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Air Conditioning Equipment Operator Boiler Operator

Spokane, WA

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Air Conditioning Equipment Operator (Boiler Operator)
The Air Conditioning Equipment Operator (Boiler Plant) performs work involved in operating, troubleshooting and repairing complex utility systems. The incumbent is responsible for the safe operation of the Energy Center, a central boiler and chiller plant. The position is located in the Operations Section, Engineering Service, at the Mann-Grandstaff VA Medical Center, Spokane, Washington.
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Performs the correct operations, tests, adjustments, troubleshooting, maintenance, cleaning, and repairs to one centralized Type A heating plant assembly of three high pressure water tube boilers with a 33,000 pound per hour capacity and related auxiliary equipment such as a makeup air preheaters, safety valves, feed water regulators, blow off valves, dearerator, dealkalizer, muffler, water softeners, feed water pumps, condensate pumps, compressors, feed regulating controls and devices, combustion controls and other complex controls and safety devices requiring the continuous attention of the operator.
Performs the proper operations, tests, adjustments, troubleshooting, for multiple zone air conditioning plant rated at 400 tons, consisting of multiple chillers providing chilled water air conditioning service to various buildings on campus including laboratories, operating rooms, computer spaces, offices, telecommunication areas, patient areas, and intensive care units, telecommunication areas, patient areas, and intensive care units.
Selects proper operating temperatures, balances air flow, starts and stops equipment in several remote mechanical spaces, adjusts valves and set-points for temperature and humidity regulation to satisfy requirements as conditions warrant based upon computer evaluation, observation, and data collections.
Performs all required maintenance and repairs to boilers, chillers, and associated equipment (such as feedwater pumps, condensate pumps, deaerators, condensers, centrifugal compressors, starter switches, circuit breakers, heat exchangers, chilled water pumps, condenser water pumps, filters, fans, motors, controls, thermostats, cooling towers, heating and cooling coils, recorders, alarms, fuel oil pumps, lubricating oil pumps, strainers, burner flame monitoring systems, combustion controls, pressure regulators, reducers, etc.)
Performs necessary preventative maintenance consisting of checking, cleaning, lubricating, adjustments, disassembly, repair and assembly of all production and distribution equipment within the utility plant complex.
Work Schedule:
8 hour rotating shifts; Shift 1: 8am - 4:30pm, Shift 2: 4pm - 12midnight, Shift 3: 12Midnight - 8am
Position Description Title/PD#:
Relocation/Recruitment Incentives:
Not authorized
Travel Required
Not required
Supervisory status
Promotion Potential
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5415 Air Conditioning Equipment Operating
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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
To qualify for this position, applicants must meet all requirements by the closing date of this announcement, 08/22/2018.
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 Qualification Standard Handbook X-118C.
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)
Technical Practices
Use and Maintain Tools and Equipment
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.
: 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:
This position requires frequent walking, standing, bending, climbing, stooping, lifting, carrying, pushing, and pulling moderately heavy loads weighing up to 40 pounds (such as bags of salt or chemicals). The position requires occasionally lifting items weighing over 40 pounds with assistance of other workers or weight handling equipment (such as removing or installing larger valves). Incumbent must be in good physical condition, have good eyesight with or without glasses and cannot be colorblind. Incumbent occasionally works in awkward and cramped positions while making repairs or performing inspections and maintenance.
This position requires frequent walking, standing, bending, climbing, stooping, lifting, carrying, pushing, and pulling moderately heavy loads weighing up to 40 pounds (such as bags of salt or chemicals). The position requires occasionally lifting items weighing over 40 pounds with assistance of other workers or weight handling equipment (such as removing or installing larger valves). Incumbent must be in good physical condition, have good eyesight with or without glasses and cannot be colorblind. Incumbent occasionally works in awkward and cramped positions while making repairs or performing inspections and maintenance.
Incumbent works a rotating shift and performs overtime as needed. The utility plant is operated on a 7-day, 3-shift plan. The operator works on all three shifts on a regular and recurring basis, including weekends and holidays. The incumbent is exposed to high temperatures drafts, dampness, water and noise for work conditions. The majority of work takes place in an industrial environment. Occasionally the work is performed outdoors and exposed to the elements. The incumbent will frequently encounter ladders, catwalks, confined spaces, etc. The incumbent could be subjected to hazards normally encountered in the trade.
Annual leave is scheduled around the workload.
Incumbent is exposed to high noise levels, danger of explosions, carbon monoxide poisoning, scalds, burns, smoke, gas, oil and sulfur.
Cuts, bruises, and broken bones may result from accidents while working around machinery and equipment.
Additional information
Receiving Service Credit or 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.
The Interagency Career Transition Assistance Plan
(ICTAP) and Career Transition Assistance Plan
(CTAP) provide eligible displaced Federal/VA competitive service employees with selection priority over other candidates for competitive service vacancies. To be qualified you must submit appropriate documentation (a copy of the agency notice, your most recent performance rating, and your most recent SF-50 noting current position, grade level, and duty location) and be found well-qualified (have a final rating of 85 or more) for this vacancy. Information about ICTAP and CTAP eligibility is on OPM's Career Transition Resources website at ****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.
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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.
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.
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Background checks and security clearance
Security clearance
Drug test required
Required Documents
Required Documents
To apply for this position, you must provide a complete Application Package which includes:
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
SF-15 Supported Document
Veterans' Preference:
When applying for Federal Jobs, eligible Veterans should claim preference for 5pt (TP), 10pt (CP/CPS/XP), or for Sole Survivor Preference (SSP) in the questionnaire. You must provide a legible copy of your DD214(s) which shows dates and character of service (honorable, general, etc.). If you are currently serving on active duty and expect to be released or discharged within 120 days you must submit documentation related to your active duty service which reflects the dates of service, character of service (honorable, general, etc.), and dates of impending separation. Additionally, disabled veterans and others eligible for 10-point preference (such as widows or mothers of eligible Veterans) must also submit an SF-15 Application for 10 Point Veteran Preference with required proof as stated on the form. Documentation is required to award preference.
For more information on Veterans' Preference, please visit ****If you are relying on your education to meet qualification requirements:
Education must be accredited by an accrediting institution recognized by the U.S. Department of Education in order for it to be credited towards qualifications. Therefore, provide only the attendance and/or degrees from schools accredited by accrediting institutions recognized by the U.S. Department of Education.
Failure to provide all of the required information as stated in this vacancy announcement may result in an ineligible rating or may affect the overall rating.
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. Learn more about federal benefits.
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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 08/22/2018 to receive consideration. To preview the questionnaire click ****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.
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to submit your application package.
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, ****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.
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Mann-Grandstaff Department of Veterans Affairs Medical Center
4815 North Assembly Street
Spokane, WA 99205
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Next steps
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.
You may check the status of your application at any time by logging into your USA Jobs account and clicking on Applications. Information regarding your application status can be found in the USAJobs Help Center.
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The Federal hiring process is setup to be fair and transparent. Please read the following guidance.
Equal Employment Opportunity Policy
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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Reasonable Accommodation Policy
Federal agencies must provide reasonable accommodation to applicants with disabilities where appropriate. Applicants requiring reasonable accommodation for any part of the application process should follow the instructions in the job opportunity announcement. For any part of the remaining hiring process, applicants should contact the hiring agency directly. Determinations on requests for reasonable accommodation will be made on a case-by-case basis.
A reasonable accommodation is any change to a job, the work environment, or the way things are usually done that enables an individual with a disability to apply for a job, perform job duties or receive equal access to job benefits.
Under the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, federal agencies must provide reasonable accommodations when:
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.
You can request a reasonable accommodation at any time during the application or hiring process or while on the job. Requests are considered on a case-by-case basis.
Learn more about disability employment and reasonable accommodations or how to contact an agency.
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Financial suitability
Social security number request
Privacy Act
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Selective Service
New employee probationary period
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:
08/10/2018 to 08/22/2018
Pay scale & grade:
WG 10
$23.69 to $27.36 per hour
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Work schedule:
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