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US Department of Veterans Affairs



    The Machinist position is in the Maintenance Section of the Engineering Maintenance and Operations Section. The incumbent receives little or no detailed instructions in the performance of assigned tasks. The Machinist must have education and experience as a journeyman machinist which indicates an extensive knowledge of the work practices, methods, and requirements of the machining trade.


    The Machinist plans and lays out the work to be performed on a particular task such as the ordering of material to install or replace compressor systems for medical air and vacuum systems. The incumbent is able to manufacture difficult to obtain or obsolete parts to repair critical equipment/systems. The task(s) are more complex in nature and require a broad knowledge of pipefitting. The incumbent's duties include, but are not limited to:

    • Manufacture, repair or rebuild parts from raw stock of different metal and metal alloys and/or other material (rubber, plastic, nylon, etc.) using conventional machine tools and, if available, computer numerical control (CNC) machine tools for precision handwork.
    • Use conventional and CNC machine tools such as lathes, vertical and horizontal boring mills, bench/plain/universal milling machines, shapers, planers, internal and external grinders, thread cutters, and radial drills.
    • Maintain knowledge in all auxiliary tool attachments/accessories.
    • Use blueprints, sketches, work orders, models of parts, and/or other specifications to determine correct machine(s) and accessories to be used in each step of the process to manufacture the required part.
    • Perform precision handwork to finish, fit, and assemble machine parts using a variety of finishing processes.
    • Use precision measuring instruments such as Vernier calipers, inside/outside micrometers, surface/height gauges, dial indicators/comparators.
    • Use and understand shop mathematics/handbook formulas in the computation and verification of dimensions in the planning, lay out and final dimensional checking of parts manufactured.
    • Receive general information as to the arrangement of a new system, schedule completion date, size and capacity of equipment to meet the objective of the project.
    • Perform pipe welding to systems operating at high pressure and high temperature.
    • Adjust and install all devices used in systems designed to deliver steam, domestic water, natural gas, fuel oil, medical gases, chemical treatment, etc.
    • Use manufacturer's specifications to adjust and program computer control devices which make up critical systems such as the medical gas, service air and emergency generator systems.
    • Maintain and perform preventive maintenance on extremely complex systems such as the emergency generators. (Systems incorporate multi-duty fuel tanks which require complex piping that utilizes solenoid valves and flow restrictors to regulate and control fuel distribution to four generator sets simultaneously.)
    • Instruct others on the process to be followed in making piping changes.
    • Perform maintenance on all air handlers and exhaust fans.
    • Repair multiple pump and compressor systems such as the domestic water boosters, primary chill water pumps, secondary chill water pumps, medical/surgical vacuum, medical air compressors, dental evacuation system, service air compressors, centrifugal chillers and reciprocating chillers.
    • Use computerized advanced machinery analyzer balancer which provides vibration and temperature analysis at the machine when a potential problem is detected during routine periodic measurement activities.

    Work Schedule: Monday-Friday - 7:00AM-3:30PM
    May be required to work some evenings and weekends.
    Position Description Title/PD#: Machinist/70312-A

    Travel Required

    Not required

    Supervisory status


    Promotion Potential


  • Job family (Series)

    3414 Machining

  • Requirements


    Conditions of Employment

    • You must be a U.S. Citizen to apply for this job
    • Designated and/or random drug testing may be required
    • Selective Service Registration is required for males born after 12/31/1959
    • You may be required to serve a probationary period
    • Subject to a background/security investigation
    • Pre-employment physical required
    • Selected applicants will be required to complete an online onboarding process


    To qualify for this position, applicants must meet all requirements by the closing date of this announcement, 06/12/2020.

    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 Federal Wage System Qualification Standards.

    SCREEN-OUT ELEMENT: Your qualifications will first be evaluated against the prescribed screen out element. The screen-out element for this position is the 'Ability To Do The Work Of The Machinist Without More Than Normal Supervision'. 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 Job Elements:
    • Machine Tools
    • Measurement and Layout
    • Technical Practices
    • Use Hand Tools - Machine Shop
    • Use Shop Drawings

    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.

    Note: A full year of work is considered to be 35-40 hours of work per week. 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.

    Physical Requirements - The duties of this position require physical exertion involving lifting, pushing, pulling, standing, stooping, bending, reaching and carrying objects of varying weights (40-50lbs), sizes, and shapes and will use proper weight/material handling equipment and/or assistance from other workers as required. Physical effort is exerted in walking and depending on urgency/difficulty/location of task, may include running, climbing and crawling.


    There is no substitution of education for this position.

    Additional information

    Receiving Service Credit or 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 employee's 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. Such credit must be requested and approved prior to the appointment date and is not guaranteed.

    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 for information on how to apply under this appointment authority via the Selective Placement Coordinator.

    The Interagency Career Transition Assistance Plan (ICTAP) and Career Transition Assistance Plan (CTAP) provide eligible displaced Federal/VA competitive service employees with selection priority over other candidates for competitive service vacancies. To be qualified you must submit appropriate documentation (a copy of the agency notice, your most recent performance rating, and your most recent SF-50 noting current position, grade level, and duty location) and be found well-qualified (have a final rating of 85 or more) for this vacancy. Information about ICTAP and CTAP eligibility is on OPM's Career Transition Resources website at http://www.opm.gov/policy-data-oversight/workforce-restructuring/employee-guide-to-career-transition/.

    Placement Policy: The posting of this announcement does not obligate management to fill a vacancy or vacancies by promotion. The position may be filled by reassignment, change to lower grade, transfer, appointment, or reinstatement. Management may use any one or any combination of these methods to fill the 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.

    Veterans and Transitioning Service Members: Please visit the VA for Vets site for career-search tools for Veterans seeking employment at VA, career development services for our existing Veterans, and coaching and reintegration support for military service members.

    Financial disclosure not required.

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

    If you are unable to apply online view the following link for information regarding an Alternate Application.

    How You Will Be Evaluated

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


    Narrative responses are not required at this time. If you are referred for consideration, you may be asked to submit additional job related information, which may include, but not limited to; responses to the knowledge, skills and abilities; completion of a work sample, and/or contact for an interview. 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.

    Background checks and security clearance

    Security clearance


    Drug test required


    Position sensitivity and risk

    Non-sensitive (NS)/Low Risk

    Trust determination process


  • Required Documents

    Required Documents

    To apply for this position, you must provide a complete Application Package which includes:

    • Resume

    The following documents are accepted, and may be required if applicable to your eligibility and/or qualifications for this position. Please use this checklist to make sure you have included other documents required for your application, such as a copy of your transcript (if using education to qualify), SF-50's (current/former Federal employees), documentation to support Veterans Preference claims, or ICTAP/CTAP documentation (for displaced Federal employees). You will not be contacted for additional information.
    • Cover Letter
    • DD-214/ Statement of Service
    • Disability Letter (Schedule A)
    • Disability Letter (VA)
    • OF-306
    • Other (1)
    • PCS Orders
    • Performance Appraisal
    • Professional Certification
    • Proof of Marriage Status
    • Resume
    • Separation Notice (RIF)
    • SF-15
    • SF-50/ Notification of Personnel Action
    • Transcript

    Veterans' Preference: When applying for Federal Jobs, eligible Veterans should claim preference for 5pt (TP), 10pt (CP/CPS/XP), or for Sole Survivor Preference (SSP) in the questionnaire. You must provide a legible copy of your DD214(s) which shows dates and character of service (honorable, general, etc.). If you are currently serving on active duty and expect to be released or discharged within 120 days you must submit documentation related to your active duty service which reflects the dates of service, character of service (honorable, general, etc.), and dates of impending separation. Additionally, disabled veterans and others eligible for 10-point preference (such as widows or mothers of eligible Veterans) must also submit an SF-15 "Application for 10 Point Veteran Preference" with required proof as stated on the form. Documentation is required to award preference. For more information on Veterans' Preference, please visit http://www.fedshirevets.gov/job/vetpref/index.aspx.
  • 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. Learn more about federal benefits.

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    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.


This job is open to

  • Career transition (CTAP, ICTAP, RPL)

    Federal employees who meet the definition of a "surplus" or "displaced" employee.

  • Federal employees - Competitive service

    Current or former competitive service federal employees.

  • Individuals with disabilities

  • Military spouses

  • Special authorities

    Individuals eligible under a special authority not listed above, but defined in the federal hiring regulations.

  • Veterans

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Status Candidates and VEOA Eligibles

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