Textile Equipment Operator (Cotton Gin Operator) - Las Cruces - job 853890

Department Of Agriculture

Date: 06/11/2021

City: Las Cruces, New Mexico

Employment type: Full-time

  • Duties




This position is located in the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA), Agricultural Research Service (ARS), Field Organization Cotton Gin Unit in Las Cruces, New Mexico.

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  • Operate, maintain, make alterations, and improve the conventional and experimental, full-scale and small-scale saw-and-roller ginning machinery as instructed by engineers and researchers.

  • Install new equipment and make modifications to existing equipment as instructed, ensuring that all machinery is in good and safe operating condition.

  • Operate shop tools such as drill presses, band saws, grinders, hand powered tools, hand tools, and stick and MIG welders and cutting torches.

  • Support research testing, handle cotton, perform sample weighing and processing, and perform miscellaneous activities in support of research.

  • Participate with staff in the fabrication, modification, assembly, and installation of experimental equipment in support of the research.

Travel Required

Occasional travel - You may be expected to travel for this position.

Supervisory status


Promotion Potential


  • Job family (Series)

5401 Miscellaneous Industrial Equipment Operation

  • Requirements



Conditions of Employment

  • You must be a US Citizen or US National

  • Males born after 12/31/1959 must be Selective Service registered or exempt

  • Subject to satisfactory adjudication of background investigation and/or fingerprint check

  • Successful completion of one-year probationary period, unless previously served.

  • Direct Deposit: Per Public Law 104-134 all Federal employees are required to have federal payments made by direct deposit to their financial institution

  • Successfully pass the E-Verify employment verification check. To learn more about E-Verify, including your rights and responsibilities, visit E-Verify at https://www.e-verify.gov/


In order to qualify for this position you must meet the following by the closing date of the vacancy announcement:

06/25/2021 Qualifications will be determined under the Job Element Rating System X-118C, Qualifications Standard Handbook. While a specific length of time and experience is not required for most Wage Grade positions, you must show through experience and training that you possess the best qualified level of knowledge and skill necessary to perform the duties of this position. Qualification requirements emphasize the quality of experience, not necessarily the length. The responses to the questionnaire and your resume should be in significant detail to provide the person rating your application with a good understanding of your ability to do the job, technical knowledge, work, and training experience, etc. (For example You must have the ability to perform the duties of a, Textile Equipment Operator (Cotton Gin Operator) without more than normal supervision (Screen Out). Applicants who do not meet the SCREEN OUT ELEMENT will not be given further consideration.

Physical Effort

Work requires stooping, bending, reaching, crawling on machines, climbing ladders and platforms, and working from a prone position while operating and adjusting various machines. The work frequently requires walking or standing for prolonged periods and lifting, pushing, and pulling loads that occasionally exceed 50 pounds in weight.

Working Conditions

Most work is performed inside heated and ventilated shop and laboratory areas. Work is exposed to noise, dirt, dust, cotton lint, and drafts and to physical hazards from powered tools and machinery, metal chips, snags, and welding and cutting equipment. Occasional outside work may be subject to dust or prevailing weather conditions. Some tasks require wearing personal protective equipment, such as welding helmets, aprons, safety glasses, dust masks, ear protection, and hard hats. Safety rules and protocols must be observed. Safety concerns are raised and discussed with the supervisor.


This position does not have an education qualification requirement.

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