Maintenance Worker
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.

As a result of sequestration and budget shortfalls, Army is furloughing most of its employees for some amount of time during fiscal year 2013. An employee in this position MAY be subject to furlough. If applicable, specific information regarding the administrative furlough will be provided to the individual selected for this position.

About the Position: This position is located at White Sands Missile Range, Socorro, New Mexico.

About White Sands Missile Range, NM: 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. Most of the workforce is on a compressed work schedule with every other Friday off. 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 personnel security investigation required.
  • A medical examination is required.
  • Payment of Permanent Change of Station (PCS) costs is not authorized
  • Temporary Duty (TDY) travel 5%
  • Posiiton requires employee to wear protective clothing

DUTIES: You will serve as a Maintenance Worker repairing buildings and structures such as framework, rafters, doors, siding, finished paneling, windows, interior and exterior trim, trusses and beams. Use carpentry methods, construction techniques and shop mathematics. Install, adjust, maintain, and repair of Sectional steel, metal sliding, fast-acting, and garage style roll-up doors, including structural support and framework. Perform operational checks on electric roll-up door motors, sets limit switches, and makes electrical repairs by removing, replacing, splicing (including waterproof splicing), soldering, and insulating defective wiring, controls, equipment, and push button fixtures. Repair component elements of sewer, waste, water, and hot water systems in buildings. Remove, clean, replace packs, and seals defective elements of such items as water closets, urinals, sinks, and water heaters. Maintain, repair or construct surfaces from concrete, block, stone and other related materials to include masonry for concrete structures and proper mixtures when ordering concrete for delivery on certain projects. Paint interior and exterior of buildings, park equipment and facilities. Use electric or oxyacetylene welding equipment to join metal parts by standard welding specifications and operations.

QUALIFICATIONS REQUIRED: SCREEN OUT ELEMENT: The ability to do the work of a Maintenance Mechanic without more than normal supervision associated with more than one trade area such as carpentry, painting, plumbing, electrical, and other trades appropriate to this position. Ability to adjust, maintain, and repair Sectional steel, metal sliding, fast-acting, and garage style roll-up Knowledge of technical trade terminology, tools, and equipment in more than one area. Posses dexterity and the ability to perform strenuous work as required by the position. Ability to work safely in hazardous situations without more than normal supervision. Ability to follow simple diagrams and drawings which illustrate a supervisor's explanation of a specific work assignment. Failure to meet the screen-out element will result in an INELIGIBLE rating.

KSC's: 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, Specifications, etc. (includes blueprint reading); Ability To Use and Maintain Tools and Equipment; Knowledge of Materials.

PHYSICAL EFFORT : Works from ladders, scaffolds, and on platforms in cramped and hard to reach places. Stands, stoops, bends, kneels and climbs, end works in awkward, tiring and uncomfortable positions. Moderate to heavy physical effort is involved, frequently lifting, moving, and carrying items up to 90 pounds, (50 pounds unassisted) while loading and unloading cargo, handling heavy equipment, parts, tools and materials, and pushing wheelbarrows. Considerable arm movement in welding, carpentry, and masonry work, etc.

WORKING CONDITIONS : Works inside and outside, exposed to all weather conditions. Work in areas that are exposed to dust, fumes, dirt, grease, oils, and noisy conditions. Work on scaffolding or in close quarters. Inside work is usually performed on concrete floors. Area is frequently inadequately heated and cooled. Subject to possible injury from vehicular accidents, loading and unloading cargo, or from hand end power tools used. Subject to eye injury, cuts, bruises, contusions, insect bites and stings, scrapes, burns, infections, end broken bones. Individual(s) are subject to strains and injuries from lifting.

Other Requirements: Click here for more 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.
  • Credit will be given for appropriate unpaid experience or volunteer work.
  • One year trial/probationary period may be required.
  • Further certification from this announcement may take place up to 90 days b eyond the closing date of this announcement.

  • Direct Deposit of Pay is Required.

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 q uestionnaire will be used to evaluate your relevant personal, educational, and work experiences.

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

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