Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration Temporary Boiler Plant Operator (Not to Exceed 1 Year) in Coatesville, Pennsylvania

Job Overview

Job Overview

Vacancy Identification Number (VIN): 1997885

To fulfill President Lincoln's promise – "To care for him who shall have borne the battle, and for his widow, and his orphan" – by serving and honoring the men and women who are America's Veterans. How would you like to become a part of a team providing compassionate care to veterans?

Coatesville is located in beautiful, historic Chester County, close to Philadelphia, Valley Forge, Lancaster and Wilmington. This geographically diverse and scenic area of southeastern Pennsylvania is home to many famous historic sites and museums. The nearby City of Philadelphia (30 miles) has Independence Hall, the Liberty Bell, and many other national treasures within its Independence National Historical Park. Valley Forge and the Brandywine Battlefield are only 20 minutes from Coatesville. Plentiful sporting, recreational, and leisure time opportunities exist in the local area. Golf, fishing, boating, camping, running, biking, baseball, basketball, ice-skating, swimming, tennis, hiking, canoeing, skiing, and all major league professional sports can be found within easy driving distances. Numerous high quality visitor attractions such as, the Philadelphia Zoo, Longwood Gardens, Brandywine River Museum, The Franklin Mint, and Philadelphia Museum of Art can also be enjoyed.

For more information on Coatesville VA please visit

Special Employment Consideration: VA encourages persons with disabilities to apply, including those eligible for hiring under 5 CFR 213.3102(u), Schedule A, Appointment of persons with disabilities [i.e., intellectual disabilities, severe physical disabilities, or psychiatric disabilities], and/or Disabled veterans with a compensable service-connected disability of 30% or more. Contact the Agency Contact on the last page of the JOA for information on how to apply under this appointment authority via the Selective Placement Coordinator.


The Boiler Plant Operator is located in the General Utilities Section of Facilities Engineering Service and is under the supervision of the Maintenance Foreman of the Section. The incumbent is responsible for duties in the Medical Center's Boiler Plant including the overhaul, repair, installation, etc. of boilers, chemical pumps air pollution devices, transformers and electrical circuits, steam lines, and all other items necessary to constitute a complete energy producing facility. The incumbent correctly identifies and uses appropriate tools in boiler plant operation. The incumbent must have a thorough knowledge of boiler plant operation including involvement with high pressure equipment, chemical analysis, and boiler plant control. The incumbent must also have experience in plant shutdown and must be able to fit into very tight places (ex: a 16''x16'' opening).

PD #3074A

Work Schedule: The Boiler Plant Operator must be able to work any of three (3) shifts scheduled for any five (5) of the seven (7) day week on a rotating basis; must be available for call-back to fulfill any emergency needs or to fill in for absent co-workers.

Please note: This position is temporary, not to exceed 1 year. A temporary appointment does not confer eligibility to be promoted or reassigned to other positions, or the ability to be non-competitively converted to a permanent, career-conditional appointment.

Supervisory Status


Travel Required
  • Not Required
Relocation Authorized
  • No
Who May Apply
This job is open to…

Status Candidates (Merit Promotion and VEOA Eligibles)

Questions? This job is open to 2 groups.

Job Requirements

Job Requirements
Key Requirements
  • You must be a U.S. citizen to apply for this job.
  • Random drug testing may be required.
  • Subject to a background/suitability investigation.
  • Selective Service Registration is required for males born after 12/31/1959

Applicants will be rated in accordance with the Office of Personnel Management Qualification Standard for Trades and Labor Occupations. Although a specific length of time and experience is not required, you must meet any screen-out element listed, and show through experience and training that you possess the quality level of knowledge and skill necessary to perform the duties at the level for which you are applying. Emphasis is placed on how you gained the quality of experience, not necessarily the length of time, and you have the required ability or potential to perform the job. Applicants who do not meet the screen-out element (SOE) will be eliminated from further competition.

Your qualifications will be evaluated on the basis of your level of competency (knowledge, skills and abilities) in the following areas:

  • Ability to do the work of a Boiler Plant Operator without more than normal supervision (Screen Out Element)
  • Knowledge of Boiler Plant Operation and Technical Practices
  • Ability to Interpret Technical Instructions
  • Knowledge of Measuring Instruments and Their Use
  • Ability to Troubleshoot, Maintain, and Repair Boiler Plant Equipment
  • Dexterity and Safety in the Use of Hand and Power Tools

Screen-Out Element: Your qualifications will first be evaluated against the prescribed screen out element, which usually appears as question 1 in the on-line questionnaire. Those applicants who appear to possess at least the minimal acceptable qualification requirement are considered for further rating; those who do not are rated ineligible and are eliminated. The potential eligibles are then rated against the remainder of the questions. The screen-out element for this position is ability to do the work of a boiler plant operator without more than normal supervision.

Physical Effort: The operator must be able to climb ladders, reach and work on overhead surfaces, bend, kneel, crouch, and stand. The duties require the individual to be on their feet 95% of the work day. Must be able to lift and carry eighty (80) pounds of chemicals.

Heavy lifting (45 pounds and over); heavy carrying (45 pounds and over); reaching over shoulder; use of fingers; both hands required; walking (4) hours; standing ( 1 1/2 hours); crawling ( 1/2 hour); kneeling (1/2 hour); repeated bending (1 hour); climbing, legs only (1/2 hour); climbing use of legs and arms; both legs required; operation of loader; ability for rapid mental and muscular coordination simultaneously; far vision correctable in one eye to 20/20 and to 20/40 in the other; both eyes required; depth perception; hearing (aid permitted); must be able to crawl through openings 16''x16''.

Working Conditions: The operator is subject to burns from steam lines, falls, cuts and bruises encountered by the use of various tools and limited working space. Noise is a constant and ever present factor which applicant must tolerate.

ADDITIONAL REQUIREMENTS (Failure to comply may be grounds for withdrawal of an offer of employment, or dismissal after appointment):

  • Applicants must meet any physical, language, license or degree requirements.
  • Applicants must be citizens of the United States.
  • Applicants tentatively selected for certain designated positions may be subject to a random drug screening for illegal drug use. Applicants who refuse to be tested will be denied employment.
  • New Appointees may be subject to a probationary period.
  • New Appointees will be subject to a background investigation to determine suitability.

An OF-306, Declaration for Federal Employment (version dated January 2001), *must be submitted prior to appointment. *This form is available at

Security Clearance


Additional Information

Additional Information
What To Expect Next

After we receive your complete application package (including any required documents), your qualifications will be reviewed to decide if you meet the basic requirements. You will be notified when this decision is made.


VA offers a comprehensive benefits package. This link provides is an overview of the benefits currently offered:

Other Information

The Interagency Career Transition Assistance Plan (ICTAP) *and *Career Transition Assistance Plan (CTAP) provide eligible displaced Federal competitive service employees with selection priority over other candidates for competitive service vacancies. To be qualified you must submit appropriate documentation and be found well-qualified (have a final rating of 90 or more before any veterans preference points) for this vacancy. Information about ICTAP and CTAP eligibility is on OPM's Career Transition Resources website at

This job originated on For the full announcement and to apply, visit Only resumes submitted according to the instructions on the job announcement listed at will be considered.

Open & closing dates: 2017-08-09 to 2017-08-30

Salary: $24.06 to $28.09 / per hour

Pay scale & grade: WG 09

Series: 5402 Boiler Plant Operating

Appointment type: Temporary NTE 1 Year

Work schedule: Full Time

Job announcement number: YD-17-EKO-1997885-BU

Control number: 476567100