Engineering Equipment Operator (Open Until Filled) Job

Vacancy No. DEST-12396015-24-LP Department International Boundary and Water Commission: United States and Mexico
Salary $23.03 to $33.14 Grade 8 to 8
Perm/Temp Permanent FT/PT Full-time
Open Date 5/8/2024 Close Date 9/30/2024
Job Link Apply Online Who may apply Public
Locations:
Las Cruces, NMEl Paso, TXFort Hancock, TXMercedes, TX


Job Description (Please follow all instructions carefully)

Summary

Works at a designated field office under the Operations & Maintenance (O&M) Division, Operations Department, in the United States Section, International Boundary and Water Commission (USIBWC) operating one or more types of moderately complex equipment, such as farm-type tractors, mobile equipment, and or engineering equipment also performs a variety of tasks involved in the repair and maintenance of buildings, grounds, structures, fixtures, utilities, and designated monuments.

Duties

  • Operates farm-type tractors with towed or attached equipment on rough, uneven, and sloped terrain.
  • Operates one or more types of gasoline or diesel-powered engineering and construction equipment with wheeled or crawler type traction.
  • Clears sloped banks along waterways, roadways, floodways, and levees.
  • Excavates, backfills, and levels earth to rough specifications.
  • Performs preventive maintenance on various equipment to ensure safe and serviceable condition.
  • Performs maintenance work such as basic painting, basic electrical work, basic carpentry and repairs concrete surfaces.
The initial cut-off for consideration is May 20, 2024; applications received by this date will have the first opportunity for review. Applications received after this date will be given consideration only if there is a need for further review.

Requirements

Conditions of Employment

  • You must be a U.S. Citizen or Naturalized U.S. Citizen.
  • For Merit Promotion/Status Candidates Only: You must meet one or more criteria in the Area of Consideration section.
  • You must obtain and maintain a favorable background Investigation.
  • You may be required to serve a one-year probationary period.
  • You must successfully complete a pre-employment medical examination.
  • You must pass a pre-employment drug test and pass periodic drug testing thereafter. A positive result will prevent employment or subject the incumbent to disciplinary action, up to removal from the position.
  • You must be able to lift and carry up to 44 pounds unassisted, and over 44 pounds with assistance.
  • You must be able to sustain periods of substantial walking, bending, stooping, standing, crouching, stretching, and reaching.
  • You may be subject to unfavorable conditions that include high and low temperature extremes, and excessive winds.
  • You will be exposed to loud noise, vibration, dirt, gaseous fumes, cleaning solvents, oil, grease, and machines with dangerous moving parts.
  • You may be required to use a face-fitted respirator.
  • You must possess and maintain, a valid Class A Commercial Driver's License (CDL) that a U.S. State, the District of Columbia, or a U.S. territory has issued to operate various vehicles and equipment of both automatic and manual transmissions.
  • You must obtain and maintain, within 6 months of the date of appointment, a hazardous material (HAZ-MAT) endorsement on your Commercial Driver License (CDL), that is issued by a U.S. State, the District of Columbia, or a U.S. territory.
  • You must obtain and maintain, within 6 months of the date of appointment, a Tanker endorsement on your Commercial Driver License (CDL), that is issued by a U.S. State, the District of Columbia, or a U.S. territory.
  • You may be exposed to viruses and bacteria; you may elect to receive preventative vaccinations against Hepatitis A, Hepatitis B, Typhoid Fever, Tuberculosis, and Tetanus at the agency's expense.
  • You must maintain Direct Deposit of your federal pay.
  • You must complete and successfully pass the DHS required E-Verify employment verification check.
  • You may be required to enter Mexico to carry out official agency business.
  • Males born after 12-31-59 must be registered or exempt from Selective Service (see www.sss.gov).
  • You may be required to work overtime.

Qualifications

Qualifications for first consideration must be met by May 20, 2024

Minimum Qualification Requirement - To qualify, there is no specific length of training or experience required, however your resume must demonstrate enough experience to show your ability to perform the duties of a Engineering Equipment Operator (Open Until Filled) without more than normal supervision.

Examples of experience include: operating farm-type tractors with towed or attached equipment (i.e., 20-foot bat winged mower, slope mower, gator pump, etc.) on rough, uneven, and sloped terrain; operating gasoline or diesel-powered engineering and construction equipment with wheeled or crawler type traction (e.g. crawler tractor, graders, front-end loader, backhoe, trench digger, bulldozer, etc.); operating gasoline or diesel-powered motor vehicles (e.g. dump truck, water truck, tractor/trailer) with a gross vehicle weight of over 32,000 pounds; operating heavy equipment transport trucks and lowboy trailer combinations; applying knowledge of vehicle overhead and side clearances, turning radius, and breaking distance; loading, arranging, and securing cargo onto trailers; painting metal structures, equipment, and various types of surfaces; mixing, pouring, spreading, and leveling cement; replacing wall switches, light fixtures, and outlets; using basic tools such as wrenches, sockets, pliers, and/or screwdrivers to perform maintenance tasks on vehicles and equipment.

For more information on these qualification standards, please Office of Personnel Management's Federal Wage System Qualifications Standards.

Your resume must have complete information: Please ensure your resume accurately reflects the duties and responsibilities under each position you have held with each employer. In describing your experience, please be clear and specific. It is your responsibility to make sure your resume states complete information for each job entry (beginning and ending dates of employment stated as MM/YYYY; and total hours worked per week). If your resume does not provide enough information regarding your work history for us to make a creditable qualification determination, your application package may be rendered disqualified, and you will no longer be considered for this position.

Part-Time or Unpaid Experience: Credit will be given for appropriate unpaid work on the same basis as for paid experience. Part-time experience will be credited on the basis of time actually spent in appropriate activities. To receive credit for such experience you must indicate clearly the nature of the duties and responsibilities in each position held and the number of hours per week spent in such employment.

Physical Effort
Frequently lifts and carries objects weighing up to 44 lbs. Heavier items are lifted with the assistance of others or by using equipment, such as carts, hand trucks, dollies, etc. Maintenance related work requires walking, standing, bending, climbing onto ladders, platforms, and scaffolds, and large equipment. Works in cramped or hard-to-reach places. The work requires frequent reaching, stooping, bending, and moving of arms and legs in order to operate tractor controls and to make couplings between the equipment, attachments and large equipment; reaching above shoulders; engaging in rapid mental and muscular coordination simultaneously to operate multiple vehicle controls; using near and far vision (correctable) and depth perception to read instructions, monitor gauges, and operate mobile equipment; hearing (aid permitted) to monitor equipment operation and voice communication. Strain may be caused by the constant vibration of the equipment and the jerking and jolting from operating over rough surfaces.

Working Conditions
Follows established safety procedures and practices to avoid injury and hazards in the work area. Use of protective clothing and safety gear, safety vest, safety shoes, goggles, face shield, hearing protection, and gloves. Works indoors and outdoors in all types of weather conditions. Exposed to drafts, changing temperatures, dirt, dust, grease, solvents, paint fumes, noise, heights, slippery surfaces, and open waterways. Working in environmental conditions that may expose the incumbent to tetanus, tuberculosis, typhoid fever, Hepatitis Type A and Hepatitis Type B. Subject to abrasions, cuts, bruises, strains, fractures, insect bites, and other injuries. Exposed to the possibility of falling from ladders, scaffolds, and platforms. The occasional use of a self-contained breathing apparatus (SCBA) or face- fitted respirator may be required following a medical examination to determine any limitations.

Education

Some federal jobs allow you to substitute your education for the required experience in order to qualify. For this job, you must meet the qualification requirement using experience alone - no substitution of education for experience is permitted

Additional information

  • If you are a veteran with preference eligibility and you are claiming veterans' preference, you must submit a copy of your DD-214 Certificate of Release or Discharge from Active Duty (member-4 copy preferred) or other proof of eligibility that shows the dates you were on active duty and your character of service (honorable, general, etc.). If you are claiming Disabled Veterans' preference you must also submit documentation of disability (i.e. VA Disability Verification Letter) and the SF-15, "Application for 10-Point Veterans' Preference." For more information on veterans' preference see http://www.fedshirevets.gov/
  • Males born after 12-31-59 must be registered or exempt from Selective Service (see www.sss.gov ).
  • The Interagency Career Transition Assistance Plan (ICTAP) and Career Transition Assistance Plan (CTAP) provide eligible displaced Federal competitive service employees with selection priority over other candidates for competitive service vacancies. To be qualified you must submit appropriate documentation (a copy of the agency notice, your most recent performance rating, and your most recent SF-50 noting current position, grade level, and duty location) and be rated in well-qualified by scoring 85 or higher on the assessment for this vacancy. Additional information about ICTAP and CTAP eligibility is on OPM's Career Transition Resources website at https://www.opm.gov/policy-data-oversight/workforce-restructuring/employee-guide-to-career-transition/
  • The hiring agency may use this announcement to fill similar positions that become vacant in the near future.

Benefits

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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.

Once the announcement has closed, a qualifications review will be conducted. Resumes and supporting documents will be reviewed to verify eligibility and determine qualifications. Please follow all instructions carefully. Errors or omissions may affect your eligibility.

Your rating will be based on the responses to the assessment questionnaire and the information provided in your resume. If a determination is made that you have inflated your qualifications and or experience, your rating may be adjusted to more accurately reflect your abilities. This could cause you to lose consideration for this position.

Your qualifications will be evaluated on your entire application and the extent to which you demonstrate the following competencies and/or knowledge, skills, and abilities:

  • Engineering Equipment Operation
  • Maintenance
  • Vehicle Maintenance
  • Vehicle Operation

Required Documents

All applicants are required to submit the following documents:

  • Resume: Your resume MUST provide a detailed description for each job entry, beginning and ending dates of employment stated as MM/YYYY; and total hours worked per week. If your resume does not provide enough information regarding your work history for us to make a creditable qualification determination, your application package will be rendered disqualified, and you will no longer be considered for this position.
  • Completed on-line occupational questionnaire.
  • Class A Commercial Driver License (CDL): You MUST submit a valid CDL without impeding restrictions, and issued by a U.S. state, the District of Columbia, or a U.S. territory to operate various vehicles and equipment of both automatic and manual transmissions. If you do not submit the required CDL, your application package will be rendered disqualified, and you will no longer be considered for this position.
Merit Promotion/Current or former federal civilian employees MUST submit an SF-50, Notification of Personnel Action, indicating the job title, series, grade, position occupied, and tenure to verify eligibility for merit promotion appointment. If you fail to submit a copy of your SF-50, your application will be rendered disqualified, and you will no longer be considered for this position.

Time in Grade Restriction: Current or former federal civilian employees MUST submit an SF-50, Notification of Personnel Action(s), indicating the job title, series, grade, position occupied, and tenure that demonstrates a minimum of 52 weeks at the next lower grade level in the federal GG/GS pay system or equivalent pay band in the Federal service. If you fail to submit a copy of your SF-50, your application will be rendered disqualified, and you will no longer be considered for this position.

Veterans applying under the Veterans Employment Opportunity Act (VEOA): You must submit a copy of your DD-214 that states the nature of discharge (member 4 copy preferred). To be eligible, a veteran must be honorably separated, and have substantially completed 3 or more years of active service, or be a preference eligible.

Career Transition Assistance Plan (CTAP) / Interagency Career Transition Plan (ICTAP) (if applicable): In addition to your Resume and complete Occupational Questionnaire you MUST submit:
  • 1) proof that you are a displaced federal employee, e.g., Reduction in Force (RIF) letter, Separation Notice, etc.; and
  • 2) an SF-50, Notification of Personnel Action, indicating the title, series, grade, position occupied, tenure, and duty location; and
  • 3) your most recent employee performance evaluation
All Applicants Claiming Veterans' Preference should include the following documents as part of the application package:
  • All Veterans: DD-214 (Member 4 copy is preferred), which includes character of service, or for Active-Duty Service Members a certification which includes service dates, type of separation, and character of service. A "certification" is a written document from the armed forces that certifies the service member is expected to be discharged or released from active-duty service in the armed forces under honorable conditions not later than 120 days after the date the certification is submitted.
  • Disabled Veterans: VA Disability Letter (with percentage of disability) OR document of disability determination from a branch of the armed forces which reflects a compensable service-connected disability rating and completed SF-15.
  • Derived Preference: The spouse, widow/widower, or mother of a veteran may be eligible to claim veterans' preference when the veteran is unable to use it. To do so, you must submit an SF-15 www.opm.gov/forms/pdf_fill/sf15.pdf and the documentation required by that form Veterans' Preference: For more information and/or to determine if you are eligible for Veterans' Preference, please visit www.fedshirevets.gov/job/vetpref/index.aspx (for veterans) or www.fedshirevets.gov/job/familypref/index.aspx (for family members). Below is a website for veterans to gain access to their DD-214 online: www.archives.gov/veterans/military-service-records/ and the documentation required by that form.

How to Apply

To apply for this position, you must complete the Occupational Questionnaire and submit the documentation specified in the Required Documents section below.
The complete application package must be submitted by 11:59 PM ET on May 20, 2024, to receive first consideration.

  • To begin, click Apply Online to create a USAJOBS account or log in to your existing account. Follow the prompts to select your USAJOBS resume and/or other supporting documents and complete the occupational questionnaire.
  • Click the Submit My Answers button to submit your application package.
  • It is your responsibility to ensure your responses and appropriate documentation is submitted prior to the closing date.
  • To verify your application is complete, log into your USAJOBS account, https://my.usajobs.gov/Account/Login select the Application Status link and then select the more information link for this position. The Details page will display the status of your application, the documentation received and processed, and any correspondence the agency has sent related to this application. Your uploaded documents may take several hours to clear the virus scan process.
  • To return to an incomplete application, log into your USAJOBS account and click Update Application in the vacancy announcement. You must re-select your resume and/or other documents from your USAJOBS account or your application will be incomplete.https://apply.usastaffing.gov/ViewQuestionnaire/12396015

Agency contact information

USIBWC HRO

Address

United States Section, International Boundary and Water Commission
4191 N. Mesa Street
El Paso, TX 79902
US
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Next steps

Once the online questionnaire is received, you will receive an acknowledgement email that your submission was successful. Based upon your score, you may be referred to the hiring official. If your name is referred to the hiring official, you may be contacted directly by that office for a possible interview.
You will receive status notifications through Application Manager or via email within 4-6 weeks.


Note: We cannot accept applications on behalf of Federal Agencies. Application instructions are listed within the Job Description.