Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration Pipefitter in Hampton, Virginia
OUR MISSION: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?
As a VA professional, your opportunities are endless. With many openings in the multiple functions of VA, you will have a wide range of opportunities and leadership positions at your fingertips. 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 for information on how to apply under this appointment authority via the Selective Placement Coordinator.
Relocation or Recruitment Incentives are not authorized for this position.
This is an open continuous announcement which will remain open until December 31, 2018. Management retains the right to make selections as position become available.
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This Pipefitter position is located at the Hampton VA Medical Center (VAMC), within the Engineering Service. The incumbent will be required to set up system routes for various piping systems; sets up system routes, places and cuts route openings, installs regulating devices; read and interprets blueprints, layout sketches, manufacturers' literature and specifications for sizing, estimating, installing and repairing new or existing piping system; traces and troubleshoots pipelines, systems, and equipment to locate and repair leaks and trouble spots and test systems and equipment for proper operation, circulation, flow, pressure and leak-free joints.
As a Pipefitter, you will be responsible for performing the duties of a fully trained, experienced Pipefitter. Duties include, but are not limited to:
Fabricates, installs and repairs various types of plumbing systems such as water distribution, pumped condensate return systems, air, oil, gas distribution systems, condensate sanitary and oxygen systems.
Performs routine maintenance, inspections and cleaning as required on faucets, fixture traps, flushometers, strainers, backflow preventers, etc.
Maintains records and follows established safety procedures.
Tests systems and equipment for proper operation, circulation, flow, pressure and leak-free joints.
Maintains high temperature water and high-pressure piping systems such as hydraulic, nitrogen, oxygen, steam-heating and steam generating systems.
To qualify as a Pipefitter, your background must demonstrate knowledge of how various high-pressure piping systems and equipment, such as steam heating, steam generation, and vacuum systems, radiators, and circulating pumps, are installed and operate. Must know how to relief and check valves, pressure regulators, expansion joints, and other pressure supporting and controlling devices. Incumbent must know how to read and understand written instructions and interpret Engineering Drawing, Plans, Blueprints, Specifications, and other Technical Information.
Work schedule: Monday through Friday, 7:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. There may be some instances where the incumbent would be required to work after 3:30 pm, or have the flexibility to work outside the normal tour of duty which may include weekends and holidays. Compressed/Flexible Schedule: Not Available Position Description Title/PD#: Pipefitter/ 2507 Relocation/Recruitment Incentives: Not Authorized Financial Disclosure Report: Not required Travel Required:Conference attendance; visiting Satellite Facilities in Virginia Beach, Chesapeake and Elizabeth City, NC.
Occasional travel - You may be expected to travel for this position.
Who May Apply
This job is open to…
Status Candidates (Merit Promotion and VEOA Eligibles)
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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
- Valid Drivers License required
Physical Requirements/Working Conditions: This work requires heavy lifting, pulling, crawling, color perception, and ability to work in the most adverse climate conditions. Work usually entails considerable walking, stretching, stooping and some climbing indoors and out, throughout the medial center. On occasions, work from ladders, platforms, in high places and cramped areas and holds awkward positions for prolonged periods. Frequently carries small portable tools and occasionally lifts or carries objects over 40 pounds, either alone or with others.
Employee works indoors and outdoors in all weather conditions and is exposed ot usual occupational hazards. Must work in steam manholes, unexcavated cellars, attics, pipe spaces, around boilers and high pressure steam lines. Must observe all standard codes and perform work in accordance with recognized trades, national codes and VA Manuals and Program Guides.
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, 12/31/2018.
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.
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 the Ability to do the work of a Pipefitter without more than normal supervision (Screen Out).
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). Knowledge of equipment assembly, installation, repair of Piping and equipment- Plumbing and Pipefitting. 2). Technical practices (theoretical, precise, artistic). 3). Ability to read and interpret instructions, blueprints, work orders, etc., related to pipefitting (Experience where applicant plans, estimates and modifies on his own on difficult and involved projects). 4). Ability to use and maintain tools and equipment- - Mechanical. 5). Troubleshooting.(Ability to diagnose trouble and determine remedy, involving emergency repairs to boilers, steam lines, heating systems, relief valves, hot water lines, high temperature lines and fitting.) 6). Measurement and Layout - Mathematical Reasoning.
You must possess a valid State of residency driver's license[required for transportation reasons] AND willing to maintain a valid state driver license throughout the duration of employment (you must also provide a copy of your drivers license and state DMV report).
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 Qualification Standard Handbook 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.
Note: A full year of work is considered to be 35-40 hours of work per week. All experience listed on your resume must include the month and year start/end dates. 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.
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 http://www.opm.gov/policy-data-oversight/workforce-restructuring/employee-guide-to-career-transition/.
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.
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
You will be evaluated for this job based on how well you meet the qualifications above.
IN DESCRIBING YOUR EXPERIENCE, PLEASE BE CLEAR AND SPECIFIC. WE WILL NOT MAKE ASSUMPTIONS REGARDING YOUR EXPERIENCE.
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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- 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.
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- Veteran Award Letter
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 http://www.fedshirevets.gov/job/vetpref/index.aspx.
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.
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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 12/31/2018 to receive consideration. To preview the questionnaire click https://apply.usastaffing.gov/ViewQuestionnaire/10119230.
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Agency contact information
(757) 722-9961 X6101
Hampton VA Medical Center 100 Emancipation Drive Hampton, VA US
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This job originated on www.usajobs.gov. For the full announcement and to apply, visit www.usajobs.gov/GetJob/ViewDetails/489125200. Only resumes submitted according to the instructions on the job announcement listed at www.usajobs.gov will be considered.
Open & closing dates: 01/19/2018 to 12/31/2018
Salary: $22.28 to $25.98 per hour
Pay scale & grade: WG 10
Work schedule: Full-Time
Appointment type: Permanent