Utility Systems Repairer-Operator Job in Stockton, CA

Vacancy No. CBSW-12418831-24-OCA-SEF Department Veterans Health Administration
Salary $33.53 to $39.26 Grade 10 to 10
Perm/Temp Permanent FT/PT Full-time
Open Date 5/20/2024 Close Date 9/30/2024
Job Link Apply Online Who may apply Public
Stockton, CA

Job Description (Please follow all instructions carefully)


The Utility Systems Repairer-Operator, is assigned shift responsibility as utility systems operator in charge on a regular and recurring basis. They operates steam boilers, hot water boilers, and the chiller plant. The boilers are multifuel (natural gas or fuel oil) mechanically fired, power boilers generating steam at 65 pounds per square inch and associated equipment. The chiller plant consists of two 400 ton water cooled chillers and two 140ton air cooled chillers and associated equipment.

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Clarification from the agency

ALL US CITIZENS DIRECT HIRE AUTHORITY: This position is being filled using Direct-Hire Authority (5 CFR 337.201) for this occupation.


Duties for the position include but are not limited to:

  • Operates steam boilers, hot water boilers, and the chiller plant. The boilers are multifuel (natural gas or fuel oil) mechanically fired, power boilers generating steam at 65 pounds per square inch and associated equipment. The chiller plant consists of two 400 ton water cooled chillers and two 140 ton air cooled chillers and associated equipment.
  • Capable of operating generators and providing manual transfer if required.
  • Works without the presence or availability of a supervisor on second shift, third shift and weekend shifts.
  • Continually keep staff informed of events that may affect hospital operations.
  • When assigned to the main plant, operates a computer driven building management system which controls the integral heating and cooling systems.
  • Responsible for operating and maintaining the plant and make decisions affecting the total operational output and efficiencies.
  • Performs maintenance/repair and operation of the boiler plant, chiller plant, water softener system, and domestic water tank pumping system.
  • Inspect adjust and maintain the air conditioning and boiler plant equipment.
  • Monitor and operate the computer driven building (HVAC)management system, making adjustments as necessary.
  • Monitors and resets fire alarm systems, critical temperature alarms, and medical air alarms.
  • Inspect, maintain, and repair all components of the heating plant and all auxiliary equipment associated with the cooling plant to include repair and replacement of mechanical pumps, seals, bearings, packing glands, impellers, shafts, valves, wye strainers, and pressure reducing stations.
  • Makes repairs and modifications as required to piping/plumbing for heating/cooling systems, chemical feed systems and fuel systems.
  • Repairs, replaces, and makes modifications as required to electrical and pneumatic control systems.
  • Installs and connects transformers, motors, relays, etc.
  • Troubleshoots variable speed drive motor controls, purge type combustion controls and flame safeguard controls.
  • Removes and replaces defective programmer controls for boilers.
  • Perform preventive maintenance on equipment identified on the PM1 schedules which consist of items such medical and HVAC air compressors, vacuum pumps, air handlers, pumps, heating and refrigeration equipment.
  • Boiler water and cooling tower water loops will be tested and treated.
  • Hourly, daily, and monthly boiler logs will be maintained for use in maximizing efficiency.
  • Operator will also be responsible for calling contractors for needed repairs of equipment covered under service contracts after normal duty hours.
  • Operation of equipment will involve inspection and adjustment in accordance with set guidelines for operation.
  • Operator will be responsible for monitoring and logging pertinent information from gauges, thermometers, graphs, indicators, and flue gas sampling for BPA compliance.
  • Monitor the computer driven building management controls system to diagnose and trouble shoot operational problems in respect to temperature, humidity, air changes, and make adjustments and corrections of operational deficiencies.
Work Schedule: Full Time. Rotating Shifts.
Position Description Title/PD#: Utility Systems Repairer-Operator/PD9692A
Physical Requirements: Works in confined areas, requires walking, standing, climbing, bending, crouching, stooping and kneeling for prolonged periods of time. Works is tiring and uncomfortable positions. Lifts and carries repair parts, tools, and equipment weighing up to pounds. Occasionally handles heavier material.

This is an OPEN CONTINUOUS ANNOUNCEMENT and will remain open until September 30, 2024

The initial cut-off date for referral of eligible applications will be June 25, 2024 , with subsequent cut-off dates on the 1st of each month. Eligible applications received after that date will be referred at regular intervals or as additional vacancies occur on an as-needed basis until positions are filled.


Conditions of Employment

  • 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
  • May serve a probationary period
  • Selective Service Registration is required for males born after 12/31/1959
  • A complete application package; Resume, Transcripts, etc.
  • Selected applicants will be required to complete an online onboarding process


To qualify for this position, applicants must meet all requirements by the closing date of this announcement.

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:
  • Equipment Assembly, Installation, Repair
  • Interpret Instructions, Specifications (includes blueprint reading)
  • Measuring Instruments
  • Technical Practices
  • Use and Maintain Tools and Equipment
  • Without more than normal supervision

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.


This job does not have an education qualification requirement.

Additional information

VA supports the use of telework as a way to help attract and retain talented individuals in public service, increase worker productivity, and better

The Interagency Career Transition Assistance Plan (ICTAP) and Career Transition Assistance Plan (CTAP) provide eligible displaced VA competitive service employees with selection priority over other candidates for competitive service vacancies. To be well-qualified, applicants must possess experience that exceeds the minimum qualifications of the position including all selective factors if applicable, and must be proficient in most of the requirements of the job. Information about ICTAP and CTAP eligibility is on OPM's Career Transition Resources website which can be found at https://www.opm.gov/.

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 employee's 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. Such credit must be requested and approved prior to the appointment date and is not guaranteed.

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

If you are unable to apply online or need to fax a document you do not have in electronic form, view the following link for information regarding an Alternate Application.


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How You Will Be Evaluated

You will be evaluated for this job based on how well you meet the qualifications above.


Required Documents

Documents Accepted:

  • Cover Letter
  • DD-214/ Statement of Service
  • Disability Letter (Schedule A)
  • Disability Letter (VA)
  • License
  • Other (1)
  • PCS Orders
  • Professional Certification
  • Resume
  • Separation Notice (RIF)
  • SF-15
  • SF-50/ Notification of Personnel Action
  • Transcript

Documents Required:
  • Resume

Please review the above list(s) to ensure you have included all necessary documents required for your application.Not every applicant will require the same documents, therefore it is the applicants responsibility to ensure that their application package includes all necessary documents to determine qualifications and eligibility for appointment, such as a copy of your SF-50, transcript, ICTAP/CTAP documentation (for displaced Federal employees).You will not be contacted for additional information. Applicants will be deemed ineligible if supporting documentation is not submitted.

Veterans' Preference: Since the Direct-Hire Recruitment Authority is being used, traditional Veterans' Preference rules do not apply. Qualified veterans will, however, be given full consideration for this position.

Applications are accepted online. Applying online will allow you to review and track the status of your application.

How to Apply

All applicants are encouraged to apply online.

To apply for this position, you must complete the occupational questionnaire and submit the documentation specified in the Required Documents section. The complete application package must be submitted by 11:59 PM (EST) on 09/30/2024 to receive consideration. To preview the questionnaire click https://apply.usastaffing.gov/ViewQuestionnaire/12418831.

1. To begin, click Apply Online to create a USAJOBS account or log in to your existing account. Follow the prompts to select your USAJOBS resume and/or other supporting documents and complete the occupational questionnaire.

2. 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 USAJOBS account, https://my.usajobs.gov/Account/Login, select the Application Status link and then select the More Information link for this position. The Details 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 USAJOBS account and click Update Application in the vacancy announcement. You must re-select your resume and/or other documents from your USAJOBS account or your application will be incomplete.

Agency contact information

Sara Flores


VA Northern California Health Care System
10535 Hospital Way
Mather, CA 95655
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Next steps

After the vacancy announcement closes, applicants are evaluated 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.

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