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Department:  Department of the Army
Agency:  Army National Guard Units (Title 32)
Job Announcement Number:  NDARNG 13-53 (898668)

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

The contents of the announcement can still be viewed.
$20.52 to $25.69 / Per Hour
Thursday, May 23, 2013 to Friday, June 28, 2013
Full Time - Permanent
1 vacancy in the following location:
Fargo, ND United StatesView Map
Open to NDARNG Enlisted Members


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 the North Dakota National Guard team and serve your nation, North Dakota and your community!



Location: FMS 2 Fargo, ND

Selecting Official: CSM Eric Olerud, Surface Maintenance Mechanic Supervisor

Resume must be received by: Friday, June 28, 2013

Compatibility: ENL CMF: 12, 13, 14, 19, 25, 88, 91, 92, 94   

Failure to provide complete application material will result in you not recieving consideration for this position.

Please refer to the qualification and evaluation section of this announcement to understand the qualification requirement, and the HOW TO APPLY SECTION for detailed instruction on applying. 

NORTH DAKOTA NATIONAL GUARD MEMBERSHIP IS REQUIRED: This is an excepted position that requires membership in a compatible military assignment in the National Guard. 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.


  • Position Description Number: D1193000/D1194000


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(1) Performs limited diagnosis, routine repairs and maintenance on heavy-duty mobile equipment, combat, tactical and automotive vehicles.  Assists higher graded mechanics in the repair and/or overhaul of 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 routine repairs that can be accomplished by removing, adjusting, or replacing defective or worn parts and components.  Performs work in accordance with technical manuals, lubrication orders, maintenance bulletins, regulations or management policies.  

(2) Performs limited diagnoses to determine the cause of mechanical failures by means of visual and auditory checks and/or uses basic test equipment such as compression testers, voltmeters, ohmmeters and pressure gauges.  Determines when parts should be cleaned, adjusted or replaced with standard parts to complete work orders.  

(3) Removes, replaces, adjusts, cleans and installs parts and components such as wheel seals, switches, sensors, fuel pumps, water pumps, power steering pumps, brakes, filters, radiators, bearings, springs, shock absorbers, wheel cylinders, starter motors, mufflers, battery cables, and other items of similar complexity.

 (4) Independently performs routine repairs and maintenance functions in remote locations that can be accomplished by removing, cleaning, reinstalling, or replacing defective parts of components and systems using standard parts.  Receives guidance and instruction from a higher graded mechanic or supervisor to perform non-routine and more complex repairs on portions of major assemblies and/or systems.  May provide field maintenance at unit locations as part of a “contact team”.  Recovers and evacuates inoperable vehicles from the unit location of breakdown.                                   

(5) Conducts limited readiness and repair inspections on vehicles and associated equipment supported by the activity.  Performs Preventive Maintenance Checks and Services (PMCS) and ensures vehicles and equipment are properly serviced, including brake adjustments, replacing hydraulic fluids, greasing, cleaning, etc.  Performs other preventive maintenance operations as required to ensure that equipment is functioning properly.

(6) May perform routine maintenance and limited repairs on basic communication equipment such as radios, field telephones, amplifiers, switchboards, recorders, intercoms by removing and replacing components and elements.  Performs minor body and fender, or other metal repairs, using peening hammers, dollies and limited welding.  Performs limited repairs and routine maintenance on small arms and accessory equipment by replacing worn or damaged parts.  Makes minor repairs to canvas and leather items using bonding/sealing compounds and hand tools such as awls, canvas needles etc.

(7) In conjunction with or in the absence of the Tools and Parts Attendant, may maintain supply documentation, and the receipt, store, issue, and inventory of tools and parts used in the trades operation. 


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GENERAL EXPERIENCE: Experience or training which demonstrates knowledge of equipment to be able to do routine jobs, simple preventive maintenance tasks, and is able to use common tools and equipment in the line of work.


SPECIALIZED EXPERIENCE: Must indicate WG-08 12 months of specialized experience for WG-10 18 months of the specialized experience:


1. Experience which demonstrates the skill in diagnosing, repairing, overhauling and modifying a variety of tactical and commercial equipment. 

2. Experience which demonstrates the ability to troubleshoot complex malfunctions requiring knowledge of the interaction of several subsystems.

3. Experience demonstrating the skill in the use of diagnostic and test equipment. 

4. Experience demonstrating the skill in the use of hand tools and precision measuring equipment.

5. Experience demonstrating the ability to read and interpret parts lists, manufacturer's repair manuals, TM's, diagrams, engineering drawings, and schematics.


MILITARY REQUIREMENTS: Selected candidates will be required to be in a compatible military grade and assignment prior to the effective date of placement.



Participation in direct deposit is mandatory.
Time and placement is dependent upon resourcing from National Guard Bureau.
Military Technicians in the excepted service will wear the military uniform appropriate to their service and grade when performing as a technician. They will comply with the appearance and weight standards contained in the appropriate regulation.
VETERANS PREFERENCE:  The National Guard Technician Act of 1968 (PL 90-486) specifically excludes use of veterans preference for appointments made under the authority of 32 USC 709.  All appointments in the NDNG are made under Title 32 USC; therefore, Veterans Preference is not applicable. 
Individual recommended for the position will not be approved for appointment until the appropriate physical examination is completed and approved.  The results of the physical may be shared with the individual's military chain of command.
Individual selected for the position will be required to obtain a secret security clearance.
PERMANENT CHANGE OF STATION (PCS) expenses may not be authorized for this position. Authorization for payment of PCS expenses will be granted only after determination is made that payment is in the best interest of the North Dakota National Guard. PCS for initial hires are not authorized.


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 rating you receive is based on your responses and compared to your resume and supporting documents.

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.

A typed or neatly printed detailed narrative of your work experiences (paid or unpaid), training, education, and/or other information that relates to the position advertised. Use complete dates to indicate the amount of experience you have. A complete date consists of MM/DD/YY. If written as MM/YY, then credit can only be given for the last day of the month to the first day of the month (i.e. 12/97 to 4/98 would be credited as 12/31/97 to 4/1/98); by giving just years (i.e. 1998-1999) credit will only be given from 12/31/98 to 1/1/99. Include pertinent military experiences, describe duties in your own words. The Qualification process will grant credit only for sufficient information. You may use continuation pages to include all related experience. Ensure that both military and civilian experiences are fully described, including time frames. REMEMBER: COMPLETE DATES MUST BE USED.

Method of Evaluating Qualifications:Candidates are evaluated on the experiences in the vacancy announcement. Failure to address the experiences may deem the applicant not qualified for the position. In addressing each experience you should describe, accurately and completely, the tasks, activities, education, and experience which demonstrates the experience. Include all military experience (Active Duty and Reserve Component), qualifications or training in a MOS/AFSC. Be specific as to the MOS/AFSC you possess and number of months experience. The number of months of actual experience is the qualifying factor. Education may be substituted and combined with experience as defined in the Education Substitution section of the announcement.

These documents can be uploaded via Application Manager as other documents.


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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:

Leave - 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, Thrift Savings Plan. For additional information visit:


Acceptance of a Permanent or Indefinite Appointment with the NDNG will terminate enrollment in the Tri-Care Reserve Select Health Benefits program.  Federal Law does not permit employee who are eligible for Federal Employee Health Insurance to carry Tri-Care Reserve health insurance.


Appointment to this position will be made at the beginning of a bi-weekly pay period.  Applicants MUST understand that Federal Employees Health Benefits (FEHB), although may be elected within the 1st pay period of employment, are not effective until the pay period after they make their election.  Election for FEHB must be made within 60 days from the 1st day of appoinment.  Technician pay peirods are 14 days in duration.




1. 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.

2. Please do not send/fax/courier/email any applications or resumes to the 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.


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To apply for this position, you must provide both of the following parts:

1.    Your responses to the Qualifications Questionnaire, and

2.     Your résumé and any other documents specified in the Required Documents Section of this Job Announcement.

Use the Online Qualifications Questionnaire for convenience and quickest processing.

(Here is a link for aiding you in building your Résumé and some application tips)

Option A:  Online Qualifications Questionnaire.

To begin your Online Qualifications Questionnaire:

·        Sign into your USAJOBS account; you begin the process by clicking the Apply Online button. Your Résumé will be attached only to the Online Qualifications Questionnaire you complete and Submit from this session, not to any Questionnaires you may already have Saved or Submitted.

Option B: Paper Qualifications Questionnaire.

If it is not practical for you to use the Online Qualifications Questionnaire, you can write your answers on paper. Follow these steps:

1. You can print a copy of this job announcement so that you can read the questions offline.

2. Obtain and print a copy of the OPM Form 1203-FX, which you will use to provide your answers. You can obtain the form at this URL or by calling USAJOBS by Phone at (703) 724-1850 – after the introduction, press 1, and listen for instructions.

3. You may submit the Form 1203-FX, résumé, and any supporting documents by fax.

· By Fax: If you are faxing a Form 1203-FX, you do not need a separate cover sheet. Simply make sure the Form 1203-FX is on top of any other documents you are faxing. If you are faxing any documents without the Form 1203-FX on top, always use the official cover sheet which is here -- -- and be sure to fill it out completely and clearly. The fax number is 1-478-757-3144. Feed all documents into your fax machine top first so that we receive them right-side up.


For this job announcement the following documents are required:

Current Resume


  • Justification to questionnaire if not addressed within the body of resume. 

To submit the documents requested follow the instructions below: Your resume, curriculum vitae, the  or any other written format you choose to describe your job-related qualifications. Your document(s) can be submitted electronically using the document upload process or by fax. Please ensure that your resume contains your full name, address, phone and at least your last four digits of your social security number.


Katrina Mickelsen
Phone: (701)333-3298
Agency Information:
North Dakota National Guard
Human Resources Office
PO Box 5511
Bismarck, ND


Once the online questionnaire is received you will receive an acknowledgement email that your submission was successful. After a reveiw of your complete application is made you will be notified of your rating and or referral to the hiring official.  If further evaluation or  interviews are required you will be contacted.

Instructions for completing the OPM 1203-FX:

If you are applying to this announcement by completing the OPM 1203-FX form instead of using the Online Application method, please use the following step-by-step instructions as a guide to filling out the required questionnaire. You will need to print the vacancy announcement and refer to it as you answer the questions. You may omit any optional information; however, you must provide responses to all required questions. Be sure to double check your application before submission.

Social Security Number

Vacancy Identification Number


1. Title of Job

2. Biographic Data

3. E-Mail Address

4. Work Information

5. Employment Availability

6. Citizenship

If you are applying by the OPM Form 1203-FX, leave this section blank.

7. Background Information

8. Other Information

9. Languages

If you are applying by the OPM Form 1203-FX, leave this section blank.

10. Lowest Grade


11. Miscellaneous Information

If you are applying by the OPM Form 1203-FX, leave this section blank.

12. Special Knowledge

If you are applying by the OPM Form 1203-FX, leave this section blank.

13. Test Location

If you are applying by the OPM Form 1203-FX, leave this section blank.

14. Veteran Preference Claim

If you are applying by the OPM Form 1203-FX, leave this section blank.

15. Dates of Active Duty - Military Service

If you are applying by the OPM Form 1203-FX, leave this section blank.

16. Availability Date

If you are applying by the OPM Form 1203-FX, leave this section blank.

17. Service Computation Date

If you are applying by the OPM Form 1203-FX, leave this section blank.

18. Other Date Information

If you are applying by the OPM Form 1203-FX, leave this section blank.

19. Job Preference

If you are applying by the OPM Form 1203-FX, leave this section blank.

20. Occupational Specialties

001 Surface Maintenance Repairer

21. Geographic Availability

381020017 Fargo, ND

22. Transition Assistance Plan

If you are applying by the OPM Form 1203-FX, leave this section blank.

23. Job Related Experience

If you are applying by the OPM Form 1203-FX, leave this section blank.

24. Personal Background Information

If you are applying by the OPM Form 1203-FX, leave this section blank.

25. Occupational/Assessment Questions:

Read the options below and choose the one that best applies.

1. Are you a current Enlisted member of the North Dakota Army National Guard?

A. Yes, I am a current Enlisted member of the North Dakota Army National Guard
B. No, I am not a current Enlisted member of the North Dakota Army National Guard and I understand that I will not be considered for this position.

Respond to all the questions below.  Mark only one response for each question.  Ethnicity and Race information is requested under the authority of 42 U.S.C. Section 2000e-16 and in compliance with the Office of Management and Budget's 1997 Revisions to the Standards for the Classification of Federal Data on Race and Ethnicity.  Providing this information is voluntary and has no impact on your employment status, but in the instance of missing information, your employing agency will attempt to identify your race and ethnicity by visual observation.  This information is used as necessary to plan for equal employment opportunity throughout the Federal government.  It is also used by the U.S. Office of Personnel Management or employing agency maintaining the records to locate individuals for personnel research or survey response and in the production of summary descriptive statistics and analytical studies in support of the function for which the records are collected and maintained, or for related workforce studies.

2. Are you Hispanic or Latino? (A person of Cuban, Mexican, Puerto Rican, South or Central American, or other Spanish culture or origin, regardless of race.)

A. Yes
B. No

3. Please select the racial category with which you most closely identify.

A. American Indian or Alaska Native: A person having origins in any of the original peoples of North and South America (including Central America), and who maintains tribal affiliation or community attachment.
B. Asian: A person having origins in any of the original peoples of the Far East, Southeast Asia, or the Indian subcontinent including, for example, Cambodia, China, India, Japan, Korea, Malaysia, Pakistan, the Philippine Islands, Thailand, and Vietnam.
C. Black or African American: A person having origins in any of the black racial groups of Africa.
D. Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander: A person having origins in any of the original peoples of Hawaii, Guam, Samoa, or other Pacific Islands.
E. White: A person having origins in any of the original peoples of Europe, the Middle East, or North Africa.

Respond to all the questions below. For each question, choose the response that best describes your experience and/or training. Mark only one response for each question. Please note that your answers will be verified against the information you provide on your resume or application.

4. Do you have the experience or training that has provided you with sufficient knowledge to be able to do routine jobs, simple preventative maintenance tasks, and are able to use common tools and equipment?

A. Yes
B. No

5. This position requires you to posses a current valid state driver's license.  Do you posses a current valid state driver's license?

A. Yes
B. No

Having met the General Experience Qualifications as listed above, choose the statement from below that best describes the required 12 months of specialized experience you have for each of the following requirements.  Please note: Your answers will be compared and verified against the information you provide on your resume.

A- I have not had education, training or experience in performing this task.
B- I have had education or training in performing the task, but have not yet performed it on the job.
C- I have performed this task on the job. My work on this task was monitored closely by a supervisor or senior employee to ensure compliance with proper procedures.
D- I have performed this task as a regular part of a job. I have performed it independently and normally without review by a supervisor or senior employee.
E- I am consulted by other journeypersons in difficult situations, or I am called on to do unusually difficult jobs.

6. Experience which demonstrates the knowledge of various techniques for removing, adjusting, replacing, cleaning and installing parts and components of tactical and commerical automotive vehicles and equipment.

7. Experience which demonstrates the knowledge of electrical, electronic, hydraulic, pneumatic and other no-mechanical systems.

8. Experience demonstrating the skill in the use of diagnostic and test equipment.

9. Experience demonstrating the ability to analyze test results to determine fault for repair or replacement.

10. Experience demonstrating the ability to read and interpret parts lists, manufacturer's repair manuals, TM's, diagrams, engineering drawings, and schematics.

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