Salem, Virginia
Nov 24, 2021
Nov 26, 2021
Full Time

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;
  • Incumbent is 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;
  • Incumbent may perform welding in all positions to fabricate and make repairs to piping system and related equipment;
  • Incumbent must have the ability to use shop mathematics and have skill in the use of tools and equipment such
    as welding machines, horizontal band saw, grinders, metal lathe, pipe threading machine, sewer machine, pipe grooving machine and all electric powered and hand tools associated with the pipefitting and plumbing trades;
Performs other directly related duties as assigned.

Work Schedule: Monday-Friday 745AM-430PM
Position Description Title/PD#:
Relocation/Recruitment Incentives: Not authorized


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 vaccination program is a requirement for all Department of Veterans Affairs Health Care Personnel (HCP)
  • Participation in the Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) vaccination program is a requirement for all Department of Veterans Affairs Personnel


To qualify for this position, applicants must meet all requirements by the closing date of this announcement, 11/25/2021.

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, etc. (includes blueprint reading)
Measurement and Layout
Use and Maintain Tools and Equipment
Technical Problem Solving

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 EFFORT AND WORK CONDITIONS: The person in this position must be able to lift and carry heavy objects (occasionally in excess of 40 pounds) and hold them in awkward positions while they are being installed or removed. Must be able to work for prolonged periods while kneeling, crouching, stooping, and/or standing in awkward positions and to climb and work from ladders, man lifts, scaffolding, and roofs. Working conditions are not always favorable. Some work is performed in a shop area with good lighting, temperature control and ventilation, but it is often necessary for work to be performed in the crawl and interstitial spaces which can be hot, cold, wet, and/or poorly ventilated locations, in poorly lighted conditions, in high places where ladders and scaffolds must be used, etc. Occasionally exposed to potentially hazardous conditions such as exposed high-voltage wires, unprotected electrical equipment, and is often exposed to hot pipes and equipment, chemical fumes and liquids, dust, head-knocking and trip objects. Must be able to climb ladders, roofs, work on scaffolds, work in crawl spaces, and at dangerous elevations. Various protective devices such as hard hats, gloves, safety shoes, safety glasses, and/or respirator masks must be worn.


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.

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.

Financial disclosure not required.

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 .

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