Air Conditioning Equipment Mechanic WG-5306-10
Department Of Homeland Security - New Orleans, LA

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Do you desire to protect American interests and secure our Nation while building a meaningful and rewarding career? If so, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) is calling. DHS components work collectively to prevent terrorism, secure borders, enforce and administer immigration laws, safeguard cyberspace and ensure resilience to disasters. The vitality and magnitude of this mission is achieved by a diverse workforce spanning hundreds of occupations. Make an impact; join DHS.

Apply for this exciting position to support the CG missions of safeguarding our Nation's maritime interests in the heartland, in the ports, at sea, and around the globe.

For over two centuries the The U.S. Coast Guard has protected the maritime economy and the environment, we defend our maritime borders, and we save those in peril. This history has forged our character and purpose as America's Maritime Guardian - Always Ready for all hazards and all threats.

The vacancy is being concurrently advertised under merit promotion procedures for status applicants under announcement 13-1485-SE-DB-M. APPLICANTS WISHING TO BE CONSIDERED UNDER BOTH DELEGATED EXAMINING AND MERIT PROMOTION PROCEDURES MUST APPLY TO BOTH VACANCY ANNOUNCEMENTS.


This position is located at the DHS, U. S. Coast Guard, 8th Coast Guard District, Director of Operational Logisitcs, Naval Engineering Support Unit, Industrial Production Facility in New Orleans, LA.
  • U.S. Citizenship is required.
  • This position requires a National Agency Check with Inquiries (NACI).
  • Applicant is required to meet the physical requirements of the position.
  • The position requires a valid state driver's license.
  • Must be EPA Certified to handle refrigerants and ozone depleting substances

DUTIES: The incumbent leads and performs air conditioning and refrigerant (AC&R) equipment work in support of the US Coast Guard (USCG), Naval Engineering Support Unit, Industrial Operations Division. Work assignments may include installation, trouble-shooting, repairs, maintenance, overhaul and servicing of variety and complex industrial and commercial air conditioning, heat pump and refrigeration systems of various capacities up to 200 tons.

Being a Coast Guard (CG) civilian makes you a valuable member of the CG team. Typical work assignments include:
  • Connecting gauges to determine the correct setting on controls and if the system is operating to peak efficiency.
  • Replacing and adjusting expansion valves, testing refrigerant lines for leaks, bleeding systems, evacuating and replacing various refrigerant gases in refrigeration and air condition systems to the correct type and amount for efficient operation.
  • Receiving work assignments from the supervisor and passing them on to assigned workers, when necessary demonstrating appropriate work procedures and techniques.
  • Training new employees with little or no AC&R training to accomplish work.
  • Planning the testing procedures, determining the proper kind and type of parts and equipment they need and install and repair a variety of systems with little or no check during the progress of the assignment.
  • Ensuring that tools and equipment are in safe operating condition and all work is performed in a safe manner.
NOTE: The candidate must be EPA Certified to handle refrigerants and ozone depleting substances.

QUALIFICATIONS REQUIRED: Applicants will be evaluated on their ability to perform the duties of the position rather than the length of experience. Eligibility will be determined by the relevance, scope, and quality of all experience and training, regardless of where or how acquired. Applicants will be rated and ranked based on their knowledge of the following job elements:

  • Ability to lead or supervise (Screen-Out element)
  • Knowledge of Equipment Assembly, Installation, Repair, etc.
  • Technical Practices (theoretical, precise, artistic)
  • Ability To Interpret Instructions, Specification, etc. (includes blueprinting reading)
  • Knowledge of Materials

  • This position does not have a positive education requirement.

    If you are including education on your resume, report only attendance and/or degrees from schools accredited by accrediting institutions recognized by the U.S. Department of Education.

    All qualification requirements must be met by the closing date of the announcement.

    HOW YOU WILL BE EVALUATED: The U.S. Coast Guard system simplifies the Federal application process by replacing the former JOB ELEMENT statements with on-line self-assessment questions. Your resume and responses to the self-assessment questions are an integral part of the process for determining your qualifications for the position. Therefore, it is important to support your responses to the self-assessment questions by providing examples of past and present experience in your resume.

    We will review your résumé and supporting documentation to ensure you meet the qualification requirements. If you meet the qualifications, we will use the on-line assessment questions to place you in one of the following categories:

    1. Best Qualified: Applicants possessing a background that demonstrates a superior level of all evaluation criteria.
    2. Well Qualified: Applicants possessing a background that demonstrates a satisfactory level of the evaluation criteria.
    3. Qualified: Applicants possessing the basic qualifications, with general knowledge, skills, and abilities.

    Veterans with 5-point preference who meet the eligibility and qualification requirements are placed above non-preference eligibles within the category in which they are qualified. Veterans who have a compensable service-connected disability of at least 10% are listed in the best qualified category. For information on veterans' preference, click here.

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    BENEFITS: DHS offers competitive salaries and an attractive benefits package, including: health, dental, vision, life, and long-term care insurance; retirement plan; Thrift Savings Plan [similar to a 401(k)]; Flexible Spending Account; Employee Assistance Program; personal leave days; and paid federal holidays. Other benefits may include: flexible work schedules; telework; tuition reimbursement; transportation subsidies; uniform allowance; health and wellness programs; and fitness centers. DHS is committed to employee development and offers a variety of employee training and developmental opportunities. For more information, go to and select "benefits."

    OTHER INFORMATION: Please be aware that applicants will be required to complete questions contained on the Declaration for Federal Employment (OF-306) at the time a tentative job offer is made. If selected, at the time of appointment, selectees will be required to update the OF-306. Certain responses on the form could pose a problem with suitability for employment determinations e.g., an affirmative answer to a conviction of a felony.

    If you are selected for this position, you will be subject to a determination of your suitability for Federal employment.

    Males born after 12/31/59 and at least 18 years of age must be registered with the Selective Service System. Visit Selective Service Registration

    Moving expenses will not be paid.

    All Federal employees are required to have Federal salary payments made by direct deposit to a financial institution of their choosing.

    All selectees are subject to an appropriate investigation.

    For Veterans' preference eligibility, visit Veterans' Employment Resources

    More than 1 selection may be made from this announcement if additional identical vacancies in the same title, series, grade, and unit occur within 90 days from the date the certificate was issued.

    The United States Coast Guard (USCG) is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

    All qualified applicants will be considered regardless of political affiliation, race, color, religion, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, marital status, age, disability, or other non-merit factors.

    USCG provides reasonable accommodations to applicants with disabilities. If you need a reasonable accommodation for any part of the application and hiring process, please contact 703-872-6330. Decisions on granting reasonable accommodation will be made on a case-by-case basis. Visit Reasonable Accommodation - 23 months ago - save job
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