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


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This position performs installation, maintenance, and/or repair of utility systems within the facility. Duties include work involved in the installation, maintenance, troubleshooting, and repair of electrical wiring systems and associated fixtures, controls, end equipment in industrial, institutional, office, and residential buildings. These jobs require knowledge and application of electrical principles, materials, and safety standards. Overtime and/or changes in the employee's standard tour of duty may be required upon occasion to complete assigned task. Performs work with little or no supervision in installing, maintaining, troubleshooting and repairing electrical wiring systems and associated fixtures, controls, and equipment in industrial, institutional, office, and residential buildings.

Incumbent works under the direct supervision of the Electric Shop Supervisor. Work is assigned on a long-term, as well as on a day-to-day basis. Receives assignments, orally or in writing. Specific problems are discussed with the Supervisor for extensive and difficult assignments, however, normal, routine assignments are given with reference only to the desired results and time for accomplishment.

Duties include, but are not limited to:
- Working from building plans, blueprints, wiring diagrams, engineering drawings, and electrical maintenance and repair manuals.
- Performs preventative maintenance and repairs to existing electrical systems, fixtures, controls and equipment for furnishing light and power.
- Disassembles equipment, repairs and/or replaces parts and components, cleans and assembles.
- Makes operational tests and adjustments as necessary.
- Installs equipment.
- Cuts, bends and installs metal conduit, and installs properly-sized wires.
- Troubleshoots by checking or tracing circuits, locates and diagnoses trouble, repairs or replaces parts and reinstalls.
- Repairs and installs line starters, controllers, limit switches, pressure switches (high and low) and all types of controlling relays.
- Makes adjustments and solves problems by use of electrical formulae for computing voltages, resistance, amperages, capacitances and frequencies.

**Valid State Driver's License: The position requires that the incumbent must possess a valid driver's license.

Work schedule: Monday - Friday, 08:00 - 4:30PM
Compressed/Flexible Schedule: Not Available
Position Description Title/PD#: Electrician/ 02777A
Relocation/Recruitment Incentives: Not Authorized
Financial Disclosure Report: Not required

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 background/security investigation
  • 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, 05/12/2021.

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 Qualification Standard Handbook X-118C .

SPECIALIZED EXPERIENCE as an Electrician: Applicants must have specialized experience that has equipped the applicant with the particular knowledge, skills, and abilities to perform successfully the duties of the Electrician position. This is typically in or related to the work of the position to be filled. To be creditable, specialized experience as an Electrician. Examples of specialized experience include experience in using and maintaining hand tools as components, instruments and systems. This would include their knowledge of design, installation, repairs and testing. An electrician must compliance knowledge of procedure for assessing, evaluating and monitoring program and projects.

Physical Requirements/Working Conditions : Duties require physical exertion by working in confined places, walking, standing, stooping, bending, and working in tiring and uncomfortable positions. May be required to work under great physical demands, such as lifting loads in excess of fifty (50) pounds, pushing, pulling, kneeling, climbing, and standing for extended time periods. Leg, arm, and back muscles arc used extensively. Frequently lifts and carries parts, equipment, and materials to the job site. Occasionally handles items weighing up to 100+-pounds and pulling cable up to 500 MCM in size, etc.

Working Conditions: Incumbent must work from ladders, scaffolding, platforms and mechanical lifts, working in extremely hot, cold, and damp areas; works outside in inclement weather. Incumbent is always subject to electrical shock or bums during electrical repairs. Other hazards include falling from heights, injuries from power equipment, and potential exposure to bodily fluids, TB, or other biological or medical hazards while working in the lab, surgical areas, patient areas, etc.

Valid State Driver's License : The position requires that the incumbent must possess a valid driver's license. Position requires occasional travel to satellite VA facilities with a government furnished vehicle to support these facilities as required. In addition, this position is a critical position and will require supporting the hospital in emergent situations at all hours; must have the capability to drive to the facility.

Conditions of Employment : Emergency overtime may be required. The work shall require the incumbent to drive a motor vehicle and heavy equipment. An appropriate, valid driver's license is required for the position. Shall be required to train and/or guide lower grade employees. The incumbent may be required to work other than normal duty hours, which may include evenings, weekends, and/or holidays, but are normally expected to work an administrative work week schedule.

Note : Incumbent must be respirator fit tested annually, this shall require shaving of facial hair.

Selected applicants will be required to complete an online onboarding process.

Your background must demonstrate 1) knowledge of electrical principles, including how various circuits, equipment and controls operate, fit and work together; 2) knowledge of the operation and installation of equipment in relation to the job to be accomplished; 3) skill in laying out work; 4) ability to apply mathematical formulas common to the electrical trade, e.g., voltage and resistance computations; and 5) familiarity with the various equipment and materials worked on.

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:

  • Electric Drawings
  • Electrical Equipment
  • Technical Practices (Electrical Electronic)
  • Troubleshooting (Electrical)
  • Use and Maintain Hand Tools (Electrical Work)
  • Without more than normal supervision

1. Ability to do the work of an electrician without more than normal supervision.
2. Ability to troubleshoot electrical problems.
3. Ability to use and maintain instruments, tools, and equipment in an electrical shop.
4. Skill and ability to apply technical practices related to the electrical trade and equipment.
5. Ability to complete work from work orders or verbal instructions.
6. Ability to work with high voltage electrical distribution systems.
7. Ability to troubleshoot and repair electronics 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.


There are no minimum educational requirements for this position.

Additional information

VA supports the use of telework as a way to help attract and retain talented individuals in public service, increase worker productivity, and better prepare the agency to operate during emergencies. This position may be authorized for telework. Telework eligibility will be discussed during the interview process.

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 for this vacancy. To be well-qualified : applicants must possess experience that exceeds the minimum qualifications of the position including all selective factors, and who are proficient in most of the required competencies of the job. 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/ .

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.

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

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.
  • Cover Letter
  • DD-214/ Statement of Service
  • Disability Letter (VA)
  • Resume

SF-50, Notification of Personnel Action (if applicable for Time in Grade and/or Eligibility):
  • Most recent SF-50 if you are a current or former Federal employee
  • An SF-50 showing your time-in-grade eligibility must be submitted with your application materials. If the most recent SF-50 has an effective date within the past year, it may not clearly demonstrate you possess one-year time-in-grade, as required by the announcement. In this instance, you must provide an additional SF-50 that clearly demonstrates one-year time-in-grade
  • Award 50's do not provide sufficient information and will not be accepted for the purpose of verifying time-in-grade.
  • Examples of appropriate SF-50's include:
    • Within grade increases at the highest grade held; or
    • Promotions with an effective date more than one year old; or
    • SF-50's at the highest grade held with an effective date more than one year old.
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 http://www.fedshirevets.gov/job/vetpref/index.aspx .

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.