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Job Title:  Maintenance Mechanic-ORF-DE
Department:  Department Of Health And Human Services
Agency:  National Institutes of Health
Job Announcement Number:  NIH-ORF-DE-13-955167

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

The contents of the announcement can still be viewed.
$25.32 to $29.57 / Per Hour
Monday, September 09, 2013 to Friday, September 13, 2013
Full Time - Permanent
1 vacancy in the following location:
Bethesda, MD United StatesView Map
United States Citizens


The NIH is the premier biomedical research center for the world. Its 27 Institutes and Centers employ approximately 18,000 employees doing a vast array of jobs, all supporting efforts for a healthy nation. For information on the NIH mission, goals, and Institutes and Centers, visit NIH Overview.

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.


  • U.S. Citizenship requirement met by closing date.
  • Position is subject to a background investigation.
  • Must have a current state driver's license.
  • This position requires shift work.
  • Applicants for this position must pass a pre-employment medical examination
  • This position is an Emergency Essential position.


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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.


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Applicants will be rated in accordance with the OPM Qualification Standard Handbook X-118C. Although a specific length of time and experience is not required for most blue-collar positions, you must meet any screen-out element listed, and show through experience and training that you possess the level of knowledge and skill necessary to perform the duties of the position.


The approved job elements for this occupation are listed as follows:

(1) Ability to do the work of the position without more than normal supervision (Screen-out element).

(2) Technical practices (theoretical, precise, artistic).

(3) Use of measuring instruments.

(4) Ability to interpret instructions, specifications, etc. (includes blueprint reading).

(5) Ability to use and maintain tools and equipment.

(6) Knowledge of materials.

(7) Knowledge of equipment assembly, installation, repair, etc.


View Assessment Questions

Males born after December 31, 1959 must be registered with Selective Service.


If you meet the minimum qualifications for this position, your application and responses to the online questionnaire will be evaluated under Category Rating and Selection procedures for placement in one of the following categories:

  • Best Qualified – for those who are superior in the evaluation criteria
  • Well Qualified – for those who excel in the evaluation criteria
  • Qualified – for those who only meet the minimum qualification requirements

Candidates determined to be Best Qualified will be referred to the hiring manager for further consideration and possible interview. The Category Rating Process does not add veterans' preference points, but protects the rights of veterans by placing them ahead of non-preference eligibles within each category.

If you are a veteran, CTAP or ICTAP eligible, or an individual with a disability, please refer to the following links for additional information and required documents:

All such documents MUST be received by 11:59pm ET of the closing date,  Friday, September 13, 2013, to be considered.


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The federal government offers a comprehensive benefits package including vacation, sick leave, holidays, life insurance, health benefits, and participation in the Federal Employees Retirement System.  For more information, check out New Employee Benefits at NIH and OPM's Employee Benefits Information.


Driver's License:  If you are selected for this position, a current valid driver's license is required.

This position requires Shift Work.

If selected for this position, a pre-employment physical is required. 

You may need to lift and move heavy items.

You may need to stand for prolonged periods on concrete floors and walk over rough and uneven terrain.

You may need to bend, stoop, walk, stand, and climb, and work in cramped positions.

You may need to work outdoors, often under adverse weather conditions.

This position is designated as an 'emergency' position and the selected candidate will be considered an 'emergency' employee and will be required to be available, ready, willing, and able to report for duty under all circumstances, e.g., inclement weather, government closings and holidays, lapse in appropriations, non-emergency and emergency situations for operation 24 hours a day and 365 days per year coverage.

We are unable to pay relocation expenses. 

A one-year probationary period may be required upon selection/placement.

Additional selections may be made through this vacancy announcement. 

The National Institutes of Health participates in the USCIS Electronic Employment Eligibility Verification Program (E-Verify).  E-Verify helps employers determine employment eligibility of new hires and the validity of their Social Security numbers.

Must obtain and maintain a level 5 Public Trust Security Clearance.

A Special Agent clearance is also required for this position.


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Submission of a resume alone IS NOT a complete application. You must provide a complete online Application Package which includes:


  • Your Resume (Please provide sufficient details in your resume to enable us to determine if you meet the requirement for qualifying experience (as stated in the Qualifications section) and to support your answers to the online questionnaire. Providing insufficient details in your resume may result in a lower or ineligible rating.)
  • A complete Assessment Questionnaire, View Assessment Questions.
  • Other required supporting documents (See the Required Documents section for any additional forms and/or supplemental materials required.)
  • If you would prefer to submit a Curriculum Vitae (CV) for consideration, you may submit a skeletal online resume and Fax your CV. Submission of a resume/CV alone IS NOT a complete application. You must complete the online questionnaire that will appear when you begin your application on USAJOBS. (See the Required Documents section for any additional forms and/or supplemental materials required.)


To begin the online application process, click the "Apply Online" button at the bottom of this screen to log in to your existing USAJOBS account or to create an account if you do not already have one.


  • Follow the prompts to complete the Assessment Questionnaire. Please ensure you click the "Submit My Answers" button at the end of the process.
  • To fax supporting documents you are unable to upload, you must use the fax coversheet found at . Include the vacancy announcement number for the job to which you are applying, 955167. Fax your documents to 1-478-757-3144.


If you have questions or require reasonable accommodation during the application process, please contact the HR staff member listed below. If you cannot apply online, these are the steps to follow:

  1. Click the following link to view and print the assessment questionnaire View Occupational Questionnaire, View Occupational Questionnaire.
  2. Print this 1203-FX form to provide your response to the occupational questionnaire
  3. 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. This issue has been identified and will be resolved as soon as possible.
  4. Fax the completed 1203-FX form along with any supporting documents to 1-478-757-3144. Your 1203-FX will serve as a cover page for your fax transmission.


NOTE: Faxing paper applications will overwrite your prior online application responses and may result in you being found ineligible.


If you have difficulties with hearing and are seeking assistance, please call a relay operator at 1-800-735-2258 or visit Maryland Relay or AT&T Relay.


For technical difficulties, contact HR Systems Support between 8 AM and 4:30 PM ET Monday through Friday at 301-451-1436 or


Additional Information on How to Apply

Information on Reasonable Accommodation


We encourage you to verify that your application is complete. Log into your USAJOBS account,, select the Application Status link and then select the more information link for this position. The Details page will display the status of your application, the documentation received and processed, and any correspondence the agency has sent related to this application. Your uploaded documents may take several hours to clear the virus scan process. To return to an incomplete application, log into your USAJOBS account and click Update Application in the vacancy announcement. You must re-select your resume and/or other documents from your USAJOBS account or your application will be incomplete.


The following information must be received by 11:59pm ET on the closing date of the announcement, Friday, September 13, 2013.  

  1. Resume via USAJOBS.
  2. Responses to online questionnaire.
  3. If applicable, supporting documentation (including DD214 to support Veterans' Employment, CTAP/ICTAP, Schedule A, or other information requested in the announcement such as transcripts). To ensure your information is secure, please block out any Social Security numbers (SSNs). Clean copies may be requested if you are hired.


Cheryl Harris
Phone: (301)594-6689
Agency Information:
National Institutes of Health
2115 E Jefferson St
Bethesda, MD


Within 15 business days of the closing date, Friday, September 13, 2013, you may check your status online at USAJOBS.  We will update your status after each key stage in the application process has been completed.

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