Pipefitter Leader

Richmond, Virginia
Nov 26, 2021
Dec 03, 2021
Full Time

Installs, modifies and repairs new and existing high-pressure piping systems and equipment such as steam generating and distributing equipment and systems, steam heating radiators and systems, hydraulic and high-pressure, compressed air and gas equipment and systems, flash and expansion tanks, etc.

Plans pipe routes, equipment locations, methods of support and installation, material and tooling requirements for accomplishment of assigned jobs.

Repairs, replaces and installs new expansion joints, pressure reducing valves, globe and gate valves, steam traps, gauges, thermometers and all types of fittings and joints involved with steam and high-pressure piping systems.

Cuts pipe route openings , places hangers for proper pitch and elevations, cuts, threads and welds pipe and fittings , as needed, and seals around pipes and equipment where penetrations were made through walls , ceilings and floors , and installs pipe covering and other protective materials.

Tests systems and equipment for proper pressure and leak-free joints. Incumbent works with all equipment and systems on station that are connected to steam or high-pressure gas, air and fluid sources.

Passes on to other workers instructions received from the supervisor, starts work by assigning the immediate tasks to individual members of the work group.

Ensures needed plans, material, blueprints and tools are available from multiple locations and/or computer programs.

Checks on work in progress, for compliance with procedures and regulations, and makes sure deadlines and schedules are met.

Answers workers questions regarding procedures, policies, written instructions and demonstrates proper work methods.

Provides information to the supervisor on the progress of work, causes of delays, and the overall status of work operations and problems.
Assures all tools and equipment are used properly and safety and housekeeping rules are adhered to.

Act as a Contracting Officer Representative (COR) for service contracts and small construction contracts.

Monitors the Contractors performance, assuring accurate review of submittals, processing payments, assuring core and safety compliance over technical aspects, making site visits to the area under construction and keeping the Contracting Officer abreast of contractor performance.

Performs, tracks and implements preventative maintenance (PM) program in addition to ensuring that the equipment inventory is accurate for the respective shop.

Acts an alternate certifying official for time and attendance and for approving leave requests for the plumbing/mechanical/motor pool sections.

Work Schedule: Monday - Friday 7:30 AM - 4PM or Monday - Friday 8AM to 4:30 PM
Position Description Title/PD#: Pipefitter Leader/PD029490
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, 12/06/2021.

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)
  • Measurement and Layout
  • Technical Practices
  • Troubleshooting
  • 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: The Pipefitter Leader 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. Incumbent 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 anti/or poorly ventilated locations, in poorly lighted conditions , in high places where ladders and scaffolds must be used, etc. Incumbent is 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. The incumbent must be able to climb ladders, roofs, work on scaffolds, and 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.

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.

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 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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