Army Tank-Automotive and Armament Command (TACOM) Electronic Industrial Controls Mechanic in Watervliet, New York

Job Overview

Job Overview

Civilian employees serve a vital role in supporting the Army mission. They provide the skills that are not readily available in the military, but crucial to support military operations. The Army integrates the talents and skills of its military and civilian members to form a Total Army.

About the Position: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, high-powered weaponry for cannon, howitzer, and mortar systems. The Arsenal is the only location in the DoD that has a weapons research facility (Benét Laboratories) collocated with a manufacturing facility (Arsenal).

Who May Apply:U.S. Citizens


Works on industrial plant equipment demonstrating expert skill in malfunction diagnostics by applying a high degree of knowledge of diverse occupational areas which include the machinist, electronic, hydraulic, mechanical repair/rebuild, instrumentation and electrical trade areas. In performing diagnostics, uses precision instruments and gauging that include the full complement of machinist measuring tools. Repairs and rebuilds intricate production on other special purpose hydraulic systems. Corrects improper functioning of units caused by conditions of misadjustment, gases, improper restrictions, minute leaks in hydraulic-hookups, pressure temperature changes and their effect on hydraulic systems. Performs preventive maintenance, trouble-shooting, repair, installation, modification and rebuilding of electronic and electrical controlling elements of numerically controlled machine tools. Improvises test equipment and special purpose devices as required. Checks machining set-up, programming and the condition of the tools used in the stock removal operation. On new start operations, determines the validity of the program with respect to the machine capabilities and the cutting tools being used. Determines from the nature of the malfunction and the results of investigating, the sequence of symptoms leading to the final breakdown, the most probable points in the manufacturing system that the malfunctions exist.

Supervisory Status


Promotion Potential


Travel Required
  • Occasional Travel
  • Business travel is 5%
Relocation Authorized
  • No
Who May Apply
This job is open to…

United States Citizens

Questions? This job is open to 1 group.

Job Requirements

Job Requirements
Key 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.

SCREEN OUT ELEMENT: Your resume must indicate your ability to perform the work of a Electronic Industrial Controls Mechanic without more than normal supervision as outlined in the duties of the position which includes the ability to: (1) Overhaul, installation, maintenance, testing and repair of various types of electronically controlled industrial equipment and/or machinery; (2) Applied knowledge of electronic theory and circuits and basic logic circuits to power, timing, and motion controls; (3) Applied knowledge of electrical and electronic block diagrams, wiring diagrams and/or schematics in order to understand construction/operation of industrial controls and troubleshoot malfunctions; and (4) Selection and use of proper test equipment in order to prevent loading of circuits and damage to parts. 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 a Electronic Industrial Controls Mechanic. 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.

JOB ELEMENTS:You will be evaluated on the basis of your level of competency with the following elements: (1) Knowledge of equipment assembly, installation, repair, etc. (2) Use of Test Equipment: Electronics. (3) Theory of Electronics. (4) Ability to Use Hand and Power Tools-Electronics; and (5) Troubleshooting (Electronic Equipment)

PHYSICAL EFFORT Required to push, pull, reach, walk, stand, crawl, kneel, bend and work in cramped positions over and under machinery of all types for sustained periods of time.

WORKING CONDITIONS - Incumbent performs work inside areas that are adequately lighted, ventilated, and heated. Floor and deck surfaces are sometimes uneven, oily, and slippery. They are frequently, exposed to moving objects and vibration from machines. In shop areas, exposed to injury from moving machinery, falls from heights over 20 feet, deep pit areas that require environmental testing before working, danger of burns, electric shocks, bruises, cuts, shop noises, skin irritants and toxic environments. Uses moderate physical effort, fine finger dexterity and close visual attention. *REQUIRED TO LIFT/CARRY ITEMS WEIGHING UP TO 44 LBS. MECHANICAL LIFTING DEVICES/OTHER EMPLOYEES ARE AVAILABLE TO ASSIST WITH LIFTS OF 45 LBS AND OVER.

Other Requirements: Click here for expanded definitions.

• 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. • Direct Deposit of Pay is required. • A Pre-appointment medical examination is required. • Personnel security investigation is required. • May require overtime. • May require shift work and/or work on rotating shifts to provide coverage on evenings, weekends, holidays and in other situations. • Salary includes locality pay or Local Market Supplement. • Noncompetitive promotion to target grade. • Payment of Permanent Change of station costs (PCS) is not authorized. • Position requires employee to wear uniform and/or protective clothing/equipment.

Security Clearance

Not Applicable

Additional Information

Additional Information
What To Expect Next

If you provided an email address, you will receive an email message acknowledging receipt of your application. Your application package will be used to determine your eligibility, qualifications, and quality ranking for this position.

If you are determined to be ineligible or not qualified, your application will receive no further consideration.

The documents you submit must support your responses to the online questionnaire. If your application contradicts or does not support your questionnaire responses, you will receive a rating of "not qualified" or "incomplete application" and you will not receive further consideration for this job.


The Department of Defense offers an excellent benefits program.In addition to your take-home pay, your comprehensive compensation/benefits package may include most of the benefits described in the USAJOBS Resource Center.

Other Information
  • Selection is subject to restrictions resulting from Department of Defense referral system for displaced employees.
  • If you have retired from federal service and you are interested in employment as a reemployed annuitant, see the information in the Reemployed Annuitantinformation sheet.
  • You may claim military spouse preference, see the information in the Military Spouse Preference Under Delegated Examining Procedures information sheet.
  • Multiple positions may filled from this announcement.

This job originated on For the full announcement and to apply, visit Only resumes submitted according to the instructions on the job announcement listed at will be considered.

Open & closing dates: 2017-07-17 to 2017-07-26

Salary: $25.46 to $29.82 / per hour

Pay scale & grade: WG 10

Series: 2606 Electronic Industrial Controls Mechanic

Appointment type: Permanent

Work schedule: Full Time

Job announcement number: NEAJ171623621984294D

Control number: 473892000