Air Cond Equip Mechanic

Salem, Virginia
Oct 05, 2022
Oct 11, 2022
Full Time

This position is located in the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA), Veterans Health
Administration (VHA), Mid Atlantic Health Care Network (VISN 6), Salem VA Medical
Center (VAMC), in the Utility Section of Facility Management Service. The incumbent of
this position serves as a trainee in Facility Management Service in a position designed
to increase knowledge of the trade and develop skills for advancing to a journeyman
level position in this trade. The incumbent works closely with Air Conditioning
Equipment Mechanics to develop the knowledge and skills necessary to accomplish
journeyman level work assignments independently. At the journeyman level, the
position will be able to perform work installing, recognizing the cause of faulty
equipment, and repairing, modifying and relocating equipment, and complex air
conditioning, heating and ventilating (HVAC) equipment on the Energy Management
System (Direct Digital Controls System) to provide specific and critical climatic
conditions throughout the medical center.

The incumbent works with journeyman A/C Equipment Mechanics and is instructed to
clean and change filters, lubricate motors, replace belts, and clean drain pans and
service rooms as required for Preventive Maintenance. The incumbent will keep
inventory of filters and belts and will keep supervisor informed of ordering needs. The
incumbent will assist journeyman A/C Mechanics and Operators, and receive instruction
in, the installation and repairs to all heating and air conditioning equipment, helping
Mechanics and Operators recognize the causes of faulty equipment, and make repairs
on a variety of domestic and commercial refrigeration and air conditioning units and
systems. The incumbent will assist and receive instruction from journeyman level
mechanics who maintain, install, hook up, and put into operation all types of
refrigeration and air conditioning equipment and electric and pneumatic controls for
offices, conference rooms, labs and test areas, X-ray rooms, Stand Alone MRI Air
Cooled Chillers, operating rooms, computer rooms, walk-in coolers Cook Chill Retherm
Under direction of the journeyman, the incumbent will learn to recognize the causes of
faulty equipment and to modify special purpose equipment such as OR back up Chiller
and to make necessary repairs, modifying and replacing equipment on various special purpose
air conditioning systems and refrigeration systems that require close tolerance
temperatures, humidifying and dehumidifying. Incumbent will assist in frequent
alterations to systems to provide specific and critical climate conditions in different
locations such as laboratories, operating rooms, Nuclear medicine laboratories,
computer rooms, ICU and CCU areas, morgue coolers, walk-in boxes and blood banks,
clinics, offices, and wards.

The incumbent will assist the journeyman mechanics who maintain and repair A/C units
from 1/2 ton window units up to 1200 ton electrical centrifugal chillers and electrical
circuits with 4160 volts down to 24 volt control circuits and cooling towers up to 1200
tons. Incumbent works with many different manufacturers' types of equipment on DX
type systems and chill water type systems such as air handling units low velocity and
high velocity air, variable air volume systems. Dismantles, repairs, and reassembles
package A/C systems, chill water coils, reheat and preheat type heating coils, steam,
water and infrared humidifiers parts such as compressors, motors, dampers and
damper motors, air diffusers, and pneumatic and electric control systems. Performs
complete complex repairs with oversight by journeyman mechanic such installing and
fitting connecting rods, crank shafts, piston rings, etc.; overhauling valves by adjusting
or replacing gaskets, springs, floats, valve fittings, etc.; and aligning motors and
flywheel drives.

With guidance of a journeyman mechanic, the incumbent air balances systems to
specifications or alters to maintain close tolerance temperature, humidifying and
dehumidifying. Incumbent monitors wireless temperature monitoring system
(TEMPTRAK) and responds to any escalating alarms or refrigeration units not
maintaining desired temperature ranges by adjusting and modifying design parameters.
Incumbent takes vibration reading on equipment and logs reading on record forms and
makes corrections to improve vibration of equipment.
Performs other directly related duties as assigned.

Work Schedule: 745A-430P Monday-Friday
Position Description Title/PD#: 2035
Relocation/Recruitment Incentives: Not authorized


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, 10/10/2022.

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:
  • Agility
  • Analysis and Problem Solving
  • Contract Administration
  • Electrical Equipment
  • Equipment Assembly, Installation, Repair
  • 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: As a trainee, the incumbent's daily duties are similar to those of the journeyman
mechanic and consist of climbing, working in cramped positions and restricted spaces,
and moving and lifting heavy objects and equipment in the repairing and installation of
NC and refrigeration systems. Rigging devices, come-alongs, hoists and pulleys are
used in removing units such as large compressors, coils, motors, air handlers and
condensers. Incumbent, in making repairs and installations, works from ladders,
scaffolding and platforms. Equipment is located in hard-to-reach places and stooping,
stretching, bending, and kneeling are frequently for long periods of time in making

Working Conditions:
Similar to the journeyman mechanic, the incumbent's work is primarily indoors, but
frequently he/she is required to work outside, on top of high buildings, in drafty attic
spaces and in cramped areas with low overheads. Incumbent is subject to burns when
brazing and due to large amounts of refrigerants used, subject to escaping gases when
making repairs.


This job does not have an education qualification requirement.

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.

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. *Must submit Schedule A letter to be considered under this consideration.

*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.

Current and Former Federal Employees: Must submit most recent non-award or separation SF-50 for consideration. 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 .