Maintenance Mechanic (Painter)

Richmond, Virginia
Jan 26, 2023
Feb 01, 2023
Full Time

Primary duties include full range of painting, prepping, proper covering and other journeyman level duties. Secondary duties include assisting other maintenance mechanics to accomplish the structural maintenance and repair of the facility. The coating work at this grade is accomplished by any of the accepted methods of the trade including special finishing techniques, such as, marbling and graining, by using coating materials that are prepared in special as well as common ways, and by applying coating techniques that ensure surfaces have a smooth-textured and decorative appearance and meet thickness and level requirements.

Determines the methods, techniques, devices and materials that are best suited to the surface finish required, for example, glossy finish, grained effect or a finish that must meet specified thicknesses and levels. Prepares surfaces by methods such as smoothing with pumice and rottenstone, filling shaping and leveling with metal and synthetic resins, mixing and applying pre-coating agents, for example, pickling and alkali compounds. Incumbent prepares coating materials by tinting, toning, matching, blending, and mixing in various additives. The painter applies coating materials with any of the accepted trade devices including those designed to give special effects, for example, brushes, rollers, spray guns and graining devices. Ensures that the coating finish meets and matches all texture, decorative, thickness and level requirements.

Work involves the mixing, application and finishing of plaster surfaces in the construction and repair of interior walls and ceilings and stucco exterior walls. The WG-9 Painter performs new plastering on all types of backgrounds, such as metal, wood or gypsum lath, wallboard and masonry surfaces, as well as repair and patching of plaster and stucco surfaces.

Works from oral instructions, blueprints, work orders, and rough sketches. Plans and lays out work to be accomplished, selects the proper tools and material and accomplishes the job in accordance with accepted trade practices.

In preparing all surfaces for painting, incumbent will be expected to move and/or relocate to a new location, all wall anchors used for securing fixtures, pictures, bulletin boards, etc., before and after painting. If surface repair is required as a result of moving such anchors or fasteners. incumbent will be expected to repair and patch all surfaces consistent with this requirement.

Prior to painting, will be expected to pre-tape all fixtures to ensure that trim work meets all expected performance requirements. Will also be expected to cover all furniture within assignment area to avoid any drip marks and/or splash marks as a result of painting efforts. Will be expected to clean assigned area after each workday removing all debris, dust, supplies, etc., generated from work efforts. All paint which may have dripped, splashed, or spilt during the course of work must be thoroughly cleaned up at the end of each day.

Must have knowledge and ability to work in hospital, healthcare, and industrial environments in a manner as not to endanger occupants or structure. Endangerment could be in form of chemical, housekeeping, physical hazards, barriers to egress, or medical condition of patients. Must keep up-to-date on rules, regulations, product information and health care practices, such as: "Universal Precautions, Material Safety Data Sheets", burn permits, lock out and tag out procedures, etc.

Performs other directly related duties as assigned.

Work Schedule: Monday-Friday, 7:30am - 4pm. Must have the flexibility to work outside the normal tour of duty which may include weekends and holidays.
Position Description Title/PD#: Maintenance Mechanic (Painter)/PD02695A
Relocation/Recruitment Incentives: Not authorized


Conditions of Employment

  • You must be a U.S. Citizen to apply for this job
  • All applicants tentatively selected for VA employment in a testing designated position are subject to urinalysis to screen for illegal drug use prior to appointment. Applicants who refuse to be tested will be denied employment with VA.
  • Selective Service Registration is required for males born after 12/31/1959
  • You may be required to serve a probationary period
  • Subject to background/security investigation
  • Pre-employment physical required
  • Selected applicants will be required to complete an online onboarding process
  • Participation in the seasonal influenza vaccination program is a requirement for all Department of Veterans Affairs Health Care Personnel (HCP)
  • Participation in the Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) vaccination program is a requirement for all Veterans Health Administration Health Care Personnel (HCP) - See "Additional Information" below for details.


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

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.

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: Must be able to lift and carry fifty (50) pounds. Must be able to constantly climb ladders, walk and perform light to moderate bending and stooping. Individual will be required to perform simple grasping, fine hand manipulation, reaching above shoulder height. Individual is responsible for maintaining and pushing their own paint cart to all assigned areas.

Working Conditions: Is intermittently exposed to excess humidity, chemicals and solvents, fumes; dust and noise. May perform some duties of position on patient wards, within storage areas, on facility grounds or within sub-basement locations. Individual is exposed to possible infectious materials when working in patient areas. Is subject to cuts, scrapes, bumps, bruises, slips, falls, and other injuries in the performance of required duties. Also exposed to disagreeable odors in the accomplishment of duties.


This job does not have an education qualification requirement.

Additional information

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 .

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.

Pursuant to VHA Directive 1193.01, VHA health care personnel (HCP) are required to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 subject to such accommodations as required by law (i.e., medical, religious or pregnancy). VHA HCPs do not include remote workers who only infrequently enter VHA locations. If selected, you will be required to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 and submit documentation of proof of vaccination before your start date. The agency will provide additional information regarding what information or documentation will be needed and how you can request a legally required accommodation from this requirement using the reasonable accommodation process.

This job opportunity announcement may be used to fill additional vacancies.

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