U.S. Census Bureau Utility Systems Repairer Operator (Boiler Operator), WG-4742-10, SSB-JMB-MAP-Internal *AMENDED in Jeffersonville, Indiana

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Applications under this vacancy announcement will be considered under merit promotion (internal competitive) procedures and consideration is limited to those specified above in the “Who May Apply” section. If you are not eligible under this announcement, see announcement number NPC-2019-0010, Utility Systems Repairer Operator*, WG-4742-10, SSB-TE-DEU-External *which can be accessed at http://jobsearch.USAJOBS.gov.

*AMENDED: Extend closing to 12/21/18, update job title & contact name.

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This position is located in the Facilities Operations Unit, Facilities Management Section, Support Services Branch of the U.S. Census Bureau's National Processing Center. This position is included in the bargaining unit.

The individual selected for this position will:

  • Operate and perform preventative and scheduled maintenance on plant systems of one or more high pressure steam and piping systems, combination gas/oil boilers, and supporting equipment;
  • Perform maintenance on the boilers during the steam heating season, a 24 hour/day, seven-days a week operation;
  • Observe and note readings on gauges, meters, detectors, recorders, water level indicators, computer generated and analog displays and support equipment to detect danger or unsafe signals in operations and take corrective actions;
  • Maintain logs;
  • Start, stop, and operate boilers and supporting equipment;
  • Check, maintain, troubleshoot and repair operational safety controls and equipment such as safety valves, water control equipment and electrical/electronic circuits on the boiler and supporting equipment;
  • Receive, unload and maintain chemical supply and repair parts;
  • Work on combustion burners by entering, cleaning and inspecting tubes, repairing refractory liners, and lay-up of boilers of several heating circuits;
  • Operate, maintain, and repair pneumatic equipment such as compressors and equipment controls;
  • Help fill, maintain, inspect and measure fuel in three oil storage tanks, and maintain supporting equipment within the concrete holding dam;
  • Perform A/C preventive maintenance on building units.

Tour of Duty: Variable Schedule. Must be able to work Day shift and Night shift. Overtime may be required.

Travel Required

Not required

Supervisory status


Promotion Potential


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4742 Utility Systems Repairing-Operating

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Conditions of Employment
  • Must be a U.S. Citizen and suitable for Federal employment.
  • Must be registered for Selective Service, if applicable (www.sss.gov).
  • If resume is incomplete, applicant may not be considered for this vacancy.
  • Must pass a physical examination.
  • Must have a valid State Driver's license.
  • Must have required certification(s).

You must meet all qualification requirements by the closing date of this announcement.

Candidates may be required to clear the fingerprint process and initiate the required background investigation prior to final selection.

A one year probationary period may be required.

PHYSICAL EFFORT: Frequent and long periods of walking, standing, bending, crouching, kneeling, and climbing are required. May perform strenuous work while standing, sitting, or lying. Works off scaffold platform and catwalks while standing, sitting, or lying down. Works in tiring and uncomfortable positions for long periods. Frequently lifts and carries tools and equipment weighing up to 50 lbs. and occasionally items weighing above 50 lbs.

WORKING CONDITIONS: Works in confined spaces and in awkward positions. Must be able to work in confined spaces both inside and outside of boilers. Must be able to enter and exit the following openings: 12"x 16", 43" oval, 24"x 17" oval, 24"x 24" rectangular, 28.5" x 28.5" oval. These openings lead to interior spaces of boilers and water tanks. Interior spaces range from approximately 30 inches in diameter up to several feet. Works off scaffolds platform and catwalks while standing, sitting, or lying down. May also be required to work in areas where there is hot equipment and surfaces. Works outside/outdoors where there is some exposure to extremes of heat and cold, high winds, in hot sunlight, wet ground, and rain. Works around high and low voltage. Worker is subject to cuts and abrasions; burns from acids, caustics, hot water, steam, and contact with piping and boilers. Works safely, using correct work methods and correct Personal Protection Equipment (PPE) in order to maintain and operate the power plant.

*CERTIFICATION REQUIREMENT: Selectee must possess the following certification within 12 months of selection: Type I (small appliances) AND Type II (high pressure systems) Certification OR Universal certification. Applicants who already have a Type I and Type II or Universal Certification may include that in their application.*



Employees on a permanent appointment who were hired through a Recruiting Bulletin, who have not served in their current appointment for at least 90 days, are not eligible to apply. However, if this vacancy is in the same line of work as your current position (same qualification requirements), and selection for this position would not result in a promotion action, the 90 day waiting period does not apply.

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, religious, 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.

The qualification standard for this position is found in the Job Qualifications System for Trades and Labor Occupations published by the Office of Personnel Management. You may find more information at www.opm.gov.

Additional information

The following links provide information on various hiring authorities that may enable you to apply through merit assignment procedures, or be eligible for a non-competitive appointment.

  • VRA
  • 30% or more disabled veteran
  • Persons with disabilities
  • CTAP

Career Transition Assistance Plan (CTAP) candidates will be eligible if it is determined that they have exceeded the minimum qualifications for the position by attaining a rating of at least 85 out of 100. Information about CTAP eligibility is on the Office of Personnel Management's Career Transition Resources website at: http://www.opm.gov/ctap.

CTAP applicants MUST submit the following documents:

  1. A copy of your Reduction In Force (RIF) separation notice; notice of proposed removal for declining a directed geographic relocation outside of the local commuting area. A Certificate of Expected Separation (CES); or certification that you are in a surplus organization or occupation (this could be a position abolishment letter, a notice of eligibility for discontinued service retirement, or similar notice).
  2. A copy of your latest SF-50, “Notification of Personnel Action”, noting current position, grade/band level, and duty location, and/or Agency certification of inability to place you through RPL, etc;
  3. A copy of your last performance appraisal including rating; and
  4. Any documentation from your agency that shows your current promotion potential.

The Department of Commerce provides reasonable accommodations to applicants with disabilities. If you need a reasonable accommodation for any part of the application and hiring process, notify the Human Resources Branch. The decision on granting reasonable accommodation will be on a case-by-case basis. TTY users can contact the Human Resources Branch via the Federal Relay Service, 1-812-218-3610.

The United States Government does not discriminate in employment on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, political affiliation, sexual orientation, marital status, disability, age, membership in an employee organization, or any other non-merit factor.

Employees who receive a buyout and subsequently return to positions in a Federal agency within 5 years after the date of separation, on which the payment is based, whether by reemployment or contracts for personal service, are generally obligated to repay the full amount of the buyout to the agency that paid it before the individual’s first day of reemployment.

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How You Will Be Evaluated

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

We will review your resume, optional cover letter, supporting documentation, and dates of employment (mm/dd/yy) on the resume to determine if you meet the qualifications for the position. If you meet the qualifications stated in the job opportunity announcement, we will compare your resume, optional cover letter and supporting documentation to your responses on the scored occupational questionnaire (True/False, Yes/No, Multiple Choice questions) that you completed as part of the application. You must have had sufficient training and experience to show your ability to perform the duties of the position. At a minimum, you must meet the Barely Acceptable level on the screen-out element: Ability to do the work of the position without more than normal supervision; receive at least one half of the total possible points; AND furnish detailed information on the resume which supports the occupational questionnaire responses to demonstrate that you clearly possess the experience and skills to successfully perform the duties of this position. The screen-out element is a critical self assessment of the your experience and is essential for satisfactory job performance. Your resume and/or optional cover letter must support your responses to the scored occupational questionnaire or your score will be lowered. The best-qualified candidates will be identified for referral to the hiring manager and may be invited for an interview. If referred, all relevant documents, including performance appraisals and incentive awards submitted with your application package, will be forwarded to the selecting official for review and consideration.

Due weight shall be given to performance appraisals and awards in accordance with 5 CFR 335.103(b)(3), during the interview/selection process conducted by the hiring manager.

*PHYSICAL EXAM: *Selectee will be required to pass a physical examination, including a chest x-ray, prior to effective date of selection to this position. Cost of physical will be the responsibility of the selectee.

INTERVIEW WORK SAMPLE:Applicants selected for an interview will be required to participate in an onsite work sample during the interview process. Applicants should dress appropriately to participate in the work sample. The work sample will consist of the following:

  1. Demonstrate knowledge of and troubleshoot Electrical Circuit drawings.
  2. Demonstrate skill and knowledge of different types of "Chiller Technology."
  3. Ability to demonstrate skill of the brazing process.

You will be evaluated on the quality and extent of your experience as relates to the following job elements listed below (please do not provide a separate written response).

  • Element 1 - Ability to do the work of the position without more than normal supervision. SCREEN OUT ELEMENT
  • Element 2E - Knowledge of Equipment assembly, installation, repair, etc.
  • Element 25E -Ability to do theoretical and precise repairs.
  • Element 60 - Use of measuring instruments.
  • Element 75A -Ability to interpret instructions and specifications, etc.
  • Element 81- Ability to use and maintain tools and equipment.
  • Element 82A- Knowledge of materials.
  • Element 86B- Ability to operate with safety.

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Background checks and security clearance
Security clearance

Q - Nonsensitive

Drug test required


  • Required Documents


Required Documents

A complete application consists of the following:

Resume showing relevant experience, optional cover letter, and the online questionnaire. Your resume must indicate country of citizenship and if you are registered for Selective Service if you are a male born after 12/31/59. Your resume should also list your educational and work experience including the dates (mm/dd/yy) of each employment along with the number of hours worked per week, annual salary, and specify the job duties related to the advertised position. For work in the Federal service, include the grade level of the position(s). Your resume will be used to validate your responses to the occupational questionnaire.

Performance Appraisals and Incentive Awards –Submit your most recent performance appraisal with supervisor’s signature showing the official final rating of record and copy/listing of incentive awards received. In cases where the performance appraisal is incomplete or unavailable, applicants may provide explanation of the reason.

SF-50, "Notification of Personnel Action," if applicable, supporting current or former federal employee’s eligibility.

Career Transition Assistance Plan (CTAP) and Interagency Career Transition Assistance Plan (ICTAP) documentation, if applicable. See the "Other Information" section.

CERTIFICATION REQUIREMENT: Selectee must possess the following certification within 12 months of selection: Type I (small appliances) AND Type II (high pressure systems) Certification OR Universal certification. Applicants who already have a Type I and Type II or Universal Certification may include that in their application.

Valid Driver's License.

Applicants are not required to submit official documents at this time; copies are sufficient.

If you are relying on your education to meet qualification requirements:

Education must be accredited by an accrediting institution recognized by the U.S. Department of Education in order for it to be credited towards qualifications. Therefore, provide only the attendance and/or degrees from schools accredited by accrediting institutions recognized by the U.S. Department of Education.

Failure to provide all of the required information as stated in this vacancy announcement may result in an ineligible rating or may affect the overall rating.

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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.

The U.S. Census Bureau offers a comprehensive benefits package. Explore the benefits offered to most Federal employees at https://www.usajobs.gov/Help/working-in-government/benefits/

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.

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How to Apply

To apply online, you must complete and submit an application by accessing the USAJOBS website at http://www.usajobs.gov . Enter the job announcement number in the left hand box titled “Keywords” and then click on the SEARCH button. To begin, click the “Apply” button in the middle of this screen and follow the prompts to register into your USAJOBS account, answer the questions, and submit all required documents. (After registering in your USAJOBS account and clicking “Submit”, you will automatically transition to the Department of Commerce’s specific site where you will complete your application. You must click “Submit” at the end of the application process to send your applications for consideration.)

To return to a saved application, log into your USAJOBS account at http://www.usajobs.gov and click on "Applications". Click on the position title and then select “Update Application” to continue.

If you have problems completing the online application, including problems submitting the supporting documents, contact the Help Desk by e-mail at mgshelp@monster.com or phone at 866-656-6831. The Help Desk is available Monday through Friday, 7:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. (ET), excluding Federal holidays.

All online applications and supplemental materials must be received by 11:59 p.m. (ET) on the closing date of the vacancy. Applicants are strongly encouraged to submit their applications online using the application process outlined at www.usajobs.gov. While electronic applications are strongly encouraged, paper applications will also be accepted. Please contact the Human Resources Specialist identified in the job opportunity announcement for details and instructions on the process for submitting your paper application. Paper applications and supplemental materials must be received by 4:30 p.m. (ET) on the closing date of the vacancy.

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Agency contact information
Jodi Burke









BUREAU OF THE CENSUS 1201 East 10th Street Building 64-G Jeffersonville, Indiana 47132 United States

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Next steps

You will be notified of your application status through USAJOBS at four points during the hiring process, as applicable. You can check the status of your application by accessing the USAJOBS website at http://usajobs.gov/ and clicking on “Applications.” The status will be visible next to the corresponding position. The four points of notification are:

  1. Application Received or Application Incomplete;
  2. Minimum Qualification Requirement Met or Minimum Qualification Requirement Not Met;
  3. Eligible (Application Referred to the Selecting Official) or Eligible (Application Not Referred to the Selecting Official); and
  4. Selected or Not Selected

By submitting your application, you are certifying the accuracy of the information contained in your application. If you make a false statement in any part of your application, you may not be hired; you may be terminated after beginning work; or, may be fined or jailed. After making a tentative job offer, we will conduct a suitability/security background investigation.

You will be required to submit official documentation prior to appointment. The agency will then verify the information provided on your application (i.e., degree, veterans' preference, disability, etc.).

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Fair & Transparent

The Federal hiring process is setup to be fair and transparent. Please read the following guidance.

Equal Employment Opportunity Policy

The United States Government does not discriminate in employment on the basis of race, color, religion, sex (including pregnancy and gender identity), national origin, political affiliation, sexual orientation, marital status, disability, genetic information, age, membership in an employee organization, retaliation, parental status, military service, or other non-merit factor.

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Reasonable Accommodation Policy

Federal agencies must provide reasonable accommodation to applicants with disabilities where appropriate. Applicants requiring reasonable accommodation for any part of the application process should follow the instructions in the job opportunity announcement. For any part of the remaining hiring process, applicants should contact the hiring agency directly. Determinations on requests for reasonable accommodation will be made on a case-by-case basis.

A reasonable accommodation is any change to a job, the work environment, or the way things are usually done that enables an individual with a disability to apply for a job, perform job duties or receive equal access to job benefits.

Under the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, federal agencies must provide reasonable accommodations when:

  • An applicant with a disability needs an accommodation to have an equal opportunity to apply for a job.
  • An employee with a disability needs an accommodation to perform the essential job duties or to gain access to the workplace.
  • An employee with a disability needs an accommodation to receive equal access to benefits, such as details, training, and office-sponsored events.

You can request a reasonable accommodation at any time during the application or hiring process or while on the job. Requests are considered on a case-by-case basis.

Learn more about disability employment and reasonable accommodations or how to contact an agency.

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  • Financial suitability
  • Social security number request
  • Privacy Act
  • Signature and false statements
  • Selective Service
  • New employee probationary period

This job originated on www.usajobs.gov. For the full announcement and to apply, visit www.usajobs.gov/GetJob/ViewDetails/518130600. Only resumes submitted according to the instructions on the job announcement listed at www.usajobs.gov will be considered.

Open & closing dates: 12/03/2018 to 12/21/2018

Service: Competitive

Pay scale & grade: WG 10

Salary: $25.60 to $29.86 per hour

Appointment type: Temporary Promotion - Year-round Work Schedule

Work schedule: Full-Time - Competitive Service: Temporary Promotion NTE 4/30/2021. May be extended.