Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration Boiler Plant Operator in Omaha, Nebraska
This position is located within the Engineering Department of the Nebraska-Western Iowa Health Care system, Omaha, NE campus. The main function of this position is the efficient operation and maintenance of a boiler plant having a total rating capacity of up to 90,000 lb/hr, carrying up to 125# of steam pressure using natural gas with fuel oil stand-by.
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Duties include but may not be limited to the following:
- Annual tear down, cleaning, repair and assembly of boilers in coordination of boiler inspections.
- Monitor and operate the digital control system.
- Daily checks of chillers, cooling towers and associated equipment making adjustments as necessary.
- Perform a variety of checks, tests, adjustments and troubleshooting on equipment such as boilers, feed water and transfer pumps, vacuum pumps, de-aerating units, water softeners, condensate receivers and all other associated boiler plant equipment.
- Perform water treatment tests and adjust chemical feed system to maintain proper chemical balance of boiler water.
- Perform planned maintenance, clean and repair like and associated equipment.
- Use and interpret instruments such as pyrometers, voltmeters, amp meters, flow hoods, hydrometers, combustion analyzers to troubleshoot and detect system components for efficient and safe operations.
- Interpret detailed blueprints, drawings and specifications for boiler plant, heating, and components.
- Monitor the BAS (Building Automation System) and report any alarms or adverse conditions to the Maintenance and Operations Supervisor. Work Schedule: Sunday-Saturday, working rotating 12 hour-day shifts; Shift times and Days off may vary. Position Description Title/PD#: Boiler Plant Operator/PD#70204A Relocation/Recruitment Incentives:Not authorized
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5402 Boiler Plant Operating
- Boiler Operators
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
- As an employee of the Nebraska Western Iowa Healthcare System you will be required to participate in our seasonal influenza prevention program.
To qualify for this position,applicants must meet all requirements by the closing date of this announcement.04/26/2019
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:
- Dexterity and Safety
- Interpret Instructions, Specifications (other than blueprint reading)
- Operation of Equipment/Machinery
- 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.
Physical Requirements:Requires moderate to strenuous effort and long periods of walking, standing, climbing, bending and crouching. Must be physically able to carry out the duties of this position which may include squatting, bending, stooping, crawling, sitting, lifting, and climbing in extreme temperatures.Works from scaffolds and platforms and may perform strenuous work frequently lifting and carrying tools and equipment weighing 50 pounds. Occasionally handles items that weigh more with assistance of lifting devices or other workers.
Working Conditions:Frequently works in confined areas in and around boilers and other mechanical equipment. Work is performed generally indoors but without temperature control, where there is exposure to dust, dirt, chemicals, extreme temperatures, steam, noise and unpleasant odors. Occasionally provides service and response in outdoor areas under adverse conditions. Exposure may cause potential for burns, electrical shocks, cuts, strains, bruises and chemical irritations. Operator comes in contact with hazardous chemicals such as caustics, acids, phosphates, amines, hydroxides, steam, and hazardous equipment. Incumbent shall employ good safety practices and procedures to avoid injury to self, other personnel, and/or equipment which may seriously affect the operation of the hospital.
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.
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 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.Applicants will be referred in alphabetical order.
Background checks and security clearance
Drug test required
- Required Documents
- Cover Letter
- Other Veterans Document
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.
RESUME REMINDER- Your resume must include the following information for each job listed: Job title Duties (be as detailed as possible) Month & year start/end dates (e.g. June 2007 to April 2008) Full-time or part-time status (include hours worked per week) Series and Grade, if applicable, for all Federal positions you have held. Be sure that your resume clearly supports your responses to all of the questions in the assessment by addressing your work experience in detail. Recommended: Even though we do not require a specific resume format, your resume must be clear so that we are able to fully evaluate your qualifications. To ensure you receive appropriate consideration, please list the duties you performed under each individual job title. If we are unable to match your experiences with the positions held, you may lose consideration for this vacancy. We cannot make assumptions regarding your qualifications.
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.
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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 04/26/2019 to receive consideration. To preview the questionnaire click https://apply.usastaffing.gov/ViewQuestionnaire/10478011.
To begin, click Apply Onlineto 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.
Click Submit My Answersto 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 Statuslink and then select the More Informationlink 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 Applicationin the vacancy announcement. You must re-select your resume and/or other documents from your USAJOBS 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.
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VA Nebraska-Western Iowa HCS - Omaha 4101 Woolworth Avenue Omaha, NE 68105 US
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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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This job originated on www.usajobs.gov. For the full announcement and to apply, visit www.usajobs.gov/GetJob/ViewDetails/530697100. Only resumes submitted according to the instructions on the job announcement listed at www.usajobs.gov will be considered.
Open & closing dates: 04/16/2019 to 04/26/2019
Pay scale & grade: WG 9
Salary: $21.12 to $24.72 per hour
Appointment type: Permanent
Work schedule: Full-Time