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Job Title:  Power Plant Trainee (Recent Graduate, TC-B target TC-I)
Department:  Department of the Army
Agency:  U.S. Army Corps of Engineers
Job Announcement Number:  WTHG13503563865227P

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

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$22.44 to $37.98 / Per Hour
Monday, April 29, 2013 to Monday, May 13, 2013
Full Time - Recent Graduates
4 vacancies in the following location:
Umatilla, OR United StatesView Map
Student/Internship Program Eligibles


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:
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Position(s) will be filled under the Department of the Army  Recent Graduates Program. 


The Department of the Army Recent Graduates Program affords developmental experiences in the Department of Army intended to promote possible careers in the civil service to individuals who have recently graduated from qualifying educational institutions or programs. Successful applicants are placed in a dynamic, developmental program with the potential to lead to a civil service career in the Federal Government.  


After Program completion, Department of the Army Recent Graduates MAY be converted to a permanent position.


To be eligible for conversion to a permanent or term position, Recent Graduates must:


· Successfully completed at least 1-year of continuous service in addition to all requirements of the Program.

·  Demonstrate successful job performance.

· Meet the Office of Personnel Management’s qualifications for the position to which the Recent Graduate will be converted

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Department of the Army Recent Graduates Program Eligibles 

Positions are open to:


  • Recent graduates who have completed, within the previous two years or will complete by June 15th, 2013, a qualifying associates, bachelors, masters, professional, doctorate, vocational or technical degree or certificate from a qualifying educational institution.
  • Veterans unable to apply within two years of receiving their degree, due to military service obligation, have as much as six years after degree completion to apply.

  • Students must reside and/or attend school within the local commuting area of Umatilla, Oregon OR Spokane, Washington (Tri-Cities, Washington and Walla Walla, Washington are considered within the local commuting area).


    The apprenticeship program is located at McNary Dam in the Power Plant Training Center directly inside the main gate to the powerhouse. A mobility agreement is required and upon completion of the program, placement may be at various Projects within the Corps of Engineers. McNary Dam is a hydroelectric generating facility that includes hydropower, navigation, fish passage and recreational activities, spanning the Columbia River near the town of Umatilla, Oregon, approximately 10 miles north of Hermiston, Oregon and 30 miles south of Kennewick, Washington. There is a daily van pool from the Tri-Cities. Employees working at McNary and living in the State of Washington are exempt from Oregon state tax.


    Entry level for this position is TC-B. Target grade at full performance leavel and upon completion of all training requirements is TC-I.



    • A pre-employment physical is required.
    • A pre-employment drug test is required.
    • Payment of Permanent Change of Station (PCS) costs is authorized.
    • Defense National Relocation Program is NOT authorized.
    • Must sign a mobility agreement if selected.
    • Must sign reimbursement agreement to repay gov't if you voluntarily resign.


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    Current positions available within the Power Plant Trainee Program are for the specialties of Power Plant Mechanic, Power Plant Operator and Power Plant Electrician. **Please specify one of these specialties in your resume. If you are interested in more than one specialty please rank them in order of preference**


    Trainees must complete all parts of a Training and Development Program for Hydroelectric Power Plant Personnel to be promoted to Journey level craftsman. Parts I and II of the training program consist of rotational on-the-job training, instruction, text assignments and Plant Equipment Studies. Trainees receive specific orientation, guidance and instructions on aspects of hydroelectric power station operation and maintenance through training in the craft specialty during the formal training program. Related classroom study and on-the-job work assignments are closely coordinated to relate basic theories to practical application of operation and maintenance activities of hydroelectric projects and are closely and critically reviewed to assure satisfactory performance necessary for continuance in the program. Responsible for meeting and maintaining standards of Federal employment, learning the study material and ability to do the work required in the trade.


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    Screen out Element: Aptitude and Interest for Learning Trade Theory and Practice; Applicants must have graduated within the previous two years, or graduate by June 15th, 2013, from an accredited institution, and have completed an associates, bachelors, masters, professional, doctorate, vocational or technical degree or certificate. Applicant must possess a directly related degree.  Degree programs directly related to this program include Electrical Maintenance Technology, Fluid Power Technology, Precision Machining and Energy Systems Technology. Failure to meet the screen out element will result in an ineligible rating.


    Other job elements include:


    - Knowledge of Equipment and Tools

    - Knowledge of Shop Practices

    - Ability to Follow Directions in a Shop

    - Ability to Use Prints and Drawings

    - Reliability and Dependability



    Work requires extensive walking, standing, and climbing vertical and inclined ladders and stairs; and some stooping, bending, kneeling, and crawling. Work may be done in awkward and cramped positions which may require the physical endurance to work under poor conditions for prolonged periods of time. Requires lifting, carrying, pushing, pulling, and twisting objects frequently weighing up to, and occasionally over, 45 pounds. Required to operate large valves, apply servolocks, lift deck hatches, and perform other tasks requiring pulling or turning force. Must have good distant vision in each eye and be able to read fine calibrations; glasses permitted. Ability to distinguish basic colors is required. Ability to hear the conversational voice, with or without a hearing aid, is required. An amputation of arm, hand, leg or foot will normally disqualify an applicant for appointment. Any physical condition which would cause the applicant to be a hazard to his/herself or to others is disqualifying.


    The principal assignment is to the powerhouse; however the work area may include navigation lock, fish facilities, intake structures, and spillway areas. Work is principally indoors in a well heated, lighted and ventilated environment, but occasional outdoor work exposes employee to usual climate extremes. Exposed to equipment and machinery noises, heights, oils, greases, confined areas, dust, dirt, water, heat and cold, odors, fumes, and moving and/or energized equipment. Occasionally works in proximity to high voltages and currents. Is subject to the discomfort of safety equipment required such as hard-hats and ear plugs. Must wear appropriate safety equipment and protective clothing, and successfully complete and maintain all occupational health requirements.





    Only degrees from an accredited college or university recognized by the Department of Education are acceptable to meet positive education requirements or to substitute education for experience. For additional information, please go to the Office of Personnel Management (OPM) and U.S. Department of Education websites at -  and

    Foreign education must be evaluated for U.S. equivalency in order to be considered for this position. Please include this information in your resume. 


    Other Requirements:
    here for more information.

    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.

    Recent Graduates must sign a Participant Agreement with the Agency.

    License/Certification: Must be able to obtain and maintain a valid state drivers license.

    Personal security investigation required.

    Position requires employee to wear protective clothing.

    Position may require overtime and/or shift work.

    TDY (Temporary Duty Travel) may be required: 5%

    Applicants claiming veteran's preference must clearly show an entitlement to such preference on the resume/supplemental data submitted.

    Must comply with drug abuse testing requirements.
    Position is under medical surveillance program.

    Noncompetitive promotion potential to target grade.

    May be subjected to rotating shifts and temporary assignments at other projects during the training program.

    May require working outside in all kinds of weather.

    Trainees will be filled with target positions of Power Plant Operators, Power Plant Mechanics or Power Plant Electricians.  If selected for a trainee position that targets to the Power Plant Operator you will be required to work shift and rotating shifts to include weekends/holidays.







    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. Only the most recently submitted resume will be considered.


    Basis for Rating: Qualified 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.



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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.


    • 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: 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.
    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, May 13, 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 ID865227.  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...."). 

    4. 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.  Section 25 of the OPM Form 1203-FX 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. Requests for reasonable accommodations 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.
    • Applicants MUST include a copy of their unofficial transcripts and enrollment verification for high school, college (including 4-year colleges/universities, community colleges, and junior colleges); professional, technical, vocational, and trade school; advanced degree programs; or other qualifying educational institution pursuing a qualifying degree or certificate with their application.
    • 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:
    DA WER USACE Walla Walla District
    314 Johnson Street
    Aberdeen Proving Ground, MD


    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:

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