U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs - Agency Wide
$24.21 to $28.23
Open & closing dates
Opening and closing dates
$24.21 to $28.23 per hour
Pay scale & grade
1 vacancy in the following location:
Relocation expenses reimbursed
This job is open to
Career transition (CTAP, ICTAP, RPL)
Federal employees who meet the definition of a surplus or displaced employee.
Federal employees - Competitive service
Current or former competitive service federal employees.
Individuals with disabilities
Internal to an agency
Current federal employees of this agency.
Summary of Duties:
The pipefitters are required to have a knowledge of how various high-pressure piping systems and equipment, such as steamheating, steam generation, and vacuum systems, radiators, and circulating pumps, are installed and operate. For example, the pipefitters must know how relief valves, check valves, pressure regulators, expansion joints, and other pressure supporting and controlling devices are installed and how they operate to control increases and decreases in pressure, flow, circulation, and expansion in the systems. The pipefitters must have the ability to plan and lay out the installation, modification, and repair of various new and existing piping systems and equipment. Must have the ability to plan and layout angles, arcs, and circles in performing calculating pipe, joint, and valve sizes, and aligning pipes. Experience in identifying the proper methods and plan work sequences for repairing and installing piping sections or to plan and layout plumbing work. Able to plan, set up, and performed complex modifications to low and high pressure piping systems, steam generating, utility, supply hydraulic and disposal systems, flash and expansion tank, condensate, vacuum circulating pumps, radiators, fire sprinkler systems and various toilet fixtures. Knowledge to include experience in pipefitting assignments on large commercial buildings or medical buildings. Able to perform the work without more than normal supervision.
Special Employment Consideration: VA encourages persons with disabilities to apply, including those eligible for hiring under 5 CFR 213.3102(u), Schedule A, Appointment of persons with disabilities [i.e., intellectual disabilities, severe physical disabilities, or psychiatric disabilities], and/or Disabled veterans with a compensable service-connected disability of 30% or more.
Contact the Selective Placement Coordinator (Mark Chapa number below) how to apply under special employment consideration appointment authority .
Area of Consideration: First area of consideration (AOC) will be given to Veterans & Sheridan employees, CBOC & Canteen (permanent employees). Second AOC will be given to any additional permanent employees Nationwide VA employees(Permanent employees). Third AOC will be given to outside Federal Agencies. (Permanent employees).
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Installs, repairs and maintains high pressure piping systems such as steam heating, steam power, hydraulic and high pressure air or oil line system. Determines nature and extent of necessary repairs. Plans band lays out work from blueprints, drawings, technical manuals or specifications. Determines work sequence and tools to be used.Works with a variety of pipe and pipe fittings including those made of copper, brass, lead, glass and plastic. Measures, cuts, bends, threads, packs and joins piping to pipe fittings. Installs valves, traps, thermostats and gages to maintain flow and pressure. Makes pressure test of piping systems to assure pressure tight joints and proper circulation and flow. Uses hand and power tools of the pipefitting trade. Makes independent judgments and decisions within the frame-work of oral and written instructions and accepted trade practices, processes and procedures while completing assignments.
Duties: Knowledge of plumbing Equipment and assembly, installation, trouble shoot and repair.
Technical experience in pipe cutting, treading, brazing, welding, gluing, fusing, and soldering.
Ability to interpret technical manuals, manufacture Instructions, specifications including blueprints.
Strong background in shop mathematics, converting measurements, determine pitch, incline elevations.
Solid knowledge in performing repairs and maintenance on high pressure piping systems.
Able to perform repairs and maintenance on hydraulic, nitrogen, oxygen, steam-heating and steam generating systems.
Installs piping through floors, walls and ceilings of various structures. Joins pipes by use of screws, bolts, fittings or solder and caulks joints.
Makes pressure test of piping systems to assure pressure tight joints and proper circulation and flow.
Job family (Series)
Conditions of Employment
I acknowledge the extreme working conditions and environments of the job. These include: excessive heat, excessive cold, excessive dampness or chilling, working below ground, working alone, operation of crane, truck, tractor, or motor vehicle, heaving lifting, 45 pounds and over, Heavy carrying 45 pounds or over, reaching above shoulder, working on ladders, scaffolding, platforms, work in hard to reach places, stands, stoops, bends, kneels, work in dirty, dusty, greasy, areas with fumes, frequently exposed to the possibility of strains, cuts, scrapes, bruises, burns, and infections, occasionally exposed to the possibility of broken bones. I acknowledge these extreme working conditions and environments listed above and understand the working conditions of the Pipefitter position.
The pipefitters make repairs and installations from ladders, scaffolding, and platforms, and where the systems and equipment worked on are in hard-to-reach places. This requires the pipefitters to be expected on heavy lifting, 45 pounds and over, heavy carrying, 45 pounds and over, reaching above shoulders, walking, standing, crawling, kneeling, working indoors, outdoors, working around excessive heat and cold. Exposed to slippery or uneven walking surfaces, working around machinery and moving parts, working alone, and may experience excessive dampness or chilling including dust, fumes and radiant energy.
You may qualify based on your experience and/or education as described below:
Specialized Experience: You must have one year of specialized experience within the occupation series. Examples of specialized experience would typically include, but are not limited to experience that provided knowledge and the ability to do the work of the position without more than normal supervision in performing repairs and maintenance on hydraulic, nitrogen, oxygen, steam-heating systems. Including a strong background in shop mathematics, able to convert measurements, determine pitch, incline, elevations to include using computational measurements to determine end-to-center, center-to-center measurements. In addition to the experiences above to include knowledge and experience reading plumbing blueprints, sketches, layouts and organized the job part list and details on the necessary equipment to complete the job.
Conditions of Employment: Conditions of Employment:You must be a U.S. Citizen
Designated and/or random drug testing required
Selective Service Registration is required for males born after 12/31/1959
Must be proficient in written and spoken English
You may be required to serve a probationary period
Subject to a background/security investigation
Work schedule: shift work can include: day, night, graveyard.
Tele-work schedule: are not authorized for this position
Virtual work schedules: are not authorized for this position
Functional statement title/#: WG-4204-10 PD# 040210
Bargaining Status: These positions are part of the bargaining unit
Relocation/ Recruitment Incentives: not authorized
PCS Relocation Expenses: not authorized
Designated drug testing position: Applicants tentatively selected for VA employment in a testing designated position are subject to urinalysis to screen for illegal drug use prior to appointment. Applicants who refuse to be tested will be denied employment with VA. Applicants will not be appointed to the position if a verified positive drug test result is received.
The full performance level of this vacancy: This vacancy is WG-10 performing at advanced level. The Pipefitter reaches full performance at a Wage Grade 10 step 5.
Veterans' preference eligibility is based on dates of active duty service, receipt of a campaign badge, Purple Heart, or a service-connected disability. Please know that not all active duty service may qualify for veterans' preference.
How You Will Be Evaluated
You will be evaluated for this job based on how well you meet the qualifications above.
Based on responses to your assessment and the content of your resumes. Specialized experience that is explained above will also play a large role on the evaluation process to qualify. Please be sure that your resume is showing direct experience and examples based on the specialized experience that is posted in this job announcement.
IN DESCRIBING YOUR EXPERIENCE, PLEASE BE CLEAR AND SPECIFIC. WE WILL NOT MAKE ASSUMPTIONS REGARDING YOUR EXPERIENCE.
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Public Trust - Background Investigation
If you are relying on your education to meet qualification requirements:
Education must be accredited by an accrediting institution recognized by the U.S. Department of Education in order for it to be credited towards qualifications. Therefore, provide only the attendance and/or degrees from schools accredited by accrediting institutions recognized by the U.S. Department of Education
Failure to provide all of the required information as stated in this vacancy announcement may result in an ineligible rating or may affect the overall rating.
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How to Apply
How to Apply
All applicants are encouraged to apply online. To apply for this position, you must complete the questionnaire and submit the documentation specified in the Required Documents section below. The complete application package must be submitted by 11:59 PM (ET) on to receive consideration. To preview the questionnaire click .
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The following documents are accepted, and may be required if applicable to your eligibility and/or qualifications for this position. Please use this checklist
to make sure you have included other documents required for your application, such as a copy of your transcript (if using education to qualify), SF-50's (current/former Federal employees), documentation to support Veterans Preference claims, or ICTAP/CTAP documentation (for displaced Federal employees). You will not be contacted for additional information.
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Agency contact information
Mark Chapa Mark Chapa
Sheridan VA Medical Center
1898 Fort Road
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