Naval Shipyard, Virginia
Jan 14, 2022
Jan 19, 2022
Full Time

  • You will diagnose, locate, and repair malfunctions to the main operating mechanical components of large, complex heating, ventilation; air conditioning, and refrigeration systems (HVAC).
  • You will test for refrigerant leaks and use a refrigerant recovery/recycling station, to Environmental Protection Agency standards to safely reclaim, recycle, and store the refrigerant before repairs can be made.
  • You will conduct visual and audible examination of equipment components by applying prescribed test procedures and equipment, and by exploration of probable reasons for equipment failure.
  • You will perform maintenance, calibration, modification, installation, repair and replacement of analog and direct digital controls (DDC) systems and equipment.


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 date of employment 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 obtain and maintain a current CPR certification.
  • You will be required to successfully complete a pre-appointment physical examination and annually thereafter.
  • 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.
  • 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 may be considered ESSENTIAL and the incumbent will be required to report for duty or held in a duty status to provide support before, during, and/or after special emergency situations, disasters, or periods of increased security threat.
  • NAVFAC MIDLANT is a regionalized command. The incumbent serving in this position may at any time be reassigned to a similar position at any site or workstation within the commuting area as a condition of employment.
  • May be assigned to perform tasks in non-trade related fields as an assistant/helper as workload requires.
  • May be required to serve on-call duty on a rotational basis. When on-call, incumbent is required to carry a duty cell phone and duty pager and must remain available to respond on site to after-hour emergencies within two hours.
  • Mechanic must be able to become certified in Confined Space Safety, Backflow Prevention, and Refrigerant Recovery.


This position has a selective placement factor that will be used to screen out ineligible candidates. The selective placement factor is: You must possess the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) 608 certification exam (Universal) as a pre-qualification for this wage grade.

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: Ability to perform the work of an Air Conditioning Equipment Mechanic WG-5306-10 without more than normal supervision as demonstrated by performing the following tasks: 1) Installing, repairing, maintaining, troubleshooting, a variety of systems components such as compressors, which include gear, reciprocating, centrifugal, or rotary pump and a variety of refrigerant controls such as those with low and high pressure side floats, automatic thermostatic expansion valves, capillary or choke types, and those base on volume or quantity changes; 2) Examining, diagnosing malfunctions and making repairs to systems that include analog and direct digital control (DDC) systems used in complex heating ventilation; air conditioning, and refrigeration systems; and 3) Follows all guidelines and procedures pertaining to the use and handling of refrigerants in accordance with all local, state and federal regulations. NOTE: This information must be supported in your resume to be considered for the position.

Applicants must meet the requirements of the Office of Personnel Management (OPM) Job Qualification System for Trades and Labor Occupations (X-118C). Additional qualification information can be found at: .

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.


This job does not have an education qualification requirement.

Additional information

This announcement uses the Certain Personnel of the DoD/Modified direct hire authority to recruit and appoint qualified candidates to certain positions in the competitive service.

Certain incentives (such as Recruitment) may be authorized to eligible selectees.

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.

This position is being recruited at the full performance level.

A forty-hour work week is typical of this position. This position may require shift work. Call back and emergency overtime may be required.

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.

By law, all persons with access to a system or container that stores refrigerant, including A/C coolant such as R-22 or R-410A, must have Universal Certification received from an EPA approved certifying program. Certification card must be carried on person while in a duty status. The card shall be presented upon request. Any change in certification status, any Clean Air Act Section 608, 40 CFR 82 violations, EPA fines or pending EPA investigations must be reported at once to the direct supervisor and department head. Decertification may be grounds for dismissal.

Physical Effort: Physical effort is required to maneuver equipment in and out of specific locations while dismantling and reassembling. The work requires frequent carrying and setting-up of parts and equipment weighing up to 40 pounds. The work requires making repairs and installations from ladders, scaffolding and platforms where the parts of system work on are frequently in hard-to-reach places; therefore, standing, climbing, stooping, stretching, bending, kneeling and working in cramped, awkward position is frequent and may be for long periods of time.

Working Conditions: The incumbent works both inside and outside, sometimes in bad weather, on top of tall buildings, in drafty attic spaces, and in cramped areas with low overheads. Work areas are noisy, moldy, dirty, dusty, and greasy. Work areas may be subject o variable temperatures that may occur when working in cold-storage rooms or other areas. Subject to possible injuries such as cuts, bruises, burns, and electrical shock; and possible respiratory disorders due to inhalation of refrigerant gases. Working conditions are considered in the evaluation of the job and do not meet criteria for compensation by environmental or hazard pay.

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

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.