National Institute of Standards and Technology Utility Systems Repairer Operator, WG-4742-08 in Gaithersburg, Maryland

  • Duties



The position is that of a sub-journeyman Utility Systems Repairer Operator (USRO). The position is located at the National Institute of Standards and Technology, Office of Facilities and Property Management, Facility Maintenance Division, Steam and Chilled Water Generation Plant Group 193.06.

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This position is that of a sub-journeyman Utility Systems Repairer Operator (USRO). The position is located at the National Institute of Standards and Technology, Office of the Director, Chief Facilities Management Officer, Facilities Maintenance division, Steam and Chilled Water Generation Plant Group (193.06). This position is subjected to work on a rotating shift.

This position requires some knowledge to maintain boilers and associated equipment or chillers and associated equipment. The incumbent performs chemical tests and assists with alignment of various pumps and motors. He / She must have some knowledge of kind and quality of materials needed to repair and maintain various equipment. Maintains equipment in buildings not directly served by the S&CWGP; but fall under its responsibility. Obtains necessary materials from storeroom and cleans job sites after completion of work.

Travel Required

Not required

Supervisory status


Promotion Potential


Who May Apply
This job is open to…

All qualified U.S. citizens

Questions? This job is open to 1 group.

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4742 Utility Systems Repairing-Operating

  • Requirements


Conditions of Employment
  • Applicant must meet physical requirements
  • Applicant must be a U.S. citizen
  • Must be registered with selective service, as appropriate
  • Must be suitable for Federal employment

Position has physical requirements.

This is an open continuous announcement. Qualified applicants may be referred as early as July 24, 2017. All subsequent cut-offs will be done approximately every 30 days until vacancies are filled.


There are no specific lengths or level of experience requirements. The applicant's overall background of experience, education and training must clearly demonstrate the ability to perform utility systems repairer operator duties, specifically the ability to assist with operation and maintenance of high pressure central plant steam boiler and large capacity air condition compressors/chiller without more than normal supervision. (Screen Out)

All applicants will be rated on the following Job Elements:

  • Ability to perform USRO duties without more than normal supervision (Screen Out)

  • Knowledge of equipment, assembly, installation., testing, repair

  • Ability to interpret instructions, specifications, drawings and blueprints.

  • Technical practices (Theoretical, precise, artistic)

Applicants must meet the screen out element and score at least fifty (50%) or higher in each element category.

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.

Qualification requirements in the vacancy announcement are based on the U.S. Office of Personnel Management (OPM) Qualification Standards Handbook, which contains Federal qualification standards. This handbook is available on the OPM website located at http:///

Applicants must meet requirements by the closing date of this announcement. Your resume must be complete (i.e., include dates of experience, salary, work schedule, etc.), detailed and relevant to the position.

Additional information

A one year probationary period may be required.

Males born after December 31, 1959 must certify that they have registered for the Selective Service System or are exempt from having to do so under Selective Service Law

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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 and cover letter to determine if you meet the minimum qualification requirements for the position. If you meet the qualification requirements stated in the vacancy announcement, we will then compare your resume and supporting documentation to your responses to the job questionnaire (which will be scored) and refer your application based upon how you applied (below).

Applying under a Special Appointing Authority (i.e., VRA, Peace Corps, Schedule A): if you meet the minimum qualifications stated in the vacancy announcement, you will be forwarded to the selecting official for consideration and may be contacted for an interview. If two or more VRA candidates apply and one or more is a preference eligible, Veterans' preference will be applied. More information regarding eligibility requirements for special hiring authorities can be found at: Veterans Hiring Authorities, Schedule A

Applying as a Merit Candidates: Your responses to the job questionnaire, along with applicant assessment scores derived from a panel , will serve as the basis for identifying best qualified candidates. Best qualified Merit and Veterans Employment Opportunity Act (VEOA) eligibles (i.e., candidates in the GOLD category) will be forwarded for consideration to the selecting official and may be contacted for an interview. Non-competitive consideration will be given to those Merit candidates that have held a position with the same promotion potential as the position advertised. Documentation (in the form of an SF-50) is required to show proof of promotion potential or highest grade held.

Applying as an Agency Based candidate (i.e., outside the Federal government): Your responses to the job questionnaire, along with applicant assessment scores derived from a panel , will serve as the basis for your rating in one of three pre-defined categories "GOLD," "SILVER," and "BRONZE". Within these categories, applicants eligible for veteran's preference will receive selection priority over non-veterans. More information about the three categories can be found at: Category Rating

Applying as a Career Transition Assistance Program (CTAP) or Interagency Career Transition Assistance Program (ICTAP) candidate: Your responses to the job questionnaire, along with applicant assessment scores derived from a panel , will serve as the basis for identifying well-qualified candidates. To be considered well-qualified and exercise selection priority as a CTAP or ICTAP candidate for this vacancy, displaced Federal employees must submit all requirement documents, satisfy all qualification requirements for the position, and receive a rating of 85 points or higher. Information regarding CTAP and ICTAP appointments and eligibility can be found at - CTAP/ICTAP

Your responses to the job questionnaire are subject to evaluation and verification. Later steps in the selection process are specifically designed to verify your responses. Deliberate attempts to falsify information will be grounds for disqualifying you or for dismissing you from employment following acceptance. Please review your responses before submitting your application to ensure the responses are accurate. To preview questions please click here.

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Background checks and security clearance
Security clearance

Q - Nonsensitive

  • Required Documents


Required Documents

The documents you are required to submit vary based on how you’re applying (i.e., as a veteran or disabled veteran, current or former Federal employee, etc.). Please review the information on the following link to determine if there are any documents you need to provide - REQUIRED DOCUMENTS

How do I submit my documents: You may submit required and/or supplemental documents through any ONE of the following methods: 1. Upload your file(s); 2. Download from your USAJOBS account; 3. Fax using the on-line fax cover sheet;

All required supporting documentation mentioned in this vacancy announcement, and all vacancy applications submitted electronically or via fax must be submitted and received by 11:59 pm ET on the closing date of this announcement. You 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.

  • 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.

  • Benefits for federal employees
  • Healthcare insurance
  • Pay and leave

NIST offers a comprehensive benefits package that includes, in part, paid vacation, sick leave, holidays, life insurance, health benefits, and participation in the Federal Employee Retirement System. NIST also offers a broad array of work-life flexibilities and services to employees such as flexible work schedules, teleworking transit subsidies, on-site child care, fitness center, credit union, employee assistance programs, and free parking. Learn more about NIST's work life programs by visiting!benefits.hms?orgId=14&jnum;=112556

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.

  • How to Apply


How to Apply

To begin the process, click the Apply Online button to create an account or log in to your existing USAJOBS account. Follow the prompts to complete the occupational questionnaire. Please ensure you click the Submit My Answers button at the end of the process. Please allow adequate time to complete your application.

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

  • Complete Resume;

  • Complete Assessment Questionnaire; AND

  • Other supporting documentation, as required.

Please see the "REQUIRED DOCUMENTS" section to determine if there are other documents that you are required to submit.

Your complete application (resume, assessment questionnaire, and all supporting documents) must be sent electronically by 11:59 p.m. ET on the closing date of the announcement to receive consideration.

Applicants are strongly encouraged to apply online to receive full consideration, however you may also send a complete package by mail.

You may mail your application package (please contact the Agency Contact identified for this vacancy). Your complete application package MUST be received by the closing date of this announcement. Please allow enough time for United States Postal Service delivery.

PERIOD OF ELIGIBILITY: Applications will remain eligible for the announcement for 90 calendar days. Prior to the 90-day expiration period, applicants will receive an e-mail instructing them how to extend their application for the announcement another 90 calendar days. Applicants that do not extend their application on or before the expiration date will be removed from consideration for the announcement. Exception: The following applicants are entitled to be restored after being removed from consideration:

  • A preference eligible who resigned without delinquency or misconduct from a career or career-conditional position provided he/she applies within 90 days after separation; and/or

  • An employee separated (voluntarily or involuntarily) during probation without delinquency or misconduct. Applicants eligible for restoration (as described above) must call the HR point of contact on this announcement and be prepared to provide documentation to support restoration eligibility.

Problems Completing Your Application If you have problems completing your on-line application, including problems submitting your supporting documents, please contact the Help Desk by email at The help desk is available Monday - Friday, 7:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. ET.

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Agency contact information
Audrey Zimmerman






NATIONAL INSTITUTE OF STANDARDS AND TECHNOLOGY 100 Bureau Drive Stop 1720 Gaithersburg, Maryland United States

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Next steps

This is an open continuous announcement. Qualified applicants may be referred as early as 7/24/17. All subsequent cut-offs will be done approximately every 30 days until vacancies are filled. Your application package will be reviewed to determine if you meet the minimum qualification requirements. Best qualified candidates will be forwarded for consideration and may be interviewed. We expect to make a final job offer within 45 days from the closing date of the announcement.

You will be notified of your application status through USAJOBS at four points (point of application and qualifications, eligibility, and selection determinations) during the hiring process, as applicable. Stay informed of changes to your application status by signing into your account at and clicking on application status located under the "My Account" tab.

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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.

  • Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO) office at OPM
  • Office of Equal Opportunity

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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 and hiring process 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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Legal and regulatory guidance
  • Financial suitability
  • Social security number request
  • Privacy Act
  • Signature and false statements
  • Selective Service
  • New employee probationary period

This job originated on For the full announcement and to apply, visit Only resumes submitted according to the instructions on the job announcement listed at will be considered.

Open & closing dates: 07/17/2017 to 01/25/2018

Salary: $24.24 to $28.18 per hour

Pay scale & grade: WG 08

Work schedule: Full-Time - Career or Career Conditional appointment

Appointment type: Permanent - Full-time - Permanent