Utility Systems Operator

Richmond, Virginia
Sep 09, 2019
Sep 17, 2019
Full Time


DIRECT HIRE AUTHORITY: This position is being filled using Direct-Hire Authority (5 CFR 337.205) for this occupation.


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The primary duties of the Utility Systems Operator position primarily involve repairing and operating one or more utility systems (3-650 high presser boilers, 2-1250 ton chillers and 1-800 ton chiller, and 2-600 ton chillers, air conditioning units, geo-thermal heating, water, wastewater, etc.). Such work requires the ability to start, stop, and regulate the utility or utilities for optimum efficiency and troubleshoot, maintain, and repair them. Work requires knowledge of user requirements and the locations and functions of all equipment in the system(s) and the repair procedures and specifications.

The incumbent performs the corrective and preventive maintenance necessary for the boiler plant and ensures appropriate documentation of all medical, lab and facilities equipment that is under the purview of the facility's utility management plan including medical chillers, laboratory medical air systems, fire pumps, domestic water booster systems etc.; Maintains logs, records and other plant data such as steam production and distribution systems, emergency electrical power systems, Heating, Ventilation and Air Conditioning (HVAC) systems, medical gas and vacuum systems, service/control air systems, energy management systems, and domestic water system; Advises and assists other maintenance personnel in troubleshooting and repairing systems/components within the plant. Typical work assignments include:-Steam Production and Distribution: Operation and maintenance of boilers, steam headers, valves, regulations, DA tanks, condensate and fuel oil pumps, etc. Duties include, but are not limited to:

-Operates overhauls, installs, maintains and repairs all types of mechanical equipment and complete operational systems which require knowledge of a wide range of thermodynamic principles and practices.

-Receives work assignments through electronic work orders, inspection reports, and written or oral instructions.

-Triages facilities and medical equipment issues and is on call to direct all calls for emergencies that are reported via phone or by the alert system.

-HVAC Systems: Operation and maintenance of chill water units, cooling towers. Energy Management System, air handlers, control air pumps, circulating pumps, etc.

-Medical Gas and Vacuum System: Operation and maintenance of medical air compressors, air dryers, receivers, regulators, filters, vacuum pumps, alarms, etc.

-Emergency Power System: Operation of the emergency diesel generator set, auxiliary equipment, automatic transfer switches, power distribution controls, etc.

-Advises and assists other maintenance personnel in troubleshooting and repairing systems/components within the plant.

-Typical work assignments include: Steam Production and Distribution: Operation and maintenance of boilers, steam headers, valves, regulations, OA tanks, condensate and fuel oil pumps, etc.

Travel Required

Not required

Supervisory status

Promotion Potential


Conditions of Employment

  • You must be a U.S. citizen to apply for this job
  • Subject to a background/suitability investigation
  • Designated and/or random drug testing may be required
  • May serve a probationary period
  • Selective Service Registration is required for males born after 12/31/1959
  • A complete application package; Resume, Transcripts, etc.


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

Work Schedule: Full-Time; first shift 8am - 4pm. for 6 days followed by 2 days off and then third shift 12am - 8am for 7 days followed by 4 days off and then second shift 4pm - 12am for 7 days followed by 2 days off.
Position Description Title/PD#: Utility Systems Operator / PD#2787
Recruitment/Relocation Incentives/Expenses: Not Authorized
Bargaining Unit Position: Yes

This position also includes a Selective Placement Factor (skill, knowledge, ability or other worker characteristic basic to - and essential for - satisfactory performance of the job). Selective Placement Factors are a prerequisite to appointment and represent minimum requirements for a position. Applicants who do not meet it are ineligible for further consideration.

The Selective Placement Factor for this position is: Candidates must possess an EPA 608 certification (Type I, II, III or Universal).NOTE: If you do possess the certification your resume must provide supporting evidence in your resume and must provide a copy of your certification with your application package.

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 and Competencies:
-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: Strenuous physical effort is required to observe, adjust and maintain equipment. Work requires frequent standing, stooping, walking and climbing. Frequently climbing ladders and working in manholes and higher places is required. Frequently works in awkward or cramped positions while performing maintenance work. Lifts and carry tools, equipment and supplies weighing up to 40 pounds. Assistance is usually available for heavier items. The majority of work is performed indoors; however, the employee will be exposed to extreme temperatures, smoke, dirt, noise, unpleasant odors, toxic fumes, soot, water, fuel, chemicals and all types of weather conditions. Employee is subject to injuries such as cuts, bruises and burns resulting from contact with various elements and equipment throughout the physical plant. Position is required to work irregular shifts of eight (8) hours. (The plant is to be manned 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.) The environment in the physical plant is noisy and at times very hot. The position will encounter abnormal levels of heat, constant noise, rotating equipment, soot, dirt, grease, chemicals, oils, and fumes in this area. Incumbent will be subject to cuts, abrasions, and burns.


This job does not have an education qualification requirement.

Additional information

The Interagency Career Transition Assistance Plan (ICTAP) and Career Transition Assistance Plan (CTAP) provide eligible displaced VA competitive service employees with selection priority over other candidates for competitive service vacancies. To be well-qualified, applicants must possess experience that exceeds the minimum qualifications of the position including all selective factors if applicable, and must be proficient in most of the requirements of the job. Information about ICTAP and CTAP eligibility is on OPM's Career Transition Resources website which can be found at https://www.opm.gov/ .

Receiving Service Credit for 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.

This job opportunity announcement may be used to fill additional vacancies.

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.

Background checks and security clearance

Security clearance

Drug test required

Required Documents

All applicants must provide the following document/s when applying for this vacancy.

-Resume (Required)
-Copy of EPA 608 Certification (Type I, II, III or Universal) must be documented in your resume and a copy must be provided in your application package. (Required)

Please review the above list(s) to ensure you have included all necessary documents required for your application.

Veterans' Preference: Since the Direct-Hire Recruitment Authority is being used, traditional Veterans' Preference rules do not apply. Qualified veterans will, however, be given full consideration for this position.

The Interagency Career Transition Assistance Plan (ICTAP) and Career Transition Assistance Plan (CTAP) provide eligible displaced Federal competitive service employees with selection priority over other candidates for competitive service vacancies. To be qualified you must submit appropriate documentation and be found well-qualified (have a final rating of 85 or more before any Veterans preference points) 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/ .

Applications are accepted online. Applying online will allow you to review and track the status of your application.