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Job Title:Maintenance Mechanic

Department:Department of the Army

Agency:Army Installation Management Command

Job Announcement Number:WTBW13609471909521D

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

The contents of the announcement can still be viewed.


$20.06 to $23.44 / Per Hour


Friday, June 21, 2013 to Friday, July 05, 2013




Full Time - Permanent


Few vacancies in the following location:
White Sands Missile Range, NM United StatesView Map


United States Citizens


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: White Sands Missile Range is a unique tri-service facility for test, evaluation, research, and assessment of military systems and commercial products. We offer a broad assortment of testing capabilities and infrastructure, from management of the largest open-air/over-land missile range in the hemisphere to environmental testing chambers and computer modeling laboratories. We are an active military installation that maintains a high quality of life for customers, partners, and the workforce. Most of the workforce is on a compressed work schedule with every other Friday off. The range is located in the Tularosa Basin of south-central New Mexico. The headquarters area is 30 miles east of Las Cruces, New Mexico, and 45 miles north of El Paso, Texas. The range boundaries extend almost 100 miles north to south by 40 miles east to west. At almost 3,200 square miles the range is the largest military installation in the country.

OTHER ADVANTAGES:  Las Cruces and El Paso blend a unique variety of attractions, culture, historical sites, and low cost of living with superb year-round weather. Outdoor activities abound in the nearby desert and several mountain ranges. Skiing, fishing, hiking, camping, boating, and hunting provide year-round opportunities. Las Cruces has received several awards including a ranking by Forbes as one of the top three small metro areas to do business and by Money as one of the top eight destinations to retire.

Who May Apply: All US Citizens


  • A personnel security investigation required.
  • A medical examination is required.
  • Payment of Permanent Change of Station (PCS) costs is not authorized
  • Temporary Duty (TDY) travel 5%
  • Posiiton requires employee to wear protective clothing


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You will serve as a Maintenance Mechanic repairing buildings, structures, fittings, partitions, and wood or wood substitute articles requiring close tolerance fit and structural soundness. Braces, replaces, rebuilds or loosens supports and planks to maintain permanently installed wooden stagings, walkways, and roofs. Interpret drawings, blueprints and specifications to select lumber and supplies and to determine layout and work sequences. Performs maintenance and repair work on office hallways, stairwells and over the door lightning and ballast replacement. Paints a variety of surfaces. Incorporates special finishing techniques such as marbling and baroque. Repair or clean elements of sewer, wastelines, water, and hot water systems in buildings. Operates electric resistance welding machines. Uses manual gas torch welding processes. Performs maintenance on building wiring. Constructs and repairs cement and concrete surfaces and structures.


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SCREEN OUT ELEMENT: The ability to do the work of a Maintenance Mechanic without more than normal supervision  performing duties associated with more than one trade area such as carpentry, painting, plumbing, electrical, grounds work and other trades appropriate to this position; knowledge of technical trade terminology, tools, and equipment in more than one area; tasks assigned are inspected upon completion by a work leader or supervisor for conformance to requirements;  the ability to perform strenuous work as required by the position; the ability to work safely in hazardous situations; AND the ability to follow simple diagrams and drawings which illustrate a supervisor’s explanation of a specific work assignment. 

KSAC’s:  In addition to meeting the screen out element, your resume will be evaluated against the following elements: knowledge of equipment assembly; installation or repair; technical, theoretical or artistic practices; skill in using measuring instruments; the ability to interpret blueprints, reading instructions, and other specifications; the ability to use and maintain tools and equipment; and the knowledge of materials. Failure to meet the screen-out will result in an INELIGIBLE rating.

PHYSICAL EFFORT: The work requires frequent climbing, reaching, bending, stooping, pushing, pulling, stretching, and walking. Some of the work is performed from ladders scaffolds which require overhead work in stretched, cramped, or awkward positions. Army movement is considerable when nailing, mortaring, grouting, painting, and using such tools as handsaws, trowels, paint brushes, and planers. There is frequent lifting and carrying of items that weigh 50-100 pounds. Some of the work requires that the employee handle, with the use of hand truck, items weighing up to 300 pounds.

WORKING CONDITIONS:  Work indoors and outdoors in all types of weather. Subject to falls, cuts, bums, bruises, broken bones, or other serious injury. Subject to extremes of weather including dust, wind, heat, rain, freezing temperatures, et cetera. May occasionally work at heights over 100 feet which are compensated by hazard duty pay. There is danger of falling from scaffolds, ladders, towers up to 100 feet tall, and danger from flying splinters, chops, ceramics, glass, et cetera. There is frequent exposure to noise from various hand power tools. Work is done in areas that vary from "clean rooms" to areas that are noisy, dirty, and smoky. There is the possibility of exposure to fumes, infrared and ultraviolet radiation, heat, flying sparks, the glare of torches and heated materials, the possibility of eye injury, electrical shock, as well as discomfort when wearing protective clothing, gloves, flash shield, or eye goggles. Some work exposes the worker to floor and deck surfaces which are sometimes uneven, oily, and slippery. Subject to emergency call back after normal duty hours and on weekends and scheduled overtime requirements which are compensated by premium pay. May require use of protective clothing or equipment as authorized by the WSMR Safety Office. Requires the possession of a valid commercial drivers' license to perform incidental driving to and from actual work sites. Requires attendance and completion of various vehicle driving courses.

Other Requirements: Click here for more information.

  • Male applicants born after December 31, 1959 must complete a Pre-Employment Certification Statement for Selective Service Registration.
  • You will be required to provide proof of U.S. Citizenship.
  • Credit will be given for appropriate unpaid experience or volunteer work.
  • One year trial/probationary period may be required.
  • Direct Deposit of Pay is Required.


Your application package (resume, supporting documents, and responses to the questionnaire) will be reviewed to verify that you meet the basic eligibility and qualification requirements.  Your responses to the q uestionnaire will be used to evaluate your relevant personal, educational, and work experiences.


Basis for Rating:  Qualified candidates will be assigned to one of three quality categories: Best Qualified, Highly Qualified and Qualified. Veteran preference eligibles are listed ahead of non-preference eligibles within each quality category. 


Interagency Career Transition Assistance Program (ICTAP).   The Interagency Career Transition Assistance Plan (ICTAP) provides eligible displaced Federal competitive service employees with selection priority over other candidates for competitive service vacancies.  If your agency has notified you in writing that you are a displaced employee eligible for ICTAP consideration, you may receive selection priority if:  1) this vacancy is within your ICTAP eligibility, 2) you apply under the instructions in this announcement, and 3) you are found well-qualified for this vacancy.  Well-qualified is defined as meeting all of the minimum qualification standards and eligibility requirements as well as possessing skills that clearly exceed the minimum qualification requirements for the position. Under competitive delegated examining, an ICTAP eligible will be considered well-qualified if they attain an eligibility rating of 90 or higher, not including points for veterans' preference. You must provide proof of eligibility with your application to receive selection priority.  Such proof may include a copy of your written notification of ICTAP eligibility or a copy of your separation personnel action form.  Information about ICTAP eligibility is on OPM's Career Transition Resources website at



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The Department of Defense offers an excellent benefits program. In addition to your take-home pay, your comprehensive compensation/benefits package will include most of the benefits described at


  • Selection is subject to restrictions resulting from Department of Defense referral system for displaced employees.
  • The Department of Defense (DoD) policy on employment of annuitants will be used in determining eligibility of annuitants. The DoD policy is available at


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To apply for this position, you must complete the occupational questionnaire and submit the documentation specified in the Required Documents section below.
The complete application package must be submitted by 11:59 PM (EST) on Friday, July 05, 2013 to receive consideration.

  • 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.
  • Click the Submit My Answers button to submit your application package.
  • It is your responsibility to ensure your responses and appropriate documentation is submitted prior to the closing date.
  • To verify your application is complete, log into your USAJOBS account,, 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.
  • 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.
  •  It is your responsibility to verify that information entered, uploaded, or faxed (i.e., resume) is complete, accurate, and submitted by the closing date. Uploaded documents may take up to one hour to clear the virus scan. Faxed documents must be completely transmitted by 11:59p.m. Eastern Standard Time on the closing date of the announcement.


The Department of the Army provides reasonable accommodations to applicants with disabilities. If you need a reasonable accommodation for any part of the application and hiring process, please notify the servicing civilian personnel unit. Your requests for reasonable accommodation will be addressed on a case-by-case basis.



Your complete application includes your resume, your responses to the online questionnaire, and documents which support your eligibility category or categories. If your eligibility category is listed below, you must provide the documents described for that category. If your eligibility category is NOT listed below, contact the Central Resume Processing Center for assistance. If you fail to provide these documents, you will be marked as having an incomplete application package and you will not be considered any further.

Your resume:

  • Your resume may be submitted in any format.
  • If you submit more than one copy of your resume, only the most recent version will be reviewed. The latest timestamp will be used to determine which version of your resume is "most recent." It is your responsibility to check the status and timestamp of all documents you submit as part of your application.
  • If your resume includes a photograph or other inappropriate material or content, you will not be considered for this vacancy.
  • For qualifications determinations your resume must contain hours worked per week and the dates of employment (i.e., HRS per week and month/year to month/year or month/year to present). If your resume does not contain this information, your application will be marked as insufficient and you will not receive consideration for this position.

Applicants Relying on Education to Qualify: You MUST submit a copy of your transcript if you want to substitute your education for experience. If you claim qualifications based on education, and do not submit a transcript, your education will not be used in making a qualification determination and you may be found "not qualified."


Documents to support your preference:

Veterans. The documentation you submit MUST show the characterization of your discharge (Honorable, General, etc.). If your documentation does not show your discharge characterization, your veteran's status will not be used to determine your preference for this job.   Required veterans documentation:  


·      If you are claiming Veterans Preference, to verify your preference claim you MUST submit supporting documents with your application package. These documents may include, but are not limited to DD214 (which indicates character of service), SF15, VA Letter and/or Activation/Deactivation orders.

  •     Disabled Veterans: You are required to submit DD Form 214, Military Discharge (Member Copy 4), a     completed  SF-15, Claim for 10-Point Veteran Preference, AND a letter from the Department of Veteran's Affairs certifying an OVERALL SERVICE- CONNECTED DISABILITY of 30% or more. The OVERALL rating must be identified on your certification letter.
  •   Future Military Retirees*: You are required to submit a copy of your retirement DD Form 214 OR a copy of your retirement letter AND a copy of your terminal leave letter OR certification document**.
  •    Future Military Separatees*: You are required to submit a copy of your most recent DD Form 214 OR certification document** OR a copy of your most recent active duty orders AND a copy of your terminal leave request (if applicable).

* Active duty military members who are selected may not be appointed unless on terminal leave before the effective date of employment.
** The "certification" is any written document from the armed forces that certifies the service member is expected to be discharged or released from active duty service in the armed forces under honorable conditions not later than 120 days after the date the certification is signed.

Military Spouse Preference.  If you are claiming Military Spouse Preference, to verify your preference claim you MUST submit supporting documents with your application package. These documents may include, but are not limited to PCS orders and marriage certificate.  

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):

  • To fax your documents, you must use the following cover page and provide the required information. The Vacancy ID is TAG:VacancyID.
  • Fax your documents to 1-478-757-3144.
  • On a separate document, please identify which position(s) on your resume (include title, organization, and employment dates) support any response of "E" ("I am considered an expert in performing this task....").


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 TAG:Closing Date 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:

  • Click the following link to view and print the occupational questionnaire TAG:Link to Full Questionnaire.
  • Print the 1203FX form, follow the instructions and provide your responses to the occupational questionnaire items
  • 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.
  • NOTE: The numbering on the OPM Form 1203-FX will not match the Occupational Questionnaire in Section 25 of the OPM Form 1203-FX, which continuously numbers from number one, while the Questionnaire starts each section of questions with number one. When entering your responses please continue regardless of number sequence. This issue has been identified and will be resolved as soon as possible.

NOTE: Documents submitted as part of the application package, to include supplemental documents, may be shared beyond the Human Resources Office. Some supplemental documents like military orders and marriage certificates may contain personal information for someone other than yourself. You may sanitize these documents to remove another person's personal information before you submit your application. You may be asked to provide an un-sanitized version of the documents if you are selected, to confirm your eligibility.


Central Resume Processing Center
Phone: (410)306-0137
Agency Information:
DA WER White Sands Missile Range
314 Johnson Street
Aberdeen Proving Ground, MD


If you provided an email address, you will receive an email message acknowledging receipt of your application. Your application package will be used to determine your eligibility, qualifications, and quality ranking for this position. If you are determined to be ineligible or not qualified, you application will receive no further consideration.

The documents you submit must support your responses to the online questionnaire. If your application contradicts or does not support your questionnaire responses, you will receive a rating of "not qualified" or "insufficient information" and you will not receive further consideration for this job.

Please follow all instructions carefully. Errors or omissions may affect your rating.

For questions regarding the status of your application, eligibility or qualifications determination contact the Central Resume Processing Center at, or (410) 306-0137.

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