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Utility Systems Operator

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U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs - Agency Wide

$22.82 to $26.60

Des Moines, IA

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$22.82 to $26.60 per hour

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WG 9

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1 vacancy in the following location:

Des Moines, IA

Des Moines, IA

Relocation expenses reimbursed


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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.

Federal employees - Excepted service

Current excepted service federal employees.

Individuals with disabilities

Internal to an agency

Current federal employees of this agency.


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The primary duties of this position are in the Boiler Plant of the Des Moines VA Hospital where the incumbent will operate: One (1) 20,000 lb/per hour and two (2) 15, 000 lb/per hour gas/oil fired, water tube boilers are operated at 105 pounds of steam pressure and are equipped with all of the essential equipment necessary to make a complete, safe, and operable steam generating plant. The auxiliary units used in conjunction with the boilers are three (3) electrical driven condensate return pumps, two (2) electrical driven vertical boiler feed pumps, one (1) electrical driven centrifugal boiler feed pump, two (2) electrical driven boiler chemical feed pumps and two (2) electrical driven fuel oil pumps. Also included is one (1) deaerating feed water heater, one (1) 200 KVA emergency generator, two (2) 1,470,000 grain capacity water softeners, two (2) 105 pound 10 hp air compressors. The equipment listed above is wired, valved, piped and equipped with the necessary safety devices in order to make a complete and functional water and steam generator plant.

When acting in the capacity of Roving USRO (50% of the time) incumbent's primary duties consist of the repair, operation, and preventive maintenance of all utility systems and operating equipment throughout the medical center. These systems include electrical distribution systems, steam distribution systems, soft and hard water systems, emergency generators, elevators, air conditioning equipment, refrigeration systems, and the fire alarm system. Equipment involved is: two (2) 13,200 VAC Main Electrical switching stations, two (2) 1000 kvA Emergency generators, twenty three (23) Automatic Transfer Switches, thirty eight (38) Transformers, two (2) Fire pumps, sixteen (16) Elevators, one (1) 675 Ton York electric driven chiller, one (1) 650 Ton Carrier electric driven chiller with variable frequency drive, one (1) 300 Ton York electric driven chiller, forty five (45) Air Handling Units, nineteen (19) Chill Water pumps, six (6) Domestic Water booster pumpstwelve (12) Condensate return pumps, five (5) Medical Air compressors, five (5) Medical Vacuum pumps, twenty (20) Ice Machines, one (1) 10 PSI Heating Boiler, numerous sliding doors, bi-fold doors, automatic door operators, and other associated equipment. Incumbent is responsible to ensure that these systems are maintained at all times with proper priority given to direct patient care.

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Work Schedule: Rotating 12-hour shift including weekends and holidays

Position Description Title/PD#: Utility Systems Operator /30243-A

Relocation/Recruitment Incentives: Not Authorized

Travel Required

Not required

Supervisory status


Job family (Series)

5406 Utility Systems Operating



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 a background/security investigation

Pre-employment physical required


To qualify for this position, applicants must meet all requirements by the closing date of this announcement, 03/30/2018

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 Qualification Standard Handbook X-118C

Your background must demonstrate experience in performing tasks involved in the operation, maintenance, and repair of the Utility Plants-Operating, maintaining, and repairing a High Pressure Boiler Plant; routinely collecting samples in the Boiler Plant; performing repairs - rebuilding pumps, replacing items such as mechanical seals, bearings, valves, pipefittings and motors.

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: Heavy lifting (45 pounds and over); Heavy carrying (45 pounds and over); Far vision correctable in one eye to 20/20 and to 20/40 in the other; Repeated bending (2 hours); Climbing (use of legs and arms); Both legs required (one leg or foot may be compensated by prosthesis); Ability to distinguish basic colors; Pushing (4 hours); Ability for rapid mental and muscular coordination simultaneously; Reaching above shoulder; Hearing (aid permitted); Use of fingers; Both hands required; Walking (8 hours); Standing (8 hours); Near vision correctable at 13 to 16 to Jaeger 1 to 4.

PHYSICAL EFFORT: In accordance with 29 Code of Federal Regulations 1614.203, the individual selected must be physically and mentally able, with or without reasonable accommodation, to perform the essential functions of this position without endangering the health and safety of self and others. Primarily responsible for observation, adjustment and repair of equipment and is not subject to continuous physical effort. However, on occasion will be required to lift, pull, push, etc. Also required to occasionally work in awkward or cramped positions such as stooping and bending. While checking equipment is frequently required to stand, walk and climb.

WORKING CONDITIONS: The employees duties require him/her to work inside in constant high heat from boilers and equipment. The employee is subject to exposure to the danger of boilers burst, carbon dioxide poisoning, scalds, burns, gas and oil fumes, cuts, and bruises, etc.


Additional information

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. Such credit must be requested and approved prior to the appointment date and is not guaranteed.

Selected applicants will be required to complete an online onboarding process.

The Interagency Career Transition Assistance Plan (ICTAP) and Career Transition Assistance Plan (CTAP) provide eligible displaced Federal/VA competitive service employees with selection priority over other candidates for competitive service vacancies. To be qualified you must submit appropriate documentation (a copy of the agency notice, your most recent performance rating, and your most recent SF-50 noting current position, grade level, and duty location) and be found well-qualified (have a final rating of 85 or more) for this vacancy. Information about ICTAP and CTAP eligibility is on OPM's Career Transition Resources website at

Placement Policy: The posting of this announcement does not obligate management to fill a vacancy or vacancies by promotion. The position may be filled by reassignment, change to lower grade, transfer, appointment, or reinstatement. Management may use any one or any combination of these methods to fill the position.

It is the policy of the VA to not deny employment to those that have faced financial hardships or periods of unemployment.

This job opportunity announcement may be used to fill additional vacancies.

Veterans and Transitioning Service Members: Please visit the VA for Vets

site for career-search tools for Veterans seeking employment at VA, career development services for our existing Veterans, and coaching and reintegration support for military service members.

Financial disclosure not required.

For more information on the Who may apply eligibility requirements, please refer to the OHRM Status Candidates and Other Candidate Definitions


If you are unable to apply online view the following link for information regarding an Alternate Application

How You Will Be Evaluated

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


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 questions. The screen-out element for this position is Ability to perform the duties of a Utility Systems Repairer/Operator without more than normal supervision.

JOB ELEMENTS: Those who meet the minimum level of experience and training for the screen-out element will then be evaluated in each of the following job elements:

1. Ability to inspect.

2. Knowledge of steam equipment, assembly, installation, repairs, etc.

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

4. Use of measuring instruments.

5. Ability to interpret work instructions, technical manuals, and prints, etc.

6. Ability to use and maintain tools and equipment.

7. Knowledge of materials.

If you are referred for consideration, you may be asked to submit additional job related information, which may include, but not limited to; responses to the knowledge, skills and abilities; completion of a work sample, and/or contact for an interview.Your resume and/or supporting documentation will be verified. Please follow all instructions carefully. Errors or omissions may affect your rating or consideration for employment.

Background checks and security clearance

Security clearance


Required Documents

Required Documents

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


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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Veterans' Preference: When applying for Federal Jobs, eligible Veterans should claim preference for 5pt (TP), 10pt (CP/CPS/XP), or for Sole Survivor Preference (SSP) in the questionnaire. You must provide a legible copy of your DD214(s) which shows dates and character of service (honorable, general, etc.). If you are currently serving on active duty and expect to be released or discharged within 120 days you must submit documentation related to your active duty service which reflects the dates of service, character of service (honorable, general, etc.), and dates of impending separation. Additionally, disabled veterans and others eligible for 10-point preference (such as widows or mothers of eligible Veterans) must also submit an SF-15 Application for 10 Point Veteran Preference with required proof as stated on the form. Documentation is required to award preference. For more information on Veterans' Preference, please visit

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

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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 11:59 PM (ET) on 03/30/2018 to receive consideration. To preview the questionnaire click

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.

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.

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VA Central Iowa Health Care System

3600 30th St

Des Moines, IA


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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 USAJobs Help Center

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.

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

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U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs - Agency Wide
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The Veterans Health Administration is home to the United States’ largest integrated health care system consisting of 152 medical centers, nearly 1,400 community-based outpatient clinics, community living centers, Vet Centers and Domiciliaries. Together these health care facilities and the more than 53,000 independent licensed health care practitioners who work within them provide comprehensive care to more than 8.3 million* Veterans each year.

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