Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration Boiler Plant Operator in Brockton, Massachusetts

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Summary

VA Boston HCS has openings for Boiler Plant Operators in our Engineering Service at all campuses: Brockton, Jamaica Plain and West Roxbury.

RECRUITMENT INCENTIVE MAY BE AUTHORIZED FOR HIGHLY QUALIFIED CANDIDATES SELECTED FOR A NEW APPOINTMENT IN THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT

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Responsibilities

The boiler plant operator has the responsibility for the safe and continuous operation of the steam generation plant, with a capacity of up to 100,000 pounds of steam per hour. The plant may contain water tube, fire tube, or both kinds of high pressure boilers. The incumbent takes samples of boiler feed water and tests for proper levels of chemical additives and adjusts levels as needed when indicated by results. During non-administrative shifts and on weekends, the boiler plant operator will check in with the engineering mechanic on duty and relay any alarms that occur on the building energy management system so that the mechanic can investigate and take corrective action.

Work Schedule: Jamaica Plain - rotating shifts; West Roxbury - vacation relief shift with regular tour of Sunday to Thursday 6 a.m. to 2 p.m. Financial Disclosure Report: Not required Position Description Title/PD#:Boiler Plant Operator/523-00308-A

Travel Required

Occasional travel - Occasional travel to other campuses of the VA Boston Healthcare System may be required.

Supervisory status

No

Promotion Potential

9

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5402 Boiler Plant Operating

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Conditions of Employment
  • You must be a U.S. citizen to apply for this job.
  • Subject to a background/suitability investigation.
  • May serve a probationary period.
  • Selective Service Registration is required for males born after 12/31/1959.
  • Selected applicants will be required to complete an online onboarding process.
  • Within 18 months of entering on duty, the incumbent will be required to complete a VA course on boiler plant safety.
Qualifications

NOTIFICATIONS:

  • The positions at the Jamaica Plain campus are in the AFGE bargaining unit.

  • The positions at the West Roxbury and Brockton campuses are in the NAGE bargaining unit.

  • Travel and relocation expenses are not authorized.

  • Selectee may be required to work at any Boston Healthcare System campus, as needed.

  • Incomplete applications will not be considered.

  • Position is not required to file a financial disclosure report.

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 Qualification Standard Handbook http://www.opm.gov/qualifications/x-118c

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: The position requires moderate to strenuous effort and long periods of walking, standing, climbing, bending, and crouching. The incumbent must work from ladders and catwalks, at times above 20 feet, and in cramped spaces. The incumbent frequently must lift and carry objects up to 50 pounds, and may be required to handle heavier loads with the assistance of lifting devices or other workers.

The incumbent primarily works indoors, but may occasionally work outside for short periods. There is regular exposure to dirty, greasy, and dusty areas as well as extreme (both hot and cold) temperatures. Incumbent is exposed to above-average noise levels for prolonged periods. There is also exposure to various hazards such as electrical shock, burns and scalds from hot water and steam, cuts, abrasions, bruises, and falls. Incumbent may have to work in confined spaces when maintaining and inspecting boilers and tanks.

Education

This position does not have an education qualification requirement.

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 https://www.opm.gov/.

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.

Alternate Application:** If you are unable to apply online view the following Alternate Application Information instructions at https://help.usastaffing.gov/Apply/index.php?title=AlternateApplicationInformation

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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.

IN DESCRIBING YOUR EXPERIENCE, PLEASE BE CLEAR AND SPECIFIC. WE WILL NOT MAKE ASSUMPTIONS REGARDING YOUR EXPERIENCE.Applicants will be referred in alphabetical order.

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Background checks and security clearance
Security clearance

Public Trust - Background Investigation

Drug test required

No

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Required Documents

Documents Accepted:

  • Cover Letter
  • DD-214
  • OF-306
  • Disability Rating Letter
  • Resume
  • SF-15
  • SF-50
  • Transcript

Documents Required:

  • Resume

Please review the above list(s) to ensure you have included all necessary documents required for your application.Not every applicant will require the same documents, therefore it is the applicants responsibility to ensure that their application package includes all necessary documents to determine qualifications and eligibility for appointment, such as a copy of your SF-50, transcript, ICTAP/CTAP documentation (for displaced Federal employees).You will not be contacted for additional information. Applicants will be deemed ineligible if supporting documentation is not submitted.

Veterans' Preference:Since the Direct-Hire Recruitment Authority is being used, traditional Veterans' Preference rules do not apply. Qualified veterans will, however, be given full consideration for this position.

Applications are accepted online.Applying online will allow you to review and track the status of your application.

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.

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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.

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How to Apply

All applicants are encouraged to apply online.

To apply for this position, you must complete the occupational questionnaire and submit the documentation specified in the Required Documents section. The complete application package must be submitted by 11:59 PM (EST) on 11/01/2018 to receive consideration.

  1. To begin, click Apply Onlineto create a USAJOBS account or log in to your existing account. Follow the prompts to select your USAJOBS resume and/or other supporting documents and complete the occupational questionnaire.

  2. Click Submit My Answersto 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 USAJOBS account, https://my.usajobs.gov/Account/Login, select the Application Statuslink and then select the More Informationlink for this position. The Details 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 USAJOBS account and click Update Applicationin the vacancy announcement. You must re-select your resume and/or other documents from your USAJOBS account or your application will be incomplete.

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Agency contact information
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Phone

(774)826-1269

Email

vhabhsjobs@va.gov

Address

VA Boston Healthcare System 940 Belmont Street Brockton, MA 02301 US

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Next steps

After the vacancy announcement closes, applicants are evaluated 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.

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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.

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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 process should follow the instructions in the job opportunity announcement. For any part of the remaining hiring process, applicants 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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  • Social security number request
  • Privacy Act
  • Signature and false statements
  • Selective Service
  • New employee probationary period

This job originated on www.usajobs.gov. For the full announcement and to apply, visit www.usajobs.gov/GetJob/ViewDetails/513440800. Only resumes submitted according to the instructions on the job announcement listed at www.usajobs.gov will be considered.

Open & closing dates: 10/11/2018 to 11/01/2018

Service: Competitive

Pay scale & grade: WG 9

Salary: $27.82 to $27.82 per hour

Appointment type: Permanent

Work schedule: Full-Time