas City Staffing Division
601 E. 12th Room 1737
Kansas City, MO
Fax: 000-000-0000


You will be notified of your application status through USAJOBS at four points during the hiring process, as applicable.  You can check the status of your application by accessing the USAJOBS website at: USAJOBS

and clicking on "Track Your Online Application." The four points of notification are:

1. Application Received or Application Incomplete;

2. Minimum Qualification Requirement Met or Minimum Qualification Requirement Not Met;

3. Eligible (Application Referred to the Selecting Official) or Ineligible (Application Not Referred to the Selecting Official)' and

4.  Selected or Not Selected.

By submitting your application, you are certifying the accuracy of the information contained in your application. If you make a false statement in any part of your application, you may not be hired; you may be terminated after you begin work; or, you may be fined or jailed. After making a tentative job offer, we will conduct a suitability/security background investigation.

You will be required to submit official documentation prior to appointment. The agency will then verify the information provided on your application (i.e., degree, veterans' preference, disability, etc.).

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