Naval Base, Virginia
May 12, 2022
May 20, 2022
Full Time

  • You will test feedwater for hardness and collect water samples.
  • You will record temperatures, pressures, flows, levels, and other data as required.
  • You will open and close valves (steam, water, oil, natural gas) as directed.


Conditions of Employment

  • Must be a US Citizen.
  • Must be determined suitable for federal employment.
  • Must participate in the direct deposit pay program.
  • New employees to the Department of the Navy will be required to successfully pass the E-Verify employment verification check. To learn more about E-Verify, including your rights and responsibilities, visit
  • Within the Department of Defense (DoD), the appointment of retired military members within 180 days immediately following retirement date to a civilian position is subject to the provisions of 5 United States Code 3326.
  • Males born after 12-31-59 must be registered for Selective Service.
  • This is a bargaining unit position.
  • You will be required to obtain and maintain a current valid United States driver?s license.
  • You will be required to successfully complete a pre-appointment physical examination.
  • You will be required to obtain and maintain an interim and/or final security clearance prior to entrance on duty. Failure to obtain and maintain the required level of clearance may result in the withdrawal of a job offer or removal.
  • You will be required to wear personal protective equipment such as helmets, gloves, coveralls, glasses, goggles, respirators and safety shoes continuously for the duration of the work shift.
  • This position is designated as ALPHA and incumbent will be required to report in emergencies and inclement weather.
  • This position is part of a regionalized command. The incumbent may be assigned to a similar position at any site or workstation with NAVFAC MIDLANT area.
  • You will be required to obtain and maintain a current motor vehicle operator's license and must be capable of obtaining a forklift operator's license within six months from date of employment.


Although a specific length of time and experience is not required for most trade and labor occupations, you must show through experience and training that you possess the quality level of knowledge and skill necessary to perform the duties of the position at the level for which you are applying. Qualification requirements emphasis is on quality of experience, not necessarily the length of time.

Your qualifications will be evaluated on the basis of your level of knowledge, skills, abilities and/or competencies in the job elements and screen out listed below.

This job has a screen-out element which will be used to determine minimum eligibility for this job. Applicants who do not receive a minimum of two points on the screen-out element(s) will be found ineligible. The Screen-out Element for this position is: Ability to do the work of a BOILER PLANT OPERATOR HELPER without more than normal supervision as demonstrated by: 1) Following safety requirements and practices related to working in a high-pressure steam plant; 2) Assisting with heating and powering boiler plant equipment; 3) Documenting readings/information from boiler equipment; and 4) Assisting in starting, stopping, and operations monitoring of boilers and equipment. NOTE: This information must be supported in your resume to be considered for the position.

Applicants must meet the requirements of the Office of Personnel Management (OPM) Job Qualification Handbook for Trades and Labor Occupations. Additional qualification information can be found at:

PHYSICAL DEMANDS: Incumbent must be physically fit to lift and carry a maximum weight of 40 pounds a distance of 100 feet that includes lifting valves and salt bags. At frequent intervals, heavy exertion is required when lifting heavy pieces of equipment, pulling on wrenches, or driving a maul. Work requires constant standing, kneeling, crouching, stooping, climbing ladders, working in strained or awkward positions, leaning in forward positions, and performing with agility. Must have keen hearing in both ears, normal vision, and the ability to distinguish colors, namely red, white, blue, amber, yellow, purple, and orange. Full use of arms, legs, feet, and fine versatility in finger and hand movements necessary in the application and use of precision instruments. Physically fit to work continuously in areas with intermittent pollutants such as toxic fumes, boiler gases, dust smoke, and chemical reactants used in boiler water treatment.

WORKING CONDITIONS: Hazards encountered in this rating are not unusual, except for furnace explosions, which happen occasionally due to nature of fuel being burned. However, employee could be injured by falling or by bumping into overhead pipes or beams while performing work. There is danger of cuts, burns, broken bones, and/or bruises. Power and heating boiler plants may contain asbestos insulation and lead paint. Job site working environment involves exposure to hazardous equipment, sharp edges, and high-pressure boilers, valves, and piping. Is exposed to potential toxic fumes, boiler gasses, and chemical agents used for boiler water and steam treatment. The hazards are always present and are part of normal working conditions associated with steam production operations. Works indoors 80% of the time and outdoors 20% of the time. Work involves uncomfortable conditions such as excessive heat, dry atmospheric conditions, constant machinery, noise , dust, dirt, and soot. There is some danger of entanglement in moving machinery. There is also some danger involved when climbing ladders and working outside in cold weather and icy conditions.


This job does not have an education qualification requirement.

Additional information

This announcement uses the Defense Industrial Base, Major Range and Test Facilities direct hire authority to recruit and appoint qualified candidates to certain positions in the competitive service.

Incumbent will be required to receive confined space training prior to assuming duties that require entry into a confined space. Incumbent is required to work as a Confined Space Safety Attendant.

If selected below the full performance level, you may be noncompetitively promoted to the next higher grade level after meeting all regulatory requirements, and upon the recommendation of management. Promotion is neither implied nor guaranteed.

A 40 hour work week is typical for this position.

All work is recurring and schedules rotate on a periodic basis. The incumbent must be able to work overtime as required.

This position is subject to work an uncommon tour, including nights, weekends, and holidays to meet mission requirements. Overtime or night differential pay and/or unusual duty hours may be required.

Certain incentives (such as Recruitment, Relocation or Student Loan Repayment) may be authorized to eligible selectees.

A relocation incentive is generally a single payment intended to offset some of the relocation costs experienced by the selectee. A relocation incentive may be authorized.

This position is covered by the Department of Defense Priority Placement Program.

Several vacancies may be filled.

A tentative offer of employment will be rescinded if the selectee fails to meet the pre-employment requirements, including failure to report to any of the scheduled appointments.

Federal annuitant information: The selection of an annuitant is subject to the Department of Defense and Department of the Navy policy on the employment of annuitants. Policy information may be found at: .

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