Washington D.C.
Jul 07, 2017
Jul 18, 2017
Full Time

About the Agency

The selectee for this position will serve as a Pipefitter in the Research and Development Services Division, Support Services Branch of NAVAL RESEARCH LABORATORY. The work involves installing, modifying, and repairing new and existing high-pressure piping systems and equipment such as steam heating, steam generation, hydraulic systems, steam generators, flash and expansion tanks, condensate, vacuum, and circulating pumps and radiators. It also involves installing, modifying, and repairing new and existing utility, supply, and disposal systems and equipment such as sewage, water, oil and gas distribution systems, and water closets, tubs, fire sprinkler systems and showers. This position is in support of projects directly related to NRL's research program.

  • Not Required

  • No

  • Must be a US Citizen.
  • Males must be registered or exempt from Selective Service. www.sss.gov
  • Must be determined suitable for federal employment.
  • Must participate in the direct deposit pay program.
  • May be required to successfully complete a probationary/trial period.
  • See Other Information section for additional requirements.
  • In order to qualify for this position, your resume must provide sufficient experience and/or education, knowledge, skills, and abilities, to perform the duties of the specific position for which you are being considered. Your resume is the key means we have for evaluating your skills, knowledge, and abilities, as they relate to this position. Therefore, we encourage you to be clear and specific when describing your experience.

    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 the position without more than normal supervision such as: Installing, repairing, modifying, maintaining, and troubleshooting piping systems and the associated components and controlling devices used on those systems. Using siding squares, tape measures, dividers, pump bobs, templates, start drills, grinders, hand and power threaders, cutters, pipe wrenches, closet augers, hydrostatic pumps, and lead pots.

    Applicants must meet the requirements of the Office of Personnel Management (OPM) Job Qualification System for Trades and Labor Occupations (X-118C). Additional qualification information can be found at: http://www.opm.gov/qualifications/x-118c/tabindx.asp.

    You will receive credit for all qualifying experience, including volunteer and part time experience. You must clearly identify the duties and responsibilities in each position held and the total number of hours per week.

    Experience refers to paid and unpaid experience, including volunteer work done through National Service programs (e.g., professional, philanthropic, religious, 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.


    All qualifications requirements must be met by the closing date of this announcement and clearly documented in your resume.

    Must be able to obtain an interim and/or final (e.g., confidential/secret/top secret, etc.) security clearance prior to entrance on duty AND must be able to maintain the required level of clearance while employed in the subject position. Failure to obtain and maintain the required level of clearance may result in the withdrawal of a job offer or removal.

    Selectee will be required to successfully complete a pre-appointment physical examination.

    Work requires frequent bending, stooping, walking, standing, working in cramped positions, and climbing.

    Work requires frequent handling/lifting/carrying parts and equipment that weigh up to 50 pounds. Occasionally may lift/carry items weighing over 50 pounds.

    Work requires frequent exposure to the possibility of uncomfortable heat conditions, strains, cuts, scrapes, bruises, burns, infections and broken bones.



    The successful selectee will perform the following duties:

    • Work from building plans, blueprints, and sketches to plan and layout the routing, placement, pitch, elevation pressure reduction, expansion and operation of various piping systems and equipment.
    • Install, modify, and repair piping systems.
    • Join, seal, and test systems and equipment for proper pressure, leak-free joints, and operation.
    • Use various tools and equipment.
    • Make repairs and installations from ladders, scaffolding, and platforms.

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