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Agricultural Research Service

This is a Full-time position in Beltsville, MD posted December 24, 2021.

Summary This position is located within the Agricultural Research Service (ARS), Beltsville Agricultural Research Center (BARC), Operations and Maintenance, Beltsville, MD.

The incumbent will perform maintenance, repair, installation, and servicing of electrical systems and equipment supporting agricultural research in the facilities and campus providing a first line of response for alarms of critical equipment and emergency calls for service at The Center that may require immediate repair.

Responsibilities Assists and performs work involved in installing, modifying, repairing, trouble-shooting, loading, and testing new and existing electrical lines, circuits, systems, fixtures, controls, and equipment.

Assists and performs work including secondary distribution lines and circuits used to supply a wide-range of voltage, amperage, phase, and frequency requirements, distribution panels, switchgear, power and control circuits.

Assists and performs work control consoles for starting and stopping equipment, electrical recording, warning, detection surveillance systems, fire alarm systems, and high intensity lighting systems.

Assists higher graded electricians in performing services, repairs, maintenance, and installation of many types of electrical appliances, motors, ovens, furnaces, air compressors, generators, etc.

Assists in installation or change-over of electrical systems and essential wiring, including the installation of all types and sizes of switches, multi-breaks, panels, and switchboards.

Measures, cuts, threads, bends, assembles, and installs conduits to connect the various outlets, panels, and boxes, and pulls wires.

May be required to make diagnoses and minor repairs to elevators.

Assists and performs work involved in reading blueprints.

Assists higher graded employee to closes out job assignment tickets on a daily or as completed basis.

Assists higher graded electricians in performing services, repairs, maintenance, and installation of all types of both-special and standardized shop and laboratory equipment which are in some way electrically operated, connected, and/or controlled.

As assigned, locates and tests for defects and short circuits, and checks for correct voltage, amperage, etc.

Skill in the use of hand tools and portable power tools, such as screwdrivers, pliers, strippers, drills, soldering irons, conduit benders and threaders and a limited variety of test equipment, for example, meggers, test lamps, and ammeters.

Making repairs and replacement of worn or damaged parts such as bearings, brushes, starting switches, heating elements, temperature controls, relay capacitors, necklaces, new leads, cables, etc.

Assists in conducting periodic inspections and services covering all types of electrically operated equipment and machinery, light and power circuits, components and accessories in accordance with factory furnished maintenance instruction.

Assists in determining properly balanced circuits, size, and routing of circuits, types of switches, relays, and other materials.

Assists in making additions to and modifications to existing electrical facilities which include changing the location of lights, switches, panels, and plug outlets, and enlarging existing service to accommodate the additional load.

Selects tools, decides on methods and techniques to use, and carry out the work with little check during its progress.

Requirements Conditions of Employment Qualifications Applicants must meet all qualifications and eligibility requirements by the closing date of the announcement including specialized experience and/or education, as defined below.

Physical Effort: Works from ladders, scaffolds, belts, and platforms which requires work in cramped, stretched, or awkward positions.

Frequently lifts articles weighing up to 20 pounds and occasionally over that amount.

Working Conditions: Subject to danger of shock, cuts, burns, bruises, falls, exposure to dirt, fumes, and temperature changes.

May make installations outside in bad weather and in work areas that are noisy or dirty.

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).

Volunteer work helps build critical competencies and can provide valuable training and experience that translates directly to paid employment.

You will receive credit for all qualifying experience, including volunteer experience.

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.

Recruitment or Relocation Incentive may be authorized.

The final determination to pay an incentive will be made by the hiring official at the time of job offer.