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Maintenance Mechanic

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Department Of Health And Human Services National Institutes of Health

$22.47 to $32.24

Hamilton, MT

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$22.47 to $32.24 per hour

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WG 10

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Multiple Schedules

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13 vacancies in the following locations:

Montgomery County, MD

9 vacancies

Hamilton, MT

1 vacancy

Durham, NC

3 vacancies

Relocation expenses reimbursed


This job is open to

The public

U.S. citizens, nationals or those who owe allegiance to the U.S., and excepted service employees.


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The NIH is the premier biomedical research center for the world. Its 27 Institutes and Centers employ approximately 18,000 employees doing a vast array of jobs, all supporting efforts for a healthy nation. For information on the NIH mission, goals, and Institutes and Centers, visit NIH Overview

If you have experience with carpentry, installing, maintaining, repairing and modifying ventilation, air conditioning and refrigeration (HVAC/R) equipment AND you want to play a significant role in a dynamic organization, then consider joining the NIH Office of Research Facilities (ORF)! For more information, visit

. This position is located in the Office of Research Facilities (ORF), Division of Facilities Operations and Maintenance (DFOM), Maryland Facilities Management Branch (MFMB), Clinical Center Facilities Branch (CCFB) and Research Triangle Park Facilities Management Branch (RTP)


This vacancy is focusing on Heavy HVAC and Heavy Refrigeration duties.

This is a bargaining unit position represented by a union.

NIH has facilities in Bethesda, Poolesville, Ft. Detrick and Baltimore, upon management's discretion you may be placed at one of these locations if the need arises.

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Working as a Maintenance Mechanic with the Office of Research Facilities (ORF), Division of Facilities Operations and Maintenance (DFOM), Maryland Facilities Management Branch (MFMB) or Clinical Center Facilities Branch (CCFB), or Research Triangle Park Facilities Management Branch (RTP) you will:

Troubleshoot HVAC/R systems with complex problems and extensive repairs requiring judgment to locate malfunctions.

Install, repair, and maintain large commercial and industrial ventilation, refrigeration, air conditioning (AC), and cooling systems with complex problems and extensive repairs.

Perform preventive maintenance on HVAC/R systems and equipment.

Respond to service calls and preventive maintenance inspections orally or in writing through computerized maintenance management system (CMMS) regarding malfunctioning/inoperable equipment, kitchen and domestic equipment (e.g., dishwashers, electric rangers, dryers); shop and laboratory equipment (e.g., vacuum pumps, air compressors, piping systems); and plumbing, utility, supply and disposal system (e.g., steam, chilled water, domestic water, sanitary water natural gas, etc.)


Make repairs to a variety of HVAC equipment, both industrial and residential.

Replaces fixtures such as thermostats, heating elements, overload switches, heater strips and magnetic coils.

Performs air balancing adjustment, calibration and checks operations to ensure proper operation of systems.

Travel Required

Not required

Supervisory status


Promotion Potential


Who May Apply

This job is open to…

U.S. Citizens

Questions? This job is open to 1 group.

Job family (Series)

4749 Maintenance Mechanic



Conditions of Employment

U.S. Citizenship requirement met by closing date.

Position is subject to a background investigation.

Must have a current valid state driver's license.

This position requires shift work.

This position is an Emergency Essential position.

Applicants for this position must pass a pre-employment medical examination

Males born after December 31, 1959 must be registered with the Selective Service.

Applicants must meet all qualification requirements by the closing date of this announcement.


Applicants will be rated in accordance with the OPM Qualification Standard Handbook X-118C. Although a specific length of time and experience is not required for most blue-collar positions, you must meet any screen-out element listed, and show through experience and training that you possess the level of knowledge and skill necessary to perform the duties of the position.

The approved job elements for this occupation are listed as follows:

(1) Ability to do the work of the position without more than normal supervision (Screen-out element).

(2) Technical practices (theoretical, precise, artistic).

(3) Use of measuring instruments.

(4) Ability to interpret instructions, specifications, etc. (includes blueprint reading).

(5) Ability to use and maintain tools and equipment.

(6) Knowledge of materials.

(7) Knowledge of equipment assembly, installation, repair, etc.

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; religious; spiritual; community; social). Volunteer work helps build 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.


Additional information

You must be able to lift and move heavy items weighing up to 100 lbs.

You must be able to stand for prolonged periods on concrete floors and walk over rough and uneven terrain.

The selectee must be able to bend, stoop, walk, stand, and climb, and work in cramped positions.

You may work in hazardous environments or handle hazardous substances.

The selectee must be able to work outdoors under all weather conditions.

This position requires weekend hours, night shifts, regular or rotational shifts, holiday hours.

If selected, you must pass a pre-employment medical examination.

The selectee must possess and maintain a valid motor vehicle license.

This position is designated as an emergency essential position and the selected candidate will be considered an emergency essential employee and will be required to be available, ready, willing, and able to report for duty under all circumstances, e.g., inclement weather, government closings and holidays, lapses in appropriations, non-emergency and emergency situations for operation 24 hours a day and 365 days per year coverage.

If selected, you will be covered by a bargaining unit (union).

A one-year probationary period may be required upon selection/placement to this position.

At the supervisor's discretion, this position may offer work schedule flexibilities: compressed schedules.

Additional selections may be made through this vacancy announcement.

The National Institutes of Health participates in the USCIS Electronic Employment Eligibility Verification Program (E-Verify). E-Verify helps employers determine employment eligibility of new hires and the validity of their Social Security numbers.

The NIH maintains a tobacco free work environment and campus.

We are unable to pay relocation expenses.

How You Will Be Evaluated

You will be evaluated for this job based on how well you meet the qualifications above.

If you meet the minimum qualifications for this position, your application and responses to the online questionnaire will be evaluated under Category Rating and Selection procedures for placement in one of the following categories:

Best Qualified - for those who are superior in the evaluation criteria

Well Qualified - for those who excel in the evaluation criteria

Qualified - for those who only meet the minimum qualification requirements

The Category Rating Process does not add veterans' preference points, but protects the rights of veterans by placing them ahead of non-preference eligibles within each category. Applicants determined to be Best Qualified will be referred for further consideration. Preference eligibles in the Best Qualified category are referred before all other applicants. As part of the process, you may be asked to provide more detailed information about your experience and/or capabilities.

Background checks and security clearance

Security clearance


Required Documents

Required Documents

To apply for this position, you must submit a complete Application Package, which includes

Your resume (see How to Apply section for requirements) and cover letter (if you wish to submit one)

Responses to the online questionnaire

Other supporting documents if applicable:

Veterans' preference

(DD-214, VA Disability Letter, etc.): Reference Standard Form 15 (SF-15

) for required documentation for 10 point claims. Submission of SF-15 is not required, unless you are claiming derived preference (XP) as described in questions 7, 8, or 9 on the SF-15. In those cases, you must submit a completed SF-15 and the required documentation. For 5 point claims, you must submit your DD-214 (if separated) or any written documentation from the armed forces that certifies you are 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 submitted with your application package.

Schedule A (Disability Appointment)

: Documentation of eligibility for employment under Schedule A can be obtained from a licensed medical professional (e.g., a physician or other medical professional certified by a state, the District of Columbia, or a U.S. territory to practice medicine); a licensed vocational rehabilitation specialist (i.e., state or private); or any Federal agency, state agency, or agency of the District of Columbia or a U.S. territory that issues or provides disability benefits. The letter must be printed on a medical professional's letterhead and signed.

Interagency Career Transition Assistance Program (ICTAP)


We encourage you to submit a copy of your transcripts, related license, certification, or registration if applicable.

Do not submit any other supplementary documentation that is not requested of you. We will not use this documentation.

To ensure your information is secure, please redact social security numbers and birth dates. Original copies may be requested if you are hired.

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.

Benefits for federal employees

Healthcare insurance

Pay and leave

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

Your Resume must clearly articulate how your skills and experiences align to the criteria defined in the qualifications section of this announcement and it must support your responses to the assessment questionnaire. For each position you must describe your duties, accomplishments, related skills, and responsibilities. Your resume must also include the day, month, and year that you began and ended for each position held. Full-time employment will be assumed unless otherwise stated on your resume. Part-time employment will be prorated in crediting experience. Not providing this information may result in the lowering of your assessment score or an ineligible rating. Do not include a photograph or video of yourself on your resume or cover letter. We will not access web pages linked on your resume or cover letter to determine your qualifications. For resume writing guidance, please visit the USAJOBS Resource Center

or view their video tutorial

To apply for this position, you must complete the online application and submit the documentation specified in the Required Documents section below.

A complete application package must be submitted by 11:59 PM Eastern Time (ET) on the closing date of the announcement to receive consideration.

To begin, click Apply to access the online application. You will need to be logged into your USAJOBS account to apply. If you do not have a USAJOBS account, you will need to create one before beginning the application.

Follow the prompts to select your resume and/or other supporting documents to be included with your application package. You will have the opportunity to upload additional documents to include in your application before it is submitted. Your uploaded documents may take several hours to clear the virus scan process.

You will be taken to the online application which you must complete in order to apply for the position. Complete the online application, verify the required documentation is included with your application package, and submit the application.

A complete Assessment Questionnaire.

Other required supporting documents (See the Required Documents section for any additional forms and/or supplemental materials required.)

After acknowledging you have reviewed your application package, complete the Include Personal Information section as you deem appropriate and click to continue with the application process.

To verify the status of your application, log into your USAJOBS account (

), all of your applications will appear on the Welcome screen. The Application Status will appear along with the date your application was last updated. For information on what each Application Status means, visit:

For additional information, click on the links below:

Additional Information on How to Apply

Information on Reasonable Accommodation

For technical difficulties, contact HR Systems Support between 8:00 AM and 4:30 PM ET Monday through Friday at

Agency contact information

Cheryl Harris





National Institutes of Health

2115 East Jefferson Street

Rockville, MD


Learn more about this agency

Next steps

Once your online application is submitted you will receive a confirmation notification by email. Within 15 business days of the closing date,1/16/2018, your application will be evaluated by the Human Resources Office to determine your eligibility for the position. After the evaluation is complete, you will receive another notification regarding the status of your application. In addition, you may also check your status online at USAJOBS

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

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.

Legal and regulatory guidance

Financial suitability

Social security number request

Privacy Act

Signature and false statements

Selective Service

New employee probationary period

Note: We cannot accept applications on behalf of Federal Agencies. Application instructions are listed within the Job Description.

Company info

Department Of Health And Human Services National Institutes of Health
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NIH is the only agency of its kind. We greatly impact the health of our country through unique and innovative medical research. We also play a significant role in helping Americans live longer and healthier increasing life expectancy in the U.S. by more than 31 years since 1900. Whether you are graduating with a bachelor's degree, entering the workforce for the first time, changing careers, or working on your doctoral degree, NIH offers a place for you to start and plenty of room to grow.

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