HVAC Mechanic

Department of Veterans Affairs
West Haven
Oct 12, 2016
Oct 19, 2016
Employer Type
Direct Employer
Employment Type
Full Time

West Haven, CT


The incumbent in this position is under the supervision of the Chief, Maintenance & Operations at the West Haven Campus and performs maintenance and repair of architectural, mechanical and electrical components of buildings requiring the use of a variety of trades and practices associated with the following occupations: HVAC, Plumbing, Electrical Plastering, Carpentry and Painting.

Duties include but are not limited to:


* Must have a basic knowledge of the refrigeration cycle of a variety of systems to make visual, audible and mechanical checks for the proper temperature of conditioned space/ proper oil levels, usual noises, overheated bearings, loose connections, faulty insulation, frayed or loose belts, gaskets and pulleys and other similar defects

* Tightens connections, makes splices, insulates exposed wires, and cleans and lubricates moving parts

* Tests for proper operation and replaces items such as belts, fans, fuses, filters and thermostats

* Locates and repairs faulty equipment

* Dismantles, repairs and reassembles units such as pumps, impellers, compressors, chillers, receivers and evaporators

* Performs complex repairs such as installing and fitting connection rods, crank shafts, piston rings, bearings and bushings

* Works on refrigeration equipment


* Measures, cuts, 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


* Removes and replaces fixtures and controls

* Makes repairs such as tightening connections and wrapping exposed wiring with insulating tape


* Prepares damaged areas to insure that the new plaster will adhere to surface and surrounding plaster


* Plans and measures material according to requirements and dimensions outlined in instructions

* Uses tapes, rulers, and squares accurately


* Removes such things as scale, rust, dirt and old paint from surfaces so that coating materials will adhere properly

* Applies coating materials so that the surfaces are free from skips, runs and drips

Work Schedule: M-F / 3:00 to 11:30pm

Position Description Title/PD#: Air Conditioning Equipment Mechanic / 8183-A

* Summary

* VA Connecticut Healthcare System was officially formed in 1995. We serve veterans in Connecticut and southern New England. The West Haven facility is a tertiary care facility classified as a Clinical Referral Level I Facility. It is a teaching hospital, providing a full range of patient care services, with state-of-the-art technology and a renowned research program. Comprehensive health care is provided through primary, acute, tertiary and long-term care in areas of medicine, surgery, psychiatry, physical medicine and rehabilitation, neurology, oncology, dentistry, geriatrics and extended care. Newington is an ambulatory care center that provides primary and specialty care. In addition to our main campuses, we operate six community-based primary care centers throughout the state.

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.

* Qualifications & Evaluations

* Your background must demonstrate experience in a variety of maintenance duties, such as HVAC, Plumbing, Plastering, Electrical, Carpentry and Painting.

EXPERIENCE: A specific length of training and experience is not required, but you 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; religions; 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.

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 job of a Air Conditioning Equipment Mechanic without more than normal supervision.

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 heating ventilation and air conditioning systems.

2. Knowledge of a variety of trades and practices.

3. Ability to troubleshoot problems and determine method of repair.

4. Ability to read and interpret instructions.

5. Use and maintain tools.

SELECTIVE PLACEMENT FACTOR: Current Universal E.P.A. Certification from an approved program


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.

* Benefits & Other Info

* VA offers a comprehensive benefits package. This link provides an overview of the benefits currently offered:

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.