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Boiler Plant Operator

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Department Of Veterans Affairs Manchester , NH 03101

Posted 4 months ago

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This position is located within Facility Service at the Manchester VA Medical Center in Manchester, NH.

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The individual selected for this position is required to operate a semi-automatic, multi-fueled, high pressure steam plant consisting of 15,000 lb. steam/hr. water tube boilers(s); 10,000 lb. steam/hr fire tube boiler; and one 8,625 lb. steam/hr. fire boiler firing on natural gas or no. 2 oil completely by himself/herself. The Operator starts, operates, adjusts, and stops the boilers, determining the facility's steam demands. Some of the duties and responsibilities of this position include (but are not limited to):

  • Maintain efficient combustion levels while operating boilers;

  • Ensure compliance with state and federal air pollution regulations;

  • Use electronic, hydraulic, and pneumatic controls and zone charts in conjunction with meters and gauges;

  • Perform all required operational maintenance and repairs of limited to moderate complexity;

  • Check and adjust equipment in a boiler plant, recording adjustments in the logs;

  • Run daily tests of boiler feed water, calculate and add amount of treatment chemicals required to control corrosion in the boilers;

  • Perform other related duties as assigned.

Work Schedule: Part-time, 20 hours per week working on rotating shifts

Recruitment & Relocation Incentives: Not authorized

Travel Required

Not required

Supervisory status


Promotion Potential

  • Job family (Series)
    5402 Boiler Plant Operating

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HelpRequirements Conditions of Employment

  • Must be a U.S. citizen

  • Subject to a background/security investigation

  • Designated and/or random drug testing may be required

  • Selective Service Registration is required for males born after 12/31/1959

  • May be required to serve a probationary period

  • Pre-employment physical may be required

  • Selected applicants may be required to complete an online onboarding process


PHYSICAL EFFORT AND WORK CONDITIONS: Incumbent must be mentally alert at all times and able to climb ladders, crawl, maneuver in tight spaces and do occasional heavy lifting greater than 50 lbs. The incumbent must be able to withstand exposure to high temperatures as found in the boiler plant as well as to extreme temperatures and adverse weather conditions found during outdoor work periods. The incumbent is expected to work rotating shifts as designated by the Boiler Plant Supervisor. The incumbent is expected to do minor maintenance in the main Medical Center. Assignments will include (but are not limited to) minor plumbing repairs, minor mechanical repairs, minor electrical repairs, air filter and oil changes, etc. The incumbent will follow all Lockout/Tagout procedures as needed and will follow all Confined Space Entry procedures as needed. The incumbent will use Fall Safety equipment as needed and assist in other trades as needed.

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:

  • Interpret Instructions, Specifications (includes blueprint reading)

  • Machine Tools

  • Operation of Equipment/Machinery

  • Physical Strength and Agility

  • Shop Practices

  • Technical Practices

  • Without more than normal supervision

IMPORTANT: A full year of work is considered to be 35-40 hours of work per week. All experience listed on your resume must include the month and year start/end dates. 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.

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.


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Boiler Plant Operator

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Department Of Veterans Affairs