PLANT MECHANIC
Department Of The Interior - Estes Park, CO

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Reclamation is a contemporary water management agency. Reclamation is best known for Hoover Dam on the Colorado River, Grand Coulee Dam on the Columbia River and Folsom Dam on the American River. Today we are the largest wholesaler of water in the country and the second largest producer of hydroelectric power in the western United States. Visit: www.usbr.gov .

View our DVD titled "Traditions, Talent, and Teamwork" at: www.usbr.gov/pmts/hr/video

Position is being advertised concurrently under BR-GP-EC-12-112 for current federal employees serving under competitive service career or career-conditional appointments, former federal employees with reinstatement eligibility, VEOA eligible veterans, or persons eligible for non-competitive appointment under special hiring authorities (such as 30% Disabled Veterans). If you are interested in applying under both announcement numbers, you must submit application packages for each.

Reclamation is seeking a Plant Mechanic looking for an opportunity to capitalize on his/her expertise as a Journeyman. You can make a difference in the West by assisting in meeting increasing water demands while protecting the environment.

Would you enjoy ensuring the safe and efficient operation of Government facilities? Incumbent will perform journeyman mechanical installation and maintenance duties in a hydroelectric power plant, pumping plant, and/or other structures and equipment.

Here is a great opportunity to join a great organization with excellent growth potential!

LOCATION: Great Plains Region, Eastern Colorado Area Office, Operations and Maintenance Division, Colorado-Big Thompson Operations and Maintenance Branch, Estes-Marys Lake Section, Estes Park, CO

For living conditions go to: www.usbr.gov/gp/employment/living_conditions.pdf

Relocation expenses will not be paid by the Government. Any travel, transportation and relocation expenses associated with reporting for duty in this position will be the responsibility of the selected employee.

Additional vacancies may be filled from this vacancy announcement.

KEY REQUIREMENTS

U.S. Citizenship or National.

You must submit a resume and supporting documentation (See How to Apply).

You must meet job elements specific to this position (See Qualifications).

Valid State drivers license required. Travel 1-2 nights per month.

Physical required. Work four 10-hour days per week.

Suitable for Federal employment; determined by background investigation.

DUTIES:
  • Monitors and performs mechanical maintenance, including application of mechanical theory for a hydro-electric power plant with a generating capacity of 100 megawatts.
  • Operates cranes, hoists, heavy equipment, incidental to lifting, moving, dismantling, assembling, overhauling, or repairing of plant machinery and related equipment.
  • Dismantles, reconstructs, repairs, tests, and performs preventative maintenance on turbines, generators, motors, pumps, eductors, valves, pipes, penstocks, intakes, spillways, outlet works, domestic water systems, sewage systems, hydraulic systems, etc.
  • Operates high-voltage switches and related devices to implement the switching program set up by the operations supervisor.
  • Interprets and applies drawings, standard operating procedures, and manufacturer's instructions.
QUALIFICATIONS REQUIRED:
Minimum qualifications for trades and labor positions are determined by evaluation of job elements. You must meet at least 2 points on the screen-out element(s) and obtain an average of at least 2 points on all job elements in order to be considered qualified for this position.

Applicants will be further evaluated on the following JOB ELEMENTS through your resume and responses to the online questions:

1. Ability to do the work of journey level Plant Mechanic without more than normal supervision. (Screen-out)
2. Ability to operate, use and maintain various machines and hand tools.
3. Knowledge of safe clearance procedures and safety standards.
4. Ability to read and interpret blueprints, drawings, and manufacturer's instructions.
5. Ability to maintain, install, repair, and troubleshoot powerplant and mobile equipment.
6. Knowledge of welding.
7. Knowledge of plumbing/pipefitting.
8. Ability to operate cableway hoists, overhead mobile, bridge and gantry cranes.

You must meet all qualification requirements and any selective placement factors by the closing date of this announcement.

HOW YOU WILL BE EVALUATED:
Category rating and selection procedures will be used for evaluating this position. If you meet the basic qualification requirements, your on-line responses to the vacancy assessment questionnaire will be used to determine the quality and extent of your experience, education, training, etc., for placement in one of the following categories: 1) Highly Qualified, 2) Qualified. Qualified candidates will be assigned a numerical score on a scale of 70-100 and Veterans with preference will be placed at the top of their respective category. The assessment questionnaire will take you approximately 30 minutes to complete.

Applicants’ answers to questions will be verified against information provided in their online resumes. Be sure that the resume clearly supports the responses to all the questions by addressing experience, education and/or training relevant to this position. Applicants must make a fair and accurate assessment of their qualifications. If a determination is made that you have rated yourself higher than is apparent in your description of experience, competencies, skills, and/or education/training OR that your resume/application is incomplete, you may be rated ineligible or your score may be lowered.
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BENEFITS:
Working for the Bureau of Reclamation offers a comprehensive benefits package that includes paid vacation, sick leave, and holidays; life insurance, health benefits, and participation in the Federal Employees Retirement System.

To explore the major benefits offered to most Federal employees, visit: www.usajobs.gov/ResourceCenter/Index/Interactive/Benefits#icc

OTHER INFORMATION:
  • Work schedule: Four 10-hour days per week.
  • At Government expense, the applicant selected will be required to obtain and successfully pass a pre-employment physical examination conducted by a licensed physician certifying his/her ability to perform the duties of the position.
  • Operation of a Government vehicle is required; therefore, valid State driver's license is required. Driving record will be verified prior to final selection.
  • Travel 1-2 nights per month may be required.
  • Selective Service: If you are a male applicant born after December 31, 1959, you must certify that you have registered with the Selective Service System, or are exempt from having to do so under the Selective Service Law. For more information visit: www.sss.gov
Equal Employment Opportunity: The United States Government does not discriminate in employment on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, political affiliation, sexual orientation, gender identity, marital status, disability and genetic information, age, membership in an employee organization, or other non-merit factor.

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