Aircraft Maintenance Inspector
Department Of Agriculture 497 reviews - Ely, MN

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A career with the Forest Service will challenge you to manage and care for more than 193 million acres of our nation's most magnificent lands, conduct research through a network of forest and range experiment stations and the Forest Products Laboratory, and provide assistance to State and private forestry agencies.

It's an awesome responsibility - but the rewards are as limitless as the views.

This position is being concurrently announced under Merit Promotion Announcement Number 13-0909-0668G-CW2. Current or former Federal employees may apply to both announcements, but should be sure to apply to the Merit Promotion Announcement in order to avoid losing consideration since different referral criteria apply to each type of announcement. Disabled veterans, candidates with 3 or more years of active duty military service, and candidates eligible for special hiring authorities may apply to the Merit Promotion Announcement if they meet the criteria outlined in the announcement and submit supporting documentation.

This position is located on the Superior National Forest, duty location of Ely, Minnesota, and will perform maintenance and repairs on three (3) de Havilland DHC-2 Beaver aircraft that are part of the Forest fleet.

For additional information about the duties of this position, please contact Doug Ottosen, 218-327-4568, or email at .

The incumbent of this position must possess and maintain a current FAA Inspection Authorization (IA), and a FAA mechanic certificate with airframe and power plant rating (A&P).

The USDA Forest Service has legislative authority to recruit and fill Permanent (Career/Career-Conditional), Temporary, and Term Appointments under the USDA Demonstration Project. Under this authority, any U.S. citizen may apply. KEY REQUIREMENTS

Must possess a current FAA Inspctn Authorztn (IA), and (A&P) certificate.
Applicant must attach a copy of IA card & AP certificate.
Must be a U.S. Citizen to apply.
Males born after 12/31/59 must be registered with the Selective Service.

Position is subject to random drug testing. DUTIES:
Perform maintenance and repair work on de Havilland DHC-2 Beaver fleet.

Conduct aircraft inspections per DHC-2 manual and Forest Service directives, including annual, 100 hour and 50 hour inspections.

Experience working on fixed wing piston powered engines equipped with floats, skis, or wheels.

Diagnose necessary repairs and comply with FAA AD’s and manufacturer Mandatory Service Bulletins. Adhere to USFS 5700 manual.

Initiates procurements for parts and supplies to maintain aircraft fleet and hangar/office facility.

Act as Contracting Officer Representative (COR) when necessary and maintains COR certification.

Assist with maintenance/repair projects at the hangar/office facility. QUALIFICATIONS REQUIRED:

You must possess the Basic Requirements identified below to be considered eligible for this position. Transcripts must be provided for qualifications based on education. Your application or resume must clearly show that you possess the appropriate experience requirements.

GS-11: One year of specialized experience equivalent to at least to the GS-9 grade level; Ph.D. or equivalent doctoral degree or 3 full years of progressively higher level graduate education leading to such a degree or LL.M., if related; or an appropriate combination of specialized experience and graduate level education (beyond what is required for a master's degree, i.e., more than 36 semester hours leading to a Ph.D.).

Examples of specialized experience are: performing maintenance and repair work on fixed wing aircraft; correcting discrepancies or malfunctions on fixed wing aircraft; making adjustments to controls, mechanical linkages, or components and assemblies; making modifications to fixed wing aircraft; conducting inspections on fixed wing aircraft.

Selective Placement Factor -- The incumbent of this position must possess and maintain a current FAA Inspection Authorization (IA), and a FAA mechanic certificate with airframe and power plant rating (A&P).

Applicants must attach a copy of their FAA Inspection Authorization (IA) card, and their FAA mechanic certificate (A&P), to the application to be considered for this position.

To receive consideration for this position, you must meet all qualification requirements as of the closing date of the announcement.


May be subject to satisfactory completion of one year probationary or trial period.

DRUG TESTING: This is a Testing Designated Position (TDP). Selectee must submit to a urinalysis to screen for illegal drug use prior to appointment and random testing thereafter. Final appointment and continued employment is conditional on negative results for illegal drug use. This announcement constitutes 30 days advance notice.

You will be evaluated based on the category rating procedure as defined in the USDA Demonstration Project Plan. Applicants who meet the basic minimum qualification requirements established for the position will be placed in the Eligible category. Eligible applicants will be further evaluated against criteria for placement in the Quality category. This evaluation is based on the level of your experience, education, and/or training as determined by your responses to the Occupational Questionnaire. Applicants with veterans’ preference are listed ahead of applicants who do not have veterans’ preference within each category.

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Relocation expenses are not authorized.

This is a bargaining unit designated position.

Career Transition Assistance Plan(CTAP) or Interagency Career Transition Assistance Plan (ICTAP): If you are claiming CTAP/ICTAP eligibility, provide proof of eligibility. CTAP/ICTAP eligibles must meet the agency's definition for a quality candidate to be considered. Information about CTAP/ICTAP eligibility is on OPM's Career Transition Resources website at .

  • BACKGROUND INVESTIGATION AND FINGERPRINT CHECK: Selection and retention in this position is contingent on a successfully adjudicated FBI National Criminal History Check (fingerprint check) and a background investigation.

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