Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration Utility Systems Repairer/Operator in Martinsburg, West Virginia25405

Job Overview

Job Overview

About the Agency

OUR MISSION: To fulfill President Lincoln's promise: "To care for him who shall have borne the battle, and for his widow, and his orphan" - by serving and honoring the men and women who are America's Veterans. How would you like to become a part of a team providing compassionate care to Veterans?

The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) needs employees who possess the energy, compassion, and commitment to serve those who served our Country. Whatever the job title, every position in VA will give you a chance to make a meaningful and personal contribution to the lives of truly special and deserving people - our Veterans. VA professionals feel good about their careers and their ability to balance work and home life. VA offers generous paid time off and a variety of predictable and flexible scheduling opportunities. Working for VA is one of the most emotionally satisfying and professionally rewarding ways to dedicate the best within you to your Country's service. If you are transitioning from the military or a Veteran already, we invite you to explore the benefits of continuing your career at the VA. The VA is committed to hiring Veterans.

The VA is much more than just another employer. It is an honorable, open and welcoming community of those who care. Gratitude is our motivation and service is our mission.

The VA has adopted Core Values and Characteristics that apply universally across the Department. The five Core Values define "who we are," our culture, and how we care for Veterans, their families and other beneficiaries. The Values are Integrity, Commitment, Advocacy, Respect and Excellence ("I CARE"). America's Veterans need you!


This position is located in the Facility Management Service of the VA Medical Center in Martinsburg, WV. The Utility Systems Repairer/Operator (USRO) will be assigned to the water treatment plant, but must have the ability to operate either the boiler plant or the chiller plant as well. Duties include but are not limited to the following:

  • Performing hourly rounds on equipment and recording readings;
  • Maintaining plant log books and records;
  • Performing troubleshooting and diagnostics on equipment and making repairs as necessary;
  • Performing routine scheduled preventive maintenance;
  • Reading and interpreting blueprints, schematics, and diagrams;
  • Selecting and using hand tools, power tools, and test equipment to make repairs;
  • Rebuilding pumps and replacing mechanical seals, bearings, valves, pipefittings, and motors;
  • Repairing insulation, repacking valves, and re-piping systems as needed;
  • Installing new equipment and systems;
  • Starting and stopping equipment to match load and maintain maximum efficiency;
  • Operating, maintaining, and repairing water treatment plant equipment consisting of lime softening systems, gravity filters, lime storage silo, sludge clarifier, dewatering system, aeration tower, etc.;
  • Operating, maintaining, and repairing salt based water softening systems, deionized water system, reverse osmosis systems, and associated pumps, piping, and chemical feed systems;
  • Collecting, testing, and analyzing water samples and chemically treating water systems to maintain proper levels;
  • Performing related duties as required. Work Schedule: Rotating shifts including 8:00am - 4:00pm, 4:00pm - Midnight, and Midnight - 8:00am.

Recruitment & Relocation Incentives: Not authorized.

Travel Required
  • Not Required
Relocation Authorized
  • No

Job Requirements

Job Requirements
Key Requirements
  • Must be a U.S. citizen
  • Subject to a background/security investigation
  • Designated and/or random drug testing may be required
  • Selective Service Registration is required for males born after 12/31/1959
  • May be required to serve a probationary period
  • Pre-employment physical may be required

Applicants will be rated in accordance with the OPM Qualification Standard Handbook X-118C ( For this position, the job element method is used to match what you, the applicant, can do against what the work calls for. Your knowledge, skills and abilities will be compared to the knowledge, skills and abilities (called job elements) needed for success. Your qualifications will first be evaluated against the prescribed screen out element (WG-2 and higher only; screen-outs are not applicable to WG-1). Applicants who appear to meet the screen out element are considered for further rating; those who do not are rated ineligible and are eliminated from consideration. The potential eligibles are rated against the remainder of the job elements. While a specific length of training and experience is not required, your responses to the questionnaire must be supported by detailed descriptions of your experience on your resume.

You will be rated on the following Job Elements as part of the assessment questionnaire for this position:

  • Interpret Instructions, Specifications (includes blueprint reading)
  • Quality Ranking Factor
  • Technical Practices
  • Use and Maintain Tools and Equipment

A Quality Ranking Factor* has been requested by the facility to help determine which of the basically qualified applicants are likely to be better qualified for a position. The quality ranking factor for this position is:possession of a class 2 water operator license.

*Quality Ranking Factors are skills, knowledge, abilities, or other worker characteristics which could be expected to result in superior performance on the job. Quality ranking factors will not be used for screening, but may be used as ranking criteria. Applicants with higher proficiency levels may rank above those with lower proficiency levels on a quality ranking factor.

PHYSICAL EFFORT AND WORK CONDITIONS:This position requires regular walking tours of the plant, main hospital, and out buildings to conduct inspections of equipment which involves some lifting, kneeling, standing, climbing, and stooping. Maintenance and repairs frequently require working in awkward and cramped positions and lifting up to 50 pounds. Frequent standing, walking, and climbing are required while checking equipment. Most work is performed inside with routine exposure to surrounding temperatures in excess of 100 degrees; chemicals used in the boiler, chiller, and water plant; steam in excess of 300 degree; loud noise; and occasional inclement weather. The use of protective clothing or gear is frequently required. The Utility Systems Repairer/Operator may be exposed to electrical shock, hydrocarbon refrigerants, chemical splashes and burns, scalds, cuts, bruises, or broken bones.

Security Clearance


Additional Information

Additional Information
What To Expect Next

Once your online application is submitted you will receive a confirmation notification by email. After the vacancy announcement closes, we will review applications per Category Rating procedures to ensure qualification and eligibility requirements are met. After the review is complete, a referral certificate(s) is issued and applicants will be notified of their status by email. Referred applicants will be notified as such and may be contacted directly by the hiring office for an interview. All referred applicants receive a final notification once a selection decision has been made.

You may check the status of your application at any time by logging into your USAJOBS account and clicking Application Status. For a more detailed update of your status, click More Information. Information regarding applicant notification points can be found in the USAJobs Resource Center.


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Other Information

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.

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. For more information on how to apply using this appointment authority via the Selective Placement Coordinator within the office, contact the facility Human Resources Department at (304) 263-0811.

It is the policy of the VA to not deny employment to those that have faced financial hardships or periods of unemployment.

Veterans and Transitioning Service Members: Please visit the VA for Vets site for career-search tools for Veterans seeking employment at VA, career development services for our existing Veterans, and coaching and reintegration support for military service members.

The Interagency Career Transition Assistance Plan (ICTAP) and Career Transition Assistance Plan (CTAP) provide eligible displaced Federal competitive service employees with selection priority over other candidates for competitive service vacancies. To be qualified you must submit appropriate documentation and be found well-qualified (have a final rating of 85 or more before any Veterans preference points) for this vacancy. Information about ICTAP and CTAP eligibility is on OPM's Career Transition Resources website at

Financial Disclosure Report: Not Required

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.

This job originated on For the full announcement and to apply, visit Only resumes submitted according to the instructions on the job announcement listed at will be considered.

Salary Range: $24.21 to $28.25 / Per Hour

Series & Grade: WG-4742-11/11

Supervisory Status: No

Who May Apply: US Citizens

Control Number: 472312800

Job Announcement Number: CARZ-10019144-17-CMP