Department Of Homeland Security
    Cotulla, TX
    Full-time, Part-time
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    Job Description

    • Duties
      Help Duties Summary

      As our nation navigates the COVID-19 pandemic, CBP is committed to delivering our mission to safeguard America's borders and enable legitimate trade and travel. Staffing mission critical positions remains a high priority. Be reassured that CBP is still hiring, despite potential hiring process step delays due to restrictions to in-person activities.

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      Organizational Location: This position is with the Department of Homeland Security, within U.S. Customs and Border Protection, U.S. Border Patrol, Laredo Sector, Mission Readiness Operations/Fleet, Cotulla Station, located in Cotulla, TX.

      This position will allow you to use your expertise in automotive repair and maintenance. Apply for this exciting opportunity to help strengthen the Department's ability to perform homeland security functions by ensuring the availability of a safe and reliable vehicle fleet.

      This position starts at a salary of $22.55 (WG-10, Step 1) to $26.32 (WG-10, Step 5) with promotion potential to $29.76 (WG-10 Step 5).

      As an automotive mechanic with Customs and Border Protection, you will become a valuable member of a team of professionals supporting homeland security functions. Typical work assignments include:
      • Troubleshooting, repairing and/or overhauling major automotive components and systems
      • Identifying mechanical and operational problems utilizing a wide variety of test equipment, including computerized engine analyzers, compression testers, multimeters, and other equipment common to the occupation
      • Completing repairs and installations with little or no technical advice
      Travel Required

      Occasional travel - You may be expected to travel for this position.

      Supervisory status


      Promotion Potential

    • Job family (Series)

      5823 Automotive Mechanic
    • Requirements
      Help Requirements Conditions of Employment
      • You must be a U.S. Citizen to apply for this position
      • Males born after 12/31/1959 must be registered with Selective Service
      • Primary U.S. residency for at least three of the last five years (additional details below)
      • You may be required to pass a background investigation
      • CBP follows the DHS Drug-Free Workplace Plan for drug testing procedures
      Although a specific length of time and experience is not required for most trade and labor occupations, you must show through experience and training that you possess the quality of knowledge and skill to perform the duties of the position at the level for which you are applying. Qualification requirements emphasis in on the quality of experience, not necessarily the length of time.To minimally qualify for the WG-10 grade level, you must meet the Screen-Out elements:
      • Performing the work of the position without more than normal supervision; working independently, making decisions, exercising initiative and plans, and accepting job responsibility.
      • Safely performing required tasks of maintenance and repairs on vehicles and equipment.
      To meet the Screen-Out elements, you should have experience performing the following duties:
      • Performing basic preventive maintenance on heavy vehicles and equipment;
      • Machining/resurfacing brake drums/rotors; testing braking systems; repairing/rebuilding braking systems;
      • Diagnosing computer problems affecting engine performance; troubleshooting engine mechanical status; identifying engine status using a four-gas engine analyzer;
      • Troubleshooting, inspecting, and replacing:
        • belts, pulleys, fans, clutches and tension systems
        • charging systems o fuel systems
        • exhaust systems
        • transmissions
        • major and minor engine components
      • Identifying and diagnosing body or frame problems.
      Failure to meet these Screen-Out elements will result in an ineligible rating.In addition to the experience described above, you will also be evaluated on the basis of your overall level of competency (knowledge, skills and abilities) as listed:
      • Knowledge of electrical/ignition systems; fuel systems; emission control systems; internal engine components; cooling systems; and engine lubrication systems.
      • Knowledge of vehicle HVAC systems; power train systems; suspension and steering systems; and braking systems. Ability to perform basic mathematical calculations.
      • Ability to use technical reference material; troubleshoot and diagnose malfunctions; use test equipment. Ability to make major and minor repairs; ability to prepare and maintain paperwork.
      • Knowledge of OSHA requirements; hazardous materials and waste - use, dangers, handling, storage and disposal.
      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.

      You must:
      • Meet all qualification requirements, including education if applicable to this position, subject to verification at any stage of the application process; and
      • Meet all applicable Time in Grade requirements (current federal employees must have served 52 weeks at the next lower grade or equivalent grade band in the federal service) by 05/22/2020.
      The Office of Personnel Management (OPM) must authorize employment offers made to current or former political appointees. If you are currently, or have been within the last 5 years, a political Schedule A, Schedule C, Non-career SES or Presidential Appointee employee in the Executive Branch, you must disclose this information to the Human Resources Office.

      Background Investigation: U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) is a federal law enforcement agency that requires all applicants to undergo a thorough background investigation prior to employment in order to promote the agency's core values of vigilance, service to country, and integrity. During the screening and/or background investigation process, you will be asked questions regarding any felony criminal convictions or current felony charges, the use of illegal drugs (e.g., marijuana, cocaine, heroin, LSD, methamphetamines, ecstasy), and the use of non-prescribed controlled substances including any experimentation, possession, sale, receipt, manufacture, cultivation, production, transfer, shipping, trafficking, or distribution of controlled substances. For more information visit this link.

      Residency: There is a residency requirement for all applicants not currently employed by CBP. Individuals are required to have physically resided in the United States or its protectorates (as declared under international law) for at least three of the last five years. If you do not meet the residency requirement and you have been physically located in a foreign location for more than two of the last five years, you may request an exception to determine if you are eligible for a residency wavier by meeting one or more of the following conditions:
      • Working for the U.S. Government as a federal civilian or as a member of the military
      • A dependent who was authorized to accompany a federal civilian or member of the military who was working for the U.S. government
      • Participation in a study abroad program sponsored by a U.S. affiliated college or university
      • Working as a contractor, intern, consultant or volunteer supporting the U.S. government
      Probationary Period: All employees new to the federal government must serve a one year probationary period during the first year of his/her initial permanent federal appointment to determine fitness for continued employment. Current and former federal employees may be required to serve or complete a probationary period.

      Agency Career Transition Assistance Program (CTAP) Eligibles: If you have never worked for the Federal Government, you are not CTAP eligible. Information about CTAP eligibility can be found here. You must submit the supporting documents listed in the "Required Documents" section of this announcement. In addition, to be considered well qualified under CTAP, you must possess the knowledge, skills and abilities and/or competencies clearly exceeding the minimum requirements of the position. This will be measured by a score of 85 or higher.


      This job does not have an education qualification requirement.

      Additional information

      This position is covered under the bargaining unit.

      Work Conditions: You must stand, stoop, stretch and work in tiring and uncomfortable positions often for extended periods of time. You may frequently lift and carry parts and equipment that weigh up to 50 pounds. Work is usually performed inside on concrete surfaces where there is exposure to drafts, noise, and fumes from vehicles. Due to continuous exposure to dirt, dust, and grease with the potential for burns, chemical irritations, shocks, bruises, cuts and strains, you will be required to follow prescribed safety practices and use safety equipment such as safety shoes, safety glasses, and respirators.

      Travel: You may be required to travel away from your normal duty station.

      Shift work: You will be required to perform work on a shift and rotational basis.

      Overtime: You must be readily available to work overtime on an scheduled or unscheduled basis in excess of the 40-hour work week.Uniforms: Work requires wearing protective clothing and/or safety equipment.

      Driver's License: You must have or be able to obtain a valid State Driver's License.

      CBP uses E-Verify, an internet-based system, to confirm the eligibility of all newly hired employees to work in the United States. Learn more about E-Verify including your rights and responsibilities.

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      The Department of Homeland Security encourages persons with disabilities to apply, to include persons with intellectual, severe physical or psychiatric disabilities, as defined by 5 CFR 213.3102(u), and/or Disabled Veterans with a compensable service-connected disability of 30 percent or more as defined by 5 CFR 315.707. Veterans, Peace Corps/VISTA volunteers, and persons with disabilities possess a wealth of unique talents, experiences, and competencies that can be invaluable to the DHS mission. If you are a member of one of these groups, you may not have to compete with the public for federal jobs. To determine your eligibility for non-competitive appointment and to understand the required documentation, click on the links above or contact the Servicing Human Resources Office listed at the bottom of this announcement.

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      How You Will Be Evaluated

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

      Applicants will only be considered for the Eligibilities for which they claim in the job questionnaire AND must provide the supporting documentation. Applicants will not be considered for Eligibilities for which they did not claim, regardless of the documentation submitted with the application.

      We will review your resume and supporting documentation to ensure you meet the basic qualification requirements. If you meet the minimum qualifications, your experience, education and training will be rated using an online self-assessment questionnaire based on the competencies and/or knowledge, skills, and abilities listed below. You will receive a score ranging from 70-100 based on your responses. Your entire application package will then be reviewed. The final determination will be based on all the information provided in your application package.

      If you are best qualified, you may be referred to the hiring manager for consideration and may be called for an interview. To preview the job questionnaire, see

      See the Qualifications Section for how you will be evaluated.

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      Background checks and security clearance

      Security clearance

      Not Required

      Drug test required

    • Required Documents
      Help Required Documents
      • Your resume: A resume describing your job-related qualifications is required and will be used for the purpose of reviewing your qualifications and determining what training, if any, would be required when placed. A resume in English is required. It must contain your full legal name, address, phone number, complete work history including a detailed description of your duties, the dates you performed those duties (MM/DD/YY), your hours worked per week, job title, as well as series, grade, and salary (if applicable). NOTE: Resumes stored on USAJOBS will not automatically carry over to this announcement. You must upload your resume and any other applicable supporting documentation.
      • Your responses to the job questionnaire:
      • Are you a current or former federal employee? ALL CURRENT AND FORMER FEDERAL EMPLOYEES MUST SUBMIT THE MOST RECENT COPY OF THEIR SF-50 (Notification of Personnel Action) showing competitive status: Tenure 1 or 2 in Block 24 and Position Occupied 1 in Block 34. Additionally, applicants should also submit a SF-50 reflecting the highest grade held on a permanent basis in the competitive service or the full performance level of your current position, whichever is higher, AND a SF-50 to support having met the time-in-grade requirement of having served 52 weeks at the grade level (or equivalent) below the grade level(s) for this position. Current CBP Employees are encouraged, but not required, to submit an SF-50(s) for CBP experience; however, additional SF-50(s) are required when using federal experience outside of CBP to receive credit towards the requirements above.
      • Are you claiming special priority selection rights under the Agency Career Transition Assistance Program (CTAP)? You must submit a separation notice; your most recent SF-50 (noting your current position, grade level and duty location); a current (or last) performance rating of record of at least fully successful or equivalent; an agency certification that you cannot be placed after injury compensation has been terminated; an OPM notification that your disability annuity has been terminated; or a Military Department of National Guard Bureau notification that you are retired under 5 U.S.C. 8337(h) or 8456.
      • Are you a current or former political Schedule A, Schedule C, Non-career SES or Presidential Appointee employee? Submit a copy of your applicable SF-50, along with a statement that provides the following information regarding your most recent political appointment:
        • Position title
        • Type of appointment (Schedule A, Schedule C, Non-career SES, or Presidential Appointee)
        • Agency
        • Beginning and ending dates of appointment
    • Benefits
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    Posting ID: 558253193Posted: 2020-05-21