Maintenance Mechanic

West Palm Beach, FL, United States
Sep 13, 2023
Oct 13, 2023
Full Time

Position is within the Air Traffic Organization, Technical Operations, ATC Facilities, Engineering Services. The position is located in a Field Maintenance Party (FMP) unit within Engineering Services, Eastern Service Area (ESA). The incumbent will accomplish routine and emergency repair, evaluation, and installation of plants and structures facilities, including radar, communications, and navigational aid antenna systems.


General Requirements

a. Electrical: Installs, modifies, repairs, troubleshoots (traces and locates defects), balances loads, and
tests new and existing electrical lines, circuits, systems, fixtures, controls, and equipment. Works from plans, blueprints, wiring diagrams, engineering drawings and maintenance and repair manuals to plan, layout the routing, placement, type, size, gauge balance, and proper safe operation of electrical lines, circuits, systems, equipment, and controls. Requires knowledge in the latest National Electrical Code (NEC) and Lightning Protection, Grounding and Bonding. Installs electrical equipment and modifications to electrical systems, such as Engine Generator, Automatic Transfer Switch, Transformer, and disconnect switches at various navigational aids and communication facilities.

b. Carpentry: Accomplishes major and minor replacement or repairs associated with all types of buildings, both inside and outside plant, including roof, siding, doors, windows, fences, drywalls, ceilings, flooring, etc. Accomplishes new construction of buildings and partitions within existing buildings. Accomplishes all finish work. Incumbent must be able to work from verbal instructions as well as engineering/architectural drawings in accomplishment of the above.

c. Painting: Examines surfaces to determine proper coating materials. Applies paint with brush, roller or spray gun to interior and exterior surfaces of storage and office buildings, air navigational aid structures and installed fixtures such as cabinets, work benches, tables, and counters. Sets up ladder or scaffolding, remove old paint by scraping, burning, brushing, sanding, sandblasting, or applying paint remover. Mixes paint in prescribed proportion and colors or uses prepared paints. Applies sealer and primer coats. Putties holes and cracks and applies finish coat. Must understand and practice safety requirements for proper storage and use of volatile and caustic materials used. Above work must be carried out in immediate proximity to operating air navigation equipment including Very High Frequency Omnidirectional Range (VOR), Instrument Low Approach (ILS), and radar. Sets up scaffolding, rope staging, or safety belt or bosun chair in painting metal towers up to 300 feet. Prepares surface by scraping, wire brushing, or sanding and applies rust preventive prime and finish coats with brush.

d. Plumbing: Checks piping, fittings, and other plumbing fixtures for defective parts. Disassembles and repairs damaged sections. Clears stoppage in drain pipes. Measures, cuts and threads pipe and connects with proper fittings. Also measures, cuts, heats, and sweats joint of copper pipe and tubing. Installs waterlines, fuel oil lines from above ground storage tank to space heaters, fuel oil lines and vents from underground storage tanks to engine generator plants, engine generator exhaust lines. Repairs sewage system. Arranges for pumping of septic tanks, replaces or runs new laterals. At locations where wells and water pressure systems are installed, pulls suction pipe, replaces weak sections, and removes and installs new washers. Inspects and repairs water pump and pressure system including electrical circuitry.

e. Welding/Metal Fabrication: Fabricates complete towers and platforms from engineer's drawings. This includes measuring, cutting, drilling, and welding steel stock to form complete towers and all other required metal structures. Must be adept at all types of acetylene and electric arc cutting and welding.

Equipment Operation
Operates diesel/gasoline powered heavy equipment such as lite trenchers, backhoes, and front-end loaders used for installation, location, repair, and replacement of communications and grounding systems. Special skills and patience are needed here to minimize damage/destruction of buried cables associated with critical Air Navigation Facility (NAVAID) facilities.


Conditions of Employment

  • US Citizenship is required.
  • Selective Service Registration is required for males born after 12/31/1959.
  • Must submit an SF50 (See Required Documents)
  • Designated or Random Drug Testing required.


To qualify, no specific length of experience or training is required; however, you must show evidence of experience and/or training of sufficient scope and quality that demonstrates your ability to perform the duties of a journey person Maintenance Mechanic in your resume. This position requires knowledge, skill and abilities in various trades of work such as mechanical, electrical, carpentry, plumbing, welding/metal fabrication, painting and general knowledge of electronics and equipment. Your resume must show experience at the level of difficulty and responsibility appropriate to the position to be filled.

As a part of the Federal-Wide Hiring Reform Initiative (streamlining the hiring process), the FAA is committed to eliminating the use of the Knowledge, Skills and Ability (KSA) narratives from the initial application in the hiring process for all announcements. Therefore, as an applicant for this announcement, you are NOT required to provide a narrative response in the text box listed below each KSA.

In lieu of providing a KSA narrative response in the text box listed below each KSA, in your work history, please include information that provides specific examples of how you meet the response level or answer you chose for each KSA. Your work history examples should be specific and clearly reflect the highest level of ability. Your KSA answers will be evaluated further to validate whether the level that you selected is appropriate based on the work history and experience you provided. Your answers may be adjusted by a Human Resource Specialist as appropriate.

Eligible applicants meeting the minimum qualification requirements and selective factor(s), if applicable, may be further evaluated on the Knowledge, Skills and Abilities (KSA) listed in the announcement. Based on this evaluation, applicants will be placed in one of the following categories: score order, category grouping, priority grouping or alphabetical order and referred to the selecting official for consideration.

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Additional information

We may use this vacancy to fill other similar vacant positions.
Position may be subject to a background investigation.
A one-year probationary period may be required.

The person selected for this position may be required to file a financial disclosure statement within 30 days of entry on duty. FAA policy limits certain outside employment and financial investments in aviation-related companies.

The U.S. Department of Transportation strives to ensure that equity, transparency, accountability, collaboration, and communication permeate all that we do for the betterment of the Department, the traveling public, and our nation. As such, DOT values a highly diverse workforce of persons who promote a culture of belonging by respecting the personal dignity and worth of each individual and fostering a positive environment where all feel safe and welcome. If these commitments coincide with your personal ideals and professional aspirations, please consider joining the DOT family.

This position is covered by the Department of Transportation's Drug and Alcohol Testing Program. Any applicant tentatively selected for this position will be subject to pre-employment or pre-appointment drug screening. Persons occupying a "testing designated position (TDP)" will be subject to random drug and/or alcohol testing.

Security Requirements:Moderate Risk (5): This position requires completion and favorable adjudication of a National Agency Check with Inquiry (NACI) background investigation prior to appointment, unless a waiver is obtained.

Physical Effort: Considerable lifting of heavy materials and working tools and extensive standing, bending, lifting, pushing and pulling are inherent in this position. Also, incumbent will be working under variable conditions which require using protective clothing and gear, safety devices and safe trade practices. Incumbent must be physically able to wear OSHA standard personal protective equipment (PPE) per 29 CFR.

Working Conditions: Incumbent works inside and outside during all kinds of weather conditions including varying temperatures.

Interview: If the Agency decides to interview any qualified employee on the selection list, then all on the list who are qualified must be interviewed.

This is a bargaining unit position. This position is represented by PASS: Regional Tech Ops and AEA.

Links to Important Information: Locality Pay , COLA


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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.

IMPORTANT: Applicants may be rated on the extent and quality of experience, education, and training relevant to the duties of the position(s). All answers provided in the on-line process must be substantiated. Ensure that your application package/resume supports your responses.


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Required Documents

As a new or existing federal employee, you and your family may have access to a range of benefits. Your benefits depend on the type of position you have - whether you're a permanent, part-time, temporary or an intermittent employee. You may be eligible for the following benefits, however, check with your agency to make sure you're eligible under their policies.

Applicants must apply on-line in order to receive consideration. Hard copy applications will not be accepted. Notification of Personnel Action, SF-50. See below.

If you are an FAA employee, you MUST provide a copy of your SF-50 (Notification of Personnel Action) containing information in Blocks 15, 17, 18, 19, 22, and 24 so it can be used to verify your position title, series, grade, tenure, and organization of record by the closing date of the announcement. You may fax your SF-50 or upload it into the on-line application. If faxing the SF-50, please ensure you include the vacancy announcement number on the faxed copy.

If you are an FAA employee, you can access and print your SF-50 from the eOPF system

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.

How to Apply

You must apply online to receive consideration. Your application must be submitted by 11:59 PM Eastern Time on the Close Date for it to be accepted. If you are applying for positions associated with FAA registers, your application must be submitted at the time a referral list is created in order to receive consideration for positions associated with a register.


We strongly encourage applicants to utilize the USAJOBS resume builder in the creation of resumes.

Please ensure EACH work history includes ALL of the following information:
  • Job Title (include series and grade if Federal Job)
  • Duties (be specific in describing your duties)
  • Employer's name and address
  • Supervisor name and phone number
  • Start and end dates including month and year (e.g. June 2007 to April 2008)
  • Full-time or part-time status (include hours worked per week)
  • Salary

Determining length of General or Specialized Experience is dependent on the above information and failure to provide ALL of this information may result in a finding of ineligible.

You may upload completed documents to your USAJOBS Account. This will provide you the opportunity to utilize the uploaded information again when applying for future vacancies. Please see this guide, Document Upload Guide, for more information on uploading and re-using the documents in your applications.

Agency contact information

Andrean Ray


1 (404) 305-5297


1 (404) 393-0636



Federal Aviation Administration
ASO Regional HR Services Branch
1701 Columbia Avenue
College Park, GA 30337

Next steps

Once we receive your complete application, the Human Resources Office will conduct an evaluation of your qualifications. Eligible and qualified candidates will be referred to the hiring manager for consideration. You will be contacted directly if selected for an interview.

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Important - If you make any changes to your application, you must resubmit it. If you make changes to your application and do not resubmit it, your changes will not be considered part of your application package, and only your previously submitted application will be evaluated.

All qualified applicants will be considered regardless of political affiliation, race, color, religion, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, marital status, age, disability, or other non-merit factors. DOT provides reasonable accommodations to applicants with disabilities. If you need a reasonable accommodation for any part of the application and hiring process, please notify the agency contact listed in the Agency Contact Information section of this announcement or the hiring manager. An employee with a disability must notify the decision-maker of the accommodation request. Job applicants and employees are required to follow up oral requests in writing. Decisions on granting reasonable accommodation will be made on a case-by-case basis. Additional information on reasonable accommodations procedures or on EEO Programs is available on Office of Civil Rights (ACR) or by contacting the local FAA Civil Rights Office.