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Job Title:Surface Maintenance Mechanic

Department:Department of the Army

Agency:Army National Guard Units (Title 32)

Job Announcement Number:13-T-Army-104

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

The contents of the announcement can still be viewed.


$25.48 to $29.74 / Per Hour


Monday, April 01, 2013 to Monday, April 15, 2013




Full Time - Excepted Service Permanent




1 vacancy in the following location:
Alexandria, IN United StatesView Map




The mission of the Indiana National Guard Full-Time Force is to maintain properly trained and equipped units available for prompt mobilization for war, national or state emergency. For information about membership call: 1.800.GO GUARD


DUTY LOCATION:    Alexandria, IN (FMS 3)

JOB SUMMARY:    This position is located in the Joint Forces Headquarters—State, Logistics Directorate (J-4), Surface Maintenance Facility.  The purpose of this position is to perform maintenance, repair, troubleshooting, inspection, and/or overhaul of a variety of combat, tactical, commercial, and special purpose vehicles and equipment.

This job announcement is for employment as an Indiana Army National Guard Technician; a Federal Civil Service position.  This is a dual-status technician job whereby you are required to maintain active membership in a National Guard unit and are required to wear the military uniform at the workplace.  As members of a unit of the Indiana National Guard, you will be required to train with your unit, normally one weekend a month and 15 days of annual training each year.  Indiana Army National Guard units and members are subject to immediate call to federal or state active duty to meet national or state emergencies.

APPOINTMENT FACTORS:  This position is an Permanent Excepted Service position.


MILITARY SPECIALITY REQUIREMENTS:  Individuals must meet the qualifications for the technician position but will have 1 year from date of hire to be assigned to a compatible MOS in a compatible unit for the technician position advertised.

Compatible Military Assignments: Enlisted: 14G, 14H, 14T, 14Z, 25, 88, 91, 92, and 94 Warrent: CMF:25 and 91 MOS: 882A,920A, and 920B


All currently employed full-time permanent (Tenure 1 or 2) technicians employed by the Indiana Army National Guard


  • U.S. Citizenship Required
  • Must be in the grades: E5-E9 or WO1
  • Must be a permanent federal technician w/ the IN Army National Guard
  • Must participate in direct deposit


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As a Surface Maintenance Mechanic with the Indiana Army National Guard (ARNG), your duties will include, but will not be limited to:

  • Troubleshoots, performs maintenance and major repairs on heavy-duty mobile equipment, combat, tactical and automotive vehicles.  This may include self-propelled artillery, tracked cargo and personnel carriers, road graders, mobile cranes, front loaders, conveyors, bulldozers, power shovels, compressors, generators, tanks, tracked combat vehicles, sedans, buses, all terrain vehicles, trucks, semi trailers, forklifts, tractors, and accessory equipment.  Troubleshoots, repairs and overhauls major systems to include internal combustion engines, turbine engines, automatic and non-automatic transmissions, heavy duty drive line systems, and hydraulic utility systems and controls.  Makes repairs to assemblies and components such as voltage regulators, generators/alternators, brake cylinders, etc.  Performs work in accordance with modification work orders, technical manuals, lubrication orders, maintenance bulletins, regulations or management policies.  May repair a variety of more complex major systems to include engines, cross drive or similar multi-system transmissions and a variety of intricate fuel injection systems. 
  • Troubleshoots equipment and diagnoses the cause of mechanical failures by means of visual and auditory checks and/or uses test equipment such as engine analyzers, compression testers, voltmeters, ohmmeters, pressure gauges, and computer diagnostic tools.  Utilizes embedded diagnostics in equipment and a wide variety of original equipment manufacturer system analyzers in order to determine the exact nature or extent of repair.  Determines what adjustments may be necessary to complete work orders, and whether any additional repairs other than those specified or indicated on the work order are necessary.
  • Removes and disassembles engines and major assemblies, sub-assemblies, components, and fuel, hydraulic, and oil pressure systems.  Makes the appropriate repairs, overhaul, or modifications in accordance with the proper repair specifications and procedures.  Reassembles engines and other systems, and adjusts, tests, and reinstalls in vehicles and equipment as necessary.  Makes adjustments and repairs to electrical and suspension systems.  May install pistons, sleeves, rings, bearings, rods, crankshafts, timing gears, and rocker arms. May be required to perform fuel injection equipment repair, overhaul, rebuild, and calibration duties utilizing a variety of complex test and calibration equipment.
  • Independently performs repairs and maintenance functions in remote locations that can be accomplished by removing, cleaning, reinstalling, or replacing defective parts of components and systems such as injectors, leaking wheel cylinders, corroded mufflers, fuel tanks, brake cylinders and worn brake shoes, voltage regulators, generators, injector pumps, and fuel pumps.  Provides technical guidance and specialized team leadership to lower grade employees within the team.  Assists lower grade mechanics in performing major repair work.  May provide Field and limited Sustainment maintenance at unit locations as part of a “contact team.” Recovers and evacuates inoperable vehicles from the unit location of breakdown.  May assist higher graded mechanics in repairing a variety of interconnected systems such as electrical, air and hydraulic systems, complex state of the art electrical and electronic systems that use specialized diagnostic equipment to identify problems, complex fuel injection systems and other similar complex systems. 
  • Conducts readiness and repair inspections on vehicles and associated equipment supported by the activity.  Performs operational inspections and ensures vehicles and equipment are properly serviced, including brake adjustments, replacing hydraulic fluids, greasing, cleaning, etc., and performs other preventive maintenance operations as required. Inspects supported equipment prior to use during Inactive Duty Training (IDT) and Annual Training (AT), to ensure that it is functioning properly.  May inspect in-process repair work of lower graded repairer to ensure equipment is being repaired in accordance with pertinent requirements.  May serve as a commodity inspector during Command Maintenance Management evaluations (COMET) or as a member of a Maintenance Assistance Instruction Team (MAIT).  Instructs operator/crew in the maintenance of equipment and provides technical advice and assistance to supported units when requested. 
  • May maintain and repair electronics communication equipment by removing and replacing components and elements.  Equipment includes such items as radios, field telephones, amplifiers, switchboards, recorders, intercoms.
  • Assists in the maintenance of production reports and records, and makes recommendations to the supervisor.  Plans, organizes, and performs technical analyses as required or assigned.  Makes recommendations to the supervisor as to adjustments necessary to effectively, efficiently and economically accomplish the work and maximize production.
  • Performs other duties as assigned.
  • Incumbent may be required to prepare for and support the mission through the accomplishment of duties pertaining to military training, military readiness, force protection and other mission related assignments including, but not limited to, training of traditional Guard members, CWDE/NBC training, exercise participation (ORE/ORl/UCI/MEI/OCl/I G, etc.), mobility exercise, FSTA/ATSO exercise participation, SABC training, LOAC training, weapons qualification training, participation in military formations, and medical mobility processing within the guidelines of NGB/ARNG/ANG/State/TAG rules, regulations and laws. These tasks have no impact on the classification of this position and should NOT be addressed in any technician’s performance standards.


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In order to meet the Minimum Qualifications for this Surface Maintenance Mechanic position at the WG-10 grade level, you must have at least 18 months of:

      • Experience or training which demonstrates knowledge of equipment to be able to do routine jobs, simple preventative maintenance tasks, and is able to use common tools and equipment in the line of work.
      • Experience or training diagnosing, repairing, overhauling, and modifying more complex vehicles, equipment, and more complicated systems.  Experience which has provided a thorough knowledge of diagnostic equipment.  Experience applying independent judgment in determining methods and techniques required to solve unusually complex maintenance and repair problems. Experienced in testing, inspecting, and evaluating the work performed on vehicles, equipment and systems.
     Knowledge, Skills and Abilities that will be evaluated for this position include:  
       Thorough knowledge of the mechanical makeup, operation, and working relationships of complex systems, assemblies, and parts for a variety of combat, tactical, commercial, special purpose vehicles and equipment.
      Ability to diagnose, repair, overhaul, and modify a variety of combat, tactical, commercial, special purpose vehicles and equipment.
        Knowledge of electrical, electronic, hydraulic, pneumatic, and other non-mechanical systems that have a functional relationship and effect on the operation of mechanical systems.
          Knowledge of hydraulic lifting, loading, turning, and positioning systems and their mechanical, hydraulic, pneumatic, electrical, and electronic controls.
            Basic knowledge of electronics, sufficient to identify and replace defective components, such as sensors, diodes, and circuit boards.
              Ability to repair or overhaul major components such as diesel, multi-fuel or gasoline engines, turbine engines, automatic and manual transmissions, drive line assemblies, electrical and electronic systems and accessories, fuel injection systems, and emission control systems.
                Skill to use a wide variety of test and diagnostics equipment to perform fault isolation and conduct repair of combat, tactical, commercial, special purpose vehicles and equipment. 
                  Ability to operate and understand original equipment manufacturer computerized diagnostic equipment and embedded diagnostics.
                    Ability to utilize, interpret and apply parts list, manufacturer’s repair manuals, technical manuals, diagrams, engineering drawings, diagnostic computer information, and schematics.

                  Must participate in Direct Deposit

                  A criminal history check will be completed on all selectees before hire date.  

                  Permanent Change of Station (PCS) funds are not available for this position.

                  ENLISTMENT CASH BONUSES:   Acceptance of technician position may affect any bonus and/or educational assistance that may be payable.  

                  WORKING CONDITIONS:  Work is performed both inside and outside.  When inside, the incumbent is frequently exposed to drafts, changing temperatures, and noise which is difficult to talk above.  When outside, the incumbent is exposed to bad weather, in mud or snow, and in wet or icy areas.  The incumbent is frequently exposed to irritations or discomfort from dust, heat, fumes, and hard damp floors or ground.  Typically works on parts and systems, which are dirty, oily, or greasy.  Frequently exposed to the possibility of cuts, burns, bruises, and sprains while repairing, positioning, and moving equipment.  Often exposed to the possibility of falls while repairing, positioning, and moving equipment; and skin irritations from acid, fluids, and lubricants.  Uses safety equipment such as protective ear devices, hard hats, hard-toe shoes, respirators, and protective clothing, which may be uncomfortable to wear or use and may be worn or used for long periods.

                  PHYSICAL EFFORT: Work is performed in tiring or uncomfortable positions for long periods.  There is  frequent standing, bending, reaching, stretching, climbing, and crouching; or working on top of, under, and in tight compartments or cramped or awkward positions.  Performs strenuous work while standing, lying, or sitting.  Frequently lifts and carries items, unassisted, weighing up to 40 pounds; and often exerts similar effort in pushing, pulling, and positioning parts, assemblies, and equipment.  Frequently lifts and moves heavier items with the assistance of other workers or with lifting devices such as jacks, hoists, and cranes.  May be required to work from ladders or work platforms at varying heights.

                  If you are a male applicant who was born after 12/31/59 and are required to register under the Military Selective Service Act, the Defense Authorization Act of 1986 requires that you be registered or you are not eligible for appointment in this agency.

                  HOW YOU WILL BE EVALUATED:

                  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.  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. 

                  Please follow all instructions carefully.  Errors or omissions may affect your eligibility.


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                  OTHER INFORMATION:

                  Under 32 USC 709, Veterans Preference does NOT apply. 

                  For a complete list of Job Vacancy Announcements available at the Indiana National Guard, please visit our website at Indiana National Guard, Human Resources.

                  HOW TO APPLY:

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                  The complete Application Package must be submitted by 11:59 PM (EST) on Monday, April 15, 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 assessment questionnaire. Please ensure you click the Submit My Answers button at the end of the process.
                  Note: To return to a previously Saved or Incomplete application you may use the following link:
                  To fax supporting documents you are unable to upload, complete this cover page
         using the following Vacancy ID: 866306.   Fax your documents to 1-478-757-3144.
                  If you cannot apply online:
                  1. Click the following link to view and print the assessment questionnaire
                  View Occupational Questionnaire, and
                  2. Print this 1203FX form to provide your response to the assessment questionnaire
                  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. 

                  Please do not send/fax/courier/email any applications or supporting documentation to the Indiana National Guard Human Resource Office, you must apply on-line or fax your application to the fax number listed on this announcement with the prescribed Cover Letter. The Human Resource can only process materials received through USA Jobs.

                  REQUIRED DOCUMENTS:

                  To apply for this position, you must provide a complete Application Package which includes:
                  1. Your Résumé (Your resume MUST detail your length of basic and specialized experience that pertains to the job you are applying for)
                  2. A complete
                  Assessment Questionnaire (Your assessment questionnaire MUST contain an email address)

                  AGENCY CONTACT INFO:

                  Nicholas Parks
                  Phone: (317)247-3299
                  TDD: 317-247-3299
                  Email: NICHOLAS.PARKS@NG.ARMY.MIL
                  Agency Information:
                  Indiana National Guard
                  Joint Forces Headquarters-Indiana
                  Human Resource Office
                  2002 South Holt Road
                  Indianapolis, IN

                  WHAT TO EXPECT NEXT:

                  Once the online questionnaire is received you will receive an acknowledgement email that your submission was successful. Based upon your score, you may be referred to the hiring official. If your name is referred to the hiring official, you may be contacted directly by that office for a possible interview.  You will receive notice via email or by mail, if no email address was provided by you during the application process, once this process is completed (generally 4-6 weeks).  

                  You will be notified via email during the following phases of this announcement:

                  1. Immediately after your application has been submitted.
                  2. After the announcement has closed.
                  3. After qualifications review, which will inform you if you have been referred to the selection official or not.
                  4. Once a selection has been made. 

                  If at any time you have questions concerning this Job Vacancy Announcement, please contact the Human Resources Specialist by email.  You email should contain the following information:  13-T-Army-104, Surface Maintenance Mechanic, and 866306.  The email can be sent to NICHOLAS.PARKS@NG.ARMY.MIL.

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