NOTE - This is an open continuous announcement. Applications of
eligible candidates will be referred as received. Referrals will
continue until the vacancy is filled.
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The Pipefitter, WG-4204-10, is located at the Plumbing and
Machine Shop any site within the Engineering Service of the VA Palo
Alto Health Care System. Repairs, modifies, maintains, installs and
performs maintenance and preventive maintenance on medical gas, air
and vacuum distributions systems and equipment as well as hot and
cold water and steam distribution systems and equipment, including
piping, lagging, hangers, expansion joints, various types of valves
and control devices.
The major duties and responsibilities include, but are not
- Repairs, modifies, maintains, installs and performs maintenance
and preventive maintenance on medical gas, air and vacuum
distributions systems and equipment as well as hot and cold water
and steam distribution systems and equipment, including piping,
lagging, hangers, expansion joints, various types of valves and
- Maintains, installs, fabricates and repairs all types of steam
and air tarps unit heaters, radiators, convectors, flash tanks,
condensate pumps, hydraulic systems, hot water generators air
compressors and sprinkler systems.
- Repairs, installs, maintains and performs preventive
maintenance. on all types of plumbing fixtures and equipment,
including commodes, sinks, whirlpool baths, basins, lavatories,
drinking fountains, etc.
- Maintains repairs and installs other equipment, systems and
appearances such as heating and ventilating systems and ductwork,
irrigation systems, fire sprinkler systems, etc.
Work Schedule: Monday - Friday, 8:00am - 4:30pm
Position Description Title/PD#: Pipefitter/PD06020A
PHYSICAL EFFORT/REQUIREMENTS: Work requires good coordination
and good physical condition. Pipefitter is required to make
installations and repairs from ladders, scaffolding, and platforms
and from other hard to reach places. This requires the incumbent to
walk, stand, step, bend, kneel, climb, crawl and work in
uncomfortable positions, and to pull, push, reach over the shoulder
and lift heavy supplies and/or equipment weighing up to 100 pounds.
Must have rapid mental and muscular coordination simultaneously,
good hearing, good depth perception and the ability to distinguish
basic colors and shades of colors. Glasses are permitted.
WORKING CONDITIONS: Work is both outside and inside in areas of
medium to excessive heat, cold, humidity, dampness or chilling
areas that have impenitent noise, dust , fumes, grease, dirt, oil,
with exposure to electrical wires and energy. Areas may be slippery
and/or uneven surfaces, in equipment rooms, tunnels, crawl spaces,
pen1houses, overhead catwalks, and scaffolding and/or in tight
areas such as manholes and electrical (equipment) closets. Some
work is around equipment and machinery with moving parts and there
are other hazards such as exposure to steam and hot water fines,
pumps and other equipment, etc.
Conditions of Employment
- You must be a U.S. citizen to apply for this job
- Subject to a background/suitability investigation
- Designated and/or random drug testing may be required
- May serve a probationary period
- Selective Service Registration is required for males born after
- A complete application package; Resume, Transcripts, etc.
- Selected applicants will be required to complete an online
To qualify for this position, applicants must meet all
requirements by the closing date of this announcement.
NOTE: THIS ANNOUNCEMENT SOLICITS APPLICATIONS FOR A PIPEFITTER
NOT A PLUMBER. IF YOU ARE A PLUMBER, YOU MUST CLEARLY DOCUMENT
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, Repair
- Interpret Instructions, Specifications (includes blueprint
- Measurement and Layout
- Technical Practices
- Use and Maintain Tools and Equipment
- Without 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.
This job does not have an education qualification