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Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration Electrician in Des Moines, Iowa


This position is located at the VA Central Iowa Health Care System and is part of the Engineering Service. The purpose of this position is to perform independent, highly skilled maintenance and repair on the electrical and electronic systems within the health care facility. Work is performed in a journeyman capacity.


Duties include, but are not limited to: Troubleshooting, repairing, maintaining, modifying, installing, testing and inspecting of all electrical devices, systems, components and other electrical equipment. Reads amperage, tests phase rotation, and frequency requirements, to distribution panels, switchgear, power and control circuits; industrial multiphase systems; fire alarm system; emergency warning systems; lighting protection systems; high intensity lighting systems with associated controls; AC and DC rectification systems; galvanic and impressed current cathodic projection systems which prevent corrosion on underground or submerged equipment and pipes; amplifier circuits; and related electrical equipment. Construct and install EMT and rigid conduits. Troubleshoot cable systems to locate shorts, opens, grounds, crosses, electrolysis damage, capacitance imbalance, or cable breaks. Works from building plans, blueprints, wiring diagrams, engineering, drawings, and electrical maintenance and repair manuals to plan and lay out the routing, placement type, size, gauge, balance, load, continuity, and safe operation of electrical lines, circuits, systems, equipment and controls that support industrial operations, computer complexes, or similar complex electrical loads. Determines and places distribution panels, boxes, fittings, and connections and install wiring, couplings, conduit, relays, fixtures, transformers and other electrical devices including electrical service entrances. Operates, tests, troubleshoots and repairs emergency and stand by generator power systems, tests automatic transfer switches, completes all required paperwork associated with the emergency and standby generation system. Work Schedule: Monday - Friday; 8:00a.m. - 4:30 p.m.

Position Description Title/PD#: Electrician/PD30128A

Relocation/Recruitment Incentives: Not authorized


Conditions of Employment


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. Your qualifications will first be evaluated against the prescribed screen out element, which 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. SCREEN-OUT ELEMENT: Ability to do the work of the position without more than normal supervision as a Journeyman level electrician. Experience at this level includes:working independently as an electrician; utilizing knowledge of electrical theory and National Electrical Code requirements; installing, modifying, repairing and loading new and existing electrical lines, circuits, systems, and associated fixtures, controls, and equipment; using instruments and tools common to the electrical trade; reading and following wiring diagrams and blueprints to install or repair electrical equipment; using a variety of hand and power tools; and utilizing testing equipment. (Experience must be clearly documented in your resume) The potential eligibles are then rated against the remainder of the Job Elements:

Electric DrawingsElectrical EquipmentTechnical PracticesTechnical Practices (Electrical Electronic)Troubleshooting (Electrical)Use and Maintain Hand Tools (Electrical Work)Without more than normal supervision 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/Working Conditions: Repairs and installations are made from ladders, scaffolding, platforms, boom trucks, lifts and cranes in hard-to-reach places. This requires the incumbent to stand, stoop, bend, kneel, climb, and work in tiring and uncomfortable positions, The work requires frequently lifting and carrying. of tools, equipment, and parts that weigh up to 20 pounds and, less often, up to 40 pounds. The work is performed both inside and outside. The incumbent is sometimes required to make repairs and installations in inclement weather; in work areas that are n·o1sy, dirty , dusty, and greasy; on scaffolding, boom trucks, lifts or cranes at heights of 30 feet or more; and in close quarters such as crawl spaces, above ceilings, tunnels, confined spaces and attics. Incumbent is occasionally exposed to the possibility of injury from falling, electrical shock, burns, and rotary devices such as electrical motors; and is frequently exposed to the possibility of cuts and bruises.


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