Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration Pipefitter in Hampton, Virginia

Job Overview

Job Overview

Vacancy Identification Number (VIN): 1979308

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?

This is an open continuous announcement which will remain open until December 1, 2017. Management retains the right to make selections as positions become available.

Special Employment Consideration: VA encourages persons with disabilities to apply, including those eligible for hiring under 5 CFR 213.3102(u), Schedule A, Appointment of persons with disabilities [i.e., intellectual disabilities, severe physical disabilities, or psychiatric disabilities], and/or Disabled veterans with a compensable service-connected disability of 30% or more. Contact the Agency Contact on the last page of the JOA for information on how to apply under this appointment authority via the Selective Placement Coordinator.

For more information on the "Who may apply" eligibility requirements, please refer to the OHRM Status Candidates and Other Candidate Definitions document.

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.


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.

Supervisory Status


Travel Required
  • Occasional Travel
  • Conference attendance; visiting Satellite Facilities in Virginia Beach, Chesapeake and Elizabeth City, NC.
Relocation Authorized
  • No
Who May Apply
This job is open to…

Applications will be accepted from current permanent Department of Veterans Affairs employees

Questions? This job is open to 1 group.

Job Requirements

Job Requirements
Key Requirements
  • 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.

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.

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.

Security Clearance

Public Trust - Background Investigation

Additional Information

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.


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.

Other 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.

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: 2017-08-07 to 2017-12-01

Salary: $22.28 to $25.98 / per hour

Pay scale & grade: WG 10

Series: 4204 Pipefitting

Appointment type: Permanent

Work schedule: Full Time

Job announcement number: VHA-590-17-DLi-1979308-BU

Control number: 474856900