Electronics Mechanic
Department of Veterans Affairs - Biloxi, MS

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Vacancy ID: 835423

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. 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: This position is located in the Electric Shop of the Engineering section, a part of the Facilities Management Service, at the VA Gulf Coast Veterans Health Care System in Biloxi, Mississippi.

Major duties and responsibilities include:
  • Perform all types of technical electronic and electrical maintenance, installation, modification, repair, and preventive maintenance duties at the main Biloxi campus and at any of the outlying outpatient clinics in Mobile, Alabama; Pensacola, Florida; Eglin, Florida; and/or Panama City, Florida
  • Maintain, repair, modify, calibrate, overhaul, preventively maintain, and troubleshoot, using established electronic theories and procedures, on all types of complex electronic systems
  • Troubleshoot, maintain, and repair varying types of electrical systems
  • Troubleshoot cable systems to locate opens, shorts, and grounds, as well as mechanical or electrolysis damage, using proper test equipment
  • Install complete transformers and load centers
  • Construct and build additions to existing circuits throughout the health care system
  • Rend and install conduit and aluminum, rigid-steel, and thin wall fittings
  • Pull cable in conduits up to 500,000 circular mils (500-mcm)
  • Troubleshoot and repair parallel street lighting systems
  • Maintain and repair paralleling switchgear, transfer switches, automatic doors, satellite antennas, motor and pump controls, sterilizer equipment, medical air, vacuum systems, and alarms
  • Install and maintain telephone lines, computer lines, closed-circuit television (CCTV) lines, and the cable television system, which involves installing and maintaining 425 television sets in patient care areas
  • Monitor and inspect work by contractors on small and large projects at the main campus or any of the outpatient clinics
  • Work closely with the Engineering Project Section to ensure adherence to all specifications, Federal, state, and local regulations, VA regulations, National Fire Protection Association (NFPA), National Electrical Code (NEC), Joint Commission, Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) requirements
  • Act as subject matter expert in determining the eligibility and qualifications of applicants applying for vacancies within the Electric Shop
Work Schedule: Monday

- Friday, 8:00 AM - 4:30 PM ***RELOCATION EXPENSES AND/OR INCENTIVES ARE NOT AUTHORIZED*** QUALIFICATIONS REQUIRED: This position includes a Selective Placement Factor (skill, knowledge, ability or other worker characteristic basic to - and essential for - satisfactory performance of the job). Selective Placement Factors are a prerequisite to appointment and represent minimum requirements for a position. Applicants who do not meet it are ineligible for further consideration.

The Selective Placement Factor for this position is:

“ I have a Master Electrician’s license or have successfully passed the International Code Council Certification for Master Electrician, and I can provide references from my experience in the electrical trade. (LICENSE OR CERTIFICATION 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 (Narrative responses not required) :
  • Ability to do the work of the Electronics Mechanic without more than normal supervision (Screen out element)
  • Ability to perform major electrical and electronic maintenance, repairs, overhauling, and troubleshooting with minimal supervision
  • Knowledge of high voltage primary/secondary, overhead, and underground electrical distribution cable, switchgear, generators, transformers, and related equipment
  • Ability to troubleshoot
  • Technical Practices (theoretical, precise, and/or artistic) and ability to use and maintain tools, materials and equipment
  • Ability to interpret instructions, wiring diagrams, sketches, prints, schematics, specifications, blueprints, etc.
Physical effort and work conditions : Duties require working in confined spaces, walking, standing, bending, and lifting loads in excess of 50 pounds; all of which will require physical exertion on a recurring basis. Employee must have good color perception and have sufficient manual dexterity to facilitate adjusting or installing small parts. Employee is required to respond to emergency call-outs after normal duty hours at the Biloxi campus. Work is performed in confined spaces and above ceilings. Most work is performed within the building’s interior; however, occasionally work is performed outside in manholes to repair fire alarm, communication cables, underground feeders, on roofs to erect or repair antennae, and on ladders and lifts to repair site lighting. The employee is always subject to electrical shock or burns during repairs on electronic/electrical equipment. Other hazards include falling from heights, injuries from power equipment, high noise levels, and damage to skin from cleaning fluids. Occasionally, the employee must work in hospital patient isolation rooms. The employee is aware of all job specific health hazards, must wear the appropriate/required personal protective equipment (PPE), and will inform leader/supervisor of any unusual health hazards encountered for guidance as necessary.

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 (go to http://www.opm.gov/disability/peoplewithdisabilities.asp ). For additional information on these, and other special appointing authorities, refer to this checklist or contact the hiring Human Resources Management Service at: VA Gulf Coast Veterans Health Care Sys
400 Veterans Avenue
Biloxi, MS 39531

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/ctap/index.asp .

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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