Air Force Materiel Command Tractor Operator (Aircraft) in Tinker AFB, Oklahoma

Air Force Materiel Command
Many vacancies in the following location:
  • Tinker AFB, OK
Work Schedule is Full Time - Permanent

Opened Friday 9/9/2016 (47 day(s) ago)

** Closes Saturday 12/31/2016 (66 day(s) away)

Job Overview

Tinker Air Force Base plays a key role in managing and maintaining the sophisticated weapon systems that keep America's air defenses strong. Whatever your background or expertise, you will find rewarding career opportunities at Tinker AFB where a highly skilled workforce of more than 24,000 civilians and military personnel work together to complete the Air Force mission.

The full performance level: 08

*This is a re-announcement. * Those who originally applied under announcement number AFMC-1679929-XXXXXX-9V-MS and received a final rating of "ELIGIBLE" and are still active in the register need not re-apply. However, if your application is no longer active for this register or you received a final rating of "INELIGIBLE" and you wish to be considered for vacancies, you will need to apply again.

CUT-OFF DATE: Complete application packages processed by the first cut-off date of 16 SEPTEMBER 2016may be rated and receive first consideration for employment. If your application is submitted and processed after this date, you will receive consideration on an "as needed basis".

This register is being established and may be used to fill:

(A) Full time permanent positions; OR

(B) Full time term positions exceeding 1 year but will not exceed 4 years from the date of the initial term appointment; OR

(C) Full time temporary positions not to exceed 1 year.

Applications will be rated as vacancies occur on an "as needed" basis.

NOTE: New appointment shall be made at the minimum rate of the appropriate grade unless regulatory guidance permits otherwise.


The primary purpose of this position is to accomplish the repositioning and moving of various types of aircraft in rework hangers and other various airframes and offload/load flight safety equipment, store and deliver equipment. Operate specialized heavy-duty tow tractors and move large aircraft with expansive wing spans. Maneuvering is restricted and accuracy is critical. Inventory and offload Life Support equipment upon arrival and departure of aircraft. Store and transport gaseous and liquid oxygen for servicing aircraft. Operate diesel/gas/electric powered forklift trucks capable of lifting loads weighing up to 10,000 pounds and as high as 168 inches. Work with Hazardous Materials and/or generated hazardous waste.

Travel Required
  • Occasional Travel
  • Travel may be required in accordance with Joint Travel Regulations (JTR)
Relocation Authorized
  • No
Job Requirements
Key Requirements

The description of your work experience in your application (resume with acceptable format) must clearly demonstrate that you have gained and currently possess the following knowledge, skill, and abilities shown below to satisfactorily perform the duties of the position being filled:

  1. Ability to do the work of (Tractor Operator (Aircraft)) without more than normal supervision. (This is a Screen-out Element. Screen-out Elements are the critical knowledge, skills, and abilities that are essential for satisfactory job performance. Applicants must receive a minimum of two points on the Screen-out element to be deemed eligible for consideration).

  2. Skill in operating Tow Tractors, maneuvering aircraft inside hangers and outside locations with space restrictions.

  3. Knowledge of safety regulations, practices and procedures.

  4. Knowledge of Control Tower signals and various ramp and taxi locations.

  5. Ability to read and interpret all usual instructions and production control and supply documents, including, requisitions, routing cards, and shop orders.

PART-TIME OR UNPAID EXPERIENCE: Credit will be given for appropriate unpaid and/or part-time work. You must clearly identify the duties and responsibilities in each position held and the total number of hours worked per week.

VOLUNTEER WORK EXPERIENCE: Experience refers to paid and unpaid experience, including volunteer work done through National Service Programs (i.e., Peace Corps, AmeriCorps) and other organizations (e.g., professional; philanthropic; religious; spiritual; community; student and social). Volunteer work helps build critical competencies, knowledge and skills that can provide valuable training and experience that translates directly to paid employment. You will receive credit for all qualifying experience, including volunteer experience.

*Other Significant Facts: *

  1. Appointment is contingent upon passing a physical examination.

  2. This is a drug testing designated position (TDP) under the Air Force Civilian Drug Testing Program and is subject to pre-employment drug testing as a condition of employment and participation in random drug testing.

  3. Incumbent is required to obtain and maintain appropriate background investigation or security clearance.

  4. May be required to work day, swing, or grave shifts, and overtime, rotating shifts, uncommon tours, weekends, holidays, etc.

  5. Incumbent is required to possess or obtain and maintain a valid state driver's license and a valid U.S. Air Force Motor Vehicle Operations Identification Card as well as a valid Oklahoma state/Government and flight-line driver's License.

  6. Will be required to assist (CDDAR) Crashed, Damaged, and Disable Aircraft Recovery team.

  7. Required to marshal live aircraft to and from active runways.

  8. May be required to travel for short periods of time and complete trip reports.

  9. Must maintain good working relations with all personnel and comply with established policies and instructions, including Fire, Health and Safety Instructions: OI's, TO's and AFOSH Standards, good housekeeping, practices and other regulations and policies.

  10. Operate 15K forklift to install/remove 5000lb ballast.

PHYSICAL DEMANDS:Physical effort is light to moderate. Exerts additional effort in operating the tractor and manipulating equipment controls compensate for difficult terrain. Subject to prolonged standing, walking, climbing or uneven surfaces rough or slippery surfaces. Work requires reaching, turning, or moving hands, arms, feet, and legs. Associated duties require stooping bending, and climbing. Lifts and carries objects weighing up to 25 pounds and occasionally moves heavier object with assistance. Moderate physical efforts may be required in making couplings between the vehicle and towed equipment because of the tow bars,and pintail hooks must be lifted and properly secured.

WORK ENVIRONMENT:Working primarily outside and operates vehicles in natural extremes of hot and cold weather conditions and high noise levels (85 decibels). May be exposed to JP-8 jet fuel, chemical dust and sprays, dust, dirt, grease, and/or fumes and to the possibility of cuts and bruises as result of accidents when loading and unloading equipment. Follows prescribed safety practices and uses safety equipment to avoid injury and possible hazards in the work area. Works on steep slopes and in rough terrain, and may be subject to injury from falls or overturned tractors and equipment.

NOTE: If you want to change and/or add information to your application package (resume with acceptable format) during the open period of this announcement, you will need to reapply (to include completing the online questionnaire) and include the changed and/or added information with your application package. This will ensure you receive full consideration for this position.

Security Clearance

Public Trust - Background Investigation

Additional Information
What To Expect Next

Upon the submission of your application package to, you will receive an automatic reply from OPM informing you that your application has been submitted, received and is being processed.

After the announcement closes you will receive a Notice of Results. This will inform you of your eligibility according to the information you input when answering the occupational questionnaire questions. At this point you have completed the application process.

Once the application process is completed in its entirety, a manual review of your application will be made to ensure you meet the job requirements. Your online questionnaire, along with your resume and any documentation you submitted to support your responses will be reviewed. You will receive written notice via email that designates whether or not you are found to be eligible to be referred for consideration for the position.

If you are ultimately deemed ineligible, from your Notice of Results, you will receive no further correspondence concerning the position. If or when the position is re-announced or re-opened, you may wish to re-apply.

Applicants considered eligible for the position, will receive notification of referral for employment consideration. If you are referred for consideration, you may receive additional correspondence via email or phone pertaining to a position. Should you be referred for consideration and not selected, you will receive a Disposition letter informing you that the position has been filled.

Eventhough you are considered eligible for the position, you may not receive notification of referral due to several possible reasons, i.e., no current vacancies to fill, ample veterans for initial consideration, not in the first cut-off, etc. You may, however, be referred for consideration in the future.


The Department of Defense offers an excellent benefits program. In addition to your take-home pay, click here for an overview benefits currently offered to Federal employees.

Direct Deposit: All federal employees are required to have direct deposit.

Other Information

Applicants must be US Citizens and proof (such as Birth Certificate, passport, naturalization papers, etc.) will be required during in-processing.

Priority Placement/Interagency Career Transition Assistance Program (ICTAP) applicants who have special priority placement rights must be well qualified for the position. Well qualified, for this position, is defined as meeting the minimum qualifications of the position. In addition, ICTAP applicants must submit required documents to determine eligibility in accordance with 5 CFR 330.704. Some of these documents include a copy of the agency notice, most recent performance appraisal, and most recent SF50.

Reemployed Annuitants who are receiving an annuity can be hired if the position meets certain criteria described in the following instruction:

Certain Military Spouses are also eligible to apply under E.O. 13473. More information is available at

It is the policy of the Government not to deny employment simply because an individual has been unemployed or has had financial difficulties that have arisen through no fault of the individual. Information about an individual's employment experience will be used only to determine the person's qualifications and to assess his or her relative level of knowledge, skills, and abilities. Although an individual's personal conduct may be relevant in any employment decision, including conduct during periods of unemployment or evidence of dishonesty in handling financial matters, financial difficulty that has arisen through no fault of the individual will generally not itself be the basis of an unfavorable suitability or fitness determination.

Salary Range: $21.08 to $25.85 / Per Hour

Series & Grade: WG-5705-08/08

Promotion Potential: 08

Supervisory Status: No

Who May Apply: United States Citizens

Control Number: 450147500

Job Announcement Number: AFMC-1679929R-XXXXXX-9V-MS