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Job Title:  Engineering Equipment Operator (WG-5716-08)
Department:  Department Of The Interior
Agency:  Bureau of Reclamation
Job Announcement Number:  BR-UC-2013-05 (DE-LMA)

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

The contents of the announcement can still be viewed.
$20.11 to $23.46 / Per Hour
Tuesday, December 17, 2013 to Wednesday, January 01, 2014
Full-time, 4x10 hour days, Monday-Thursday - Permanent
4 vacancies in the following location:
Socorro, NM View Map
All United States Citizens and Nationals.


About the Agency

Reclamation is a contemporary water management agency. Reclamation is best known for Hoover Dam on the Colorado River, Grand Coulee Dam on the Columbia River and Folsom Dam on the American River. Today we are the largest wholesaler of water in the country and the second largest producer of hydroelectric power in the western United States. 
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Reclamation is seeking an Engineering Equipment Operator looking for an opportunity to capitalize on his/her expertise. You can make a difference in the West by assisting in meeting increasing water demands while protecting the environment.

Would you enjoy operating one or more types of construction and maintenance equipment, e.g. crawler type tractors, graders, scrapers, hydraulic excavator, backhoe, and other gasoline and diesel-powered equipment to excavate channels, build or repair levees, clean and repair water structures, and grade and level roads, etc?

You may also operate a forklift and perform other duties that do not involve operating equipment, e.g., unloading supplies, cleaning shop and yard area, building access gates, fabricating equipment, assisting mechanic in repairing equipment, etc. for the Socorro Field Division.

Here is a great opportunity to join a great organization with excellent growth potential!

LOCATION: Upper Colorado Region, Albuquerque Area Office, Socorro Field Division, duty stationed in Socorro N.M. For living conditions, go to

Travel and relocation expenses will NOT be paid by our agency. Expenses associated with reporting for duty in this position will be the responsibility of the individual selected.


  • 25% or Greater
  • Day travel and overnight travel required to work at project sites, and to attend meetings, training and conferences. Overnight travel could be for several months when working on out-of-town projects.


  • No


  • U.S. Citizenship or National.
  • Suitable for Federal employment, determined by a background investigation.
  • You must submit a resume and supporting documentation (See How to Apply).
  • MUST submit copy of State-issued Class A CDL and endorsements w application
  • Pre-Employment Physical & Drug Testing required.
  • For veterans consideration, submit document(s) under Required Documents.


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Operates several different types of heavy equipment such as dozers, hydraulic excavators, front-end graders, scrapers, articulated dump trucks, and articulated water wagons. Operates equipment to excavate channels, drains, and borrow pits; load dump trucks; build or repair levees, groins, and ramps; grade and level service roads; and clean and repair water control structures for wetland rehabilitation projects. The operator works in various types of terrain and soil conditions and uses different controls and attachments.

The incumbent will also perform work that does not involve operating equipment, such as unloading supplies, cleaning shop and yard area, building and repairing access gates and fences, fabricating equipment and assisting the mechanic in equipment repair.


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Typical work attire is jeans - steel toe/safety shoes are required to be worn at all times, and hardhat and other safety/protective clothing including gloves, safety glasses, and respiratory protection (dust masks).

All qualification requirements (including any applicable selective factors) must be met by the closing date of this vacancy announcement.

-If your current Commercial Driver License (CDL) and Driver License are NOT issued by New Mexico (N.M.) you will be required to obtain and maintain (within 30 days) a N.M. CDL and State Driver license.
- After you enter on duty (EOD) you will be required to obtain Hazardous Materials and Tanker Endorsement on Class A CDL for the state of N.M. Within 45 days of EOD you must provide documentation showing endorsement exams have been passed and associated security background check has been submitted.
- Human Resources will obtain written permission from candidate to request drug/alcohol test results from previous employers. You will be subject to periodic drug/alcohol testing while in this position (testing at government expense).
- Selectee is subject to pre-employment physical and to periodic full physical.
- Required to obtain Hepatitis A and B shots (at government expense).
- Must be available to work after hours and on weekends for callbacks and emergencies. Regular shift is 4 x 10 hour days, Monday-Thursday.
- Position requires frequent day and overnight travel (Monday-Thursday) for several months of the year.


Category rating and selection procedures will be used for evaluating this position. If you meet the basic qualification requirements, your on-line responses to the vacancy assessment questionnaire will be used to determine the quality and extent of your experience, education, training, etc., for placement in one of the following categories: 1) Best Qualified, 2) Well Qualified and 3) Qualified. Qualified candidates will be assigned a numerical score on a scale of 70-100 and Veterans with preference will be placed at the top of their respective category. The assessment questionnaire will take you approximately 30 minutes to complete. Applicants will be further evaluated on the following "Job Elements" through your resume and responses to the online questions.

1. Ability to do the work of the position without more than normal supervision (SCREEN-OUT JOB ELEMENT).
2. Heavy Equipment Operation.
3. Ability to transport and operate safely.
4. Reliability and dependability as an Engineering Equipment Operator.

Minimum qualifications for trades and labor positions are determined by evaluation of job elements. You must meet at least 2 points on the screen-out element(s) and obtain an average of at least 2 points on all of the job elements in order to be considered qualified for this position.

Applicant's answers to questions will be verified against information provided in their online resume. Be sure that the resume clearly supports the responses to all the questions by addressing experience, education and/or training relevant to this position. Applicants must make a fair and accurate assessment of their qualifications. If a determination is made that you have rated yourself higher than apparent in your description of experience, competencies, skills and/or education/training OR that your resume/application is incomplete, you may be rated ineligible or your score may be lowered.
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You can review our benefits at:

Working for the Bureau of Reclamation offers a comprehensive benefits package that includes paid vacation, sick leave, holidays, life insurance, health benefits, and participation in the Federal Employees Retirement System. To explore the major benefits offered to most Federal employees, visit the Benefits URL above.


--References: On your application please include the names and current phone numbers for at least 3 supervisory references. If any individual is no longer available to contact, your requested to provide the name and current phone number of another person with the company (team lead, acting supervisor etc.) who would know your work history.

--Selective Service: If you are a male applicant born after December 31, 1959, you must certify that you have registered with the Selective Service System, or are exempt from having to do so under the Selective Service Law. For more information, visit:

-- Equal Employment Opportunity: The United States Government does not discriminate in employment on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, political affiliation, sexual orientation, gender identity, marital status, disability and genetic information, age, membership in an employee organization, or other non-merit factor.

-- Reclamation has determined that the duties of this position are suitable for telework only during an emergency or natural disaster.


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Applications (resume and application questions) for this vacancy MUST be received online BEFORE midnight Eastern Time (Washington, D.C. time) on the closing date of this announcement. When you're ready to apply, click the blue APPLY ONLINE button at the top of any page.

This vacancy is being announced through Bureau of Reclamation's Hiring System--HireMe. For more information about the HireMe system and the registration process, go to:

As part of the on-line application process, you may be required to submit supporting documents. Failure to submit the requested supporting documents may result in your not being considered for this position.

Options for submitting supporting documentation include Auto Requested Fax or uploading from your USAJOBS profile - instructions provided during the online application process. In addition, you may E-mail your supporting documentation to, fax directly to the HR Office at 801-524-3187, mail to Bureau of Reclamation, Human Resources Office, Attn: UC-549, 125 South State Street, Room 6107, Salt Lake City, UT 84138-1147 OR hand-deliver to 125 South State Street, Room 7402-Human Resources, Salt Lake City, UT. BE SURE TO INCLUDE YOUR NAME AND THE VACANCY NUMBER ON THE SUPPORTING DOCUMENT(S).

This agency provides reasonable accommodation to applicants with disabilities. If you need a reasonable accommodation for any part of the application and hiring process, please notify us at the phone number shown at the bottom of this page. The decision on granting reasonable accommodation will be on a case-by-case basis.


To be considered for this position, you are required to submit a resume with dates of employment (i.e. years and months), an on-line assessment questionnaire and the following supporting documents as appropriate:

- COMMERCIAL DRIVER LICENSE: You must submit a copy of your valid, Commercial Driver License, Class A, including the expiration date, endorsements and restrictions.

- DD-214, CERTIFICATE OF RELEASE FROM ACTIVE DUTY: If you are entitled to veterans' preference, you must provide a copy of your DD-214, and you should indicate the type of veterans' preference you are claiming on your resume. Your veterans' preference entitlement will be verified by the employing agency.
- For 5-point veterans' preference, submit a copy of your DD-214 (Member 4 Copy), or an official statement of service from your command if you are currently on active duty, or other official documentation (e.g., documentation of receipt of a campaign badge or expeditionary medal) that proves your military service was performed under honorable conditions.
- For 10-point veterans' preference, please submit a Standard Form (SF) 15, Application for 10-Point Veteran Preference, DD-214, and the required documentation requested by this form.
-For information on veteran's eligibility visit:

- CTAP/ICTAP provides placement assistance to permanent Federal employees who are surplus, displaced or involuntarily separated. Applicants claiming CTAP-ICTAP eligibility must submit a copy of their most recent performance appraisal, proof of eligibility and most current SF-50 noting position, grade level, and duty location with their application. To be considered under CTAP/ICTAP, applicants must be well-qualified, i.e. meet the minimum qualification requirements, including selective factors, education and experience requirements and score at least 90 on the assessment questionnaire as established, and be able to perform the duties of the position upon entry. For information on CTAP/ICTAP, visit:


Angelica Sotelo
Phone: 801-524-3794
Fax: 801-524-3187
TDD: 888-735-5906
Agency Information:
125 S. State St., Room 6107
Attn: UC-549
Salt Lake City, UT
Fax: 801-524-3187


After all application packages have been received, resumes will be reviewed to ensure you meet the basic qualification requirements. Each applicant who meets the basic qualifications will be further evaluated on the information provided in the Assessment Questionnaire. Best-qualified applicants will be referred to the selecting official. After making a tentative job offer, a suitability and/or security background investigation will be conducted. A final job offer is typically made within 40 days after the deadline for applications. Applicants should monitor their status for positions with the Bureau of Reclamation by regularly checking their public status notifications in their USAJobs profile.

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