Lock And Dam Operator Trainee

Department Of The Army Olmsted , IL 62970

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About the Position:

The Louisville District Corps of Engineers (LRL) is actively seeking applications to fill multiple vacancies throughout the region. This position will be filled at the entry trainee grade level of WY-05 only.

  • The initial cut-off for referral consideration is February 21, 2018; applications received by this date will have the first opportunity for review. Applications received after this date will be considered as additional vacancies become available.

  • Period of Eligibility: Your application will remain active for three (3) months from the date it is received. Unless deactivated due to selection or lost consideration, your application will expire at the end of the 3-month period. Once expired, you must submit a new application package to receive further consideration.

Who May Apply:

Only applicants who meet one of the employment authority categories below are eligible to apply for this job. You will be asked to identify which category or categories you meet, and to provide documents which prove you meet the category or categories you selected. See Proof of Eligibility for an extensive list of document requirements for all employment authorities.

  • Current Department of Army Civilian Employees

  • Current Permanent Department of Defense (DOD) Civilian Employee (non-Army)

  • Interagency Career Transition Assistance Plan

  • Military Spouses, under Executive Order (E.O.) 13473

  • Non-Appropriated Fund Instrumentality (NAFI)

  • Non-Department of Defense (DoD) Transfer

  • Office of Personnel Management (OPM) Interchange Agreement Eligible

  • Priority Placement Program (PPP), Program S (Military Spouse) registrant

  • Re-employed Annuitant

  • Reinstatement

  • Veterans Employment Opportunity Act (VEOA) of 1998

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Looking for a great place to work? The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is one of the best! In 2016, USACE ranked number two of government large-agency subcomponents! As rated by their employees, USACE supervisors strongly support employee development and opportunities to demonstrate leadership skills, while also maintaining an optimal work/life balance. The Corps offers a team-inspiring and collaborative work environment; providing challenging and rewarding careers across a variety of disciplines.

As a Lock and Dam Operator Trainee at a USACE navigation facility, you will operate (under very close supervision and dependent upon capability, skill, and knowledge) electrically - and/or hydraulically-controlled lock or lock and dam gates, control valves, and other associated equipment required for passage of a variety of private and commercial traffic through the lock structure and the maintenance of required pool levels. Specific duties include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • Handle bow or stern lines, walk lines in proper locations along the wall, and snub lines to assist pilot in maneuvering craft into position;

  • Operate electric gate controls to open or close gates at one end of the lock chamber;

  • Operate electrically controlled tow haulage unit to move barges into and out of lock chamber;

  • Contact boat pilots to obtain data such as number of passengers, tonnage and commodities being transported, point of origin and destination, etc;

  • Secure lines and slings to materials or equipment being moved and provide hand signals to operator for moving items to and from barges or trucks, or place bulkheads, etc.;

  • Perform a variety of tasks in providing assistance to and/or personally performing work required for the installation, repair, and maintenance of lock or lock and dam machinery and equipment of equipment of mechanical or electrical type; carpentry or plumbing required for major construction or repair maintenance; concrete work, etc; and

  • Perform seasonal duties such as grass cutting, trimming, gardening; shoveling snow, clearing ice; as well as janitorial tasks such as cleaning control house and other site buildings, restrooms, facilities, standby equipment, etc.

Travel Required

Occasional travel

  • Travel required 10% of the time or less.

Supervisory status


Promotion Potential

Who May ApplyThis job is open toCurrent Federal Employees, Former Federal Employees, Status Candidates, ICTAP, VEOA, Military Spouses

Questions? This job is open to 4 groups.

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  • Requirements

HelpRequirements Conditions of Employment

Other Requirements:

  • 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.

  • Two year trial/probationary period may be required.

  • Appointment is subject to the completion of a favorable suitability or fitness determination, as determined by a background investigation.

  • Direct Deposit of Pay is Required.

  • Appropriate protective clothing and/or equipment will be provided to minimize or eliminate hazardous conditions, and its use is mandatory.

  • May be required to maintain an American Red Cross Standard First Aid card in good standing, based on site-specific requirements.

  • May be required to wear a prescribed uniform, based on site-specific requirements.

  • May be required to have a valid state driver's license, based on job-related, site-specific requirements.

  • These positions advertised under this announcement will be on a Seasonal basis. Seasonal Employment means annually recurring periods of work that typically last six (6) months each year. Seasonal employees are permanent employees, and are eligible for the same benefits offered to full-time employees. If interested in and selected for a Seasonal position, an employment agreement must be executed between the agency and the employee prior to the employee's first day on duty.

  • Testing Designated Position. This position meets criteria for random drug testing under the Department of the Army (DA) Drug-Free Federal Workplace Program, as supplemented by USACE Pamphlet 600-1-3. Performance of the duties of the position is sufficiently critical that screening to detect the presence of drugs is warranted.

  • Pre-employment physical examination is required and subsequent annual physicals may be required.

  • Mission Essential. This position is not subject to administrative dismissal in emergencies based on inclement weather conditions, or other emergency situations, as appropriate. Employee is required to report for, or remain at, work in emergency situations; dismissal or closure announcements do apply unless supervisor instructs otherwise.

  • Work Schedules. Days of operations and typical daily schedules will vary based on site-specific work requirements. Sites with limited commercial use may operate on reduced work schedules. In all cases, work schedules and hours of operation are locally determined based on work requirements.


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.

Positions advertised fall under the USACE Inland Marine Technology System (IMTS).

  • Employees participate in a formalized training and development program for Lock and Dam Operators involving on-the-job training, classroom instruction, and related correspondence courses.

  • Trainee positions afford the opportunity for career progression to the intermediate grade of WY-07; and final grade of WY-08 after successful completion of training and certification requirements.

Minimum Qualifications (Screen Out Element): Ability to do the work of an Lock and Dam Operator Trainee without more than normal supervision. At a minimum, your level of experience must show that you have performed various simple maintenance or repair tasks utilizing mechanical or electrical equipment; and operated simple electrical or mechanical equipment such as: lawn mowers, hedge clippers, electric drills, power wrenches, and hydraulic lifts.

  • Failure to meet this Screen Out Element will result in an ineligible rating.

In addition to the screen-out element, you will be evaluated on you level of Knowledge, Skill, Ability, and/or Competency (KSAC) in the following areas:

  • Ability To Do The Work Of The position Without More Than Normal Supervision

  • Ability to Interpret Instructions, Specification, etc. (other than blueprints)

  • Dexterity and Safety

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

  • Operation of Equipment and Machinery

  • Physical Effort: Eye and hand coordination for operating various controls and handling lines while observing traffic and personnel, during crane lifting operations, lifting dam gates, etc. There is standing, stooping, bending, occasional lifting in excess of 50 pounds, stretching, working in cramped positions, handling or maneuvering bulky items or equipment, and general continuous moderate to arduous physical activity.

  • Working Conditions: Preponderance of work is performed outside subject to extremes of temperature and weather, There is exposure of injuries associated with working in restricted areas (occasionally in cramped and/or uncomfortably hot or cold areas), from falling objects, from working with electrical power tools and wiring or other equipment, from working with normal manual tools, and from falls while working on lock walls, dam service bridge, etc. While possibility of drowning exists as result of falls while working around water, hazard is practically eliminated through observance of safety procedures and use of safety equipment. During maintenance operations is occasionally exposed to unpleasant fumes, dust, etc.


IMTS Lock and Dam Operator Training and Certification Program

  • Newly-Appointed Lock and Dam Operators (LDOs) must successfully complete certification requirements before promotion to the full performance level may be effected.

  • Certification is not a condition of employment. However, failing to meet certification requirements could result in adverse consequences.

  • Certification is voluntary for Current LDOs. Although not required, current LDOs are encouraged to obtain certification as it may be helpful when seeking advancement through competitive or noncompetitive opportunities

  • IMTS-Certified LDOs must successfully complete refresher training, as required, to maintain certification.

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Lock And Dam Operator Trainee

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