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Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration Pipefitter in Tacoma, Washington

Summary You will serve as a Pipefitter in the Mechanical Maintenance Section of Facilities Management Service at VA Puget Sound Health Care System at the American Lake Division, Tacoma Washington. Due to the ongoing COVID-19 emergency, this vacancy is posted under the authority of 5 U.S.C. 7106(a)(2)(D) and in exception to existing labor agreements. Responsibilities You will be performing such tasks as installing, replacing, or repairing various pipes, shut-off valves, joints, unions, flanges, safety valves, ceiling or wall radiators, and other fixtures; setting and adjusting die to cutter or threader, and measuring, cutting, and threading lengths of pipe; removing, assembling, laying, or hanging pipe; marking and cutting or drilling holes and openings in walls or floors; eliminating water hammer in steam lines by changing pitch of branches to risers; and covering pipes with insulating material. You will be receiving stores, identifying, issuing, and maintaining records of tools and materials used by personnel such as: pipe wrenches, pipe dies, pipe vices, hole saws, electric hammers, and impact wrenches. Repairs or requests repair of defective equipment. Inventories all tools at prescribed intervals and checks bin cards frequently to assure accurate stock levels are maintained. You will pick up from the warehouse materials purchased for specific jobs, labels those materials to job orders, and occasionally deliver these materials to the job site. You must have a good working knowledge of standard pipefitting methods and techniques. You must be skilled in the use of tools and equipment such as tapes, rules, hacksaws, hand and power pipe threaders and cutters, packing and caulking irons, and pipe wrenches. You must possess the knowledge required to safely erect protective enclosures, clean rooms, negative air machines to provide negative airflow to the work area to protect patients and staff from potential hazards of the work area. Work Schedule: Monday - Friday 8:00 am - 4:30 pm Position Description Title/PD#: Pipefitter/PD41355A Physical Requirements: Employee often works from ladders, scaffolds, and platforms where parts of systems are in hard to-reach places. The incumbent may be required to stand, stoop, bend, kneel, climb, and work in tiring and uncomfortable positions. The incumbent may be required to lift and carry heavy items. All lifts over 50 pounds will be assisted with a two person lift or using a mechanical handling equipment lifting device. The two-person lift limit is 100 pounds and will only be used for single event, non-routine lifts. Requirements Conditions of Employment Qualifications To qualify for this position, applicants must meet all requirements within 30 days of 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: Equipment Assembly, Installation, RepairInterpret Instructions, Specifications (includes blueprint reading)Measurement and LayoutTechnical PracticesTroubleshootingUse and Maintain Tools and EquipmentWithout more than normal supervision 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 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. If you are unable to apply online or need to fax a document you do not have in electronic form, view the following link for information regarding an Alternate Application.

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