1 vacancy in the following location:
This job is open to
U.S. citizens, nationals or those who owe allegiance to the U.S.
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See "Who May Apply" in the "Qualifications" section for more information on who is eligible to apply for this position.
About the Position: This position requires service aboard the Class 1 Hopper Dredge McFarland which is owned and operated by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and is home ported at Fort Mifflin in Philadelphia, PA.
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THIS POSITION IS ANNOUNCED AS A STANDING REGISTER (OPEN CONTINUOUS ANNOUNCEMENT): First cut off date to evaluate candidates will be 15 February 2020 at 11:59 PM with subsequent cut off dates on the fifteenth of the month. Announcement will be opened for six months (23 July 2020).
- You will serve as a Marine Machinery Mechanic, performing mechanical work involved in servicing, adjustments, and repair of machinery in the engine department spaces and shared equipment on floating plant and elsewhere as directed.
- 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.
- Maintains and makes repairs and alterations to all plumbing on the dredge; clears clogged lines, repairs or replaces leaking lines, leaking valves, leaky faucets, etc., cuts and threads pipe, installs new equipment and performs general plumbing work.
- Maintains and makes necessary repairs or alterations to ship's heating system, ship's refrigeration and air conditioning systems. Performs maintenance and repair on refrigerators, freezers, dishwasher and other galley equipment.
- Performs maintenance and repair on dredging equipment such as: packing valves, pumps, and bottom door glands; disassembly and repair, or replacement of hydraulic cylinders; and crimping and replacement of hydraulic hoses, etc.
- Performs light welding duties, light machining and fabricates metal items for all types of equipment.
- Performs continual checks of lubrication of systems on operating equipment. Checks and records levels, temperatures and pressures and makes necessary corrections.
Occasional travel - You may be expected to travel for this position.
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, if applicable.
- Must be willing and able to complete and pass a pre-employment physical and one annually thereafter.
- Must be willing and able to participate in the Department of the Army Drug-Free Federal Workplace Program to include passing a urinalysis drug testing prior to appointment and passing random urinalysis drug testing thereafter.
- Must be willing to work an irregular work schedule of 15 consecutive work days, followed by 13 consecutive off days. The 15 consecutive days includes evenings, weekends, and holidays.
- Must be willing and able to travel up to 5% of the time.
- Must be willing and able to lift up to 40 lbs.
Who 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.
Minimum Qualifications (Screen Out Element): Ability to do the work of a Marine Mechinary Mechanic (Oiler)~ without more than normal supervision. Your resume must demonstrate that you have the ability to perform duties such as repairing and maintaining engine room equipment, ensuring equipment is properly lubricated at all times, and performing common checks using tools and measuring devices to trace problems and make repairs. - 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.
Selective Placement Factor:This position requires that the incumbent possess a valid U.S. Coast Guard Merchant Mariner Credential endorsed as Qualified Member of the Engine Department-Oiler OR Qualified Member of the Engine Department-Any (or higher) AND with a Standards of Training Certification and Watchkeeping as an Able Seafarer-Engine (or higher). (Note: You must provide attach a copy of your valid U.S. Coast Guard Merchant Mariner Credential with these endorsements to your application or your package will be ruled incomplete and will not receive any further consideration).
This position also requires the incumbent to possess a valid Transportation Worker's Identification Credential. (Note: You must attach a copy of your valid Transportation Worker's Identification Card to your application or your package will be ruled in complete and will not receive any further consideration).
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
- Ability to Interpret Instructions, Specification, etc. (includes 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, working in a stretched, cramped or awkward position. Must exercise moderate to heavy physical effort. Work is usually dirty, dusty and greasy; and is performed in cramped quarters. Frequently exposed to possibility of cuts, scrapes and infections.
Works primarily aboard a Hopper dredge, but may at times work on other Army Corps vessels, barges, launches. Worker is frequently exposed to above normal temperatures and noise levels, confined spaces, and the danger of falling on slippery decks, etc. When assisting in repairs, there is danger of cuts, bruises, electric shock, and broken bones. Danger of drowning exists. 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.
- Appointment is subject to the completion of a favorable suitability or fitness determination, as determined by a background investigation.
- Direct deposit of pay is required.
- This is a Career Program (CP) 17 - Material Maintenance position.
- 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.
- 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.
Working on the Hopper Dredge McFarland:
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 required. 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 ship's 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
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.
Background checks and security clearance
The documents you are required to submit vary based on the authority you are using to apply (i.e., applying as a veteran, applying as a current permanent Federal employee, applying as a reinstatement, etc). Please review the following links to see which documents you need to provide to prove your eligibility to apply: Applicant Merit Checklist and Proof of Eligibility.
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 will be marked as incomplete and you will not receive consideration for this position.
- For additional information see: What to include in your resume.
2. Other supporting documents:
- Cover Letter, optional
- Most recent Performance Appraisal, if applicable
- Proof of Eligibility to Apply: Your application must include the documents which prove you are eligible to apply for the vacancy. The Proof of Eligibility document describes authorities commonly used in merit promotion recruitment and what document(s) are required to prove you meet the requirements of the authority. You must meet the requirements of at least one of the authorities listed in the Who May Apply section above to receive further consideration.
- This position requires two job-related licenses or certifications (a valid U.S. Coast Guard Merchant Mariners Credential endorsed as Qualified Member of the Engine Department-Oiler OR Qualified Member of the Engine Department -Any (or higher) AND with a Standards of Training Certification and Watchkeeping as an Able Seafarer-Engine (or higher) and a valid Transportation Worker's Identification Credential). You MUST submit a copy both of your licenses or certifications 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.
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
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 07/23/2020 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/10696844).
- 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/.
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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A reasonable accommodation is any change in the workplace or the way things are customarily done that provides an equal employment opportunity to an individual with a disability. Under the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) must provide reasonable accommodations:
- 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.
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