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Agricultural Research Service Electronics Worker in Ames, Iowa

Summary This position is located in the Calibration and Repair Lab of the National Animal Disease Center (NADC) for the Agricultural Research Service (ARS) in Ames, IA. In this position, you will provide preventative maintenance and repair services to all entities of the National Centers for Animal Health (NCAH), as well as other support units. Responsibilities Troubleshoots and repairs instrumentation and equipment ranging in complexity from electro-mechanical and pneumatic devices to solid-state devices. Performs preventative maintenance, performance testing, and electrical safety testing of equipment as scheduled by management software. Uses a wide variety of test equipment such as test meters, voltmeters, ammeters, wattmeters, oscilloscopes, signal generators, transistor analyzers, and ohmmeters. Works from building plans, blueprints, wiring diagrams, engineer drawings, electrical maintenance, and repair manuals. Works in facilities and motor control centers with a wide range of voltages (480, 277, 240, 208, L15 VAC and 10-48 VDC), amperages, phase, and frequency systems. Interprets the results of tests to determine if the equipment can be returned to service or repaired and recalibrated to manufacturer’s specifications. Install, repair, and maintain laboratory and scientific equipment with solid state amplifiers and control systems, integrated circuits, microprocessors controlled equipment, electrical distribution systems, oil and dry transformers. Requirements Conditions of Employment Qualifications In order to qualify for this position you must meet the following by the closing date of the vacancy announcement:12/04/2023. Qualifications will be determined under the Job Element Rating System X-118C, Qualifications Standard Handbook. While a specific length of time and experience is not required for most Wage Grade positions, you must show through experience and training that you possess the best qualified level of knowledge and skill necessary to perform the duties of this position. Qualification requirements emphasize the quality of experience, not necessarily the length. The responses to the questionnaire and your resume should be in significant detail to provide the person rating your application with a good understanding of your ability to do the job, technical knowledge, work, and training experience, etc. (For example You must have the ability to perform the duties of a, Electronics Worker without more than normal supervision (Screen Out)). Applicants who do not meet the SCREEN OUT ELEMENT will not be given further consideration. Physical Effort: Incumbent may perform work in crawl spaces and on a ladder or scaffolding. Work requires close hand end eye coordination, walking, prolonged periods of standing on concrete floors, climbing, bending, reaching, and working in cramped positions or crowded areas. May be required to lift items up to 50 pounds. Working Conditions: Incumbent usually performs work inside of heated buildings, but may be required to work on equipment located outside of buildings and on top of roofs. Incumbent is subject to fumes from welding, soldering and sparks, gases and toxic fumes. Incumbent is subject to potential injury and continuous exposure to hazards of cuts, bruises, noise, vibrations, burns, dust, dirt, and danger from flying chips when using powered and hand tools. Subject to falling when working on ladder or scaffolds. Incumbent may be required to change clothing provided by Center while at work duty station. Incumbent may be required to shower prior to reporting to duty station and/or in accordance with entrance/exit safety protocols for specific areas of the Center. Restrictions of facial hair may be imposed by supervisor for proper use of personal protective equipment. Required to wear a full faced respirator when working in biological control setting. May be called-in on nights and weekends for emergency repairs or operations. Education This position does not have an education qualification requirement. Additional Information Career Transition Assistance Plan (CTAP), Reemployment Priority List (RPL), or Interagency Career Transition Assistance Plan (ICTAP): Visit the OPM website for information on how to apply as a CTAP, RPL, or ICTAP eligible. To exercise selection priority for this vacancy, CTAP/RPL/ICTAP candidates must meet the basic eligibility requirements and all selective factors. CTAP/ICTAP candidates must be rated and determined to be well qualified (or above) based on an evaluation of the competencies listed in the How You Will Be Evaluated section. When assessed through a score-based category rating method, CTAP/ICTAP applicants must receive a rating of at least 85 out of a possible 100. This position is being concurrently announced under Merit Promotion Announcement Number ARS-M24Y-12207758-RG. Current or former Federal employees or other eligible applicants may apply to both announcements to expand all possibilities of consideration since different referral criteria apply to each type of announcement. See the above announcement for more information. Recruitment or Relocation Incentive may be authorized. Final determination to pay an incentive will be made by the hiring official at time of job offer. This position may be eligible to telework up to four days per week, based upon the duties of the position. This position may also be eligible for flexible work arrangements as determined by agency policy and any applicable collective bargaining agreements. This position is designated as a bargaining unit position and is represented by the American Federation of Government Employees (AFGE).