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Boiler Plant Operator

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U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs - Agency Wide

Sheridan, WY
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Boiler Plant Operator








As the position of the Boiler Plant Operator

which will be responsible for central high boiler heating plant which supplies steam to the station as needed. Responsibilities involve safe start-up, operation, adjustment, maintenance, shut down and repair of two coal-fired boilers, one natural gas boiler, emergency diesel generator and the associated auxiliary equipment. The total plant capacity is 47,278 steam pounds per hour at 110 PSI. This position involves operation pollution control equipment, soot blowers, deaerating equipment, water softeners, air compressors, forced air fans, induced draft fans, feed water pumps and many other boiler plant auxiliary. Able to perform the work without more than normal supervision.

In accordance with title 5

, United States Code, Section 2108 ( 5 USC 2108) , Veterans' preference eligibility is based on dates of active duty service, receipt of a campaign badge, Purple Heart, or a service-connected disability.

Veterans who are VEOA eligible may apply for these jobs, but Veterans' Preference does not apply to merit promotion jobs.

Area of Consideration:

First area of consideration (AOC) will be given to VEOA

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).

This appointment will have a 1-year probation period applies

, unless the person has prior Federal service that counts toward completion of probation. [See 5 CFR 315.802.]

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 Agency Contact on the last page of the JOA for information on how to apply under this appointment authority via the Selective Placement Coordinator.

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Job Elements:

Knowledge of assembly, installation and repair

Operation of equipment

Technical practices and use of measuring equipment

Ability to interpret instructions specs

Dexterity and safety


Independently operate Coal-fired and natural gas high pressure boilers.

Monitors meters, gauges and various other parameters to regulate changing load requirements.

Operate pollution control equipment, soot blowers, deaerating equipment, water softeners, air compressors, forced air fans, feed water pumps and other boiler plant auxiliary.

Able to operate and maintain 800 KW emergency electrical generator to meet plant electrical requirements when main electrical is down.

Possess solid experience and training in mechanical repairs to boilers, auxiliary equipment and controls.

Solid knowledge and experience reading, interpreting, and comprehend electrical schematics, piping diagrams, technical manuals, operating requirements, safety manuals and maintain logs and records.

Manage and maintain sensitive information both written and electronic.

Solid experience with understanding of the laws and standards set by Environmental Protection Agency for safety and equipment requirements regarding Boiler Plant operations.

Conditions of Employment:

You must be a U.S. Citizen to apply for this job

Designated and/or random drug testing may be required

Selective Service Registration is required for males born after 12/31/1959

You may be required to serve a probationary period

Subject to background/security investigation

Travel Required

25% or less - You may be expected to travel for this position.

Supervisory status


#### Job family (Series)

5402 Boiler Plant Operating

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Conditions of Employment

Resume is a Requirement

To Qualify as a current federal or former federal employee you must provide a copy of your Standard Form (SF) 50. This personal document can be obtained from your previous or current employer. (Requirement)

VEOA Veterans must provide a copy of there DD-214 Member Copy 4 only.

* (Requirement)


Requirement to apply for position : Must have a resume attached to your application for employment. Your resume must clearly show your experience to perform the necessary duties that are described above under duties. Sheridan VAHCS Human Resource Office is unable to assume or make any determination if the information is not clearly written describing work history, dates of work history or examples of work history. If the resume does clearly demonstrate the knowledge and experience then this may disqualify your opportunity to be considered for the position of **Boiler Plant Operator-WG-10.

Physical Requirements:

The work requires regular and recurring physical exertion, long hours of standing, walking, and kneeling. Work in confined spaces, perform task under dusty, hot areas such as inside the fire box, coal silo, under boilers, elevator pit, stack, ash bin, boiler drums, between boiler tubes and bag houses. Frequently lift and carry boiler parts and chemical supplies weighing up to over 40 lbs. frequently climb ladders, catwalks, working in above ground areas and will be required to wear a respirator or use a supplied air hood while working in hazardous conditions which may exist.

Work Environment

The incumbent may work at various facilities owned or leased by Department of Veterans Affairs, including all VHA, VBA, NCA, and Staff Office facilities. Policies and procedures may vary greatly among VA facilities. Guidelines, if available, will likely differ from facility to facility. The incumbent must recognize and understand these differences. Incumbent will be faced with alternate weather conditions dealing with extreme outside temperatures. Area of work is dusty, Hot, confined cramped areas, dealing with heights, working around hazardous materials, hearing protection may be necessary, wearing a respirator may be necessary, working around very hot materials, toxic materials and working around smoke, ash and coal dust.


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 single-and-multiple fuel power boilers and associated auxiliary and pollution control equipment such as water treatment systems, chemical dispensers, electrostatic precipitators, bag houses and ash removal equipment, and wet particulate scrubbers. Experience includes working knowledge of power boilers use oil, gas, coal, wood, refuse derived fuel (RDF), tire chips, or combination fuels in steam or hot water production and distribution plants. In addition to the above examples includes examine, adjust, and as necessary, replace and repair equipment such as pneumatic and electrical thermostats, governors, regulators, switches, fuel cutoff devices,

burners, fuel feed and flame safeguard controls, steam gland seals, bearings, and drive gears. They maintain burners, burner nozzles, and orifice assemblies, and dismantle and locate defects and reassemble and reinstall components.

Applicants must be physically able to perform efficiently the duties of the position.

The basis on which agencies may establish specific medical standards or physical requirements is discussed in 5 CFR 339.

-If you want to be considered as a VEOA eligible

you must submit the following documentation with your application: for more information Click Here

* Copy 4 DD-214 (Copy Required)

Individuals with Disabilities

The Federal Government has a special appointing authority for persons with disabilities (Schedule A, 5 CFR 213.3102(u)). You are eligible if you are an individual with an intellectual, psychiatric, or severe physical disability. You must submit documentation from a licensed medical professional; a licensed vocational rehabilitation specialist; or Government agency that issues or provides disability benefits with your application/resume package. Additional information may be found at USAJOBS Individuals

With Disabilities.

Eligible due to Interagency Career Transition Program (ICTAP)Interagency Career Transition Assistance Program (ICTAP) Eligible:

This program offers employees priority for jobs in Federal agencies other than the agency from which they separated. You must be a current non-Department of Defense Federal civilian employee being displaced or have already been displaced from a permanent (career or career-conditional appointment) in the competitive service. You must have a current performance rating of at least fully successful or equivalent; occupy (or have been separated from) a position in the same local commuting area of the vacancy; apply for a specific vacancy at or below the grade level you are being (or have been) separated from that does not have greater promotion potential than your last position; meet the application deadline; and be found well qualified for the job. You must submit proof of your proposed or separation such as reduction-in-force separation notice or SF 50; notice of proposed removal of transfer of function outside the commuting area. Additional information may be found on the Office of Personnel Management, Employee's Guide to Career Transition.


Your military pay, grade, and rank alone cannot determine your eligibility for a specific civilian salary, grade level, or pay range. On your job application form, it is important that you completely and accurately describe the duties you performed during your military service, particularly those military duties that relate directly to the position you are applying for. The agency will then evaluate your qualifications to determine whether you are eligible for the occupation and grade levels advertised on the vacancy announcement. Please be sure to submit all requested documents in a timely manner and follow the application procedures described in the vacancy announcement

Additional information

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

You may be required to serve a probationary period

Subject to a background/security investigation

Work Schedule:

* Variable work schedules are available and will be discussed further during the interview process.

* Compressed/Flexible Schedule: Not available

* Tele-work schedules: Are not authorized for this position.

* Virtual work schedules: Are not authorized for this position.

* Position Title/#: Boiler Plant Operator-5402-W G-10 PD# 10346-A

* FLSA: non-exempt

Bargaining Status:

These positions are part of the bargaining unit.


Incentives: are not authorized

PCS Relocation Expenses:

are not authorized

Merit Promotion lets a current or former federal employee apply

for a job without having to compete with general public or people with Veterans' Preference. Instead, you compete with other competitive service employees.

The full performance level of this vacancy is WG-11. The actual grade at which an applicant may be selected for this vacancy begins at WG-10.

Forms that you may want to include: Click on Forms

Receiving Service Credit or 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.

Veterans' preference eligibility allows the Veteran to compete within the internal process of the announcement for hire. The Veterans preference does not place the Veteran into a special category when applying under internal or Merit Promotion. For more information click here

If your applying under VEOA:

When agencies recruit from outside their own workforce under merit promotion (internal) procedures, announcements must state VEOA is applicable. As a VEOA eligible you are not subject to geographic area of consideration limitations. When applying under VEOA, you must rate and rank among the best qualified when compared to current employee applicants in order to be considered for appointment. Your veterans' preference does not apply to internal agency actions such as promotions, transfers, reassignments and reinstatements.

Current or former Federal employees meeting VEOA eligibility can apply. However, current employees applying under VEOA are subject to time-in- grade restrictions like any other General Schedule employee.

Active Service under VEOA means active duty in a uniformed service and includes full-time training duty, annual training duty, full-time National Guard duty, and attendance, while in the active service, at a school designated as a service school by law or by the Secretary concerned.

Preference eligible under VEOA includes those family members entitled to derived preference.

You must provide acceptable documentation of your preference or appointment eligibility. The member 4 copy of your DD214, Certificate of Release or Discharge from Active Duty, is preferable. If claiming 10 point preference, you will need to submit a Standard Form (SF-15).

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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 for the position. Please be sure that your resume is showing direct experience and examples based on the specialized experience that is posted in this job announcement.

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Background checks and security clearance

Security clearance

Public Trust - Background Investigation

Required Documents


Required Documents


Resume- (Required)

To Qualify as a current federal or former federal employee

you must provide a copy of your Standard Form (SF) 50. This personal document can be obtained from your previous or current employer.

* (SF 50 Required)

VEOA Veterans must provide a copy of there

DD-214 Member Copy 4 only. (DD -214 Copy Member 4 Required)


A federal resume requires more information than a civilian resume, therefore, it is typically longer than two pages

. Some of the things that should be included are your educational and work experience. This includes job titles, salary, employment dates, duties and accomplishments, and how it relates to the knowledge, skills and abilities (KSAs) in the job announcement.

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.




A career with the U.S. Government provides employees with a comprehensive benefits package. As a federal employee, you and your family will have access to a range of benefits that are designed to make your federal career very rewarding. Learn more about federal benefits.

Review our benefits

Eligibility for benefits depends on the type of position you hold and whether your position is full-time, part-time, or intermittent. Contact the hiring agency for more information on the specific benefits offered.

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

* 4/30/2018 11:59 PM

*(ET) on closing of the announcement to receive consideration.

To begin, click Apply Online to create a USA JOBS account or log in to your existing account. Follow the prompts to select your USA JOBS resume and/or other supporting documents and complete the occupational questionnaire. How to create a login click here USA JOBS

Click Submit My Answers to submit your application package.

NOTE: It is your responsibility to ensure your responses and appropriate documentation is submitted prior to the closing date.

To verify your application is complete, log into your USA JOBS account,, select the Application Status link and then select the more information link for this position. The Application page will display the status of your application, the documentation received and processed, and any correspondence the agency has sent related to this application. Your uploaded documents may take several hours to clear the virus scan process. To return to an incomplete application, log into your USA JOBS account and click Update Application in the vacancy announcement. You must re-select your resume and/or other documents from your USA JOBS account or your application will be incomplete.

Preference claims, or ICTAP/CTAP documentation (for displaced Federal employees). You will not be contacted for additional information.

Individuals with Disabilities (Apply As Schedule A)

: Please click on the word linkthis will navigate you to the USAjobs splash page where you can find all the details on how to properly apply online. (Applicants with Disabilities do not have to be a Veterans to apply).

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Agency contact information

Mark Chapa


307-675-3522 X3522



Sheridan VA Medical Center

1898 Fort Road

Sheridan, WY


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Next steps

Once your online application is submitted you will receive a confirmation notification by email.

After we receive application packages (including all required documents) and the vacancy announcement closes, we will review applications to ensure qualification and eligibility requirements are met. After the review is complete, a referral certificate(s) is issued and applicants will be notified of their status by email. Referred applicants will be notified as such and may be contacted directly by the hiring office for an interview. All referred applicants receive a final notification once a selection decision has been made.

You may check the status of your application at any time by logging into your USA Jobs account and clicking on Applications. Information regarding your application status can be found in the USAJobsHelp Center.

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Fair & Transparent

Fair & Transparent

The Federal hiring process is setup to be fair and transparent. Please read the following guidance.

Equal Employment Opportunity Policy

The United States Government does not discriminate in employment on the basis of race, color, religion, sex (including pregnancy and gender identity), national origin, political affiliation, sexual orientation, marital status, disability, genetic information, age, membership in an employee organization, retaliation, parental status, military service, or other non-merit factor.

Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO) for federal employees & job applicants

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Reasonable Accommodation Policy

Federal agencies must provide reasonable accommodation to applicants with disabilities where appropriate. Applicants requiring reasonable accommodation for any part of the application and hiring process should contact the hiring agency directly. Determinations on requests for reasonable accommodation will be made on a case-by-case basis.

A reasonable accommodation is any change to a job, the work environment, or the way things are usually done that enables an individual with a disability to apply for a job, perform job duties or receive equal access to job benefits.

Under the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, federal agencies must provide reasonable accommodations when:

An applicant with a disability needs an accommodation to have an equal opportunity to apply for a job.

An employee with a disability needs an accommodation to perform the essential job duties or to gain access to the workplace.

An employee with a disability needs an accommodation to receive equal access to benefits, such as details, training, and office-sponsored events.

You can request a reasonable accommodation at any time during the application or hiring process or while on the job. Requests are considered on a case-by-case basis.

Learn more about disability employment and reasonable accommodations or how to contact an agency.

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Legal and regulatory guidance

Financial suitability

Social security number request

Privacy Act

Signature and false statements

Selective Service

New employee probationary period

This job originated on For the full announcement and to apply, visit Only resumes submitted according to the instructions on the job announcement listed at will be considered.

Open & closing dates:

04/13/2018 to 05/04/2018


$24.21 to $28.23 per hour

Pay scale & grade:

WG 10

Work schedule:


Appointment type:


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