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Job Title:Utility Systems Repairer Operator-WG-4742-10/11

Department:Department Of Homeland Security

Agency:Federal Emergency Management Agency

Job Announcement Number:MG-2013-02697-EAH-887415DE

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

The contents of the announcement can still be viewed.

SALARY RANGE:

$25.32 to $31.11 / Per Hour

OPEN PERIOD:

Tuesday, May 07, 2013 to Tuesday, May 21, 2013

SERIES & GRADE:

WG-4742-10/11

POSITION INFORMATION:

Full Time - Permanent

PROMOTION POTENTIAL:

12

DUTY LOCATIONS:

1 vacancy in the following location:
Round Hill, VA United StatesView Map

WHO MAY APPLY:

United States Citizens

JOB SUMMARY:

Do you desire to protect American interests and secure our Nation while building a meaningful and rewarding career? If so, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) is calling. DHS components work collectively to prevent terrorism, secure borders, enforce and administer immigration laws, safeguard cyberspace and ensure resilience to disasters. The vitality and magnitude of this mission is achieved by a diverse workforce spanning hundreds of occupations. Make an impact; join DHS.

When disaster strikes, America looks to FEMA. Now FEMA looks to you. Join our team and use your talent to support Americans in their times of greatest need. The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) prepares the nation for all hazards and manages Federal response and recovery efforts following any national incident. We foster innovation, reward performance and creativity, and provide challenges on a routine basis with a well-skilled, knowledgeable, high performance workforce.

Who May Apply

  • All U.S. Citizens
  • For definitions of terms found in this announcement, please click here
  • This position opportunity is also being advertised under Merit Promotion Procedures. Please see vacancy announcement number MG-2013-02697-EAH-887447MP for additional information.

This position is ideal for Utility System Repairer Operators looking to work in an operation that is crucial to the emergency response capability of the Mount Weather Emergency Operations Center (MWEOC).  This position starts at a salary of $25.32 per hour (WG-10), with promotion potential to $27.98 per hour (WG-12). Apply for this exciting opportunity to become a member of the Control Room in the DHS/FEMA, MWEOC, Operations and Maintenance Division, Facility Management Branch, Repair and Monitoring Section. 

PROMOTION POTENTIAL: Future promotions will be dependent on your ability to perform the duties at a higher level, the continuing need for an employee assigned to the higher level, and administrative approval.

EMERGENCY ASSIGNMENT:  For all nonbargaining unit positions, the following applies:  Every FEMA employee has regular and recurring emergency management responsibilities, though not every position requires routine deployment to disaster sites.  All positions are subject to recall around the clock for emergency management operations, which may require irregular work hours, work at locations other than the official duty station, and may include duties other than those specified in the employee's official position description. Travel requirements in support of emergency operations may be extensive in nature (weeks to months), with little advance notice, and may require employees to relocate to emergency sites with physically austere and operationally challenging conditions.

Relocation expenses are not authorized for this position.

KEY REQUIREMENTS

  • You must be a U.S. citizen to apply for this position.
  • You must be able to obtain a top secret security clearance.
  • You may be required to undergo periodic drug testing.
  • This position may require occasional non-emergency travel.
  • Direct Deposit is mandatory.
  • Males born after 12/31/59 - Selective Service Registration required.

DUTIES:

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In this position, you will become a key member of a team of Utility Systems Repairer Operators.  You will ensure the operation, integrity, reliability, and availability of critical utility systems.  This is a developmental position with promotion potential to the WG-12.  Typical work assignments at the full performance level include:

  • Independently performing technical work of a high degree of difficulty requiring the exercise of originality, initiative, and practical judgment in the application and adaptation of standardized engineering techniques and methods.
  • Operating, maintaining, installing, and repairing heating, ventilation, air conditioning and refrigeration systems to provide specific and critical environmental conditions in special purpose facilities. 
  • Operating and monitoring Building Management Control Systems (BCMS) which monitor and control the environment in nearly all buildings at Mount Weather.
  • Serving as an electrical power controller for the MWEOC power generation and distribution system.
  • Operating, maintaining, installing, and repairing diesel power generation equipment necessary to provide continuous electrical power to critical facilities and activities.


QUALIFICATIONS REQUIRED:

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Applicants will be rated in accordance with the OPM Qualification Standard Handbook X-118C. Although a specific length of time and experience is not required for most trade and labor occupations, you must meet any screen-out element listed, and show through experience and training that you possess the quality level of knowledge and skill necessary to perform the duties of the position at the level for which you are applying. Qualification requirements emphasis is on the quality of experience, not necessarily the length of time.


Working Conditions:  Work is usually performed in an office setting or in industrial areas, at times under conditions of extreme stress caused by the need to keep all equipment fully operational.  There are exposures to adverse conditions, such as dust, dirt, extremes of temperature and high noise levels.  May perform duties under extreme mental tension and stress and must be emotionally capable of working in confined spaces for prolonged periods of time.  There is the possibility of exposure to toxic refrigerants, noxious gases, fumes, or acids.  Employee is exposed to the dangers of moving equipment, energized electrical circuits, sharp metal edges, and to fumes.  Employee is required to operate large valves, lift grates/hatches, and other jobs requiring up to 75 pounds of pulling or turning force.  Work requires prolonged standing, walking, climbing, bending, stooping, twisting, pulling, pushing, and kneeling. 

Works on a rotating shift, inside, in well-lighted areas.  Works outdoors for short periods with exposure to climate extremes.  Occasionally works in proximity to high voltages and currents.  Incumbent is often exposed to equipment and machinery noises, and is subject to the discomfort of wearing safety equipment such as hard hats, ear plugs, and breathing apparatuses.  Must wear appropriate safety equipment and protective clothing.  Work is also performed on uneven surfaces, outdoors and indoors, including steep inclines on rock or gravel surfaces and unimproved areas.  Required to work in hot, cold, damp drafty areas and confined spaces, crawl spaces, and under floors.

Physical Effort:  The heaviest weight handled by the employee unassisted will normally be 50 pounds and with assistance, 100 pounds or more.  Work requires hand-eye coordination and manual dexterity to manipulate tools.  Work may require stooping, stretching, bending, and kneeling. 

Background Investigation: To ensure the accomplishment of our mission, DHS requires every employee to be reliable and trustworthy. To meet those standards, all selected applicants must undergo and successfully pass a background investigation for top secret as a condition of placement into this position. This may include a review of financial issues, such as delinquency, child support and/or tax obligations, as well as certain criminal offenses and illegal use or possession of drugs.

HOW YOU WILL BE EVALUATED:

We will review your resume and supporting documentation to ensure you meet the basic qualification requirements. If you meet the minimum qualifications, your experience, education, and training will be rated using a job questionnaire that is based on the following:

SCREEN OUT FACTOR 

1.  Ability to do the work of a Utility Systems Repairer/Operator

JOB ELEMENTS

2.  Knowledge of technical engineering concepts, principles, and practices.

3.  Knowledge of mechanical and electrical utility systems and their operating requirements.

4.  Skill in operating, troubleshooting, and repairing, electrical, diesel, refrigeration, and power generation equipment and control systems.

5.  Ability to read and use technical manuals.

Under Delegated Examining (All U.S. Citizens), we will use your job questionnaire to place you in one of three categories based on your experience, education, and training. If you meet the minimum qualifications, you will be placed in one of the following categories:

1. Best Qualified: Applicants possessing a background that demonstrates a superior level of all evaluation criteria.

2. Well-Qualified: Applicants possessing a background that demonstrates a satisfactory level of the evaluation criteria.

3. Qualified: Applicants possessing the basic qualifications, with general knowledge, skills, and abilities.

If you are best qualified, you may be referred to the hiring manager for consideration and may be called for an interview. To preview the Assessment Questionnaire, click the following link:  View Assessment Questions 

Agency Career Transition Assistance Program (CTAP) or the Interagency Career Transition Assistance Program (ICTAP) Eligibles: If you have never worked for the Federal government, you are not CTAP/ICTAP eligible. Information about ICTAP or CTAP eligibility can be found by clicking here to access OPM’s Career Transition Resources website. To be considered well qualified under CTAP/ ICTAP, you must be placed in the Well Qualified category for this position, as described above. In addition, you must submit the supporting documents listed under the required documents section of this announcement.

Veterans: Veterans with 5-point preference who meet the eligibility and qualification requirements are placed above non-preference eligibles within the category in which they qualify. Veterans who have a compensable service-connected disability of at least 10% are listed in the best qualified category, except when the position being filled is scientific, professional at the GS-09 grade level, or higher. This position is not considered scientific/professional. For information on veterans’ preference, please click here.


BENEFITS:

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DHS offers competitive salaries and an attractive benefits package, including: health, dental, vision, life, and long-term care insurance; retirement plan; Thrift Savings Plan [similar to a 401(k)]; Flexible Spending Account; Employee Assistance Program; personal leave days; and paid federal holidays. Other benefits may include: flexible work schedules; telework; tuition reimbursement; transportation subsidies; uniform allowance; health and wellness programs; and fitness centers. DHS is committed to employee development and offers a variety of employee training and developmental opportunities. For more information, go to www.dhs.gov/careers and select “benefits.”



OTHER INFORMATION:

This announcement may be used to fill one or more vacancies.

Medical Examination:  All applicants are required to pass a pre-employment medical examination provided at the government expense.

Employees are required to wear an electronic pager and maintain a working telephone in their residence at all times and be on call.

Requires rotating shift work.

Incumbent must be able to obtain a Universal Refrigerant Certification.

The incumbent is required to adhere to all safety practices and use safety equipment, such as a respirator, protective ear devices, hard hats, and hard toe shoes.



HOW TO APPLY:

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To apply for this position, you must complete the occupational questionnaire and submit the documentation specified in the Requested Documents section below.

The complete application package must be submitted by 11:59 PM (EST) on Tuesday, May 21, 2013 to receive consideration.

Applying Online:

  1. To begin, click Apply Online to create a USAJOBS account or log in to your existing account. Follow the prompts to select your USAJOBS resume and/or other supporting documents and complete the occupational questionnaire.
  2. Click the Submit My Answers button to submit your application package.
  3. It is your responsibility to ensure your responses and appropriate documentation is submitted prior to the closing date.
  4. To return to an incomplete application, log into your USAJOBS account and click Update Application in the vacancy announcement. You must re-select your resume and/or other documents from your USAJOBS account or your application will be incomplete.

To verify your application is complete, log into your USAJOBS account, https://my.usajobs.gov/Account/Login, select the Application Status link and then select the more information link for this position. The Details page will display the status of your application, the documentation received and processed, and any correspondence the agency has sent related to this application. Your uploaded documents may take several hours to clear the virus scan process.

Faxing Applications or Supporting Documents:

You are encouraged to apply online. Applying online will allow you to review and track the status of your application.

NOTE:  If you applied online and your application is complete, do not fax the paper application (1203FX) as this will overwrite your prior online responses and may result in you being found ineligible.

If you completed the occupational questionnaire online and are unable to upload supporting document(s):

  1. To fax your documents, you must use the following cover page http://staffing.opm.gov/pdf/usascover.pdf and provide the required information. The Vacancy ID is 887415.
  2. Fax your documents to 1-478-757-3144.

If you cannot complete the Application Package online, you may fax all of your materials. The complete application package must be submitted by 11:59 PM (EST) on Tuesday, May 21, 2013 to receive consideration. Keep a copy of your fax confirmation in the event verification is needed.

To complete the occupational questionnaire and submit via fax:

  1. Click the following link to view and print the occupational questionnaire View Occupational Questionnaire.
  2. Print the 1203FX form, follow the instructions and provide your responses to the occupational questionnaire items http://www.opm.gov/forms/pdfimage/opm1203fx.pdf.
  3. Fax all six pages of 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.


REQUIRED DOCUMENTS:

  1. Your résumé
  2. Your responses to the job questionnaire View Assessment Questions
  3. Are you a veteran?  Submit Member Copy 4 of your DD 214 (Certificate of Release or Discharge from Active Duty). Those applying for 10-point preference must fill out the SF-15 (click here for the form) and provide the required documentation listed on the back of the form. Click here for more veterans’ information.
  4. Are you claiming special priority selection rights under the Agency Career Transition Assistance Program (CTAP) or the Interagency Career Transition Assistance Program (ICTAP)?  You must submit:
      • a copy of your agency notice, and
      • a copy of your most recent performance rating, and
      • a copy of your most recent SF-50, Notification of Personnel Action, noting your current position, grade level, and duty location.

AGENCY CONTACT INFO:

Beth Hough
Phone: (800)879-6076
TDD: (800)877-8339
Email: BETH.HOUGH@FEMA.DHS.GOV
Agency Information:
DHS FEMA HCD Talent Acquisition and Processing
PO Box 9900
Winchester , VA
22603

WHAT TO EXPECT NEXT:

Once you submit your application, we will assess your experience and training, identify the best qualified applicants, and refer those applications to the hiring manager for further consideration and interviews. We will notify you by email after each of these steps has been completed. Your status will also be updated on USAJOBS throughout the process. To check your status, log on to your USAJOBS account, click on “Application Status,” and then click “More Information.” We expect to make a final job offer within 30 days after the deadline for applications. If you are selected, we will conduct a suitability/security background investigation.

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Job Announcement Number:

MG-2013-02697-EAH-887415DE

Control Number:

343021600