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Job Title:Utility Systems Repairer Operator

Department:General Services Administration

Agency:Public Buildings Service

Job Announcement Number:1311016CJDE

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

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$25.32 to $29.57 / Per Hour


Thursday, April 25, 2013 to Wednesday, May 08, 2013





- Permanent




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All United States citizens and nationals (residents of American Samoa and Swains Island).


You may have heard GSA called 'the government's landlord', but GSA is about more than just buildings...We're a vehicle management and acquisition service...a real estate IT solutions provider...a global supply chain manager...and more!  GSA provides innovative solutions for Federal agencies that include products, services, workspace, and expertise to build a more high-performing, efficient, sustainable, and transparent government for the American people.  And, since our jobs are as diverse as the services we provide, GSA is a great place to start, build, and expand your career.

GSA has been repeatedly named by the Partnership for Public Service as one of the 'Best Places to Work in the Federal Government'.

As an Utility Systems Repairer Operator you will be responsible for determining the methods, techniques, materials and equipment needed to perform duties associated with the operation maintenance, and repairs to refrigeration, air conditioning, boilers, heating equipment and associated auxilliary equipment. 

This position is located in the Public Building Services, Office of Facilities Management and Service Programs, white House Service Center, Washington, DC.  This office is responsible for overseeing the delivery and/or execution of maintenance services.

GSA offers its employees a wide range of benefits including:

  • Federal health insurance plans (choose from a wide range of plans)
  • Life insurance coverage with several options to choose from
  • Leave policies to help you take care of your personal, recreational, and health care needs
  • Thrift Savings Plan (similar to a 401(k) plan)
  • Flexible work schedules and telework
  • Transit and child care subsidies
  • Training and development


  • U.S. Citizenship or National
  • Background Security Investigation required
  • Must provide proof of EPA Universal CPC Certificate
  • On-line applications not accepted. Please see how to apply instructions


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Incumbent operates, maintains and repairs equipment and component parts of refrigeration, air conditioning and heating systems in one or a number of buildings.  Troubleshoots and dissembles equipment to check for proper internal wearing and bearing, i.e., checks thrust and radial bearings for even wear and possible overheating visually apparent, tests for refrigerant leaks or plugs tubes etc.  Assists in, or performs, as directed the handling of emergency or abnormal operations necessary for maintaining HVAC equipment in service or returning service when shutdown for maintenance repairs.


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The WG-10 salary range starts at $25.32 per hour, if you meet the following qualifications.  You must meet all qualification and eligibility requirements by the closing date of this announcement.

Your application will be rated and ranked on the following Knowledge, Skills, Abilities, and Other Characteristics (KSAOC's).  Screen-out Element are indicated by an Asterisk (*).  To be basic eligibility, candidates must receive at least 2 points in the Screen Out Element(s) indicated below and must have an average of two points on all the KSAOC's listed.  Your application will be further evaluated to determine if you meeting the Basic Qualification cut-off for the referral certificate to the Selecting Official.


1. * Ability to do the work of the position without more than normal supervision.

2. Ability to interpret instructions, specification, including blueprints. 

3. Knowledge of equipment assembly, installation, repair, and technical practices.

4. Ability to use and maintain tools and equipment. 

5. Knowledge of materials. 

6. Use of measuring instruments. 

7. Ability to provide quality customer service and support to a diverse customer base by assisting customers' needs and satisfying customer expectations.


Applicants are strongly encouraged to provide separate narrative statements describing how their experience satisfies each knowledge, skill and ability by describing: 1) where or how the particular KSA was acquired; and  2) where and how the particular KSA was used.  Provide clear, concise examples of your levels of training and education, accomplish, and responsibility as they relate specifically to this announcement.  Your statement should be supported by experience and/or education listed in your application.

If selected, you must meet the following conditions:

  • Serve a one year probationary period (unless you have previously satisfied this requirement).
  • Be able to make a direct deposit of your salary check to a financial organization.
  • Males born after December 31, 1959 must have registered with the Selective Service.
  • Complete a "Declaration of Federal Employment" (OF-306) to determine suitability for Federal employment.
  • Undergo a background security investigation and receive a favorable adjudication.
  • If you are not a current GSA employee, you must complete the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Form I-9 to determine identity and employment (work status) eligibility.  GSA will verify the information through the DHS e-Verify automated system.  Any identified discrepancies must be resolved as a condition of continued employment.
  • Undergo a background investigation and receive favorable adjudication.  This position has been designated as a Public Trust Position.
  • Undergo a single scope background investigation and be granted a Top Secret national security clearance by the GSA security office.  Non-GSA employees must be granted this clearance before you enter on duty.  This position is designated as a Critical-sensitive National Security Position.
  • Be able to work on rotating shift and/or weekend.
  • This position is subject to periodic and random drug testing.  You will be required to submit to urinalysis to screen for illegal drug use and receive a negative drug test result prior to appointment.
  • This position requires work to be performed inside and outside, and is usually dirty and greasy.  Repairs and installations are sometimes made outside in bad weather, or in work areas, which may be hot, humid, or noisy.  The employee is exposed to hazards of electrical shock, burns, cuts, bruises, dust, and injuries from falls from ladders.  You may be required to undergo a medical examination before appointment because of these conditions.
  • This position requires moderately heavy physical efforts necessary for lifting, carrying, and/or moving objects, materials, and supplies.  You will be required to carry, set up, and work on ladders and/or scaffolding.  The incumbent will be subject to noise, minor burns, electric shocks, cuts and bruises, and is subject to injuries due to falls from ladders while performing "high" cleaning duties.  The work is performed both indoors and outdoors and you will be exposed to extreme cold/hot, damp conditions. You may be required to undergo a medical examination before appointment because of these conditions.
  • This position is a Critical Sensitive National Security Position.  To work in this position, you must undergo a background investigation.  Selection to this position is contingent upon you being determined to be eligible for a National Security Clearance Top Secret required for access to the White House Center Complex by the Executive Office of the President.  Reinvestigations are conducted periodically after appointment.  Retention in this position is contingent upon you maintaining eligibility for a National Security Clearance Top Secret for access to the White House Service Center Complex with the Executive Office of the President.


The Category Rating procedure is being used to rate candidates.  If you are found qualified for the position, your responses to the self assessment vacancy questions will be used to place you in one of the following categories:  Qualified, Well Qualified, Best Qualified.  Your responses to the vacancy questions must be supported by your resume or the Human Resources Specialist may adjust your responses lower.  Within these categories, applicants eligible for veterans' preference will receive selection priority over non-veterans.  Appropriate documentation must be received to adjudicate veterans' preference.

Eligible candidates meeting the minimum qualification requirements and selective placement factor(s), if applicable, will be further evaluated and numerically rated.  The basis of rating will be an evaluation of the applicant's experience and/or training as stated in the application package.  The amount of experience or training will not itself be accepted as proof of qualification for any grade.  The applicant's record must demonstrated the capacity to perform the duties of the position.  Applicants should clearly show they possess the knowledge, skills, and ability (KSA's) listed  above.

A variety of assessments/assessment tools may be used to evaluate candidates for specific vacancies covered by this announcement. Candidates will be notified when further assessments are implemented and provided with instructions on how to access and complete the assessment(s).  Be sure to APPLY EARLY as most assessments must be completed fully and submitted before the announcement closing.

If you are an Interagency Career Transition Assistance Plan eligible or a GSA Career Transition Assistance eligible, you must be considered well qualified (minimum score of 85) to receive priority.  ICTAP/CTAP.

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GSA offers a comprehensive benefits package.  To explore the major benefits offered to most Federal employees, see Benefits.


Bargaining Unit status: AFGE

GSA does not accept applications or application materials submitted with Government-paid postage.

Travel, transportation, and relocation expenses are not authorized for this position.  Any travel, transportation, and relocation expenses associated with reporting for duty in this position will be the responsibility of the successful applicant.

Additional vacancies may be filled from this announcement as needed. This vacancy announcement does not preclude filling this position by other means.  Management also has the right not to fill the position.


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1.  This position is not accepting applications through GSA's automated staffing and recruitment system, GSAjobs.  Applicants may (a) mail, (b) hand-deliver, (c) email, or (d) fax the application.  Applications must be postmarked or received on or by the closing date of the announcement in order to be considered.  Please note that applications mailed via the U.S. Postal Service may not be received in a timely manner due to irradiation process for potential anthrax decontamination.

2.  You must submit one of the following:  Resume, OF-612 (Optional Application for Federal Employment), or other documentation of your experience, education, and training relevant to the position.

3.  It is recommended that you submit a separate sheet of paper, describing the extent to which you possess the knowledge, skills and abilities (KSA's) for each factor identified above.  

4.  A copy of your most recent performance evaluation.

5.  The following additional information should also be submitted, as appropriate:

CTAP/ICTAP Candidates:  Applicants claiming either CTAP or ICTAP eligibility must submit proof that they meet the requirements of 5 CFR 330.605(a) for CTAP and 5 CFR 330.704 for ICTAP.  This includes a copy of the agency notice, their most recent Performance Rating, and their most recent SF-50 indicating current position, grade level, and duty station.   Please visit the following website for more information on CTAP/ICTAP eligibility requirements:

DO NOT SEND THE FOLLOWING TYPES OF INFORMATION:  Unless the vacancy announcement specifically asks for examples of work products, samples, pictures, or training certificates do NOT submit them to the HR Office.  They will not be forwarded to the official making the selection for this vacancy.


Send all application material to the following Human Resources Office: 


General Services Administration
Human Resources Division (CPWC)
301 7th Street, S.W. Room 1030
Washington, DC 20407
Attn: Chuanda Johnson
Fax:  (202) 708-5377


Chuanda Johnson
(202) 708-5333


Please review the following to determine which documents you must submit in order to complete your application.

ICTAP/CTAP Eligibles: Submit proof of eligibility including agency notice; SF-50, Notification of Personnel Action (or similar agency form); and most recent performance rating.

Veterans:  In order to be considered as a preference eligible, you must submit a copy of your Certificate of Release or Discharge From Active Duty, DD-214. Your DD-214 must show the type of discharge and dates of active duty (member 4 copy). If you are claiming 10-point preference, you must submit the following in addition to the DD-214: (1) completed SF-15 form; and (2) proof of your entitlement to this preference. A list of documents which serve as acceptable proof of entitlement is indicated on the SF-15 form. 

Active Duty Military Personnel - In lieu of the DD-214, active duty service members may submit a written document from the armed forces certifying that they expect to be discharged or released under honorable conditions not later than 120 days after the date the certification is signed.




Chuanda Johnson
Phone: 202-708-5333
Fax: 202-708-5377
Agency Information:
GSA, Public Buildings Service
General Services Administration
Human Resources (CPN)
7th and D Streets SW Room 1030
Washington, DC
Fax: 202-708-5377


If your application is complete, we will review your application to ensure you meet the basic qualification requirements.  We will further evaluate each applicant who meets the basic qualifications on the knowledge, skills, abilities, and/or competencies required of the position.  Candidates in the highest quality category will be referred to the hiring manager for further consideration and possible interview.  After making a tentative job offer, we will conduct a suitability and/or security background investigation. A final job offer for this position is typically made within 40 days after the deadline for applications.

Thank you for your interest in working for U.S. General Services Administration!

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