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Engineering Equipment Operator

Company name
Department Of The Interior Bureau of Reclamation

$25.99 to $30.29

Navajo Dam, NM

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$25.99 to $30.29 per hour

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WG 10

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1 vacancy in the following location:

Navajo Dam, NM

1 vacancy

Relocation expenses reimbursed


This job is open to

Federal employees

Current or former competitive service employees, including:

Merit promotion

Career Transition (CTAP, ICTAP, RPL)



Announcement number

BR-UC-2018-29 (MP-df)

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Reclamation is a contemporary water management agency. Reclamation is best known for Hoover Dam on the Colorado River, Grand Coulee Dam on the Columbia River and Folsom Dam on the American River. Today we are the largest wholesaler of water in the country and the second largest producer of hydroelectric power in the western United States. View our video titled Traditions, Talent, and Teamwork here

Reclamation is seeking a skilled and experienced Engineering Equipment Operator looking for an opportunity to capitalize on his/her expertise in equipment operation, and an opportunity to become an integral part of a team and grow in a hydropower environment.

Would you enjoy operating and maintaining heavy equipment used in the construction, maintenance, and rehabilitation of features related to the Grand Mesa System of the Collbran Project? You can make a difference in the West by assisting in meeting increasing water demands while protecting the environment.

Here is a great opportunity to join a great organization with excellent growth potential!


Additional vacancies may be filled from this vacancy announcement.

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- Operates gasoline and/or diesel powered, heavy equipment with wheeled- or crawler-type traction such as dozers, graders, dump trucks, tractors with blades/buckets, front end loaders, backhoes, large industrial tractors with pan or scraper attachments.

- Operates one or more types of heavy equipment to excavate, backfill, grade, or level earth to rough specifications to break new ground for trails, roads, canals, pipelines, dams, or other construction sites; to push, pull, pile or load material such as sand, gravel, or earth; to clear brush, tree stumps, and rocks; and to plow snow on roads.

- Operates, as may be required, other equipment such as a jackhammer, concrete mixer, welder, and air compressor; other vehicles including two- and four-wheel drives, snow cats, and snowmobiles; and operates a variety of power tools, including chainsaws, and uses a variety of hand tools.

- Moves earth on mountains and steep slopes, graded curves and shoulders, rocky or soft ground, hilly forests, and other surfaces with similar rough features.

- Grades surfaces, compacts soils, or rolls to exact specifications on flat or rolling terrain.

- Services equipment routinely according to the manufacturer's recommendations/maintenance schedule or to industry standards and maintains proper records.

- Participates in hand labor to construct small concrete structures including such activities as excavation; forming, placing, and finishing concrete; backfill and the compaction of backfill; the construction of other structures such as culverts, flumes, and gates; and the repair of the collector pipeline.

- Monitors and analyzes piezometer and drain monitoring installations as required by the Safety of Dams (SOD) and Safety Evaluation of Existing Dams (SEED) Programs at various project facilities.

- Maintains WCAO monitoring data and records relative to operation and maintenance and SOD functions for operating projects which include seepage and drainage records, periodic readings of earth dam instrumentation, such as embankment and structural settlement, deflection and horizontal movement points, and other such readings.

- Prepares and submits instrumentation data to the Denver Technical Service Center (TSC) for data storage, verification, and analysis.

- Performs seepage monitoring for the 15 dams, maintains the Dam Seepage Monitoring System (computer database), and prepares an annual report to be submitted to the State of Colorado.

- Collects monthly reservoir elevation and release data for the State Engineer Office’s use in water right administration, makes flow/storage calculations and regulates gate adjustments.

WORKING CONDITIONS/ENVIRONMENT: Work may be performed in forested areas up to approximately 10,000 feet elevation. Work is performed in all types of weather, often in an open driver’s seat or platform. Because large, complicated equipment is operated on steep hills, slopes, and grades, the operator at times is exposed to the possibility of the equipment overturning. Subject to noise, vibration, dust, and fumes from the motor and exhaust.

PHYSICAL EFFORT: Heavy physical effort is used by the operator in constantly reaching, bending, turning, and moving hands, arms, feet and legs to manipulate different sets of controls to operate the equipment and attachments. Considerable strain is caused by the constant vibration of equipment and the jerking and jolting from operating over rough surfaces. The physical effort is strenuous due to the large pieces of equipment and the requirement for frequent adjustments under adverse conditions. Because of the arrangement of some of the controls and attachments, the operator is frequently required to work in awkward or strained positions.

Travel Required

Occasional travel - Travel associated with driving vehicles and commercial equipment.

Supervisory status


Promotion Potential


Who May Apply

This job is open to…

Applications will be accepted from current career or career conditional competitive service employees with the Bureau of Reclamation, Career Transition Assistance Program (CTAP) eligibles, and current or former time-limited employees eligible under the Land Management Workforce Flexibility Act (LMWFA).

Questions? This job is open to 1 group.

Job family (Series)

5716 Engineering Equipment Operating



Conditions of Employment

Must apply online, submit resume & supporting documents (See How to Apply).



Subject to Pre-Employment and random drug testing.

All qualification requirements (including any applicable selective factors) must be met by the closing date of this announcement.


Minimum qualifications for trades and labor positions are determined by evaluation of job elements. You must meet at least 2 points on the screen-out element(s) and obtain an average of at least 2 points on all of the job elements in order to be considered qualified for this position.

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, knowledge, and skills and can provide valuable training and experience that translates directly to paid employment. You will receive credit for all qualifying experience, including volunteer experience.


Additional information

Telework: Reclamation has determined that the duties of this position are suitable for telework only during an emergency or natural disaster.

References: On your application, please include the names and current phone numbers for at least 3 supervisory references. If any individual is no longer available for contact, you are requested to provide the name and current phone number of another person with the company (team lead, acting supervisor, etc.) that would know your work history.

Medical Testing: This position MAY require periodic post-employment testing related to OSHA-mandated medical surveillance monitoring for occupational exposures, such as exposure to lead or heavy metals, hearing conservation, and/or use of a respirator.

E-Verify: DOI uses E-Verify to confirm the employment eligibility of all newly hired employees. To learn more about E-Verify, including your rights and responsibilities, please visit: E-Verify

Selective Service: If you are a male applicant born after December 31, 1959, you must certify that you have registered with the Selective Service System, or are exempt from having to do so under the Selective Service Law. For more information visit: Selective Service

Equal Employment Opportunity: The United States Government does not discriminate in employment on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, political affiliation, sexual orientation, gender identity, marital status, disability and genetic information, age, membership in an employee organization, or other non-merit factors.

How You Will Be Evaluated

You will be evaluated for this job based on how well you meet the qualifications above.

Human Resources (HR) will review resumes and transcript(s) if applicable, to ensure applicants meet the basic qualification requirements. We will evaluate each applicant who meets the basic qualifications on the information provided in the assessment questionnaire. The assessment questionnaire will take approximately 30 minutes to complete. Applicants determined best qualified will be referred to the selecting official.

Applicants will be further evaluated on the following “Job Elements through your resume and responses to the online questions:

1. Ability to do the work of the position without more than normal supervision (SCREEN-OUT JOB ELEMENT).

2. Ability to operate motor vehicles.

3. Ability to drive safely.

4. Ability to use and maintain tools and equipment.

Applicant's answers to questions will be verified against information provided in their online resume. Be sure that the resume clearly supports the responses to all the questions by addressing experience, education and/or training relevant to this position. Applicants must make a fair and accurate assessment of their qualifications. If a determination is made that you have rated yourself higher than is apparent in your description of experience, competencies, skills, and/or education/training OR that your resume/application is incomplete, you may be rated ineligible or your score may be lowered.

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Background checks and security clearance

Security clearance


Required Documents

Required Documents

To be considered for this position, applicants are required to submit an on-line assessment questionnaire, and the following Supporting Documents, as appropriate:


--RESUME: A resume with dates of employment: Your resume may be submitted in any format. If you submit more than one copy of your resume, only the most recent version will be reviewed. The latest timestamp will be used to determine which version of your resume is most recent. It is your responsibility to check the status and timestamp of all documents you submit as part of your application. For qualifications determinations, your resume must contain hours worked per week and the dates of employment (i.e., hours per week and mm/dd/yy to mm/dd/yy, OR mm/dd/yy to the date you are submitting the resume). If using an automated resume builder, be sure to include this specific information in the narrative portion of your work description. Any period of employment that does not include this specific information WILL NOT be credited toward meeting the qualifications requirements of the position.

--SF-50, NOTIFICATION OF PERSONNEL ACTION: Status applicants (transfer, reassignment, reinstatement, promotion, etc.) MUST submit a copy of their SF-50, verifying highest rate of pay and documenting career or career-conditional status in the competitive service (Tenure 1 or 2) for which you are claiming eligibility. FAILURE TO SUBMIT AN SF-50 VERIFYING STATUS WILL RESULT IN THE APPLICANT NOT BEING CONSIDERED FOR THIS POSITION.

--Land Management Workforce Flexibility Act (LMWFA) Eligibles: If you are a current or former land management agency appointee – you must provide documentation to verify eligibility as follows:

a) A copy of your SF-50, Notification of Personnel Action, that reflects having initially been hired under competitive examining procedures to a time limited (temporary/term) appointment;

b) A copy of SF-50(s), Notification of Personnel Action(s), that reflect having served under one (1) or more time-limited (temporary/term) appointments by a land management agency for a period totaling more than 24 months without a break in service of two (2) or more years; and

c) A copy of your Performance Appraisal Plan and/or Supervisor Memorandum that reflects having performed at an acceptable level during each period of service. For more information on LMWFA, visit:

--CTAP provides placement assistance to permanent Federal employees who are surplus, displaced or involuntarily separated. Applicants claiming CTAP eligibility must submit a copy of their most recent performance appraisal, proof of eligibility and most current SF-50 noting position, grade level, and duty location with their application. To be considered under CTAP, applicants must be well-qualified, i.e. meet the minimum qualification requirements, including selective factors, education and experience requirements and score at least 90 on the assessment questionnaire as established, and be able to perform the duties of the position upon entry. For information on CTAP, visit: CTAP

If you are relying on your education to meet qualification requirements:

Education must be accredited by an accrediting institution recognized by the U.S. Department of Education in order for it to be credited towards qualifications. Therefore, provide only the attendance and/or degrees from schools accredited by accrediting institutions recognized by the U.S. Department of Education

Failure to provide all of the required information as stated in this vacancy announcement may result in an ineligible rating or may affect the overall rating.



A career with the U.S. Government provides employees with a comprehensive benefits package. As a federal employee, you and your family will have access to a range of benefits that are designed to make your federal career very rewarding. Learn more about federal benefits

Working for the Bureau of Reclamation offers a comprehensive benefits package that includes paid vacation, sick leave, holidays, life insurance, health benefits, and participation in the Federal Employees Retirement System. To explore the major benefits offered to most Federal employees, visit the Benefits URL above.

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Eligibility for benefits depends on the type of position you hold and whether your position is full-time, part-time, or intermittent. Contact the hiring agency for more information on the specific benefits offered.

How to Apply

How to Apply

Applications (resume and assessment questionnaire) for this vacancy MUST be received online BEFORE midnight Eastern Time (Washington D.C. time) on the closing date of this announcement. When you're ready to apply, click the blue APPLY ONLINE button at the side of any page.

This vacancy is being announced through Bureau of Reclamation's Hiring System--HireMe. For more information about the HireMe system and the registration process, click: here

As part of the on-line application process, applicants may be required to submit supporting documents. Failure to submit the requested supporting documents may result in your not being considered for this position.

Options for submitting supporting documentation include Auto Requested Fax or uploading from your USAJOBS profile - instructions provided during the online application process. In addition, you may E-mail your supporting documentation to, fax directly to the HR Office at (801) 524-3187, mail to 125 South State Street, Room 8100 (UC-543), Salt Lake City, Utah 84138, OR hand deliver to 125 South State Street, Room 7102A (UC-543), Salt Lake City, Utah 84138. Include your name and the vacancy number on the supporting document(s).

This agency provides reasonable accommodation to applicants with disabilities. If you need a reasonable accommodation for any part of the application and hiring process, please notify us at the phone number shown at the bottom of this page. The decision on granting reasonable accommodation will be on a case-by-case basis.

Agency contact information

Melissa Bishop










125 S. State St., Room 8100

Salt Lake City, Utah

United States

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Next steps

After all application packages have been received, resumes and transcripts will be reviewed to ensure applicants meet the basic qualification requirements. Each applicant who meets the basic qualifications will be further evaluated on the information provided in the Assessment Questionnaire. Best-qualified applicants will be referred to the selecting official. After making a tentative job offer, a suitability and/or security background investigation will be conducted. A final job offer is typically made within 40 days after the deadline for applications. Applicants should monitor their status for positions with the Bureau of Reclamation, by regularly checking their public status notifications in their USAJOBS profile.

Fair & Transparent

Fair & Transparent

The Federal hiring process is setup to be fair and transparent. Please read the following guidance.

Equal Employment Opportunity Policy

The United States Government does not discriminate in employment on the basis of race, color, religion, sex (including pregnancy and gender identity), national origin, political affiliation, sexual orientation, marital status, disability, genetic information, age, membership in an employee organization, retaliation, parental status, military service, or other non-merit factor.

Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO) for federal employees & job applicants

Reasonable Accommodation Policy

Federal agencies must provide reasonable accommodation to applicants with disabilities where appropriate. Applicants requiring reasonable accommodation for any part of the application and hiring process should contact the hiring agency directly. Determinations on requests for reasonable accommodation will be made on a case-by-case basis.

A reasonable accommodation is any change to a job, the work environment, or the way things are usually done that enables an individual with a disability to apply for a job, perform job duties or receive equal access to job benefits.

Under the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, federal agencies must provide reasonable accommodations when: An applicant with a disability needs an accommodation to have an equal opportunity to apply for a job.

An employee with a disability needs an accommodation to perform the essential job duties or to gain access to the workplace.

An employee with a disability needs an accommodation to receive equal access to benefits, such as details, training, and office-sponsored events.

You can request a reasonable accommodation at any time during the application or hiring process or while on the job. Requests are considered on a case-by-case basis.

Learn more about disability employment and reasonable accommodations

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Financial suitability

Social security number request

Privacy Act

Signature and false statements

Selective Service

New employee probationary period

Note: We cannot accept applications on behalf of Federal Agencies. Application instructions are listed within the Job Description.

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