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Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration Laundry Machine Operator in Vancouver, Washington

Summary Incumbent is a Laundry Machine Operator/Washman charged with the overall operation and daily start up activities of the Textile Care Processing Facility (TCPF). Responsibilities Major duties include but is not limited to: Possess in depth knowledge and care of all laundry washroom equipment, chemicals and procedures Adjusts wash flow as needed to maximize efficiency and meet production standards; as well as, patient needs Responsible for the total operation of a six module Continuous Wash Extract system (CWES) Responsible for general daily maintenance as well as a daily startup/shut down inspection of production equipment including flatwork processing systems, small piece folding/stacking systems, and various high production processing equipment used throughout the TCPF Sorts soiled linens, pre-soak stained textiles as needed Weighs wash loads to ensure washer/extractors are correctly balanced, wash soiled textiles, and unload clean textiles Ensures washers are used to their loaded capacities; making sure that over-loading or under-loading does not occur Ensures proper administration of Oxygenated Bleaches, Laundry Alkalis, Sours, and Detergents to guarantee proper soil lift and suspension during wash process Be familiar with various chemical agents used to ensure they are properly used to prevent damage to linens, uniforms, and any other textiles processed Ensures to negate any adverse chemical reaction Posses in-depth understanding of the application, usage, and storage of various caustic agents, dying agents, potting chemicals and finishing agents used throughout the wash process Posses knowledge of the appropriate wash programs, dye programs, new issue programs, and understand the significance of the proper program for hygienically clean linens and textiles Monitors the softening agent and increase or decrease as necessary throughout the year to mitigate potential contact dermatitis, specifically in uniforms and patient clothing processing Posses skill to build and maintain linen inventory tracking and ordering spreadsheets to ensure a seamless, automated ordering and inventory management program Posses the ability to fill in for or assist the laundry supervisor in oversight of the soil sort process by ensuring the "soiled line" is adequately staffed and linen is being sorted by classification and hung for wash in proper sequence Has a comprehensive knowledge of the correct and safe operating principles of an industrial washing system to adjust/edit the specific cycles or programs for specialty items Posses the ability of the operation of the cart wash, water, chemical and air systems to identify proper operation; including, the procedure to shut down the equipment if a malfunction occurs Orders, stores and handles chemicals used in the industrial application; Including the knowledge to know when chemicals need to be changed Operates laundry "clean side" equipment, including the garment finisher, small washer, large and small dryers, ironing systems, and small piece folders Understands general Infection Control procedures while maintaining the required barrier between "soiled side" operations and clean textiles Uses proper aseptic techniques; including, proper hand hygiene, using all required PPE, and following all infection control requirements associated with Textile Processing and Distribution Management May be assigned holidays, irregular tours including weekends as necessary in support of Veteran Centered Care Work Schedule: Monday through Friday; 6:00a.m. to 2:30p.m. Compressed/Flexible Schedule: Position Description Title/PD#: Laundry Machine Operator/PD21496A Relocation/Recruitment Incentives: Not authorized Requirements Conditions of Employment You must be a U.S. Citizen to apply for this job Selective Service Registration is required for males born after 12/31/1959 You may be required to serve a probationary period Subject to background/security investigation Pre-employment physical required Selected applicants will be required to complete an online onboarding process Participation in the seasonal influenza vaccination program is a requirement for all Department of Veterans Affairs Health Care Personnel (HCP) Participation in the Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) vaccination program is a requirement for all Veterans Health Administration Health Care Personnel (HCP) - See "Additional Information" below for details. Qualifications To qualify for this position, applicants must meet all requirements within 30 days of the closing date of this announcement, 12/14/2022. 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. The Screen Out for this position is: The ability to do the work of a Laundry Machine Operator without more than normal supervision performing duties such as Textile Processing, Commercial Laundry, Cleaning and Sanitation. 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: Dexterity and Safety Interpret Instructions, Specifications (other than blueprint reading) Operation of Equipment/Machinery Without more than normal supervision Work Practices 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/Working Conditions: The incumbent must be able to lift and carry fifty (50) pounds. Must be able to stand and walk consistently, perform light to moderate bending and stooping, and be able to wear the required PPE for extended periods of time as dictated by the work setting. Some heavy movement of laundry carts weighing up to 700 pounds and use of conveyors are required. During normal day to day operations, individual will be required to perform simple grasping and fine hand manipulation, reaching above shoulder height and frequent stooping, bending, twisting and kneeling. Position routinely requires operating of vehicles, electrical equipment, push or pull soiled and clean laundry carts in and out of Laundry truck, to and from loading docks to various locations within the TCPF and medical center. Working Conditions: Work is normally performed inside where there is ample light, heat and/or ventilation. Temperatures vary from hot in the summer to cold in the winter when moving carts into the TCPF. Incumbent is exposed to operational noises associated with an industrial laundry and may be required to use hearing protection if occupational exposure exceeds acceptable occupational exposure thresholds. Incumbent is intermittently exposed to excess humidity, chemicals and solvents, fumes, dust and noise. Individual is exposed to possible contagions from the handling of contaminated linens in performance of emptying laundry bags and sorting soiled linen. Potential exists for sharps exposure in soiled linen. Incumbent is subject to cuts, scrapes, bumps, bruises, slips, falls and other injuries, and to disagreeable odors in the performance of required duties. Education Additional Information Special Employment Consideration: VA encourages persons with disabilities to apply, including those eligible for hiring under 5 CFR 213.3102(u), Schedule A, Appointment of persons with disabilities [i.e., intellectual disabilities, severe physical disabilities, or psychiatric disabilities], and/or Disabled veterans with a compensable service-connected disability of 30% or more. Contact the Agency Contact for information on how to apply under this appointment authority via the Selective Placement Coordinator. 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 This job opportunity announcement may be used to fill additional vacancies. Pursuant to VHA Directive 1193.01, VHA health care personnel (HCP) are required to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 subject to such accommodations as required by law (i.e., medical, religious or pregnancy). VHA HCPs do not include remote workers who only infrequently enter VHA locations. If selected, you will be required to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 and submit documentation of proof of vaccination before your start date. The agency will provide additional information regarding what information or documentation will be needed and how you can request a legally required accommodation from this requirement using the reasonable accommodation process. 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.