Maintenance Mechanic

Richmond, Virginia
Jun 12, 2021
Jun 15, 2021
Full Time


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  • Builds air conditioning units (up to 160 tons), window air condition units, freezers, humidity control units, and walk-ins, etc.
  • Inspects for evidence of wear, damage, pressure leaks, correct voltage and amperes on all equipment.
  • Makes on the spot repairs, such as replacing parts, making adjustments, replacing filters, cleaning and lubrication.
  • Performs installation, inspection and repairs, including electrical or mechanical, of dehumidification equipment, commercial freezers, mechanical ventilating equipment, dishwashers, kitchen equipment, ranges, etc.
  • Uses building plans, blueprints, and sketches to determine the plan and lay out of routes, placements, and proper operations of systems and equipment.
  • Performs repairs/maintenance on equipment that is complex, have a greater degree of complicated components and parts, and are used to provide heat and cooling to areas with critical and rigid requirements.

Travel Required

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

Supervisory status

Promotion Potential


Conditions of Employment

  • Must be a U.S. citizen
  • Tour of Duty: Set Schedule
  • Security Requirements: Non-Sensitive
  • Appointment is subject to the completion of a favorable suitability or fitness determination, where reciprocity cannot be applied; unfavorably adjudicated background checks will be grounds for removal.
  • Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA): Non-Exempt
  • Selective Service Requirement: Males born after 12-31-59 must be registered or exempt from Selective Service.
  • Recruitment Incentives: Not Authorized
  • Bargaining Unit Status: Yes
  • Obligated Position: This is an obligated position and occupancy is subject to the return of former incumbent. If former incumbent fails to return to the position, occupancy may become permanent.
  • License/Certifications: Required (Drivers License, EPA Refrigeration/AC Certification, Universal Technician)
  • Mission Essential Position: This is a mission essential (ME) position. The incumbent may be required to report to work in the event of a natural disaster, inclement weather, or crisis.
  • Pre-Employment Physical: Required


To qualify for a Maintenance Mechanic, your resume and supporting documentation must support:

Applicants will be rated in accordance with the Office of Personnel Management Qualification Standard for Trades and Labor Occupations. Although a specific length of time and experience is not required, you must meet any screen-out element listed, and show through experience and training that you possess the quality level of knowledge and skill necessary to perform the duties at the level for which you are applying. Emphasis is placed on how you gained the quality of experience, not necessarily the length of time, and that you have the required ability or potential to perform the job. Applicants who do not meet the screen-out element (SOE) will be eliminated from further competition.

Selective Placement Factor:
Must possess valid state and government driver's license and be capable of operating government vehicles from ½ ton to 1 ½ ton trucks.

  • EPA Certification for refrigeration and air conditioning (Regulation No. 40 CFR, Part 82.161)
  • Universal Technician Certification
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; religious; 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.

Physical Effort: Frequently carries and sets up parts and equipment that weigh up to 50 pounds and occasionally over 50 lbs. Hoists, holders and pulleys are operated when removing and replacing large units, up to and including 160 lbs. Equipment must often be dismantled and reassembled to complete repairs due to the size and nature of the equipment. Work is frequently done from motorized platform lifts and boom lifts. Frequently repairs and installations are made from ladders, scaffolding and platforms where the parts of the system worked on are frequently at heights and in hard-to-reach places; therefore, requiring stooping, stretching, bending, and kneeling for long periods of time.

Working Conditions: The incumbent works outside on top of tall buildings, in drafty attic spaces, and in cramped areas with low overheads. Wears face masks and protective clothing when there is a possibility of exposure to toxic refrigerants. The incumbent must be able to wear all types of respirators, safety shoes, glasses, gloves, heavy aprons, asbestos gloves, hard hats, and all types of protective clothing. Frequently is exposed to gas and smoke, soot, ash and/or coal dust, scalding water, steam and burns from contact with heated elements of the system. Works inside in constantly high temperatures from the boilers. Is exposed to the danger of boiler burst; carbon monoxide poisoning, scalds; and gas, oil, or Sulphur fumes. Cuts, bruises and broken bones may result from accidents while working around machinery and equipment or while driving trucks. At times, must wear protective safety devices which are extremely uncomfortable when worn in hot weather. Maybe required to work with and around asbestos in performing regular duties. Work is often done outside during all seasons hot summer weather and cold winter weather etc.


Additional information

MILITARY SPOUSE PREFERENCE: In order to receive this preference you must choose to apply using the "Priority Placement Program, DoD Military Spouse Preference (MSP)" eligibility. If you are claiming military spouse preference and are determined to be among the Best Qualified for the position, you will be referred to the hiring manager as a priority applicant.

For Important General Applicant Information and Definitions go to:

Reemployed Annuitants: This position does not meet criteria for appointment of Reemployed Annuitants. The DoD criteria for hiring Reemployed Annuitants can be found at:

INFORMATION FOR VETERANS is available at: . As of 23 December 2016, Military retirees seeking to enter federal service in the Department of Defense now require a waiver if they would be appointed within 180 days following their official date of retirement.

DRUG-FREE WORKPLACE: The Defense Logistics Agency (DLA) has established a Drug-Free Federal Workplace Policy. All applicants tentatively selected for DLA employment in a testing designated position are subject to urinalysis to screen for illegal drug use prior to appointment. Applicants who refuse to be tested will be denied employment with DLA for a period of six months. This policy extends to random testing for the use of illegal drugs by employees who occupy testing designated positions defined as sensitive in Section 7(d) of Executive Order 12564. The Defense Logistics Agency's Drug Free Workplace Plan's drug testing panel includes testing for the following illegal substances: marijuana, cocaine, opiates (codeine/morphine), 6-Acetylmorphine (heroin), phencyclidine, amphetamines (amphetamine/methamphetamine), methylenedioxymethamphetamine (MDMA), methylenedioxyamphetamine (MDA), oxycodone, oxymorphone, hydrocodone, and hydromorphone. ADVISORY: By using cannabidiol (CBD) products you are risking a positive drug test result for marijuana.

How You Will Be Evaluated

You will be evaluated for this job based on how well you meet the qualifications above.

The assessments for this job will measure the following Job Elements/Competencies:
  • Ability to do the work of a Maintenance Mechanic without more than normal supervision (SOE)
  • Knowledge of Equipment Assembly, Installation, Repair, etc. & Knowledge of Materials
  • Technical Practices (theoretical, precise, artistic) & Ability to Interpret Instructions, Specification, etc., (includes blueprinting reading).
  • Ability to Use and Maintain Tools, Equipment and Measuring Instruments.
Once the application process is complete, a review of your resume and supporting documentation may be completed and compared against your responses to the assessment questionnaire to determine if you are qualified for this job. The rating you receive is based on your responses to the assessment questionnaire. The score is a measure of the degree to which your background matches the job elements/competencies required for this position. If your resume and/or supporting documentation is reviewed and a determination is made that you have inflated your qualifications and or experience, you may lose consideration for this position. Please follow all instructions carefully. Errors or omissions may affect your rating.


Background checks and security clearance

Security clearance

Drug test required

Required Documents

To apply for this position you must provide a complete Application Package. Each Application Package MUST include:
  • Your Resume listing work schedule, hours worked per week, dates of employment and duties performed. If multiple resumes are submitted by an applicant, only the last resume submitted will be reviewed for the qualifications and referred for selection consideration if eligible. IMPORTANT NOTE: Ensure that your resume does not contain any specialized characters, fonts, typefaces or formatting (e.g. tables, macros, etc.). It is also recommended that you convert/save your resume as a PDF prior to attaching to your application.
  • Applicable documents to support the eligibility(s) for which you are applying. Please review the following link for a listing of the additional documents you will need to provide: Supporting Documents .

  • If you are claiming Military Spouse Preference, you must submit the following supporting documents with your application package: Marriage Certificate or License; Signed Self-Certification Checklist (must be certified within 30 days); Veterans' Preference documentation (e.g., DD-214, VA Letter, Statement of Service, if applicable); Transcripts (if applicable). These documents must provide acceptable information to verify: Residency within the commuting area of your sponsor's permanent duty station (PDS); proof of marriage to the active duty sponsor; proof of military member's active duty status; and other documentation required by the vacancy announcement to which you are applying. NOTE: Previous federal employees must also submit the following additional documentation: SF-50s (e.g., LWOP, highest grade held, overseas appointments, etc.), SF-75 information, and documentation of performance rating of record (dated within the last 12 months).

    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.