Lead Utility Systems Operator

Richmond, Virginia
Oct 28, 2021
Nov 04, 2021
Full Time

The Lead Utility Systems Operator will be responsible for the following duties:

Serving as the primary work leader for who coordinates the operation, maintenance and repair of facility service equipment with Utility Plant personnel. In addition to being the work leader, the Utility Systems Operator performs Utility Systems Operator duties.

Tracks the progress of work assignments and verifies progress of work and safety of work environment practices.

Performing normal repetitive functions of operations, observations, inspections, tests, repairs and preventive maintenance on the Air Conditioning Plant and the Boiler Plant as per standing shift orders and daily operation orders.

Controls and operates, thru the Control Center functional components of each of the following: mechanical exhaust systems, auxiliary air conditioning systems for standby/supplemental cooling, heated and chilled water circulating systems

Makes scheduled preventive maintenance inspections, and repairs on all equipment and systems.

Controls and operates, thru the Control Center functional components of each of the following: mechanical exhaust systems, auxiliary air conditioning systems for standby/supplemental cooling, heated and chilled water circulating systems

Ability to read & use measuring instruments for various charts, gauges, and meters to determine the amount of steam being produced, fuel being consumed, water used.

Uses various tools and monitoring devices normally needed for utility systems repair

Reads and interprets schematic diagrams and blueprints in order to trace lines, turn off chiller water, steam, hot and cold-water lines in various areas

Performs diagnostic of equipment malfunctions in order to determine necessary repair steps

Work Schedule: Varying Days and Rotating Shifts to include Weekends and Holidays.
Relocation/Recruitment Incentives: Not authorized
Position Description Title/PD#: Utility System Repairer Operator/ #652-16480


Conditions of Employment

  • You must be a U.S. Citizen to apply for this job
  • All applicants tentatively selected for VA 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 VA.
  • 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
  • Participation in the seasonal influenza and Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) Vaccination programs are requirements for all Department of Veterans Affairs Health Care Personnel (HCP)


To qualify for this position, applicants must meet all requirements by the closing date of this announcement, 11/05/2021.

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:
  • Equipment Assembly, Installation, Repair
  • Interpret Instructions, Specifications (includes blueprint reading)
  • Reliability And Dependability
  • Technical Practices
  • Use and Maintain Tools and 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.

Physical Requirements/Working Conditions: Must lift and carry heavy equipment needed in the maintenance and repair work of plant equipment. Works in cramped positions at times and must be continuously alert to the many hazardous conditions that prevail in the A/C and Boiler Plants. He/she must work on high scaffolds when replacing or repairing distribution piping or other equipment.

Heavy lifting 44 pounds; Kneeling (3-4 hours); Standing (4-6 hours); Repeated bending (3-4 hours); Moderate carrying 15-44 pounds; Both legs required; Both eyes required-Good (Near & Distant Vision corrected or uncorrected at 13" to 16" to Jaeger 1 to 4); Ability to distinguish basic colors; Ability for rapid mental and muscular; Reaching above shoulder; Hearing Conversational Voice (aid permitted); Use of fingers; Both hands required; Mental and Emotional Stability.


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 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.

COVID-19 Vaccination Requirement
As required by Executive Order 14043, Federal employees are required to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 regardless of the employee's duty location or work arrangement (e.g., telework, remote work, etc.), subject to such exceptions as required by law. If selected, you will be required to be vaccinated against COVID-19 and submit documentation of proof of vaccination by November 22,2021 or before appointment or onboarding with the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA), if after November 22. VA will provide additional information regarding what information or documentation is needed and how you can request a legally required exception from this requirement. Please contact the Human Resources Point of Contact listed at the top of the JOA.

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.

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 or need to fax a document you do not have in electronic form, view the following link for information regarding an Alternate Application .