The Utility Systems Operator (USO) is assigned to the Energy Center which is part of Facilities Management Service. The USO is responsible for safe operation of the Boiler/Combined Heating and Power (CHP) Plant, including maintenance and repair. The USO can be scheduled for work shifts required to meet the needs of the Energy Center.Learn more about this agency
Duties will include but not be limited to:
- Repairs boilers generators & associated equipment
- Determine adjustments with meters & gauges
- Use electronic controls in conjunction with meters and gauges to determine adjustments of corrections necessary for proper operations.
- Complete work in accordance with specifications and use variety of standard mechanical and basic electrical process.
- Through the use of manual or automatic controls or control systems, is capable of monitoring, adjusting, and controlling all phases of plant operations.
Based on the nature of this position, hours may be rotated or extended to include nights, weekends and holidays.
Position Description Title/PD#: Utility Systems Operator/8256-A
Physical Requirements: Work is frequently in confined areas in and around boilers and support equipment. The work requires moderate to strenuous effort and long periods of walking, standing, climbing, bending, and crouching. Frequent lifting and carry of parts and chemical supplies weighing up to 40 pounds unassisted and occasionally items over 40 pounds with assistance of other workers or weight handling equipment. Work will be indoors and occasionally working outdoors for short periods of time where they are subject to weather conditions. Must be able to do Heavy lifting (45 pounds), Heavy Carrying (45 Pounds), Straight Pulling (1hour), Pushing (1Hour), reaching over shoulder, use of fingers, both hands required, walking/standing (8 hours), crawling/kneeling/repeat bending (1 hour), climbing with use of arms and legs, both legs required, ability for rapid mental and muscular coordination simultaneously, near vision correctable at 13" to 16" to Jaeger 1 to 4, far vision correctable in one eye to 20/20 and to 20/40 in the other, ability to distinguish basic colors, hearing (aid permitted), emotional and mental stability.
Work Environment: Outside/inside, Dry atmospheric conditions, Excessive noise, intermittent, Silica, asbestos, etc. Fumes, smoke, or gases, Solvents (degreasing agents), Grease and oils, Electrical energy, Slippery or uneven walking surfaces, Working around machinery with moving parts, Working around moving objects or vehicles, Working on ladders or scaffolding, Vibration, Working closely with others, Protracted or irregular hours of work.
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Conditions Of Employment
- You must be a U.S. citizen to apply for this job
- Subject to a background/suitability investigation
- Designated and/or random drug testing may be required
- May serve a probationary period
- Selective Service Registration is required for males born after 12/31/1959
- A complete application package; Resume, Transcripts, etc.
- Selected applicants will be required to complete an online onboarding process
QualificationsTo qualify for this position, applicants must meet all requirements by the closing date of this announcement.
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 screen out element for this position is: Ability to do the work without more than normal supervision.
The potential eligibles are then rated against the remainder of the Job Elements:
- Knowledge of Boiler Plant Equipment
- Ability to operate boilers and related equipment
- Ability to interpret technical instructions (use measuring instruments).
- Ability to troubleshoot, maintain and repair
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.
This job does not have an education qualification requirement.
The Interagency Career Transition Assistance Plan (ICTAP) and Career Transition Assistance Plan (CTAP) provide eligible displaced VA competitive service employees with selection priority over other candidates for competitive service vacancies. To be well-qualified, applicants must possess experience that exceeds the minimum qualifications of the position including all selective factors if applicable, and must be proficient in most of the requirements of the job. Information about ICTAP and CTAP eligibility is on OPM's Career Transition Resources website which can be found at https://www.opm.gov/.
Receiving Service Credit for 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.
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SELECTIVE PLACEMENT FACTOR: This position includes a Selective Placement Factor (SPF) which is a prerequisite to appointment and represents minimum requirements for a position. Applicants who do not meet the SPF are ineligible for further consideration. The SPF for this position is: Current, valid state Driver's License. [A REDACTED COPY OF YOUR DRIVER'S LICENSE IS REQUIRED]. If you do not submit a copy of your driver's license, your application will not be reviewed.
- Cover Letter
- DD-214/ Statement of Service
- Diploma/ GED
- Disability Letter (Schedule A)
- Disability Letter (VA)
- Other (1)
- Other (2)
- Other (3)
- Other (4)
- Other (5)
- Professional Certification
- SF-50/ Notification of Personnel Action
Please review the above list(s) to ensure you have included all necessary documents required for your application.Not every applicant will require the same documents, therefore it is the applicants responsibility to ensure that their application package includes all necessary documents to determine qualifications and eligibility for appointment, such as a copy of your SF-50, transcript, ICTAP/CTAP documentation (for displaced Federal employees).You will not be contacted for additional information. Applicants will be deemed ineligible if supporting documentation is not submitted.
Veterans' Preference: Since the Direct-Hire Recruitment Authority is being used, traditional Veterans' Preference rules do not apply. Qualified veterans will, however, be given full consideration for this position.
Applications are accepted online. Applying online will allow you to review and track the status of your application.
A career with the U.S. Government provides employees with a comprehensive benefits package. As a federal employee, you and your family will have access to a range of benefits that are designed to make your federal career very rewarding.
Eligibility for benefits depends on the type of position you hold and whether your position is full-time, part-time, or intermittent. Contact the hiring agency for more information on the specific benefits offered.
How to Apply
All applicants are encouraged to apply online.
To apply for this position, you must complete the occupational questionnaire and submit the documentation specified in the Required Documents section. The complete application package must be submitted by 11:59 PM (EST) on 07/17/2019 to receive consideration. To preview the questionnaire click https://apply.usastaffing.gov/ViewQuestionnaire/10535283.
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AddressBattle Creek VA Medical Center
5500 Armstrong Road
Battle Creek, MI 49037
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