About the Position: This position requires service aboard the Class 1 Hopper Dredge McFarland (Operations Division, Physical Support Branch) which is owned and operated by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and is home ported at the Fort Mifflin Dock in Philadelphia, PA. More information regarding service on the McFarland can be found under "Additional Information."Learn more about this agency
- You will serve as a Marine Machinery Mechanic and Drag Tender in the Deck Department of the Hopper Dredge McFarland, performing maintenance on the equipment and machines in the Deck Department and operational duties of the ship's drag arms.
- Services, adjusts, and repairs deck machinery including anchor windless, drag winches, boat winches, hopper door latches, hopper jetting valves, dredge pump and direct pump out equipment and mooring equipment and dredge launch.
- Uses mechanical, electrical and pneumatic hand tools and various types of measuring devices (micrometers, calipers, dial indicators and tachometers) in the maintenance or repair of equipment.
- Performs carpentry work in connection with the fabrication, fitting and installation of staging and temporary supports used for equipment repairs.
- Performs carpentry work in connection with the fabrication, fitting installation and repair of wooden parts of the ship's interior fittings such as: berths, cabinets, bookcases, etc.
- Operates controls for hoisting and lowering drag arms, which regulate depth at which dredging suction drag operates. Observes depth, vacuum, flow gauges.
- Prevents clogging of pipes, breakage due to sideways set from wind, tide, or course change. Removes obstructions from drag heads, pipes, and pumps.
- During direct pump out (DPO), operates forward and aft hydraulic powered winches, controlling cables used to secure dredge alongside mooring barge.
Occasional travel - You may be expected to travel for this position.
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Conditions of Employment
- Appointment may be subject to a suitability or fitness determination, as determined by a completed background investigation.
- May be subject to a probationary period of up to two years.
- Must be willing and able to take and pass a pre-employment physical and one annually thereafter.
- Must be willing and able to take a pass a pre-employment drug test and random tests thereafter.
- Must be willing to travel up to 5% of the time for business-related purposes.
- Must be willing and able to work an irregular schedule of 15 consecutive work days, followed by 13 consecutive off days. This 15 day work schedule includes weekends, holidays, and evenings.
- Must be able to lift up to 50 lbs.
QualificationsWho May Apply: US Citizens
Experience refers to paid and unpaid experience, including volunteer work done through National Service programs (e.g., Peace Corps, AmeriCorps) and other organizations (e.g., professional; philanthropic; religious; spiritual; community; student; social). You will receive credit for all qualifying experience, including volunteer experience.
There is no specific length of training or experience required. However, you must be able to demonstrate, through experience shown in your written application materials that you possess the sufficient knowledge, skills, and abilities to successfully perform the work of this position without more than normal supervision.
Selective Placement Factor: This position requires that the incumbent possess a valid Merchant Mariners Credential with an Able Seaman Endorsement-Limited or Unlimited (or higher) AND with a Standards of Training, Certification and Watchkeeping endorsement as an Able Seafarer-Deck (or higher). (Note: You must attach a copy of your valid Merchant Mariners Credential with an Able Seaman Endorsement Limited or Unlimited (or higher) AND with a Standards of Training, Certification and Watchkeeping Endorsement as an Able Seafarer-Deck (or higher) or your package will be ruled incomplete and it will not receive any further consideration).
This position ALSO requires that the incumbent possess a valid Transportation Worker's Identification Credential. (Note: You must attach a copy of this credential to your application package or it will be ruled incomplete and you will not receive any further consideration).
Minimum Qualifications (Screen Out Element): Ability to do the work of a(n) Marine Machinery Mechanic (Drag Tender) without more than normal supervision. Your resume must demonstrate that you have the ability to repair and maintain marine equipment such as valves, motors and winches by using hand and power tools along with measuring devices. - Failure to meet this Screen Out Element will result in an ineligible rating.
To meet the basic eligibility, you must receive at least two points on the screen-out element indicated above and must have an average of two points on all the job elements listed below. Your application will be further evaluated to determine if you meet the best qualified cut-off for referral to the selecting official.
JOB ELEMENTS: The skills, knowledge, abilities, and personal characteristics listed below are important to succeed in the job:
- Ability To Do The Work Of The Position Without More Than Normal Supervision (Screen-out Element)
- ABILITY TO INTERPRET INSTRUCTIONS, SPECIFICATIONS ETC. (INCLUDING BLUEPRINT READING)
- Ability To Use and Maintain Tools and Equipment
- Knowledge of Equipment Assembly, Installation, Repair, etc.
- Knowledge of Materials
- Technical Practices (theoretical, precise, artistic)
- Trouble shooting
Work requires considerable standing, stooping, and bending. Work on ladders requires incumbent to work overhead or in a stretched, cramped or awkward position. May lift and carry items weighing approximately 50 pounds.
Works inside or outside. Is subject to intermittent exposure to heat, cold, excessive noise, rain, and wind; falls from ladders, steps, and slippery decks in foul weather. Is exposed to eye hazards while supervising deckhands engaged in chipping paint. Is subject to some danger of drowning in case of accident. Subject to cuts from hand or powered tools and danger from flying splinters and chips. Subject to dust, grease, and soiling of clothing and skin surfaces.
This position does not have an educational requirement.
- 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.
- Two year trial/probationary period may be required.
- Direct Deposit of Pay is required.
- Selection is subject to restrictions resulting from Department of Defense referral system for displaced employees.
- If you have retired from federal service and you are interested in employment as a reemployed annuitant, see the information in the Reemployed Annuitant information sheet.
- This is a Career Program (CP) 17 - Materials Maintenance position.
- You may claim military spouse preference.
- Multiple positions may be filled from this announcement.
- Salary includes applicable locality pay or Local Market Supplement.
- Interagency Career Transition Assistance Program (ICTAP). If you are a Federal employee in the competitive service and your agency has notified you in writing that you are a displaced employee eligible for ICTAP consideration, you may receive selection priority for this position. To receive selection priority, you must: (1) meet ICTAP eligibility criteria (2) be rated well-qualified for the position and; (3) submit the appropriate documentation to support your ICTAP eligibility. To be considered well-qualified and receive selection priority applicants must satisfy all qualification requirements for the position and receive a score of 90 or above. Additional information about the program is on OPM's Career Transition Resources website.
- If you are unable to apply online or need to fax a document you do not have in electronic form, view the following link for information regarding an Alternate Application.
- Payment of Permanent Change of Station (PCS) costs is not authorized, based on a determination that a PCS move is not in the Government interest.
The McFarland is in a ready reserve status and operates on the Delaware River 70 days per year. The remainder of the year is spent on performing maintenance or periods at the shipyard. The ship may also be called out to perform emergency dredging along the Atlantic and Gulf Coasts. Regular tour of duty is 15 consecutive work days, followed by 13 days off. Residence on board the dredge during the work period is a necessary condition of employment. While the dredge is operating, subsistence and quarters are provided free of charge. Transportation to and from the dredge is at the employee's expense. When the dredge is operating in the Delaware River, access to and from Philadelphia International Airport is minutes from the Ships Home Dock which is located at the Fort Mifflin Project Office. Access from major roads is also within minutes (I-95 & I-76). Parking is provided at the Fort Mifflin field office for all Crew Members.
How You Will Be Evaluated
You will be evaluated for this job based on how well you meet the qualifications above.
Once the announcement has closed, a review of your application package (resume, supporting documents, and responses to the questionnaire) will be used to determine whether you meet the qualification requirements listed on this announcement. If you are minimally qualified, your résumé and supporting documentation will be compared against your responses to the assessment questionnaire to determine your level of experience. If, after reviewing your résumé and/or supporting documentation, a determination is made that you have inflated your qualifications and/or experience, you may lose consideration for this position. Please follow all instructions carefully when applying, errors or omissions may affect your eligibility.
You should list any relevant performance appraisals and incentive awards in your resume as that information may be taken into consideration during the selection process. If selected, you may be required to provide supporting documentation.
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.
- Best Qualified. Candidates in this category possess exceptional skills and experience to exceed well above the minimum requirements for the announced position.
- Highly Qualified. Candidates in this category possess good skills and experience above the minimum requirements for the announced position.
- Qualified. Candidates in this category meet the minimum experience requirements for the announced position.
The documents you are required to submit vary based on whether or not you are eligible for preference in federal employment. A complete description of preference categories and the associated required documents is in the Applicant Checklist (External).
As described above, your complete application includes your resume, your responses to the online questionnaire, and documents which prove your eligibility to apply. 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.
1. Your resume:
- Your resume may be submitted in any format and must support the specialized experience described in this announcement.
- If your resume includes a photograph or other inappropriate material or content, it will not be used to make eligibility and qualification determinations and you may 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 may be marked as incomplete and you may not receive consideration for this position.
- For additional information see: What to include in your resume.
- Cover Letter, optional
- Most recent Performance Appraisal, if applicable
- This position has an individual occupational requirement and/or allows for substitution of education for experience. If you meet this requirement based on education you MUST submit a copy of your transcript with your application package or you will be rated ineligible. See: Transcripts and Licenses
- This position requires two job-related licenses or certifications (valid Merchant Mariners Credential with an Able Seaman Endorsement-Limited or Unlimited (or higher) AND with a Standards of Training, Certification and Watchkeeping endorsement as an Able Seafarer-Deck (or higher) AND valid Transportation Worker's Identification Credential. You MUST submit a copy of both your licenses or certification with your application package or you will be rated ineligible. See: Transcripts and Licenses
NOTE: Documents submitted as part of the application package, to include supplemental documents, may be shared beyond the Human Resources Office. Some supplemental documents such as military orders and marriage certificates may contain personal information for someone other than you. 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.
If you are relying on your education to meet qualification requirements:
Education must be accredited by an accrediting institution recognized by the U.S. Department of Education in order for it to be credited towards qualifications. Therefore, provide only the attendance and/or degrees from schools accredited by accrediting institutions recognized by the U.S. Department of Education.
Failure to provide all of the required information as stated in this vacancy announcement may result in an ineligible rating or may affect the overall rating.
A career with the U.S. Government provides employees with a comprehensive benefits package. As a federal employee, you and your family will have access to a range of benefits that are designed to make your federal career very rewarding. Learn more about federal benefits.
Eligibility for benefits depends on the type of position you hold and whether your position is full-time, part-time, or intermittent. Contact the hiring agency for more information on the specific benefits offered.
How to Apply
To apply for this position, you must complete the online 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 10/15/2019 to receive consideration.
- To begin, click Apply to access the online application. You will need to be logged into your USAJOBS account to apply. If you do not have a USAJOBS account, you will need to create one before beginning the application (https://apply.usastaffing.gov/ViewQuestionnaire/10597817).
- Follow the prompts to select your résumé and/or other supporting documents to be included with your application package. You will have the opportunity to upload additional documents to include in your application before it is submitted. Your uploaded documents may take several hours to clear the virus scan process.
- After acknowledging you have reviewed your application package, complete the Include Personal Information section as you deem appropriate and click to continue with the application process.
- You will be taken to the online application which you must complete in order to apply for the position. Complete the online application, verify the required documentation is included with your application package, and submit the application. 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 your application package (resume, supporting documents, and responses to the questionnaire) is complete, accurate, and submitted by the closing date. Uploaded documents may take up to one hour to clear the virus scan.
- Additional information on how to complete the online application process and submit your online application may be found on the USA Staffing Applicant Resource Center.
To verify the status of your application, log into your USAJOBS account (https://my.usajobs.gov/Account/Login), all of your applications will appear on the Welcome screen. The Application Status will appear along with the date your application was last updated. For information on what each Application Status means, visit: https://www.usajobs.gov/Help/how-to/application/status/.
Agency contact information
Army Applicant Help Desk
AddressGA-APF-W2SF04 US ARMY ENGINEER DIST, PHILADELPHIA
DO NOT MAIL
Philadelphia, PA 19107
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, your application will receive no further consideration.
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Under the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, federal agencies must provide reasonable accommodations when:
- An applicant with a disability needs an accommodation to have an equal opportunity to apply for a job.
- An employee with a disability needs an accommodation to perform the essential job duties or to gain access to the workplace.
- An employee with a disability needs an accommodation to receive equal access to benefits, such as details, training, and office-sponsored events.
You can request a reasonable accommodation at any time during the application or hiring process or while on the job. Requests are considered on a case-by-case basis.
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This job originated on www.usajobs.gov. For the full announcement and to apply, visit www.usajobs.gov/GetJob/ViewDetails/545457600. Only resumes submitted according to the instructions on the job announcement listed at www.usajobs.gov will be considered.