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If you have experience with electrical and power systems; installing, maintaining, repairing and modifying wiring and control equipment through which electricity flows, and troubleshooting and repairing  electrical circuitry and equipment, such as fan motors from 3 hp to 60 hp, transformers, pumps, air-conditioning and heating equipment, fluorescent, incandescent, direct and indirect lighting equipment, fluorescent dimming systems and controls, 277 volt parking lot lights, emergency warning systems, timing and recording devices, distribution panels, and connections for computer equipment, machines and office appliances, and you want to play a significant role in a dynamic organization, then consider joining the NIH Office of Research Facilities (ORF)! 

For more information, visit . This position is located in the Office of Research Facilities (ORF), Division of Property Management (DPM), Maintenance Services Branch (MSB).

This is a bargaining unit position represented by a union.

Must be able to obtain and maintain a level 5-Public Trust Security Clearance.  This level 5 security clearance must be maintained in order to stay in the position. 

A select agent clearance is also required for this position.



Working as a Maintenance Mechanic, with the Office of Research Facilities (ORF), Maintenance Services Branch, you will:

Plan and lay-out work from blueprints, sketches, drawings, specifications, guides, and schematic diagrams that shows the locations of electrical circuits, outlets, load centers, panel boards and other electrical equipment.

Troubleshoot HVAC/R systems with complex problems and extensive repairs requiring judgment to locate malfunctions on equipment such as but not limited to: control circuits, motor circuits, motor control centers, frequency drives, street lighting, electrical panels, transfer switches,...

Install, repair, and maintain large commercial and industrial ventilation, refrigeration, air conditioning (AC), and cooling systems with complex problems and extensive repairs.

Install, overhaul, repair, replace, and maintain a variety of electrical systems.  Perform preventive maintenance on electricial panels.

Respond to service calls and preventive maintenance inspections orally or in writing through computerized maintenance management system (CMMS) regarding malfunctioning/inoperable equipment, kitchen and domestic equipment (e.g., dishwashers, electric rangers, dryers); shop and laboratory equipment (e.g., vacuum pumps, air compressors, piping systems); and plumbing, utility, supply and disposal system (e.g., steam, chilled water, domestic water, sanitary water natural gas, etc.)

Operate a van type truck (weighing up to and including one ton load capacity) to transport tools, materials, equipment and self to work site.

Diagnose trouble and make repairs that can be accomplished by removing, replacing, tightening, splicing, soldering and insulating

defective wiring, controls, equipment and fixtures.

Work on secondary distribution lines and circuits used to supply distribution panels, switchgears, power and control circuits, electrical intrusion alarm and fire alarm systems.

Install, repair, replace, modify and test new and existing electrical lines, circuits, systems, fixtures, panels, switches, breakers, and controls.  Test equipment using voltmeters, ammeters and curcuit tracers.

Perform a variety of minor maintenance /repair tasks involved in the upkeep of installation buildings, structures, fixtures and utilities.