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Lock And Dam Equipment Mechanic

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Department Of Defense Chicago , IL 60602

Posted 3 months ago

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About the Position: Position is being filled at the WY-5318-08 or at the WY-5318-10 level with target to the WY-5318-11 level or at the full performance WY-5318-11 level. Duties described below reflect the full performance WY-5318-11 level. Duties will be performed in a developmental capacity under close supervision.

This position is located at T.J. O'Brien Lock and Dam in Chicago, Illinois.

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  • Implement and maintain a site-specific program of scheduled inspections, test operations, and preventive maintenance. Electrical distribution and lighting work varies from AC to DC and up to 480 Volts.

  • Perform planned and unplanned emergency repair and replacement of a wide variety of electrical, electronic, hydraulics, and mechanically interrelated/interlocking facility equipment and controls.

  • Equipment controls serviced are typically unique to navigation lock and dam facilities, ranging in age from essentially original equipment to that which is electronic state-of-the-art resulting from major rehabilitation and updating.

  • Schedule day-to-day maintenance and repair work.

  • Participate in short-term and long-term preventive maintenance and repair/replacement planning.

  • Perform complex troubleshooting, diagnostic maintenance inspection and repair work; and, provide technical direction to other fulltime and seasonal lower-graded personnel assigned to assist in the accomplishment of repair and maintenance work.

  • Maintain overall site responsibility for maintenance and repair operations extends also to maintenance, repair, and replacement of parts, systems, equipment or basic structure items normally associated with buildings and grounds at the facility.

  • Perform locking of boats and dam gate operations.

Travel Required

Occasional travel - Up to 10% business travel may be required.

Supervisory status


Promotion Potential

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    5318 Lock And Dam Repairing

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HelpRequirements Conditions of Employment

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

  • A medical examination is required. If selected, satisfactory completion of a medical examination is required before assignment to the position.

  • Must comply with Drug Abuse Testing Program requirements. This position is a Testing Designated Position (TDP) subject to applicant testing and random drug testing.

  • Must possess and maintain a valid stateside driver's license.

  • Due to 24 hour emergency on call status, may be required to work uncommon hours such as nights, weekends, and holidays.


Who May Apply: US Citizens

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.

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(n) Lock and Dam Equipment Mechanic~ without more than normal supervision. Failure to meet these Screen out Elements will result in an ineligible rating.

WY-08: To meet the screen out element, applicants should document experience and/or show the ability to:perform common tasks such as electrical maintenance and repair, painting, machining, carpentry, and general maintenance and repair, and perform cleanup tasks such as cleaning tools, machines, and equipment.

WY-10: To meet the screen out element, applicants should document experience and/or show the ability to:perform common tasks such as electrical maintenance and repair, welding, plumbing, painting, machining, carpentry, engine and equipment repair and general maintenance and repair, and perform cleanup tasks such as cleaning tools, machines, and equipment.

WY-11: To meet the screen out element, applicants should document experience and/or show the ability to: perform some tasks such as performing general maintenance and repair on lock and dam equipment and machinery, and performing a variety of work in connection with the repair of lock structures, with electric, electronic, hydraulic, and pneumatic controls and features.

You will also be evaluated on the basis of your level of competency (knowledge, skills, abilities) in the following job element areas:

  • Ability To Do The Work Of The Position Without More Than Normal Supervision (Screen-out Element)

  • Ability to Interpret Instructions, Specification, etc. (includes blueprint reading)

  • Ability To Use and Maintain Tools and Equipment

  • Knowledge of Equipment Assembly, Installation, Repair, etc.

  • Knowledge of Materials

  • Technical Practices (theoretical, precise, artistic)

  • Trouble Shooting

  • 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 both 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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Lock And Dam Equipment Mechanic

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Department Of Defense