Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration PLUMBER 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 Wednesday 10/12/2016 (12 day(s) ago)

** Closes Tuesday 10/25/2016 (1 day(s) away)

Job Overview

Vacancy ID: 1819956

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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This position is located at the VA Medical Center in West Haven, CT. The person in this position works in the Facilities Management Service specializing as a journeyman level Plumber having an extensive knowledge of plumbing methods and techniques. Must also have a basic knowledge in occupations; i.e., Electrical, Air Conditioning, 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 at the worker level of difficulty and responsibility of the various trades indicated. Other duties include:

  • Performs maintenance and repair, alterations, installation and inspections to all piping distribution lines, systems and equipment necessary for operating a Medical Center;

  • Installs new piping and insulations; cleans and repairs steam coils, traps and regulators; repacks and replaces steam, water and other fluid valves;

  • Measures, cuts, and bends pipe and tile;

  • Caulks and seals such things as elbows, union joints, tile pipe, faucets, and shower drains;

  • Removes, cleans, reinstalls, or replaces joints and fixtures – for example traps, k faucets, and unions;

  • Hooks up equipment (water heaters and disposal units) to installed systems, and replaces sections of pipe and tile by following previously used routes, hangers, and levels;

  • Plans and lays out the installation and maintenance of various systems and equipment for routing, openings, slant, level of gas and water lines, and the location and arrangement of water closets, sinks, and fire sprinkler equipment;

  • Interprets and applies building plans and blueprints, uses shop mathematics, and lays out such things as angles, arcs and circles;

  • Rearranges old or installs new electrical outlets, relays, switches, and light fixtures in existing systems and tests circuits;

  • Utilizes knowledge of the refrigeration cycle of a variety of systems to make visual, audible, and mechanical checks;

  • Utilizes knowledge of plastering trade practices and be able to apply commonly accepted work methods and techniques;

  • Utilizes knowledge of painting standard surface preparation and coating methods/techniques; and

  • Performs other duties assigned by supervisor.

Work Schedule: Monday thru Friday, 8:00am - 4:30pm OR Monday thru 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.

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

  • Ability to do the work of a plumber without more than normal supervision (Screen Out)

  • Knowledge of plumbing theories and practices

  • Technical Practices

  • Ability to troubleshoot problems and determine method of repair

  • Ability to read and interpret instructions, specifications, blueprints, etc.

  • Ability to use and maintain tools and equipment

Physical Effort & Work Conditions: The duties require considerable movement around the hospital and involve bending, lifting, working from ladders and scaffolding and platforms, both in the outside buildings, and crawling through restrictive areas. The plumber 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 vary based on the location in which work is performed. Work areas are frequently hot, humid and dirty. There is often exposure to live steam lines and other utility lines which makes work hazardous. Work is occasionally required from ladders, scaffolds, staging, catwalks, etc. The plumber is exposed to extremes of heat and cold, dust dirt, noise, grease, bad smelling fumes, 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, respiratory ailments. He/she has frequent exposure to the possibility of scrapes, bums, infections, cuts, and bruises. Occasionally, the plumber may be required to wear protective equipment and clothing that are sometimes heavy and uncomfortable.

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: $22.69 to $26.55 / Per Hour

Series & Grade: WG-4206-09/09

Supervisory Status: No

Who May Apply: United States Citizens

Control Number: 453005900

Job Announcement Number: ANS-16-LLO-1819956-BU