Aircraft Mechanic

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Fort Belvoir, Virginia
Sep 16, 2020
Sep 23, 2020
Full Time


About the Position: Performs the full range of unit, intermediate and, as authorized, depot level maintenance on single rotor helicopters powered by turbine engines. Repairs and adjusts electrical equipment and components. Work is performed in conjunction with scheduled and unscheduled maintenance on all aircraft systems to ensure reliability, acceptability, and airworthiness.
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  • Conduct inspections on rotary wing aircraft and systems.
  • Perform post flight inspections.
  • Check technical guides to ensure they include up-to-date changes.
  • Troubleshoot malfunctions to determine causes and required repairs.
  • Conduct maintenance operational checks or functional tests of aircraft and systems.

Travel Required

Occasional travel - You may be expected to travel for this position up to 10 percent of the time.

Supervisory status

Promotion Potential


Conditions of Employment

  • Appointment may be subject to a suitability or fitness determination, as determined by a completed background investigation.
  • Pre-employment physical and annual physicals to include pulmonary testing.
  • Pre-employment drug test and random drug testing while in the position. Must sign DA Form 5019-R.
  • May be required to work rotating shifts, overtime, weekends, holidays, and/or on-call duty hours.
  • May be required to report for or remain on duty during inclement weather.


Who May Apply: US Citizens

In order to qualify, you must meet the experience requirements described below. 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. Your resume must clearly describe your relevant 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 an Aircraft Mechanic without more than normal supervision.
This includes broad experience with various types of aircraft in order to correct malfunctions of systems, subsystems, major assemblies and components; use diagnostic and test equipment to include operation of ground support equipment.
- Failure to meet this Screen Out Element will result in an ineligible rating.

You will be evaluated on the basis of your level of competency in the following areas:
  • Ability To Do The Work Of The Position Without More Than Normal Supervision
  • Ability to Interpret Instructions, Specification, etc. (includes blueprint reading)
  • Knowledge of Equipment Assembly, Installation, Repair, etc.
  • Use of Measuring Instruments
  • PHYSICAL EFFORTS: Repairs are made from ground, elevated work stands, or aircraft work decks. Parts are in hard to reach places. Climbing, standing, stooping, lying, bending, stretching, and working in tiring and uncomfortable positions is required. Moderately heavy physical effort is required in the frequent use of tiring work positions while handling tools and in the handling and lifting of heavy objects. Employee frequently lifts and carries parts and equipment that weigh up to 20 pounds. Most heavy lifting is accomplished through the use of mechanical devices, although the employee may occasionally be required to lift and carry items that weigh up to 50 pounds.
  • WORKING CONDITIONS: Work is dirty, greasy, and unpleasantly noisy. Work is performed both inside and outside. Inside work is performed on concrete floors where areas are drafty and occasionally damp, and where fumes are present. Outside areas are unprotected from elements such as wind, rain, snow, and wide temperature variations. Operating helicopters create strong downwash winds, which result in blowing dust and dirt, as well as high noise levels. Rigging, alignment, tracking, adjusting, and operational checks in this environment necessitate the use of eye and hearing protections. The noise hazards require annual audiometric evaluation. Use of hand tools, safety wire and electrical equipment presents possibility of cuts, punctures, strains, burns, shocks, and similar injury. Working on elevated surfaces and work platforms and ladders presents possibility of falling, and injuries such as broken bones and sprains. Employee occasionally works outside under field conditions when involved in onsite repair or evacuation of aircraft forced down by mechanical malfunctions. Inherent dangers of toxic chemicals, unstable working positions, and moving rotor blades are always present.


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

  • 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.
  • Direct Deposit of Pay is required.
  • 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.
  • This is a Career Program (CP) 17 - Materiel Maintenance Management position
  • You may claim military spouse preference.
  • If a MSP applicant is determined best qualified and selected, placement must be at the full performance level for priority consideration.
  • 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.
  • Key(2) and Mission Essential Position under AR 690-11 and cannot be vacated during a national emergency or mobilization without seriously impairing the capability of the agency to function effectively. This position CANNOT be filled by members of the National Guard, Ready Reservists, or military retirees with recall obligations.
  • This position is a TERM position and may be extended up to a maximum of eight years.
  • This position may be converted to permanent Career or Career-Conditional appointment without further competition as long as all requirements are met. To be eligible for conversion, employee must complete at least 2 years of current continuous service under a Term appointment in the competitive service AND employee must have a current performance rating under such Term appointment of at least fully successful or equivalent.
  • Multiple positions may be filled from this announcement.

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 review of 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 resume 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.

Basis for Rating: Qualified candidates will be assigned to one of three quality categories: Best Qualified, Highly Qualified and Qualified. Veteran preference eligibles are listed ahead of non-preference eligibles within each quality category.
  • Best Qualified. Candidates in this category possess exceptional skills and experience to exceed well above the minimum requirements for the announced position.
  • Highly Qualified. Candidates in this category possess good skills and experience above the minimum requirements for the announced position.
  • Qualified. Candidates in this category meet the minimum experience requirements for the announced position.

Background checks and security clearance

Security clearance

Drug test required

Position sensitivity and risk
Noncritical-Sensitive (NCS)/Moderate Risk

Trust determination process

Required Documents

The documents you are required to submit vary based on whether or not you are eligible for preference in federal employment. A complete description of preference categories and the associated required documents is in the Applicant Checklist (External) .

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 may be marked as incomplete and you may 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
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.

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