Lock and Dam Operator
US Department of the Army
Winfield, MO
About the Position: As a trainee lock and dam operator at a Corps of Engineers navigation facility in the Inland Marine Transportation System that is open up to a continuous 24 hour operation, operates,electrically and/or hydraulically controlled lock or lock and dam gates, control valves, and other associated equipment required for passage of a variety of private and commercial traffic through the lock structure and the maintenance of required pool levels where the dam is under IMTS control.

Handle bow or stern lines, walks lines to proper locations along wall and snubs lines to assist pilot in maneuvering craft into position. Secures towlines to lock wall as required.
Operate electrical gate controls to open or close gates at one end of the lock chamber.
Operate electrically controlled valves controlling flow of water for emptying and filling operation, and as necessary during double lockages operates electrical tow haulage unit to move barges into and out of lock chamber.
Operate light and horn signals to vessels entering and leaving lock chamber.
Operate electrical controls to raise or lower dam gates in accordance with specific instructions regarding time and degree of gate change.
Secure lines and slings to materials or equipment being moved and provides hand signals to operator for moving items to and from barges or trucks, for placing bulkheads, etc.
Travel Required
Occasional travel - Up to 15% of business travel may be required.

Supervisory status

Promotion Potential

Job family (Series)
5426 Lock And Dam Operating

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Conditions of Employment
Appointment may be subject to a suitability or fitness determination, as determined by a completed background investigation.
This position requires the completion of a pre-employment Physical Examination and an annual examination thereafter to ensure the continued, required level of physical health and ability or fitness to perform the duties of the position.
This position require the incumbent to possess or obtain and maintain a valid state Driver's License in one of the 50 U.S. states.
This position requires frequent standing, stooping, stretching, climbing, and crouching; lifting and carrying items weighing up to 50 pounds.
This position is subject to a pre-employment drug screening, and random testing thereafter, to include testing based on reasonable suspicion and testing due to direct involvement with an on-duty accident.
This position requires shift work to provide coverage on evenings, weekends, holidays, or special situations.
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) Lock and Dam Operator~ without more than normal supervision. To meet the screen out element, applicants should document experience and/or show the ability to perform simple maintenance or repair tasks utilizing lock and dam machinery and equipment of mechanical or electrical type - Failure to meet this Screen out Element will result in an ineligible rating.

There is a vacancy at the following location:
1) Lock 25- Winfield MO
  • The selectee for this position may be required to occasionally work at one of the other lock locations.
  • Mel Price - East Alton, IL
  • Lock & Dam 27 - Granite City, IL
  • Lock & Dam 24 - Clarksville, MO
Incumbent participates as a trainee in a formalized training and development program for lock and dam operator personnel involving on-the-job training, classroom instruction, and related correspondence courses. As a trainee lock and dam operator at a Corps of Engineers navigation facility in the Inland Marine Transportation System (IMTS) that is open up to a continuous 24 hour operation, operates, under very close supervision and dependent upon capability, skill, and knowledge, electrically and/or hydraulically controlled lock or lock and dam gates, control valves, and other associated equipment required for passage of a variety of private and commercial traffic through the lock structure and the maintenance of required pool levels where the dam is under IMTS control.

Developmental Position: This position will be filled at the WY-5426-05 grade level and has noncompetitive promotion potential to the WY-5426-07 and WY-5426-08 grade levels. At the WY-5426-05 grade level, you will participate in a formalized training and developmental program involving on-the-job training, classroom instruction, and related correspondence courses in order to prepare you for the intermediate and full performance grade levels.
Certification Program: Employees new to the federal service must complete the IMTS Training and Certification Program prior to being promoted to the full performance level of this position. Failing to meet certification requirements could result in removal from federal service.

Ability To Do The Work Of The Position Without More Than Normal Supervision (Screen-out Element)
Ability to Interpret Instructions, Specification, etc.
Dexterity and Safety
Knowledge of Equipment Assembly, Installation, Repair, etc.
Operation of Equipment and Machinery
Technical Practices (theoretical, precise, artistic)
Use of Measuring Instruments
Physical Effort: Work involves eye and hand coordination for operating various controls and handling lines while observing traffic and personnel, during crane lifting operations, lifting dam gates, etc. There is standing, stooping, bending, lifting in excess of 50 pounds, stretching, working in cramped positions, handling or maneuvering bulky items or equipment, and general continuous moderate to arduous physical effort required.
Working Conditions: Most of the work is performed outside subject to temperature and weather extremes. You will be occasionally exposed to unpleasant fumes, dust, etc. You will be exposed to injuries associated with working in restricted areas and occasionally cramped and/or uncomfortably hot or cold areas, from falling objects, working on lock walls, dam service bridge, etc., and while possibility of drowning exists as result of falls while working around water, hazard is practically eliminated through observance of safety procedures and use of safety equipment.
This job does not have an education qualification requirement.

Additional information
Position may be filled as a temporary promotion or temporary reassignment NTE 1 year by a current permanent Army employee. Temporary promotions or reassignments may be extended up to a maximum of five years, and may be made permanent without further competition.
Position may be filled as a temporary appointment NTE 1 year, if candidate is not a current permanent Army employee. Temporary appointments may be extended up to a maximum of three years.
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) 18 position.
You may claim military spouse preference.
Multiple positions may be filled from this announcement.
Salary includes applicable locality pay or Local Market Supplement.
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.
Payment of Permanent Change of Station (PCS) costs is not authorized, based on a determination that a PCS move is not in the Government interest.

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
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.

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