Air Conditioning Equipment Mechanic

Salem, Virginia
Jun 18, 2019
Jun 26, 2019
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.

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The purpose of this position is to perform work installing, recognizing the cause of faulty equipment, and
repairing, modifying and relocating equipment, 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.

In performing the duties of Air Conditioning Equipment Mechanic, incumbent performs
extensive control work such as Installing, modifying, checking, adjusting, pneumatic,
electric, and electronic control systems which requires some degree of design in order
to meet the requirements of particular installations. Incumbent is required to 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 Units.
Incumbent must be able to recognize the causes of faulty equipment and frequently
modifies special purpose equipment such as OR back up Chiller and be able 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 frequently alters 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.

Incumbent maintains and repairs A/C units from Yi 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 balances various station
systems to maintain close pressure differences for Negative Pressure Isolation rooms,
MRI rooms, Cat Scan rooms along with Special procedure rooms where 1 to 2 degree
modifications for patients and doctors are needed to complete procedures. 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 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.
Incumbent air balances systems to specifications or alter to maintain close tolerance
temperature, humidifying and dehumidifying. Incumbent monitors wireless temperature
monitoring system (TEMPTRAK) and respond 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 log reading on record
forms and make corrections to improve vibration of equipment.
Incumbent routinely reviews design documents and shop drawings, participates in
project planning and develops /reviews design standards for the HVAC and
Refrigeration trade. Incumbent routinely inspects the maintenance, construction and
service contract work for workmanship, materials, system testing and general methods
of completion and provides written documentation of deficiencies. Station Project
Engineers will rely on the lncumbent's experience and knowledge for complex
commercial and Industrial system designs and directions for upcoming projects.
Incumbent will be assigned COR duties

Work Schedule: 745A-430P Monday-Friday
Position Description Title/PD#: /2027
Relocation/Recruitment Incentives: Not authorized

Travel Required

Not required

Supervisory status

Promotion Potential


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, 06/24/2019.

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:
  • Agility
  • Analysis and Problem Solving
  • Arithmetic/Mathematical Reasoning
  • Contract Administration
  • Electrical Equipment
  • Equipment Assembly, Installation, Repair
  • Interpret Instructions, Specifications (includes blueprint reading)
  • Materials
  • Measuring Instruments
  • Operation of Equipment/Machinery
  • Technical Practices
  • Troubleshooting
  • 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: lncumbent's daily duties consist of climbing, working in cramped positions and restricted spaces, and moving and lifting heavy objects and equipment in the repairing and
installation of A/C and refrigeration systems. Rigging devices, come-alongs, hoists and
pullies 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 repairs. A pre-employment physical, TB screening may be required.


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 if applying 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.

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 .

How You Will Be Evaluated

You will be evaluated for this job based on how well you meet the qualifications above.


Narrative responses are not required at this time. If you are referred for consideration, you may be asked to submit additional job related information, which may include, but not limited to; responses to the knowledge, skills and abilities; completion of a work sample, and/or contact for an interview. Your resume and/or supporting documentation will be verified. Please follow all instructions carefully. Errors or omissions may affect your rating or consideration for employment.

Background checks and security clearance

Security clearance

Drug test required

Position sensitivity and risk
Non-sensitive (NS)/Low Risk

Trust determination process

Required Documents

To apply for this position, you must provide a complete Application Package which includes:
  • Resume

The following documents are accepted, and may be required if applicable to your eligibility and/or qualifications for this position. Please use this checklist to make sure you have included other documents required for your application, such as a copy of your transcript (if using education to qualify), SF-50's (current/former Federal employees), documentation to support Veterans Preference claims, or ICTAP/CTAP documentation (for displaced Federal employees). You will not be contacted for additional information.
  • DD-214/ Statement of Service
  • Disability Letter (Schedule A)
  • Disability Letter (VA)
  • Resume
  • SF-50/ Notification of Personnel Action
  • Transcript

Veterans' Preference: When applying for Federal Jobs, eligible Veterans should claim preference for 5pt (TP), 10pt (CP/CPS/XP), or for Sole Survivor Preference (SSP) in the questionnaire. You must provide a legible copy of your DD214(s) which shows dates and character of service (honorable, general, etc.). If you are currently serving on active duty and expect to be released or discharged within 120 days you must submit documentation related to your active duty service which reflects the dates of service, character of service (honorable, general, etc.), and dates of impending separation. Additionally, disabled veterans and others eligible for 10-point preference (such as widows or mothers of eligible Veterans) must also submit an SF-15 "Application for 10 Point Veteran Preference" with required proof as stated on the form. Documentation is required to award preference. For more information on Veterans' Preference, please visit .

Current or Former Federal Employees: Submit most recent non-award SF-50 or separation SF-50 if a former employee.