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Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration Maintenance Worker in Boston, Massachusetts

Summary This Maintenance Worker position is located in the Facilities Management Service at the VA Boston Healthcare System. This position is full-time at 40 hours per week. Responsibilities The incumbent Maintenance Worker performs duties which involve maintaining, repairing, installing, modifying, troubleshooting, testing, and inspecting real and personal property in trades such as electrical, plumbing, concrete, and carpentry. Maintains, repairs, installs, modifies, troubleshoots, tests, and inspects real and personal property in trades such as electrical, plumbing, concrete, and carpentry. Performs minor electrical maintenance to include but not limited to replacement or repair of fixtures (e.g. wall switches and outlets, incandescent and fluorescent bulbs and tubes, ballast, sockets, fuses, minor appliances, cords, etc.) using appropriate hand, power and specialty tools. Performs minor plumbing maintenance (e.g. replacement or repair of leaks in drains and faucets, unclogging of drains, trenching and laying new lines, replacing drain hoses on washers and similar devices, etc.) to provide operable and efficient plumbing capabilities to Department personnel. Assists in performing minor HVAC work (e.g. adjusting and calibrating thermostats pneumatic controls and HVAC and electric energy management systems; installing pipes for high pressure air systems; repairing water, gas electric and air pipes and lines in or under floors, walkways, and walls; etc.) to maintain a comfortable temperature for employees and proper equipment. Assists in performing scheduled and "as needed" inspection and preventive maintenance on tools and equipment to maintain operability of the tools and equipment. Gains job specific expertise through various sources (e.g. on-the-job training, trade publications, vendor publications and manuals, etc.) to become proficient in the identified primary field. Attends engineering monthly staff meetings to obtain and disseminate information and participate in discussions on appropriate resolutions to problems. Receives directions, guidance and instruction from Maintenance Mechanics and Maintenance Supervisor in the correct operation of equipment and materials used to complete required maintenance activities. Demonstrates ability to read and write and to interpret blueprints, work instructions and other technical guides of varying degrees of complexity. Demonstrates ability to use or operate tools, equipment or machines of varying difficulty. Demonstrates knowledge and capability of performing preventive maintenance tasks on mechanical and electrical equipment and including performing minor repairs on building utility systems such as heating, lighting, plumbing, etc., medical and office equipment and furniture, and interior an exterior building surfaces. Inspects assigned equipment, etc., within the period specified, and performs repairs at the rest of services in or out of Engineering Service. Schedules his/her own daily and weekly tasks to meet deadlines established by the supervisor, with little or no supervision required by the supervisor. Performs work independently and on own initiative. Interprets and adapts the general guidelines to specific problems using their own initiative. Observes all standard safety codes and perform his work in accordance with recognized trades, national codes and manual and program guides. Work Schedule: Monday-Friday, 7:00 a.m. - 3:30 p.m. Position Description Title/PD#: Maintenance Worker/PD523-00049-A Physical Requirements: Work requires standing, reaching, bending, climbing, kneeling, and stooping as the work site dictates. Requires the use of fingers and may reach above shoulder. Requires mental and muscular coordination. Lifts, carries, and sets up tools, equipment, and . parts necessary to do the job. May operate equipment, hand and power tools, and motor vehicles. Working Conditions: Work is performed inside and outside in varying weather temperatures and in dry, humid, and/or damp conditions. Work area may be cramped, dirty, noisy, dusty, etc. Exposure to possible electric shock, burns, cuts, bruises, and strains is generally applicable. May be exposed to fumes, smoke, or gases and may work with solvents, grease, and oils. Works around machinery and moving parts and around moving objects or vehicles. Performs work from ladders, scaffolding, and platforms and may work above ground level and in manholes. Requirements Conditions of Employment Qualifications To qualify for this position, applicants must meet all requirements by the closing date of this announcement. 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 Federal Wage System Qualification Standards. 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 Job Elements: Ability to Do the Work of the Position without More Than Normal Supervision Dexterity and Safety Equipment Assembly, Installation, Repair Follow Directions Ingenuity Interpret Instructions, Specifications (includes blueprint reading) Materials Plan and organize work Technical Practices Troubleshooting Use and Maintain Tools and Equipment 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. Education Additional Information The Interagency Career Transition Assistance Plan (ICTAP) and Career Transition Assistance Plan (CTAP) provide eligible displaced VA competitive service employees with selection priority over other candidates for competitive service vacancies. To be well-qualified, applicants must possess experience that exceeds the minimum qualifications of the position including all selective factors if applicable, and must be proficient in most of the requirements of the job. Information about ICTAP and CTAP eligibility is on OPM's Career Transition Resources website which can be found at Receiving Service Credit for 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. This job opportunity announcement may be used to fill additional vacancies. 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