Skip to main content Skip to footer site map
This Position Is No Longer Available

Department:  Department Of Homeland Security
Agency:  Customs and Border Protection
Job Announcement Number:  MHCBPDE-1109751-TS

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

The contents of the announcement can still be viewed.
$23.13 to $26.97 / Per Hour
Monday, May 12, 2014 to Monday, May 19, 2014
Full Time - Permanent
1 vacancy in the following location:
Ajo, AZ View Map
Not Applicable


Customs & Border Protection (CBP):  Securing America's Borders

Do you desire to protect American interests and secure our Nation while building a meaningful and rewarding career?  If so, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) is calling.  DHS components work collectively to prevent terrorism, secure borders, enforce and administer immigration laws, safeguard cyberspace and ensure resiliency to disasters.  The vitality and magnitude of this mission is achieved by a diverse workforce spanning hundreds of occupations.  Make an impact; join DHS.

Discover a challenging and rewarding career in CBP, the sole organization responsible for securing the nation's borders.  At U.S. Customs and Border Protection, we:

  • Screen passengers, vehicles, and shipments entering our country
  • Seize illegal narcotics, vehicles, and agricultural products
  • Prevent unauthorized entry into the country
  • Rescue individuals who fall into dangerous conditions traversing our border

For more information about CBP's mission, activities, and careers, please see

This position will allow you to use your expertise of mechanical makeup, operation, and working relationships of heavy-duty systems, assemblies, and parts. Apply for this exciting opportunity to strengthen the Department’s ability to perform homeland security functions by making repairs on heavy mobile equipment and vehicles.  This position starts at a salary of $23.13 (WG-10) per hour.


****This Announcement has been amended to extend the closing date to Monday, May 19, 2014.****


Who May Apply:

Organizational Location:  This position is located within U.S. Customs and Border Protection, Office of Border Patrol, Tucson Sector, Ajo Station, Ajo, AZ.

One or more selections may be made using this job opportunity announcement.


  • Occasional Travel
  • You may be required to travel occasionally.


  • No


  • You must be a U.S. Citizen to apply for this position
  • You may be required to pass a background investigation
  • Males born after 12/31/1959 must be registered with Selective Service
  • Primary U.S. residency for the last three years (see "Other Information")
  • You may be required to pass initial and random drug testing.
  • You must possess a valid automobile driver’s license.


Back to top

Your job will include:

  • Making repairs to a full range of systems on heavy mobile equipment and vehicles.
  • Determining the cause of mechanical operating problems by tracing and locating defects.
  • Overhauling or rebuilding one or more systems on a wide range of vehicles or equipment, such as diesel, gasoline, and other types of internal combustion engines; automatic and non-automated transmissions; heavy duty drive line systems; and/or hydraulic utility systems and controls.
  • Conducting functional and performance tests on completed work assignments.


Back to top

WG-10:  You must have experience troubleshooting and repairing a variety of heavy-duty equipment and vehicles systems and components such as engines, transmission and gear reduction, transaxles, drive line and rear axle assemblies, electrical and electronic systems, fuel injection systems, emission control systems, braking systems, hydraulic, pneumatic, and various other major systems. You must also have experience identifying and replacing defective components, such as sensors, diodes, and circuit boards. You must be capable of independently interpreting and applying manufacturer’s repair manuals, schematics, diagnostic codes and safety manuals and be familiar with all tools, equipment, and materials used by heavy mobile equipment mechanics.


You must meet all qualification requirements, subject to verification at any stage of the application process by Monday, May 19, 2014

Work Conditions: You will make repairs on vehicles where parts worked on are in hard-to-reach places. You must stand, stoop, stretch and work in tiring and uncomfortable positions often for extended periods of time. You may frequently lift and carry parts and equipment that weigh up to 40 pounds. Occasionally, you may also move moderately heavy items with assistance or with mechanical devices such as jacks, hoists, and cranes. Work is usually performed inside on concrete surfaces where there is exposure to drafts, noise, and fumes from vehicles. Due to continuous exposure to dirt, dust, and grease with the potential for burns, chemical irritations, shocks, bruises, cuts and strains, you will be required to follow prescribed safety practices and use safety equipment such as safety shoes, safety glasses, and respirators.

Shift Work: You will be required to perform work on a shift and rotational basis.

Overtime: You must be readily available to work overtime on a scheduled or unscheduled basis in excess of the 40-hour work week.

Uniforms: You will be required to wear protective clothing and/or safety equipment.


We will review your resume and supporting documentation to ensure you meet the basic qualification requirements.  If you meet the minimum qualifications, we will use an online self-assessment questionnaire to place you in one of three categories based on your experience, education and training.  


If you meet the minimum qualifications, you will be placed in one of the following categories:

  1. Best Qualified:  Applicants possessing a background that demonstrates a superior level of all evaluation criteria.
  2. Well-Qualified:  Applicants possessing a background that demonstrates a satisfactory level of the evaluation criteria.
  3. Qualified:  Applicants possessing the basic qualifications, with general knowledge, skills, and abilities.

If you are best qualified, you may be referred to the hiring manager for consideration and may be called for an interview.  To preview the job questionnaire, see View Occupational Questionnaire


Knowledge, Skills, Abilities and Other Characteristics (KSAOs):
Candidates who meet the minimum qualification requirements are required to possess certain Knowledge, Skills, Abilities, or Other Characteristics (KSAOs) to successfully perform the functions of this position.  Candidates will be asked to demonstrate their attainment of these KSAOs in an online job questionnaire.  The KSAOs are:

  • Knowledge of electrical, electronic, hydraulic, pneumatic, and other non-mechanical systems which have a functional relationship and effect on the operation of the mechanic systems.
  • Ability to independently analyze and troubleshoot defects, malfunctions, and other operational failures with a variety of test equipment.
  • Ability to select and comply with technical manuals, illustrations, specifications, diagrams, schematics, and similar guides to make repairs and modifications.


Agency Career Transition Assistance Program (CTAP) or the Interagency Career Transition Assistance Program (ICTAP) Eligibles:  If you have never worked for the Federal government, you are not CTAP/ICTAP eligible.  Information about ICTAP or CTAP eligibility can be found at:  To be considered well qualified under CTAP/ICTAP, you must be placed in the (insert category) category for this position, as described above.  In addition, you must submit the supporting documents listed in the "Required Documents" section of this announcement.

Veterans:  Veterans with 5 point preference who meet the eligibility and qualification requirements are placed above non-preference eligibles within the category in which they qualify.  Veterans who have a compensable service-connected disability of at least 10% are listed in the best qualified category, except when the position being filled is scientific or professional at the GS-09 grade level or higher.  This position [is or is not] considered scientific/professional.  For information on veterans' preference, please see:


Back to top
DHS offers competitive starting salaries and an attractive benefits package, including: health insurance, Thrift Savings Plan (similar to a 401(k)), Flexible Spending Account, retirement plan, life and long-term care insurance, Employee Assistance Program, personal leave days and paid Federal holidays.  Other benefits may include: flexible work schedules, telework, tuition reimbursement, transportation subsidies, uniform allowance, health and wellness programs, and fitness centers.  DHS is committed to employee development and offers a variety of employee training and development opportunities.  For more information, go to and select "Benefits".

To compare cost of living data, calculate mortgage scenarios, or gather information on communities and school districts, please visit the website:


Residency:  If you are not currently a CBP employee, you must meet one or more of the following primary residency criteria for the last three years prior to applying to this announcement:

  1. Resided in the United States or its protectorate or territories (excluding short trips abroad, such as vacations);
  2. Worked for the United States government as an employee overseas in a federal or military capacity; or
  3. Been a dependant of a United States federal or military employee serving overseas.

Exceptions may be granted if you provide complete state-side coverage information regarding participation in "Study Abroad" programs, overseas church missions, or state-side addresses of anyone who worked or studied with you overseas.  You must provide information and related documentation at the time of application.

Background Investigation: Customs and Border Protection (CBP) is a federal law enforcement agency that requires all applicants to undergo a thorough background investigation prior to employment in order to promote the agency’s core values of vigilance, service to country and integrity.  During the screening and/or background investigation process, you will be asked questions regarding any felony criminal convictions or current felony charges, the use of illegal drugs (i.e., marijuana, cocaine, heroin, LSD, methamphetamines, ecstasy) and the use of non-prescribed controlled substances including any experimentation, possession, sale, receipt, manufacture, cultivation, production, transfer, shipping, trafficking, or distribution of controlled substances. Entry into this position may require that you successfully pass a polygraph examination.  For more information, please see:

Probationary Period:  All employees new to the federal government must serve a one year probationary period during the first year of his/her initial permanent federal appointment to determine fitness for continued employment.  Current and former federal employees may be required to serve or complete a probationary period.

CBP uses E-Verify to validate all newly hired applicants' ability to work legally in the United States.  To learn more about E-Verify, please follow this link:

Follow U.S. Customs and Border Protection on Twitter @CustomsBorder


Back to top

To begin your online application, click "Apply Online" to create a USAJOBS account and follow the prompts or log in to your existing account.  Your application packet must include a completed assessment questionnaire, a resume, and any applicable and/or required supporting documentation.  Please see the "Required Documents" section below for additional information.  All application materials, including transcripts, must be in English.

We strongly encourage you to apply online.  If you cannot apply online, you may fax your resume, assessment questionnaire, and supporting documents to (478) 757-3144.  You must print a copy of and document your responses to the assessment questionnaire View Occupational Questionnaire using OPM Form 1203-FX, and the official fax cover sheet:  Please include job opportunity announcement ID 1109751 and provide your SSN, name, and address using the exact name you used when you filled out the questionnaire.  If you have uploaded documents into your application, you do not need to fax those same documents.

Applications and supporting documentation will not be accepted by mail or email.  The address below is for inquiries only.  You may apply more than once, but the most recent application is the only one that will be used.  You must submit your resume, your online questionnaire, and any supporting documents by 11:59 Eastern Standard Time on Monday, May 19, 2014 



  • Your resume:  A resume describing your job-related qualifications is required and will be used for the purpose of reviewing your qualifications and determining what training, if any, would be required when placed.  Your resume must be in English and must include your job titles and a detailed description of your duties and the dates you performed them (MM/YY).  Your resume should also contain your full name, address, phone number, email address, and your work schedule and salary.
  • Your responses to the job questionnaire View Occupational Questionnaire
  • Are you claiming special priority selection rights under the Agency Career Transition Assistance Program (CTAP) or the Interagency Career Transition Assistance Program (ICTAP)?  You must submit a separation notice; SF-50B; a current (or a last) performance rating of record of at least fully successful or equivalent; an agency certification that you cannot be placed after injury compensation has been terminated; an OPM notification that your disability annuity has been terminated; or a Military Department of National Guard Bureau notification that you are retired under 5 U.S.C. 8337(h) or 8456.
  • Are you a veteran?  To apply veteran's preference you must submit the following proof of eligibility:
  • Five Point Preference:  DD 214 (Member Copy 4)
  • Ten Point Preference:  DD 214 (Member Copy 4) and supporting documentation as listed on the Standard Form 15 (application for 10-Point Veteran's Preference).  Click this link for a copy of the SF-15:  Veterans with a service-connected disability must also submit a VA Disability Award letter dated 1991 or later.
  • If you are currently serving on active duty, you must submit a written statement from the armed forces certifying that you are expected to be discharged or released from active duty service under honorable conditions.  If you apply with a written statement at this stage, your preference will be verified by a DD 214 (Member Copy 4) upon separation from the military.


      It is your responsibility to verify that any information entered, uploaded, or faxed is received and is accurate.  Human Resources will not modify or change any part of your application.  If a document is not legible, you will not be able to view it in your application and you must again upload or fax it by the closing date. 


CBP Hiring OBP Staffing
Phone: (952)857-2935
Fax: (478)757-3144
Agency Information:
CBP Minneapolis Hiring Center
5600 American Blvd
Suite 700
Bloomington, MN
Fax: (478)757-3144


Once the job opportunity announcement has closed, we will assess your experience and training, identify the best qualified applicants, and refer those applications to the hiring manager for further consideration and interviews.  You will be notified by email after each of those steps has been completed.  Stay informed of changes to your application status by signing up for automatic email alerts at:  If you are referred, you will receive a final notification of the disposition of the announcement.  We expect to make a tentative job offer within 60 days after the close of the announcement.  If you are selected, we may conduct a suitability/security background investigation.

Back to top
EEO Policy Statement | Reasonable Accommodation Policy Statement | Veterans Information | Legal and Regulatory Guidance