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Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration Utility Systems Operator in Des Moines, Iowa

Summary

The Utility Systems Operator located in Des Moines, IA is responsible for the safe operation of the plant operations, a central boiler and chiller plant.

Responsibilities

Major duties include but are not limited to: Records steam production and other operating data at hourly intervals as required on the boiler log sheet, changes flow charts, and computes daily use of makeup water, steam production, and average outside temperature. Performs hourly inspections of operating equipment, records diesel fuel tank levels and diesel fuel usage daily. Incumbent maintains proper chemistry control of boiler water, condensate, chilled water, and cooling towers through daily testing and adjustment of chemical injection and blowdown rates as required. Responsible for the operation of the chiller units in the absence of the Maintenance Mechanic. Monitors the Johnson Controls, Metasys control system, a PC based building management system, checking the alarm screen at least hourly. Perform operator-level preventive and corrective maintenance on chillers, boilers, pumps, steam traps, and other associated equipment within the plant area. Test, inspect, adjust, and repair all boiler controls safety devices, instrumentation, flowmeters, etc. and be able to inspect repairs and adjustments made by contractors. Performs major and minor repairs to equipment and operates in accordance with VA regulations and directives, ASME boiler and pressure vessel codes, ASHRAE standards, facility policies, and good engineering practices. Conduct the majority of steam fitting, plumbing, painting, and housekeeping duties inside the boiler plant/chiller plant. Perform minor electrical troubleshooting and repairs. Work Schedule: Rotating 12 hour shifts 8:00a.m. - 8:00p.m.

Position Description Title/PD#: Utility Systems Operator/30262-A

Relocation/Recruitment Incentives: Not authorized

Requirements

Conditions of Employment

Qualifications

To qualify for this position, applicants must meet all requirements by the closing date of this announcement, 04/16/2021. 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. Applicants possessing Universal Refrigeration License preferred. SCREEN-OUT ELEMENT: Your qualifications will first be evaluated against the prescribed screen out element, Ability to do the work of the position without more than normal supervision as a Utility Systems Operator. Experience at this level typically includes: Making repairs on boilers and related equipment; ability to repair boiler plant / chiller plant equipment failures by troubleshooting and repairing; use parts, tools, and equipment to complete daily tasks. 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 SafetyEquipment Assembly, Installation, RepairInterpret Instructions, Specifications (other than blueprint reading)Measuring InstrumentsOperation of Equipment/MachineryTechnical PracticesWithout 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/Working Conditions: The work requires a considerable amount of standing, stooping, bending, kneeling, climbing, and working in tiring and/or uncomfortable positions. Incumbent must be in good physical condition, have good eyesight with or without glasses and cannot be colorblind. The incumbent regularly carries, lifts, and handles parts weighing up to 50 pounds. Occasionally lifts items weighing 80 pounds.

Working Conditions: Frequently exposed to temperature extremes, drafts, dampness, water and noise for work conditions. The majority of work takes place in an industrial environment the work area may be dirty, wet, dusty, and greasy. Incumbent is subject to cuts, abrasions, burns, broken bones, electrical shock, infections, bites, exposure to inhalation of harmful chemical fumes, irritation of eyes, etc. The incumbent will wear protective clothing as needed.

Education

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 https://www.opm.gov/. 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 or need to fax a document you do not have in electronic form, view the following link for information regarding an Alternate Application.

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