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Agricultural Research Service Boiler Plant Operator in Beltsville, Maryland


This position is located within United States Department of Agriculture, Agricultural Research Service (ARS), Beltsville Agricultural Research Center (BARC), Facilities Services, Repair and Renovation division, in Beltsville, MD. The incumbent will inspect, repair, and maintain mechanically fired, gas, and oil-fueled water tube boilers; and record readings of meters.


Operate, repair, maintain, and inspects, according to prescribed methods, mechanically fired, gas, and oil-fueled water tube boilers and associated auxiliary and pollution control equipment.

Operate air compressors, cooling towers and water softeners.

Start, adjust, and shut down as load demands for centrifugal refrigeration machines.

Run tests on boiler water and determines amounts of treatment to be injected so as to keep within predetermined limits.

Check meters, gauges, pressure relief valves, and other instruments.

Knowledge of mechanical and civil blueprint reading and ability to interpret manufacturers? handbooks and technical manuals.


Conditions of Employment


In order to qualify for this position you must meet the following by the closing date of the vacancy announcement:

09/30/2020Qualifications will be determined under the Job Element Rating System X-118C, Qualifications Standard Handbook. While a specific length of time and experience is not required for most Wage Grade positions, you must show through experience and training that you possess the best qualified level of knowledge and skill necessary to perform the duties of this position. Qualification requirements emphasize the quality of experience, not necessarily the length. The responses to the questionnaire and your resume should be in significant detail to provide the person rating your application with a good understanding of your ability to do the job, technical knowledge, work, and training experience, etc. (For example You must have the ability to perform the duties of a, Boiler Plant Operatorwithout more than normal supervision (Screen Out)). Applicants who do not meet the SCREEN OUT ELEMENT will not be given further consideration. Physical Effort:

Work requires close hand and eye coordination, active walking, prolonged periods of standing on concrete flooring, climbing, bending, reaching, high noise areas, and working in confined spaces or crowded areas. May be required to lift equipment or material weighing up to 75 lb. Working Conditions:

The incumbent will normally perform the duties inside heated facilities, but may require work on facility structures and grounds during inclement weather. Work in areas where equipment is in continual operation, noise levels are abnormal and prevail. Subject to infection, mechanical injury, gas, cuts, bruises, dirt, and grease. Operator is also subject to toxic fumes from welding, soldering and sparks and danger from flying chips when using power and hand tools. Subject to falls while working on ladders, scaffolds, and roofs of facility buildings. Operator changes clothing provided while on duty. May be required to shower prior to reporting to duty station in accordance with entrance/exit safety protocols for specific areas of the Center. Restrictions of facial hair may be imposed by the supervisor for proper use of personnel protective equipment.


This position does not have an education qualification requirement.

Additional Information

Career Transition Assistance Plan (CTAP), Reemployment Priority List (RPL), or Interagency Career Transition Assistance Plan (ICTAP): Visit the OPM website for information on how to apply as a CTAP, RPL, or ICTAP eligible. To exercise selection priority for this vacancy, CTAP/RPL/ICTAP candidates must meet the basic eligibility requirements and all selective factors. CTAP/ICTAP candidates must be rated and determined to be well qualified (or above) based on an evaluation of the competencies listed in the How You Will Be Evaluated section. When assessed through a score-based category rating method, CTAP/ICTAP applicants must receive a rating of at least 85 out of a possible 100. Recruitment or Relocation Incentive may be authorized. Final determination to pay an incentive will be made by the hiring official at time of job offer. This position is located in a bargaining unit.