U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Crane Operator in Pleasant Valley, Iowa

Job Overview

Job Overview

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About the Position:This vacancy is to fill the position of a Crane Operator, XF-5725-12, in the Mississippi River Project Office, Maintenance Section.

Location: This position is located in Pleasant Valley, Iowa. Pleasant Valley is part of a metropolitan area known as the Quad-Cities. The Quad-Cities rests on the banks of the Mississippi River and has a total population of 400,000. The Quad-Cities is comprised of the cities of Rock Island and Moline/East Moline in Illinois and Davenport and Bettendorf in Iowa.

For more information about the organization and/or location of the position, please see the following websites:

Rock Island District Website

Two Quad-Cities websites are www.visitquadcities.com; and www.quadcities.com

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)
  • Veterans with a service-connected disability of 30% or more
  • Eligible for military spouse preference under Executive Order 13473
  • Priority Placement Program, Program S (Military Spouse) registrants referred through the Automated Stopper and Referral System (ASARS) for this position
  • Eligible for family member appointment under Executive Order 12721
  • Eligible for NAF/AAFES Interchange Agreement
  • Eligible due to an Interchange Agreement
  • Eligible for Persons with Disabilities

As a Crane Operator, XF-5725-12, you will:-Operate a 350-ton capacity floating lattice boom crane for purposes of placing fabricated steel structures. -Operate a 130-ton capacity floating lattice boom crane for purposes of channel clearing or dredging. Work is accomplished with crane mounted aboard floating plant (spud-barge) normally adjacent to riverbank or in midchannel of river, at numerous points on 314-mile reach of Mississippi River within the District, in and around many islands in the River, etc. -Independently and/or in conjunction with Foreman, determine when and where spud-barge should be placed (usually by movement with small towboats) to obtain technically best and most efficient work situation, and subsequently direct spud engine and/or towboat operators and deckhands in performance of work necessary for barge placement. During operation on this type of work assignment, moves crawler-mounted crane forward and backward atop barge to accomplish underwater assignment (outside the range of operating vision) without the benefit of hand signals, and with only river buoys and/or shore markers to provide general alignment guidance with respect to progressive clearing work being performed. -Other crane operation work accomplished includes one or more of the following as required for accomplishment of overall unit mission: Place bulkheads for dewatering projects. Also, place necessary pumps for the lock dewatering projects. Use land based rigs for accomplishment of a variety of work including placement of materials (riprap, etc.), lifting heavy equipment and placing aboard barges or atop dam service bridges, grading, etc.During dewatering activities, performs work alongside or near waterways from a hard, flat, and generally frozen esplanade adjacent to lock site. Equipment, materials, etc., being raised or lowered onto the dewatered river bottom is generally outside the operators field of vision and requires working from hand signals.Working from a barge near or alongside riverbanks, maintains levees, wing dams, and non-overflow dikes.Assure safe operation of equipment and perform routine preventive maintenance.

Travel Required
  • 75% or Greater
  • Temporary Duty (TDY) Travel-75% to perform work at various sites
Relocation Authorized
  • No

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: The Screen-Out Element is the Ability to Do the Work of the Position Without More Than Normal Supervision. To meet the screen out element, applicants should document experience and/or show the ability to perform common Crane Operator tasks including: operating various types of lattice boom cranes using assorted levers, pedals, and controls in hoisting and handling heavy equipment and materials and working in tandem with other cranes; acknowledging the appropriate weight limits and angles to lift loads safely.

Knowledge, Skills, Abilities & Competencies: You will be evaluated on the basis of your level of competency (knowledge, skills, abilities) in the following job element areas:

  • Operation of Motor Vehicles
  • Work Practices (Includes Keeping Things Neat, Clean, and In Order)
  • Ability To Interpret Instructions, Specifications, etc. (Related to Mobile Equipment Operation)
  • Ability to Drive Safely (Motor Vehicles)
  • Ability to Operate Safely (Non-Motor Vehicle)
  • Reliability and Dependability as a Crane Operator

Physical Effort: Majority of work requires moderate to heavy physical effort in the manipulation of the equipment controls, and involves standing, pulling, bending, stooping, and sitting. On occasion, may be required to lift and carry items or material weighing in excess of 50 pounds.

Working Conditions:Working in area with or personally operating cranes, sandblast machines, compressors, etc., creates excessively noisy condition. Climbing to and working from service bridges introduces the hazards of injuries from falls including hazard of drowning. Operation of a crawler-type crane mounted on a barge or working along levee or spillway sections introduces the normal conditions and hazards of tipping, overturning, etc. Ninety percent of working time the operator is working in the "blind" and/or with fellow workers around the load, causing a considerable physical and mental strain on the operator.

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.
  • This position requires that you possess and maintain a valid Stateside driver's license.
  • A physical examination is required. If selected, satisfactory completion of a medical examination is required before assignment to the position.
  • Subsequent annual physicals will be required for this position.
  • Must comply with Drug Abuse Testing Program requirements. This position is a Testing Designated Position (TDP) subject to applicant testing and random drug testing. Applicants tentatively selected for appointment to this position will participate in drug urinalysis testing, unless currently occupying a TDP within the Department of Defense.
  • Position requires employee to wear a uniform and/or protective clothing.
  • May require overtime work.
  • May be required to work uncommon hours such as nights, weekends, and holidays.
  • Personnel security investigation required. Position is non-sensitive and requires a personnel security investigation on a post-appointment basis only.
  • This position requires that the incumbent possess and maintain a required accredited license for the operation of the crane (i.e. either a current certification by a Nationally Accredited Crane Operator Testing Organization (NCCCO), qualification by an audited employer program, qualification by the U.S. Military, or Licensing by a State or Local Government Entity).
  • Incumbent must be able to obtain first aid training and a current American Red Cross Aid Card or equivalent within the first two years of employment.
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 position is in Career Program 18 for career mapping purposes.
  • For your information, you may also be eligible to apply under the External Vacancy Announcement posted for this position. Please access the USAJOBS website and search for the following vacancy announcement which is opened to various eligibility avenues to status applicants for the same position during the same time frame: SWGIRI171132351974792D.

This job originated on www.usajobs.gov. For the full announcement and to apply, visit www.usajobs.gov/GetJob/ViewDetails/472177200. Only resumes submitted according to the instructions on the job announcement listed at www.usajobs.gov will be considered.

Salary Range: $27.57 to $32.15 / Per Hour

Series & Grade: XF-5725-12/12

Supervisory Status: No

Who May Apply: Current Federal Employees, Former Federal Employees, Status Candidates, ICTAP, VEOA, 30% Disabled, Schedule A, Individuals with Disabilities, Military Spouses, Overseas Employees

Control Number: 472177200

Job Announcement Number: SWGIRI171132351974404