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Lock and Dam Operator - Virtual Career Fair

Company: Department of Defense
Location: Troy
Posted on: June 7, 2021

Job Description:

  • Duties




This is a public notice flyer to notify interested applicants of anticipated vacancies. Applications will NOT be accepted through this flyer. Interested applicants should review the "How to Apply" section of this flyer for more information on how to be considered. This flyer will be used as positions become available. There may or may not be actual vacancies filled from this flyer.

Email resumes, transcripts & any other application documents to: CENAN-HR-VFAIR3@USACE.ARMY.MIL

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  • Perform continuing and/or special operational or functional checks on machinery to avoid untimely or dangerous equipment breakdown, and identify when possible, development of unsafe situations.
  • Install, repair, and maintain lock and dam machinery, and equipment of mechanical or electrical type.
  • Perform carpentry or plumbing required for minor construction or repair and maintenance; concrete work, welding, painting, cleaning, etc.
  • Perform seasonal duties such as grass cutting, trimming, gardening; snow shoveling, clearing ice, etc.
  • Operate smaller crane/bulkhead hoist/etc. for placing bulkheads.
  • Operate equipment such as but not limited to: pick-up truck, dump truck, forklift, front-end loader, bulldozer, tractor, motorboat, and pontoon boat.
  • Operate electrical, electronic, and/or hydraulic gate controls to open and/or close gates at one end of lock chamber.
  • Issue instructions to tow boat captains and other craft operators, setting of precedence of entry, and through maintaining proper procedural operation.
  • Operate electrical or electronic controls to raise or lower dam gates in accordance with specific instructions.

Travel Required

Not required

Supervisory status


Promotion Potential


  • Job family (Series)

5426 Lock And Dam Operating

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  • Requirements



Conditions of Employment

  • Appointment may be subject to a suitability or fitness determination, as determined by a completed background investigation.
  • Physical examination prior to appointment.
  • Submit to and pass a urinalysis drug test prior to appointment and randomly thereafter.
  • Appointment to this position is subject to a two year probationary period unless the appointee has previously met the requirements as described in 5 CFR Part 315
  • Mission essential. The incumbent is required to report to work or remain at work as scheduled to support mission operations In the event of severe weather conditions or other such emergency type situations.
  • Possess or obtain and maintain a valid state issued driver's license.
  • This position may require lifting and carrying items in excess of 50 pounds.
  • Required to obtain an American Red Cross Standard First Aid card, CPR, and/or AED within 2 years.
  • Required to wear a prescribed personal protective equipment (PPE).
  • Required to work shift schedules.
  • Required to observe established safe working procedures.
  • Requires Lock and Dam certification through the Inland Marine Transportation System (IMTS) training program within 1 year.


Positions will be filled under the Department of Defense Direct Hire Authority for Certain Competitive Service Positions, 5 USC Section 9905.

Who May Apply: US Citizens

In order to qualify, you must meet the experience requirements described below. 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. Your resume must clearly describe your relevant experience; if qualifying based on education, your transcripts will be required as part of your application. Additional information about transcripts is in this document.

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 Lock and Dam Operator without more than normal supervision.

Performing operations, maintenance, and repair activities that requires construction and/or mechanical skills acquired from working on navigation locks, facilities, grounds, and/or equipment. Utilize a variety of hand and power tools, sketches and diagrams, and follow oral instructions in performing repair and maintenance work of lock and dam machinery and equipment. Operating electrically, electronically, and/or hydraulically controlled lock and dam gates and/or other associated equipment required for passage of traffic through the lock structure. - Failure to meet this Screen Out Element will result in an ineligible rating.

You will be evaluated on the basis of your level of competency in the following areas:

  • Ability To Do The Work Of The Position Without More Than Normal Supervision (Screen-out Element)
  • Ability to Interpret Instructions, Specification, etc. (includes blueprint reading)
  • Dexterity and Safety
  • Knowledge of Equipment Assembly, Installation, Repair, etc.
  • Operation of Equipment and Machinery
  • Technical Practices (theoretical, precise, artistic)

Physical Effort: 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, occasional lifting in excess of 50 pounds, stretching, working in cramped positions and spaces, handling or maneuvering bulky items or equipment, and general continuous moderate to arduous physical effort required.

Working Conditions: Preponderance of work is performed outside subject to extremes of temperature and weather. There is exposure to injuries associated with working in restricted areas, occasionally cramped and/or uncomfortably hot or cold areas, from falling objects, from working with electrical power tools and wiring or other equipment, from working with normal manual tools and from falls while working on lock walls, dam service bridge, etc. 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. During maintenance operations is occasionally exposed to unpleasant fumes, dust, etc.

Work Schedules: This position is located at an IMTS facility. Days of operation and typical daily schedules will vary based on site specific work requirements. Typical schedules may consist of 1, 2, or 3 specific shift schedules. Operators may be required to alternate working hours on all shifts and on weekends, as well as weekdays. Sites with limited commercial use may operate on reduced work schedules. In all cases, work schedules and hours of operation are locally determined based on work requirements.


Keywords: Department of Defense, Troy , Lock and Dam Operator - Virtual Career Fair, Other , Troy, New York

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