Maintenance Worker
Department Of Agriculture - Brighton, MI

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Relocation expenses will not be paid. This position is with the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS), Plant Protection and Quarantine (PPQ) Eastern Region and is located at the Bio-control Production/Release Facility in Brighton, Michigan. Working under the direction of the Facility Manager or appointee, the incumbent assists with construction, preventative maintenance, repairs, and modifications needed to operate and maintain equipment in the facility and supporting greenhouse.

You can make a difference! The U.S. Department of Agriculture's (USDA) Marketing and Regulatory Programs (MRP) needs bright, energetic and committed professionals to facilitate the domestic and international marketing of U.S. agricultural products and to protect the health and care of animals and plants in the United States. MRP offers an array of occupations and is committed to diversity in the workplace. We operate in domestic and global markets. Be part of an organization that protects the health and agriculture of the American people. Join our team!

This is a term appointment not to exceed 13 months. (Appointment may be extended up to 4 years without reannouncing.) For more details click: Term Appointments

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


U.S. Citizenship

The duties may include, but are not limited to:
Performs routine maintenance on facility and greenhouse equipment to include carpentry, electrical, and plumbing.

Provides training to existing lab staff and production personnel for proper operation, troubleshooting, and repair of equipment within scope of expertise.

Installs, repairs, and modifies mechanical, electrical, air, and vacuum equipment used in the facility.

Performs scheduled preventative maintenance on laboratory equipment.

Constructs, repairs, or modifies wood and metal equipment and penetrates and seals walls and roofs to install mechanical and electrical equipment.

Offloads heavy containers of supplies and equipment manually.

Performs other duties as assigned, which may include assisting with the operation of equipment utilized at the facility, marinating inventory of shop equipment, tools, supplies, ground maintenance and upkeep, janitorial duties, etc.

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 performing routine maintenance on equipment, your resume must include this experience, mindful that experience may not be inferred by job title.

Special Conditions:
Males born after 12/31/59 must be registered with the Selective Service.

DD214 (Member 4 copy) or other veterans' documents required to receive veterans' preference.

As a condition of employment, a background investigation may be required for this position.

Subject to satisfactory completion of one-year trial period.

Work is performed indoors and outdoors. Subject to serious injury, such as severe cuts, broken bones, electrical shock, strains, and rupture. Indoors, may be subject to noise, dirt, high humidity, dust, fumes, drafts, and standing for long periods of time.

Moderately heavy physical effort is required when lifting and carrying objects, moving heavy equipment, etc. Will be required to stoop, bend, and work under cramped conditions.

Your application will be rated on the extent and quality of your experience, education and training relevant to the position. Your resume must support that you meet the specialized experience requirements described above and are proficient in the following skills or competencies below. Please note you are not required to provide specific narrative responses to the skills and competencies described in this section.

Ability to do the work of a maintenance worker without more than normal supervision

Knowledge of equipment assembly, installation, repair, etc.

Technical practices (theoretical, precise, artistic)

Use of measuring instruments

Ability to interpret instructions, specifications, etc. (includes blueprint reading)

Ability to use and maintain tools and equipment

Knowledge of materials

Category rating procedures will be used to rank and select eligible candidates. The following quality categories will be used: Best Qualified, Well Qualified, and Qualified. Within each quality category, veterans' preference eligibles will receive selection priority over non-veterans.

Your final category placement will be based on your responses to the assessment questionnaire. Please ensure your resume provides enough detail to support your responses.

If, after reviewing your resume and / or supporting documentation, a determination is made that you have inflated your qualifications and or experience, your score can / will be adjusted to more accurately reflect your abilities. Please follow all instructions carefully. Errors or omissions may affect your rating. Deliberate attempts to falsify information may be grounds for not selecting you.

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Eligibility for employee benefits depends on your type of appointment and your tour of duty (work schedule). Generally, you must be hired on a permanent basis and have a regular full- or part-time work schedule. For more information on potential benefits, go to: Federal Employee Benefits

For information regarding CTAP eligibility for displaced Federal employees click: Career Transition Assistance Programs

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: USDA's TARGET Center at 202-720-2600 (voice and TDD).

For information on filing a complaint of discrimination, click: Filing a Complaint

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