Lock and Dam Equipment Mechanic - #19504206

Department of Defense

Date: Dec 27, 2020
City: Louisville, KY
Contract type: Full time
Department of Defense

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This is a Direct Hire Authority (DHA) solicitation utilizing the DHA for Certain Personnel of the Department of Defense 5 U.S.C.Section 9905;Section 1109 NDAA FY20,Public Law 116-92 to recruit and appoint qualified candidates to positions in the competitive service.

About the Position: Serves as the principal mechanic/technical lead at a lock and dam on the Ohio River performs the most complex troubleshooting diagnostic maintenance inspections, repair work, and other duties as assigned.

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  • Recommend to supervisor when major repairs are needed so that coordinated effort can take place relative to temporary repair, technical engineering review, procurement of replacement items, and maintenance of locking or dam control capability.

  • Repair electrical/electronic/mechanical/hydraulic/pneumatic equipment through the utilization of a wide variety of diagnostic tools, measuring devices, and other systems as needed.

  • Personally participates in site-based safety program training efforts and assures that daily work, personally performed and directed, includes full adherence to safety working practices and conditions.

  • Performs maintenance tasks and operational inspections to insure that all associated equipment is properly serviced.

  • Performs locking operations, as necessary, to expedite boat traffic through the facility.

  • May be required to operate a variety of site equipment to include cranes, water craft, tractors, dump trucks, etc.

  • Employees are required to observe established safe working procedures.

Travel Required

Occasional travel - You may be expected to travel 10% for this position.

Supervisory status


Promotion Potential


  • Job family (Series)

5318 Lock And Dam Repairing

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Conditions of Employment

  • Appointment may be subject to a suitability or fitness determination, as determined by a completed background investigation.

  • This position meets the criteria for random drug testing under the Department of the Army Drug-Free Federal Workplace Program as supplemented by USACE Pamphlet 600-1-3.

  • Incumbent may be required to have an American Red Cross Standard First Aid card, CPR, and/or AED in good standing and/or wear a prescribed uniform based on site specific requirements.

  • Employees are required to observe established safe working procedures.

  • Employee may be required to acquire and maintain appropriate Corps of Engineers equipment operating licenses based on site specific requirements.


Who May Apply: US Citizens

In order to qualify, you must meet the experience requirements described below. Experience refers to paid and unpaid experience, including volunteer work done through National Service programs (e.g., Peace Corps, AmeriCorps) and other organizations (e.g., professional; philanthropic; religious; spiritual; community; student; social). You will receive credit for all qualifying experience, including volunteer experience. Your resume must clearly describe your relevant experience; if qualifying based on education, your transcripts will be required as part of your application. Additional information about transcripts is in this document.

There is no specific length of training or experience required. However, you must be able to demonstrate, through experience shown in your written application materials that you possess the sufficient knowledge, skills, and abilities to successfully perform the work of this position without more than normal supervision.

Minimum Qualifications (Screen Out Element): Ability to do the work of a Lock and Dam Equipment Mechanic without more than normal supervision. At a minimum, your level of experience must show that you have participated in repairs and major overhauls to equipment and systems associated with a lock structure featuring electric, electronic, hydraulic, and pneumatic controls; inspected, serviced, maintained, and repaired a variety of other equipment such as gasoline engines, boat motors, chain saws, lawn mowing equipment, pumps, generators, electric carts, compressors, tractors, building electrical systems, utility and heating or cooling systems, etc., which are associated with buildings and grounds at the work site - Failure to meet this Screen Out Element will result in an ineligible rating

  • PHYSICAL EFFORT: Work requires frequent standing, stooping, stretching, climbing and crouching. Lifts and carries items weighing up to 50 pounds. Uses coordination of eyes, hand and feet, and also of legs and body in installing, repairing, or testing equipment in confined areas such as manholes. Climbs ladders and poles.

  • WORKING CONDITIONS: Work is performed inside and outside during the day and at night, as required by emergencies, on high structures over water that is frequently turbulent, in the proximity of moving machinery and high tension electrical wires, and on scaffolds or slings. Occasionally, works behind bulkhead or in tunnels below water level. Is subject to falls, drowning, electrical shocks, injury and discomfort, exposure to moving equipment, machinery, loud noises, inclement weather, and dangerous icy conditions. Uses safety equipment such as life vest, protective hearing devices, hard hat, hard-toe shoes, respirators, and protective clothing.


This job does not have an education qualification requirement.

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