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Company: Legislative Branch
Location: Washington
Posted on: June 12, 2021

Job Description:

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GPO employees possess a diverse representation of talent in many administrative fields and trades. We provide other agencies with innovative services for the printing, publishing, storage, and distribution of digital content. If you are an energetic, inventive individual looking for a challenging, yet rewarding career opportunity, GPO may be the place for you.

This position is part of the Plant Operations, Government Publishing Office in Washington, District of Columbia

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  • Assembles , installs, maintains, and repairs all types of printing, binding and all other industrial machinery and equipment (i.e. printing, bindery, industrial trucks, power plant and air conditioning units).
  • Welds, cuts, and brazes, manufactures, repairs, and rebuilds parts and items of equipment from raw stock of different metals and metal alloys such as stainless steel alloys, aluminum, titanium, magnesium and other materials such as rubber, plastics.
  • Sets up and operate most types of conventional and CNC machine tools such as lathes, vertical and horizontal boring mills; bench, plain, and universal milling machines; shapers; planers; internal and external grinders; and thread cutters.
  • Uses a variety of auxiliary machine tools attachments such as rotary vises, dividing heads, taper attachments, magnetic chucks, vertical milling heads, tapping attachments, rotary tables, and others.
  • Sets up CNC machines using proper tooling components, optical tool setter, gage blocks, micrometers, etc. Adjusts manually coolant flow, speeds and feeds, and other settings to obtain dimensional tolerances.
  • Works from blueprints, sketches, work orders, models of parts to be made, or other specifications. Determines which machine tools and attachments would be best used for each operation to be performed on each machine.
  • Determine speeds, feeds, and coolants, lubricants, or abrasives to be used to cut, trim, drill, mill, bore, tap, ream, lap, hone, shape, grind, or finish an item.
  • Performs precision handwork to finish, fit, and assemble machined parts using various bench mounted and hand held power tools and hand tools such as files, drills, reamers, buffers, die grinders, and scrapers.
  • Uses shop mathematics and handbook formulas in computing and verifying dimensions in the planning, laying out, and final dimensional checking processes.
  • Maintain accurate records of machinist maintenance performed, both unscheduled and preventative, to support the ISO 9000 initiative in the Passport Unit.

Travel Required

Not required

Supervisory status


Promotion Potential


  • Job family (Series)

3414 Machining

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Conditions of Employment

  • U.S. Citizenship is Required.
  • Selectee must successfully pass pre-employment prior to appointment
  • Selectee must pass a background check prior to appointment.
  • Males born after 12/03/59 must be registered for Selective Service.
  • Selectee may be required to serve a one year probationary period.
  • Selectee must be able to obtain and maintain (Secret Clearance).
  • Physical - Effort: Duties require prolonged standing, walking, stooping, bending, stretching, reaching above the shoulder, and climbing. A moderate amount of hand, wrist, and arm movements is involved.
  • Physical - Effort: Duties require Moderate lifting is required for objects weighing up to 50 pounds. Incumbent is required to have good eye-hand coordination and proficient vision.
  • Working Conditions: Duties are performed inside where there is exposure to flying metal chips, abrasive particles, noise, dirt, coolants, lubricants, and abrasive compounds.
  • Working Conditions: Safety protection is required in all areas of the plant. Some work assignments can be outdoors in all weather conditions.


To qualify for the position, you must meet the following requirements:

Applicants must meet SCREEN OUT/JOB ELEMENT: #1-Knowledge and skill to do the work of a Machinist without more than normal supervision (SCREEN OUT) to be considered eligible for the position. These duties include: Skill in performing the full range of Machine operations on most types of conventional or Computer Numerical Control (CNC) tools and their various attachments; Knowledge of Bindery equipment; Knowledge of various metals and other materials; Knowledge and skill to plan, lay out work from blueprints, work sheets, and drawings; Skill in set up and operate a variety of machine tools; Knowledge of a variety of machine controls.

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). Volunteer work helps build critical competencies, knowledge, and skills and can provide valuable training and experience that translates directly to paid employment. You will receive credit for all qualifying experience, including volunteer experience.

All qualification requirements must be met by the closing date of this announcement to be considered.


Substitution of education in lieu of specialized experience may not be used for this grade level.

Keywords: Legislative Branch, Washington DC , Machinist, Other , Washington, DC

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