JOB OPENING: Bureau of Reclamation Plant Mechanic, Redding


The Bureau of Reclamation is seeking to hire an Plant Mechanic, BB-5352-00, for our Northern California Area Office, located in Redding, CA, from groups eligible to be considered through special hiring authorities such as persons with disabilities that may be interested and are eligible under Schedule A Hiring or Veterans under other hiring authorities, such as Veterans’ Recruitment Appointment (VRA)30% or More Disabled Veteran, and Disabled Veterans Enrolled in a VA Training Program.

Eligibility Requirements Under Schedule A Hiring Authority:

Must submit  proof of disability.  This proof may be in the form of documentation obtained from licensed medical professionals, state or private vocational rehabilitation specialists, or any Government agency that issues or provides disability benefits.

Eligibility Requirements Under VRA Hiring Authorities:

Must submit DD-214
Compensable disability rating from the Department of Veterans Affairs dated 1991 or later and SF-15 if applicable


  • Maintains, repairs, or modifies all mechanical equipment found in hydroelectric power plants and/or pumping plants.
  • Performs mechanical work, machinist work, sheet metal work, finish welding, pipe fitting, crane operation and rigging connected with the maintenance, overhaul, and repair of turbines, generators, motors, pumps, compressors, filters, eductors, valves, pipes, penstocks, intakes, radial gates, spillways, and outlet works. Performs finish, structural and pipe welding and finish grinding on turbine runners.
  • Designs and manufactures tools, jigs, and fixtures. Fabricates parts from stock material. Rebuilds equipment to new. Performs tool and diemaker work.
  • Operates tools, equipment and machinery such as lathes,milling machines, boring bar, radial arm drill press, forklift, overhead bridge and gantry cranes, grinders, MIG, TIG, acetylene and arc welders, testing gauges, and machinist and common hand tools.
  • May hold clearances.

Key Requirements

  • Pre-employment medical examination is required.
  • Selectee is subject to detailed background investigation.

Qualifications Requirements

This is a journey level plant mechanic position and is an occupation for which a 4-year (8,000 hour) apprenticeship program has been established between the Bureau of Reclamation, Mid-Pacific Region and the Department of Labor. Applicants should have completed a formal apprentice program directly related to industrial machinery and equipment; or possess journey level mechanical experience supplemented by formal training and college level/technical course work (military or technical trade schools)or extensive on-the-job training which demonstrates knowledge of and application of mechanical trade practices required for the installation, disassembly and repair of large capacity industrial, production or power generation machinery and equipment.

View Vacancy Announcement for further qualification requirements

Qualifications Determination

Applicants will be further evaluated on the following Job Elements through their resume and responses to the online questions.
1. Ability to do the work of journey level Plant Mechanic without more than normal supervision. (Screen-out)
2. Ability to install, maintain, repair, and troubleshoot mechanical equipment for power generation and pumping plants. (Screen out)
3. Ability to use, operate and maintain various machines and hand tools to repair and maintain large mechanical equipment and fabricate parts.
4. Knowledge of safe clearance procedures (Lock-Out) and safety standards.
5. Ability to read and interpret blueprints, drawings, and manufacturer’s instructions.
6. Knowledge of welding techniques.
7. Knowledge of plumbing/pipefitting techniques.
8. Ability to operate large capacity traveling cranes and hoists to include rigging.

How To Apply:

Please have the interested individuals send their resume, proof of disability, DD-214, and any other documents deemed useful in determining eligibility and qualifications for the position NLT April 25, 2014 to LaQuita Wallace, [email protected].

Equal Employment Opportunity:  The United States Government does not discriminate in employment on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, political affiliation, sexual orientation, gender identity, marital status, disability and genetic information, age, membership in an employee organization, or other non-merit factor.

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