Pipefitter Leader

Salem, Virginia
May 08, 2021
May 14, 2021
Full Time


Leads a group of Journeyman level Pipefitters, Sheet Metal Mechanics, and Insulators. Performs the same level of non-supervisory work as the employees being led. Work includes, but is not limited to, installation, maintenance, and repair all types of water and steam systems including high temperature water and high-pressure piping systems.

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Duties and responsibilities include but are limited to the following.

Assist the shop supervisor and act on his behalf when absent.

Designs and lays out jobs, instructs others in proper procedures, codes, policies, regulations, and the use of new equipment.

Passes to employees the instructions received from supervisors and gets work started; assigns tasks to be performed by members of the group.

Ensures that work crews complete their work in a timely manner while following codes, regulations, policies and safety rules.

Ensures that needed plans, materials, and tools are available for each job.

Ensures that daily reports are made to supervisor on the progress of jobs and requests for needed materials are done in a proper and timely manner.

Checks work in progress and upon completion to ensure supervisor's instructions and deadlines have been met.

Ensures that safety and housekeeping rules are followed.

Promotes the accurate completion of quality work assignments in a timely and effective manner.

Assists in developing training programs and assist in doing training for shop personnel.

The duties require ability to use computer software systems for work tracking and maintenance logging, and ability to utilize standard
office word processing, spreadsheet software and email programs.

In performing the duties of Pipefitter, incumbent is required to design, install, modify and repair new and existing systems to include high-pressure piping systems including Boiler Plant equipment and equipment such as steam heating, steam generation, and hydraulic systems, steam generators, flash and expansion tanks, condensate, vacuum, and circulating pumps, and radiators. Often required to layout and install, modify and repair new and existing utility, supply and disposal systems and equipment. This includes water supply, gas, oxygen, air, vacuum, fire sprinkler systems, all types of plumbing fixtures, hot water generators and sewer systems. Incumbent installs and makes repairs to Dietetic, hydrotherapy equipment.

Performs other directly related as assigned.

Physical Effort. Shall make installation and repairs from ladders, scaffolding, platforms and where parts of systems worked on are hard to reach places. This requires incumbent to stand, stoop, bend, kneel, climb and work in tiring and uncomfortable positions. Incumbent frequently lifts and carries heavy materials such as pipe, plumbing equipment, iron bars and materials.

Working Conditions. Work is performed inside and outside and usually dirty, dusty and greasy and the incumbent makes repairs in areas where bad smelling fumes are present. Incumbent is subject to the possibility of scrapes, burns, infections and communicable diseases.

Work Schedule: Monday - Friday, 7am - 3:30pm. Must have the flexibility to work outside the normal tour of duty which may include weekends and holidays.
Position Description Title/PD#: Pipefitter Leader/PD22730

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
  • 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.
  • 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.

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:
  • Measurement and Layout
  • Operation of Equipment/Machinery
  • Plumbing and Pipefitting

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.


No education requirements

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. 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.

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

If you are unable to apply online or need to fax a document you do not have in electronic form, 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.

IN DESCRIBING YOUR EXPERIENCE, PLEASE BE CLEAR AND SPECIFIC. WE WILL NOT MAKE ASSUMPTIONS REGARDING YOUR EXPERIENCE. .Applicants will be accessed in the order in which the applications were received and select any qualified applicant in that order.

Background checks and security clearance

Security clearance

Drug test required

Position sensitivity and risk
Non-sensitive (NS)/Low Risk

Trust determination process

Required Documents

Documents Accepted:
  • DD-214/ Statement of Service
  • Disability Letter (VA)
  • Resume
  • SF-50/ Notification of Personnel Action

Documents Required:
  • Resume

Please review the above list(s) to ensure you have included all necessary documents required for your application.Not every applicant will require the same documents, therefore it is the applicants responsibility to ensure that their application package includes all necessary documents to determine qualifications and eligibility for appointment, such as a copy of your SF-50, transcript, ICTAP/CTAP documentation (for displaced Federal employees). You will not be contacted for additional information. Applicants will be deemed ineligible if supporting documentation is not submitted.

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.

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

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