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Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration Air Conditioning Equipment Mechanic Not to Exceed 9/25/2021 in Grand Junction, Colorado


The position is located in the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA), Veterans Health Administration (VHA), at the VA Western Colorado Health Care System in the Engineering Service. The primary purpose of the ACEM is to operate, repair and maintain all heating, ventilating, air-conditioning and refrigerating equipment and systems. The ACEM maintains universal refrigerant certifications.


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 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").

As a VA professional, your opportunities are endless. With many openings in the multiple functions of VA, you will have a wide range of opportunities and leadership positions at your fingertips. DIRECT HIRE AUTHORITY: This position is being filled using Direct-Hire Authority (COVID-19 - VA 005) in-accordance with 5 U.S.C. 3304(a)(3) and 5 CFR 337.205(b)(1)-(4). Major Duties:

Performs maintenance, repairs, and preventive maintenance inspections on heating, ventilation and air conditioning equipment. Uses the building automated environmental control system for troubleshooting air handler system. Understands, installs, adjusts and operates automated environmental controls systems through the buildings automation system. Working knowledge of low voltage electrical circuits up to 700 VAC and electronic control systems. Knowledge of pneumatics and their control of air conditioning and refrigeration equipment. Work Schedule: M-F, 0700-1530

Position Description Title/PD#: Air Conditioning Equipment Mechanic Not to Exceed 9/25/2021/PD10203ACV19

Physical Requirements: Requires walking, climbing, crawling, working in strained and cramped positions, lifting test equipment and components up to 50 pounds without assistance, and over 50 pounds with assistance from another worker or weight handling equipment.

Working Conditions: Work is performed inside and occasionally outside, frequently in cramped and awkward positions; work is performed frequently in mechanical room that expose the employee to load noise levels; shop is usually adequately heated and ventilated, floors are of

concrete; work is frequently dirty and greasy; variable temperature extremes occur when working in cold storage rooms or hot basements, mechanical rooms and/or attic spaces; subject to possible injuries such as cuts, bruises, bums, and electrical shock; possible respiratory disorders due to inhalation of refrigerant gases. Working conditions have been considered in evaluation of the position. Work requires use of personal protective, equipment such as, but not limited to, half/full face respirators, air pack, dusk masks, safety glasses, hearing protection and shoes appropriate to the work are and work performed. Discomfort may be experienced while wearing protective equipment.


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.