Pipefitter - #440273

US Veterans Health Administration

Date: 09/15/2021 14:00 PM

City: Hines, Illinois

Salary: $2,891 - $3,371 / hour

Contract type: Full Time

Work schedule: Full Day



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 incumbent is assigned to the Pipefitting Unit. The incumbent repairs or installs pipefitting systems (including high-pressure systems); cutting, threading, soddering and cementing joints on black and cast iron and galvanized steel, copper, brass, P.V.C. Piping, and clay drainage tile.

Major Duties:

  • Responsible to repair, install or replace building service equipment or systems including: centrally supplied water, air, vacuum, oxygen, natural gas, steam and distilled water including supporting devices such as pressure regulators, valves, strainers and traps and related controls and primary distribution systems such as water, steam, natural gas and sanitary drainage.
  • Responsible for-the repair and maintenance of a variety of hospital equipment supported by building service, equipment and systems such as dietetic equipment including ranges, ovens and dishwashers, laundry equipment, pumps including condensate and sump, sterilizers, autoclaves and stills.
  • Uses rodding equipment to open clogged drains arid waste lines serving sanitary and storm drains.
  • Responsible to insulate hot. and cold water; steam condensate return piping and to apply insulation to duct work, hot water storage tanks and other related equipment.

*Please note: you would need to start in the position no later than 12/20/2021.

Work Schedule: Full-time,Monday-Friday, 8 AM-4:30 PM or Sunday-Thursday 9 PM to 5:30 AM

Position Description Title/PD#: Pipefitter/PD09722A

Physical Requirements: The incumbent's work requires periodic climbing on ladders, scaffolds and platforms and sustained standing in one position, stooping, bending, or kneeling to repair or install systems or equipment in confined areas. The pipefitters frequently handle, lift, carry, and set up parts and equipment that weigh up to 23 kilograms (50 pounds). Occasionally, the pipefitters may lift and carry items that weigh over 23 kilograms (50 pounds). The incumbent frequently works in close quarters where there are patients and other personnel.

Working Conditions: The work is done inside and outside, and is usually dirty, dusty, and greasy. The pipefitters are sometimes required to make installations and repairs in areas where bad smelling fumes are present. There is frequent exposure to the possibility of uncomfortable heat conditions. The pipefitters are frequently exposed to the possibility of strains, cuts, scrapes, bruises, bums, and infections. They are occasionally exposed to the possibility of broken bones. The incumbent frequently performs work in pipe tunnels where high ambient temperatures and humid conditions exist. The incumbent is exposed to pipe pressures of 150 lbs. P.S.L. and water and steam temperatures which may exceed 350 degrees Fahrenheit

Travel Required

Not required

Supervisory status


Promotion Potential


  • Job family (Series)

    4204 Pipefitting

  • Requirements


    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 12/31/1959
    • A complete application package; Resume, Transcripts, etc.
    • 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.

    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

    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 requirement

    Additional information

    This job opportunity announcement may be used to fill additional vacancies.

    NOTE: Please be aware that this position is required to participate in the seasonal influenza and Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) Vaccination programs and are a requirement for all Department of Veterans Affairs Health Care Personnel (HCP). It is a requirement that all HCP receive the COVID-19 vaccination and annual seasonal influenza vaccination or obtain an exemption for medical or religious reasons. Wearing a face mask is required when an exemption has been granted. HCP in violation of these directives may face disciplinary action up to and including removal from federal service.

    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.

    How You Will Be Evaluated

    You will be evaluated for this job based on how well you meet the qualifications above.


    Background checks and security clearance

    Security clearance

    Not Required

    Drug test required


    Position sensitivity and risk

    Non-sensitive (NS)/Low Risk

    Trust determination process


  • Required Documents

    Required Documents

    Documents Accepted:

    • Cover Letter
    • DD-214/ Statement of Service
    • Disability Letter (Schedule A)
    • Disability Letter (VA)
    • License
    • OF-306
    • Other (1)
    • Other (2)
    • Resume
    • SF-15
    • SF-50/ Notification of Personnel Action
    • Transcript

    Documents Required:

    • Resume

    Please review the above list(s) to ensure you have included all necessary documents required for your application.Not every applicant will require the same documents, therefore it is the applicants responsibility to ensure that their application package includes all necessary documents to determine qualifications and eligibility for appointment, such as a copy of your SF-50, transcript, ICTAP/CTAP documentation (for displaced Federal employees).You will not be contacted for additional information. Applicants will be deemed ineligible if supporting documentation is not submitted.

    Veterans' Preference: Since the Direct-Hire Recruitment Authority is being used, traditional Veterans' Preference rules do not apply. Qualified veterans will, however, be given full consideration for this position.

    Applications are accepted online. Applying online will allow you to review and track the status of your application

  • Benefits


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    Eligibility for benefits depends on the type of position you hold and whether your position is full-time, part-time, or intermittent. Contact the hiring agency for more information on the specific benefits offered.


This job is open to

  • The public

    U.S. citizens, nationals or those who owe allegiance to the U.S

Clarification from the agency

ALL U.S. CITIZENS. DIRECT HIRE AUTHORITY: This position is being filled using Direct-Hire Authority (COVID-19 - VA 002) in-accordance with 5 U.S.C. 3304(a)(3) and 5 CFR 337.205(b)(1)-(4).

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