Electronics Mechanic

Richmond, Virginia
Aug 23, 2019
Aug 27, 2019
Full Time


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.

NOTE: This position is only open to status applicants
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This position is located at the Hunter Holmes McGuire VA Medical Center in Richmond, Virginia. The Electronics Mechanic duties include, but are not limited to:

-Installs, modifies, overhauls, maintains, troubleshoots, and repairs complex electronic components of computer software controlled access control systems (PACS, physical access controls systems.

-Installs, modifies, overhauls, maintains, troubleshoots, and repairs complex electronic components computer/IT software controlled fire alarm systems which contains simplex addressable devices and circuits designed to accomplish multiple functions such as detection of heat, smoke, and/or ionization of particles related to early stages of combustion, movement of water in the sprinkler system and transmits signals to alert units that communicate fire department response, local chime, voice annunciation, air handler shutdown and door release activation.

-Installs, modifies, overhauls, maintains, troubleshoots, and repairs complex electronic components of Master Antenna Television (MATV) Distribution system including head end, design, and installation, Radio Entertainment distribution system, Public Address intercom systems, operation and installation of various types of fixed and/or portable audiovisual (AV) and Video-Tele-Conference.

-Installs, modifies, overhauls, maintains, troubleshoots, and repairs complex electronic components of two-way computer/IT software controlled nurse call systems (visual lights, audible chime, and voice annunciation), computer/IT software controlled code blue system including report servers and network backbone.

-Installs, modifies, overhauls, maintains, troubleshoots, and repairs complex electronic components of Computer/IT software controlled camera systems including Pan, Tilt, Zoom (PTZ) control, fiber optic transmitters, receivers, multiple DVRs, and Police intrusion alarms, beds/autonome, and patient beds/lists.

-Diagnose problems quickly and make repairs, adjustments, and alignments with a minimum of delay.

-Knowledge of the basic application of National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) standards to fire alarm systems to understand basic NFPA standards terminology.

-Skill in troubleshooting complex electronic systems that lack documentation.

-Knowledge of applicable codes to use reference materials to properly perform and to expedite the completion of the tasks.

-Comprehensive knowledge of operating electronic principles such as circuit elements, digital logic, core memory, interface circuits, digital data transmission, antennas, signal behavior, amplification, optic fiber receivers and display to interpret electronics drawings, specifications, and schematics such as basic electricity, electronics, AF, RF, video, alarm annunciation, analog, digital circuits, solid state devices, standard circuit and equipment layout and construction principles.

Work Schedule: (M-F, 8AM-4:30PM), (W-SUN, 8AM-4:30PM), (M-F, 3:30PM-MIDNIGHT), (W-SUN, MIDNIGHT-8:30AM), (W-SUN, 3:30PM-MIDNIGHT), (M-F, MIDNIGHT-8:30AM)
Position Description Title/PD#: Electronics Mechanic / PD#2786
Relocation/Recruitment Incentives/Expenses: 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


To qualify for this position, applicants must meet all requirements by the closing date of this announcement, 08/23/2019.

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:
  • Electronics
  • Equipment Assembly, Installation, Repair
  • Interpret Instructions, Specifications (other than blueprint reading)
  • Operation of Equipment/Machinery
  • Use and Maintain Tools and Equipment

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:
Frequently lift and carry, unassisted, items weighing up to 18 kilograms (40 pounds). Required to lift and carry items weighing more than 23 kilograms (50 pounds) with the help of weight handling equipment or with assistance from other workers. The work requires frequent standing, walking, bending, crouching, reaching, an stooping. Climbing and working in high places may be required. Some work require the aid of magnifying lenses, eye loops, and microscopes to accomplish repairs on miniature components.

Electronics mechanics typically work in well lighted, heated, air conditioned spaces and ventilated areas. Work is sometimes in high and restricted places, work may be performed while on JLG power man lifts, ladders under conditions of heat and cold and outside in inclement weather. Required to work in contaminated/isolation patient rooms. Required to take universal precautions while working in patient areas. Exposed to biological hazards. Exposed to the possibility of electric shock; burns from electrical or RF energy or hot solder; and cuts, bruises and hot components.


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.

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.

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 http://www.opm.gov/policy-data-oversight/workforce-restructuring/employee-guide-to-career-transition/ .

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:

The following documents are required:

-Resume or CV (Required)
-Current/Prior Federal employees (except current Richmond VAMC employees) must submit a copy of their latest/last Notification of Personnel Action SF-50. (Required)
-Veterans eligibility documentation such as DD-214 or equivalent, SF-15 and VA Letters, as appropriate. (Required, if claiming veterans preference)

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 http://www.fedshirevets.gov/job/vetpref/index.aspx .

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.