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Job Title:  Communication and Instrumentation Mechanic, BB-2604 (DEU-JR)
Department:  Department Of The Interior
Agency:  Bureau of Reclamation
Job Announcement Number:  BR-MP-2014-078

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

The contents of the announcement can still be viewed.
$48.49 to $48.49 / Per Hour
Monday, February 24, 2014 to Friday, March 14, 2014
Full Time - Permanent
2 vacancies - Redding, CA   View Map
All United States Citizens and Nationals
Public Trust - Background Investigation


About the Agency

Join the staff of Reclamation as a  Communications & Instrumentation Mechanic. Become part of a team responsible for assembly, installation, maintenance, testing and repair of electronics and electrical equipment in support of water operations for Shasta Dam, Keswick Dam, Trinity Dam, Lewiston Dam, associated powerplants, facilities and auxiliary equipment.

This is a full-time permanent position located with the Bureau of Reclamation, Northern California Area Office (NCAO), duty station, Shasta Lake City, California. For more information on the NCAO visit: For more information about Shasta Lake City visit:

Additional vacancies may be filled from this vacancy announcement.


  • Occasional Travel
  • Occasional travel to remote project sites.


  • Yes
  • Relocation: Travel and relocation expenses are authorized. Eligibility for specific relocation services will be determined at the time of selection. However, use of Relocation Services Contract (Guaranteed Home Sale) will not be authorized.


  • Subject to an extensvie background investigation
  • A pre-employment medical examination is required
  • Must possess and maintain a valid state driver's license


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The Communication & Instrumentation (C&I) Mechanic installs, maintains, tests, calibrates, aligns, modifies, overhauls, troubleshoots, and repairs a variety of complex electronic and electro-mechanical equipment, such as fixed and mobile voice and data communication equipment (i.e., VHF, UHF, fiber optic and microwave radio), surveillance equipment, generators, power transformers, power circuit breakers, current transformers, electronic voltage regulation, supervisory control and data acquisition (SCADA) system equipment, power system stabilizers, data logging and control equipment, sound systems, telemetering, flow metering, protective relaying, electronic relays, revenue metering, and sophisticated panel boards that indicate meters and recorders, fiber optic cabling, high speed data cable, and uninterruptible power systems.

Performs microprocessor-based programming, i.e., solid state devices, sonic liquid level devices.

Uses various analog and digital test equipment such as ohmmeters, ammeters, voltmeters, watt meter, transistor testers, oscilloscopes, signal generators, frequency meters, logic analyzers, communications test sets, spectrum analyzers, time domain reflectometers, high speed communications test equipment, and PC-based test equipment.


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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.

Applicants must meet all qualification requirements, including any selective factors, by the closing date of this announcement.


Human Resources (HR) will review resumes and transcript(s) to ensure applicants meet the basic qualification requirements. We will evaluate each applicant who meets the basic qualifications on the information provided in the assessment questionnaire. The assessment questionnaire will take approximately 60 minutes. Applicants determined best-qualified will be referred to the selecting official.

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.  Veterans with preference will be placed at the top of their respective category.
- Best Qualified candidates are those who meet minimum qualifications, are highly proficient in the major requirement(s) of the position, and proficient in most of the remaining aspects of the position.  
- Well Qualified candidates are those who meet minimum qualifications and are proficient in most aspects of the position.
- Qualified candidates are those who meet minimum qualifications and possess only a few aspects of the position.

Applicants will be further evaluated on the following Job Elements through their resume and responses to the online questions.
1. Ability to do the work of a communication and instrumentation mechanic in a hydroelectric power plant without more than normal supervision.(Screenout).
2. Skill using a variety of test equipment (electronic/electrical/computer based)
3. Knowledge of electronic/electrical equipment, assembly, installation, and repair; and skill troubleshooting problems to determine corrective action.
4. Ability to interpret electronic/electrical diagrams, schematics and logic formats.
5. Knowledge of and skill in safety and safe clearance procedures concerning high voltage power equipment and systems.

Applicants must make a fair and accurate assessment of their qualifications. Applicants rating themselves higher than is apparent in their description of experience, competencies, skills, and/or education/training OR whose resume/application is incomplete may be removed from employment consideration.
To preview questions please click here.


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

Conditions of Employment:
-This position requires completion of a one-year probationary period, unless you have previously met this requirement.
-Successful adjudication of personnel security investigation required.
-Operation of a government vehicle is required; therefore, you must possess and maintain a valid State drivers license. Driving record will be verified prior to final selection.
-Satisfactory completion of a medical examination is required before assignment to the position.
-Work is indoors and outside, subject to prevailing weather and terrain. Employee works in the vicinity of energized and high voltage sources and moving equipment.
-Frequent lifting, carrying, and handling of items weighing up to 50 pounds is required.
-All Federal employees are required by PL 104-134 to have federal payments made by direct deposit.

Selective Service: Male applicants born after December 31, 1959 must be registered with the Selective Service or be exempt from having to do so under Selective Service Law. To register for Selective Service or to verify that you have registered, please visit:

Optional Form 306 (OF-306): Before final appointment and again before you begin work, you will be required to sign and certify the accuracy of the information in your application. If you make a false statement in any part of your application, you may not be hired; you may be fired after you begin work; or you may be subject to fine, imprisonment, or other disciplinary action.

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.

For a list of Frequently Asked Questions regarding the Federal hiring process visit:

Regulatory Guidance:


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Applications (resume and assessment questionnaire) 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 side of any page.

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

As part of the on-line application process, applicants 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 a USAJOBS profile (instructions are provided during the online application process.) In addition, applicants may e-mail their supporting documentation to, fax directly to the HR Office at 916-978-5563, or mail or hand-deliver to USBR/ATTN: HR, 2800 Cottage Way, Sacramento, CA 95825. Include your name and the vacancy number on the supporting document(s).

Applicants needing assistance in applying online should contact the HR Office at 916-978-5476 or Federal Relay at The Federal Relay website contains information for TDD/TTY users to receive free needed service. If applying online poses a hardship, contact the HR Office prior to the closing date of the announcement for an alternative method of applying.

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, applicants 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:

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 85 on the assessment questionnaire as established, and be able to perform the duties of the position upon entry. For information on CTAP/ICTAP, visit:


Human Resources Office
Phone: 916-978-5471
Fax: 916-978-5563
Agency Information:
2800 Cottage Way
Attn: MP-500
Sacramento, CA
Fax: 916-978-5563


After all application packages have been received, resumes and transcripts will be reviewed to ensure applicants 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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