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Job Title:  Utility Systems Repairer-Operator WG-4742-8/9/10
Department:  Department Of Health And Human Services
Agency:  Indian Health Service
Job Announcement Number:  IHS-13-OK-924265-ESEP/MP

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

The contents of the announcement can still be viewed.
$19.99 to $26.82 / Per Hour
Friday, July 12, 2013 to Thursday, July 25, 2013
Full Time - Multiple Appointment Types
1 vacancy in the following location:
Claremore, OK United StatesView Map
All groups of qualified individuals


The Indian Health Service (IHS) is the principal federal health care provider and health advocate for American Indians and Alaska Natives (AI/AN). The IHS goal is to raise Indian health status to the highest possible level. IHS provides leadership and direction to programs and activities designed to improve health outcomes to over 1.9 million AI/AN through a system of IHS, Tribal and Urban operated facilities and programs.

For information on the IHS visit IHS.GOV

The IHS is required by law to give absolute preference to qualified applicants who meet the Secretary of the Interior's definition of Indian for appointment to vacancies within the IHS in accordance with established IHS policy as outlined in the Indian Health Manual Part 7, Chapter 3. The IHS is an Equal Opportunity Employer.


This is a full-time permanent Utility Systems Repairer-Operator position located in the Maintenance Department at the Claremore Indian Hospital.  The incumbent is under the direct supervision of the Utility Systems Repairer-Operator Supervisor.  The primary function of this position is to operate, maintain, and repair major equipment/utility systems and related equipment required to provide building and utility services and environmental control for all buildings at the Claremore Service Unit.  The incumbent will also perform carpentry services for renovation/construction projects and preventative maintenance for mechanical, electrical, plumbing, and other building features. 

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  • The selected applicant will be subject to a pre-employment background
  • investigation, which will include a fingerprint check.
  • If applicable-Selective Service registration (Males born after 12/31/59)
  • U.S. Citizenship is required
  • Current state driver's license required.


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  • Maintain, operate and repair all utility systems (such as chillers, cooling tower, pumps, air handlers, steam boilers, domestic hot water and chilling loop, HVAC, electrical, mechanical, and plumbing systems), and related auxiliary equipment.
  • Maintain surveillance of the computerized heating, ventilation, and air conditioning (HVAC) system control.
  • Perform repairs, renovations and construction projects to hospital and other buildings on-site, and maintains building features.
  • Perform scheduled preventive and emergency maintenance on utility systems, building components, and other mechanical, electrical, and plumbing systems.


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To qualify for this position, your resume must reflect sufficient experience and/or education, to perform the duties of the position for which you are applying. Your resume is key in evaluating your experience, as they relate to this position. Therefore, we encourage you to be clear and specific when describing your work experience.


Candidates for this position will be evaluated under the federal wage system job grading standards.  No specific length of experience is required.  Applicants will be rated on the knowledge, skills, and abilities to perform the duties of the position.   

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. Applicants who clearly fail to meet the lowest acceptable requirements in the screen-out element can be rated ineligible without further review of their applications since this element measures the critical ability needed to successfully perform the duties of the job.

In addition, to the Screen-Out Element, you must also meet the Minimum Qualifications stated below-



WG-8: Must be able to perform the duties listed below as well as perform maintenance mechanic duties, including use and application of standard limited building techniques and practices.

WG-9: Must be able to perform the duties listed below as well as perform maintenance mechanic duties, including use and application of standard building techniques, practices, codes, and limited understanding of blueprints, sketches and schematics.

WG-10: Must be able to perform the duties listed below as well as perform maintenance mechanic duties, including use and application of standard building techniques, practices, codes, reading and understanding of blueprints, sketches and schematics. 


Duties: Follow simple oral or written instructions and/or work order; Read and understand work orders in order to complete assigned work; Use and maintain pneumatic hand tools; Use and maintain shop tools, drill press, band saw, table saw, etc.; Follow manufacturer's instructions for use of power tools; Follow safety manuals on operation of tools and equipment; Follow safety guidelines working with oils and lubricants; Working with inert gases and solvents, acids, adhesives, sealants, paints, oils and lubricants while performing maintenance tasks; Respond to frequent changes in instructions, with respect to the team, project, and/or task; Adhere to a schedule to perform preventive maintenance work and inspection, and maintain complete records of work completed; Use and maintain a variety of electrical, carpentry, painting and plumbing equipment (hand and motorized).

You must meet the requirements of the job by this date: Thursday, July 25, 2013


You will be rated based on the information provided in your resume (your resume must state specific duties that relate to this position ) and your responses to the assessment questions will be evaluated against the duties you provided in your resume, along with your submitted documentation to determine your ability to demonstrate the following: 


You will receive a numeric rating based on your responses to the Assessment questions. If after reviewing your resume and responses to the assessment questions, a determination is made that you have overstated your qualifications and/or experience, you may lose consideration.

The following links below provide information on how you may be eligible for various hiring authorities. If you are a Veteran, qualified CTAP and ICTAP eligible, or an individual with a disability, please refer to the following links below for additional guidance:

Click here to view vacancy questions: View Occupational Questionnaire. All documents above MUST be received by 11:59 (Eastern Standard Time) of the closing date of, Thursday, July 25, 2013, to be considered.


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Additional selections may be made on this vacancy announcement.

A two-year trial period may be required upon selection/placement (ESEP only)

MULTIPLE-GRADE ANNOUNCEMENT: This position may be filled at any level. If the position is not filled at the highest grade, there is NO commitment for future promotions based solely on being selected from this announcement.  Conversely, if the employee demonstrates the ability to perform at a higher level, is recommended by the supervisor, and otherwise meets the qualifications, he/she may be promoted without further competition under the Area Merit Promotion Program.  Also, no further competition is required if it becomes necessary through the reclassification process to upgrade the position.


Measles and Rubella immunization required for selectees born after 1957.
Incumbent subject to callback in the event of an emergency after normal duty hours, on weekends, and holidays.

Physical Requirements:

  • Light to medium physical effort is required in observing equipment and adjusting controls.
  • The work may require continual standing and walking, some squatting, bending, climbing ladders, reaching above the head, and lifting up to 80 lbs.
  • Occasionally works in awkward and cramped conditions when making repairs. 

Working Conditions:

  • Work is performed in the Facilities Management Service and also in mechanical rooms, sometimes outside, occasionally in inclement weather. 
  • Employee is exposed to the possibility of boiler bursts and steam blowback, toxic gases refrigerants, fumes, and scalds. Subject to cuts, bruises, electrical shock, chemical irritations and broken bones while working around machinery and equipment. 
  • Noise level is often high and ear protection is required. Other protective devices such as goggles, respirators, steel-toe shoes, gloves, hardhats, etc., while in performance of specific duties such as water testing, handling chemicals and refrigerants, etc., will be worn as required, in accordance with OSHA regulations.

IHS - Operated Properties are tobacco free


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To apply for this position, you must provide a complete Application Package. See required documents below.

  1. Click ‘Apply Online' to create an account or log in to your existing USAJOBS account.
  2. Follow the prompts to complete the assessment questionnaire and upload required documents.
  3. Please ensure you click the Submit My Answers button to submit your application.
  4. Applications must be received by the closing date of the announcement to receive consideration.
  5. Check application status by logging into your USAJOBS account, clicking Application Status, then More Information for this position. Return to an incomplete application by clicking Apply Online in the vacancy announcement and re- selecting your resume and/or other documents from your USAJOBS account.

To fax supporting documents you are unable to upload, complete this cover page using the following 924265. Fax your documents to 1-478-757-3144.

You are highly encouraged to submit your application package and complete your assessment questionnaire on-line. If you cannot apply online:

  1. Click to view and print the assessment questionnaire View Occupational Questionnaire.
  2. Print this 1203FX form to provide your response to the assessment questionnaire
  3. You are limited to selecting 10 locations.
  4. Fax the completed 1203FX form along with any supporting documents to 1-478-757-3144. Your 1203FX will serve as a cover page for your fax transmission.

PLEASE NOTE: When completing the 1203-FX, be sure to select only one response for each question. Selecting more than one response for a question may result in your application package being rated ineligible. In Section 25 of the Occupational Questionnaire, you may notice that the numbering restarts with number one. When entering your responses on the 1203-FX form please continue to enter your responses on the next available number within this section. The numbers on the 1203-FX will not match the Occupational Questionnaire once it restarts with number one.

Submission of a resume' or a 1203FX form alone IS NOT a complete application. This position requires the completion of additional forms and/or supplemental materials as described under Required Documents section.

The IHS provides reasonable accommodations to applicants with disabilities. If you need a reasonable accommodation for any part of the application and hiring process, please notify the Human Resources Office (MESHA JOHNSTON, (580)354-5528, and/or MESHA.JOHNSTON@IHS.GOV.) The decision on granting reasonable accommodation will be on a case-by-case basis.


Required Documentation for Eligibility and Preference

  • Indian Preference Applicants: - If claiming Indian preference for the first time, or if you have no previous documentation of preference, applicants must provide a completed copy of the Form BIA-4432 (expiration date 11/30/2014), “Verification of Indian Preference for Employment in the BIA and IHS Only.” Indian preference will not be given unless a properly signed and dated form is submitted with your application, including any verification by an authorized Tribal Representative or BIA Official of tribal enrollment records. For detail instructions, see form BIA- 4432. You must also complete the family history chart if necessary. Current IHS employees with a BIA form on file in their Official Personnel Folder are required to submit a copy of that form with their application. Refer to BIA-4432 link: http:/ dc015515.pdf
  • Veterans Employment Opportunity Act (VEOA) or other Veterans preference (VRA and 30%or more disabled)  – include a copy of your DD-214, if you're claiming Vet preference. For more information please see link at:
  • Career Transitional Assistance Program (CTAP)/Interagency Career Assistance Program (ICTAP) – If you are claiming CTAP/ICTAP, follow the instructions below:
  • Current or former Federal employee: Include your most recent SF50.
  • Qualifications - Provide a copy of valid state driver's license. Proof of valid driver's license required before entrance on duty.
  • Your application package MUST be complete by 11:59  pm Eastern Standard Time (EST) on Thursday, July 25, 2013, the closing of this announcement.


Phone: (580)354-5528
TDD: (301)443-6394
Agency Information:
Indian Health Service HR Center
1515 Lawrie Tatum Rd
Lawton, OK


Once the online questionnaire is received you will receive an acknowledgement email that your submission was successful. Applicant MUST verify the completeness and successful submission of their applications by logging into the USAJobs Application Manager to check the “Status”. Your qualifications for the job will be reviewed against other applicants to determine, if you will be referred to the hiring manager for further consideration and possible interviews. We will notify you of the outcome after each of these steps have been completed. After making a tentative job offer, we will conduct a suitability/security background investigation.

You will no longer need to call the HR Office to determine your application status. USAJOBS has added an alert setting to their system to provide status updates for applicants. You can elect to activate the status updates from your USAJOBS profile at any point during the application process.

If all required documentation is not submitted with your application you will lose consideration. It is the applicant’s responsibility to verify that information and documents entered, uploaded, or faxed is received, legible and accurate. HR will not modify answers submitted by an applicant.

~ ~ ~ Indian Health Service (IHS) is an Equal Opportunity Employer

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