Industrial Equipment Mechanic

Washington, D.C
Oct 16, 2019
Oct 23, 2019
Full Time


This position is located in the Facilities Management Service at the Washington DC Medical Center in Washington DC. Industrial Equipment Mechanic will be independently performing the following responsibilities on medical center/hospital equipment associated with Medical and Patient Care, Laboratory, Surgical, Dietetic Kitchen, Dental Laboratory and Service equipment, Industrial Mechanical and Utility Systems, and Housekeeping equipment.
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Major duties and responsibilities include but are not limited to:
  • Install, modify, troubleshoot, maintain, test, calibrate, adjust, overhaul, and repair wide variety hospital equipment to include but not limited to hospital beds and stretchers, sterilizers, steam and chemical, commercial kitchen equipment, EMS equipment, Automatic Door systems
  • Troubleshoot major and complex systems (i.e., conveyor systems and pneumatic tube systems, Emergency Generators, Automatic Transfer Switches and all associated paralleling systems and controls and switchgear, etc.)
  • Use and maintain all tools of the Industrial Equipment and Mechanic trade
  • Interpret instructions - manufacturers or local - for the installation and operation of equipment. Independently performs necessary repairs modifications and fabrications
  • Interpret and apply blueprints, schematic drawings, wiring diagrams, technical manuals and specifications
  • Make mathematical computations and use shop formulas associated with requirements or wiring equipment
  • Determine the nature and extent of repairs by checking equipment for malfunctions, broken/worn parts, leaks, feedback, interference, and tracing wires
  • Perform electric and gas welding; flame cutting, sweat and silver soldering of various metals; use of pressure gauges for hydraulic systems and other pressure systems
  • Use of electric and electronic test equipment (i.e., voltmeters, millimeters, ohmmeters, oscilloscopes, megometers, ammeter's, current, tracers, motor analyzers, halogen leak detector's, electrical safety analyzers, micrometers, calipers)
  • Maintain Plant log books and records and provide proper shift turnover to oncoming Operator
  • Use of a variety mechanical tools and equipment to include but not limited to: Wrenches: impact and torque, pliers, pullers, lifts, vise types table and stand alone, cutting equipment electrical and mechanical, welders heliarc, mig and tig types
  • Inspect facilities/equipment regularly to insure proper functioning, or to diagnose trouble
  • Search for system and equipment leaks mechanical and electrical, and replace a variety of electric, electromechanical and electronic components
  • Act in an interoperability capacity/role in terms of backup coverage and assistance as an electrician to support as directed by the Electrical Systems Supervisor or General Foreman, Utilities Systems
  • Performs other duties as assigned
Work Schedule: Monday to Friday; 07:00 a.m. to 03:30 p.m.
Compressed/Flexible Schedule: Not Available
Position Description Title/PD#: Industrial Equipment Mechanic/51510-A
Relocation/Recruitment Incentives: Not authorized

Travel Required

Occasional travel - You may be expected to travel for this position.

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, 10/23/2019.

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 (i.e., Ability to do the work of the position [Industrial Equipment Mechanic] without more than normal supervision. This position installs, modifies, maintains, tests, calibrates, adjusts, overhauls, and repair wide variety medical center/hospital equipment associated with Medical and Patient Care, Laboratory, Surgical, Dietetic Kitchen, Dental Laboratory and Service equipment, Industrial Mechanical and Utility Systems, and Housekeeping equipment. In making your response, consider that your past and/or current training/experience must have provided knowledge of troubleshooting mechanical electrical equipment, pipefitting, intermediate to mastery electrician, and acetylene/electric/heliarc welding; Skill in operating the following equipment: tool lathes, grinders, drill presses, saws, bending machines, pipe machines, gas and electric welders, hand power tools and various carpentry tools; Ability to operate lifts: forklifts and man lifts (less than 10,000 lbs. capacity), pickup trucks and a variety of other types of machinery; Skill in installing, modifying, troubleshooting, maintaining, testing, calibrating, adjusting, overhauling, and repairing wide variety hospital equipment to include but not limited to hospital beds and stretchers, sterilizers, steam and chemical, commercial kitchen equipment, Environmental Management Service oriented equipment, and Automatic Door systems; Skill in managing and examining minor to major electrical systems components to include commercial and redundant power operations; and Skill in troubleshooting major and complex systems such as conveyor systems and pneumatic tube systems, etc.), which usually appears as question 1 in the on-line questionnaire. (This experience must be supported by your resume to be creditable.)

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:
  • Ability to Use and Maintain Tools and Equipment
  • Knowledge of Equipment Assembly, Installation, Repair, etc.
  • Knowledge of Materials
  • Technical Practices (theoretical, precise, artistic)
  • Troubleshooting
  • Ability to Interpret Instructions, Specifications etc. (including Blueprint reading)
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: This position requires regular walking tours of the plant, main hospital, and out buildings to conduct inspections of equipment which include some lifting, kneeling, standing, climbing and stooping. Maintenance and repairs frequently require working in awkward and cramped positions and lifting, carrying or pushing parts and equipment weighing up to fifty (50) pounds. Frequent standing, walking, and climbing are required while checking equipment. Majority of core work hours will be from 7 a.m. - 3:30 p.m., Monday thru Friday. Work is primarily in heated buildings, but some work is required outside in inclement weather. Exposed to dirt, dust, heat, smoke, burns, cuts, bruises, and toxic vapors. Position requires suitability and reliability clearance, the wearing of level protective clothing, and periodic complete physical examinations to reconfirm physical fitness for the job.


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

Drug test required

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.
  • Cover Letter
  • DD-214/ Statement of Service
  • Disability Letter (Schedule A)
  • Disability Letter (VA)
  • OF-306
  • Resume
  • Separation Notice (RIF)
  • 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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