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Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration Boiler Plant Operator (Direct Hire Authority) in Hot Springs, South Dakota


The Boiler Plant Operator is a member of the Facilities Management Service Line. The Boiler Plant operations runs on a 24-hour basis year around. The incumbent is responsible for the operation of four 55,000 pounds of steam//hour boilers. he incumbent has total responsibility for the safe and efficient operation of the boilers and auxiliary equipment. This position is located at the VA Black Hills Health Care System.


Duties include but may not be limited to the following: Analyze feed water, boiler water, and condensate using standard chemical tests. Determine the treatment and chemicals to be used to control chemical concentrations remove impurities and entrap gasses. Check the operation safety equipment such as flame extinction, low water cut-outs, high pressure cut out, purge type combustion safeties and do the monthly, six month and yearly VHA boiler plant safety device testing Responsible for deciding when to shut down boilers, when to start boilers and when to recall maintenance personnel to handle emergencies that occurs outside normal duty hours. Replacing packing, gaskets, diaphragms, valves, nipples, and piping. Repairing refractory insulation, CPVC and PVC lines and valves, burners, pumps, regulators, etc. Checking running equipment and water tanks, lubricating running equipment, logging all temperature, pressure and energy calculations. Cleaning burners, strainers, fire boxes, mud drums, steam drums, forced shaft fans, water tanks, bearing housings, floors, walls, desks, work benches, toilet, shower, lockers, break room, offices and all work areas around boilers. Make emergency repairs and minor repairs as recovering pipe, changing or repacking valves, and stopping leaks by tightening connections, etc. Operator in charge of all Engineering Service after hours, off tour call-backs for the while facility. Operates emergency generators and related transfer switches to meet plant power requirements when the main power is disrupted or unavailable. Work Schedule: Rotating shifts to cover plant operations 24/7: (8:00am-4:00pm,4:00pm-12:00am,12:00am-8:00am), weekdays, weekends, and holidays.

Position Description Title/PD#: Boiler Plant Operator (Direct Hire Authority)/PD20211A Physical Requirements/Working Conditions: Frequently work in confined areas in and around boilers. Requires moderate to strenuous effort and long periods of walking, standing, climbing, bending, and crouching. Frequently lift and carry boiler parts and chemical supplies weighing up to 40 pounds unassisted. Occasionally, and with assistance, carries items weighing over 40 pounds.

Mainly works indoors, but occasionally work outside for short periods of time. Subject to high temperatures, constant noise, rotating machinery, soot, dirt, grease, chemicals, oil and fumes. Subject to cuts and abrasions from the use of tools and equipment and burns from acids, caustics, hot water, steam and contact with boilers. Work on catwalks and ladders.


Conditions of Employment


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:

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.


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. 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.