Utility Systems Repairer Operator-Leader

Washington, D.C
Aug 24, 2019
Aug 31, 2019
Full Time


This position is located in the Smithsonian Facilities (SF), Office of Facilities Management & Reliability (OFMR). The USRO Leader position serves as a principal advisor to the USRO Supervisor on a variety of Zone activities and operations. The incumbent may be assigned to any one of various shifts and/or assigned workdays that include holidays, weekends, and "call back" in emergencies.

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  • Serves as working leader, setting the work pace for skilled mechanics and performing skilled trade or maintenance work as needed and appropriate and provides guidance and leadership in the absence of the supervisor.
  • Identifies work required, explains work requirements, methodology, and procedures. Ensures workers have the required training, materials, information, tools, and other support equipment needed to work effectively.
  • Utilizes facility management computer software system for work order management and reporting; estimates labor and materials costs from work orders.
  • Assures the continuous operation and monitoring of the Direct Digital Control (DDC) System in order to monitor and control the buildings automated physical plant and related equipment; consistently reviews the DDC computer operations and assures appropriate measures are taken or communicated to the responsible authorities for corrective action.
  • Assures that EPA regulations for refrigerant management and recovery are closely adhered to.
  • Provides information to the supervisor concerning departmental needs, equipment requirements and acquisitions costs.

Travel Required

Not required

Supervisory status

Promotion Potential


Conditions of Employment

  • Pass Pre-employment Background Investigation
  • May need to complete a Probationary Period
  • Maintain a Bank Account for Direct Deposit/Electronic Transfer
  • Males born after 12/31/59 must be registered with Selective Service.

Physical Requirements:

Physical exertion is considerable and includes prolonged standing, climbing up and down ladders and scaffolding, working in cramped and awkward positions, reaching, lifting, and bending when using hand and power tools. Weight lifted may exceed 50 pounds. Assistance is usually available for handling heavier materials and equipment.

Working Environment:

Work is performed in any and all areas in and around the Smithsonian complex, including construction sites, both indoors and outdoors. Due to the nature of building construction materials, the types of products used in scientific research laboratories, and potentially harmful products that can be released by malfunctioning building systems, the incumbent will be in proximity with, and may be exposed to, a variety of potentially dangerous situations (i.e.: building flooding, power outages, structural collapse, general construction sites) and substances (i.e.: chemicals, raw sewage, asbestos, lead, broken glass) in both construction and emergency situations, as well as during the normal course of maintenance and operation work.

Qualification requirements must be met by the closing date of the job opportunity announcement.

For information on the Job Qualification System for Trades and Labor Occupations, see OPM's web site at http://www.opm.gov/qualifications/x-118c/index.htm.


In order to be rated qualified, an applicant's overall experience and training must indicate possession of the minimum knowledge, skills, and abilities needed to perform the duties of this position.

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; 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. You will receive credit for all qualifying experience, including volunteer experience.

Additional Qualifications Requirements:

Must possess EPA Universal Refrigerant Certification.

Must be available to work any one of the various shifts and/or assigned workdays that include holidays, weekends, and "call back" in emergencies.

Must have a valid state or District of Columbia driver's license.


Additional information

Flexible Spending Accounts - https://www.fsafeds.com/
Health Insurance - http://www.opm.gov/insure/health/index.asp
Leave - http://www.opm.gov/oca/leave/index.asp
Life Insurance - http://www.opm.gov/insure/life/index.asp
Long Term Care Insurance - http://www.ltcfeds.com
Retirement Program - https://www.opm.gov/retirement-services/

How You Will Be Evaluated

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

How you will be evaluated:
Applications will first be evaluated to determine whether the following screen out element is met:
  • Ability to lead a full range of operations, maintenance, troubleshooting, repair and control work

  • If an applicant meets the screen-out element, the following Job Elements will be evaluated:

    2. Knowledge of equipment assembly, installation, operations, repair and maintenance (HVAC, electrical, steam).

    3. Knowledge of HVAC technical practices (theoretical, precise, artistic).

    4. Use of Measuring Instruments.

    5. Ability to interpret instructions, specifications, etc. (includes blueprint reading).

    6. Ability to use and maintain tools and equipment.

    7. Knowledge of Utility System Materials.

    Applicants who meet or exceed the screen-out element will be assigned to one of two category groups based on job-related criteria: Best Category - Meets the screen-out element and excels in most of the job related elements above.
    Good Category - Meets the screen-out element, but does not satisfy most of the job related elements above to a substantive degree. This category rating process does not add veterans' preference points or apply the "rule of three", but protects the rights of veterans by placing them ahead of non-veterans within each category. A selecting official may make selections from the highest quality category (Best Category) provided no veteran in that category is passed over to select a non-veteran in that category unless the requirements of 5 U.S.C. 3317(b) or 3318(b) are satisfied. Veterans who meet minimum qualification requirements and who have a compensable service-connected disability of at least 10 percent must be listed in the highest quality category, except when the position being filled is scientific or professional at the GS-9 grade level or higher. Applicants who have not submitted a resume in the USAjobs system and/or have not answered all of the announcement questions will not be considered for this position.

    Important Note:

    Your resume and supporting documentation will be compared to your responses to the occupational questionnaire or other assessment tool for consistency. If a determination is made that you have rated yourself higher than is supported by your resume, you will be assigned a rating commensurate to your described experience. Your resume should provide sufficient information regarding how your education and experience relate to this position, including the major duties and qualifications criteria listed.

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    Background checks and security clearance

    Security clearance

    Drug test required

    Required Documents

    Your application package should include the following documents:
    • Resume - Your resume can be uploaded and attached to your application or created using the USA Jobs on-line resume builder. If you want to receive full credit for relevant experience your resume MUST contain the job title (including the occupational series and grade if it is Federal), duties, starting and ending dates (month and year), hours worked per week, and salary.

      USAJOBS has guidance on how to ensure that you submit a complete resume: If you have not written a Federal resume before, you may watch this Resume Writing Tutorial video on the USAJOBS YouTube channel , or read through a helpful Resume Writing FAQ article on the USAJOBS Help Site to learn what details you should, and should not, include in your resume. If any of the above information is not included in your resume we may not be able to fully credit you for your experience.
    • Proof of Veteran's Preference - DD214 (Member 4 Copy), if you are a veteran. Additionally, applicants claiming 10-point preference must complete Standard Form (SF) 15, Application for 10-Point Veteran Preference, as well as additional documentation required by the SF-15, such as a VA letter.
    • Unofficial school transcripts, if the position has an education requirement or if you are using education to qualify. If selected for the position, you must provide an official transcript before appointment.
    • Proof of U.S. accreditation for foreign study, if applicable.

    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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