Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration AC Equipment Mechanic (Utility Systems Operator) in Portland, Oregon

Job Overview

Job Overview
Summary

Vacancy Identification Number (VIN) 1998403

OUR MISSION: To fulfill President Lincoln’s promise – To care for those who shall have borne the battle – 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?

As a VA professional, your opportunities are endless. Not only is it the largest, most technologically advanced integrated health care system in the Nation, but we also provide many other services to Veterans through the Benefits Administration and National Cemeteries. VA professionals feel good about their careers and their ability to balance work and home life. VA offers generous paid time off and a variety of predictable and flexible scheduling opportunities. For more information on the Department of Veterans Affairs, go to http://www.vacareers.va.gov/

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.

Please note this position has been labeled and classified as an Air Conditioning Mechanic, but the duties involved emphasize the operation, maintenance, and repair of boilers, chillers, refrigeration, air compressors, pumps, filtering systems, emergency electrical generators, and the associated systems and controls for a modern energy plant. This used to be classified as a Boiler Plant Operator and also an Utility Systems Operator. Please emphasize this experience should you have it in your resume.

The incumbent operates the central plant which includes the Steam Plant and Chiller plant for a 1.4 million square foot facility as well as remotely operating the Vancouver campus plant. The incumbent operates a state of the art Building Management system controlling 88 air handling units and various other chiller systems and alarm systems.

Duties

The incumbent is responsible for operating, maintaining and repairing a modern energy plant consisting of boilers, air conditioning/chiller, refrigeration, graphic control equipment, pollution control equipment, air compressors, vacuum producing equipment, pumps, filtering systems, emergency electrical generators, electrical switch gear and associated systems and controls. The utility systems operate 24/7 and the incumbent will be assigned to work one of three shifts: First shift (days), second shift (evenings), or third shift (midnight/grave). In addition to the duties relating to the Utility Systems the incumbent will also receive calls normally directed to quick response and perform first response actions to trouble calls throughout the facility, which include fire alarms and elevator entrapments; which will require the incumbent to speak with the entrapped individuals keeping them calm while coordinating rescue, and corrects problems if reasonably simple and can be done in a short time.

The incumbent must inspect, adjust and repair all boiler controls, safety devices, instruments, flow meters, feed pumps, condensate pumps, recorders, etc., to ensure safe and efficient plant operation. The incumbent is required to do the majority of steam fitting, plumbing, electrical, painting work, etc., for upkeep of the plant. Required to perform installations, minor and major repairs of equipment and operate according to VA regulations, ASME Boiler and Pressure Vessel Codes and Facility policies.

Utility Systems Include:

a. Boiler Systems: The incumbent will operate, maintain and repair three main fire tube steam producing boilers and all associates controls, cut-outs, safety devices, performs test and treatment of boiler water, condensate, feed and softener.

b. Air Conditioning: Incumbent operates, maintains and repairs an air conditioning plant consisting of centrifugal and reciprocating refrigeration units including cooling towers, related auxiliary equipment, controls, pumps and all other associated equipment. Performs tests and treatment of chilled water, condenser water and repairs and maintains chemical pumps and controls.

c. Graphic Control System: Incumbent operates a graphic control center that monitors and controls remote operating equipment throughout the facility.

d. Air Compressors: Incumbent operates and maintains all air compressing equipment including medical air, control air, refrigerated air drying and filtering equipment and all associated controls and equipment.

e. Vacuum Producing Equipment: Incumbent operates and maintains all vacuum producing equipment (medical vacuum) including all associated controls.* WORK SCHEDULE:*

WEEK1: SUNDAY THROUGH TUESDAY, MIDNIGHT TO NOON. WEDNESDAY MIDNIGHT TO 08:00AM

WEEK2: SUNDAY THROUGH TUESDAY, MIDNIGHT TO NOON

Position Description Title/PD#: PD 21249-A

Supervisory Status

No

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.
  • Subject to a background/suitability investigation.
  • Designated and/or random drug testing may be required.
  • Selective Service Registration is required for males born after 12/31/1959.
Qualifications

Your background must demonstrate experience in a variety of duties related to the maintenance, operation, and repair of the Utility Systems listed in the duties section of the announcement above.

EXPERIENCE: A specific length of training and experience is not required, but you must show evidence of training or experience of sufficient scope and quality of your ability to do the work of this position. Evidence which demonstrates you possess the knowledge, skills, and ability to perform the duties of this position must be supported by detailed descriptions of such on your resume or OF-612.* *Applicants will be rated in accordance with the OPM Qualification Standard Handbook X-118C ( www.opm.gov/qualifications/x-118c ).

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; religions; 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.**

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 an AC Equipment Mechanic (Utility Systems Operator) without more than normal supervision.

JOB ELEMENTS: Those who meet the minimum level of experience and training for the screen-out element will then be evaluated in each of the following job elements:

  1. ABILITY TO DO THE WORK OF THE POSITION WITHOUT MORE THAN NORMAL SUPERVISION. (THIS IS A SCREEN-OUT ELEMENT)
  2. KNOWLEDGE OF EQUIPMENT ASSEMBLY, INSTALLATION, INSTALLATION, REPAIRS, ETC.
  3. ABILITY TO INTERPRET INSTRUCTIONS, SPECIFICATIONS, FOLLOW DIRECTIONS, ANALYZE INFORMATION AND MAKE DECISIONS.
  4. ABILITY TO USE AND MAINTAIN TOOLS AND EQUIPMENT.
  5. KNOWLEDGE OF MATERIALS
  6. ABILITY TO OPERATE A LARGE CENTRALIZED CHILLER PLANT AND AIR HANDLING SYSTEMS

Note: Only education or degrees recognized by the U.S. Department of Education from accredited colleges, universities, schools, or institutions may be used to qualify for Federal employment. You can verify your education here: http://ope.ed.gov/accreditation/. If you are using foreign education to meet qualification requirements, you must send a Certificate of Foreign Equivalency with your transcript in order to receive credit for that education.

PHYSICAL EFFORT/REQUIREMENTS: The physical requirements for this position in accordance with HRML No. 05-12-02, Employment of People with Disabilities, Including Under Schedule A, 5 CFR 213.3102(u).] requires performance of work which involves heaving lifting (45 lbs and over), light carrying (under 15 lbs), reaching above shoulders, use of fingers, both hands required, walking (1+ hour), standing (2+ hours), crawling (.5 hours), kneeling (1+ hours), repeated bending (1+ hours), climbing (use of legs and arms), both legs required, depth perception, ability to distinguish basic colors, hearing (aid permitted).

WORKING CONDITIONS: Usually works indoors and outdoors, in conditions with excessive heat, excessive cold, excessive humidity, excessive noise; exposure to dust, silica, asbestos, solvents, electrical energy; works in areas with slippery or uneven walking surfaces; works around machinery with moving parts; works around moving objects or vehicles; works closely with others; works alone.

Security Clearance

Public Trust - Background Investigation

Additional Information

Additional Information
What To Expect Next

After we receive your complete application package (including all required documents), your qualifications will be reviewed and assigned an initial rating.

We will also review your application to make sure that your résumé supports the answers given in the questionnaire. If your résumé does not support your questionnaire answers, we will adjust your rating accordingly. Based on your ranking or numerical score, you may be referred to the hiring manager for further consideration and possible interview. You will be notified when your rating is determined.

BENEFITS

VA offers a comprehensive benefits package. This link provides is an overview of the benefits currently offered: http://www.vacareers.va.gov/why-choose-va/benefits/index.asp.

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 85 or more before any Veterans preference points) for this vacancy. Information about ICTAP and CTAP eligibility is on OPM's Career Transition Resources website.

* Receiving Service Credit for Earning Annual (Vacation) Leave* : Federal Employees earn annual leave at a rate (4, 6 or 8 hours per pay period) which is based on the number of years they have served as a Federal employee. VA may offer newly-appointed Federal employees credit for their job-related non-federal experience or active duty uniformed military service. This credited service can be used in determining the rate at which they earn annual leave.

This job opportunity announcement may be used to fill additional vacancies.

This job originated on www.usajobs.gov. For the full announcement and to apply, visit www.usajobs.gov/GetJob/ViewDetails/476683300. Only resumes submitted according to the instructions on the job announcement listed at www.usajobs.gov will be considered.

Open & closing dates: 2017-08-11 to 2017-09-01

Salary: $25.67 to $29.96 / per hour

Pay scale & grade: WG 10

Series: 5306 Air Conditioning Equipment Mechanic

Appointment type: Permanent

Work schedule: Full Time

Job announcement number: VS-17-MWM-1998403-BU

Control number: 476683300