Agricultural Research Service Maintenance Mechanic in Ames, Iowa

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Summary

The following position is located in the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA), Agricultural Research Service (ARS), National Animal Disease Center, Facilities Engineering Unit, with one vacancy in Ames, IA.

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Responsibilities

Major Duties may include, but are not limited to:

  • Performing the full range of maintenance mechanic duties including welding, metal fabrication, working with sheet metal and operating specialized shop equipment independently
  • Installing items which combine straight and curved edges and irregular angles and planes, and applying the principles of radial-line, parallel-line development and triangulation for special items.
  • Devising layouts, templates and patterns with combined shapes, such as rectangular, cylindrical, tapered or truncated cones, and with varying degrees of pitch or circumferences.
  • Operating and maintaining equipment used for facility maintenance, such as assembly joints, seams (i.e. dovetailed, set-in bottom, burred bottom, wired or lock seams), hems, and edges
  • Using a variety hand and power-operated tools, such as cutters, rollers, rams, folder squaring shears, breakers, circle cutting, burring, seaming machines, and soldering and spot welding equipment.
  • Operating a wide variety of stationary and portable equipment powered by electric, hydraulic, pneumatic and gasoline engine-driven tools.
  • Using and installing various shapes, sizes and thicknesses of metals, using channels consisting of all types of metals and considering metal processing factors.
Travel Required

Occasional travel - Once or Twice per year

Supervisory status

No

Promotion Potential

10

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4749 Maintenance Mechanic

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Conditions of Employment
  • Satisfactory background investigation and/or fingerprint check
  • You must be a US Citizen or National
  • Selective Service Registration is required for males born after 12/31/1959

This position requires the selectee to undergo a Special Agreement Check (SAC), Security Risk Assessment (SRA), and a full background investigation (Moderate Risk/Public Trust – Minimum Background Investigation (MBI)). Any offer made is considered a tentative job offer pending the outcome of the SAC. Retention in the position is contingent on a favorable full background investigation (MBI). The incumbent will be subject to periodic reinvestigations.

Physical Effort: Work is done on benches, supports, ladders, scaffolds, roofs, in modules, around and under laboratory equipment, on catwalks which require continuous standing, stooping, bending, climbing, working overhead in stretched, cramped and awkward positions and holding welding torch and rod suspended for short intermittent periods of time, involves arm strain when required to weld in awkward positions and lay a long joint. Lifts and carries items weighing up to and occasionally exceeding 50 lb.

Working Conditions:Exposed to hazards of sparks, gases, toxic fumes, danger of severe burns, cuts, bruises, noise, vibrations, dust, dirt, danger from flying metal chips when using powered and hand tools, and to the discomfort of wearing heavy goggles or hood over face, awkwardness of wearing gloves, continuous eye strain from glare of torches and heated metal objects, and falls when working in high places using ladders, scaffolds, and platforms. Changes clothing provided by center while at work duty station. May be required to shower prior to reporting to duty station and/or in accordance with entrance/exit safety protocols for specific areas of the center. Work is performed inside under generally favorable conditions and outside subject to all kinds of weather conditions. Must wear a full face respirator when working in biological control areas; restrictions of facial hair may be imposed for proper use of personal protective equipment.

Qualifications

In order to qualify for this position you must meet the following by the closing date of the vacancy announcement.

Time-in-grade restrictions apply for all candidates considered under merit promotion procedures and must be met by 11:59 pm Eastern Time on the closing date of this vacancy announcement.

Qualifications will be determined under the Job Element Rating System X-118C, Qualifications Standard Handbook. While a specific length of time and experience is not required for most Wage Grade positions, you must show through experience and training that you possess the best qualified level of knowledge and skill necessary to perform the duties of this position. Qualification requirements emphasize the quality of experience, not necessarily the length. The responses to the questionnaire and your resume should be in significant detail to provide the person rating your application with a good understanding of your ability to do the job, technical knowledge, work, and training experience, etc. You must have the ability to perform the duties of a Maintenance Mechanic WG-4749-10, without more than normal supervision (Screen Out). Applicants who do not meet the SCREEN OUT ELEMENT will not be given further consideration.

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Career Transition Assistance Plan(CTAP) or Interagency Career Transition Assistance Plan (ICTAP): If you are claiming CTAP/ICTAP eligibility, provide proof of eligibility to include your most recent performance appraisal, SF-50, and proof of eligibility such as a RIF separation notice or letter from OPM/your agency. CTAP/ICTAP eligibles will be considered well-qualified if achieving a rating of 85 or above. Information about CTAP/ICTAP eligibility is on OPM's Career Transition Resources website at http://www.opm.gov/ctap/index.asp

This announcement may be used to fill multiple vacancies.

BACKGROUND INVESTIGATION AND FINGERPRINT CHECK: Selection and retention in this position is contingent on a successfully adjudicated FBI National Criminal History Check (fingerprint check) and a background investigation.

E-Verify: Federal law requires agencies to use the E-Verify system to confirm the employment eligibility of all new hires. If you are selected as a newly hired employee, the documentation you present for purposes of completing the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Form 1-9 on your entry-on-duty date will be verified through the DHS E-VERIFY system. Under the system, the new hire is required to resolve any identified discrepancies as a condition of continued employment.

Direct Deposit - Per Public Law 104-134 all Federal employees are required to have federal payments made by direct deposit to a financial institution of your choosing.

Relocation expenses are not authorized.

This position is eligible for telework and other flexible work arrangements.

This is a bargaining unit designated position.

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How You Will Be Evaluated

You will be evaluated for this job based on how well you meet the qualifications above.

You will be evaluated based on your qualifications for this position as evidenced by the experience, education, and training you described in your application package, as well as the responses to the Assessment Questionnaire to determine the degree to which you possess the knowledge, skills, abilities and competencies listed below:

  • Ability To Do the Work of a Maintenance Mechanic Without More than Normal Supervision
  • Technical Practices (theoretical, precise, artistic)
  • Knowledge of Equipment, Installation, and Repair
  • Ability to Use and Maintain Tools and Equipment
  • Knowledge of Materials
  • Your application, including the online Assessment Questionnaire, will be reviewed to determine if you meet (a) minimum qualification requirements and (b) the resume supports the answers provided to the job-specific questions. Your resume must clearly support your responses to all the questions addressing experience and education relevant to this position. Applicants who meet the minimum qualification requirements and are determined to be among the best qualified candidates will be referred to the hiring manager for consideration. Noncompetitive candidates and applicants under some special hiring authorities need to meet minimum qualifications to be referred.

Note: If, after reviewing your resume and/or supporting documentation, a determination made that you have inflated your qualifications and or experience, your rating may be lowered to more accurately reflect the submitted documentation. Please follow all instructions carefully. Errors or omissions may affect your rating. Providing inaccurate information on Federal documents could be grounds for non-selection disciplinary action up to including removal from the Federal service.

Clicking the link below will present a preview of the application form; i.e. the online questionnaire. The application form link below will only provide a preview and does not initiate the application process. To initiate the online application process, click the "Apply Online" button to the right.

To view the application form, visit: https://ars.usda.ntis.gov/cp/?event=jobs.previewApplication&jobid;=7FCF5D7A-7A25-46C2-B410-A9A400C0D6B3

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Background checks and security clearance
Security clearance

Public Trust - Background Investigation

Drug test required

No

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Required Documents

The following documents are required for your applicant package to be complete. Our office cannot be responsible for incompatible software, illegible fax transmissions, delays in the mail service, your system failure, etc. Encrypted documents will not be accepted. Failure to submit required, legible documents may result in loss of consideration.

  • Resume that includes: 1) personal information such as name, address, contact information; 2) education; 3) detailed work experience related to this position as described in the major duties including work schedule, hours worked per week, dates of employment; title, series, grade (if applicable); 4) supervisor’s phone number and whether or not the supervisor may be contacted for a reference check; 5) other qualifications.

  • Current USDA-ARS employees:

  • Most recent non-award Notification of Personnel Action (SF-50) showing that you are/were in the competitive service, highest grade (or promotion potential) held on a permanent basis, position title, series and grade AND

  • Most recent performance appraisal (dated within 18 months) showing the official rating of record, signed by a supervisor, or statement why the performance appraisal is unavailable. Do not submit a performance plan. Current permanent FSA County employees must submit your most recent non-award Notification of Personnel Action, (SF-50 or equivalent) showing your highest grade (or promotion potential) held on a permanent basis, position title, series and grade AND most recent performance appraisal (dated within 18 months) per above.

  • Surplus or displaced employees eligible for CTAP, RPL, or ICTAP priority must provide: proof of eligibility (RIF separation notice, notice of proposed removal for declining a transfer of function or directed reassignment to another commuting area, notice of disability annuity termination), SF-50 documenting separation (as applicable), and your most recent SF-50 noting position, grade level, and duty location with your application per 5 CFR 330.

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.

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Benefits

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.

The Federal Service offers a comprehensive benefits package. Explore the benefits offered to most Federal employees at: https://www.usa.gov/benefits-for-federal-employees

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.

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How to Apply

Please read the entire announcement and all instructions before you begin. You must complete this application process and submit all required documents electronically by 11:59p.m. Eastern Time (ET) on the closing date of this announcement.

Applying online is highly encouraged. We are available to assist you during business hours (normally 8:00a.m. - 4:00p.m., Monday - Friday). If applying online poses a hardship, contact the Agency Contact listed below well before the closing date for an alternate method. All hardship application packages must be complete and submitted no later than noon ET on the closing date of the announcement in order to be entered into the system prior to its closing.

This agency provides reasonable accommodation to applicants with disabilities on a case-by-case basis; contact the Agency Contact to request this.

To begin, click "Apply Online" and follow the instructions to complete the Assessment Questionnaire and attach your resume and all required documents.

NOTE: You must verify that uploaded documents from USAJOBS transfer into the Agency's staffing system. Applicants may combine all like required documents (e.g., all SF-50s) into one or more files and scan for uploading into the application. Each file must not exceed 3MB. Grouping like documents into files will simplify the application process. Documents must be in one of the following formats: GIF, JPEG, JPG, PDF, PNG, RTF, or Word (DOC or DOCX). Uploaded documents may not require a password, digital signature, or other encryption to open.

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Agency contact information
Natasha Robbins
Phone

7032599335

Fax

000-000-0000

Email

NRobbins@yrci.com

Address

USDA/ARS 5601 Sunnyside Ave Beltsville, 20705 USA

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Next steps

Your application will be reviewed to verify that you meet the eligibility and qualification requirements for the position prior to issuing referral lists to the selecting official. If further evaluation or interviews are required, you will be contacted. Log in to your USAJOBS account at https://my.usajobs.gov/Account/Loginto check your application status. We expect to make a final job offer approximately 40 days after the deadline for applications.

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Fair & Transparent

The Federal hiring process is setup to be fair and transparent. Please read the following guidance.

Equal Employment Opportunity Policy

The United States Government does not discriminate in employment on the basis of race, color, religion, sex (including pregnancy and gender identity), national origin, political affiliation, sexual orientation, marital status, disability, genetic information, age, membership in an employee organization, retaliation, parental status, military service, or other non-merit factor.

  • Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO) for federal employees & job applicants

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Reasonable Accommodation Policy

Federal agencies must provide reasonable accommodation to applicants with disabilities where appropriate. Applicants requiring reasonable accommodation for any part of the application process should follow the instructions in the job opportunity announcement. For any part of the remaining hiring process, applicants should contact the hiring agency directly. Determinations on requests for reasonable accommodation will be made on a case-by-case basis.

A reasonable accommodation is any change to a job, the work environment, or the way things are usually done that enables an individual with a disability to apply for a job, perform job duties or receive equal access to job benefits.

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.

Learn more about disability employment and reasonable accommodations or how to contact an agency.

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  • Financial suitability
  • Social security number request
  • Privacy Act
  • Signature and false statements
  • Selective Service
  • New employee probationary period

This job originated on www.usajobs.gov. For the full announcement and to apply, visit www.usajobs.gov/GetJob/ViewDetails/518139600. Only resumes submitted according to the instructions on the job announcement listed at www.usajobs.gov will be considered.

Open & closing dates: 11/30/2018 to 12/14/2018

Service: Competitive

Pay scale & grade: WG 10

Salary: $24.21 to $28.24 per hour

Appointment type: Permanent

Work schedule: Full-Time