Maintenance Mechanic

Montgomery County, Maryland
Jan 15, 2022
Jan 20, 2022
Full Time

Working as a Maintenance Mechanic with the Office of Research Facilities (ORF), you will:
  • Install, repair, and maintain large commercial and industrial ventilation, refrigeration, air conditioning (AC), and cooling systems with complex problems and extensive repairs.
  • Install, modify, overhaul, repair, replace, and maintain a variety of heating systems.
  • Perform preventive maintenance on HVAC/R systems and equipment.
  • Respond to service calls and preventive maintenance inspections orally or in writing through a computerized maintenance management system (CMMS) regarding malfunctioning/inoperable equipment, kitchen and domestic equipment (e.g., dishwashers, electric ranges, dryers); shop and laboratory equipment (e.g., vacuum pumps, air compressors, piping systems); and plumbing, utility, supply, and disposal system (e.g., steam, chilled water, domestic water, sanitary water natural gas, etc.)
  • Operate a van-type truck (weighing up to and including one-ton load capacity) to transport tools, materials equipment, and self to work site.


Conditions of Employment

  • U.S. Citizenship requirement or proof of being a U.S. National must be met by closing date.
  • Employment is subject to the successful completion of the pre-appointment process (i.e., background investigation, verification of qualifications and job requirements, completion of onboarding forms, submission of required documents, etc.)
  • Applicants must meet all qualifications requirements within thirty (30) calendar days of the closing date of this announcement, including time in grade.
  • This position has physical requirements. You must be able to lift and move heavy items weighing up to 100 lbs.
  • Position requires shift work.
  • Must have a current valid state driver's license.
  • Applicants for this position must pass a pre-employment medical examination.
  • This position is an Emergency Essential position.
  • This position has on-call or call-back requirements.
  • Males born after December 31, 1959 must be registered with the Selective Service.


Applicants will be rated in accordance with the OPM Qualification Standard Handbook X-118C. Although a specific length of time and experience is not required for most blue-collar positions, you must meet any screen-out element listed and show through experience and training that you possess the level of knowledge and skill necessary to perform the duties of the position.

The approved job elements for this occupation are listed as follows:

(1) Ability to do the work of the position without more than normal supervision.
(2) Technical practices (theoretical, precise, artistic).
(3) Use of measuring instruments.
(4) Ability to interpret instructions, specifications, etc. (includes blueprint reading).
(5) Ability to use and maintain tools and equipment.
(6) Knowledge of materials.
(7) Knowledge of equipment assembly, installation, repair, etc.

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; religious; spiritual; community; social). Volunteer work helps build 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.

Do not copy and paste the duties, specialized experience, or occupational assessment questionnaire from this announcement into your resume as that will not be considered a demonstration of your qualifications for this position.

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Additional information

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 .
  • As a condition of employment, all federal employees must be fully vaccinated against COVID-19. During the onboarding process, if selected, you must provide proof of vaccination. An official job offer and continued employment is contingent on this requirement. For more information on this requirement, visit the Safer Federal Workforce page on vaccines. If you need a COVID-19 vaccine, please visit .
  • This position is designated as an " emergency essential " position and the selected candidate will be considered an " emergency essential " employee and will be required to be available, ready, willing, and able to report for duty under all circumstances (e.g., inclement weather, government closings and holidays, lapses in appropriations, non-emergency, and emergency situations) for operation 24 hours a day and 365 days per year coverage.
  • A one-year probationary period may be required upon selection/placement.
  • You must be able to lift and move heavy items weighing 100lbs. with or without reasonable accommodation.
  • You must be able to stand for prolonged periods on concrete floors and walk over rough and uneven terrain with or without reasonable accommodation.
  • The selectee must be able to bend, stoop, walk, stand, and climb, and work in cramped positions with or without reasonable accommodation.
  • You may work in hazardous environments or handle hazardous substances.
  • The selectee must be able to work outdoors under all weather conditions.
  • This position requires weekend hours, night shifts, regular or rotational shifts, and holiday hours
  • This position has on-call or call-back requirements.
  • If selected, you will be covered by a bargaining unit (union).
  • At the supervisor's discretion, this position may offer work schedule flexibilities : alternative work schedules.
  • If selected, you must pass a pre-employment medical examination.
  • The selectee must possess and maintain a valid state motor vehicle license.
  • We may make additional selections for similar positions within the commuting area(s) of the locations listed through this vacancy announcement. By applying, you agree to have your application shared with any interested selecting official(s). Clearance of CTAP/ICTAP will be applied for similar positions.
  • The National Institutes of Health participates in the USCIS Electronic Employment Eligibility Verification Program ( E-Verify ). E-Verify helps employers determine employment eligibility of new hires and the validity of their Social Security numbers.
  • The NIH maintains a tobacco free work environment and campus.
  • Must be able to perform the essential duties of the position, with or without reasonable accommodation.
  • Visit our Applicant FAQs page for helpful information on the application process.
  • Visit our Total Compensation page for a detailed look into the benefits, awards, leave, retirement and other incentives employees may receive as part of a rewarding work environment.
  • We are unable to pay relocation expenses.