U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Welder in Louisville, Kentucky

Job Overview

Job Overview

Looking for a great place to work? The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is one of the best! In 2016, USACE ranked number two of government large-agency subcomponents! As rated by their employees, USACE supervisors strongly support employee development and opportunities to demonstrate leadership skills, while also maintaining an optimal work/life balance. The Corps offers a team-inspiring and collaborative work environment; providing challenging and rewarding careers across a variety of disciplines. Follow this link for more information about the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.

Civilian employees serve a vital role in supporting the Army mission. They provide the skills not readily available in the military, but crucial to support military operations. The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is an innovative, transformative organization providing engineering solutions to customers worldwide. Working at the Corps as a civilian employee means making a direct contribution to war fighters and their families; supporting overseas contingency operations; developing technology and systems that save the lives of soldiers and civilians; providing disaster relief; and protecting and enhancing the environment and the national economy.

This is a permanent, full time, Seasonal position. Seasonal employment means annually recurring periods of work of less than 12 months each year. Seasonal employees are permanent employees who are placed in non-duty/non-pay status and recalled to duty in accordance with pre-established conditions of employment.

About the Position:Serves as Welder assigned to the Heavy Capacity Fleet Section, Regional Rivers Repair Fleet. Uses gas welding torch processes such as oxyacetylene, oxyhydrogen, arc processes, gas tungsten arc, gas carbon arc and various electric resistance welding processes. Assures complete penetration and complete fusion of base and filler metals. Applies knowledge of welding standards and how various metals and alloys (approximately 11) react to different welding processes and techniques. Welds metal parts and structures from .025 inches to very thick metal requiring multiple welding passes. Welds dissimilar metals. Devises special jigs and fixtures to hold parts to be welded. Uses techniques such as preheating, heat sinks and stress relieving to maintain specified dimensions to prevent distortion or burning of the parts being welded. Applies knowledge of brazing, soldering, flame and arc-cutting, surface hardening, annealing and metal spraying.

Who May Apply:

Only applicants who meet one of the employment authority categories below are eligible to apply for this job. You will be asked to identify which category or categories you meet, and to provide documents which prove you meet the category or categories you selected. See Proof of Eligibility for an extensive list of document requirements for all employment authorities.

  • Current Civilian Employee with the Department of the Army
  • Current Permanent Department of Defense (DOD) - Civilian Employee (non-Army)
  • Current Permanent Federal Civilian Employee (non-DOD)
  • Former Federal Employee, eligible for reinstatement
  • Eligible due to Interagency Career Transition Program (ICTAP)
  • Eligible under Veterans' Employment Opportunity Act (VEOA)
  • Priority Placement Program, Program S (Military Spouse) registrants referred through the Automated Stopper and Referral System (ASARS) for this position

Serves as a permanent seasonal Welder on the Heavy Capacity Fleet Unit or at a Repair Station of the Regional Rivers Repair Fleet. Conducts plans and lays out work from blueprints, sketches, drawings, specifications and work orders. Makes a wide-range of welds, from simple to precision welding, including welds of dissimilar metals. Determines disassembly or repair necessary, and materials to be used. Works with light, heavy gauge and hardened metals. Uses electric, oxyacetylene, oxy-hydrogen gas metal arc, gas tungsten arc, and gas carbon arc welding processes to weld metal parts and structures ranging from .025 inches to very thick metal which requires multiple welding passes. Devises special jigs and fixtures to hold parts to be welded. Positions and clamps work, preheats metal and maintains temperature to prevent distortion. Makes welds in all positions, i.e., flat, horizontal, vertical and overhead. Applies various manual welding processes to weld in hard to reach places that must meet close tolerance, strength and other requirements.

Supervisory Status


Travel Required
  • 75% or Greater
  • Business travel required approximately 75% of the time
Relocation Authorized
  • No
Who May Apply
This job is open to…

Internal Employees/Agency Employees Only, Current Federal Employees, Former Federal Employees, ICTAP, VEOA, Military Spouses

Questions? This job is open to 4 groups.

Job Requirements

Job Requirements
Key Requirements

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.

Screen-Out Element: No specific length of experience is required. However, your application package must show significant experience and/or training to indicate that you can perform the work of a Welder WG-3703-10 without more than normal supervision. (SCREEN-OUT)

WG-10: Penetration and fusion of base and filler metals; brazing soldering, flame and arc cutting, surface hardening, annealing, and metal spraying; performed a wide-range of ironwork skills and welding, including welds of dissimilar metals; and laid out and cut steel in close tolerances.

You will also be evaluated on the base of your level of knowledge, skill, and ability in the following areas: Technical Practices Ability to Interpret Instructions, Specifications, etc. Knowledge of Metals

PHYSICAL EFFORT: The work involves standing, walking, stooping, bending, kneeling, climbing, and crawling. Work may be done in awkward and cramped positions such as when welding in hard to reach places. May handle objects weighing twenty to fifty pounds, and occasionally objects weighing in excess of fifty pounds. Incumbent must be able to perform all physical requirements of this position. Duties include but are not limited to pushing and pulling bars and levers, winding cranks and winches, lifting and holding lines, climbing ladders and steep stairways, working in confined spaces, and working on steep and uneven ground. Incumbent must be capable of lifting at least 50 pounds unassisted or up to 100 pounds with the assistance of one other person.

WORKING CONDITIONS: Work is completed in all types of weather including inclement weather of extreme heat and cold. Incumbent is subject to cuts, bruises and shock from cutting tools, moving parts and electric current (440 volts). Incumbent is subject to dangers including but not limited to drowning and injury from falls and loads on overhead cranes. Incumbent utilizes appropriate personal protective equipment for those conditions which may be heavy and uncomfortable. Incumbent must be capable or working in conditions of dust, welding fumes, paint vapors and sandblast particles utilizing appropriate personal protective equipment for those conditions.

Other Requirements: Click here for expanded definitions.

  • Male applicants born after December 31, 1959 must complete a Pre-Employment Certification Statement for Selective Service Registration.
  • You will be required to provide proof of U.S. Citizenship.
  • Two year trial/probationary period may be required.
  • Direct Deposit of Pay is Required.
  • American Welding Society Welder's certification is required.
  • Valid State Driver License is required.
  • Pre-employment National Security Background check (NACI) may be required.
  • Pre-employment drug screen may be required.
  • Pre-employment and annual physical may be required.
  • Weekend, holiday, and/or shift work may be required.
  • Work may require exposure to extreme/inclement weather conditions.
Security Clearance

Not Applicable

Additional Information

Additional Information
What To Expect Next

If you provided an email address, you will receive an email message acknowledging receipt of your application. Your application package will be used to determine your eligibility, qualifications, and quality ranking for this position. If you are determined to be ineligible or not qualified, your application will receive no further consideration.

The 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 "incomplete application" and you will not receive further consideration for this job.


The Department of Defense offers an excellent benefits program.In addition to your take-home pay, your comprehensive compensation/benefits package will include most of the benefits described in the USAJOBS Resource Center.

Other Information
  • Selection is subject to restrictions resulting from Department of Defense referral system for displaced employees.
  • If you have retired from federal service and you are interested in employment as a reemployed annuitant, see the information in the Reemployed Annuitantinformation sheet.
  • Multiple positions may be filled from this announcement.

This job originated on www.usajobs.gov. For the full announcement and to apply, visit www.usajobs.gov/GetJob/ViewDetails/462598800. Only resumes submitted according to the instructions on the job announcement listed at www.usajobs.gov will be considered.

Open & closing dates: 2017-07-13 to 2017-07-31

Salary: $25.07 to $29.24 / per hour

Pay scale & grade: WG 10

Series: 3703 Welding

Appointment type: Permanent

Work schedule: Multiple Schedules

Job announcement number: SWGJ178191661898099

Control number: 462598800