Air Conditioning Equipment Operator - Energy Plant US Department of Veterans Affairs Seattle

Title Air Conditioning Equipment Operator - Energy Plant
Date 2020
Company US Department of Veterans Affairs
City Seattle

Short Description :

Consisting of boilers, air conditioning, chiller, refrigeration, graphic control, and other pertinent equipment, pollution control equipment, air compressors, vacuum producing equipment, pumps, filtering systems, emergency electrical generators, electrical switch ,…

Full Description :

    Duties Summary

    The incumbent will serve as an AIR CONDITIONING EQUIPMENT OPERATOR in the PLANT OPERATIONS AND LEASES, Facilities Engineering Service Line at VA Puget Sound Health Care System, Seattle.


    Duties include, but are not limited to:

    • Operate, maintain, and repair a modern plant consisting of boilers, air conditioning, chiller, refrigeration, graphic control, and other pertinent equipment, pollution control equipment, air compressors, vacuum producing equipment, pumps, filtering systems, emergency electrical generators, electrical switch gear and associated systems and controls.
    • Operate, maintain and repair three main fire tube steam producing boilers and all associated controls, cut-outs and safety devices.
    • Perform test and treatment of boiler water, condensate, feed and water softener.
    • Operate, maintain and repair an air conditioning plant consisting of centrifugal and reciprocating refrigeration units including cooling towers, related auxiliary equipment, controls, pumps and all other associated equipment.
    • Perform test and treatment of chilled water, condenser water.
    • Operate graphic control center that monitors and controls remote operating equipment throughout the facility.
    • Operate and maintain all air compressing equipment including medical air, control air, refrigerated air drying and filtering equipment.
    • Operate and maintain all pumps such as condensate chill water, domestic water, chemical feed pumps and all associated mechanisms.
    • Perform other administrative duties as assigned.
    Work Schedule: 8-12 hour shifts, further details to be discussed during the interview.
    Compressed/Flexible Schedule: Not Available.
    Relocation/Recruitment Incentives: Authorized.
    Position Description Title/PD#: Air Conditioning Equipment OperatorEnergy Plant/PD40613-A and PD40613-A Travel Required

    Not required

    Supervisory status


    Promotion Potential


  • Job family (Series)

    5415 Air Conditioning Equipment Operating

  • Requirements

    Requirements Conditions of Employment
    • You must be a U.S. citizen to apply for this job
    • Subject to a background/suitability investigation
    • Designated and/or random drug testing may be required
    • May serve a probationary period
    • Selective Service Registration is required for males born after 12/31/1959
    • A complete application package; Resume, Transcripts, etc.
    • Selected applicants will be required to complete an online onboarding process
    Qualifications To qualify for this position, applicants must meet all requirements by the closing date of this announcement.
    EXPERIENCE: A specific length of training and experience is not required, but you must show evidence of training or experience of sufficient scope and quality of your ability to do the work of this position. Evidence which demonstrates you possess the knowledge, skills, and ability to perform the duties of this position must be supported by detailed descriptions of such on your resume. Applicants will be rated in accordance with the OPM Federal Wage System Qualification Standards.
    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. Those applicants who appear to possess at least the minimal acceptable qualification requirement are considered for further rating; those who do not are rated ineligible and are eliminated. The potential eligibles are then rated against the remainder of the Job Elements:
    • Dexterity and Safety
    • Equipment Assembly, Installation, Repair
    • Interpret Instructions, Specifications (other than blueprint reading)
    - Measuring Instruments- Operation of Equipment/Machinery
    • Technical Practices
    • Without more than normal supervision

    Experience refers to paid and unpaid experience, including volunteer work done through National Service programs (e.g., Peace Corps, AmeriCorps) and other organizations (e.g., professional; philanthropic; religions; spiritual; community; student; social). Volunteer work helps build critical competencies, knowledge, and skills and can provide valuable training and experience that translates directly to paid employment. You will receive credit for all qualifying experience, including volunteer experience.
    Note: A full year of work is considered to be 35-40 hours of work per week. Part-time experience will be credited on the basis of time actually spent in appropriate activities. Applicants wishing to receive credit for such experience must indicate clearly the nature of their duties and responsibilities in each position and the number of hours a week spent in such employment.
    Physical Requirements: The position requires repairs or adjustments to equipment from ladders, platforms, and in cramped or hard to reach areas. This requires standing, stooping, bending, climbing, and at times in uncomfortable and tiring positions, at times, under dirty or greasy conditions.
    Working Conditions: The incumbent is required to work inside and outside, at times, under dirty or greasy conditions. The incumbent may be exposed to foul odors or fumes and uncomfortable heat or cold. Education

    This job does not have an education qualification requirement.

    Additional information

    The Interagency Career Transition Assistance Plan (ICTAP) and Career Transition Assistance Plan (CTAP) provide eligible displaced VA competitive service employees with selection priority over other candidates for competitive service vacancies. To be well-qualified, applicants must possess experience that exceeds the minimum qualifications of the position including all selective factors if applicable, and must be proficient in most of the requirements of the job. Information about ICTAP and CTAP eligibility is on OPM's Career Transition Resources website which can be found at
    Receiving Service Credit for Earning Annual (Vacation) Leave: Federal Employees earn annual leave at a rate (4, 6 or 8 hours per pay period) which is based on the number of years they have served as a Federal employee. VA may offer newly-appointed Federal employee's credit for their job-related non-federal experience or active duty uniformed military service. This credited service can be used in determining the rate at which they earn annual leave. Such credit must be requested and approved prior to the appointment date and is not guaranteed.
    This job opportunity announcement may be used to fill additional vacancies.
    If you are unable to apply online view the following link for information regarding an Alternate Application.

    How You Will Be Evaluated

    You will be evaluated for this job based on how well you meet the qualifications above.


    Background checks and security clearance Security clearance


    Drug test required


    Position sensitivity and risk

    Non-sensitive (NS)/Low Risk

    Trust determination process


  • Required Documents

    Required Documents

    Documents Accepted:

    • Cover Letter
    • DD-214/ Statement of Service
    • Disability Letter (Schedule A)
    • Disability Letter (VA)
    • OF-306
    • Other (2)
    • Other (3)
    • PCS Orders
    • Performance Appraisal
    • Resume
    • Separation Notice (RIF)
    • SF-15
    • SF-50/ Notification of Personnel Action
    • Transcript

    Documents Required:
    • Resume

    Please review the above list(s) to ensure you have included all necessary documents required for your application.Not every applicant will require the same documents, therefore it is the applicants responsibility to ensure that their application package includes all necessary documents to determine qualifications and eligibility for appointment, such as a copy of your SF-50, transcript, ICTAP/CTAP documentation (for displaced Federal employees).You will not be contacted for additional information. Applicants will be deemed ineligible if supporting documentation is not submitted.
    Veterans' Preference: Since the Direct-Hire Recruitment Authority is being used, traditional Veterans' Preference rules do not apply. Qualified veterans will, however, be given full consideration for this position.
    Applications are accepted online. Applying online will allow you to review and track the status of your application.
  • Benefits


    A career with the U.S. Government provides employees with a comprehensive benefits package. As a federal employee, you and your family will have access to a range of benefits that are designed to make your federal career very rewarding. Learn more about federal benefits.

    Review our benefits

    Eligibility for benefits depends on the type of position you hold and whether your position is full-time, part-time, or intermittent. Contact the hiring agency for more information on the specific benefits offered.

Help This job is open to
  • The public

    U.S. citizens, nationals or those who owe allegiance to the U.S.

Clarification from the agency

ALL US CITIZENS DIRECT HIRE AUTHORITY: This position is being filled using Direct-Hire Authority (5 CFR 337.205) for this occupation.

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