Sri Lanka

Vacancy Details


Announcement Number:
Hiring Agency:
Embassy Colombo
Position Title:
Maintenance Mechanic- Plumbing (Female/Male) - Open to All Interested Applicants
Open Period:
08/16/2019 - 09/15/2019 Format MM/DD/YYYY
Vacancy Time Zone:
LE - 1210 6
LKR ₨80,747
Work Schedule:
Full-time -
Promotion Potential:
Duty Location(s):
Colombo, CE
Telework Eligible:
For More Info:
HR Section


Hiring Path:
• Open to the public
Who May Apply/Clarification From the Agency:
All Interested Applicants / All Sources.
*For applicants who are Ordinarily Resident (OR) in Sri Lanka: The proposed grade is FSN 6 Step 01: Rs. 80,747/- per month.
*For applicants who are USEFMs, the proposed grade is FP –8: US $ 39,246/-p.a. However, the final grade/step will be determined by Washington D.C.
Security Clearance Required:
Public Trust - Background Investigation
Appointment Type
Appointment Type Details:
Indefinite subject to successful completion of probationary period
Marketing Statement:

We encourage you to read and understand the Eight (8) Qualities of Overseas Employees before you apply.


The U.S. Mission in Colombo is seeking eligible and qualified applicants for the position of the Maintenance Mechanic- Plumbing in the Facility Management Office.

The work schedule for this position is: Full Time- 40 hours per week.

Start date: Candidate must be able to begin work within a reasonable period of time upon receipt of agency authorization and/or clearances/certifications or their candidacy may end.

Supervisory Position:
Relocation Expenses Reimbursed:
Travel Required:
Occasional Travel

Carry out maintenance and repair work at the journeyman level, throughout the New Embassy Compound including out buildings, ancillary structures and residential owned/leased properties.


Basic Function of the Position: The incumbent reports to the Building Engineer Supervisor. The incumbent is employed as a journeyman level Maintenance Mechanic - Plumber to carry out skilled maintenance and repair work on the critical and non-critical mechanical and plumbing systems throughout the New Embassy Compound (NEC) functional/office buildings, on-compound ancillary support and residential buildings, above and below ground infrastructures, recreational facilities, and other owned/leased properties.

Major Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Operations & Maintenance Support

  • Logistics Support

Please refer the complete Position Description available in the Mission website for Major Duties and Responsibilities.

Qualifications and Evaluations



A minimum of three (3) years’ experience working as a journey-level plumber in the repair and maintenance of plumbing/mechanical systems in commercial or industrial facilities is required. Must have experience working with PVC, CPVC, copper, galvanized, concrete, and black pipe; circulation and well pumps, and water treatment equipment. Candidate must attach copies of relevant service/work experience certificates.

Language Proficiency:

1) Level II (Limited Knowledge) Speaking/Reading/Writing English is required. (This will be tested).

2) Level III (Good Working Knowledge) Speaking/Reading/Writing Sinhala and/or Tamil is required.

Job Knowledge:

Must have a thorough, technical understanding of major building plumbing/mechanical systems and equipment, with a specialty in plumbing systems. Familiarization with general mechanical systems, including domestic hot and cold water piping systems, wastewater piping systems and vent stacks, storm water management systems, chilled water systems, water treatment facilities, swimming pool equipment, fire suppression systems, compressed air systems, and irrigation systems is required. Familiarization with the many different types of pipe and fittings is required.  Must know how to work safely on equipment, systems and associated components including the use of lock-out / tag-out safety measure. Knowledge of IBC standards, and fire and life safety codes is required.

Skills and Abilities:

  • Must be skilled at reading and interpreting technical documents including layout drawings, as-built drawings, riser diagrams, equipment schedules, operations and maintenance manuals, and other manufacturer’s literature.

  • Must have the skills and abilities in the areas of diagnosing and repairing filtration systems, water pumps, hot and cold water systems; testing potable water system components, monitoring of chemical and salt injection systems, and taking equipment readings with various meters; use of hand tools, power tools, and specialty tools to determine appropriate repairs.

  • A valid Class "B" driver's license (formerly C, C1) with a clean driving record is required. Must attach a copy of the relevant driving license.

Education Requirements:

  • Must have completed G.C.E. Ordinary Level (Candidate must have passed six subjects including Mathematics, and Possess Distinctions or Credits for at least three subjects).

  • Successful completion of vocational training program from an accredited institute recognized as producing journeyman level plumbers and mechanical system specialist trained in the maintenance of commercial or industrial buildings/facilities is required.

Must attach copies of relevant educational certificates.



LANGUAGE:  Level II English language proficiency will be tested.

SKILLS AND ABILITIES: Safe driving skills will be tested.



All applicants under consideration will be required to pass medical and security certifications.

Benefits and Other Info

Agency Benefits:

Locally Employed Staff, including Members of Household (MOHs), and Third-Country Nationals (TCNs), working at the U.S. Mission in Colombo, Sri Lanka may receive a compensation package that may include health, separation, and other benefits.

For EFMs, benefits should be discussed with the Human Resources Office.

The pay plan is assigned at the time of the conditional offer letter by the HR Office.

Other Information:

HIRING PREFERENCE SELECTION PROCESS:  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*


  3. FS on LWOP and CS with reemployment rights **

* IMPORTANT:  Applicants who claim status as a preference-eligible U.S. Veteran must submit a copy of their most recent DD-214 (“Certificate of Release or Discharge from Active Duty”), equivalent documentation, or certification.  A “certification” is any written document from the armed forces that certifies the service member is expected to be discharged or released from active duty service in the armed forces under honorable conditions within 120 days after the certification is submitted by the applicant. The certification letter should be on letterhead of the appropriate military branch of the service and contain (1) the military service dates including the expected discharge or release date; and (2) the character of service.  Acceptable documentation must be submitted in order for the preference to be given. 

** This level of preference applies to all Foreign Service employees on LWOP and CS with re-employment rights back to their agency or bureau.

For more information (i.e., what is an EFM, USEFM, AEFM, MOH, etc.?) and for additional employment considerations, please visit the following link.

How to Apply

How to Apply:

All candidates must be able to obtain and hold a Local Security clearance. 

For more information on how to apply visit the Mission internet site : (


Required Documents:

To apply for this position applicants must electronically submit copies of the documents listed below along with the electronic application, to be considered for employment. Failure to do so may result in a determination that the applicant is not eligible and qualified.

  • Proof of citizenship [NIC/Passport/Residency and/or Work Permit]

  • High School Diploma (Relevant G.C.E. Ordinary Level Certificate)

  • Professional Diploma or License (Vocational training certificate/s)

  • Transcript (Relevant Transcript of the Vocational Training)

  • Other Document (Relevant Service/Work Experience Certificates)

  • Other Document 2 (Relevant Service/Work Experience Certificates)

  • Other Document 3 (Relevant Service/Work Experience Certificates)

  • Driver's License (Both sides of the Driver's License)

Next Steps:

Applicants who are invites to take a language/skills test, or who are selected for an interview will be contacted via email.

Due to high volume of applications received, we will only contact applicants who are being considered.

Thank you for your application and your interest in working at the U.S. Mission in Colombo, Sri Lanka.