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Job Title:Utility Systems Repairer Operator

Department:Department Of Agriculture

Agency:Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service

Job Announcement Number:24PQ-2013-0031

This position is closed and no longer accepting online applications through USAJOBS.

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$26.63 to $31.11 / Per Hour


Monday, December 03, 2012 to Monday, December 10, 2012




Full Time - Permanent




1 vacancy - Beltsville, MD, USView Map


This announcement is open to all United States citizens. (Current and Former Federal employees may also apply with a separate application to Merit Promotion vacancy announcement #6PQ-2013-0024. For information on viewing Merit Promotion announcements, click Locating a Status Position on USAJOBS.)


Relocation expenses will not be paid.  The incumbent performs a variety of operations and functions relating to the adjustment, maintenance, repair, replacement, modification, and inspection of complex heating, ventilation, waste sterilization, emergency electrical generator, and air conditioning systems at the National Plant Germplasm Quarantine Center (NPGQC) in Beltsville, MD.

You can make a difference! The U.S. Department of Agriculture's (USDA) Marketing and Regulatory Programs (MRP) needs bright, energetic and committed professionals to facilitate the domestic and international marketing of U.S. agricultural products and to protect the health and care of animals and plants in the United States. MRP offers an array of occupations and is committed to diversity in the workplace. We operate in domestic and global markets. Be part of an organization that protects the health and agriculture of the American people. Join our team!


APHIS is an emergency response agency. This means that all Agency employees may be asked or assigned to participate in rotating temporary duty assignments to support emergency programs at some time during their careers with APHIS. For details click: APHIS Emergency Response


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The duties may include, but are not limited to:

  • Operates, maintains, and repairs three boilers that supply 180 degree Fahrenheit water 24/7 throughout the entire facility.
  • Inspects boilers and auxiliary equipment for operation and preventive maintenance purposes, inspects and adjusts controls, and replaces or modifies major and minor parts.
  • Operates, maintains, troubleshoots, and repairs two 150-ton air-cooled chillers that provide 42-degree chilled water for cooling all support/laboratory buildings for mission-critical areas.
  • Performs routine servicing, diagnosis of refrigeration malfunctions, and repairs of compressors, condensers, liquid line solenoid and expansion valves and more.
  • Operates, maintains, tests, alters, and assists in the major repairs of the NPGQC's emergency power generating systems, including two 750 kilowatt diesel generator sets.
  • Maintains the generator in a ready state mode in order to guarantee 24/7 emergency power transfer capability, locating and diagnosing operational problems.
  • Operates, inspects, and maintains the BSL-3AG microwave wastewater sterilization system and daily inspects the system in the containment area for correct operating parameters.
  • Initiates the decontamination cycle; monitors batch runs through the system; and operates, maintains, and repairs the sewage ejector station.


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To qualify, you must show you have had training and experience of sufficient scope and quality to provide you with the knowledge, skills and abilities to perform the duties of the position. Your answers to the vacancy specific questions must be supported by the work experience in your resume. For example, if you respond in the affirmative when questioned whether you have experience maintaining or repairing boilers, your resume must include this experience, mindful that experience may not be inferred by job title.

Special Conditions:

  • Males born after 12/31/59 must be registered with the Selective Service.
  • DD214 (Member 4 copy) or other veterans' documents required to receive veterans' preference.
  • As a condition of employment, a background investigation may be required for this position.
  • Subject to satisfactory completion of one-year probationary period.
  • Valid state driver's license is required at time of hiring and must be maintained throughout employment.
  • Will be on-call for emergencies with an assigned pager or cell phone and may be required to work overtime or during non-duty hours to complete installation or system maintenance that cannot be worked on during normal hours or is of an urgent nature.
  • Works inside the high containment area of a BSL-3AG facility that requires the ability to change clothing, redress to a work suit, and shower prior to exiting the facility.
  • Must be able to lift, push, or carry materials weighing up to 100 pounds.
  • Must have good mechanical ability, dexterity, and agility.
  • Work requires considerable standing, stooping, climbing, kneeling, and bending for long periods of time and working from heights.


  • Your application will be rated on the extent and quality of your experience, education and training relevant to the position. Your resume must support that you meet the specialized experience requirements described above and are proficient in the following skills or competencies below. Please note you are not required to provide specific narrative responses to the skills and competencies described in this section.
    • Ability to do the work of a utility systems repairer-operator
    • Knowledge of equipment assembly, installation, repair, etc.
    • Technical practices and knowledge of materials
    • Use of measuring instruments
    • Ability to interpret instructions, specifications, blueprints, etc.
    • Ability to use and maintain tools and equipment
  • Category rating procedures will be used to rank and select eligible candidates. The following quality categories will be used: Best Qualified, Well Qualified, and Qualified. Within each quality category, veterans' preference eligibles will receive selection priority over non-veterans.
  • Your final category placement will be based on your responses to the assessment questionnaire. Please ensure your resume provides enough detail to support your responses.
  • If, after reviewing your resume and / or supporting documentation, a determination is made that you have inflated your qualifications and or experience, your score can / will be adjusted to more accurately reflect your abilities. Please follow all instructions carefully. Errors or omissions may affect your rating. Deliberate attempts to falsify information may be grounds for not selecting you.

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Eligibility for employee benefits depends on your type of appointment and your tour of duty (work schedule). Generally, you must be hired on a permanent basis and have a regular full or part-time work schedule. For more information on potential benefits, go to: Federal Employee Benefits


  • For information regarding CTAP eligibility for displaced Federal employees click: Career Transition Assistance Programs
  • More than one selection may be made if another vacancy occurs within 90 days of the issuance of the certification of eligibles.
  • Persons with disabilities who require alternative means for communication of program information (Braille, large print, audiotape, etc) should contact: USDA's TARGET Center at 202-720-2600 (voice and TDD).
  • For information on filing a complaint of discrimination, click: Filing a Complaint


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    A complete on-line application will require the submission of the following:

    • Resume
    • Responses to the vacancy specific questions
    • Supporting Documentation which may be required (See links under Required Documents for more information)

    For instructions on using the on-line system click: APPLYING ON-LINE

    For instructions on submitting documents click: SUPPORTING DOCUMENTATION


    Click on the following links to see if the supporting documentation is applicable to you:


    Critical Submission Requirements and Reminders

    • Help in applying online is available Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Central Time at the number listed in the Contact information section.
    • All application materials and supplemental documentation will be accepted until midnight Eastern Time on the closing date.
    • Application and supporting documentation will not be accepted via e-mail.
    • Due to the high volume of applicants, we are unable to confirm receipt of supporting documentation. If faxing, you should retain confirmation of a successful fax transmission including the number of pages successfully transmitted as proof of submission.
    • If a document is resubmitted, it replaces the previous submission, which means the previous document is no longer available to the human resources office. If you are adding to, rather than replacing a previous submission, you must fax and/or upload both the old document and the new document.
    • Applicants who cannot apply on-line must request a hard copy application packet from the Agency Contact listed in the vacancy announcement. Resumes and/or supporting documentation alone will not be considered without the inclusion of a hard copy application packet.


    Phone: 612-336-3326
    Fax: 612-336-3560
    Agency Information:
    Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service
    100 N 6th Street, Butler Sq Bldg, 510C
    Minneapolis, MN
    Fax: 612-336-3560


    You may check the status of your application on-line 24 hours a day through USAJOBS. Status updates will be available after 2-3 weeks. For instructions on checking your application status click : Checking My Application Status No additional correspondence will be sent.

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