Automotive Mechanic
Department of the Army - White Sands Missile Range, NM

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Civilian employees serve a vital role in supporting the Army mission. They provide the skills that are not readily available in the military, but crucial to support military operations. The Army integrates the talents and skills of its military and civilian members to form a Total Army.

About the Position: This position is located with the INSTALLATION LOGISTICS DIRECTORATE at White Sands Missile Range, NM.

About White Sands Missile Range: White Sands Missile Range is a unique tri-service facility for test, evaluation, research, and assessment of military systems and commercial products. We offer a broad assortment of testing capabilities and infrastructure, from management of the largest open-air/over-land missile range in the hemisphere to environmental testing chambers and computer modeling laboratories. We are an active military installation that maintains a high quality of life for customers, partners, and the workforce. The range is located in the Tularosa Basin of south-central New Mexico. The headquarters area is 30 miles east of Las Cruces, New Mexico, and 45 miles north of El Paso, Texas. The range boundaries extend almost 100 miles north to south by 40 miles east to west. At almost 3,200 square miles the range is the largest military installation in the country.

Other Advantages: Las Cruces and El Paso blend a unique variety of attractions, culture, historical sites, and low cost of living with superb year-round weather. Outdoor activities abound in the nearby desert and several mountain ranges. Skiing, fishing, hiking, camping, boating, and hunting provide year-round opportunities. Las Cruces has received several awards including a ranking by Forbes as one of the top three small metro areas to do business and by Money as one of the top eight destinations to retire.
Who May Apply: US Citizens
  • A Personal security investigation required
  • A medical examination is required
  • Payment of Permanent Change of Station (PCS) costs is not authorized
  • Temporary Duty (TDY) travel 5%
  • Position requires employee to wear protective clothing

DUTIES: You will serve as an Automotive Mechanic engaged in troubleshooting, repairing, and maintaining combustion-powered automotive vehicles, over-the-road trucks, and comparable vehicles such as passenger cars, pick-up trucks, semi-trailer truck tractors, bob-tail trucks, and other vehicles with similar characteristics, including air engines, transmissions, differentials, transfer cases, front end assemblies, air conditioning system, emission control systems, computerized/electronic self regulating ignition/carburetion systems (onboard diagnostics), cooling system, brake system, and all other parts, components, and ancillary systems. Performs major repairs to gas, diesel, and multi-fuel powered combustion engines requiring almost total tear down and reassembly of engines, transmissions, and differentials. Troubleshoots and determines the mechanical, electrical, and/or hydraulic defects that cause engines, transmissions, hydraulic, electrical systems, ect., and their components to fail to operate. Uses and analyzes the results of a wide variety of test equipment.

QUALIFICATIONS REQUIRED: SCREEN OUT ELEMENT: Ability to do the work of a Automotive Mechanic without more than normal supervision performing minor troubleshooting of equipment malfunctions, making minor adjustments on equipment and systems and performing scheduled services on equipment. Knowledge of a variety of technical trade terminology, tools, and test equipment used in the automotive maintenance field. Possessing dexterity and an ability to perform strenuous work as required by the position; working safely in hazardous situations under; and following simple diagrams and drawings which illustrate a supervisor's explanation of a specific work assignment.

KSCs: In addition to meeting the screen out element, your resume will be evaluated against the following elements: knowledge of equipment assembly, installation, repair, etc; technical practices (theoretical, precise, artistic); use of measuring instruments; ability to interpret instructions, specification, etc. (includes blueprinting reading); ability to use and maintain tools and equipment; AND troubleshooting. Failure to meet the screen-out will result in an INELIGIBLE rating.

PHYSICAL EFFORT : The work requires making repairs while the vehicle is overhead, and where the parts worked on are in hard to reach places. The work involves standing, stooping, bending, stretching and working in tiring and uncomfortable positions. The employee frequently lifts parts and equipment that weigh up to 20 pounds and occasionally lifting and carrying items that weigh about 50 pounds.

WORKING CONDITIONS: Most work is done inside where it is drafty and noisy and fumes from vehicles are usually present. The work requires frequent standing on hard surfaces for long periods of time and there are times when the employee must crawl under vehicles and make repairs while on hard, usually damp surfaces. Occasionally the employee is called upon to perform repairs outside, sometimes in bad weather; dirt, dust and grease are always present. Vehicle fluids, such as batter acids and hydraulic fluids, may cause burns or irritate the skin. There is frequent exposure to the possibility of cuts, bruises, shocks, burns and strains. Subject to emergency call-back work after normal duty hours and on weekends and scheduled overtime requirements, which are compensated by premium pay. May require use of protective clothing or equipment as authorized by the WSMR Safety Office.

Other Requirements: Click here for more information.
  • If you are male AND if you were born after December 31, 1959, you must complete a Pre-Employment Certification Statement for Selective Service Registration.
  • You will be required to provide proof of U.S. Citizenship.
  • You may be required to serve one year in a trial/probationary status.
  • Direct deposit of pay is required.
  • Credit will be given for appropriate unpaid experience or volunteer work.

HOW YOU WILL BE EVALUATED: Your application package (resume, supporting documents, and responses to the questionnaire) will be reviewed to verify that you meet the basic eligibility and qualification requirements. Your responses to the questionnaire will be used to evaluate your relevant personal, educational, and work experiences. Only the most recently submitted resume will be considered.

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.

Interagency Career Transition Assistance Program (ICTAP). The Interagency Career Transition Assistance Plan (ICTAP) provides eligible displaced Federal competitive service employees with selection priority over other candidates for competitive service vacancies. If your agency has notified you in writing that you are a displaced employee eligible for ICTAP consideration, you may receive selection priority if: 1) this vacancy is within your ICTAP eligibility, 2) you apply under the instructions in this announcement, and 3) you are found well-qualified for this vacancy. Well-qualified is defined as meeting all of the minimum qualification standards and eligibility requirements as well as possessing skills that clearly exceed the minimum qualification requirements for the position. Under competitive delegated examining, an ICTAP eligible will be considered well-qualified if they attain an eligibility rating of 90 or higher, not including points for veterans' preference. You must provide proof of eligibility with your application to receive selection priority. Such proof may include a copy of your written notification of ICTAP eligibility or a copy of your separation personnel action form. Information about ICTAP eligibility is on OPM's Career Transition Resources website at .

BENEFITS: The Department of Defense offers an excellent benefits program. In addition to your take-home pay, your comprehensive compensation/benefits package will include most of the benefits described at .

  • Selection is subject to restrictions resulting from Department of Defense referral system for displaced employees.
  • The Department of Defense (DoD) policy on employment of annuitants will be used in determining eligibility of annuitants. The DoD policy is available at .
  • In accordance with section 9902(h) of title 5, United States Code, annuitants reemployed in the Department of Defense shall receive full annuity and salary upon appointment. They shall not be eligible for retirement contributions, participation in the Thrift Savings Plan, or a supplemental or redetermined annuity for the reemployment period. Discontinued service retirement annuitants (i.e. retired under section 8336(d)(1) or 8416(b)(1)(A) of title 5, United States Code) appointed to the Department of Defense may elect to be subject to retirement provisions of the new appointment as appropriate. (See DoD instructions 1400.25, Volume 300, at .)
    This is a temporary position and may be extended in one year increments up to a maximum of two years.

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