Maintenance Mechanic

Richmond, Virginia
Nov 28, 2021
Dec 01, 2021
Full Time

Carpentry - Uses skilled techniques to construct, install, repair, and modify wood and wood substitute structures and items requiring close tolerance fit and structural soundness. Typical work assignments include constructing and repairing a wide variety of structural items such as building frames, rafters, concrete forms, wails, staircases, door and window frames, interior and exterior trim, and miscellaneous items such as workbenches, counter tops, bookcases, equipment cabinets, computer consoles, and Items requiring limited decorative trim and. molding. Lays out and installs various modular furniture assemblies. Sets up and operates a wide variety of wood working machines and tools. Assembles items with a variety of joining techniques such as miters, rabbets, dados, biscuit, and mortise and tenon, and use glues and adhesives to secure wood pieces, veneers, and counter tops. Uses wood, metal, and various composite materials when installing or replacing interior partitions, flooring (to include carpet, laminates, VCT and other industry standard types), panels, suspended ceilings, counter tops, and moldings. Interprets drawings, blueprints, and specifications independently, and determines the layout and work sequences and types of lumber or special related materials.

Plastering - The work also involves mixing, application, and finishing of plaster surfaces in the construction and repair of interior walls and ceilings. Performs new plastering on all types of backgrounds such as metal, wood or gypsum lath, wallboard, and masonry surfaces, as well as repairs and patches plaster and stucco surfaces

Masonry - Work also involves the maintenance, repair, alteration, and construction of exterior and interior surfaces and structures built of a variety of brick, block, and stone. Works from oral instructions, blueprints, work orders, and rough sketches. Plans and lays out the work to be done, selects the proper tools, determines materials to be used, and accomplishes the work in accordance with appropriate methods and accepted trade practices. Lays common and face brick, firebrick, cinder and cement block, glass block, terra cotta, and various artificial and natural stone in constructing and repairing such items as walls, walks, chimneys, fireplaces, manholes, boilers, and catch basins. The incumbent lays whole brick in straight, horizontal rows, corners, and more complex curvatures for Structures that may include large planters, stairwells and architectural features.

Painting - Paints surfaces by patching, sanding, dusting, and applying paint by brush, spray, or roller to interior or exterior surfaces. Determines the methods, techniques, devices, and materials that are best suited to the surface finish required to insure surfaces have a smooth textured and decorative appearance, for example glossy finish, flat finish, grained effect, or a finish that must meet specified thickness. The incumbent prepares surfaces by hand and power sanding, sand blasting, wire brushing, filling, shaping, and leveling with metal and synthetic resins. Mixes and applies pre-coating agents such as pickling and alkali compounds to remove scale, rust, dirt and old paint from surfaces so hat coating materials will adhere properly leveling dents and scars. Applies coating materials including paint, varnishes, shellacs, and special painting materials with any of the accepted trade devices including brushes, rollers, rollers with extension handles, airless spray guns including pole guns and graining devices designed to give special effects. Uses coating techniques that insure surfaces are fully coated, protected and free from drips and runs.

Performs other related duties as assigned.

Skill and Knowledge

Carpentry - Must have a thorough knowledge of wood and wood substitute materials, and construction techniques.

Plastering - Must have skill in applying the base or scratch coat to Insure that it adheres firmly to lath or other surfaces.

Masonry - Must have a comprehensive knowledge of the techniques and procedures of rick, block, and stonework.

Painting - Skilled and knowledgeable in surface preparation and coating methods and techniques, such as build up shaping and leveling surfaces. Must be skilled in the use of various types of paint brushes such as nylon, or natural bristle, various types of rollers, paint tinting and shaking machines and spray painting with air compressor and spray gun.

Must have a thorough knowledge of ceramic tile and quarry tile, VCT, vinyl flooring and carpet repair and installation: must have a thorough knowledge of door and window frame installation and repair; and must have a thorough knowledge of systems/modular and freestanding furniture installation.

Work Schedule: Monday-Friday, 7:30am -4pm or 8am-4:30pm. Must have the flexibility to work outside the normal tour of duty which may include weekends and holidays.
Position Description Title/PD#:PD02779A
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, 11/30/2021.

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)
  • Materials
  • Measuring Instruments
  • 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 Requirement. Stands for extended periods of time while operating machinery. Requires considerable bending, kneeling, stooping, crawling, and climbing on ladders, scaffolding, and rooftops, incumbent lifts or moves materials weighing up to 41 kilograms (90 pounds) with the use of assistance of lifting devices or other workers for heavier items.

Working Condition. Work is performed primarily indoors but may be exposed to a variety of weather conditions when working outdoors. Incumbent may be exposed to moderate to high noise from machinery in shop areas, dirt, dust, fumes and unpleasant odors. Hazards of cuts, bruises, falling from ladders and scaffolds are present. Incumbent must use protective devises such as ear plugs, safety glasses, respirators, and gloves.


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 .

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.

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