Vacancy Details


Announcement Number:
NM Merit-2017-0063
Hiring Agency:
Bureau of Land Management
Position Title:
Electronic Industrial Controls Mechanic
Open Period:
04/13/2017 - 04/28/2017 Format MM/DD/YYYY
WB - 2606 OO
USD $38.67 - USD $38.67
Work Schedule:
Full-time - Work Schedule is Full Time.
Promotion Potential:
Duty Location(s):
1 Vacancy in

Amarillo, TX, US
Telework Eligible:
For More Info:
Lisa Wells


Who May Apply/Clarification From the Agency:
All current BLM employees with competitive eligibility in the Local Commuting Area only.

This position directly supports the helium Plant Operations.
Security Clearance Required:
Appointment Type
Appointment Type Details:
This is a permanent position.
Marketing Statement:
BLM is seeking a dynamic and energetic individual to join the only federal helium operation in the nation. The BLM manages more land - approximately 253 million acres - than any other Federal agency. This land, known as the National System of Public Lands, is primarily located in 12 Western states, including Alaska. The Bureau, with a budget of about $1 billion, also administers 700 million acres of sub-surface mineral estates throughout the nation. The BLM's multiple-use mission is to sustain the health and productivity of the public lands for the use and enjoyment of present and future generations.
Explore a new career with the BLM - where our people are our greatest natural resource.

For additional information about the BLM, please visit Our website.

This position is located in Amarillo Texas.  Information about Amarillo and the Amarillo area can be found at Amarillo Chamber of Commerce.

Physical Requirements: Work requires physical exertion regularly while loading and unloading steel gas sample cylinders, installing and removing gas metering and related equipment, and/or when running wire line units to obtain pressure and temperature data from gas wells. Work occasionally requires the lifting of items over 50 pounds.

Work Environment: Some of the work is performed indoors in a controlled atmosphere; however, most of the work is performed outdoors, requiring exposure to extreme weather conditions. Work requires wearing hard hat, safety shoes, and other protective and safety gear as required.
Supervisory Position:
Relocation Expenses Reimbursed:
Travel Required:
Occasional Travel

Occasional travel


The primary responsibilities of the position are in the gas measurement and pipeline maintenance supporting helium operations and the gas measurement responsibilities required by contracts with private helium companies storing helium in Government facilities. The incumbent examines gas well and well control equipment at individual wells and/or pipeline flow data daily to determine if the measurement, pipelines, or meter runs are functioning properly, and reports abnormalities or makes the necessary repairs or adjustments. The incumbent is the Government inspector for witnessing tests and calibrations of gas measurement instruments at private industry helium plants delivering or taking redeliveries of crude helium. The incumbent operates and maintains equipment used along the pipeline right-of-way, and conducts general maintenance work and upkeep of the Maintenance Station.

Qualifications and Evaluations

Screen-out Element:  Ability to do the work of the position without more than normal supervision.

Key Requirements:
  • U.S. Citizenship is required.
  • Be sure to read the "How to Apply" and "Required Documents" Sections.
  • You cannot hold an active real estate license; nor can you
  • have an interest or hold stocks in firms with interest in Federal Land.
  • Direct Deposit Required.
  • Background Investigation Required.
  • Education Requirements:
    There is no educational requirements for this position.
    Upon receipt of your complete application package, a review of your application will be made to ensure you meet the basic qualification requirements. Your rating will be based on your responses to the Job Specific Questionnaire and the information stated in your resume. 
    Application materials must demonstrate sufficient experience and training to perform the duties of this position without more than normal supervision. Qualifications will be determined on the basis of information submitted in the applicants resume and responses to the assessment questions. For information about qualifications for federal wage system positions please visit: http://www.opm.gov/qualifications/x-118c/index.asp

    Minimum qualifications for trades and labor positions are determined by evaluation of job elements. Applicants must meet at least 2 points on the screen-out element and obtain an average of at least 2 points on all of the job elements in order to be considered qualified for this position.

    Applicants must meet all qualification requirements and any selective factors, by the closing date of the Announcement.

    You will be rated on the following Job Elements as part of the assessment questionnaire for this position:
    • Ability to do the work of the position without more than normal supervision (SCREEN OUT).
    • Knowledge of equipment assembly and installation of all electronic and mechanical equipment. Ability to install and repair equipment in order to make necessary repairs and adjustments.
    • Use of test equipment electronics to calibrate and test in order to collect data samples to prepare reports.
    • Theory of electronics and a working knowledge of gas-measurement methods, flow-metering and analytical devices in order to provide accurate information on measurement of gas.
    • Ability to use hand and power tools and special locators and gauges; uses cathodic protection meters and devices in locating buried pipelines.
    • Trouble shooting electronic equipment to determine gas measurement and performing pipeline maintenance in order to provide technical advice.
    • Ability to suggest and apply new methods when observing measurement instruments in order to maintain flow to determine meters are functioning properly to make necessary repairs and reports abnormalities. 
    Conditions of Employment:
    • You will be required to drive a motor vehicle. The work requires an appropriate valid driver's





    Benefits and Other Info

    To explore the major benefits offered to most Federal employees, visit the Office of Personnel Management's website at Federal Benefits at USAJOBS.
    Other Information:
    May require completion of a 1 year probationary period.

    This is a Bargaining Unit position.

    Travel and relocation expenses will not be paid by the Department of the Interior. Any travel, transportation and relocation expenses associated with reporting for duty in this position will be the responsibility of the selected employee.

    SELECTIVE SERVICE:  Male applicants born after December 31, 1959, must certify that they have registered with the Selective Service System, or are exempt from having to do so under the Selective Service Law.  To register or verify your registration go to the Selective Service System website.

    Government facilities are required to provide a smoke free environment for their employees. Smoking will be permitted only in designated areas.

    How to Apply

    How to Apply:
    To receive consideration for this position, you must provide a complete Application Package, which includes ALL of the following items: 1. Your responses to the Assessment Questionnaire; 2. Your resume; and 3. Applicable supporting documents specified in the Required Documents section of this job announcement.

    Click on the button "Apply Online" and login to MY USAJOBS.

    If you haven't already registered with USAJOBS, the system will require you to create a user name and password, complete a questionnaire and upload, paste or type a resume into USAJOBS.

    Your application package must be submitted by 11:59 PM Eastern Time by the closing date of this announcement.

    If you need assistance in applying on-line, please contact the HR Office at (806)356-1034 or lwells@blm.gov. If applying on-line poses a hardship for you (i.e. you do not have access to the internet) you must contact us prior to the closing date of the announcement for an alternative method of applying.
    Required Documents:
    In addition to the online application (resume and responses to the questionnaire), you are required to submit the following forms:

    Current and former federal career and career-conditional employees: submit a copy of your recent (non award) SF-50, Notification of Personnel Action, or equivalent document that verifies tenure (block 24, code 1 or 2) and Competitive Status (block 34, code 1).

    You may submit your documents either via Auto-Requested Fax or by uploading your documents from your USAJOBS Profile.

    Auto-Requested Fax: allows you to submit required documentation that will be electronically displayed along with your resume.  The opportunity to do this will be provided during the application process by a pop-up message option to generate an auto-requested fax cover sheet.

    UPLOADING DOCUMENTS: Instead of faxing your documents you may use the uploading procedures thru Applicant Manager.  Do not use both options.

    Hard copy paper supplemental documents, submitted without prior Human Resources approval, will be considered as an incomplete application.

    Required documentation must be submitted by 11:59 p.m. Eastern Time, on the closing date of this announcement.
    Next Steps:
    You will be notified of the status of your application as the qualification review process is conducted.

    You may also check the status of your application by viewing your MY USAJOBs account.