Maintenance Mechanic

Cheltenham, Maryland
Oct 17, 2019
Oct 25, 2019
Full Time


"The Federal Law Enforcement Training Centers (FLETC), through strategic partnerships, prepares the federal law enforcement community to safeguard the American people, our homeland, and our values." We are a unique inter-agency organization preparing the next generation of law enforcement officers to meet our Nation's most pressing security challenges. Click here to learn more.

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This position is located in the Cheltenham Administration Division (CAD), Office of Cheltenham Operations (OCH), National Capital Region Training Operations Directorate (NCR), Federal Law Enforcement Training Centers (FLETC), Cheltenham, Maryland. The incumbent coordinates, monitors, and performs requisite repair duties for the upkeep, operation and usage of FLETC's specialized training facilities and, as necessary, support facilities.

The selectee will be responsible for performing a variety of tasks involved in the upkeep of buildings and related structures, fixtures, and utilities. Typical assignments include:
  • Maintaining proper operation of all building systems (i.e., air conditioning, heating, boilers, electrical, plumbing, and other related trades), peforming preventive maintenance and systems testing.
  • Monitoring, evaluating and adjusting sophisticated equipment/controls throughout the facility.
  • Ensuring all systems are operational.
  • Recognizing the causes of faulty equipment, troubleshooting and making repairs on air-conditioning systems that provide for a variety of air-conditioning functions such as heating, cooling, humidifying, dehumidifying, cleaning, filtering, and circulating. The systems use a variety of methods of air conditioning such as mechanical compression and vapor compression.
  • Installing, maintaining, repairing, troubleshooting and testing various operational systems and internal electrical power distribution facilities including connection of power and controlled circuits to motors, industrial equipment and alarm systems.
  • Testing various piping systems under pressure to determine conformance to standards or to locate leaks and other defects.

Travel Required

Occasional travel - Occasional travel required.

Supervisory status

Promotion Potential


Conditions of Employment

  • This is a bargaining unit position.
  • You must be a U.S. citizen to apply for this position.
  • You must possess and maintain a valid driver's license.
  • You must successfully pass a background investigation.
  • You will need to set up direct deposit so we can pay you.
  • You must successfully pass a pre-employment physical examination.
  • On occasion, you must be able to lift and carry items that weigh about 50 pounds.
  • May be required to start work earlier, stay later than normal working hours, or be called back for emergencies.
  • This position is solely funded by Congress; therefore, you will neither report to work nor will you be paid during a government shutdown.
  • You must be able to obtain and maintain a State Water System Operator level I and/or Superintendent-T1 Certification or State backflow certification.
  • You must be able to meet job-related medical and/or fitness standards. You will be subject to an annual physical examination that measures your visual, hearing, and physical acuity.
  • You must be able to possess a valid Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) section 608 Certificate and Certification (CFC-Universal Certification) requirement servicing refrigeration units.
  • The working hours for the day shift range between 7:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. You may also be required to work shift work and/or weekends and may implement an alternative work schedule (AWS).
  • Complies with Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) certification for handling of refrigerants and must be able to obtain and possess a valid universal license approved by the United States EPA, if refrigerant work is required.


While there is no minimum amount of training or experience required, the applicant must have had experience, military or civilian, paid or unpaid, of sufficient scope and quality to perform the duties of a Maintenance Mechanic, WG-4749-10. The applicant must have experience in the safe and proper operation of all building systems to include, but not limited to heating, ventilation and air conditioning systems (HVAC), electrical, plumbing, storage of hazardous materials, and other related trades.

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). Volunteer work helps build critical competencies, knowledge, and skills and can provide valuable training and experience that translates directly to paid employment. You will receive credit for all qualifying experience, including volunteer experience.

The Office of Personnel Management (OPM) must authorize employment offers made to current or former political appointees. If you are currently, or have been within the last 5 years, a political Schedule A, Schedule C, Non-career SES or Presidential Appointee employee in the Executive Branch, you must disclose this information to the Human Resources Office.

Any offers of employment made pursuant to this announcement will be consistent with all applicable authorities, including Presidential Memoranda, Executive Orders, interpretive U.S. Office of Management and Budget (OMB) and U.S. Office of Personnel Management (OPM) guidance, and Office of Management and Budget plans and policies concerning hiring. These authorities are subject to change.

View common definitions of terms found in this announcement here.

Additional selections may be made from this announcement within the same geographical area.

Re-employed annuitants' annual salaries will be reduced by the amount of their retirement annuity and by further cost of living increases. FERS retirees receiving a FERS annuity supplement must also be aware that, like social security benefits, their FERS annuity supplement is subject to an earnings test and may be reduced if the salary earned is more than the social security exempt amount of earnings. Additional information is available on OPM's website or by contacting OPM.


Additional information

DHS uses E-Verify, an Internet-based system, to confirm the eligibility of all newly hired employees to work in the United States. Learn more about E-Verify , including your rights and responsibilities.

If you receive a conditional offer of employment for this position, you will be required to complete an Optional Form 306, Declaration for Federal Employment , and to sign and certify the accuracy of all information in your application, prior to entry on duty. False statements on any part of the application may result in withdrawal of offer of employment, dismissal after beginning work, fine, or imprisonment.

The Department of Homeland Security encourages persons with disabilities to apply, to include persons with intellectual, severe physical or psychiatric disabilities, as defined by 5 CFR § 213.3102(u), and/or Disabled Veterans with a compensable service-connected disability of 30 percent or more as defined by 5 CFR § 315.707. Veterans , Peace Corps / VISTA volunteers , and persons with disabilities possess a wealth of unique talents, experiences, and competencies that can be invaluable to the DHS mission. If you are a member of one of these groups, you may not have to compete with the public for federal jobs. To determine your eligibility for non-competitive appointment and to understand the required documentation, click on the links above or contact the Servicing Human Resources Office listed at the bottom of this announcement.

Background Investigation: To ensure the accomplishment of our mission, DHS requires every employee to be reliable and trustworthy. To meet those standards, all selected applicants must undergo and successfully pass a background investigation for suitability as a condition of placement into this position. This will include a credit check after a tentative job offer is given, a review of financial issues such as delinquency in the payment of debts, child support and/or tax obligations, as well as certain criminal offenses and illegal use or possession of drugs. Continued employment is contingent upon favorable adjudication of periodic reinvestigations.

Physical Efforts: Continually handles objects weighing up to 10 pounds and occasionally may lift and carry items that weigh about 50 pounds. Considerable standing, stooping and bending is required. Also works on ladders and scaffolds that require the incumbent to work overhead or in stretched, cramped or awkward positions.

Working Conditions: Works inside in areas that are usually crowded and noisy, and outside, sometimes in bad weather. Is exposed to the possibility of electrical shock, cuts, bruises, and broken bones. Also works on scaffolding, high ladders, or rooftops. Required to wear full face pressurized breathing mask and be clean shaven. Occasionally, for short periods, may be required to wear protective clothing where there is possible exposure to lead, gunpowder, toxic refrigerants, and hazardous materials.

The incumbent will be subject to a safety physical examination in compliance with occupational requirements of the position. This will be a routine physical examination in accordance with Optional Form 178 . No invasive procedures will be included (i.e., blood work).

Applying to this announcement certifies that you give permission for DHS to share your application with others in DHS for similar positions.

How You Will Be Evaluated

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

Applicants who applied to this vacancy already do not have to reapply, but are welcome to update their information, if need be.

We will review your resume and supporting documentation to ensure you meet the minimum qualification requirements. If you meet the minimum qualifications, we will use a job questionnaire to determine the degree to which your experience, education, and training demonstrate the following competencies needed to perform this job:

1. Ability to perform the work of the position without more than normal supervision. ( Screen-out element )

2. Technical practices.

3. Ability to use and maintain tools and equipment.

Consideration will be given to performance appraisals and incentive awards as an indicator of the quality of prior experience. If you are determined to be best-qualified, you may be referred to the hiring manager for consideration and may be called for an interview.

Veterans Employment Opportunities Act (VEOA): To be eligible for a VEOA appointment, the veteran must 1) be a preference eligible; or 2) be a veteran separated after 3 or more years of continuous active service performed under honorable conditions. In addition, you must submit the supporting documents listed under the required documents section of this announcement. (Note: Veteran's preference does not apply under Merit Promotion procedures. View information on VEOA information on Feds Hire Vets .)

Career Transition Assistance Program or Interagency Career Transition Assistance Program (CTAP/ICTAP) Eligibles: If you have never worked for the federal government as a civilian, you are not CTAP/ICTAP eligible. Information about CTAP/ICTAP eligibility may be found on OPM's Career Transition Resources website. To be considered well-qualified under CTAP/ICTAP, you must be rated at a minimum score of 85 for this position. In addition, you must submit the supporting documents listed under the "Required Documents" section of this announcement.

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Background checks and security clearance

Security clearance
Not Required

Drug test required

Required Documents

1. Your resume
2. Are you a veteran? Submit Member Copy 4 of your DD-214, Certificate of Release or Discharge from Active Duty or notice form. Those applying for 10-Point preference may fill out the SF-15 and provide the documents that demonstrate your preference eligibility e.g., the AB4, Civil Service Preference Letter . If you are applying based on your eligibility under the Veterans Opportunity to Work (VOW) Act, you must submit a certification from the Armed Forces that you will be discharged or released from active duty within 120 days from the date you apply. Your certification must include your dates of service, your rank, and your character of service. Click here to view more veterans' information.
3. Are you claiming special priority selection rights under the Career Transition Assistance Program/Interagency Career Transition Assistance Program (CTAP/ICTAP)? You must submit copies of your: agency notice; most recent performance rating; and your most recent SF-50, Notification of Personnel Action noting your current position, grade level, and duty location.
4. Are you a current or former federal employee? You must submit a copy of your most recent SF-50 that indicates your tenure group, grade, and salary (including basic).
5. Are you a current or former political Schedule A, Schedule C, Non-career SES or Presidential Appointee employee? Submit a copy of your applicable SF-50, along with a statement that provides the following information regarding your most recent political appointment: position title, type of appointment (Schedule A, Schedule C, Non-career SES, or Presidential Appointee), agency, and beginning and ending dates of your appointment.
6. You may be asked to provide a copy of your recent performance appraisal and/or incentive awards.

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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