Naval Base, Virginia
Dec 03, 2021
Dec 07, 2021
Full Time

  • You will pass instructions to a group of eight or more employees, including boilermakers, pipefitters, and welders.
  • You will perform work on high-pressure power, power, and heating boilers.
  • You will use tools and equipment including die angles and disk grinders, belling tool, hydrostatic test equipment, hand drills, etc.
  • You will estimate the material and labor hours associated with needed repairs to existing boilers.


Conditions of Employment

  • Must be a US Citizen.
  • Must be determined suitable for federal employment.
  • Must participate in the direct deposit pay program.
  • New employees to the Department of the Navy will be required to successfully pass the E-Verify employment verification check. To learn more about E-Verify, including your rights and responsibilities, visit
  • Within the Department of Defense (DoD), the appointment of retired military members within 180 days immediately following retirement date to a civilian position is subject to the provisions of 5 United States Code 3326.
  • Males born after 12-31-59 must be registered for Selective Service.
  • Per E.O. 14043, selectee(s) must be fully vaccinated for COVID-19 by 11/22/2021 or date of employment (which ever comes later) except in limited circumstances where an exemption is approved due to a disability or sincerely held religious beliefs.
  • This is a bargaining unit position.
  • You will be required to obtain and maintain a current valid United States driver?s license.
  • You will be required to successfully complete a pre-appointment physical examination.
  • You will be required to obtain and maintain an interim and/or final security clearance prior to entrance on duty. Failure to obtain and maintain the required level of clearance may result in the withdrawal of a job offer or removal.
  • Successful completion of a pre-employment drug test (including marijuana) is required. A tentative offer of employment will be rescinded if you fail to report to the drug test appointment or fail the test. You will be subject to random testing.
  • You will be required to wear personal protective equipment such as helmets, gloves, coveralls, glasses, goggles, respirators and safety shoes continuously for the duration of the work shift.
  • This position is designated as ALPHA personnel and the incumbent will be required to report in emergencies and inclement weather.


Although a specific length of time and experience is not required for most trade and labor occupations, you must show through experience and training that you possess the quality level of knowledge and skill necessary to perform the duties of the position at the level for which you are applying. Qualification requirements emphasis is on quality of experience, not necessarily the length of time.

Your qualifications will be evaluated on the basis of your level of knowledge, skills, abilities and/or competencies in the job elements and screen out listed below.

This job has a screen-out element which will be used to determine minimum eligibility for this job. The Screen-out Element for this position is: The Ability to Lead the following duties of a Boilermaker: 1) Maintaining and repairing of boiler maker maintenance operations; 2) Utilizing knowledge of structure and characteristics of high-pressure power boiler plant equipment in the cleaning, and maintenance of boiler systems; 3) Using established safety practices, rules, regulations and procedures to maintain a safe and clean work environment.

Additional qualification information can be found from the following Office of Personnel Management website:

Experience refers to paid and unpaid experience, including volunteer work done through National Service programs (e.g., professional, philanthropic, religious, 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..

PHYSICAL DEMANDS: Lift pieces of metal weighing up to 100 pounds with assistance. The average weight lifted is 40 pounds and is carried approximately ten feet. Must have manual dexterity when operating power driven equipment to fabricate metal parts and in repair of steam boilers, metal structures, etc. Uses both arms and legs to climb ladders. Required to stand, walk, bend, kneel, stoop, and crawl
in performance of duties. Normal vision is required. Good hearing is required to hear instructions under noisy conditions, although a hearing aid is permitted. Depth perception is required for operating tools and reaching above the shoulders while doing overhead work. Close
attention of eyes to gauges, tools, etc., and ability to distinguish primary colors. Moderate to heavy physical exertion is required in boiler repairs, boiler cleaning, and other boiler related tasks. Must be physically able to enter boiler watersides (steam and boiler water drums)
and boiler firesides. Required to enter and work inside confined spaces. Must be able to wear a respirator.

WORKING CONDTIONS: Hazards encountered in this rating are not unusual, except for furnace explosions, which happen occasionally due to the nature of fuel being burned. Adequate ladders, stairways, and protective guards are provided where feasible. However, employee could be injured by falling or by bumping into overhead pipes or beams while performing work around hot pipes and hot boiler furnaces. There is danger of cuts, bums, broken bones, and/or bruises. Thermal boiler plants may contain asbestos insulation and lead paint. Job site working environment involves exposure to hazardous equipment, pumps, air compressors, fans, energized electrical equipment, sharp edges, and high-pressure boilers, valves, and piping. Is exposed to potential toxic fumes, boiler gasses and chemical agents used for boiler water treatment and steam purification. The hazards are always present and are part of normal working conditions associated with steam production
operations. Works indoors 80% of the time and outdoors 20% of the time. Work involves uncomfortable conditions such as excessive heat, dry atmospheric conditions, constant machinery noise, dust, dirt, and soot. There is some danger of entanglement in moving machinery. There is also some danger involved when climbing ladders to ash silo and bag houses in cold weather and icy conditions.


This job does not have an education qualification requirement.

Additional information

This announcement uses the Defense Industrial Base, Major Range and Test Facilities direct hire authority to recruit and appoint qualified candidates to certain positions in the competitive service

This position is covered by the Department of Defense Priority Placement Program.

A 40-hour work week is typical for this position.

This position is subject to work an uncommon tour, including nights, weekends, and holidays to meet mission requirements. Overtime or night differential pay and/or unusual duty hours may be required.

Recruitment incentives may be authorized to eligible new hires.

A relocation incentive is generally a single payment intended to offset some of the relocation costs experienced by the selectee. A relocation incentive may be authorized.

Several vacancies may be filled.

A tentative offer of employment will be rescinded if the selectee fails to meet the pre-employment requirements, including failure to report to any of the scheduled appointments.

Federal annuitant information: The selection of an annuitant is subject to the Department of Defense and Department of the Navy policy on the employment of annuitants. Policy information may be found at: .

Veteran's preference does not apply when selecting individuals under this specific hiring authority. However, if you claim veteran's preference, you will be required to submit supporting documentation with your application as described in the Required Documents section below.