PIPEFITTER
Department Of Veterans Affairs - Boston, MA

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Vacancy ID: 926080

OUR MISSION: To fulfill President Lincoln’s promise - “To care for him who shall have borne the battle, and for his widow, and his orphan” - by serving and honoring the men and women who are America’s Veterans. How would you like to become a part of a team providing compassionate care to Veterans?

The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) needs employees who possess the energy, compassion, and commitment to serve those who served our Country. Whatever the job title, every position in VA will give you a chance to make a meaningful and personal contribution to the lives of truly special and deserving people - our Veterans. VA professionals feel good about their careers and their ability to balance work and home life. VA offers generous paid time off and a variety of predictable and flexible scheduling opportunities. Working for VA is one of the most emotionally satisfying and professionally rewarding ways to dedicate the best within you to your Country's service.

If you are transitioning from the military or a Veteran already, we invite you to explore the benefits of continuing your career at the VA. The VA is committed to hiring Veterans. The VA is much more than just another employer. It is an honorable, open and welcoming community of those who care. Gratitude is our motivation and service is our mission.

The VA has adopted Core Values and Characteristics that apply universally across the Department. The five Core Values define “who we are,” our culture, and how we care for Veterans, their families and other beneficiaries. The Values are I ntegrity, C ommitment, A dvocacy, R espect and E xcellence (“ I CARE ”).

America's Veterans need you!
To find out more, go to http://www.va.gov/jobs/ . KEY REQUIREMENTS

You must be a U.S. citizen to apply for this job.
You will be subject to a background/suitability investigation.

Pre-employment physical required. DUTIES:
Position
is located within the Facilities Management Service Division at the Veterans
Administration Boston Healthcare System in Brockton, Massachusetts. Some of the

duties include:
·
Performing
duties related to installing, modifying, and repairing high pressure utilities,
radiators, supply, and disposal systems;

·
Inspecting
piping system equipment and fixtures using diagnostic techniques such as
tracing steam to locate a problem;

·
Conducting
inspections of and troubleshooting piping systems, identifying irregularities
and existing and/or potential problems;

·
Identifying
source and nature of system malfunctions; uses diagnostic techniques such as
tracing steam to locate problem;

·
Assembling,
installing and repairing pipes, fittings and fixtures of steam heating, water,
and sanitary and storm drainage systems and low pressure air according to
specifications and plumbing codes;

·
Installing
and repairing commodes, lavatories, showers, water heaters, hot water tanks,
water pumps, sprinkler systems, condensate pumps, sewer pumps, sludge pumps,
sump pumps, garbage disposal units, dishwashers and water softeners;

·
Making
periodic inspections of equipment and fixtures; replacing sections of pipe;
repairing steam traps and relief and control valves;

·
Cutting,
threading, and connecting pipers by means of union, flanges, and sweating;

·
Fitting
pipe sections by screwing, bolting, brazing, welding, gluing, fusing,
soldering, and replacing connections with new mechanical couplings;

·
Performing
other related duties as required.

Work Schedule: Monday thru Friday 8am to 4:30pm

***RELOCATION EXPENSES AND/OR INCENTIVES ARE NOT AUTHORIZED***

QUALIFICATIONS REQUIRED:
Applicants will be rated in accordance with the OPM Qualification Standard Handbook X-118C ( www.opm.gov/qualifications/x-118c ). For this position, the job element method is used to match what you, the applicant, can do against what the work calls for. Your knowledge, skills and abilities will be compared to the knowledge, skills and abilities (called job elements) needed for success. Your qualifications will first be evaluated against the prescribed screen out element (WG-2 and higher only; screen-outs are not applicable to WG-1). Applicants who appear to meet the screen out element are considered for further rating; those who do not are rated ineligible and are eliminated from consideration. The potential eligibles are rated against the remainder of the job elements. While a specific length of training and experience is not required, your responses to the questionnaire must be supported by detailed descriptions of your experience on your resume.

You will be rated on the following Job Elements as part of the assessment questionnaire for this position:

1. Ability to perform the work of the
position without more than normal supervision (Screen-Out).

2. Knowledge of pipefitting equipment,
assembly, installation and repair.

3. Knowledge of pipefitting technical
practices (theoretical, precise, and artistic).

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

5. Knowledge of pipefitting measurement
and layout.

6. Ability to use and maintain tools and
equipment of the trade.

7. Ability to troubleshoot pneumatic,
steam, water, sanitary and medical gas systems.

Physical effort and work conditions :
The work requires
heavy lifting, pulling, crawling, color perception and ability to work in the
most adverse climate conditions. Work usually entails considerable walking,
stretching, stooping and some climbing indoors and out, throughout the medical
center. Works from ladders, platforms, in high places and cramped areas and
holds awkward positions for long periods. Frequently carries small portable
tools and occasionally lifts or carries objects over 40 lbs., either alone or
with others. The position works indoors and outdoors in all weather conditions
and is exposed to usual occupational hazards. The position must work in steam
manholes, unexcavated cellars, attics, pipe spaces, around boilers and high
pressure steam lines. Must observe all standard codes and performs the work in
accordance with recognized trades, national codes and VA manuals and program
guides.

IN DESCRIBING YOUR KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS AND ABILITIES, PLEASE BE CLEAR AND SPECIFIC. WE WILL NOT MAKE ASSUMPTIONS. If your resume does not support your questionnaire answers, we will not allow credit for your responses.

Veteran's Preference :
When applying for Federal jobs, eligible veterans should claim preference on the Occupational Questionnaire in the section provided and provide a legible copy of DD-214(s) showing all dates of service as well as character of service (honorable, general, etc.). Additionally, veterans with service-connected disability of 10% or more must also submit a copy of their official statement from the Department of Veterans Affairs, or from a branch of the Armed Forces, certifying their service-connected disability and/or their receipt of compensation for service-connected disability. If the military member is within 120 days of separation and does not yet have a DD214, the member may instead submit any written document from the armed forces that certifies the service member is expected to be discharged or released from active duty service in the armed forces under honorable conditions not later than 120 days after the date the certification is signed.

Veterans with service-connected disability of less than 10%, non service-connected disability, and Purple Heart recipients, as-well-as those claiming derived preference for a spouse, widow or widower, or natural mother, should refer to and submit a completed " SF15, "Application for 10-Point Veteran Preference ," (go to http://www.opm.gov/forms/pdf_fill/SF15.pdf ) and required documentation with your application materials. For more information on Veterans' Preference, please visit http://www.fedshirevets.gov/job/veterans.aspx . HOW YOU WILL BE EVALUATED:
Applicants will be ranked based on three quality groups, as follows:

Best Qualified - applicants possessing knowledge, skills and abilities that substantially exceed the minimum qualifications of the position and who are highly proficient in all requirements of the job and can perform effectively in the position;

Well Qualified - applicants possessing knowledge, skills and abilities that exceed the minimum qualification of the position and who are proficient in most of the requirements of the job;

Qualified - applicants possessing knowledge, skills and abilities that meet the minimum qualifications of the position.

After the vacancy announcement closes, reviewed applications are evaluated against the questionnaire responses and placed in the appropriate quality group. Qualified veterans will be afforded preference by being placed at the top of the appropriate quality group. Qualifying veterans with a service-connected disability of 10% or more will be placed at the top of the best-qualified group. The best-qualified group is the first to be referred to the hiring facility for further consideration and possible interview. The remaining groups may be referred based on the number of applicants available. BENEFITS:

VA offers a comprehensive benefits package. This link provides an overview of the benefits currently offered: http://www.va.gov/jobs/job_benefits/benefits.asp .

The Federal Government has special appointing authorities for persons with qualifying disabilities, such as Schedule A. Specific information can be found at http://www.opm.gov/disability/peoplewithdisabilities.asp . IMPORTANT: If you would like to receive consideration as a Schedule A applicant, you must contact the Human Resources office at the facility where this position is located at (774)826-1106. OTHER INFORMATION:

Veterans and Transitioning Service Members: Please visit the VA for Vets site for career-search tools for Veterans seeking employment at VA, career development services for our existing Veterans, and coaching and reintegration support for military service members.

The Interagency Career Transition Assistance Plan (ICTAP) and Career Transition Assistance Plan (CTAP) provide eligible displaced Federal competitive service employees with selection priority over other candidates for competitive service vacancies. To be qualified you must submit appropriate documentation (a copy of the agency notice, your most recent performance rating, and your most recent SF-50 noting current position, grade level, and duty location) and be found well-qualified (have a final rating of 85 or more) for this vacancy. Information about ICTAP and CTAP eligibility is on OPM's Career Transition Resources website at http://www.opm.gov/policy-data-oversight/workforce-restructuring/employee-guide-to-career-transition/ .

VA may offer newly-appointed Federal employees 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.

You may be required to serve a probationary period.

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The United States Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) is a government-run military veteran benefit system with Cabinet-level status. It is...