Utility Systems Repairing Operating

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Department Of Agriculture
United States Citizens Permanent Full Time _Find Solutions to Agricultural Problems that Affect Americans Every Day, From Field to Table_
The National Centers for Animal Health (NCAH) is comprised of three separate entities:
National Animal Disease Center (NADC) - The NADC conducts basic and applied research on selected diseases of economic importance to the U.S. livestock and poultry industries.
Center for Veterinary Biologics (CVB) - The CVB is responsible for implementing the Virus-Serum-Toxin Act of 1913 as amended in 1985 to ensure that veterinary biologics (vaccines, bacterins, antisera, diagnostic kits and other products of biological origin) available for the diagnosis, prevention, and treatment of animal diseases are pure, safe, potent, and effective.
National Veterinary Services Laboratories (NVSL) - The NVSL is responsible for diagnosis for domestic and foreign animal diseases, diagnostic support for disease control and eradication programs, import and export testing of animals, training, and laboratory certification for selected diseases.
The Common Services Division provides services to all entities of the NCAH plus the other support units.
This position is located in Utility Plant Maintenance and Repair.
You must be a US Citizen or US National Males born after 12-31-59 must be registered for Selective Svc., or exempt Subject to favorable adjudication of a background investigation Successful completion of a one-year probationary or trial period Valid driver's license Pre-employment physical examination is required Respirator fit testing is required
The incumbent:
Performs and/or assists in operations, repairs, maintenance and monitoring, according to prescribed methods, a bank of multiple mechanically fired, gas and oil-fueled, water and fire tube boilers, whose maximum generating capacity is 320,000 lb. of steam per hour at 125 lb. per square inch pressure located at multiple installations.
Assists in operation and repair of 2, dual fuel turbines that produce 4,700 kw and multiple mechanical driven electric generators with a capacity of 15,000 kw located at multiple installations.
Assists in operations and monitoring of a power management controls system which controls electric utilities for the site.
Assists in the operation, repair, maintenance and monitoring of multiple banks of centrifugal and absorption chillers whose total capacity is 9,800 tons located at multiple installations.
Assists in the operation and repair of air compressors, fire pumps, domestic water booster pumps, cooling tower water using standard chemical tests, and determines the necessary treatment and chemicals to be used.
Physical Requirements: Work requires close hand-eye coordination, active walking, prolonged periods of standing on concrete floors, climbing, bending, reaching, and working in cramped positions or crowded areas. May be required to lift equipment and materials weighing up to 75 pounds.
Working Conditions: Incumbent is exposed to varying abnormal temperatures and conditions both indoors and outdoors. Works in areas where equipment is in continual operation, where noise levels are abnormal and prevail. Subject to possible infection, mechanical injury, gas, cuts, bruises, fumes, dirt, and grease, possible exposure to contagious diseases, pathogens, and other environmental hazards. Must wear appropriate safety equipment and comply with laboratory protocols. Required to wear full face respirator when working in biological control areas. Facial hair restrictions may be required in order to comply with proper operation of personal protective equipment. Works on rotating shifts to ensure 24 hour utility plant coverage.
Applicants must meet all qualifications and eligibility requirements by the closing date of the announcement.
IN DESCRIBING YOUR EXPERIENCE, PLEASE BE CLEAR AND SPECIFIC. WE MAY NOT MAKE ASSUMPTIONS REGARDING YOUR EXPERIENCE. If your resume does not support your questionnaire answers, we will not allow credit for your response(s).
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Applications will be evaluated in accordance with Office of Personnel Management's (OPM) Delegated Examining Procedures using category rating. Applicants who meet basic minimum qualifications will be placed in one of three categories: Best Qualified, Well Qualified, or Qualified. Within these categories, applicants eligible for veteran's preference will receive selection priority over non-veterans. Category placement will be determined based on applicants' quality of experience and the extent they possess the following knowledge, skills, and abilities (or competencies):
Ability to do the work of a Utility Systems Repairer Operator without more than normal supervision.
Ability to use and maintain tools and equipment, including measuring instruments.
Knowledge of Equipment Assembly, Installation, Repair, etc.
Ability to interpret instructions, specifications, etc. (includes blueprint reading)
Technical Practices (theoretical, precise, artistic).
The questionnaire will assess your qualifications for the job, and will be used to identify the best qualified applicants to be referred to the hiring manager for further consideration and possible interviews. Your ratings in this Assessment Questionnaire are subject to evaluation and verification based on the documents and references you submit. Later steps in the selection process are specifically designed to verify your ratings. Attempts to falsify information; inflate your qualifications or providing inaccurate information on federal documents may be grounds to adjust your rating or to not select you. Errors, omissions or providing inaccurate information on federal documents may affect your eligibility. If selected providing inaccurate information on federal documents could also be grounds for dismissing you from the position/agency. Please follow all instructions carefully.
You must complete this application process and submit all required documents electronically by 11:59 p.m. Eastern Time (ET) on the closing date of this job announcement. We are available to assist you during normal business hours. Applying online is highly encouraged. If applying online poses a hardship, please contact the Agency Contact listed below well before the closing date for an alternate method. All hard copy application packages must be submitted no later than noon on the closing date of the announcement in order to be entered into the system prior to its closing. This agency provides reasonable accommodation to applicants with disabilities on an as-needed basis. Please contact us if you require this for any part of the application and hiring process.
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Resume clearly describing your experience related to this position as described in the "Major Duties," "Qualifications," and "How you will be evaluated" sections of this announcement.
Responses to the on-line Occupational Questionnaire
If you are a veteran and you are claiming veteran's preference, you must submit a DD214, Certificate of Release from Active Duty, which shows dates of service and discharge under honorable conditions. For competitive service positions, active duty service members expecting to be discharged or released from active duty service in the armed forces under honorable conditions within 120 days: you may be granted tentative preference by submitting a "certification" document in lieu of a Certificate of Release or Discharge from Active Duty, DD-214. This "certification" is any written document from the armed forces that certifies the service member is expected to be discharged or released from active duty service under honorable conditions not later than 120 days after the date of the submission of the certification. Veteran's preference must be verified prior to appointment. Without this documentation, you will not receive veteran's preference and your application will be evaluated based on the material(s) submitted.
If you are claiming 10-point veteran's preference based on service-connected disability, in addition to the DD214 or certification requirements (see above bullet), you must also submit an SF-15, "Application for 10-point Veterans' Preference, plus the proof of entitlement of this preference which is normally an official statement, dated 1991 or later, from the Department of Veterans Affairs certifying to the present existence of the service-connected disability and indicating the percentage of your disability. For more information on veterans' preference see /.
Surplus or displaced employees eligible for CTAP, RPL, or ICTAP priority must provide: proof of eligibility (RIF separation notice, notice of proposed removal for declining a transfer of function or directed reassignment to another commuting area, notice of disability annuity termination), SF-50 documenting separation (as applicable), and your most recent SF-50 noting position, grade level, and duty location with your application.
You may track progress of your application package via your USAJOBS account. The questionnaire will assess your qualifications for the job, and will be used to identify the best qualified applicants to be referred to the hiring manager for further consideration for possible interview and selection. We will notify you, via your USAJOBS account, of the outcome after each of these steps has been completed. Log in to your USAJOBS account at to check your application status. After making a tentative job offer, we will conduct a suitability/security background investigation. We expect to make a final job offer approximately 40 days after the deadline for applications.
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Career Transition Assistance Plan (CTAP), Reemployment Priority List (RPL), or Interagency Career Transition Assistance Plan (ICTAP): For information on how to apply as a CTAP, RPL, or ICTAP eligible see . To be well-qualified and exercise selection priority for this vacancy, surplus or displaced Federal employee must meet the basic eligibility requirements and all selective factors, and be rated and determined to be well qualified (or above) based on an evaluation of the competencies listed in the How You Will Be Evaluated section. When assessed through a score-based category rating method, applicants must receive a rating of at least 85 out of a possible 100.
Direct Deposit - Per Public Law 104-134 all Federal employees are required to have federal payments made by direct deposit to a financial institution of your choosing.
E-Verify: Federal law requires agencies to use the E-Verify system to confirm the employment eligibility of all new hires. If you are selected as a newly hired employee, the documentation you present for purposes of completing the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Form 1-9 on your entry-on-duty date will be verified through the DHS 'E-VERIFY' system. Under the system, the new hire is required to resolve any identified discrepancies as a condition of continued employment.
This announcement may be used to fill multiple vacancies.
Position has promotion potential to the next higher level once all legal and regulatory requirements are met to include management's certification of the continuing need for performance of duties at the higher grade level.

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