The incumbent serves as a Boiler Plant Operator, Boiler Plant Division, Operations Section, Facilities management Service responsible for daily operation, repairs, and maintenance of three boilers with a capacity of 10,000 pounds of steam per hour per boiler and associated equipment. Incumbent reports to the Boiler Plant Supervisor under direction of the Supervisory General Engineer Operations.Learn more about this agency
Operates three boilers with a capacity of 10,000 pounds of steam per hour per boiler. Monitor's and records hourly readings on three boilers fired on natural gas and # 2 diesel fuel power boilers and auxiliary equipment with manual or automatic controls to produce saturated steam. Lights off, operates, secures, and maintains three boilers and associated auxiliary and pollution control equipment, heat exchangers, pumps, fuel pressure, control valves, fuel strainers, relief valves, water softeners, and other similar equipment. Regulates fuel feed and water levels and maintains required steam pressure and temperatures. Replenishes chemical feed tanks and monitor make up feed water conditioning equipment to control or remove impurities and entrapped gases.
The boiler operator conducts chemical testing daily on the boilers and makes the required adjustment to maintain the boilers and condensate in chemical range.
Operates the boiler plants three 10,000 pounds of steam per hour boilers fired with natural gas and # 2 diesel to produce steam required to meet challenging load demands. The operators maintain efficient combustion levels and ensure compliance with air pollution laws and regulations. The operators use Fireye control system, gauges, and computer generated data and graphics to determine adjustments or corrections necessary for proper boiler operations or changing load requirements. The operator must achieve maximum combustion efficiency with changing load demands or variations in fuel quality. Operates emergency electrical generators to meet plant electrical requirements when the main electrical source is unable to provide the necessary power. Responds to Fire and Medical gas alarms, dispatches appropriate emergency responders.
The Boiler Plant Operator will conduct semi-annual safety device testing to the boilers and associated equipment in accordance to the VHA Directive 2008-062. Works using independent judgment and decisions in performing boiler plant operations and maintenance work. The boiler plant operator prepares the boiler for annual inspections, boiler tuning to verify proper boiler emissions. The Operator will perform refractory repair identified by the boiler inspection including throat tile, refractory surfaces and internal baffles. The Boiler Operator performs other maintenance and repairs including all preventive maintenance to all boilers, DA tank, pumps and valves. Replace mechanical seals and packing to pumps and valves.
Performs other duties as assigned.
Work Schedule: Rotating (Days/Swing/Graveyard) must have 90 days on the job training prior to assuming a shift
Position Description Title/PD#: Boiler Plant Operator/PD#30405-A
Physical Requirements: Frequently work in confined areas in and around boilers. Requires moderate to strenuous effort and long periods of walking, standing, climbing, bending, and crouching. Frequently lift and carry boiler parts and chemical supplies weighing up to 40 pounds unassisted. Occasionally, and with assistance, carries items weighing over 40 pounds. Subject to annual physical examinations.
Occasional travel - You may be expected to travel for this position.
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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, the ability to do the work of a Boiler Plant Operator without more than normal supervision. Examples include: knowledge of the location/function of numerous pumps, valves, regulators and gauges. Knowledge of the chemical and physical characteristics of fuels and principles of combustion, steam generation and heat transfer. Knowledge of the relationship between fuel quality and efficient combustion characteristics in accordance with environmental law and a thorough knowledge of procedures or adjustments during combustion to control pollutants in flue emissions with the use of a combustion gas analyzer. Knowledge of water tending, analysis and basic chemical treatments. Ability to recognize malfunctioning equipment/systems and potentially dangerous operating conditions. Skill in the use of hand tools, electric and pneumatic power tools. Skill in applying preventive maintenance procedures, and limited operational repairs (e.g. cleaning equipment, greasing and oiling moving parts). 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:
- Dexterity and Safety
- Equipment Assembly, Installation, Repair
- Interpret Instructions, Specifications (includes blueprint reading)
- Measuring Instruments
- Operation of Equipment/Machinery
- Technical Practices
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.
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.
This job opportunity announcement may be used to fill additional vacancies.
If you are unable to apply online view the following link for information regarding an Alternate Application.
How You Will Be Evaluated
IN DESCRIBING YOUR EXPERIENCE, PLEASE BE CLEAR AND SPECIFIC. WE WILL NOT MAKE ASSUMPTIONS REGARDING YOUR EXPERIENCE. .Applicants will be accessed in the order in which the applications were received and select any qualified applicant in that order.
- Cover Letter
- DD-214/ Statement of Service
- Disability Letter (Schedule A)
- Disability Letter (VA)
- Separation Notice (RIF)
- 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.
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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 09/16/2020 to receive consideration. To preview the questionnaire click https://apply.usastaffing.gov/ViewQuestionnaire/10911669.
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Agency contact information
AddressRoseburg VA Medical Center
913 Northwest Garden Valley Boulevard
Roseburg, OR 97471
OUR MISSION: To fulfill President Lincoln's promise - "To care for him who shall have borne the battle, and for his widow, and his orphan" - by serving and honoring the men and women who are America's Veterans. How would you like to become a part of a team providing compassionate care to Veterans?
Roseburg is centrally located in Southwestern Oregon and you will find an excellent quality of life in a family-oriented community. With the Cascade Mountains to the east, and the beautiful coastline to the west, activities abound for outdoor enthusiast. Plus, Roseburg has all the amenities of a larger city while still offering the relaxed atmosphere of a small town environment. For more information on the Roseburg Area, please visit the following links: http://www.roseburgareachamber.org http://www.visitroseburg.com http://www.visitroseburg.com/video/landUmpqua.php For more information on the Department of Veterans Affairs, go to http://www.vacareers.va.gov/
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The Values are Integrity, Commitment, Advocacy, Respect and Excellence ("I CARE").
As a VA professional, your opportunities are endless. With many openings in the multiple functions of VA, you will have a wide range of opportunities and leadership positions at your fingertips.
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