Job Overview


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.




    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.