Chief Engineer Towboat
US Department of the Army
Pittsburgh, PA
About the Position: Serves as Chief Engineer on a large diesel powered twin screw towboat with a horsepower of 2000 HP or more and on other floating plants assigned to the Medium Fleet Sections of the Regional Rivers Repair Fleet in Pittsburgh, PA, operating primarily upon the Western Rivers and inland waters of the U.S. Responsible for the operation, maintenance and repair of all engine room and associated machinery, refrigeration, plumbing, heating, and hydraulic/electrical/electronic systems.

Routinely inspects all engine room and auxiliary machinery, equipment, and systems to determine the condition, maintenance needs, and required operating repairs.
Plans detailed work schedules, shift assignments, and sequences of work operations for crew.
Makes cost estimates and estimates materials and man hours required to accomplish repairs.
Provides support to the Master Towboat in compiling annual lay-up repair, maintenance, and modification requirements.
Inspects and diagnoses floating plant mechanical and control system problems and determines the repairs necessary.
Determines the tools, equipment, supplies, and maintenance required on the shifts and takes action to assure the arrival of supplies, parts, and equipment as needed.
Prepares and maintains engine room production reports and records such as engine room logs and reports reflecting work performed, repairs made, temperature and/or gage readings, and periodic reports to Headquarters office.
Instructs and trains assigned crew in the safe and efficient performance of their duties, observes the operations during execution, corrects unsafe conditions or work practices that might cause injury to employees or persons or property damage.
Travel Required
75% or less - Business travel required 75% or more of the time

Supervisory status

Promotion Potential

Job family (Series)
4742 Utility Systems Repairing-Operating


Conditions of Employment
Appointment may be subject to a suitability or fitness determination, as determined by a completed background investigation.
Must possess and maintain a valid state issued driver's license.
Pre-employment and annual physical is required.
Pre-employment and annual drug testing is required.
For HX-14 grade level: Position requires a US Coast Guard Chief Engineer's license commensurate with the type of engine room machinery and equipment, horsepower, and characteristics of the vessel to which assigned.
Who May Apply: US Citizens

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.

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 this position without more than normal supervision.

Minimum Qualifications (Screen Out Element): Ability to do the work of a(n) Chief Engineer Towboat~ without more than normal supervision performing as the Chief Engineer on towing vessels of greater than 2000 HP while holding a valid U.S. Coast Guard Designated Duty Engineer 4000 HP (DDE 4000 HP) merchant mariner credential (or greater) operating on the western rivers and/or navigable inland waterways of the U.S. Performing major and preventive maintenance on marine vessels and equipment, particularly in the mechanical, hydraulic, electrical, electronic, refrigeration, ventilation, pneumatic and waste disposal systems. Performing major overhauls of diesel engines, generators and drive systems of motor vessels. Failure to meet this Screen out Element will result in an ineligible rating.

Ability To Do The Work Of The Position Without More Than Normal Supervision Screen Out
Ability to Interpret Instructions, Specification, etc. (includes blueprint reading)
Ability To Use and Maintain Tools and Equipment
Knowledge of Equipment Assembly, Installation, Repair, etc.
Knowledge of Materials
Technical Practices (theoretical, precise, artistic)
PHYSICAL EFFORT: Incumbent performs work from ladders, scaffolding, and platforms and where the parts, equipment, or systems are in hard to reach places. Work requires the incumbent to stand, stoop, bend, kneel, crawl, climb, and work in a tiring and uncomfortable position. Frequently lifts, carries, and sets up parts and equipment that weigh up to 50 pounds.
WORKING CONDITIONS: Work is performed inside and outside subjecting employee to varying climatic conditions, abnormal noises, temperature, danger of burns, irritation from grease and oils, bruises, strains, danger from attending moving machinery, falling overboard, electrical shock, falls on slippery decks or steep stairways, possible drowning, and crankcase explosion. Life jackets are worn at all times while on deck.
Additional information
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.
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 Annuitant information sheet.
This is a Career Program (CP) 29 - Installation Management position.
You may claim military spouse preference.
Multiple positions may be filled from this announcement.
Interagency Career Transition Assistance Program (ICTAP). If you are a Federal employee in the competitive service and your agency has notified you in writing that you are a displaced employee eligible for ICTAP consideration, you may receive selection priority for this position. To receive selection priority, you must: (1) meet ICTAP eligibility criteria (2) be rated well-qualified for the position and; (3) submit the appropriate documentation to support your ICTAP eligibility. To be considered well-qualified and receive selection priority applicants must satisfy all qualification requirements for the position and receive a score of 90 or above. Additional information about the program is on OPM's Career Transition Resources website.
If you are unable to apply online or need to fax a document you do not have in electronic form, view the following link for information regarding an Alternate Application.

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

Once the announcement has closed, a review of your application package (resume, supporting documents, and responses to the questionnaire) will be used to determine whether you meet the qualification requirements listed on this announcement. If you are minimally qualified, your résumé and supporting documentation will be compared against your responses to the assessment questionnaire to determine your level of experience. If, after reviewing your résumé and/or supporting documentation, a determination is made that you have inflated your qualifications and/or experience, you may lose consideration for this position. Please follow all instructions carefully when applying, errors or omissions may affect your eligibility.

You should list any relevant performance appraisals and incentive awards in your resume as that information may be taken into consideration during the selection process. If selected, you may be required to provide supporting documentation.

Basis for Rating: Qualified candidates will be assigned to one of three quality categories: Best Qualified, Highly Qualified and Qualified. Veteran preference eligibles are listed ahead of non-preference eligibles within each quality category.

Best Qualified. Candidates in this category possess exceptional skills and experience to exceed well above the minimum requirements for the announced position.
Highly Qualified. Candidates in this category possess good skills and experience above the minimum requirements for the announced position.
Qualified. Candidates in this category meet the minimum experience requirements for the announced position.

Background checks and security clearance
Security clearance
Not Required

Drug test required

Required Documents

Required Documents
The documents you are required to submit vary based on whether or not you are eligible for preference in federal employment. A complete description of preference categories and the associated required documents is in the Applicant Checklist (External).

As described above, your complete application includes your resume, your responses to the online questionnaire, and documents which prove your eligibility to apply. If you fail to provide these documents, you will be marked as having an incomplete application package and you will not be considered any further.

1. Your resume:
Your resume may be submitted in any format and must support the specialized experience described in this announcement.
If your resume includes a photograph or other inappropriate material or content, it will not be used to make eligibility and qualification determinations and you may not be considered for this vacancy.
For qualifications determinations your resume must contain hours worked per week and the dates of employment (i.e., HRS per week and month/year to month/year or month/year to present). If your resume does not contain this information, your application may be marked as incomplete and you may not receive consideration for this position.
For additional information see: What to include in your resume.

2. Other supporting documents:
Cover Letter, optional
Most recent Performance Appraisal, if applicable
This position requires a job-related license or certification at the XF-14 grade level. You MUST submit a copy of your license or certification with your application package or you will be rated ineligible. See: Transcripts and Licenses
NOTE: Documents submitted as part of the application package, to include supplemental documents, may be shared beyond the Human Resources Office. Some supplemental documents such as military orders and marriage certificates may contain personal information for someone other than you. You may sanitize these documents to remove another person's personal information before you submit your application. You may be asked to provide an un-sanitized version of the documents if you are selected to confirm your eligibility.
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.


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