Utility Systems Repairer-Operator

Washington D.C.
Oct 20, 2017
Oct 20, 2017
Full Time

If selected you will serve as the Utility Systems Repairer-Operator in the Facility Operations section at the National Plant Germplasm Quarantine Center (NPGQC) in Beltsville, Maryland.  The NPGQC is a world reference laboratory for plant pathogen diagnostic testing and deals with many complex diseases and pathogens that threaten agricultural and native plants.  The NPGQC contains both BSL-2 and BSL-3 facilities and is compliant with requirements outlined in 7 CFR 331.

Salary Information:  First time hires to the Federal government normally start at the lowest rate of the salary range for the grade selected.

APHIS is an emergency response agency. This means that all Agency employees may be asked or assigned to participate in rotating temporary duty assignments to support emergency programs at some time during their careers with APHIS. For details click: APHIS Emergency Response

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Occasional travel - Travel for training and work assignments may be required.

Relocation expenses reimbursed No

  • US Citizenship is required.
  • Selective Service Registration is required for males born after 12/31/1959.
  • Subject to satisfactory completion of one year probationary period.
  • Valid state driver's license is required at the time of application.
  • Special Conditions:

    • Selection and retention in this position is contingent on a successfully adjudicated FBI National Criminal History Check (fingerprint check) and a background investigation
    • Successful completion of a 1 year probationary or trial period (if new hire to the Federal service)
    • Travel, transportation, and relocation expenses will not be paid. Any travel, transportation, and relocation expense associated with reporting for duty to this position will be the responsibility of the selected employee
    • Work is performed in buildings and containment zones; within air handlers, greenhouses, screen houses, and outside environments; and under dirty, smelly, dusty, greasy, and uncomfortably hot and cold conditions. 
    • In the shop area, the incumbent may be subjected to splinters, metal chips, welding sparks, electrical shocks, burns, cuts, bruises, high humidity, dirt, noise, and the danger of falls. 
    • Must work at heights of up to 30 feet from ladders, scaffolds, HEPA filter balconies, and sometimes in awkward, cramped conditions to avoid hitting his/her head. 
    • May be required to work fluctuating shifts, including overnight shifts, 12-hour shifts, weekend shifts, and evening shifts in various combinations. 
    • May be required to work weekends and holidays when necessary and may be required to report for duty during emergencies, critical periods, or during times when the government is closed due to inclement weather.
    • Subject to call-in during non-duty hours and may be required to work overtime to effect repairs or complete installation or maintenance of a system which cannot be worked on during normal working hours or is of an urgent priority nature.

    Applicants must meet all qualifications and eligibility requirements by the closing date of the announcement including the following specialized experience and/or education, as identified by grade level.

    To qualify, you must show you have had training and experience of sufficient scope and quality to provide you with the knowledge, skills and abilities to perform the duties of the position.  Your answers to the vacancy specific questions must be supported by the work experience in your resume.  For example, if you respond in the affirmative when questioned whether you have experience working on boilers, your resume must include this experience, mindful that experience may not be inferred by job title.

    • This position is subject to unscheduled overnight details of undetermined lengths in the event of animal health emergencies or other conditions requiring immediate response, as required by the Agency. (Extensive periods of time may be designated for overnight details.)
    • Career Transition Assistance Plan (CTAP), Reemployment Priority List (RPL), or Interagency Career Transition Assistance Plan (ICTAP): For information on how to apply as a CTAP, RPL, or ICTAP eligible see http://www.opm.gov/policy-data-oversight/workforce-restructuring/employee-guide-to-career-transition/. To exercise selection priority for this vacancy, CTAP/RPL/ICTAP candidates must meet the basic eligibility requirements and all selective factors. CTAP/ICTAP candidates must be rated and determined to be well qualified (or above) based on an evaluation of the competencies listed in the How You Will Be Evaluated section. When assessed through a score-based category rating method, CTAP/ICTAP applicants must receive a rating of at least 85 out of a possible 100.
    • More than one selection may be made if another vacancy occurs within 90 days of the issuance of the certification of eligibles.
    • Persons with disabilities who require alternative means for communication of program information (Braille, large print, audiotape, etc) should contact: USDAs TARGET Center at 202-720-2600 (voice and TDD).
    • 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.
    • 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 I-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.
    • It is the policy of the Government not to deny employment simply because an individual has been unemployed or has had financial difficulties that have arisen through no fault of the individual. See more information at: http://www.chcoc.gov/transmittals/TransmittalDetails.aspx?TransmittalID=6465

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

    Applications will be evaluated in accordance with Office of Personnel Management's (OPM) Delegated Examining Procedures using category rating. The category rating procedure is used to rank and select eligible candidates. Applicants who meet basic minimum qualifications will be placed in one of three categories:  Best Qualified, Well Qualified, or Qualified.  Within these categories, applicants eligible for veterans preference will receive selection priority over non-veterans.  Category placement will be determined on applicants' quality of experience and the extend they possess the following knowledge, skills, and abilities (KSA) or competencies:

    • Ability to do the work of a utility systems repairer-operator without more than normal supervision (screenout)
    • Knowledge of equipment assembly, installation, repair etc.
    • Technical practices (theoretical, precise, artistic) and knowledge of materials
    • Use of measuring instruments
    • Ability to interpret instructions, specifications, etc. (includes blueprint reading)
    • Ability to use and maintain tools and requirements
    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.  Those determined to be in the best qualified category will be referred to the selecting official for consideration.

    Note: If, after reviewing your resume and/or supporting documentation, a determination is 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 or disciplinary action up to and including removal from the Federal Service.

    To view the application form, visit: https://aphis.usda.ntis.gov/cp/?event=jobs.previewApplication&jobid=F5DB9C92-3CC0-4F00-87E7-A80001146054

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