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  • Want to work at West Point?

    For those who are interested:

    Associate Curator of Organs, USMA, West Point, NY

    Organ Installer and Repairer, WG-4801-11, USMA, West Point, NY,
    Competitive Salary, Plus Benefits

    Serves as the Associate Curator of Organs. Maintains and repairs Cadet
    Chapel Organ, which is the third largest organ in the world, and four other
    organs.

    To apply or for additional information, visit www.cpol.army.mil,
    Announcement #NEBR05961038D, between Dec 2 and Dec 31, 2005.

    Please contact CPAC at 845-938-3943 for further questions.

    USMA is an equal opportunity employer.





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    Re: Want to work at West Point?

    DEPARTMENT OF THE ARMY
    Vacancy Announcement Number: NEBR05961038D

    Opening Date: December 02, 2005
    Closing Date: January 03, 2006
    First Cut off Date: December 16, 2005

    Position: Organ Installer and Repairer, WG-4801-11
    Salary: $21.11 - $24.61 Hourly
    Place of Work: US MILITARY ACADEMY, ARMY GARRISON, OFFICE OF THE CHAPLAIN, WEST POINT, NY

    Position Status: This is a Permanent position. -- Full Time
    Number of Vacancy: 1

    Duties: Tunes the organs. Performs maintenance and repair of the Chapel Organs. Diagnoses troubles evidenced by various faults involving electrical testing. Inspects wind conductors, etc., for leaks or other type of faults. The Chapel Organ is the third largest organ in the world and the largest church organ in the world, currently there are five organs total. Installs wiring, switches, contacts, magnets, relays and other electrical accessories. Recovers with leather or rubberized cloth those parts where materials have deteriorated, such as chests, reservoirs, pouches, stop actions, shade actions; or removes old coverings, selects proper material and fits material into place. Installs wind conductors. Solders joints when leaks are discovered. Performs carpentry work. Plans a comprehensive rehabilitation program. Devises modifications and improvements to existing systems

    About the Position: Located in the scenic Hudson River valley, only 50 miles from New York City, the U.S. Military Academy at West Point is a four-year academic institution, a nationally-renowned historic site, and the oldest continuously occupied military post in America. The undergraduates, known as cadets, are commissioned as officers in the US Army upon graduation. You can watch them on parade or competing as intercollegiate athletes in a wide range of sports events. As a military installation, West Point is a small, self-contained city with housing for the military stationed here in support of the Academy, a Department of Public Works to maintain the roads, grounds and facilities, two libraries (Academic and Community), a military hospital, fire department, chapels, restaurants. West Points 3,000 civilian employees have access to Eisenhower Hall Theatre, the Hudson Valleys premiere performing arts center, and to recreational facilities such as an 18-hole Golf Course and Ski Slope.

    Who May Apply: (Click on Who May Apply)
    THIS IS A DELEGATED EXAMINING ANNOUNCEMENT OPEN TO ALL U.S. CITIZENS. You may claim Veterans Preference. You will be required to submit appropriate documents (i.e. DD214, VA letter) only if selected.
    Interagency Career Transition Assistance Plan (ICTAP) eligibles.

    Qualifications: Click on link below to view qualification standard.
    Trades and Labor
    Applicants must show competence in the following elements: 1. Applicants must have the ability to do the work of the position without more than normal supervision (screen-out element) 2. Knowledge of Equipment Assembly, Installation, and Repair such as tuning organ pipes, low voltage electrical systems, and wiring. 3. Technical Practices (theoretical, precise, artistic) including knowledge and experience in new and up-to-date trade practices of organ and maintenance repair 4. Use of Measuring Instruments 5. Ability To Interpret Instructions, Specification (includes blueprinting reading) as it pertains to repairing organs 6. Ability To Use and Maintain Tools and Equipment such as hand and power tools, carpentry, cabinet making etc. 7. Trouble shooting to include determining the method of repair and use of appropriate tests such as diagnosing faults, mechanism relays and solid state relays. WORKING CONDITIONS: Ability to climb numerous stairs or ladders many times a day, at times with a load of 25 or more lbs. Must also be able to bend or creep in dark tight areas and work in low light conditions. Ability to lift 100 lbs. Assistance with lifting over 50 lbs is provided.


    Experience and training that provide the knowledge, skills, and abilities needed to perform the duties of this position consistent with accepted practices of the trade.
    The experience described in your resume will be evaluated and screened for the Office of Personnel Management's basic qualifications requirements, and the skills needed to perform the duties of this position as described in this vacancy announcement.
    Foreign education must be evaluated for U.S. equivalency in order to be considered for this position. Please include this information in your resume.
    Only degrees from an accredited college or university recognized by the Department of Education are acceptable to meet positive education requirements or to substitute education for experience. For additional information, please go to the Office of Personnel Management (OPM) and U.S. Department of Education websites at - http://www.opm.gov/qualifications and http://www.ed.gov/admins/finaid/accred/index.html

    Other InformationClick on Other Information)

    May require shift work and/or work on rotating shifts to provide coverage on evenings, weekends, holidays and in other situations.
    The Department of Defense (DoD) policy on employment of annuitants issued March 18, 2004 will be used in determining eligibility of annuitants. The DoD policy is available on http://www.cpms.osd.mil/fas/staffing/pdf/rem_ann.pdf
    To successfully claim veteran's preference, your resume/supplemental data must clearly show your entitlement. Please review the information listed under the Other Requirements link on this announcement or review our on-line Job Application Kit.
    Permanent Change of Station (PCS) expenses will be authorized.

    Other Advantages: The Federal government offers a range of exciting opportunities and a competitive salary and benefits package which includes a retirement program, health and life insurance, long-term care insurance, annual and sick leave, and 10 paid federal holidays.


    Other RequirementsClick on Other Requirements)

    Personnel security investigation required.
    You will be required to provide proof of U.S. Citizenship.
    You may claim Military Spouse Preference.
    Credit will be given for appropriate unpaid experience or volunteer work.
    One year trial/probationary period may be required.
    Male applicants born after December 31, 1959 must complete a Pre-Employment Certification Statement for Selective Service Registration.
    Direct Deposit of Pay is Required.

    How to Apply: (Click on How to Apply)

    Resumes must be received by the closing date of this announcement.
    Self-nomination must be submitted by the closing date.
    Resume must be on file in our centralized database.
    Announcements close at 12:00am (midnight) Eastern Time.

    If your resume is currently in our central database, you may click here to Self Nominate
    Click here to use the Army Resume Builder to create your resume. Follow the instructions in this vacancy announcement to apply for the job.



    Point of Contact: Central Resume Processing Center, 410-306-0137, applicanthelp@cpsrxtp.belvoir.army.mil
    THE DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE IS AN EQUAL OPPORTUNITY EMPLOYER

    To apply GOTO: http://www.usajobs.com/

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    • #3
      Re: Want to work at West Point?

      Greetings,

      I'm just curious... Is there a Federal worker's labor union involved there?

      Best,

      Nathan

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      • #4
        Re: Want to work at West Point?

        Nathan:

        Yes. There are various labor unions for all federal workers on the "WG" level. Joining is optional and so, therefore, are dues. If you want the Dental coverage you join because the Union provides that insurance. Regardless of your joining they are required to represent you. Your choice. Does this answer your question?

        Thank you,

        Wm. G. Chapman

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        • #5
          Re: Want to work at West Point?

          Greetings,

          Yes, thank you. In some situations those who opt-out of the union are still required to pay the union for representation regardless - though I gather from your posting that this is not the case at West Point, correct?

          Best,

          Nathan

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          • #6
            Re: Want to work at West Point?

            Correct. You are not required to pay union dues.

            Wm. G. Chapman

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            • #7
              Re: Want to work at West Point?

              Greetings,

              What is the most comprehensive web site available concerning the instrument?

              Best,

              Nathan

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              • #8
                Re: Want to work at West Point?

                There is no official web site for the organ. Some of the (internet) published information on the organ is up to ten years out of date. The site that has put the most work into getting the information up to date is:

                http://www.die-orgelseite.de/groesst...t_organs_e.htm
                http://www.die-orgelseite.de/disp/US...adetChapel.htm

                However, even that site has limitations. The owner of the site makes his own determinations. He agrees with our documentation that the Cadet Chapel organ is the third largest in the world.

                I have not had the opportunity to peruse the site lately.

                Thank you,

                Wm. G. Chapman

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                • #9
                  Re: Want to work at West Point?

                  Greetings Mr. Chapman,

                  I would be very interested to learn of your perspective of the Cadet Chapel instrument, what it is all about, and what makes it unique - beyond the obvious characteristics. It certainly seems as if the organ enjoys a unique situation, where it is wanted and needed, and is sustained in it's own world. What sort of relationship does the organ have with the pipe organ community? Naturally its purpose in life is to serve the Chapel, rightfully so, but does it perform other functions as well? Is the Chapel accessible to the public?

                  Best,

                  Nathan

                  P.S. Do all of the other chapels have pipe organs in them?

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                    • #11
                      Re: Want to work at West Point?

                      The United States Military Academy is one of the top ten engineering schools in America. http://www.usma.edu/ There is a vast array of things that happen here daily. http://www.usma.edu/Tour/ In addition to that, West Point is one of the most visited places in New York state. http://www.usma.edu/visiting.asp

                      The Office of the Chaplain hosts all of the religious services, about twenty three each weekend, for both the community and the Cadets. http://www.usma.edu/chaplain/

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                      • #12
                        Re: Want to work at West Point?

                        Greetings,

                        Thank you for that great description of the organ and West Point. I didn't mean to imply that the organ isn't supported by the organ community and public, I have just heard very little about the instrument and wanted to know what the extent of its service was. Thank you for answering my questions.

                        Best Regards,

                        Nathan

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                        • #13
                          News from West Point?

                          Greetings,

                          Does anyone know if a curator has been selected to take the position at West Point? I've heard several rumors but not seen any sort of hard evidence as of yet.

                          Best,

                          - Nathan

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                          • #14
                            Re: News from West Point?



                            What rumors have you heard?







                            Chapelpipes

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                            • #15
                              Re: News from West Point?

                              Greetings,

                              You have mail.

                              - N

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