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Company: Department of Veterans Affairs
Location: Palo Alto
Posted on: June 8, 2021

Job Description:

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The Palo Alto VA is hiring the following:

2 vacancies - Livermore, California

1 vacancy - Menlo Park, California

2 vacancies - Palo Alto, California

This announcement is open for 90 days but a certificate of eligible applicants will be sent to the selecting official every two weeks.

The Electrician must have California Electrician's Certificate or equivalent.

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Duties include but not limited to:

  • Performs maintenance, installation, modifications, additions, repairs, troubleshooting, and testing of building electrical systems and equipment, such as distribution panels, circuit breakers, power supplies, rheostats, switches and outlets of all types, fluorescent and incandescent fixtures, lamps, fans, heating devices, appliances, buzzer and bell circuits, temperature and pressure controls, and regulators. Installs conduit, wiring and cable and completes splices and connections and tests circuits for continuity and safety.
  • Performs routine maintenance, repair, service, and cleaning of high voltage distribution systems including switchgear, transformers, power supplies, constant voltage regulators and systems, and emergency and alternate power systems and circuits.
  • Performs routine operation, maintenance, repair I and service of Emergency Powel' Generators

(EPSS), both gasoline and diesel, Automatic Transfer Switches, and UST/AST fuel storage tanks.

  • Repairs, services, maintains, installs, modifies, and troubleshoots electrical and pneumatic equipment such as automatic doors, kitchen and laundry equipment, and engineering shop equipment. Works with solid state circuits1 flexible wiring and conduit, switches, relays, contactors, photocells, and control panels.

Work schedule: 8:00am to 4:30 pm

Travel Required

Occasional travel - You may be expected to travel for this position.

Supervisory status


Promotion Potential


  • Job family (Series)

2805 Electrician

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Conditions of Employment

  • You must be a U.S. Citizen to apply for this job
  • Designated and/or random drug testing may be required
  • Selective Service Registration is required for males born after 12/31/1959
  • You may be required to serve a probationary period
  • Subject to a background/security investigation
  • Pre-employment physical required
  • Selected applicants will be required to complete an online onboarding process


To qualify for this position, applicants must meet all requirements by the closing date of this announcement, 06/04/2021.

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.

SPECIALIZED EXPERIENCE as an Electrician: Applicants must have specialized experience that has equipped the applicant with the particular knowledge, skills, and abilities to perform successfully the duties of the Electrician position. This is typically in or related to the work of the position to be filled. To be creditable, specialized experience as an Electrician. Examples of specialized experience include experience in using and maintaining hand tools as components, instruments and systems. This would include their knowledge of design, installation, repairs and testing. An electrician must compliance knowledge of procedure for assessing, evaluating and monitoring program and projects.

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:

  • Electric Drawings
  • Electrical Equipment
  • Technical Practices (Electrical Electronic)
  • Troubleshooting (Electrical)
  • Use and Maintain Hand Tools (Electrical Work)

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: Must pass a pre-employment physical examination as required by VA Handbook 5019. This examination is administered by VA Occupational Health. Makes repairs and installations from ladders, scaffolding, platforms, and other hard-to-reach places. Stands, stoops, bends, kneels, climbs, and works in tiring and uncomfortable positions. Frequently lifts and carries tools, equipment, and parts that weigh up to 20 pounds and, less often, up to 40 pounds. Occasionally, they lift or move with assistance moderately heavy objects weighing more than 40 pounds.

WORKING CONDITIONS: The work is performed both inside and outside. Electricians are sometimes required to make repairs and installations in bad weather; in work areas that are noisy, dirty, dusty, and greasy; on scaffolding or cranes at heights of 30 feet or more; and in hard to reach areas. They are occasionally exposed to the possibility of injury from falling, electrical shock, burns, and rotary devices such as electrical motors. They are frequently exposed to the possibility of cuts and bruises.


Note: Only education or degrees recognized by the U.S. Department of Education from accredited colleges, universities, schools, or institutions may be used to qualify for Federal employment. You can verify your education here: If you are using foreign education to meet qualification requirements, you must send a Certificate of Foreign Equivalency with your transcript in order to receive credit for that education

Keywords: Department of Veterans Affairs, Palo Alto , Electrician, Other , Palo Alto, California

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