Maintenance Mechanic

Hampton, Virginia
Aug 23, 2019
Aug 31, 2019
Full Time


The incumbent will maintain mechanical, electrical' plumbing, industrial equipment and piping systems; repairs and service the HVAC systems, electrical systems, plumbing and pipefitting systems, and industrial equipment. The paramount qualifications are journeyman level skill and knowledge of heating, ventilation, air conditioning, refrigeration, pipefitting and electrical systems. The position requires the incumbent to possess and maintain a valid state driver's license.

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Applications will be reviewed every two weeks starting 6/24/19 until filled.

Duties and responsibilities include but are not limited to:
  • Installation, testing, troubleshooting, repair, overhaul and preventative maintenance of commercial and industrial sized air handler units, condensing units, heat pumps, 900 ton centrifugal chillers, cooling towers, exhaust systems, humidification systems, mini-split systems, window air conditions, circulating pumps, VAV boxes, thermostats, control wiring, valves, compressors, refrigerant and steam piping and other systems and components typical to the HVACR trade.
  • Monitor room temperatures, relative humidity levels and equipment information through energy management systems and respond to problems accordingly.
  • Testing, troubleshooting and repair of electrical distribution systems and equipment for emergency and normal power sources. Examples of equipment and components include emergency generators, electric panels, circuit breakers, fuses, motors, relays, lighting fixtures, switches, receptacles, controls, transformers, alarm systems, cable trays and circuit wiring.
  • Installation, troubleshooting, and repair of plumbing and piping systems.
  • Installs and repairs equipment and systems such as medical gas, steam, air, water, condensate pumps, radiators, automatic and manual valves, water closets, water fixtures, water heaters, and flash and expansion tanks.
  • Traces and troubleshoots pipelines, systems, and equipment to locate and repair leaks and trouble spots. Tests systems and equipment for proper operation, circulation, flow, pressure and leak-free joints.
  • Installation, testing, troubleshooting, repair, overhaul, disassembly, assembly and preventative maintenance of medical gas systems and components (air/oxygen/vacuum), air compressors, vacuum and air pumps, compressors; food service equipment such as commercial cooking and reheating equipment, ovens, ranges, broilers, deep fat fryers, ice machines, etc.
  • Service and repair conveyor systems, medical equipment carts, food service carts; housekeeping industrial equipment such as floor strippers, buffers, vacuums, and laundry equipment such as industrial washers, dryers and electric delivery carts.
Work Schedule: Various shifts, are subject to callback and often respond to emergent requests for work.
Position Description Title/PD#: Maintenance Mechanic -2434
Relocation/Recruitment Incentives: None
Telework: Not Authorized
Compressed/Flexible: Not Available
Virtual: This is not a virtual position.
Financial Disclosure Report: Not required

Travel Required

Occasional travel - You may be expected to travel for this position.

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
  • Respirator Requirement. The position requires the incumbent to be fit tested for a respirator on an annual basis which may prohibit facial hair growth.
  • Valid State Driver's License is required.


To qualify for this position, applicants must meet all requirements by the closing date of this announcement, 09/30/2019.

Physical Effort. Heavy physical efforts are required. Must be able to lift heavy objects, walk, bend, stoop, climb, and crawl and stand on feet for extended periods of time. Mechanic must be able to work in tight and restrictive spaces such as under buildings, under equipment, in attics, in tunnels, etc., and at high elevations such as on roofs, scaffolds, ladders, in towers, etc., in excess of 30 feet.

Mechanic may work in tiring positions for prolonged periods. Work requires frequent standing, bending, stooping, crouching, and arm movement. Mechanics sometimes work in cramped areas, on temporary platforms, and overhead and frequently lift and carry items weighing up to 20 kilograms (45 pounds). Mechanics in this position may occasionally lift heavier items with assistance.

Working Conditions. Position must be able to work under stressful conditions typical to the hospital environment. Must be able to meet deadlines, work with others and to adapt to often quick changes in assignments and procedures as necessary to get the work completed.

Often position must work in confined and poorly ventilated areas, both inside and outside. Mechanic is subject to working in all types of weather including inclement weather as position is deemed essential to the vital function of the hospital. Mechanics in this position are subject to various conditions that may result in burns, abrasions, cuts, and working in areas that are hot, cold, damp, dusty, dirty and potential for coming into contact with contaminated articles. Subject to possible injuries from falling off of ladders, scaffolds, etc.

Maintenance Mechanics are required to wear uniforms and all personal protective equipment provided by the government and assigned to him as each situation warrants, such as eye, hearing, head, feet and respiration protective devices. Some of the protective devices used by the position are uncomfortable and are worn for long periods.

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 Qualification Standard Handbook X-118C .

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:

QUALIFICATION REQUIREMENTS: The Qualifications System for Trade and Labor Occupations using the job element method will be applied. The following Job Elements will be used for determining basic eligibility.

*ELEMENT NO. 1 Ability to do the work of the position without more than normal supervision.
ELEMENT NO. 2E Knowledge of Equipment Assembly, Installation, Repair, etc
ELEMENT NO. 25E Technical Practices
ELEMENT NO. 60 Use of Measuring Instruments
ELEMENT NO. 75A Ability to interpret instructions, specifications, etc.
ELEMENT NO. 81 Ability to Use and Maintain tools and equipment.
ELEMENT NO. 82A Knowledge of Materials.

*This is the screen-out element. If you do not possess sufficient competence in the Job Element to perform at the indicated level, you will be rated ineligible.

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.


Additional information

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.

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.


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.

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.

Resume Reminder - Your resume must include the following for each job listed:
1) Job title and grade level/salary. In order to show that you meet time-in-grade, you must document grades you have held and how long you have held them;
2) Duties (you must include enough detailed information to support your specialized experience);
3) Month, day and year start/end dates (e.g. 04/02/2007 to 04/13/2008);
4) Number of hours worked per week for all jobs listed
5) Full Name and address of Employer
6) Name of Supervisor or Contact name
7) Complete phone number of Supervisor/Contact

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

If applying as a candidate with current or former Federal Service, provide a copy of your most recent SF-50, "Notification of Personnel Action."

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), 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
  • Resume
  • SF-15
  • SF-50/ Notification of Personnel Action

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 .

If you are relying on your education to meet qualification requirements:

Education must be accredited by an accrediting institution recognized by the U.S. Department of Education in order for it to be credited towards qualifications. Therefore, provide only the attendance and/or degrees from schools accredited by accrediting institutions recognized by the U.S. Department of Education .

Failure to provide all of the required information as stated in this vacancy announcement may result in an ineligible rating or may affect the overall rating.

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