AIRCRAFT PNEUDRAULIC SYSTEMS MECHANIC Job at US Department of the Air Force – 4.4 in Altus AFB, OK



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The primary purpose of this position is to serve as technical authority for performing and coordinating testing, troubleshooting, repairing, inspecting, maintaining and modifying aircraft fuel systems and complex fuel components on a multitude of airframes assigned and transient aircraft as required.


Serves as technician, responsible for perfonning1 coordinating fuel system maintenance on a multitude of aircraft assigned.

Prepares and operates fuel pressurization test stands to perform fuel tank and component integrity checks.

Uses and maintains hand and power tools, test equipment and other powered/non-powered equipment.

Accomplishes record keeping, manual and/or automated.

Utilizes safety practices and procedures following established safety rules and regulations, maintaining a safe, clean work environment.

Travel Required

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

Supervisory status


Promotion Potential


Job family (Series)

8268 Aircraft Pneudraulic Systems Mechanic



Conditions of Employment

U.S. Citizenship Required

Males must be registered for Selective Service, see www.sss.gov

PCS expenses if authorized will be paid IAW JTR and Air Force Regulations

Recruitment incentives may be authorized

This posn is subject to provisions of the DoD Priority Placement Program

Disclosure of Political Appointments

May be required to work overtime, rotating shifts, uncommon tours, weekends, etc.

The work may require the employee to drive a motor vehicle. An appropriate, valid state driver’s license may be required.

Temporary Duty may be required.

Perform other duties as assigned.

Access is required to information or area classified up to SECRET.

Shall be qualified to enter the smallest fuel tank/cell, that permit personnel entry on all MDS assigned.

Shall be required to obtain/maintain qualification/certification us a local Unit Rescue Team member upon assignment to the 97 MX/MXMFL Fuels Flight.

This is a drug testing designated position. The Incumbent is subject to random testing for drug use.

Must obtain and maintain the SECRET security clearance.


In order to qualify, you must meet the quality level of experience requirements described in the Office of Personnel Management (OPM) Qualification Standards Handbook X-118C.

QUALIFICATIONS: Applicants will be rated in accordance with the OPM Qualification Standard Handbook X-118C for the WG-8200-Fluid Systems Maintenance Group, Aircraft Pneudraulic Systems Mechanic. Although a specific length of time and experience is not required for most blue-collar positions, you must meet any screen-out element listed, and show through experience and training that you possess the quality level of knowledge and skill necessary to perform the duties of the position at the level for which you are applying. Qualification requirements emphasis is on the quality of experience, not necessarily the length of time.

The screen out element for this position is the ability to do the work of a AIRCRAFT PNEUDRAULIC SYSTEMS MECHANIC without more than normal supervision.

JOB ELEMENTS: Your qualifications will be evaluated on the basis of your level of knowledge, skills, abilities and/or competencies in the following areas:

1. Comprehensive knowledge of principles governing the behavior off fluids and basic electrical and mechanical principles to repair and test various complex fuel system components, subsystems and systems that are designed fur proportional input of variable force., or condition, control rates of change and have multiple stage function, and automatic reset or adjustment circuits, (such as regulating and vacuum relief valves, refuel valves, engine feed valves, cross-feed valves, de-fuel valves, vent valves, boost pumps, transfer pumps, fuel filter manifold valves, anti-vapor systems, fuel tank safety systems such as nitrogen) on assigned aircraft. Knowledge of associated trades such as hydraulic, electrical and environmental systems and the inter-relationship with the fuel system.

2. Knowledge of safety regulations, practices and procedures.

3. Skill to modify and assemble parts to specified tolerance, adjust for alignment to meet technical specifications relating to modifications.

4. Ability to apply standard formulas, shop mathematics, trade theories and industry practices in isolating the causes of malfunctions, to include fuel leaks, to hook up and operate fuel test stands and test equipment to perform bladder cell chemical testing, tank and vent system testing adnd component testing.

5. Ability to use hand powered tools, fixtures and instruments such as feeler gages, micrometers, voltmeters, torque wrenches, combustible gas indicators, oxygen analyzers and monometers.

6. Ability to read and interpret blue prints, technical orders, manufacturers specification manuals, schematics, engineering specification orders, (ESO) and engineering disposition instructions, (RED!).

7. Ability to make qualitative evaluations of the internal seals and leak rates of components, check all parts for critical dimensions, analyze the cause of failures and make necessary repairs and adjustments to tender the component serviceable within required specifications.

8. Knowledge of supply procedures and technical order system. Abll1tY to maintain records and document actions manually or by computer terminal.

9. Ability to inspect completed work of others, coordinate the work of other mechanics and determine when the work is properly completed, perform in-process inspections, clear Red X” conditions and to instruct personnel requiring training in fuel system maintenance.

10. Ability to wear a respirator, pass an annual job specific occupational physical and ability to enter and exit the smallest fuel tank access opening/door on aircraft assigned.

Physical Effort

Frequently required to work in awkward, cramped and confined spaces when removing, repairing and replacing fuel bladder cells and integral fuel tank components and to exercise careful removal and application of sealants. Frequently handles objects weighs to 20 pounds and on occasion up to 50 pounds, other workers are available to assist in moving heavier items. Required to lift, reach, push, pull, bend, stoop, craw!, walk, sit and stand for prolonged periods on concrete and metal surfaces. Frequently required lo enter and exit small fuel tank access openings.

Working Conditions:
Possibility of physical damage caused by inhalation and prolonged exposure to JP-8 fuel, benzene, flammable, volatile and toxic chemicals both in liquid and vapor form. Exposed to dirt, grease and aircraft fluids, such as oil and hydraulic fluid. Required to wear full-face air supplied for extended periods of time. Required to perform confined space entries as outlined in applicable technical order, AFOSH Standards and other safety regulations or directives. Subject to work in excessive heat, cold, noise, electrical energy and slippery or uneven walking surfaces. Works around machinery with moving parts and running aircraft engines. Incumbent is required to take an occupational physical examination prior to starting work and an annual exam thereafter for detection of possible skin irritations, burns, lead poisoning, liver damage, respiratory disorder, heat stress disorders and hearing problems. Subject to hazardous noise while working on the flight line. Subject to cuts, bruises, muscle strain and injury from foils off aircraft surfaces, ladders and maintenance stands. -work is performed in hangar areas outdoors, in parked aircraft and occasionally in hazardous noise area.

PART-TIME OR UNPAID EXPERIENCE: Credit will be given for appropriate unpaid and or part-time work. You must clearly identify the duties and responsibilities in each position held and the total number of hours per week.

VOLUNTEER WORK EXPERIENCE: Refers to paid and unpaid experience, including volunteer work done through National Service Programs (i.e., Peace Corps, AmeriCorps) and other organizations (e.g., professional; philanthropic; religious; spiritual; community; student and social). Volunteer work helps build critical competencies, knowledge and skills that can provide valuable training and experience that translates directly to paid employment.You will receive credit for all qualifying experience, including volunteer experience.


This job does not have an education qualification requirement.

Additional information

Interagency Career Transition Assistance Program (ICTAP): For information on how to apply as an ICTAP eligible click here. To be well-qualified and exercise selection priority for this vacancy, displaced Federal employees must be rated well qualified or above for this position. You must submit a copy of the agency notice, your most recent performance rating, and your most recent SF-50 noting position, grade level, and duty location.

Employed Annuitants (Reemployed Annuitants): Applicants in receipt of an annuity based on civilian employment in the Federal Service are subject to the DoD Policy on The Employment of Annuitants. Click here for more information.

120-Day Register: This announcement may result in a 120-day register that may be used to fill like vacancies for 120 days after the closing date. Applicants may be referred for consideration as vacancies occur.

Military Spouse Preference (MSP) Eligible: MSP applicants, if determined best qualified, must be selected at the full performance level and placed at the full performance level. You must include a completed copy of the Military Spouse PPP Self-Certification Checklist dated within 30 days along with the documents identified on the checklist to verify your eligibility for MSP. Click here to obtain a copy of the Military Spouse PPP Self-Certification Checklist.

Direct Deposit: All federal employees are required to have direct deposit.

Incentives: Recruitment and/or retention incentives may or may not be used.

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Tax Law Impact for PCS: On 22-Dec-2017, Public Law 115-97 – the “Tax Cuts and Jobs Act of 2017” suspended qualified moving expense deductions along with the exclusion for employer reimbursements and payments of moving expenses effective 01-Jan-2018 for tax years 2018 through 2025. The law made taxable certain reimbursements and other payments, including driving mileage, airfare and lodging expenses, en-route travel to the new duty station, and temporary storage of those items. The Federal Travel Regulation Bulletin (FTR) 18-05 issued by General Services Administration (GSA) has authorized agencies to use the Withholding Tax Allowance (WTA) and Relocation Income Tax Allowance (RITA) to pay for “substantially all” of the increased tax liability resulting from the “2018 Tax Cuts and Jobs Act” for certain eligible individuals. For additional information on WTA/RITA allowances and eligibilities please click here. Subsequently, FTR Bulletin 20-04 issued by GSA, provides further information regarding NDAA FY2020, Public Law 116-92, and the expansion of eligibility beyond “transferred” for WTA/RITA allowances. For additional information, please click here.

How You Will Be Evaluated

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

Your application package (resume, supporting documents, and responses to the questionnaire) will be used to determine your eligibility, qualifications, and quality ranking for this position. Please follow all instructions carefully. Errors or omissions may affect your rating or consideration for employment.

The resume/documents you submit must support your responses to the online questionnaire. If your application contradicts or does not support your questionnaire responses, you will receive a rating of “not qualified” or “insufficient information” and you will not receive further consideration for this job.

All Federal Wage Schedule (FWS) applicants must complete the assessment questionnaire in its entirety or it will result in an ineligible rating. Applicants who meet the requirements for and apply as a non-competitive eligible that meet minimal qualifications and other requirements of this position, may be given consideration as a non-competitive candidate and will be referred unless blocked by an individual with priority/preference.

APPRAISALS/AWARDS: Hiring Managers use objective methods and consider previous performance appraisals and awards in the selection process. Current Federal Civilian employees should list any relevant performance related rating and/or awards in your resume.

Background checks and security clearance

Security clearance


Drug test required


Required Documents

Required Documents

The following documents are required and must be provided with your application. Applicants who do not submit required documentation to determine eligibility and qualifications will be eliminated from consideration. Other documents may be required based on the eligibility/eligibilities you are claiming. Click here to view the AF Civilian Employment Eligibility Guide and the required documents you must submit to substantiate the eligibilities you are claiming.

Online Application: Questionnaire

Resume: For qualification determinations your resume must contain hours worked per week (if part-time) and dates of employment (i.e., month/year to month/year or month/year to present). If your resume does not contain this information, your application may be marked as insufficient and you will not receive consideration for this position. If you are a current Federal employee or previous Federal employee, provide your pay plan, series and grade, i.e. WG-8852-10. Current Federal Civilian Employees should list any relevant performance related rating (given within the last three years) and/or incentive awards in your resume. Do NOT include photographs (or links to social media such as LinkedIn), inappropriate material, inappropriate content, nor personal information such as age, gender, religion, social security number, etc., on your resume.

Transcripts/Registration/License: If qualifying on education/position requires education, you must submit copies of your transcripts and if required for the position, submit an active, current registration/license.

Veterans: If claiming VEOA, VRA or 30% Disabled Veteran – Submit VOW certification memo or copy of the official DD-Form 214, which must include the character of service (i.e., with an honorable or general discharge). This will be annotated in block 24 on member copy 2, 4, or 7 of the DD-Form 214. If claiming 30% Disabled Veteran, you must also submit a VA Letter or a disability determination from a branch of the Armed Forces. NOTE: All veterans claiming 10-point preference must also submit a SF-15.

Current or Former Federal Civilian Employees (includes current Air Force employees): You must submit a legible copy of a SF-50, Notification of Personnel Action. The SF-50, block 24 must contain “1” or “2” AND block 34 must be a “1”. Employees eligible under an OPM approved interchange agreement, block 34 may contain a “1” or “2”.

ACTIVE DUTY SERVICE MEMBERS: The VOW Act requires federal agencies to treat an eligible active duty service member as a veteran, disabled veteran, and preference eligible (as applicable) when applying for civil service positions before the effective release or discharge date. Appointment of military members before the release or discharge date is permissible if the member is on terminal leave. At the time the active duty member applies for a civil position, he or she must submit a “certification” memo in lieu of a DD-Form 214, Certificate of Release or Discharge from Active Duty. Active duty members applying for a civil service position without submitting a valid certification memo or DD-Form 214 with their application will render the member ineligible for the position. The certification memo must originate from the member’s military service branch on official letterhead and contain the following:

Name/Rank/Grade of Service Member

Branch of Armed Forces

Dates of Active Service (Start and End Date(s)

Expected Date of Discharge/Release from Active Duty

Terminal leave start date (if applicable)

Expected character of service/discharge and type of separation (i.e. separation or retirement)

Must be certified within 120 days of anticipated discharge

Signature by, or by direction of the adjutant, personnel office, unit commander, or higher headquarters commander.

Note: The VOW Act provides tentative preference. If appointed, a DD Form-214 must be submitted upon receipt.

Performance Appraisals for Current Federal Civilian Employees – Most recent performance appraisals (dated within last 3 years) showing the official rating of record, signed by a supervisor, or statement why the performance appraisal is unavailable.

Awards for Current Federal Civilian employees – List any awards received within the last 3 years on the resume.

Note: Applicant must not submit award SF50s-Notification of Personnel Actions (SF50s).



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This job is open to

Career transition (CTAP, ICTAP, RPL)

Federal employees who meet the definition of a “surplus” or “displaced” employee.

Federal employees – Competitive service

Current or former competitive service federal employees.

Federal employees – Excepted service

Current excepted service federal employees.

Land & base management

Certain current or former term or temporary federal employees of a land or base management agency.

Military spouses


About the Company

Company: US Department of the Air Force – 4.4

Company Location:  Altus AFB, OK

Estimated Salary:

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