Heavy Mobile Equipment Mechanic

Department Of Energy Kalispell, MT
* Duties

Help Duties Summary

The Heavy Mobile Equipment Mechanic (HMEM) performs preventative, predictive and corrective maintenance on BPA's light and heavy mobile equipment fleet. The HMEM maintains light and heavy mobile equipment and vehicles in maintenance facilities and field locations throughout BPA's service territory (e.g., Washington, Oregon, Montana, and Idaho). Incumbent reports to a Heavy Mobile Equipment Mechanic Foreman III or assigned manager who provides technical and administrative supervision and control. The incumbent performs duties in compliance with all government regulations, BPA safety rules, and the Columbia Power Trades Council (CPTC) Collective Agreement.

This position is located in the Bonneville Power Administration (BPA), Chief Administrative Officer (N), Supply Chain Services (NS), Fleet Management (NFS), Mobile Equipment Maintenance (NSFM). The NSFM organization is responsible for the safe and efficient operation of BPA's mechanic garages.

This announcement is also being advertised under Merit Promotion as announcement DOE-BPA-18-12642-MP.

If you intend to apply under a Special Hiring Authority (e.g. Schedule A, VRA, VEOA, etc.), please apply under the Merit Promotion announcement.

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As a Heavy Mobile Equipment Mechanic (HMEM), you will:

* Apply your technical experience, knowledge and skill to provide oversight and complete corrective and preventive maintenance on light and heavy mobile vehicles, heavy mobile equipment, and associated systems used in BPA.

* Plan, perform, and account for all aspects of maintenance, repair and diagnosis of systems and associated components. The HMEM is responsible for the quality of repairs, safety, and efficiency of the maintenance facility and performs all duties in accordance with government regulations, BPA safety rules, and the collective agreement.

* Identify, plan, and coordinate the maintenance and related requirements with customers and develop courses of action to maximize systematic productivity and maintain high quality maintenance.

* Plan and schedule workload for up to six month periods and provide status reports for ongoing and completed work

* Perform troubleshooting, diagnosis, repair, modifications, corrective and preventative maintenance; including: cranes (up to 60 ton); digger derricks; aerial man lift devices (up to 178 ft) and up to Class 8 chassis; trailers (up to 250K); bulldozers; front-end loaders; backhoe; forklift; snowmobile s-cats; utility terrain vehicles; fuel dispensing equipment; and electric powered equipment.

* Perform troubleshooting, diagnosis, corrective and preventative maintenance: hydraulic; electrical; pneumatic; air and hydraulic brakes; chassis; structural components; manual and automatic transmissions; diesel; gas and propane engines; drive-trains; control systems; safety systems; electric propulsion; and hybrid hydraulic systems.

* Perform regulatory and post maintenance quality control inspections to ensure quality maintenance performed; and to meet internal and external compliance standards (DOT, ANSI, and ASME).

Travel Required

75% or less - This position may be designated to support multiple facilities throughout BPA's service territory. The incumbent may be in a nearly continuous travel status.

Supervisory status


Promotion Potential


Who May Apply This job is open to… ALL U.S. CITIZENS MAY APPLY

Questions? This job is open to 1 group.

* Job family (Series)

5803 Heavy Mobile Equipment Mechanic

* Requirements

Help Requirements Conditions of Employment

* You must be a United States Citizen.

* This employer participates in the e-Verify program.

* See "Other Information" section regarding Selective Service requirements.


* Must possess and maintain a US Motor Vehicle Operator Authorization (driver's license) and interstate Class A Commercial Driver's License (CDL), including current Department of Transportation (DOT) medical card with applicable endorsements to meet DOT, Federal and State requirements. Good driving record is required and traffic citations indicating poor driving habits may disqualify applicants. Failure to maintain a valid Class A CDL and medical card and Operator authorization may be cause for removal from Federal service.

* Must pass a pre-employment physical examination and thereafter when required.

* This is a Department of Energy (DOE) Drug Test Designated Position. Must pass a pre-employment drug screening and random drug testing thereafter.

* Become familiar with and follow the safety practices of the BPA Accident Prevention Manual and OSHA regulations applicable to this position.

* If exposed to health hazards, the employee is required to have periodic physical examinations as prescribed by competent medical authority at BPA expense. (Employees may work in close proximity to substances, such as: asbestos, acids, PCB's, pesticides, mercury, solvents, etc., which may have effect on health unless prescribed handling procedures are followed.)

* Subject to call for emergency work at any time.

* Within 1 year after appointment be certified for First Aid and CPR and maintain certification thereafter.

* Operate motorized equipment (e.g., pickup trucks, vans, flatbed trucks and Class 8 trucks with trailer). Must be able to operate, for test and inspection only, all BPA and GSA motorized vehicles and work equipment.

* Drives 35% of the time in all weather conditions.

* Be able to wear protective apparel such as respirators, eye wear, footwear, welding hood, etc. when required for worker safety.

* Must be able to pass the internal BPA Welding Program, after hire, for Welding (3G and 4G) metal inert gas (MIG).

* Overnight travel up to 75% of the time is required. HMEM jobs may be designated to support multiple facilities throughout BPA's service territory (organizationally referred to as a mobile mechanic). When assigned, the HMEM may be in a nearly continuous travel status.

* A preliminary background check must be completed before a new employee can begin work. Current Federal employees or other individuals with an existing completed background investigation may not be required to undergo another background check.


This job has one screen-out factor which will be used to determine minimum eligibility for this job. Applicants who do not receive a minimum of two points on the screen-out element will be found ineligible. The screen-out element for the Heavy Equipment Mobile Mechanic, BB-5803-00 position is:

Element 1 (Screen-Out): Ability to Do the Work of the Position Without More Than Normal Supervision

* AND—

In addition to the screen-out element above, you will be evaluated on the following job elements through your resume and responses to the on-line assessment questionnaire:

Element 2: Knowledge of Equipment Assembly, Installation, Repair, etc.

Element 3: Use of Measuring Instruments

Element 4: Ability to Interpret Instructions, Specifications, etc. (Includes blue print reading)

Element 5: Ability to Use and Maintain Tools and Equipment

Element 6: Trouble Shooting


The HMEM works in tiring and uncomfortable positions for long periods of time. The work is physically challenging and requires standing, lying, or sitting. Frequently lifts and carry items, unassisted, weighing up to 75 pounds, often exerts effort in pushing, pulling and position in parts, assemblies, and equipment. Lift and move heavier items with the assistance of other works or with lifting devices such as jacks, hoists, and cranes. Works from ladders or work platforms up to 12 feet (average 2-6 feet). The work is performed both indoors and outdoors. When indoors, frequent exposure to drafts, changing temperatures and high noise levels which are difficult to hear and talk above. When outdoors, works in bad weather, mud or snow, and wet or icy areas and conditions. The mechanic is frequently exposed to irritations or discomfort from: dust, heat, fumes; and hard damp floors or ground. Typically works on parts systems which are dirty, oily, or greasy. Is frequently exposed to the possibility of receiving cuts, bruises, electrical shock, sprains, and injury from falls while repairing, positioning, and moving equipment; and is often exposed to the possibility of receiving burns and skin irritations from acid, fluids, and lubricants. To reduce the dangers and irritations from the above conditions the mechanic is required to follow prescribed safety practices and uses safety equipment such as protective ear devices, hard hats, hard-toe shoes, respirators, and protective clothing to prevent injuries to self and others as well as to protect and work from damage or destruction. Some of these safety items may be uncomfortable to wear or use and may have to be worn or used for long periods.


The work requires frequently lifting and carrying, unassisted, tools, equipment, bulky materials weighing in excess of 75 pounds. This work also requires continual pushing and/or pulling equipment and materials weighing in excess of 75 pounds with 200 pounds of torque required. The work also requires frequent standing, walking, bending, crouching, reaching, and stooping. Climbing and working in high places may be required.

When you apply you will be asked a series of questions to determine your eligibility for employment and your qualification for this position specifically. You must answer ALL of these questions completely and truthfully. If you do not answer ALL questions your application may be rated ineligible or incomplete. Please follow all instructions carefully. Errors or omissions may affect your rating or consideration for employment.

"Experience" refers to paid and unpaid experience. Examples of qualifying unpaid experience may include: volunteer work done through National Service programs (such as Peace Corps and AmeriCorps); as well as work for other community-based philanthropic and social organizations. 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.

CTAP/ICTAP candidates: To be considered "well qualified" you must meet all of the requirements as described in this section.

You must meet all qualifications and eligibility requirements by the closing date of this announcement.



This position does not have a positive education requirement; however, if you are using completed education or training to support your meeting the qualifications or other requirements for this position, you must submit documentation of education received that relates to this position.

Education must be obtained from an accredited institution recognized by the U.S. Department of Education.

Foreign education must be reviewed by an organization recognized by the U.S. Department of Education. For special instructions pertaining to foreign education and a list of organizations that can evaluate foreign education, see the Department of Education website.