Job Overview


Why is it Great to Work for the Federal Bureau of Prisons?

Do your career justice and consider a career with the Federal Bureau of Prisons (BOP). In addition to being regarded as a family and career-oriented agency, the BOP offers a broad range of exciting career opportunities in a work environment that promotes integrity, diversity, and professional development. With over 38,000 highly motivated individuals, the Federal Bureau of Prisons is one of the most unique agencies in the United States Department of Justice where each employee's day-to-day performance makes a difference.

Will the Federal Bureau of Prisons Pay for me to Move?

Reimbursement IS NOT authorized for travel and transportation for this position.

In accordance with 5 U.S.C. 3307, a maximum entry age of 36 has been established for initial appointment to a position in a Bureau of Prisons institution.  If you are above the maximum entry age and have prior federal law enforcement coverage, you MUST submit an SF-50 to verify prior coverage.

Qualified Preference Eligible Veterans may be exempt from meeting the maximum age of 37.  Please refer to the Required Documents Section for the appropriate documentation to submit to validate veteran eligibility.


The incumbent of this position is the subject matter expert in the maintenance of institution vehicles and therefore, works with a great deal of independence. The incumbent must be a journeyman level mechanic and have the ability to establish priorities for preventive maintenance schedules for the vehicles. (S)he must also ensure that all necessary repairs are made to ensure that the vehicles are safe for transport of staff and inmates. Special skills are needed to complete work through the use of inmate workers. The incumbent must be able to counsel and work with convicted felons in order to challenge them to complete work, while keeping in mind the personal security and safety risks. The incumbent is responsible for hazardous material handling, meeting OSHA requirements, environmental issues and adhering to safety procedures (e.g. Forklift Operation, Lockout/Tag-out, etc.).

Incumbent ensures inmates comply with Institution and OSHA Safety Regulations through example and lectures. The incumbent will be responsible for the ordering and purchasing of all material/equipment needed to perform assigned projects. The majority of the purchases will be done with the use of a government credit card. The incumbent will be knowledgeable in the Facilities department database Computerized Maintenance and Management Software (CMMS) and be able to input and retrieve pertinent maintenance data.

Along with all other correctional institution employees, incumbent is charged with responsibility for maintaining security of the institution. The staff correctional responsibilities precede all others required by this position and are performed on a regular and recurring basis.