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Must be a current employee at White River Junction VAMC
This position serves as Pipefitter for the Facilities Management Service (FMS) within the VA Health Care System at the White River Junction VA Medical Center.
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- The incumbent as a journeyman steamfitter-plumber performs general repairs and replacement of new equipment, all types of plumbing and steam systems/equipment together with related work on controls, valves, traps, pumps, etc. for the water, sewage and steam branches that may feed or drain above systems or equipment. The maintenance or replacement of new equipment may be technical medical units, such as sterilizers, washer sanitizers, kitchen equipment, RO/DI water production equipment, humidifiers and water stills on dental units.
- The incumbent is required to perform routine inspections for regulations of controls, gauges, automatic regulators, etc. to assure they function properly and are in accordance with VA regulations and all recognized codes.
- Incumbent will perform other related duties such as tin knocking, welding, brazing, etc.
- Incumbent is also required to install and maintain oxygen, nitrous oxide, compressed air, vacuum and L.P. gas system, preventative maintenance of water tower and system, weekly readings and ordering of medical gas.
- Incumbent plans and carries out work assignments using blueprints, sketches, technical manuals and other specifications. Incumbent will be required to use a computer in ordering materials, preventative maintenance and other related responsibilities to the trade.
- The incumbent is expected to be experienced in the trade and to be capable of working without constant supervision.
- They are expected to study and stay abreast of the constantly changing applicable codes. They must be able to work well with others and work alone or in teams to achieve the desired results.
- Incumbent will lead facility in anti-scalding and legionella prevention. Incumbent shall be responsible for all sampling, testing through a third party, recordkeeping and incumbent will write scopes of work, develop cost estimates and provide evaluation of invoices for no payment, partial payment, or full payment.
- Incumbent will be required to hold a current State of Vermont Class 3 Public Water System Operator certification for potable water systems, and to keep abreast of industry advances and current technologies.
- Incumbent shall be the facility expert on the operational aspects of sampling and testing of domestic water. Incumbent shall prepare, submit, and track all reporting and permitting for water as required by the VA, State Department of Environmental Conservation Drinking Water and Groundwater Protection Division and other applicable entities.
- Other duties as assigned
Work Schedule: Monday-Friday 08:00 am - 04:30 pm
Position Description Title/PD#:
Relocation/Recruitment Incentives: Not authorized
Conditions Of Employment
- You must be a U.S. Citizen to apply for this job
- Designated and/or random drug testing may be required
- Selective Service Registration is required for males born after 12/31/1959
- You may be required to serve a probationary period
- Subject to a background/security investigation
- Pre-employment physical required
- Selected applicants will be required to complete an online onboarding process
- You must be a current permanent employee of White River Junction VAMC
To qualify for this position, applicants must meet all requirements by the closing date of this announcement, 09/03/2019.
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. Applicants will be rated in accordance with the OPM Federal Wage System Qualification Standards
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 Job Elements:
- Knowledge of Assembly, Installation and Repair of Piping Equipment
- Technical Practices
- Use of Materials and Tools of the Trade
- Ability to Discover Malfunctions and Use Pipefitter Tools and Equipment to Eliminate Them
- Ability to Understand Written Instructions and Interpret Blueprints, Specifications, and Other Pipefitter Technical Information
- Knowledge of Pipefitter Trade Practices, Measurement, and Layout
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.
Note: A full year of work is considered to be 35-40 hours of work per week. Part-time experience will be credited on the basis of time actually spent in appropriate activities. Applicants wishing to receive credit for such experience must indicate clearly the nature of their duties and responsibilities in each position and the number of hours a week spent in such employment.
Physical Requirements/Working Conditions: The incumbent is to work in crowded areas, on ladders, scaffolds and high places. They are required to perform heavy and laborious work such as lifting heavy radiators, pipe, equipment, etc., cutting and threading pipe by hand, etc.
Incumbent is required to work in hot, greasy and dusty areas, that are isolated or contaminated exposing the incumbent to infectious and contagious diseases. The major portion of incumbent's time will be spent indoors although it may be necessary to work out-of-doors during cold and inclement weather. Confined spaces?(b) The pipefitter is sometimes required to make installations and repairs in areas where bad smelling fumes are present. They are exposed to the possibility of strains, cuts, scrapes, burns and infections.(c) Incumbent will use and follow all safety and risk management policies and regulations of OSHA, NFPA, EPA and JCAHO.
This job does not have an education qualification requirement.
Placement Policy: The posting of this announcement does not obligate management to fill a vacancy or vacancies by promotion. The position may be filled by reassignment, change to lower grade, transfer, appointment, or reinstatement. Management may use any one or any combination of these methods to fill the position.
It is the policy of the VA to not deny employment to those that have faced financial hardships or periods of unemployment.
This job opportunity announcement may be used to fill additional vacancies.
Veterans and Transitioning Service Members: Please visit the VA for Vets site for career-search tools for Veterans seeking employment at VA, career development services for our existing Veterans, and coaching and reintegration support for military service members.
Financial disclosure not required.
For more information on the "Who may apply" eligibility requirements, please refer to the OHRM Status Candidates and Other Candidate Definitions document.
If you are unable to apply online view the following link for information regarding an Alternate Application.
How You Will Be Evaluated
IN DESCRIBING YOUR EXPERIENCE, PLEASE BE CLEAR AND SPECIFIC. WE WILL NOT MAKE ASSUMPTIONS REGARDING YOUR EXPERIENCE.
Narrative responses are not required at this time. If you are referred for consideration, you may be asked to submit additional job related information, which may include, but not limited to; responses to the knowledge, skills and abilities; completion of a work sample, and/or contact for an interview. Your resume and/or supporting documentation will be verified. Please follow all instructions carefully. Errors or omissions may affect your rating or consideration for employment.
Background checks and security clearance
To apply for this position, you must provide a complete Application Package which includes:
- SF-50/ Notification of Personnel Action
The following documents are accepted, and may be required if applicable to your eligibility and/or qualifications for this position. Please use this checklist
to make sure you have included other documents required for your application, such as a copy of your transcript (if using education to qualify), SF-50's (current/former Federal employees), documentation to support Veterans Preference claims, or ICTAP/CTAP documentation (for displaced Federal employees). You will not be contacted for additional information.
- Cover Letter
- Professional Certification
- SF-50/ Notification of Personnel Action
A career with the U.S. Government provides employees with a comprehensive benefits package. As a federal employee, you and your family will have access to a range of benefits that are designed to make your federal career very rewarding.
Eligibility for benefits depends on the type of position you hold and whether your position is full-time, part-time, or intermittent. Contact the hiring agency for more information on the specific benefits offered.
How to Apply
How to Apply
All applicants are encouraged to apply online. To apply for this position, you must complete the questionnaire and submit the documentation specified in the Required Documents section below. The complete application package must be submitted by 11:59 PM (ET) on 09/03/2019 to receive consideration. To preview the questionnaire click https://apply.usastaffing.gov/ViewQuestionnaire/10574798.
- To begin, click Apply Online to create a USA JOBS account or log in to your existing account. Follow the prompts to select your USA JOBS resume and/or other supporting documents and complete the occupational questionnaire.
- Click Submit My Answers to submit your application package.
NOTE: It is your responsibility to ensure your responses and appropriate documentation is submitted prior to the closing date.
To verify your application is complete, log into your USA JOBS account, https://my.usajobs.gov/Account/Login
, select the Application Status link and then select the more information link for this position. The Application page will display the status of your application, the documentation received and processed, and any correspondence the agency has sent related to this application. Your uploaded documents may take several hours to clear the virus scan process. To return to an incomplete application, log into your USA JOBS account and click Update Application in the vacancy announcement. You must re-select your resume and/or other documents from your USA JOBS account or your application will be incomplete.
NOTE: Participation in the seasonal influenza program is a condition of employment and a requirement for all Department of Veterans Affairs Health Care Personnel (HCP). HCP are individuals who, during the influenza season, work in VHA locations where patients receive care or who come into contact with VA patients as part of their duties. VHA locations include, but are not limited to, VA hospitals and associated clinics, community living centers (CLCs), community-based outpatient clinics (CBOCs), domiciliary units, Vet centers and VA-leased facilities. HCP include all VA licensed and unlicensed, clinical and administrative, paid and unpaid, full- and part-time employees, intermittent employees, fee basis employees, VA contractors, students, researchers, volunteers, and trainees who work at these facilities. HCP that are unable to receive or otherwise decline a flu shot will be expected to wear a face mask throughout the influenza season.
Once your online application is submitted you will receive a confirmation notification by email. After we receive application packages (including all required documents) and the vacancy announcement closes, we will review applications to ensure qualification and eligibility requirements are met. After the review is complete, a referral certificate(s) is issued and applicants will be notified of their status by email. Referred applicants will be notified as such and may be contacted directly by the hiring office for an interview. All referred applicants receive a final notification once a selection decision has been made.
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The United States Government does not discriminate in employment on the basis of race, color, religion, sex (including pregnancy And gender identity), national origin, political affiliation, sexual orientation, marital status, disability, genetic information, age, membership in an employee organization, retaliation, parental status, military service, or other non-merit factor.
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A reasonable accommodation is any change in the workplace or the way things are customarily done that provides an equal employment opportunity to an individual with a disability. Under the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) must provide reasonable accommodations:
- An applicant with a disability needs an accommodation to have an equal opportunity to apply for a job.
- An employee with a disability needs an accommodation to perform the essential job duties or to gain access to the workplace.
- An employee with a disability needs an accommodation to receive equal access to benefits, such as details, training, and office-sponsored events.
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