Engineering Technician
Department of the Army 26,834 reviews - Pasco, WA

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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.

About the Position:
This is a TERM position Not to Exceed 2 years.

The Walla Walla District US Army Corps of Engineers is comprised of motivated and talented employees providing the very best engineering services for communities in the Pacific Northwest. The District's civil works' boundaries generally follow the Snake River drainage basin and includes approximately 107,000 square miles in six states - Washington, Oregon, Idaho, Wyoming, and small parts of Nevada and Utah. A U.S. Army Corps of Engineers officer commands the District's professional civilian workforce of more than 800 personnel in engineering, scientist, technician, trade/craft, and administrative support staff positions. The District helps manage local water resources for navigation, flood damage reduction, disaster assistance, hydroelectric power generation, and other natural and heritage areas.

This position is located at Ice Harbor Dam which is a hydropower project employing approx 80 employees with the Natural Resources Section. The Dam is on the Snake River with six main units, navigation locks, and fish facility with two fish ladders. It is about 15 minutes east of Tri-Cities (Pasco, Kennewick and Richland), Washington. The area is desert with irrigated agriculture crops along with related businesses. Ice Harber Dam is a hydropower generating facility, generating power for the Bonneville Power Administration for distribution throughout the western states.

Who May Apply: US Citizens


Temporary Duty (TDY) travel is 5 percent.

Payment of Permanent Change of Station (PCS) willl NOT be authorized.

Defense Natioinal Relocation Program will NOT be authorized.

Serve as an Engineering Technician at Ice Harbor Dam reporting to the Chief of Technical Support. Prepare complete drawings including plans, schematics, details and sections for construction of modification to structures, utilities, recreation facilities, and mechanical and electrical equipment as found on a major hydroelectric power project. Drawings are prepared using standard drafting techniques and/or CADD systems. Responsible for maintaining an up-to-date project drawing file, index system, and microfilm retrieval system organized in a storage system. Establishes and maintains an accurate, efficient index of all government and contract drawings. Review the drawings of others for technical accuracy and completeness and evaluate the effect of proposed designs/drawings on existing project systems and drawings. Monitor, record, and interpret on a prescribed schedule all project structural instrumentation. Responsible for developing, maintaining and reporting procedures, project files and performing damage prevention measures and repairs.

• Specialized experience: To Qualify for a GS-07 applicants must possess one year of specialized experience equivalent to the next lower grade GS-06. Specialized experience is defined as: 1. Practical knowledge and/or experience in the fields of engineering (e.g., civil, mechanical, electrical, etc.) 2. Development of drawings using CADD systems.

Education may be substituted for specialized experience.
To meet this requirement for a GS-7 applicants must have completed a one full year of progressively higher level graduate education leading to a Masters degree. The degree must be directly related to the work of the position.
If you are substituting education for specialized experience you must submit transcripts with your application.

. Only degrees from an accredited college or university recognized by the Department of Education are acceptable to meet positive education requirements or to substitute education for experience. For additional information, please go to the Office of Personnel Management (OPM) and U.S. Department of Education websites at - and

. Foreign education must be evaluated for U.S. equivalency in order to be considered for this position. Please include this information in your resume.

Other Requirements:
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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.

Salary includes applicable locality pay or Local Market Supplement.

Further certification from this announcement may take place up to 90 days beyond the closing date of this announcement.

License/Certification: Valid state driver's license

Credit will be given for appropriate unpaid experience of volunteer work.

Direct Deposit of Pay is Required.

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. Only the most recently submitted resume will be considered.

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 .

The Department of Defense offers excellent benefits programs some of which may include:

Comprehensive health and life insurance
Competitive salaries
Generous retirement programs
Paid holidays, sick leave, and vacation time
Flexible work environment and alternate work schedules
Paid employment related training and education
Possible student loan repayment
Payment of licenses, certification, and academic degrees as applicable
Bonuses, incentives, and awards as appropriate for the job.

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• 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

• In accordance with section 9902(h) of title 5, United States Code, annuitants reemployed in the Department of Defense shall receive full annuity and salary upon appointment. They shall not be eligible for retirement contributions, participation in the Thrift Savings Plan, or a supplemental or redetermined annuity for the reemployment period. Discontinued service retirement annuitants (i.e. retired under section 8336(d)(1) or 8416(b)(1)(A) of title 5, United States Code) appointed to the Department of Defense may elect to be subject to retirement provisions of the new appointment as appropriate. (See DoD instructions 1400.25, Volume 300, at .)

Multiple positions may be filled from this announcement.

This position is a TERM position. It is temporary and may be extended up to a maximum of four years.

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