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Boiler Plant Operator

Company: Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration
Location: Batavia
Posted on: January 15, 2022

Job Description:

Summary The Engineering Department in Western New York Healthcare System is tasked with the operation, maintenance and repair of a major medical facility, The incumbent serves as an operator in the Boiler Plant Unit Operations Section of Engineering Service. The incumbent operates a high pressure boiler plant which consists of three 385HP water tube boilers, one 500HP fire tube boiler; two Natural gas fired Domestic Hot Water Boilers (3MBTU each) and support equipment. Responsibilities The operator is under the direct supervision of the Boiler Plant Unit supervisor. The operator must rotate shifts weekly. When working including, holidays and weekends, he/she has shift responsibility. In the event of a breakdown, or malfunction of boiler(s) or auxiliary equipment, the operator must be able to locate, identify and diagnose the problem and independently determine and take appropriate action to safely maintain adequate steam production. Knowledge of OSHA guidelines in proper LOTO procedures and use of proper PPE. Skill in reading and analyzing information from gauges, meters, and displays to determine operational status. Skill and ability to maintain and safely operate dual fueled fire tube boilers. Ability to maintain reading logs of gauges, meters, detectors, recorders, boiler feed-water indicators, analog displays, and computer generated displays. Operate, adjust, and maintain auxiliary control equipment. Such as electrical driven pumps, deaerators, feed-water pumps, and condensate pumps. Test and analyze the feed water, boiler water, and condensate using standard chemical testing equipment. Perform routine maintenance to include but not limited to lubrication of equipment, replacing packing in valves, changing valves, and calibrating gauges as needed. Ability to receive calls, determine responsibility, and dispatch appropriate personnel for service calls for after normal working hours. Ability to receive and off load fuel deliveries. Skill and knowledge to perform maintenance troubleshooting and repair of mechanical equipment. Ability to read and interpret drawings and circuit diagrams of the boiler plant piping and auxiliary equipment to quickly locate defects in the systems. Knowledge, skill, and ability to safely use hand and power tools as well as the ability to read and use multi-meters, PH, and conductivity meters. Other duties as assigned. Work Schedule: Sunday and Monday 4:00 p.m. to Midnight, Thursday, Friday and Saturday 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Position Description Title/PD#: Boiler Plant Operator/PD09359A Relocation/Recruitment Incentives: Not authorized Requirements Conditions of Employment Qualifications To qualify for this position, applicants must meet all requirements by the closing date of this announcement, 01/17/2022. 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: Dexterity and SafetyEquipment Assembly, Installation, RepairOperation of Equipment/MachineryWithout 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. Physical Requirements/Working Conditions: Physical Requirements/Working Conditions: The position requires a considerable amount of standing, stooping, bending, kneeling, climbing, lifting and working in tiring and/or uncomfortable positions. The person in this position may work from ladders and scaffolding. When operating equipment, the worker may be under a great deal of strain from constant reaching, bending, turning, and moving of hands, arms, feet, legs, and by the vibration and jerking of the equipment. The worker carries, lifts, and handles parts and equipment weighing up to 90 pounds. The work is performed inside and outside with exposure to all kinds of weather. The work area may be dirty, wet, dusty, and greasy, with inadequate lighting, heat, or ventilation. The worker is subject to cuts, abrasions, irritation of eyes, skin and respiratory tract, and the hazards of operating power tools and equipment. Discomfort may be encountered with wearing protective clothing, gloves, or eye goggles or while working in confined areas such as crawl spaces and attics. Education Additional Information Receiving Service Credit or 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. Contact the Agency Contact for information on how to apply under this appointment authority via the Selective Placement Coordinator. The Interagency Career Transition Assistance Plan (ICTAP) and Career Transition Assistance Plan (CTAP) provide eligible displaced Federal/VA competitive service employees with selection priority over other candidates for competitive service vacancies. To be qualified you must submit appropriate documentation (a copy of the agency notice, your most recent performance rating, and your most recent SF-50 noting current position, grade level, and duty location) and be found well-qualified (have a final rating of 85 or more) for this vacancy. Information about ICTAP and CTAP eligibility is on OPM's Career Transition Resources website at This job opportunity announcement may be used to fill additional vacancies. Financial disclosure not required. As required by Executive Order 14043, Federal employees are required to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 regardless of the employee's duty location or work arrangement (e.g., telework, remote work, etc.), subject to such exceptions as required by law. If selected, you will be required to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 and submit documentation of proof of vaccination before your start date. The agency will provide additional information regarding what information or documentation will be needed and how you can request a legally required exception from this requirement using the reasonable accommodation process. 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.

Keywords: Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration, Rochester , Boiler Plant Operator, Professions , Batavia, New York

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