Laundry Mach Operator

Salem, Virginia
Jul 20, 2021
Jul 23, 2021
Full Time


This position is located in the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA), Veterans Health Administration (VHA), Mid-Atlantic Health Care Network (VISN 6), Salem VA Medical Center (VAMC), in Facility Management Service. Incumbent serves as Laundry Machine Operator.
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Ability to unload washed linen items from washer-extractor machines and transports linens to the flatwork ironer in carts or to the dryers in carts. Must have general knowledge of load programs, operate washer/extractors, load weights, wash formulas, and manual washing procedures for specialty items.

Loads and unloads dryers utilizing carts. Sets temperature, drying time, cool-down time, reverse/non-reverse switch, and normal/permanent press switch on dryers.

Cleans dryer equipment and work area on a daily basis performing tasks such as emptying lint collectors, sweeping, and dusting with compressed air and dust mops.

The incumbent performs other laundry worker tasks to include feeding flatwork linen to the ironer, hand folding linen, operation of the small piece folder, sorting soiled linen, linen distribution, or drives truck to deliver clean linen and pick up soiled linen.

Must be thoroughly familiar with the technical/operational elements of gas fire dryers, included required drying times, and cool-down times for a variety of of different linen and garment items.

The incumbent must be familiar with the safe operation of the procedures and controls required to safely unload washer/extractors, including linen washing categories, washer load weights, use of established wash formulas, and manual washing procedures for specialty items.

Must understand written procedures, directives and instructions as well as oral instructions. Must be able to carry out assignments with minimal supervision.

Performs other duties as required.

Work Schedule: Monday - Friday, 6:45am-3:30pm or various tours to meet the needs of the facility
Compressed/Flexible Schedule: Not applicable
Position Description Title/PD#: Laundry Machine Operator/1980
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, 07/22/2021.

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 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:
  • Dexterity and Safety
  • Follow Directions
  • Handle Weights and Loads
  • Interpret Instructions, Specifications (other than blueprint reading)
  • Materials
  • Operation of Equipment/Machinery
  • Technical Practices
  • Use and Maintain Tools and Equipment
  • Work Practices

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: Continued standing, walking, bending, stooping, pushing, heavy pulling, and heavy lifting is required to satisfactorily perform the duties of the position. Very heavy physical effort is required to pull wet, tangled linen out of the washer extractors for processing in the flatwork or drying areas. Subject to exposure to lint, dust, extreme heat, humidity, and noise generated by equipment.


This job does not have an education qualification requirement.

Additional information

Career Transition Assistance Plan (CTAP) provide eligible displaced 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

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
  • SF-50/ Notification of Personnel Action

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
  • Resume
  • SF-50/ Notification of Personnel Action

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