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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?


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








espect and


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America's Veterans need you!

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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.

NOTE: This announcement solicits applicants for a PIPEFITTER, not a plumber.

The pipefitter position is located within the Engineering Service Line of the VA Eastern Kansas Health Care System, Leavenworth, KS. The work includes maintenance and repair of thermostats, heating elements, traps and associated valves and piping. Duties include but are not limited to:

  • Perform a variety of tasks involving the installation, modification and repair to new and existing utility, supply and disposal systems and equipment such as sewage, hot/cold water, oil and gas distribution, including associated fixtures, valves, controls and devices;
  • Knowledge of all state and national codes as they apply to this position;
  • Plan and lay out assembly of pipe sections and systems including related equipment, fixtures and devices for new installation, alteration and repairs from shop drawings, sketches, building plans, blueprints and on-site inspections;
  • Cut route openings, install pipe hangers, supports and pipe coverings;
  • Operate power machines and equipment requiring mental alertness at all times;
  • Serve as part of the snow removal team;
  • Perform other related duties as assigned.
WORK SCHEDULE: 8:00AM - 4:30PM, Monday through Friday and subject to night/weekend/holiday callback.


Applicants will be rated in accordance with the OPM Qualification Standard Handbook 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.

WG-10 level applicants must have experience at the journeyman level which demonstrates pipefitting work on utility systems. This experience must show the ability to install, modify and repair new and existing utility systems and equipment; the ability to read and follow instructions, specifications and blueprints; the ability to use and maintain a variety of pipefitting tools, equipment, and materials; and the knowledge of all State and National Codes and safety regulations pertinent to pipefitter duties.

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


Ability to do Pipefitting work without more than normal supervision (Screen-Out).

2. Knowledge of equipment assembly, installation and repair.

3. Knowledge of technical practices (i.e. knowledge of the functions performed in the shop and in the field under different work situations, alternative methods, tricks of the trade, latest developments, ingenious devices, theory, etc.).

4. Ability to read and interpret instructions, blueprints, work orders, etc., as they relate to pipefitting.

5. Ability to plan, layout, set up and carry through without supervision necessary to complete a job considered difficult to the trade.

6. Ability to use materials and tools of the trade and knowledge of the characteristics of certain metals common to the pipefitting trade.

7. Troubleshooting to determine the method of repair, adjust or replace components, and test repairs done on equipment.

Physical effort and work conditions


The pipefitter is required to bend, reach and hold awkward positions for prolonged periods. Frequently works from ladders, platforms, high places and cramped spaces. Considerable climbing, walking and stooping are also required for this position. Frequently lifts and moves objects up to 50 pounds and occasionally lifts and carries objects over 50 pounds either alone or with others. Specific physical requirements for the position include the functional requirement of heavy lifting (45 pounds and over), heavy carrying (45 pounds and over), straight pulling (1/2 hours), reaching above the shoulder, use of fingers - both hands required, walking (8 hours), standing (8 hours), crawling (4 hours), kneeling (4 hours) repetitive bending (8 hours), climbing - legs only - both legs required (2 hours), ability for rapid mental and muscular coordination simultaneously, both eyes required, depth perception, and hearing (aid permitted).

The employee works indoors and outdoors, in all weather conditions, and is exposed to the usual occupational hazards. Must work in steam manholes, unexcavated cellars, attics, pipe spaces, around boilers and high-pressure steam lines. He/she is subject to possible burns and other construction hazards, above normal temperatures and exposure to toxic and explosive vapors. Required to work in noisy, dusty, dirty, and damp places. Occasionally required to work outdoors in bad weather.

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


) and required documentation with your application materials. For more information on Veterans' Preference, please visit



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.

VA offers a comprehensive benefits package. This link provides an overview of the benefits currently offered:



The Federal Government has special appointing authorities for persons with qualifying disabilities, such as Schedule A. Specific information can be found at


. 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 (913)682-2000.

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.


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



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...