Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration Air Conditioning Equipment Mechanic in West Haven, Connecticut

Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration
2 vacancies in the following location:
  • West Haven, CT
Work Schedule is Full Time - Permanent

Opened Tuesday 10/18/2016 (6 day(s) ago)

** Closes Monday 10/24/2016 (0 day(s) away)

Job Overview

Vacancy ID: 1822432

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”).

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The Air Conditioning Equipment Mechanic positions will be under the supervision of the Chief, Maintenance & Operations, at the Department of Veterans Affairs Medical Center, West Haven, Connecticut. The Air Conditioning Equipment Mechanics will perform maintenance and repair of architectural, mechanical, and electrical components of buildings requiring the use of a variety of trades and practices associate with Heating, Ventilation, and Air Conditioning (HVAC), Plumbing, Electrical, Plastering, Carpentry and Painting. Typical work assignments include the performance of visual examinations and operational tests to determine the need for and the performance of repair work. Duties include but may not be limited to the following:

  • HVAC - Utilizes knowledge of refrigeration cycles of refrigeration systems to make visual, audible, and mechanical checks for the proper temperature of conditioned space; proper oil levels; unusual noises; overheating bearings; loose connections; faulty insulation; frayed or loose belts, gaskets, and pulleys; and other similar defects. Tightens connections, makes splices, insulates exposed wires, cleans and lubricates moving parts ; performs tests for proper operation and replaces items such as belts, fans, fuses, filters, and thermostats.
  • Plumbing - Uses standard plumbing methods and techniques to remove, clean, reinstall, or replace joints and fixtures (i.e., traps, faucets and unions) and hook up equipment (i.e, water heaters and disposal units) to installed systems, and replace sections of pipe and tile by following previously used routes, hangers and levels.
  • Electrical - Utilizes skill in removing and replacing fixtures and controls, making repairs such as tightening connections and wrapping exposed wiring, rearranging old or installing new outlets, relays, switches, and light fixtures in existing systems, and testing circuits to see if they are complete after making repairs or installations.
  • Plastering - Utilizes skill in preparing damaged areas to ensure new plaster will adhere to the surface and surrounding plaster, using required skills and tools ensuring that proper texture is obtained.
  • Carpentry - Utilizes math to plan and measure material according to requirements and dimensions, along with using tools of the trade such as hammers, handsaws, planes, screwdrivers, power saws, etc., in completing work.
  • Painting - Utilizes skill in preparing surfaces for coating, removing such things as scale, rust, dirt, and old paint from surfaces so that coating materials will adhere properly, and applying coating materials so that the surfaces are free from skips, runs or chips.

Work Schedule: Monday - Friday, 3:00pm - 11:30pm.

Travel Required
  • Not Required
Relocation Authorized
  • No
Job Requirements
Key Requirements
  • You must be a U.S. citizen to apply for this job.
  • Pre-employment physical required.
  • You may be required to serve a probationary period.
  • Background investigation may be required.
  • Selective Service Registration is required for males born after 12/31/1959

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.

This position includes a Selective Placement Factor (skill, knowledge, ability or other worker characteristic basic to - and essential for - satisfactory performance of the job). Selective Placement Factors are a prerequisite to appointment and represent minimum requirements for a position. Applicants who do not meet it are ineligible for further consideration. The Selective Placement Factor for this position is: "Possess a current/valid EPA (Environmental Protection Agency) Universal Refrigerant License." (Copy of License Required)

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

  • Ability to perform the duties of the Air Conditioning Equipment Mechanic - WG-10 without more than normal supervision (SCREEN OUT) (Narrative Responses Not Required)
  • Knowledge of Equipment Assembly, Installation, Repair, etc.
  • Technical Practices; Knowledge of Materials.
  • Trouble shooting.
  • Ability To Read and Interpret Instructions, Specifications, etc. (includes blueprint reading).
  • Ability To Use and Maintain Tools and Equipment.

Physical Effort:The duties require considerable movement around the hospital and involve bending, lifting, working from ladders, scaffolding and platforms both in and outside buildings and crawling through restrictive areas. The incumbent must occasionally lift equipment or materials weighing fifty pounds or more with proper equipment. Assignments may require him/her to stand, stoop, kneel, climb and work in tiring and uncomfortable positions. Work Conditions: Employee may have exposed to extreme heat and cold, dust, dirt, noise, grease, bad smelling fumes and moisture; as well as outside the normal indoor environment of the hospital. The work environment includes crawl spaces and interstitial spaces. He/she may occasionally be exposed to disease, bad weather, and danger from flying splinters and chips, and respiratory ailments. The employee will have frequent exposure to the possibility of scrapes, burns, infections, cuts and bruises. The employee may occasionally be required to wear protective equipment and clothing that are sometimes heavy and uncomfortable. He/she shall be required to follow procedures and wear proper protective equipment to minimize risk.

IN DESCRIBING YOUR KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS AND ABILITIES, PLEASE BE CLEAR AND SPECIFIC. WE WILL NOT MAKE ASSUMPTIONS. If your resume does not support your questionnaire answers, we will not allow credit for your responses.

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; religious; 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.

Veteran's Preference: When applying for Federal jobs, eligible veterans should claim preference on the Occupational Questionnaire in the section provided and provide a legible copy of DD-214(s) showing all dates of service as well as character of service (honorable, general, etc.). Additionally, veterans with service-connected disability of 10% or more must also submit a copy of their official statement from the Department of Veterans Affairs, or from a branch of the Armed Forces, certifying their service-connected disability and/or their receipt of compensation for service-connected disability. If the military member is within 120 days of separation and does not yet have a DD214, the member may instead submit any written document from the armed forces that certifies the service member is expected to be discharged or released from active duty service in the armed forces under honorable conditions not later than 120 days after the date the certification is signed.

Veterans with service-connected disability of less than 10%, non service-connected disability, and Purple Heart recipients, as-well-as those claiming derived preference for a spouse, widow or widower, or natural mother, should refer to and submit a completed " SF15, "Application for 10-Point Veteran Preference ," (go to and required documentation with your application materials. For more information on Veterans' Preference, please visit

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Additional Information
What To Expect Next

After we receive application packages (including all required documents) and the vacancy announcement closes, we will review applications to ensure qualification and eligibility requirements are met. During our review, if your résumé and application package do not support your questionnaire answers, we will adjust your rating accordingly. After the review is complete, a referral certificate(s) is issued and applicants will be notified of their status by email (if provided); otherwise, applicants will receive a notification letter via the U.S. Postal Service. 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.

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VA offers a comprehensive benefits package. This link provides is an overview of the benefits currently offered:

The Federal Government has special excepted appointing authorities for persons with qualifying disabilities, such as Schedule A. Specific information can be found at IMPORTANT: If you would like to receive consideration as a Schedule A applicant, you must contact the Human Resources office at the facility where this position is located at (203)932-5711.

Other Information

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 (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

VA may offer newly-appointed Federal employees 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.

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

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

Salary Range: $23.68 to $27.55 / Per Hour

Series & Grade: WG-5306-10/10

Supervisory Status: No

Who May Apply: United States Citizens

Control Number: 453285100

Job Announcement Number: ANS-17-HAF-1822432-BU