Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration Pipefitter in Hampton, Virginia

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The Pipefitter position is located at the Hampton VA Medical Center (VAMC), within the Engineering Service. The work involves installing, modifying, and repairing new and existing utility, supply, and disposal systems. Determines and installs valves, traps, and unions needed for proper operation systems. Determines and installs risers, flexible branches, expansion joints, pumps, gauges, and pressure regulators. Replaces sections of pipes, repairs steam traps, relief and control valves. Cuts, threads, and connects pipes by means of union flanges and sweating. Traces and troubleshoots pipe lines, systems, and equipment. Performs safety and preventive maintenance inspections of systems and equipment. Incumbent performs other duties as assigned.

Relocation Expenses or Incentive: Relocation Expenses / Incentives are not authorized for this position. Work Schedule: Monday - Friday, 7:00 am - 3:30 pm. There may be some instances where the incumbent would be required to work after 3:30 pm, or have the flexibility to work outside the normal tour of duty which may include weekends and holidays. Position Description Title/PD#: Pipefitter, PD# 590-2507.

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As a Pipefitter, you will be responsible for performing the duties of a fully trained, experienced Pipefitter. Duties include, but are not limited to:

  • Fabricates, installs and repairs various types of plumbing systems such as water distribution, pumped condensate return systems, air, oil, gas distribution systems, condensate sanitary and oxygen systems.

  • Performs routine maintenance, inspections and cleaning as required on faucets, fixture traps, flushometers, strainers, backflow preventers, etc.

  • Maintains records and follows established safety procedures.

  • Tests systems and equipment for proper operation, circulation, flow, pressure and leak-free joints.

  • Maintains high temperature water and high-pressure piping systems such as hydraulic, nitrogen, oxygen, steam-heating and steam generating systems.

Travel Required

Occasional travel - Conference attendance; visiting Satellite Facilities in Virginia Beach, Chesapeake and Elizabeth City, NC.

Supervisory status


Who May Apply
This job is open to…

Status Candidates (Merit Promotion and VEOA Eligibles)

Questions? This job is open to 2 groups.

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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.
  • Selective Service Registration is required for males born after 12/31/1959.
  • Valid State Driver's License required.

PHYSICAL EFFORT/REQUIREMENTS: This position requires frequent walking, standing, stooping, bending, kneeling, climbing, and working in tiring and uncomfortable positions. Positions requires ability to lift, carry, push or pull moderately heavy loads, set up parts, tools and equipment weighing up to 50 pounds and occasionally items that are over 50 pounds. Position requires 20/20 color vision with or without glasses. Work must be frequently done using ladders, scaffolds, or elevated platforms and in hard to reach, cramped and confined work sites such as under or behind tanks or equipment, ditches and manholes. Makes repairs and installations from ladders, scaffolding, and platforms, and where the systems and equipment worked on are in hard-to-reach places.

WORKING CONDITIONS: This position requires working overtime, in uncontrolled environments, confined spaces, from ladders and rooftops. Position shall be subjected to the hazards normally encountered in the trade and various types of infections. The position requires work be performed both inside and outside. Outside work is occasionally required during extreme bad weather conditions. Work is frequently in areas that are wet, dirty, greasy, and extremely hot or foul smelling. Position will not remove asbestos containing pipe insulation, but may be required to work adjacent to areas where non-friable asbestos insulation is present.

Work is done inside and outside, and is usually dirty, dusty, and greasy. Sometimes required to make installations and repairs in areas where bad smelling fumes are present. Frequently exposed to the possibility of uncomfortable heat conditions, live steam, and hot pipes. Frequently exposed to the possibility of strains, cuts, scrapes, bruises, burns, and infections.


To qualify as a Pipefitter, your background must demonstrate knowledge of how various high-pressure piping systems and equipment, such as steam heating, steam generation, and vacuum systems, radiators, and circulating pumps, are installed and operate. Must know how to relief and check valves, pressure regulators, expansion joints, and other pressure supporting and controlling devices. Incumbent must know how to read and understand written instructions and interpret Engineering Drawing, Plans, Blueprints, Specifications, and other Technical Information.

Incumbent must have the knowledge and ability to perform task listed below:

  • Knowledge of Planning, Layout, and locating Mechanical Systems and Equipment.

  • Knowledge of Pipefitter/Plumber Trade Practices and Measurement. . Ability to Discover Malfunctions and Use Pipe fitter/Plumber Tools and Equipment.


PLEASE NOTE: Only education or degrees recognized by the U.S. Department of Education from accredited colleges, universities, schools, or institutions may be used to qualify for Federal employment. You can verify your education here: If you are using foreign education to meet qualification requirements, you must send a Certificate of Foreign Equivalency with your transcript in order to receive credit for that education.

Additional information

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 and be found well-qualified (have a final rating of 85 or more before any Veterans preference points) for this vacancy. Information about ICTAP and CTAP eligibility is on OPM's Career Transition Resources website. Receiving Service Credit for Earning Annual (Vacation) Leave: Federal Employees earn annual leave at a rate (4, 6 or 8 hours per pay period) which is based on the number of years they have served as a Federal employee. 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.

This is a Bargaining Unit position. 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.*NOTE:* Current and former Federal employees must submit copies of their most recent SF-50, (Notice of Personnel Action, Non-award). The SF-50 must identify the position title, series, grade, step, tenure and type of service (Competitive or Excepted). In some cases, more than one SF-50 may be required to show a higher grade previously held.

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How You Will Be Evaluated

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

Applicants will be rated in accordance with the Office of Personnel Management Qualification Standard for Trades and Labor Occupations. Although a specific length of time and experience is not required, you must meet any screen-out element listed, and show through experience and training that you possess the quality level of knowledge and skill necessary to perform the duties at the level for which you are applying. Emphasis is placed on how you gained the quality of experience, not necessarily the length of time, and you have the required ability or potential to perform the job. Applicants who do not meet the screen-out element (SOE) will be eliminated from further competition.

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. The potential eligibles are then rated against the remainder of the questions. The screen-out element for this position is the Ability to do the work of a Pipefitter without more than normal supervision (Screen Out).

JOB ELEMENTS: Those who meet the minimum level of experience and training for the screen-out element will then be evaluated in each of the following job elements:

1). Knowledge of equipment assembly, installation, repair of Piping and equipment- Plumbing and Pipefitting. 2). Technical practices (theoretical, precise, artistic). 3). Ability to read and interpret instructions, blueprints, work orders, etc., related to pipefitting (Experience where applicant plans, estimates and modifies on his own on difficult and involved projects). 4). Ability to use and maintain tools and equipment- - Mechanical. 5). Troubleshooting.(Ability to diagnose trouble and determine remedy, involving emergency repairs to boilers, steam lines, heating systems, relief valves, hot water lines, high temperature lines and fitting.) 6). Measurement and Layout - Mathematical Reasoning.

EXPERIENCE: Your resume 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 Qualification Standard Handbook X-118C (

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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Background checks and security clearance
Security clearance

Public Trust - Background Investigation

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Required Documents

All applicants are required to submit the following supporting document type(s):

  • Resume

  • SF-50

Applicants may also submit the following supporting document type(s),which may not be required for all applicants:

  • Cover Letter

  • DD-214

  • OF-306

  • Other

  • Other Veterans Document

  • SF-15 Please use this checklist to ensure you have included other documents required for your application, such as a copy of your transcript (if using education to qualify), documentation to support Veterans Preference claims, or ICTAP/CTAP documentation (for displaced Federal employees). You will not be contacted for additional information.

Veterans' Preference: When applying for Federal Jobs, eligible Veterans should claim preference for 5pt (TP), or 10pt (CP/CPS, XPP, XP), or for Sole Survivor Preference (SSP), on the Occupational Questionnaire in the section(s) provided. A legible copy of your DD214(s) indicating character of service, disability certification, SF-15 (if claiming 10 pt. preference) or if you are currently serving on active duty and expected to be released or discharged within 120 days; documentation related to your active duty service which reflects the dates of service, character of service (honorable, general, etc.), or dates of impending separation. Documentation is required for eligibility verification.

Faxing Applications or Supporting Documents: You are encouraged to apply online. Applying online will allow you to review and track the status of your application. If you are unable to apply online or unable to upload your supporting documents to your online application, follow the directions located at the following site: Fax Options. The Vacancy ID of the job opportunity announcement is 1979308

NOTE: If you applied online and your application is complete, do not fax the paper application (1203-FX) as this will overwrite your prior online responses and may result in you being found ineligible.

Your resume and/or supporting documentation will be verified. Please follow all instructions carefully. Errors or omissions may affect your rating or consideration for employment.

Resume Reminder - Your resume must include the following for each job listed:

1) Job title and grade level/salary. In order to show that you meet time-in-grade, you must document grades you have held and how long you have held them. 2) Duties (you must include enough detailed information to support your specialized experience). 3) Month, day and year start/end dates (e.g. 04/02/2007 to 04/13/2008); part-time of full-time. 4) Number of hours worked per week for all jobs listed. 5) Full Name and address of Employer. 6) Name of Supervisor or Contact name. 7) Complete phone number of Supervisor/Contact.

If you are relying on your education to meet qualification requirements:

Education must be accredited by an accrediting institution recognized by the U.S. Department of Education in order for it to be credited towards qualifications. Therefore, provide only the attendance and/or degrees from schools accredited by accrediting institutions recognized by the U.S. Department of Education.

Failure to provide all of the required information as stated in this vacancy announcement may result in an ineligible rating or may affect the overall rating.

  • Benefits



A career with the U.S. Government provides employees with a comprehensive benefits package. As a federal employee, you and your family will have access to a range of benefits that are designed to make your federal career very rewarding.

  • Benefits for federal employees
  • Healthcare insurance
  • Pay and leave

VA offers a comprehensive benefits package. This link provides an overview of the benefits currently offered: VA supports the use of telework as a way to help attract and retain talented individuals in public service, increase worker productivity, and better prepare the agency to operate during emergencies.

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.

  • How to Apply


How to Apply

To apply for this position, you must complete the View Occupational Questionnaire and submit the documentation specified in the Required Documents section below. The complete application package must be submitted by 11:59 PM (EST) on Thursday, November 30, 2017 to receive consideration.

  1. To begin, click Apply Online to create a USAJOBS account or log in to your existing account. Follow the prompts to select your USAJOBS resume and/or other supporting documents and complete the occupational questionnaire.
  2. Click Submit My Answers to submit your application package.

NOTE: It is your responsibility to ensure your responses and appropriate documentation is submitted prior to the closing date.

To verify your application is complete, log into your USAJOBS account,, select the Application Status link and then select the more information link for this position. The Details page will display the status of your application, the documentation received and processed, and any correspondence the agency has sent related to this application. Your uploaded documents may take several hours to clear the virus scan process.

To return to an incomplete application, log into your USAJOBS account and click Update Application in the vacancy announcement. You must re-select your resume and/or other documents from your USAJOBS account or your application will be incomplete.

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Next steps

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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Fair & Transparent

The Federal hiring process is setup to be fair and transparent. Please read the following guidance.

Equal Employment Opportunity Policy

The United States Government does not discriminate in employment on the basis of race, color, religion, sex (including pregnancy and gender identity), national origin, political affiliation, sexual orientation, marital status, disability, genetic information, age, membership in an employee organization, retaliation, parental status, military service, or other non-merit factor.

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Reasonable Accommodation Policy

Federal agencies must provide reasonable accommodation to applicants with disabilities where appropriate. Applicants requiring reasonable accommodation for any part of the application and hiring process should contact the hiring agency directly. Determinations on requests for reasonable accommodation will be made on a case-by-case basis.

A reasonable accommodation is any change to a job, the work environment, or the way things are usually done that enables an individual with a disability to apply for a job, perform job duties or receive equal access to job benefits.

Under the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, federal agencies must provide reasonable accommodations when:

  • An applicant with a disability needs an accommodation to have an equal opportunity to apply for a job.
  • An employee with a disability needs an accommodation to perform the essential job duties or to gain access to the workplace.
  • An employee with a disability needs an accommodation to receive equal access to benefits, such as details, training, and office-sponsored events.

You can request a reasonable accommodation at any time during the application or hiring process or while on the job. Requests are considered on a case-by-case basis.

Learn more about disability employment and reasonable accommodations or how to contact an agency.

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Legal and regulatory guidance
  • Financial suitability
  • Social security number request
  • Privacy Act
  • Signature and false statements
  • Selective Service
  • New employee probationary period

This job originated on For the full announcement and to apply, visit Only resumes submitted according to the instructions on the job announcement listed at will be considered.

Open & closing dates: 08/07/2017 to 11/30/2017

Salary: $22.28 to $25.98 per hour

Pay scale & grade: WG 10

Work schedule: Full-Time - Full Time

Appointment type: Permanent