Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration Utilty Systems Repairer/Operator (Chiller Plant) in Martinsburg, West Virginia

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This position is located within Facilities Management Service at the Martinsburg VAMC in the heart of West Virginia's Eastern Panhandle on in historic Berkeley County.The Medical Center offers a comprehensive range of services, including inpatient medicine, surgery, mental health, a long term care facility, and a Domiciliary.Outpatient services include Primary Care, Mental Health, Ambulatory Surgery and clinics for rehabilitation, women's health, audiology and speech, prosthetics, and dental.

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The location of this position is in the Facilities Management Service, Plant Operations Section at the Martinsburg VA Medical Center, Martinsburg, WV.

Major Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Performs hourly rounds on equipment and records readings in accordance with policies and procedures.

  • Maintains Plant Log books and records and provides proper shift turnover to oncoming Operator.

  • Performs troubleshooting and diagnostics on all equipment as assigned and makes repairs as required and/or necessary.

  • Performs routine scheduled preventive maintenance.

  • Reads and interprets blueprints, schematics, and diagrams.

  • Select and use hand tools, power tools, and test equipment in the course of assignments and repairs.

  • Performs repairs, i.e., rebuilding pumps, replacing items such as mechanical seals, bearing, values, pipefitting's and motors.

  • Occasionally installs new equipment and systems that fall within the scope of journeyman level work as determined by the Operations General Foreman and Plant Supervisors.

  • Monitors and communicates with appropriate persons per medical center policy concerning station fire alarms, disaster notification, and various other alarm systems.

  • Operate, maintain, and repair a Chilled Water Plant that consists of two (2) 940 ton and one (1) 450 ton hemetic centrifugal chillers, four (4) cooling towers, and associated equipment.

  • Operate and/or monitor graphic control systems and various metering systems for the Chiller Plant, and Medical Center HVAC systems.

  • Routinely collect treated water, chilled water loops, cooling tower, and heating loop samples from the Chiller Plant. You must possess an EPA Universal Technician Certification-Refrigerant.

NOTE: Incumbent in this position may be subject to placement in the asbestos medical surveillance program. SPECIAL NOTE: At the discretion of the Operations General Foreman, the incumbent may be required to be trained to operate all three (3) Plants (Boiler, Chiller, and Water). At the minimum, the incumbent will be required to operate at least two (2) of the three (3) plants.

Work Schedule: Rotating Shifts that include: 8 am - 4:00 pm; 4:00 pm - Midnight; Midnight to 8 am. Position Description Title/PD#: /07526A Relocation/Recruitment Incentives:Not authorized

Travel Required

Not required

Supervisory status


Promotion Potential


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4742 Utility Systems Repairing-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
  • You must possess an EPA Universal Technician Certification-Refrigerant

To qualify for this position, applicants must meet all requirements by the closing date of this announcement, 12/26/2018.

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.

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 (other than blueprint reading)
  • Operation of Equipment/Machinery
  • 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.

Physical Requirements/Working Conditions:

PHYSICAL EFFORT/REQUIREMENTS: Regular walking tours of the main hospital and out buildings to conduct inspections of equipment which include some lifting, kneeling, standing, climbing and stooping. Maintenance and repairs frequently require manual labor and working in awkward and cramped positions in places such as attics and interstitial areas and lifting up to fifty (50) pounds. Frequent standing, walking, and climbing are required while checking equipment.

Heavy lifting (45 pounds and over); Far vision correctable in one eye to 20/20 and to 20/40 in the other; Repeated bending (2 hours); Heavy carrying (45 pounds and over); Climbing (use of legs and arms); Both legs required (one leg or foot may be compensated by prosthesis); Ability to distinguish basic colors; Pushing (4 hours); Ability for rapid mental and muscular coordination simultaneously; Reaching above shoulder; Hearing (aid permitted); Use of fingers; Both hands required; Walking (2 hours); Near vision correctable at 13" to 16" to Jaeger 1 to 4; Other (specify): PH Code

WORKING CONDITIONS: Work is performed on a rotating shift basis. Plant coverage is 24 hours a day 7 days a week 365 days a year and is normally between the hours of Midnight-8am, 8am - 4pm and 4pm - Midnight. Most work is done inside with routine exposure to: surrounding temperatures in excess of 100 degrees Fahrenheit, loud noise, and occasional inclement weather. The use of protective clothing or gear, such as rubber aprons, steel-toed boots, hearing protection, safety goggles, gloves or face shield, is frequently required. Incumbent will be issued with arc flash rated uniforms, to include: pants, long sleeve shirts, and cotton tee shirts that are required to be worn in full while on duty. Incumbent may also be exposed to the following dangers: Electrical shock, Hydrocarbon refrigerants, chemical splashes and burns, scalds, cuts, bruises, or broken bones.

Incumbents in this position may be subject to placement in the asbestos medical surveillance program

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


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Required Documents

To apply for this position, you must provide a complete Application Package which includes:

  • Resume

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.

  • DD-214
  • Eligibility Documentation: DD214 for Veterans; most recent SF50 and, if applying for promotion Performance Appraisal, for current or former Federal employees; or Schedule A Letter if applying as Schedule A.
  • Other Veterans Document
  • Resume
  • SF-50

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.

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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 12/26/2018 to receive consideration. To preview the questionnaire click

  1. 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.
  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 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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Agency contact information
Dawn Reidy

(304) 263-0811 X3795



Martinsburg VA Medical Center 510 Butler Avenue Martinsburg, WV 25405 US

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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.

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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.

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  • Social security number request
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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: 12/06/2018 to 12/26/2018

Service: Competitive

Pay scale & grade: WG 11

Salary: $24.77 to $28.90 per hour

Appointment type: Permanent

Work schedule: Full-Time