Engineering Equipment Operator
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. 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.

Who May Apply: US Citizens
  • You must possess and maintain a commerical drivers license (CDL)
  • Payment of Permanent Change of Station (PCS) expenses are not authorized.
  • Must comply with Drug Abuse Testing Program requirements

DUTIES: You will serve as a Engineering Equipment Operator utilizing and operating gasoline or diesel powered engineering and construction equipment with wheeled or crawler type traction, such as graders, tractors with bulldozer or angle dozer blades, front-end loaders, backhoes, trench diggers, and large industrial tractors with pan or scraper attachments. Operate equipment to push, pull, pile, excavate, backfill, grade, or level earth. Maneuver farm-type or warehouse type tractors. Use equipment to perform such functions as cutting, moving, digging, grading, and rolling earth, sand, stone, and other materials, and to maintain ditches, road shoulders and beds, and fire lines.

QUALIFICATIONS REQUIRED: SCREEN OUT ELEMENT: Performed all of the following duties without more than normal supervision: Operate safely heavy engineering equipment such as graders, dozers, dump trucks, tractor-trailer combinations, compaction road rollers, excavators, a variety of smaller motor vehicles, etc. Operate and maneuver heavy engineering equipment in confined locations, around people, on rough roads and in all types of weather conditions. Install and operate a variety of attachments to grade surfaces and adjusted the attachments for various surfaces. Utilized safe loading and tie down procedures when hauling cargo. Failure to meet the screen out element will result in an ineligible rating.

KSAs: In addition to meeting the screen out element, your resume will be evaluated against the following elements: knowledge of equipment assembly, installation, repair, etc., operation of equipment used in engineering equipment , technical practices (theoretical, precise, artistic), use of measuring instruments, the ability to interpret instructions, specification, etc. (other than blueprinting reading) and dexterity and safety.

PHYSICAL EFFORT: Heavy physical effort is used by the operator in constantly reaching, bending, turning, and moving bands, arms, feet and legs to handle different sets of controls to operate the equipment and attachments. Considerable straining is caused by the constant vibration of the equipment and the jerking and jolting from operating over rough surfaces. Because of the location of some of the controls and attachments, the operator is frequently required to work in awkward or strained positions.

WORKING CONDITIONS: Work is performed in all types of weather, often in open driver-s seats or platform on hills, slopes and grades. Exposure to injury exists due to the possibility of equipment overturning. Subject to noise, vibration, dust, dirt, heat, and fumes from the motor or exhaust.

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.
  • One year trial/probationary period may be required.
  • Direct Deposit of Pay is Required.
  • A pre-employment medical examination is required.
  • Personnel security investigation 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
  • Multiple positions may be filled from this announcement.
  • Payment of Permanent Change of Station (PCS) costs are not authorized based on a determination that a PCS move is not in the Government interest.
  • Defense National Relocation Program will not be authorized

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