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Job Title: Utility Systems Repairer Operator
Company Name: Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration
Location: Big Spring, TX
Position Type: Full Time
Post Date: 11/07/2017
Expire Date: 01/06/2018
Job Categories: Agriculture, Forestry, & Fishing, Healthcare, Practitioner and Technician, Human Resources, Information Technology, Installation, Maintenance, and Repair, Medical, Nonprofit and Volunteer Services, Energy / Utilities
Job Description
Utility Systems Repairer Operator

These Utility Systems Operator positions will be working at the VA Big Spring Health Care System in, Big Spring, TX. are These positions are located in the Engineering Service.
Duties include but may not be limited to the following:

  • Operates/repairs the high pressure power boiler plant, chiller plant, HVAC graphic control system, and water treatment plant.
  • Boiler Plant Works is performed in a high pressure boiler plant with a capacity of 20,700 pounds of steam per hour; the plant has three boilers (200 HP) fired by natural gas and #2 fuel oil and auxiliary equipment to produce steam for heating buildings, for use in the operations of food preparation, water heating, and instrument sterilization.
  • Responsible for operating the boiler plant to produce and control the amount of steam to meet varying demands.
  • Maintains continuous observation of the instruments, controls, and measuring devices to determine how much steam is being produced and determining whether it meets or exceeds demand, calculates fuel efficiency by determining the amount of fuel being used and quantity of steam being produced. Incumbent monitors boiler stack gases, according
  • Air Conditioning Plant Work is performed in a central air conditioning plant consisting of two each 350 ton centrifugal chillers, two single cell cooling towers rated at 750 gallons per minute, a graphic control panel, air compressor, and a heat exchanger rated at 600,000 pounds per hour.
  • Responsible for starts, stops, and adjusts the chillers using humidity, air temperature, building temperature, building exhaust temperature, primary discharge air temperature, and weather forecast Incumbent will disassemble and clean chiller tubes, repair flow switches, victolic couplings and thermometer wells. You will not repair any part of the chillers that could cause CFC's to be released to the atmosphere unless incumbent has a EPA approved certification for this type of equipment.
  • Operates, treats and repairs the cooling towers; flow controls, float, filters, chemical Injection, and conductivity meters will be adjusted and maintained.
  • Building Management Computer: The Medical center IIVAC, refrigeration, and grounds irrigation system is monitored and controlled from a central work station located in the boiler plant office.
  • Systems Maintenance: You will have full responsibility for maintenance and repair of power boilers and related equipment, water treatment plant, and RO filter plant some of the systems that you will repair or replace are: electronic modulating motor and air damper for power boiler burners rheostats, flame safeguard and programming control, ultraviolet flame scanners, mercury switches and electronic fuel valves.
Work Schedule: Full-Time, Utility System Operators are run on a seven-day, three-shift plan. May be assigned to a specific shift or alternate, working on all three shifts, including weekends and holidays.

Recruitment & Relocation Incentives: Not authorized

Applicants will be rated in accordance with the OPM Qualification Standard Handbook X-118C (www.opm.gov/qualifications/x-118c). For this position, the job element method is used to match what you, the applicant, can do against what the work calls for. Your knowledge, skills and abilities will be compared to the knowledge, skills and abilities (called job elements) needed for success. Your qualifications will first be evaluated against the prescribed screen out element (WG-2 and higher only; screen-outs are not applicable to WG-1). Applicants who appear to meet the screen out element are considered for further rating; those who do not are rated ineligible and are eliminated from consideration. The potential eligibles are rated against the remainder of the job elements. While a specific length of training and experience is not required, your responses to the questionnaire must be supported by detailed descriptions of your experience on your resume.

You will be rated on the following Job Elements as part of the assessment questionnaire for this position:

  • Equipment Assembly, Installation, Repair
  • Interpret Instructions, Specifications (other than blueprint reading)
  • Operation of Equipment/Machinery
  • Use and Maintain Tools and Equipment


REQUIRED EXPERIENCE: Ability to do the work of the position without more than normal supervision. Utilizing a broad knowledge of operations and repair of power boiler plant, chiller plant, and water treatment plant; starting and stopping and adjusting power boilers, capable of bringing a boiler on line from a cold start and cutting in to the system, to maintain high steam pressure to supply medical center demand; Operating water treatment equipment such as feed-water deaerating heater, demineralizing reverse osmosis units, and water softeners and running tests of boiler and chiller water to determine the acidity, causticity, alkalinity, dissolved solids, and hardness, by using prescribed chemical reagents, color slides, and other standards; performing maintenance and repair of power boilers and related equipment, water treatment plant, and RO filter plant and repair or replace of electronic modulating motor and air damper for power boiler burners rheostats, flame safeguard and programming control, ultraviolet flame scanners, mercury switches and electronic fuel valves.

IMPORTANT: A full year of work is considered to be 35-40 hours of work per week. All experience listed on your resume must include the month and year start/end dates. 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.

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; 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.PHYSICAL EFFORT AND WORK CONDITIONS: You must be able to climb stairways and ladders, lift heavy objects, crawl and stoop in close spaces. You will be subject to abnormal heat, noise, cold, toxic amounts of gas, and handling of poisonous chemicals. Mental application is a necessity due to the complexity of plant equipment and system being monitored, and being alert at all times for emergencies and for equipment malfunctions.
Participation in the seasonal influenza program is a condition of employment and a requirement for all Department of Veterans Affairs Health Care Personnel (HCP). HCP are individuals who, during the influenza season, work in VHA locations where patients receive care or who come into contact with VA patients as part of their duties. VHA locations include, but are not limited to, VA hospitals and associated clinics, community living centers (CLCs), community-based outpatient clinics (CBOCs), domiciliary units, Vet centers and VA-leased facilities. HCP include all VA licensed and unlicensed, clinical and administrative, paid and unpaid, full- and part-time employees, intermittent employees, fee basis employees, VA contractors, students, researchers, volunteers, and trainees who work at these facilities.IMPORTANT: Please ensure your resume include up-to-date contact information (phone number(s), email address(s), etc.)

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


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 ensure you have included all documents required for your application, such as a copy of your transcript (if using education to qualify), documentation to support Veterans Preference or ICTAP/CTAP documentation (for displaced Federal employees).
  • Cover Letter
  • DD-214
  • OF-306
  • Other
  • Other Veterans Document
  • Resume
  • SF-15
  • SF-50
  • Transcript


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 http://www.fedshirevets.gov/job/vetpref/index.aspx.
Qualifications & Requirements

Applicants will be rated in accordance with the OPM Qualification Standard Handbook X-118C (www.opm.gov/qualifications/x-118c). For this position, the job element method is used to match what you, the applicant, can do against what the work calls for. Your knowledge, skills and abilities will be compared to the knowledge, skills and abilities (called job elements) needed for success. Your qualifications will first be evaluated against the prescribed screen out element (WG-2 and higher only; screen-outs are not applicable to WG-1). Applicants who appear to meet the screen out element are considered for further rating; those who do not are rated ineligible and are eliminated from consideration. The potential eligibles are rated against the remainder of the job elements. While a specific length of training and experience is not required, your responses to the questionnaire must be supported by detailed descriptions of your experience on your resume.

You will be rated on the following Job Elements as part of the assessment questionnaire for this position:

  • Equipment Assembly, Installation, Repair
  • Interpret Instructions, Specifications (other than blueprint reading)
  • Operation of Equipment/Machinery
  • Use and Maintain Tools and Equipment


REQUIRED EXPERIENCE: Ability to do the work of the position without more than normal supervision. Utilizing a broad knowledge of operations and repair of power boiler plant, chiller plant, and water treatment plant; starting and stopping and adjusting power boilers, capable of bringing a boiler on line from a cold start and cutting in to the system, to maintain high steam pressure to supply medical center demand; Operating water treatment equipment such as feed-water deaerating heater, demineralizing reverse osmosis units, and water softeners and running tests of boiler and chiller water to determine the acidity, causticity, alkalinity, dissolved solids, and hardness, by using prescribed chemical reagents, color slides, and other standards; performing maintenance and repair of power boilers and related equipment, water treatment plant, and RO filter plant and repair or replace of electronic modulating motor and air damper for power boiler burners rheostats, flame safeguard and programming control, ultraviolet flame scanners, mercury switches and electronic fuel valves.

IMPORTANT: A full year of work is considered to be 35-40 hours of work per week. All experience listed on your resume must include the month and year start/end dates. 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.

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; 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.
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