Electrician (FAC) – B32-17

For Public Dissemination

Vacancy Number: B32-17

Date: March 22,2017


Position Title Electrician
Location U.S. Embassy Berlin, Facilities Management
Open To All Interested Candidates
Salary and Grade

Ordinarily Resident (OR)

– € 33,940 per year starting salary

Position Grade: FSN-05


Not Ordinarily Resident (NOR)

– US $ 28,262 per year starting salary (Base Salary Scale)

Position Grade: FP-09, step 1 or highest previous rate within grade

Note: this position may be Overseas Comparability Pay (OCP) eligible

Final grade/step to be confirmed by Washington


Candidate may be hired on a developmental level, i.e. one or more pay grades below the full performance level in order to receive training and to acquire knowledge of U.S. Government-specific regulations and operating procedures.
Work Hours Full-time, 40 hours
Opening Date March 22, 2017
Closing Date Open until filled, first cutoff date April 16, 2017
Security Requirement Candidate must be able to obtain and hold a non-sensitive security certification.





The U.S. Embassy in Berlin is seeking eligible and qualified applicants for the position as Electrician in the Facilities Management Section. Filling of position is subject to availability of funds.




(A copy of the complete position description listing all duties and responsibilities is available upon request.  Send your request to employment-germany@state.gov with identification of vacancy number.)


The incumbent performs electrical installation, maintenance and repairs within Mission Germany Government owned and short term leased properties in accordance with established industry standards in support of Post’s office and residential maintenance programs. S/he is responsible for performing new installation, maintenance & repair, preventive and predictive maintenance on a variety of electrical equipment, power distribution and interior wiring systems. The incumbent provides troubleshooting and diagnostic service using relevant electrical tools and test equipment. S/he generates inspection reports reflecting condition of appliances and other electrical equipment as well as performing other duties as assigned.




Applicants must address each required qualification listed below with specific information supporting each item. Failure to do so may result in determination that the applicant is not qualified.


EDUCATION: Completion of secondary school (Germany: Realschule, America: High School diploma). Completion of vocational training or an apprenticeship recognized as producing journeyman level electrician.


EXPERIENCE: A minimum of two years’ experience at journeyman level is required.


LANGUAGE: English (Level II-limited knowledge) and German (Level III-good working knowledge) speaking & reading is required.



  • Must be on the alert for safety to persons and property on the job site.
  • Must be physically able to use all tools of the trade and climb ladders.
  • A German driver’s license, class B is required.



  • Must have knowledge of established practices and procedures of the trade.


The Human Resources Office will conduct standard language assessment tests and may test for other required skills as part of the selection process. Testing is conducted equitably and is administered in the same way to all applicants for the particular recruitment.





  • Hiring Preference Selection Process:When qualified, applicants in the following hiring preference categories are extended a hiring preference in the order listed below. Therefore, it is essential that these applicants accurately describe their status on the application. Failure to do so may result in a determination that the applicant is not eligible for a hiring preference.





(1)     AEFM / USEFM who is a  preference-eligible U.S. Veteran

(2)     AEFM / USEFM*

(3)     FS on LWOP**


*IMPORTANT:Applicants who claim status as a preference-eligible U.S. Veteran must submit a copy of the most recent Member Copy Four (4) of the DD-214, Certificate of Release or Discharge from Active Duty, and, if applicable, a letter from the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs. If claiming conditional eligibility for U.S. Veterans’ preference, applicants must submit proof of conditional eligibility. If the written documentation confirming eligibility is not received in the HR office by the closing date of the vacancy announcement, the U.S. Veterans’ preference will not be considered in the application process.  Mission HR’s decision on eligibility for U.S. Veterans’ preference after reviewing all required documentation is final.

** This level of preference applies to all Foreign Service employees on LWOP.



  • Additional Selection Criteria:
  1. The U.S. Mission will consider the following when determining successful candidacy: nepotism, conflicts of interest, budget, and residency status.
  2. Locally Employed Staff (LE Staff) of the U.S. Mission Germany having served less than 12 months in their current position are not eligible to apply.
  3. Current Locally Employed Staff (LE Staff) with an overall summary rating of ‘Needs Improvement’ or ‘Unsatisfactory’ on their most recent Employee Performance Report are not eligible to apply.
  4. Current NOR employees hired on a Family Member Appointment (FMA) or a Personal Service Agreement (PSA) are not eligible to apply within the first ninety (90) calendar days of their employment, unless they have a When Actually Employed (WAE) work schedule.



  • How To Apply:  Interested applicants for this position must submit their application and pertinent supporting documentation by the closing date using the U.S. Mission’s electronic application process: http://employment.usembassy.de/


Applicants must submit the following documents to be considered. Failure to do so may result in a determination that the applicant is not qualified.

  1. Universal Application for Employment (UAE), Form DS-174, which is available on the internet for OpenNet users by clicking here: DS-174 OpenNet; or for external users on the internet by clicking here: DS-174 External.
  2. Additional documentation that supports or addresses the requirements listed above (e.g. cover letter, resume / curriculum vitae, reference letters, transcripts, essays, certificates, copies of degrees earned, etc.) should be attached with the application.
  1. Application language is English, i.e. application for employment, CV or resume should be in English.  Certificates, awards or degrees in English or German do not need to be translated.
  2. Note that the U.S. Mission does not/not refund travel expenses incurred by the interviewee.


For a complete list of terms such as US citizen Eligible Family Member (USEFM), Eligible Family Member (EFM), Member of Household (MOH), Not Ordinarily Resident (NOR), Ordinarily Resident (OR) and their definitions, see the definitions list on the website http://employment.usembassy.de/definitions/.


The U.S. Mission in Germany provides equal opportunity and fair and equitable treatment in employment to all people without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability, political affiliation, marital status, or sexual orientation.  The Department of State also strives to achieve equal employment opportunity in all personnel operations through continuing diversity enhancement programs.


The EEO complaint procedure is not available to individuals who believe they have been denied equal opportunity based upon marital status or political affiliations.  Individuals with such complaints should avail themselves of the appropriate grievance procedures, remedies for prohibited personnel practices, and/or courts for relief.