The Watervliet Arsenal is an Army-owned and -operated manufacturing center located in New York. It is the oldest, continuously active arsenal in the United States having begun operations in 1813. Today it is relied upon by U.S. and foreign militaries to produce the most advanced, highpowered weaponry for cannon, howitzer, and mortar systems. The Arsenal is the only location in the DoD that has a weapons research facility (Bent Laboratories) collocated with a manufacturing facility (Arsenal).
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Operate a wide variety of conventional machine tools and CNC equipment
Fabricate, repair and/or modify tooling, fixtures, and jigs used in machining, assembling and other metal working operations.
Visit the job site to study assignments, then independently plan the sequence of operation obtains material, lay out work, calculate necessary dimensions and tolerances.
Determine and plan for performance of related operations such as heat treating, surface finishing or plating.
Perform function tests on numerical control equipment and conventional equipment to insure status and capability of equipment prior to utilizing for prototype machining of components
Produce components, independently read and interpret engineering drawings, blueprints, specifications and quality standards to obtain dimensional requirements
Perform complex and simple setups of work and machine tools, both conventional and numerical control
Plan operational use of machines, tooling and other resources to manufacture a wide variety of prototype components relative to cannon manufactures and non-mission items
Complete machining repairs and rework on production items, prototype items and fixtures as required
Apply a comprehensive knowledge of machining operations end metal cutting processes to determine the feasibility and acceptability of items, initial setups and production of components.
Utilize knowledge of precision measuring instruments such as micrometers, vernier calipers, dial test indicators, sine bars, gage blocks, electronic height gages and inspection gages to insure accuracy of dimensions
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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.
Due to the nature of this position, employees are required to work both planned and unscheduled overtime.
This position requires the employee to use personal protective equipment provided by the employer.
This position requires the completion of a pre-employment Physical Examination and an annual examination thereafter to ensure the continued, required level of physical health and ability or fitness to perform the duties of the position.
This position requires shift work to provide coverage on evenings, weekends, holidays, or special situations.
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
Priority Placement Program (PPP), Program S (Military Spouse) registrant
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): Your resume must reflect the ability to do the work of a Toolmaker without more than normal supervision which includes: (1) Fabricate many common types of components, tooling, dies, and jigs utilizing various types of machining equipment and processes; (2) Apply knowledge of machine shop procedures and techniques in planning, laying out, machining, assembling, and hand fitting and finishing work to precise dimensions; (3) Select the proper materials for items to be made and make dimensional allowances based on familiarity of effects of hardening, annealing, and stress relieving on metals and metal alloys; and (4) Read and interpret drawings and blueprints to perform setups, programming, and/or machining processes to complete assignments/projects.
To meet the basic eligibility, you must receive at least two points on the screen-out element indicated above and must have an average of two points on all the job elements listed below. Your application will be further evaluated to determine if you meet the best qualified cut-off for referral to the selecting official.
Ability To Do The Work Of The Position Without More Than Normal Supervision
Ability To Use Hand Tools for Machine Shop
Ability To Use Shop Drawings
Knowledge of Metals
Measurement and Layout
Operation of Machine Tools
Technical Practices (theoretical, precise, artistic)
Physical Effort: Work requires standing, stooping, bending, stretching and working in tiring and uncomfortable positions. Requires good vision to work at close tolerances. Required to life-carry items weighing up to 44 lbs. Mechanical lifting devices/other employees are available to assist with lifts of 45 lbs. and over.
Working Conditions: Works in well lighted, heated, and ventilated shop with concrete floors. Exposed to dust from grinding, oil from machines, direct, heat, noise and fumes. Subject to hazards of burns from hot metal chips, machine and hand tools, skin irritations from contact with coolants, lubricants and abrasive compounds. Subject to strains from frequent moving, lifting and handling of heavy items. Wears safety glasses, shoes, and other safety apparel and equipment as required.
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