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Job Title:  Aircraft Mechanic
Department:  Department of the Air Force
Agency:  Air National Guard Units (Title 32)
Job Announcement Number:  TVA# 77-13-877603

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

The contents of the announcement can still be viewed.
$22.60 to $28.84 / Per Hour
Wednesday, May 01, 2013 to Thursday, May 23, 2013
Full Time - Indefinite
1 vacancy in the following location:
New Castle, DE United StatesView Map
US Citizens and Status Candidates


The National Guard is the oldest component of the Armed Forces of the United States and one of the nation's longest-enduring institutions.  Since the earliest American colonial days, citizens have joined together for collective defense.  We have a proud tradition of coming to the aid of our friends and neighbors in times of serious emergencies.  Join our National Guard team and serve your nation, your States and your community!

**Please READ the announcement carefully and thoroughly before applying.  Click on the "Print Preview" option to see the entire announcement.  If you should choose to apply, please follow the directions under "How to Apply" before submitting any documents.  Incomplete and late applications will NOT be considered.**



The Delaware National Guard is an Equal Opportunity Employer.  All qualified applicants will receive consideration without regard to political, religious, or labor organization affiliation or non-affiliation, marital status, race, color, sex, national origin, age, non-disqualifying physical challenges (applicable only to competitive appointments) or any other factor not job related.


This is an excepted position that requires membership in a compatible military assignment in the National Guard.  The selectee will be required to wear the military uniform.  Acceptance of an excepted position constitutes concurrence with these requirements as a condition of employment.  Applicants who are not currently a member of the National Guard must be eligible for immediate membership and employment in the National Guard in the military grade listed in this announcement.  For enlistment/appointment information, call 1-800-GO GUARD (Army) or 1-800-TO-GO-ANG (Air).

This is a Dual-Status Excepted Service Technician Bargaining Unit position in the Delaware Air National Guard.   Open to all current Delaware Air and Army National Guard personnel or those eligible to become a member of the Delaware Air National Guard.

This position is located in the 166th Maintenance Squadron (MXS).   The primary purpose of the position is to inspect, repair, modify, and service aircraft systems, components, and assemblies, both on- and off-aircraft.

Position Description Number:   D1366000

**This is an INDEFINITE position that may be converted to permanent without further competition at management's discretion (unfunded).**

Open Areas of Consideration:  I, II, & III


= All presently employed Delaware Air or Army National Guard permanent federal technicians.

AREA II = All currently active members of the Delaware Air or Army National Guard.

AREA III = All other applicants eligible for membership in the Delaware National Guard.


  • U.S. Citizenship is required.
  • Must be willing to become a member of the National Guard.
  • The wear of the military uniform is required.
  • Travel may be required for training purposes.
  • A formal technical school may be required.
  • A pre-placement physical/examination is required for employment.


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(A complete position description is on file in the HRO.)

  • Performs inspections, functional checks, and preventive maintenance on aircraft to include periodic, phase, hourly, preflight, post-flight, calendar, thru-flight, and special inspections such as fuel contamination, emergency equipment, and oil sampling. Inspects and performs functional checks.

  • Troubleshoots and performs unscheduled maintenance on assigned and transient aircraft, utilizing various gauges, meters, measuring devices and other related test equipment. Performs major adjustments and alignments of aircraft systems or components and assists specialists as required. Removes and replaces aircraft components. Adjusts and maintains installed equipment. Tows, taxies, parks, and moors assigned and transient aircraft. Meets and debriefs the aircrew on the status of the aircraft. Launches and recovers assigned and transient aircraft to include those on alert status. Performs end-of-runway inspections prior to take-off. Inspects for conditions such as oil, fuel and hydraulic leaks; damaged tires; and loose panels which would make the aircraft unsafe for flight.

  • May be required to perform user and organizational level maintenance on assigned support equipment, including inspection, repair, modification, and corrosion prevention. Inventories, controls, stores and repairs 780 equipment. Accomplishes and reviews non-powered AGE and 780 equipment records relating to assigned equipment.

  • Provides data for aircraft maintenance historical records, complete maintenance data collection, man-hour accounting, and other forms as required. Assists the aircraft maintenance supply function in identifying parts and stock numbers and obtaining necessary parts and tools to perform assigned duties.

  • Instructs, directs, and assigns maintenance repair tasks to drill status guard members. Observes work and ensures compliance with standard procedures and applicable technical publications.

  • Complies with safety, fire, security, and housekeeping regulations. Ensures that material and equipment are properly stored, protected, maintained and secured.

  • Prepares for and participates in various types of readiness evaluations such as MEI, ORI, IG and UE inspections, mobility and command support exercises. May be required to perform such additional duties as structural fire fighting, aircraft fire/crash/rescue duty, security guard, snow removal, munitions loading and handling, heavy equipment operator, maintenance of facilities and equipment, or serve as a member of a team to cope with natural disasters or civil emergencies.

  • Performs other duties as assigned.


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The basic qualification requirements are indicated below.  These requirements must be met in addition to all military requirements and selective placement factors indicated in order to be considered qualified for this position.  Applicants selected for a position at a trainee level will be promoted non-competitively upon completion of the established Individual Development Plan (IDP) along with the recommendation of the supervisor.

GENERAL EXPERIENCE: Experience, education or training which has provided the candidate with the skill to remove and replace aircraft parts, accessories, and components, and to make adjustments and settings according to established specifications. Must be skilled in the use of hand tools and test equipment.

SPECIALIZED EXPERIENCE (WG-10): Eighteen (18) months of specialized experience must include the following KSAs: (Each KSA should be addressed separately in writing as it applies to the Duties and Responsibilities.)

a. Skills in installing, adjusting, aligning, troubleshooting parts, subassemblies and components and functionally testing the various major and minor mechanical and pneudraulic systems on an aircraft during overhaul or modification.

b. Ability to do diversified work with tools and equipment, requiring extreme caution in maintaining close dimensions.

c. Skill to align, adjust, and rig systems and controls after the replacement of parts, components and major repairs.

d. Ability to diagnose trouble and determine remedy where overall knowledge of all systems of aircraft is required.

e. Ability to inspect aircraft, determine mechanical deficiencies and analyze results.

f. Ability to interpret instructional material, schematics and specifications for complex mechanical problems on assigned aircraft.

PECIALIZED EXPERIENCE (WG-08): Twelve (12) months of specialized experience must include the following KSAs: (Each KSA should be addressed separately in writing as it applies to the Duties and Responsibilities.)

a. Skills in the use of common hand tools to make mechanical repairs.

b. Skills removing and installing aircraft parts, components and accessories with detailed guidance.

c. Ability to follow detailed instructions in making routine, re-occurring repairs and modifications to aircraft parts, subassemblies and components, e.g. such as jacking and leveling aircraft, installing and adjusting engines, landing gear assemblies, instrument panels, and flight control systems.

d. Ability to diagnose trouble and determine remedy when a thorough knowledge is required.

e. Ability to inspect aircraft and determine mechanical deficiencies.

f. Ability to interpret technical publications.

Duties and responsibilities for the WG-08 are as described in the basic position description for the WG-10. The position has been established at the WG-08 for a temporary period of time to facilitate recruitment. The incumbent selected will perform the duties as described in the basic position description under closer supervision than originally intended. It is anticipated that as proficiency is gain supervisory controls will gradually be lessened and full performance permitted. At such time, recognition will be given to the performance of assigned duties as envisioned in the basic position description.

OTHER REQUIREMENTS:  Must have or be able to obtain a Security Clearance. Must have or be able to obtain a valid state and military driver’s license. Must be able to lift and carry objects weighing up to 20lbs and occasionally 50lbs.

Length of time is not itself qualifying. The applicant's experience will be evaluated on the basis of duties performed rather than strictly on the rank of the individual. The applicant's record of experience, trianing, and education must show possession of the knowledge, skills, and abilities needed to fully perform the duties of the position.


A maximum of 6 months job related education/training in aviation technology may be substituted for specialized experience.

**Applicant's who are substituting education for specialized experience (totally or partially) must submit either an official transcript or statement from the registrar, dean, or other appropriate official of the OPM approved educational institution (military schools & most technical schools included).  Please attach these forms to your application and send them to the Human Resources Office as directed under "How to Apply".**


This is a Dual Status position.  As a condition of initial appointment and continued retention, the selected applicant must be an actively participating member of the Delaware Air or Army National Guard.

- Military uniform is required to be worn.  Acceptance of this position constitutes agreement with this requirement and is a condition of continued employment.

- Be advised that if selected for a military technician position where membership in a reserve component is a condition of employment and you are receiving a bonus, your bonus will be terminated and may or may not be subject to recoupement.

- Compatibility:  If selected, the individual must be qualified for, or assigned to a compatible military position in one of the following DMOS/DAFSC specialties prior to actual placement in the position:

         AFSC:  2A5X1

Military Grade Limitations:

- Maximum:  SSgt / E-5


  • Participate in Direct Deposit is mandatory.
  • A pre-employment physical may be required.
  • Must have or be able to obtain a Security Clearance.
  • Must have or be able to obtain a valid Civilian and Military driver's license.


All applicants will be evaluated against the mandatory qualifications identified on this announcement IAW the NGB Qualification Standard and/or the OPM Qualification Standards as appropriate.  Evaluation is based on the information provided by the applicant to determine if the individual possesses the minimum knowledge, skills, and abilities necessary to perform the duties and responsibilities of the position.  National Guard or Reserve M-Day experience is considered part-time and credit is awarded based on actual days the applicant performed the duty in a relevant SSI/MOS/AFSC.


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The Federal government offers a number of exceptional benefits to its employees.  The following Web addresses are provided for your reference to explore the major benefits offered to most Federal employees.

Main New Employee Website:

Flexible Spending Accounts
- The Federal Flexible Spending Accounts Program (FSAFeds) allows you to pay for certain health and dependent care expenses with pre-tax dollars.  For additional information visit:

Health Insurance
-  The Federal Employees Health Benefits Program offers over 100 optional plans.  For additional information visit:

- Most Federal employees earn both annual and sick leave.  For additional information visit:

Life Insurance
- The Federal Employees' Group Life Insurance Program (FEGLI) offers:  Basic Life Insurance plus three types of optional insurance.  For additional information visit:

Long Term Care Insurance
- The Federal Long Term Care Insurance Program (FLTCIP) provides long term care insurance for Federal employees and their parents, parents-in-law, stepparents, spouses, and adult children.  For additional information visit:

Retirement Program
- Almost all new employees are automatically covered by the Federal Employees Retirement System (FERS).  FERS is a three-tiered retirement plan.  The three tiers are:  Social Security Benefits, Basic Benefit Plan, and Thrift Savings Plan.  For additional information visit:


**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.**


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To apply for this position, please follow these 4 steps to ensure that your application is submitted correctly:

**When submitting a Resume you can use any resume template format, however, please ensure that you provide the following information within your resume:

Vacancy Information:

  • Technician Vacancy Announcement Number (TVA#), title and grade(s) for which you are applying.

-  Personal Information:  *Always make sure this information is current before submitting.*

  • Full name (First MI. Last), mailing address (w/zip code) and day/evening telephone numbers (w/area code).
  • Social Security Number.  (Please note that giving your SSN is voluntary.  However, we cannot process your application without it.)
  • Country of Citizenship

-  Education:

  • High School name, city, state, and zip, date of diploma or GED.
  • College and/or Universities attended; city, state, and zip.
  • Major field(s) of study.
  • Type and year of degree(s) received.  If no degree received, show total credit hours received in semester hours.

-  Work Experience:  For each paid/non-paid, military/civilian, full/part-time position held that specifically relates to the job for which you are applying (do not provide copies of job descriptions).

  • Job title
  • Duties/Accomplishments
  • Number of hours per week
  • Employer's name/address
  • Supervisor's name/phone number
  • Start/end dates of employment (*month/year*)
  • Salary
  • Indicate if your current supervisor may be contacted.
  • **If you were ever employed by the Federal Government, please identify the highest Federal civilian grade held, job series, and dates (month/year) of employment.  If you are not a current federal employee in the Delaware National Guard, please provide a copy of your last or most recent SF50 for verification.**

-  Education:

  • High School name, city, state, and zip, date of diploma or GED
  • College and/or Universities attended; city, state, and zip
  • Major field(s) of study
  • Type and year of degree(s) received.  If no degree received, show total credit hours received in semester hours.

-  Other Qualifications:

  • Job-related training courses (title/year)
  • Job-related skills (e.g., other languages, computer software/hardware, tools, machinery, typing speed, etc.)
  • Job-related certificates and licenses.
  • Job-related honors, awards, and special accomplishments. (e.g., publications, membership in professional or honor societies, leadership activities, public speaking, performance awards, etc.; do not send copies of documents unless specifically requested.

**Complete the following forms:

-  DNG 51R:  Application for Technician Vacancy Military Affiliation Information (Required)

  • If you have never served in the US Military, only fill out TVA #, Job Title, and Name.  Under Military Occupation input NPS (Non-Prior Service) to indicate no prior military service.
  • Prior Service (PS) personnel must fill out as much information as possible.

-  OF306:  Declaration for Federal Employment (Required)

DNG 87R:  Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities (KSAs) (Required)

  • The form itself is optional; you may also address KSAs on plain paper if preferred.  Failure to provide this information may affect your eligibility for consideration for this position.
  • KSA responses:  Detailed relevant experience and length of time performing the relevant tasks is critical for qualification to perform the position.

-  SF 181:  Ethnicity and Race Identification (Optional)

  • The Delaware National Guard is an Equal Opportunity Employer.  All qualified applicants will receive consideration without regard to political, religious or labor organization affiliation or non-affiliation, marital status, race, color, sex, national origin, age, non-disqualifying physical challenges (applicable only to competitive appointments) or any other factor not job related.

**Provide the following:

  Education:  College transcripts/certificates (If applicable; required if applying for an Officer position or if Education is required for experience.)

-  Certificates/Licenses:  Training certificates (training related to the position), Civilian/Military license (if applicable)

-  Military verification:  Most current vMPF RIP (Air) or ERB/PQR (Army), EPR/OPR, 214s, Conditional Release forms, etc. (*Documents that show current/previous held Grade/Rank, MOS/AFSC, etc.)

-  Commissioning: If you are applying for an Officer/Warrant Officer position and you are not currently a WO/OFF, documentation from the military personnel office must be submitted indicating eligibility for placement in a position requiring Officer or Warrant Officer status.

-  Security Clearance:  If applicable

**Submit your application by:

  Hand-carrying to:  Delaware National Guard, Joint Force Headquarters, Human Resources Office - Room 1

-  Mail to:  **Please call our office within 2 days of mail out to verify that your application was received.**

First Regiment Road
Wilmington, DE 19808-2191

-  Email to: **If you do not receive a reply confirmation within 2 days of emailing, please call our office to verify that your application was received.**

-  F
AX to:  (302) 326-7119 / DSN:  440-7119  **Please call our office within an hour of faxing to verify that your application was received.

**Federal Law prohibits use of U.S. Government postage paid envelopes for mailing applications.  Applicant is responsible for his/her own postage.  Applications received in U.S. Government postage paid evnvelopes WILL NOT BE CONSIDERED.**


The following documents are REQUIRED:

-  Current RESUME

-  OF 306 (Declaration for Federal Employment):

-  DNG Form 51R (Application for Technician Vacancy Military Affiliation Information):

-  DNG Form 87R (Knowledge, Skills, & Abilities Form):

-  SF 181 (Ethinicity & Race Identification Form):

**NOTE:  If you are a Non-Prior Service member (have never been in the military) or a Prior Service member (previously or currently in the military) you are still required to complete the DNG Form 51-R.  Non-Priors will only fill out the top portion (TVA, Name, etc.) and "Military Occupation" should state "N/A".  Prior Service members will complete the entire form.  This will provide HRO your current military status.**


Rebekah L. Cox
Phone: (302)326-7128
Agency Information:
Delaware National Guard
First Regiment Road
Wilmington, DE


Please follow all instructions carefully.  Errors or omissions may affect your qualifications.  Once the application process is complete, a review of your application will be made to ensure you meet the job requirements.  You will be rated based on your resume, and/or education, and answers to the knowledge, skills and abilities.  Once that all the applications have been reviewed a letter will be sent out notifying you of your qualifications status.  Candidates will be referred for selection based on Grade and Area of Consideration

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