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Utility Systems Repairer Operator

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Department Of Veterans Affairs Bronx , NY 10451

Posted 3 months ago

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This position is located in the Facilities Management Program of the James J. Peters VA Medical Center in Bronx, New York. The Utility Systems Repairer-Operator has the overall responsibility for the safe and efficient operation of either the boiler or air conditioning plants (on a rotating basis).

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The major duties and responsibilities include but are not limited to:

  • Operates (3) "D" Type Water Tube Boiler Plant of 1,200 HP, a total of 3,600 HP and an output of 40,000 lbs./hr. at 130 lbs./ sq. inch per boiler and all auxiliary equipment;

  • Inspects and repairs various boiler controls, safety devices, feed pumps, condensate pumps, and fuel oil pumps to ensure safe and efficient plant operation;

  • Operates and performs emergency repairs on one (1) 1,400 ton, two (2) 1,200 ton, one (1) 700 ton and one (1) 500 ton, a total of 5,000-ton Air Conditioning Plants and auxiliary equipment;

  • Monitors four (4) 30,000 gallons of #2 fuel oil underground storage tanks and fuel oil delivery;

  • Monitors two (2) 3,150 KVA Main Emergency Diesel Generators, one (1) 370 KVA Life Support Emergency Diesel Generator and one (1) 160 KVA Nursing Home Care Unit Emergency Diesel Generator during power outages;

  • Operates the FX40 Graphic Energy Building Automation System that controls the energy management systems and air conditioning throughout the Medical Center;

  • Tests and treats the boiler water, feed water, condensate return water, cooling water towel and city water;

  • Operates and repairs four (4) low pressure air compressors and three (3) air dryers to sustain continuous supply of clean dry air for pneumatic controls of Boiler Plant, Air Conditioning Plant and air handling units providing environment controlled climate;

  • Maintains daily records of plant operations and monitors fire alarm systems;

  • Operates high voltage switchgear including operation of the 5KV switchgear and locating tripped 480 Volt switchgears;

  • Performs housekeeping tasks such as sweeping, mopping, and waxing the plants and storage areas; and

  • Performs other related duties as assigned.

Work Schedule: Monday-Friday; 8:00AM-4:30PM

Recruitment & Relocation Incentives: Not authorized

Travel Required

Not required

Supervisory status


Promotion Potential


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    4742 Utility Systems Repairing-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: The work of the position includes fatigue producing actions such as painting, lifting, pulling, pushing, stooping, working in cramped positions, and monotonous or repetitive tasks. Workers are subject to physical demands, continuous noise, toxic chemicals, high pressure steam, water and pressurized gases. The Utility Systems Repairer-Operator must be alert for fumes and electrical hazards. The work requires lifting and carrying items weighing up to 50 pounds and working from heights, moving parts and rotating machinery, electrical apparatuses and noisy machinery. Work is performed inside where the area is usually dry and heated, but occasional exposure to extreme temperatures. The Utility Systems Repairer-Operator is exposed to greasy and dirty work areas. Hazards include the possibility of electrical shock, injury to eyes from handling chemicals and injury from burns in connection with steam piping and valves.

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:

  • Equipment Assembly, Installation, Repair

  • Interpret Instructions, Specifications (includes blueprint reading)

  • Measuring Instruments

  • Technical Practices

  • Use and Maintain Tools and Equipment

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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Utility Systems Repairer Operator

Expired Job

Department Of Veterans Affairs