Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration Boiler Plant Operator in Kings, New York
Summary The incumbent is one of five steam plant operators and is solely responsible for the operation of four Cleaver-Brooks water tube boilers and one Cleaver-Brooks fire tube boiler. Ancillary equipment includes Cleveland Combustion controls, Fireye burner controls, Cleaver-Brooks combination gas and oil fueled steam atomization burners, high pressure steam is maintained producing a maximum total plant capacity of (109,000) lbs. per hour. Responsibilities Major duties include but are not limited to; Operation of water tube boilers and fire tube boiler. Operation of combustion controls, Fir eye burner controls, combination gas and oil fueled steam atomization burners. Operation of water treatment, fuel systems, steam generation and pollution control. Maintain high pressure (117PSI) steam producing a maximum capacity of (32,000) lbs. per hour (water tube) and (13,000) lbs. per hour (five tube) with a total plant capacity of (109,000) lbs. per hour. Perform necessary adjustments to start, operate and maintain a power boiler facility. Perform combustion techniques and adjustments to fire box variables such as fuel flow or feed, fuel/air ration, temperature, combustion time. Stabilization of boilers, when one boiler starts to go down, while maintaining safe levels and efficient combustions. Prepare required logs for all readings and actions taken during the shift. Write clear and accurate reports of shift watch activities. Recognize, interpret and react to a variety of boiler related problems. Possesses a comprehensive knowledge of all operational phases of boiler plant operations (i.e. water treatment, fuel systems, steam generation and pollution control) and their relationship for efficient and economical generation of steam. Incumbent has skill in procedures and adjustments necessary to start, operate and maintain a power boiler facility to meet load demands and maintain efficient levels of combustion and compliance with pollution laws. Incumbent has skill in operating power boilers from cold starts through normal operation and emergency shut-downs. Incumbent is skilled in specialized combustion techniques and adjustments to fire box variables such as fuel flow or feed, fuel/air ratio, temperature, combustion time, and over air or under air feeds to control chemical pollutants in the gas emissions and maintain combustion efficiency. Able to respond to all 3000 trouble calls that engineering receives during midnight to 8:00 am shift and contact the appropriate shop or maintenance worker to respond. Work Schedule: 24 Hour 7 day week rotating shifts (7:00 AM - 3:00 PM, 3:00 PM - 11:00 PM, and 11:00 PM - 7:00 AM) and relief watches every two weeks. Position Description Title/PD#: Boiler Plant Operator/PD03119-A Physical Requirements: Position requires extended periods of standing, bending, crouching and kneeling on floors, ladders, gratings, etc. Incumbents frequently lift and carry equipment and/or supplies weighing up to (50) pounds unassisted and occasionally items weighing over (60) pounds with assistance and/or weight handling equipment. The Boiler Plant is often uncomfortable. In the summertime the temperature in the plant is very high. Incumbent works alone, in wet, hot, cramped and undesirable areas where safety precautions are mandatory. Exposure to steam lines can cause second degree burns. Chemicals used in boiler treatment are often corrosive to skin (caustic soda) and can cause skin and/or eye injury. Appropriate personal protective equipment is provided and must be worn/used. incumbent works rotating shifts during nights, weekends and holidays and must have a telephone number where he may be contacted to provide shift relief during emergencies. Requirements Conditions of Employment Qualifications To qualify for this position, applicants must meet all requirements by the closing date of this announcement 04/21/2021. 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, 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 Job Elements: Equipment Assembly, Installation, RepairOperation of Equipment/MachineryTechnical PracticesWork Practices 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. Education There are no education requirements for this position. Additional Information The Interagency Career Transition Assistance Plan (ICTAP) and Career Transition Assistance Plan (CTAP) provide eligible displaced VA competitive service employees with selection priority over other candidates for competitive service vacancies. To be well-qualified, applicants must possess experience that exceeds the minimum qualifications of the position including all selective factors if applicable, and must be proficient in most of the requirements of the job. Information about ICTAP and CTAP eligibility is on OPM's Career Transition Resources website which can be found at https://www.opm.gov/. 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 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. This job opportunity announcement may be used to fill additional vacancies. 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