Boiler Plant Operator Supervisor

Salem, Virginia
Oct 10, 2019
Oct 16, 2019
Full Time


The position is located at the VA Medical Center (VAMC) in Salem, Virginia, Facility Management Service, Maintenance/Operations (M/0) Division, and is responsible for supervision of the Boiler Plant Section. Incumbent's primary duty is to supervise the safe, reliable and efficient operation of Salem VAMC's around-the-clock centralized boiler plant.
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  • Incumbent's primary duty is to supervise the safe, reliable and efficient operation of Salem VAMC's around-the-clock centralized boiler plant;
  • The incumbent is responsible for and supervises Boiler Plant Operators, and oversees the safe, effective, efficient and acceptable maintenance, operation and repair of equipment;
  • The incumbent plans and schedules the work of subordinate employees;
  • Incumbent will ensure all maintenance and operations of the Boiler Plant is accomplished, including scheduling required safety and environmental inspections, maintaining all inspection and compliance records, and ensuring hourly, weekly and monthly logs are kept;
  • Must plan and schedule all job assignments;
  • The incumbent provides input to management regarding staffing needs, budget requests, and recommendations for planning and scheduling projected work;
  • The incumbent must possess the skills and knowledge to supervise, plan, direct and administer all aspects of Boiler Plant Operations and Maintenance;
  • The incumbent coordinates the boiler plant and other shops, sections, and outside contractors to ensure that all labor, tools, supplies and equipment are adequate to complete projects within the planned time frame and determines the number of assignments to be done concurrently or which must be rescheduled for completion at a later time;
  • Incumbent serves as the subject matter expert on boiler plant operations and must have a thorough knowledge of boiler plant equipment maintenance and operations, including but not limited to deareators, feed water pumps, boiler management systems, industrial water treatment, water softeners, motor controllers, burners, condensate return systems, automatic valves, hydrostatic testing, fuels and fuels storage, boiler safety component circuits and fuel train devices, and safety and operational testing frequencies,
  • Instruct boiler plant personnel in proper operations and maintenance of all components within the Boiler Plant area.
  • Ability to successfully operate the Boiler Plant if required due to emergency or staffing issues;
  • The incumbent receives very general work direction from the GS-12 Maintenance & Operations Manager, and work product is periodically reviewed for sufficiency and accuracy;
  • The supervisor makes routine decisions regarding the execution of policy which has been established by Higher level management (i.e., the Maintenance and Operations Manager);
  • All other duties and tasks as assigned.

Work Schedule: Monday thru Friday 7:45 am to 4:30 pm
Position Description Title/PD#:

Relocation/Recruitment Incentives: 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
  • Selected applicants will be required to complete an online onboarding process


To qualify for this position, applicants must meet all requirements by the closing date of this announcement, 10/15/2019

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:
  • Industrial Equipment Operation
  • Lead or Supervise
  • Performance Management
  • Plan and organize work
  • Without more than normal supervision

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: The incumbent may be required to operate heavy duty equipment, including standing,climbing ladders and kneeling while performing or inspecting boiler internal and external surfaces. The incumbent must be capable of lifting up to 50 pounds.


This job does not have an education qualification requirement.

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. VA may offer newly-appointed Federal employee's credit for their job-related non-federal experience or active duty uniformed military service. This credited service can be used in determining the rate at which they earn annual leave. Such credit must be requested and approved prior to the appointment date and is not guaranteed.

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 .

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
Not Required

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

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), SF-50's (current/former Federal employees), 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 (Schedule A)
  • Disability Letter (VA)
  • Resume
  • SF-15
  • SF-50/ Notification of Personnel Action
  • Transcript

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 .

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