Chemical Treatment Program Specialist

Employer
USAJobs
Location
Washington, D.C
Posted
Aug 23, 2019
Closes
Sep 01, 2019
Function
Program Manager
Hours
Full Time
Duties

Summary

The Architect of the Capitol (AOC) Utilities and Power Plant Operations Division is seeking a Chemical Treatment System Program Specialist who will be responsible for managing all aspects of the chemical treatment program for the Capitol Power Plant (CPP) to include monitoring chemical testing operations, chemical delivery system reliability and support services for treated systems located at the CPP.

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Responsibilities

This position is emergency essential and the employee is required to report to work during emergencies, failure of plant machinery and equipment and inclement weather situations to support the critical mission of the CPP.

The CPP chemically treats several water systems including a closed loop steam/condensate return system, closed loop chilled water system, closed loop hot water system and two open loop condenser water systems.

The CPP operates around the clock to generate and distribute steam and chilled water utility services for the buildings of the Capitol Campus (House and Senate Office Buildings, the Capitol Building, the Capitol Visitor Center, U.S. Botanic Garden and the Supreme Court), Library of Congress, Union Station and the Government Printing Office (GPO). Duties quoted at GS-12 level.

Major Duties

Chemical Testing
  • Serves as the Chemical Treatment System Program Specialist and is responsible for the proper chemical treatment of all the open and closed plant water systems used in the generation and distribution of steam and chilled water for heating and cooling the Capitol Campus facilities served by the CPP. Ensures all aspects of the chemical treatment program at the CPP comply with all CPP policies and standards, as well as, AOC Policies, D.C. and Federal regulations and environmental air and water permits.
  • As the water-quality expert, ensures that proper chemical levels are consistently maintained within the program parameters for all treated water systems. Performs testing to measure chemical levels, adjusts chemical feeds as indicated by the test results and monitors the chemical levels to determine if additional chemical treatment is required.
  • Performs complex testing of water samples, interpreting and providing guidance on all chemical analyses associated with all process waters, including but not limited to boilers, chilled water, condenser water, condensate and related waste process water.
  • Maintains the inventory of laboratory testing chemicals, reagents, standards and lab supplies and maintains and calibrates laboratory equipment. Responsible for training and qualifying Power Plant Operators on the chemical treatment systems and testing procedures at the CPP.
  • Operates, maintains and troubleshoots makeup water systems including, water softeners, soft water dealkalizers, chilled water and cooling tower systems. Operates, maintains, calibrates and repairs all on line chemistry equipment associated with the boiler and chilled water make-up systems.

Program Administration
  • Manages all aspects of the CPP Chemical Treatment Program.
  • Observes, receives and otherwise obtains chemical treatment information from all relevant sources and is responsible for entering, transcribing, recording, storing or maintaining data in written and electronic form.
  • Evaluates chemical treatment test results to insure water chemistry is maintained within specified chemical level parameters. Monitors and reviews information from the use of new materials to detect and assess potential impact to operating systems and compliance with applicable environmental regulations.
  • Assesses chemical treatment reports and makes conclusions to improve future treatments and procedures. This involves developing specific goals and plans to prioritize, organize and accomplish revised treatment methods and objectives.
  • Must comply with all safety requirements, including but not limited to respirator fit test, chemical handling and inventory and eye and skin chemical protection. Must have up-to-date environmental training in hazardous waste management, hazardous waste and Emergency Response.

Contractor Oversight
  • Responsible for all phases of chemical treatment contract management from developing the scope of work, through identifying funding requirements, procurement, contract administration, monitoring, inspections and closeout.
  • Serves as a Contracting Officer's Technical Representative (COTR). Prior to project performance, reviews plans, specifications and cost estimates for technical adequacy. During project performance, assists contractors in interpreting technical requirements; recommends changes in contract terms to the Contracting Officer; monitors and evaluates contractor performance; reviews contractor invoices; recommends corrective actions; and inspects and accepts contract deliverables.
  • Plans and develops new chemical treatment quality programs and projects by studying and analyzing the needs of the plant and the requirements and objectives throughout the Capitol Complex. Reviews project proposals involving extremely complex water quality problems and issues to determine the feasibility of remediation projects, based on programs or priorities, the adequacy of work plans, proposed technical approaches and methodology and human capital and budgetary resources.


Travel Required

Not required

Supervisory status
No

Promotion Potential
12

Requirements

Conditions of Employment

  • You must be a U.S. Citizen.
  • You must meet the definition of specialized experience.
  • You must be able to pass a drug test.


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Qualifications

You must meet the United States Office of Personnel Management's (OPM) qualification requirements (including specialized experience and/or educational requirements) for the advertised position. You must meet all eligibility and qualifications requirements by the closing date of the job announcement. Additional information on the qualification requirements is outlined in the OPM Qualifications Standards Handbook of General Schedule Positions. It is available for your review on the OPM web site at OPM qualification standards

Specialized experience is experience that has equipped you with the particular knowledge, skills and abilities to perform successfully the duties of the position, and that is typically in or related to the position to be filled. To be creditable, specialized experience must have been equivalent to at least the next lower grade level.

Candidates for the GS-11 grade level must have at least 52 weeks of specialized experience equivalent to the next lower GS-09 grade level in the Federal service.

Specialized experience for this position is defined as having experience in at least 4 of the following: (1) Performing chemical testing of treated power plant water systems; (2) Maintaining chemical treatment data, analyzing trends and recommending corrective actions to achieve a normal range for chemical levels in the treated plant systems; (3) Performing scheduled inspections of major water process systems such as condensate storage tanks, hot wells, boiler drums and cooling towers; (4) Developing guidelines for applying water corrosion remediation, analysis and quality assurance techniques to resolve various water-quality problems in piping systems; and (5) Performing as Contracting Officer Representative or equivalent.

Candidates for the GS-12 grade level must have at least 52 weeks of specialized experience equivalent to the next lower grade level GS-11 in the Federal service.

Specialized experience for this position is defined as having experience: (1) Performing chemical testing of treated power plant water systems; (2) Maintaining chemical treatment data, analyzing trends and recommending corrective actions to achieve a normal range for chemical levels in the treated plant systems; (3) Performing scheduled inspections of major water process systems such as condensate storage tanks, hot wells, boiler drums and cooling towers; (4) Developing guidelines for applying water corrosion remediation, analysis and quality assurance techniques to resolve various water-quality problems in piping systems; and (5) Performing as Contracting Officer Representative or equivalent.

Education

Additional information

Welcome Veterans. The Veterans Employment Opportunities Act of 1998 (VEOA) gives veterans' preference rights in the legislative branch to certain veterans as applied by the Congressional Accountability Act. Veterans' preference is applied on this vacancy announcement. If you are a veteran and have been separated under honorable conditions, you must submit a copy of your DD-214 or other proof of eligibility; SF-15, if applicable; and Department of Veterans Affairs documentation of disability, if applicable. For more information, please visit OPM vet guide

If you are a male applicant born after December 31, 1959, you must certify that you have registered with the Selective Service System. If you are exempt from registration under Selective Service Law, you must provide appropriate proof of exemption. Please visit the Selective Service System website for more information.

DRUG TESTING: The Architect of the Capitol (AOC) is a Drug Free Workplace. As part of the AOC's suitability assessment, a candidate tentatively selected for a position who is not currently an AOC employee is required to submit to screening for illegal drug use. Satisfactory completion of a drug test is a condition of employment with the Agency. A candidate must test negative prior to being eligible for appointment into a position. We will schedule, provide, and cover the cost for the drug test.

The selectee(s) under the vacancy announcement for this position is subject to a criminal record check by the U.S. Capitol Police and satisfactory adjudication to be eligible for employment at the Architect of the Capitol.

The Architect of the Capitol is an E-VERIFY Participant. E-VERIFY is an Internet-based system that compares information from an employee's Form I-9, Employment Eligibility Verification, to data from U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and Social Security Administration records to confirm employment authorization in the United States. If you are selected for this position, the documentation that you present for purposes of completing the DHS Form I-9 will be verified through the DHS "E-VERIFY" electronic system. For more information on E-Verify, please visit http://www.dhs.gov/files/programs/gc_1185221678150.shtm

The Architect of the Capitol is an Equal Opportunity Employer and prohibits discrimination on the basis of race, color, sex, religion, age, national origin, genetic information, sexual orientation and/or disability.
This agency provides reasonable accommodation to applicants with disabilities. If you need a reasonable accommodation for any part of the application and hiring process, please notify the agency. The decision on granting reasonable accommodation will be on a case-by-case basis.

Moving expenses are not authorized.

Relocation expenses are not authorized.

Probationary Period- A newly appointed selectee(s) is subject to the completion of a one-year trial/probationary period, regardless of whether or not a trial/probationary period has been completed previously with the Architect of the Capitol or another Federal agency.

This vacancy announcement may be used to fill additional vacancies in any of the jurisdictions of the Architect of the Capitol.
All application materials become the property of the Architect of the Capitol.

How You Will Be Evaluated

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

Review your resume and responses carefully. Your eligibility for consideration and qualifications for the position will be determined based upon a review of your detailed resume and your responses to job specific self-assessment questions.

Your resume will be evaluated based on evidence of your ability to demonstrate the knowledge, skills, and abilities (KSAs) for this position, possession of any specialized experience, and how well your background and experience relates to the self-assessment questions in the job announcement. The self-assessment questions relate to the following knowledge, skills, abilities, and competencies:
  • Skill and ability to perform basic project and program management duties.
  • Ability to properly perform chemical testing of treated power plant water systems.
  • Ability to read a variety of engineering diagrams including equipment layout, plan view, flow diagrams, P&ID diagrams, electrical schematics, equipment O&M manuals and service manuals.
  • Ability to compile, code, categorize, calculate, tabulate, audit or verify information or data from the compounds related to routine and specialized testing.
  • Ability to use logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.

Your responses to the self assessment questions serve as the basis for your initial rating. You will receive a numerical score based on your responses to these questions. Next, your responses will be evaluated by a Human Resources Specialist and/or a subject matter expert against the information provided in your resume and optional cover letter. Your resume must support your answers to the self assessment questions. Falsifying your background, education, and/or experience is cause for not hiring you or disqualification for further consideration.

Please note that a complete application is required for consideration. (Please review the "Required Documents" section of this job announcement to see what must be included in a complete application).

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Background checks and security clearance

Security clearance
Other

Drug test required
Yes

Required Documents

The Architect of the Capitol's (AOC) job application process is designed to ensure you only provide information necessary to evaluate your qualifications and eligibility for the position vacancy.

To apply for this position, you only need to submit: a) your resume and b) answers to the online vacancy assessment questionnaire. The online questionnaire contains eligibility and screening questions and other relevant information. No additional documentation or attachments are required at the time of application.

Your resume should list your education, training and work experience including job titles, employment dates, duties and accomplishments.

Nothing further is required until it is requested by AOC's Human Capital Management Division. If additional documentation is required for the position, you will be asked to provide it during the interview or selection process. At that time, you may be asked to submit documentation to support statements made in your resume.

For example, you may be asked to provide a copy of your diploma, college transcripts, or proof of Federal employment status. If the position requires licensure or certification, you will be asked to provide proof at the time of selection.

If Veterans' preference is claimed, you will be asked to submit proof (DD-214, and, if claiming a 10-point preference, a SF-15 and the proof required by that form).

Failure to provide the required documents will end further consideration and/or result in the withdrawal of any tentative job offers.

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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