Boiler Plant Equipment Mechanic

Beltsville, Maryland
Nov 27, 2021
Dec 01, 2021
Full Time

  • Maintain two second grade power plants, as well as six third grade or lower plants ranging from 499 horsepower to 30 horsepower.
  • Overhaul and repair boilers and boiler plant equipment including burners, pumps, air compressors, fans, motors, feed water heaters, regulatory valves, magnetic switches and relays, motor generator sets, programmers, and other controls.
  • Repair, maintain, and complete jobs for 70 buildings housing multiple steam boilers, water boilers, and hot air furnaces.
  • Operate, repair, maintain, and inspect, according to prescribed methods, mechanically fired gas, and oil-fueled water tube boilers and associated auxiliary and pollution control equipment.
  • Service and repair steam distribution and return systems, including large steam mains, reducing stations, expansion joints, high- and low-pressure steam traps, condensate pumps, and return lines located within the heating plants.
  • Check meters, gauges, pressure relief valves, and other instruments.
  • Knowledge of and skill in mechanical and civil blueprint reading and interpretation of manufacturers? handbooks and technical manuals, in order to effectively read and utilize testing equipment.
  • Determine equipment, material, and tools required for boiler and boiler plant repair and maintenance.
  • Lubricate and adjust equipment controls as indicated.
  • Checks the operation of safety equipment (e.g., flame extinction, automatic re-ignition, low water cut-outs, high pressure cut-outs, and purge type combustion safeties).
  • Trains operators and/or lower graded workers in specific methods of operation, repair, and maintenance.
  • Knowledge of environmental law in order to control emission of pollutants.
  • Knowledge of water treatment procedures and steam distribution systems in order to effectively apply these procedures to boiler plant operations.
  • Runs tests on boiler water and determines amounts of treatment to be injected to keep within predetermined limits.


Conditions of Employment

  • You must be a US Citizen or US National
  • Males born after 12/31/1959 must be Selective Service registered or exempt
  • Subject to satisfactory adjudication of background investigation and/or fingerprint check
  • Successful completion of one-year probationary period, unless previously served.
  • Direct Deposit ? Per Public Law 104-134 all Federal employees are required to have federal payments made by direct deposit to their financial institution
  • Successfully pass the E-Verify employment verification check. To learn more about E-Verify, including your rights and responsibilities, visit E-Verify at
  • Must be able to obtain and maintain a valid driver's license.
  • Incumbent will work a standard tour of duty, Monday through Friday 7:00-4:30 pm and/or alternative work schedules because of extended coverage needed for certain conditions such as mission requirements, etc.
  • May be required to work weekends, evenings, holidays, or after hours, as necessary.
  • Incumbent is required to report for duty during emergency repairs.
  • This position requires a pre-employment physical.
  • A Grade 2 Stationary Engineer License is required and should be uploaded at time of application. Failure to do so can result in loss of consideration for the position.
  • Federal employees must be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 regardless of their duty location. If selected, you will be required to submit documentation of COVID-19 vaccination by November 22, 2021 or before appointment, if after November 22.


In order to qualify for this position you must meet the following by the closing date of the vacancy announcement:
11/30/2021 Qualifications will be determined under the Job Element Rating System X-118C, Qualifications Standard Handbook. While a specific length of time and experience is not required for most Wage Grade positions, you must show through experience and training that you possess the best qualified level of knowledge and skill necessary to perform the duties of this position. Qualification requirements emphasize the quality of experience, not necessarily the length. The responses to the questionnaire and your resume should be in significant detail to provide the person rating your application with a good understanding of your ability to do the job, technical knowledge, work, and training experience, etc. (For example You must have the ability to perform the duties of a, Boiler Plant Equipment Mechanic without more than normal supervision (Screen Out)). Applicants who do not meet the SCREEN OUT ELEMENT will not be given further consideration.

Physical Effort: Work requires close hand and eye coordination, active walking, prolonged periods of standing on concrete flooring, climbing, bending, reaching, high noise areas, and working in confined spaces or crowded areas. The incumbent may be required to lift equipment or material weighing up to 75 lb.

Working Conditions: The incumbent will normally perform the duties inside heated facilities, but may be required to work on facility structures and grounds during inclement weather. Work in areas where equipment is in continual operation, noise levels are abnormal and prevail. Subject to infection, mechanical injury, gas, cuts, bruises, dirt, steam, and grease. Incumbent is also subject to toxic fumes from welding, soldering and sparks and danger from flying chips when using power and hand tools. Subject to falls while working on ladders, scaffolds, and roofs of facility buildings. Restrictions of facial hair may be imposed by the supervisor for proper use of personnel protective equipment.

A Grade 2 Stationary Engineer License is required and should be uploaded at time of application. Failure to do so can result in loss of consideration for the position.


This position does not have an education qualification requirement.

Additional information

Career Transition Assistance Plan (CTAP), Reemployment Priority List (RPL), or Interagency Career Transition Assistance Plan (ICTAP): Visit the OPM website for information on how to apply as a CTAP, RPL, or ICTAP eligible. To exercise selection priority for this vacancy, CTAP/RPL/ICTAP candidates must meet the basic eligibility requirements and all selective factors. CTAP/ICTAP candidates must be rated and determined to be well qualified (or above) based on an evaluation of the competencies listed in the How You Will Be Evaluated section. When assessed through a score-based category rating method, CTAP/ICTAP applicants must receive a rating of at least 85 out of a possible 100.

Recruitment or Relocation Incentive may be authorized. Final determination to pay an incentive will be made by the hiring official at time of job offer.

This position is covered by a bargaining unit agreement.

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