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Job Title:POWERED SUPPORT SYSTEMS MECHANIC (Military Membership Required)

Department:Department of the Air Force

Agency:Air National Guard Units (Title 32)

Job Announcement Number:JA 13-175-C

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

The contents of the announcement can still be viewed.


$23.72 to $27.65 / Per Hour


Wednesday, June 12, 2013 to Thursday, August 1, 2013




Full Time - Permanent


1 vacancy in the following location:
Rickenbacker AFB, OH United StatesView Map


Open Current On-Board Permanent Technicians of the Ohio Air National Guard


The Ohio National Guard seeks to employ high quality applicants for Federal Technician positions. This position requires military membership in the Ohio National Guard.

Military Unit and Address:

121st Air Refueling Wing

7370 Minuteman Way
Rickenbacker IAP
Columbus, OH 43217




*First consideration will be given to current on-board permanent technicians at the 121st Air Refueling Wing.

*Second consideration will be given to current on-board permanent technicians of the Ohio Air National Guard.

This position is being announced concurrently as an AGR position.  To view the AGR job announcement, please visit the Ohio National Guard jobs page at



This position is located in the Civil Engineering function, Support Directorate. Its primary purpose is to install, repair,

maintain, service, and modify scheduled/unscheduled inspections on aircraft arresting systems and electrical power

production equipment.


Apply using the instructions in the "How to Apply" section

The Ohio National Guard is an Equal Opportunity Employer


  • First Consideration: on-board technicians of the 121st ARW.
  • Second Consideration: permanent technicians of the Ohio ANG.
  • Minimum Military Rank/Grade: Sra (E-3)
  • Maximimum Military Rank/Grade: SSgt (E-6)
  • Compatible AFSC: 3E072


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(1) Aircraft Arresting Systems:

(a) Performs daily, weekly, and monthly inspections, and off-equipment maintenance, on aircraft arresting systems. Accomplishes gasoline engine rebuilding to include removal and replacement of clutches, carburetors, starters, distributors, fuel pumps, springs and other integral parts. Checks and/or adjusts valves, bearings, cams, bushings, gear boxes, sprockets, chains and fairlead beam components. May do stripping, sanding and painting of aircraft arresting systems. Uses test equipment such as voltmeters, megohmmeters, ampmeters, ohmmeters continuity tester, feelergage and other test equipment. Solves all repair or maintenance problems using technical drawings, wiring diagrams, schematic drawings, and technical orders.

(b) Replaces nylon tapes and steel wound cables due to wear, time change, or excessive aircraft engagement as directed by technical orders. Performs maintenance on the BAK-14 aircraft arresting system such as rebuilding cable support arms and air cylinders and the replacement of worn parts (cable support blocks, wire rope, springs, etc.). Troubleshoots BAK-14 solid state controlled heating systems and position control systems and replaces heater elements, mercury switches, and solid state heater control units. May be required to operate and troubleshoot radio control systems for the BAK-12/14. Must be able to deal with limited runway time while troubleshooting and performing maintenance on the BAK-12/14.

(c) Coordinates all aircraft arresting systems duties which requires access to active runways with FAA, Air Traffic Control Facility Manager, Flight Safety Officer and Airport Manager.

(d) Schedules and coordinates exercises to practice rewind procedures and operations and annual certification engagements. May be required to install portable aircraft arresting systems worldwide.

(e) Trains traditional guardsmen in the operation and maintenance of aircraft arresting systems; as well as training fire personnel in rewinding and resetting aircraft arresting systems. Trains other personnel in day-to-day maintenance checks and repairs for backup manpower.

(f) Maintains records for documentation of preventive maintenance, repairs, tape and cable life, and all aircraft engagements. Maintains records which includes daily inspections through 10 year overhaul and special inspection records. Maintains current technical order and regulations files for aircraft arresting systems and emergency power generators.

(g) Establishes and controls “Special Level” and benchstock, spare parts, and supplies to expedite the repair and maintenance of aircraft arresting systems.

(h) Prepares for and participates in various types of readiness evaluations such as ORI, IG, and MEI inspections, mobility and command support exercises. May be required to perform additional duties such as snow removal.

(2) Electrical Power Production Systems:

(a) Installs, repairs, maintains, and modifies electrical power production equipment. Performs repair of components such as fixed gasoline or diesel engines, generators, centrifuges, starter motors, and associated generating and distributing equipment. Conducts tests of equipment using voltmeters, ampmeters, ohmmeters, continuity testers, feelergage and other test equipment. Adjusts and calibrates components to assure optimum operating efficiency within design limitations. Modifies equipment in accordance with manufacturer’s specifications and other technical publications. Accomplishes difficult operating and repair tasks beyond capability of senior workers.

(b) Maintains and repairs electrical generating equipment. Performs inspection, maintenance, and major modifications; troubleshoots complex repair situations; and performs other maintenance on electric power generating equipment. Benchchecks reparable components and subassemblies of electric power generating equipment by using test equipment standards, load banks and other equipment standards as

may be required by technical data. Determines extent of repair/rebuild and accomplishes same. Tests and calibrates repaired gauges, controls and meters to assure adequacy and reliability. Interprets maintenance malfunction data related to the electrical power generating systems.

(c) Inspects electrical power production equipment. Analyzes malfunctions by visual or auditory inspection, observation of operation and use of test equipment. Interprets inspection findings and determines adequacy of corrective action. Inspects completed or in-progress work to assure compliance with standard operating procedures and technical publications.

(d) Advises on technical problems of installation and repair of electrical power production equipment. Solves complex maintenance problems by studying layout drawings, wiring diagrams, schematic diagrams, and analyzing construction and operating characteristics of electrical generating plants and equipment. Devises and establishes maintenance and operating procedures to ensure maximum efficiency of operation and electrical power production plants. Diagnoses recurring malfunctions and recommends repair procedures necessary to correct defective equipment. Establishes maintenance and operating procedures.

(e) On weekend duty, supervises electrical power production personnel. Plans and schedules work assignments; establishes work methods, production controls, and performance standards; and assigns operating and repair functions to subordinates and establishes priorities for work accomplished. Assures compliance with published directives, work standards and technical publications. Conducts on-the-job training.

(f) Operates standby units during commercial power failures and performs operational checks, inspections, services, and makes emergency repairs of standby units in the field to ensure uninterrupted power services to facilities during power outages. Determines that generators selected to provide emergency power are compatible with facilities’ power requirements in terms of size, voltage, phase, etc.

(g) Instructs other base activities in procedures for operating power generators during emergencies.

(h) Assists electrician and power line personnel in the various phases of installation, trouble shooting and repair. Subject to emergency calls as required during nonduty hours.

(3) Performs other duties as assigned.



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This is a Permanent Excepted Service position

Military Membership in the Ohio National Guard is required

  • Minimum Military Grade: Sra (E-3)
  • Maximum Military Grade: SSgt (E-6)
  • Compatible Military Assignment: 3E0X2
  • Must have a valid State driver's license for the State in which he or she lives or is principally employed.


If you are willing to take a demotion to be considered for this position you must clearly indicate your intentions in your resume.


It is not necessary for applicants to possess the MOS/AFSC listed as compatible to the position in order to apply.


It is, however, the applicant's responsibility to acquire a compatible MOS/AFSC within 1 year of appointment. Coordinate with your unit's training representative to determine whether or not you can qualify for a specific MOS/AFSC and/or receive training.




General Experience:Experience or training which demonstrates the knowledge of mechanical maintenance work; ability to read and use technical manuals, illustrations, diagrams and schematics, and skill in the use of equipment and hand tools used in troubleshooting, testing and repairing equipment.


Specialized Experience:(WG-5378-10)

1. Experience or training removing, adjusting, replacing, cleaning, and installing parts, components, and accessories. 


2. Experience which provided working knowledge of mechanical, electrical, and hydraulic theory applying to powered support equipment and systems; and skill to replace, fit, install, and make adjustments.


3. Experience which provided working knowledge of the makeup and operation of the various individual systems maintained and their interrelationships. 


4. Experience reading and interpreting parts lists, manufactures’ repair manuals, diagrams, and electrical schematics.




This position is being announced in accordance with state merit promotion procedures and collective bargaining agreement. Wearing of the appropriate military uniform is required while employed in this position. Permanent change of duty station (PCS) funds are not available. 


If you are an AGR and are selected for this position, you will be required to vacate your AGR status. 


Successful applicant will be assigned to a compatible military position in an appropriate unit of assignment in the Ohio National Guard.


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. If, after reviewing your resume and/or supporting documentation, a determination is made that you have inflated your qualifications and/or experience your qualifications rating can and will be adjusted to more accurately reflect your abilities. Please follow all instructions carefully. Errors or omissions may affect your rating and may result in you not being considered for appointment to this position.


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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.

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:

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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:

This link provides and overview of the benefits currently offered to Federal employees.


1. Do not send applications to the mailing address or email address on this announcement. Apply only online or via the fax number provided in the section entitled "How to Apply."

2. If you are a current career or career-conditional Federal employee or former Federal employee who has reinstatement eligibility, you must submit a copy of your latest SF-50 "Notification of Personnel Action" and/or a copy of the SF-50 that reflects career or career-conditional tenure, or you will not be considered under the merit promotion process. Also, you should submit your most recent performance appraisal.

3. 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, you must provide a complete Application Package which includes:

1. Your Resume

2. A complete Occupational Questionnaire

3. Additional Required Documents (See Required Documents Section below)

The complete Application Package must be submitted by 11:59 (EST) on Monday, June 24, 2013.

To begin the process, click the Apply Online button to create an account or log into your existing USAJOBS account.  Follow the prompts to complete the Occupational Questionnaire.  Please ensure you click the Submit My Answers button at the end of the process.

NOTE: To check the status of your application or return to a previous or incomplete application, log into your USAJOBS account, select Application Status, and click on the More Information link under the application status for this position.

To fax supporting documents you are unable to upload, complete this cover page using the following Vacancy ID 904346.  Fax your documents to 1-478-757-3144.

If you cannot apply online:

1. Click the following link to view and print the Occupational Questionnaire View Occupational Questionnaire

2. Print this 1203FX form to provide your response to the occupational questionnaire

3. Fax 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.


All applications must include the following information:

  • Resume (Must describe all relevant work experience and include dates the work was performed)
  • Current Unit of Assignment
  • Current Military Rank/Grade
  • Current MOS/AFSC

Your application may need to include:

  • Transcripts (if substituting college education for work experience)

To submit the documents requested follow the instructions below: Your resume,  the Optional Application for Federal Employment (OF 612), or any other written format you choose to describe your job-related qualifications  can be submitted electronically using the document upload process or by fax. Please ensure that your resume contains your full name, address, phone number and at least your last four digits of your social security number.

Note: Please ensure that your resume contains the basic information outlined under the Applying for a Federal Job link:

Please do not send applications to the addresses listed below


Nelson Spitler
Phone: (614)492-4626
Agency Information:
121st Air Refueling Wing
7370 Minuteman Way
Rickenbacker IAP
Columbus, OH


Once the online questionnaire is received you will receive an acknowledgement email that your submission was successful. After a review of your complete application is made you will be notified of your qualification status 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.

Online Questionnaire

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