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Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration Pipefitter in Bronx, New York


This position is within the Engineering Service at the James J. Peterson VA Medical Center. The primary work includes working with pipes and fittings from a range of high pressure to low pressure steam. Work Schedule: Monday-Friday 8:00am-4:30pm

Compressed/Flexible Schedule: N/A

Position Description Title/PD#: Pipefitter/09057A

Relocation/Recruitment Incentives: Not authorized


The main functions include; Welding repairs and fabrication requiring the use of oxygen, acetylene, arc welding, and pipe welding. Inspecting, adjusting, cleaning, repairing, the following: plumbing fixtures and systems, steam operated equipment, heating and water systems, waste lines, kitchen and laundry equipment, air compressors, medical compressed air systems, vacuum systems, oxygen systems, and natural gas distribution systems. Incumbent is responsible for reading and interpreting blueprints and reading specifications for installing and repairing equipment. Incumbent periodically makes safety and preventive maintenance inspections of utility systems and equipment in accordance with VA regulations and National Codes; and performing other related duties as assigned. Incumbent is responsible for performing pipefitting duties on patient wards, tunnels, and administrative areas, including seasonal heating maintenance, repairs of thermostats, heating elements, traps, and associated valves, and shop bench-work including piping, prefabrication of pressure-reducing valve stations, trap stations, trap rebuilding, pneumatic valve rebuilding, plumbing fixtures and systems, steam operated equipment and heating and water systems. Incumbent must be able to perform asbestos abatement work. Incumbent will be working with high temperature and high-pressure piping systems such as nitrogen, steam heating and steam generating systems. Any other Ad Hoc duties assigned.


Conditions of Employment


To qualify for this position, applicants must meet all requirements by the closing date of this announcement, 08/06/2020. 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. SCREEN-OUT ELEMENT: Your qualifications will first be evaluated against the prescribed screen out element, which usually appears as question 1 in the on-line questionnaire. 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:

Equipment Assembly, Installation, RepairInterpret Instructions, Specifications (includes blueprint reading)Measurement and LayoutTechnical PracticesTroubleshootingUse and Maintain Tools and EquipmentWithout 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 employee is required to stand, stoop, bend, kneel, climb and work in uncomfortable positions. The incumbent works from ladders, scaffolding and platforms where the systems and equipment worked on are in hard to reach places. The incumbent handles, lifts, carries and sets up parts and equipment that weigh up to 50 pounds. The work is done inside and outside and is usually dirty, dusty, greasy, and smelly. There is frequent exposure to the possibility of uncomfortable heat conditions. The employee is exposed to the possibility of strains, cuts, scrapes, bruises, burns, and infections. The employee is occasionally exposed to the possibility of broken bones.


This job dose not have an Education Qualification Requirement.

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 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 view the following link for information regarding an Alternate Application.