Department Of Veterans Affairs - San Antonio, TX

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Vacancy ID: 914212

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:
These two
positions are located at the South Texas VA Health Care System in San Antonio,

Duties and Responsibilities:
and accomplish work from initial layout to final assembly. Interpret and apply
building plans, specifications, blueprints, and sketches. Interpret and
apply plumbing guides and codes. Figure pipe, joint and valve sized need to
support the pressure of system and allow for accurate matches. Install proper
braces and supports to control movement and vibration and allow for expansion
and contraction. Plan and lay out the installation, modification and repair of
new and existing pipe systems and equipment, to include piping, risers and
branches at the proper level and incline. Determine the placement and elevation
of vacuum and condensate pumps and receiver tanks. Replace flash and expansion tanks,
heat exchangers, pressure reducing valves, and automatic and manual control
valves. Test and diagnose instruments and techniques to identify problems in
piping systems and equipment. Use hand and power tools, such as pipe threading
and cutting equipment, rotary impact drills, and core drilling equipment. Use
and wear appropriate specialized personal protective equipment. Understand the
application of all applicable Federal, state and local safety regulations,
including NFPA 99, American National Standards Institute (ANSI) and the Uniform
Plumbing Code (UPC). Understand procedures and guidance for the LockOut/TagOut
program. Interpret and apply building plans and blueprints for the purpose of
installing new systems.
Schedule: Monday - Friday, 8:00 a.m. - 4:30

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:

(Narrative responses not required.)

to do the work of a Pipefitter without more than normal supervision. (Screen
Out Element)

of equipment assembly, installation and repair.

of Pipefitter trade practices (theoretical, precise and artistic).

to use and maintain tools and equipment.

to interpret instructions, specifications, including blue print reading.

Two Quality Ranking Factors* have been
requested by the facility to help determine which of the basically qualified
applicants are likely to be better qualified for a position. The quality
ranking factors for this position are: " Possession of a current, medical gas
installer certificate, with current, yearly recertification.” AND “Skill in
performing maintenance on steam distribution systems (valves, traps, pump,
etc.). "

  • Quality Ranking Factors are skills,
knowledge, abilities, or other worker characteristics which could be expected
to result in superior performance on the job. Quality ranking factors will not
be used for screening, but may be used as ranking criteria. Applicants with
higher proficiency levels may rank above those with lower proficiency levels on
a quality ranking factor.
Requirements and Work Conditions: The
work requires walking, standing, bending, lifting, carrying, pushing and
pulling moderately heavy objects (up to 50 pounds), and occasionally heavier weights
with assistance. Work is performed from ladders, scaffolding, platforms,
motorized high-left, etc, as well as other hard to reach places and in tiring
and uncomfortable position. Incumbent
must be in good physical condition, have good eyesight, with or without glasses,
and cannot be colorblind.
more information on these qualification standards, please visit the United
States Office of Personnel Management’s website at http://www.opm.gov/qualifications . IN DESCRIBING YOUR
questionnaire answers, we will not allow credit for your response(s).

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 (210)617-5300. 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...