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Maintenance Mechanic

U.S. Department of Veteran Affairs

U.S. Department of Veteran Affairs

Software Engineering
Posted on Tuesday, July 2, 2024


This is a Maintenance Mechanic position WG-4749-10 in our Maintenance & Operations Section, Facility Management Service at the Ann Arbor VAMC. The incumbent is responsible for installation, maintenance, troubleshooting, and repair of a wide variety of kitchen, refrigeration, cleaning, patient related equipment, and other equipment used throughout the facility and our off-site locations.

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  • Accepting applications
  • Open & closing dates

    07/01/2024 to 07/09/2024

  • Salary

    $35.68 - $41.62 per hour

  • Pay scale & grade

    WG 10

  • Help


    1 vacancy in the following location:

  • Remote job


  • Telework eligible


  • Travel Required

    25% or less - You may be expected to travel for this position.

  • Relocation expenses reimbursed


  • Appointment type


  • Work schedule


  • Service


  • Promotion potential


  • Job family (Series)

    4749 Maintenance Mechanic

  • Supervisory status


  • Security clearance


  • Drug test


  • Position sensitivity and risk

    Non-sensitive (NS)/Low Risk

  • Trust determination process



  • Announcement number


  • Control number



This job is open to

Clarification from the agency

Only current permanent employees at the Charles S. Kettles VA Medical Center, Ann Arbor, Michigan may apply.




Major Duties and Responsibilities:

Repair, Install, and Maintenance

  • Incumbent can troubleshoot, repair, install, and maintain a variety of complex items of equipment related to but not limited to kitchen, cleaning, and patient equipment.
  • Troubleshoots equipment such as but not limited to:
  • Kitchen Equipment: dishwashing machines, food waste disposals, food preparation and serving equipment, ovens, microwaves, fryers, kettles, and grills.
  • Patient Equipment: beds, pumps, exam chairs, regulators, heat lamps, wheelchairs, skytrons, otoscopes, and exam tables.
  • Refrigeration Equipment: refrigerators, freezers, coolers, and ice machines.
  • EMS Equipment: floor scrubbers, polishers, vacuums, steamers, washers, and dryers.
  • Misc. Equipment: Dock lifts, postal scales, golf carts, man-lifts, and hydraulic repairs.
  • Electronics & Electrical Troubleshooting: circuit boards and control software and makes the necessary changes and adjustments. Also works with electricity from 5VDC up through 3 Phase 480VAC, as well as Live Power Troubleshooting on many of the pieces of Equipment including 3 phase 208VAC and 480VAC.
Electrical Equipment Repair - 45%

Interpret instruction both orally and in writing to perform the assigned task at hand with little or no supervision. Demonstrates the ability to perform duties at a journeyman level. Knowledge of electrical codes, regulations, and theory to perform tasks in a safe manner and in accordance to established standards. Installs, modifies, overhauls, maintains, troubleshoots and repairs building, components, and equipment that are intricate complexity. Determine components causing malfunctions or invalid readings. Interprets and applies technical information from manufacturers' specifications, schematics, block diagrams and technical orders. Determine operation of the circuits. Connect I Dis-connect temporary electrical power services. Locate the points from which to take readings. Complete duties for this section found in VAMC Ann Arbor, MI PD # 93828-0.

Hydraulic Systems Repair - 25%

Demonstrates the ability to interpret schematics and diagrams to perform the tasks assigned with little or no supervision. Has the ability to diagnose and repair hydraulic pumps, cylinders, & motors. Is also able to assemble hydraulic pumps, cylinders, & motors. Performs tasks at a journeyman level. Uses test equipment and measuring devices such as bench test sets, micrometers, torque gauges, multimeters, gauge blocks, and calipers to inspect, disassemble, repair, and test parts and subassemblies of hydraulic, mechanical, and pneumatic assemblies and components. They determine whether to rework or replace parts that exceed allowable wear thresholds based on visual detection of unusual wear patterns or measurements of disassembled parts compared to directly applicable go-no-go specifications. Complete duties for this section found in VAMC Ann Arbor, MI PD # 93828-0.
Plumbing Repair - 20%

The incumbent demonstrates the ability to work at a journeyman level. The work involves installing, modifying, maintaining, repairing, troubleshooting, and testing of new and existing water and drain piping, low pressure steam line, including steam traps, radiators, and strainers. Shall modify, repair, and troubleshoot utility systems, supply, and disposal systems, including equipment such as dish machines, garbage disposals, grinders, kettles, sinks, water softeners, and any other equipment involved in sewage, water, oil, and gas distribution systems. Performs preventive maintenance work as necessary to keep building piping systems in good repair.

Fabricating - 10%

Demonstrates the ability to work at a journeyman level with little to know supervision. The incumbent can fabricate tools and parts needed to make the necessary repairs to the facilities equipment. The work requires the ability to use lapping machines, drill presses, grinders, demagnetizers, and other power and hand tools to remove imperfections such as scratches and rough edges; and to assemble parts into assemblies and components by shimming, honing, lapping, or selective fitting from groups of like parts.

Work Schedule: Monday thru Friday 7AM to 3:30PM
Position Description Title/PD#: Maintenance Mechanic/PD93828A
Critical Skills Incentive (CSI): Not Approved
Relocation/Recruitment Incentives: Not authorized


Conditions of Employment

  • You must be a U.S. Citizen to apply for this job.
  • Selective Service Registration is required for males born after 12/31/1959
  • You may be required to serve a probationary period
  • Subject to background/security investigation
  • Pre-employment physical required
  • Selected applicants will be required to complete an online onboarding process
  • Participation in the seasonal influenza vaccination program is a requirement for all Department of Veterans Affairs Health Care Personnel (HCP)
  • Participation in the Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) vaccination program is a requirement for all Veterans Health Administration Health Care Personnel (HCP) - See "Additional Information" below for details.


To qualify for this position, applicants must meet all requirements by the closing date of this announcement, 07/09/2024.

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, Repair
  • Materials
  • Measuring Instruments
  • Technical Practices
  • Use and Maintain Tools and Equipment
  • 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:

Physical Effort:
Frequently handles objects weighing 50lbs. and occasionally carries objects weighing 50lbs. and over for considerable distances. Pushes, pulls, reaches, walks, stands, crawls, kneels, bends, and works in cramped positions over and under machinery of all types for prolonged periods of time.

Working Conditions: Usually performs work inside areas that are adequately lighted, ventilated, and heated. Floor and deck surfaces are sometimes uneven, oily, and slippery. Frequent exposure to moving objects and sharp edges with the possibility of cuts and bruises, and to noise and vibration from machines. Occasionally climbs and works from ladders and staging, possibility of serious injury from slipping and falling. Dirt, grease, and dampness are frequently encountered. Various protective devices such as hard hats, gloves, safety shoes, and glasses are used.


No education requirement for this position.

Additional information

During the application process you may have an option to opt-in to make your resume available to hiring managers in the agency who have similar positions. Opting in does not impact your application for this announcement, nor does it guarantee further consideration for additional positions.

This job opportunity announcement may be used to fill additional vacancies.

Pursuant to VHA Directive 1193.01, VHA health care personnel (HCP) are required to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 subject to such accommodations as required by law (i.e., medical, religious or pregnancy). VHA HCPs do not include remote workers who only infrequently enter VHA locations. If selected, you will be required to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 and submit documentation of proof of vaccination before your start date. The agency will provide additional information regarding what information or documentation will be needed and how you can request a legally required accommodation from this requirement using the reasonable accommodation process.

If you are unable to apply online or need an alternate method to submit documents, please reach out to the Agency Contact listed in this Job Opportunity Announcement.

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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.


Narrative responses are not required at this time. If you are referred for consideration, you may be asked to submit additional job related information, which may include, but not limited to; responses to the knowledge, skills and abilities; completion of a work sample, and/or contact for an interview. Your resume and/or supporting documentation will be verified. Please follow all instructions carefully. Errors or omissions may affect your rating or consideration for employment.

The Department of Veterans Affairs performs pre-employment reference checks as an assessment method used in the hiring process to verify information provided by a candidate (e.g., on resume or during interview or hiring process); gain additional knowledge regarding a candidate's abilities; and assist a hiring manager with making a final selection for a position.

For more information on the "Who may apply" eligibility requirements, please refer to the OHRM Status Candidates and Other Candidate Definitions document.

Placement Policy: The posting of this announcement does not obligate management to fill a vacancy or vacancies by promotion. The position may be filled by reassignment, change to lower grade, transfer, appointment, or reinstatement. Management may use any one or any combination of these methods to fill the position.

It is the policy of the VA to not deny employment to those that have faced financial hardships or periods of unemployment.

Financial disclosure not required.


Required Documents

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

  • Resume
  • SF-50/ Notification of Personnel Action

The following documents are accepted, and may be required if applicable to your eligibility and/or qualifications for this position. Please use this checklist to make sure you have included other documents required for your application, such as a copy of your transcript (if using education to qualify), SF-50's (current/former Federal employees), documentation to support Veterans Preference claims, or ICTAP/CTAP documentation (for displaced Federal employees). You will not be contacted for additional information.
  • Cover Letter
  • Resume
  • SF-50/ Notification of Personnel Action

Examples of appropriate SF-50's below:
  • Most recent SF-50 as a current Federal employee less than 1 year old is required for this position.
  • An SF-50 showing your time-in-grade eligibility must be submitted with your application materials. If the most recent SF-50 has an effective date within the past year, it may not clearly demonstrate you possess one-year time-in-grade, as required by the announcement. In this instance, you must provide an additional SF-50 that clearly demonstrates one-year time-in-grade.
  • Within grade increases at the highest grade held; or
  • Promotions with an effective date less than one year old; or
  • SF-50's at the highest grade held with an effective date less than one year old.

How to Apply

All applicants are encouraged to apply online. To apply for this position, you must complete the questionnaire and submit the documentation specified in the Required Documents section below. The complete application package must be submitted by 11:59 PM (ET) on 07/09/2024 to receive consideration. To preview the questionnaire click https://apply.usastaffing.gov/ViewQuestionnaire/12457406.

  1. To begin, click Apply Online to create a USA JOBS account or log in to your existing account. Follow the prompts to select your USA JOBS resume and/or other supporting documents and complete the occupational questionnaire.
  2. Click Submit My Answers to submit your application package.
NOTE: It is your responsibility to ensure your responses and appropriate documentation is submitted prior to the closing date.

To verify your application is complete, log into your USA JOBS account, https://my.usajobs.gov/Account/Login, select the Application Status link and then select the more information link for this position. The Application page will display the status of your application, the documentation received and processed, and any correspondence the agency has sent related to this application. Your uploaded documents may take several hours to clear the virus scan process. To return to an incomplete application, log into your USA JOBS account and click Update Application in the vacancy announcement. You must re-select your resume and/or other documents from your USA JOBS account or your application will be incomplete.
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Agency contact information

Robert Coman
Ann Arbor VA Medical Center
2215 Fuller Road
Ann Arbor, MI 48105
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Next steps

Once your online application is submitted you will receive a confirmation notification by email. After we receive application packages (including all required documents) and the vacancy announcement closes, we will review applications to ensure qualification and eligibility requirements are met. After the review is complete, a referral certificate(s) is issued and applicants will be notified of their status by email. Referred applicants will be notified as such and may be contacted directly by the hiring office for an interview. All referred applicants receive a final notification once a selection decision has been made.

You may check the status of your application at any time by logging into your USA Jobs account and clicking on Applications. Information regarding your application status can be found in the USAJobs Help Center.

NOTE: Participation in the seasonal influenza program is a condition of employment and a requirement for all Department of Veterans Affairs Health Care Personnel (HCP). It is a requirement that all HCP to receive annual seasonal influenza vaccination or obtain an exemption for medical or religious reasons. Wearing a face mask is required when an exemption to the influenza vaccination has been granted. HCP in violation of this directive may face disciplinary action up to and including removal from federal service. HCP are individuals who, during the influenza season, work in VHA locations or who come into contact with VA patients or other HCP as part of their duties. VHA locations include, but are not limited to, VA hospitals and associated clinics, community living centers (CLCs), community-based outpatient clinics (CBOCs), domiciliary units, Vet centers and VA-leased medical facilities. HCP include all VA licensed and unlicensed, clinical and administrative, remote and onsite, paid and without compensation, full- and part-time employees, intermittent employees, fee basis employees, VA contractors, researchers, volunteers and health professions trainees (HPTs) who are expected to perform any or all of their work at these facilities. HPTs may be paid or unpaid and include residents, interns, fellows and students. HCP also includes VHA personnel providing home-based care to Veterans and drivers and other personnel whose duties put them in contact with patients outside VA medical facilities.

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