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Maintenance Mechanic

Job Details

Hiring Organization US Veterans Administration
Post Name Maintenance Mechanic
Qualification 12th Pass
Industry Government
Employment Type Full Time
Work Hours 8 Hours
Salary USD 29 To USD 35 Per Hour
Location Chicago, Illinois, United States 60612


Located at Jesse Brown VA Medical Center, Chicago, IL aligned under the Engineering Service’s Environment of Care Section. The primary function of the Maintenance Mechanic is to accomplish improvements to the physical plant, building structures, and exterior sites.

And/or utility systems through a variety of construction projects involving all types of construction trades organized into work groups, or crews, of varying make-up, based on the specific needs of each assigned construction project.


The incumbent serves as the Maintenance Mechanic and reports directly to the environment of the Care Section (EOC) Maintenance Mechanic Supervisor and performs the duties of the position with significant independence.

Painting- The painting/coating work in this position is accomplished by any of the accepted methods of the trade by applying coating materials and techniques that achieve the required effect.

The painter determines the methods, techniques, devices, and materials that are best suited to the surface finish required. Prepares surfaces by methods such as smoothing, filling, shaping, and leveling with metal and synthetic resins, and mixing and applying precoating agents.

Plastering- Plasterer work at this grade involves the mixing, application, and finishing of plaster surfaces in the construction and repair of interior walls and ceilings, and stucco exterior walls.

The incumbent performs new plastering on all types of backgrounds such as metal, wood, gypsum wallboard, wire & wood lath, and masonry surfaces, as well as repair and patching of plaster and stucco surfaces. He/she works from oral instructions, blueprints, work orders, and rough sketches.

Carpentry- The primary carpentry duties and responsibilities associated with this position require skilled techniques to construct, install, and repair, wood and metal construction, wood substitute structures, and items requiring close tolerance fit and structural soundness.

Constructs and repairs a wide variety of structural items such as building frames, rafters, concrete forms, walls, staircases, door and window frames, interior and exterior trim, and miscellaneous items such as workbenches, countertops, bookcases, equipment cabinets, computer consoles, and items requiring limited decorative trim and molding.

Air Conditioning/Refrigeration – Maintains, troubleshoots, repairs, installs, balances, and replaces commercial heating, ventilation, and air conditioning (HVAC) systems, refrigeration systems, ventilation systems, dehumidification, cleaning filtering and recirculating systems, and control systems.

Replaces filters, cleans ducts, cleans condensers, and assorted preventive maintenance and other duties typical to the HVAC trade. The incumbent must have EPA Universal Certification.

Steam/Plumbing – Installs, maintains and repairs steam distribution system pipe, fittings, and pumps. Pressure-reducing stations, valves, and fittings. Installs maintain and repairs steam heating systems and components such as radiators, air valves, safety valves, steam traps, vacuum pumps, condensate pumps, heat exchangers, steam coils, system piping components, etc.

Installs, repairs and maintains various steam utilizing equipment (dishwashers, laundry equipment, dietetics cooking, bed pan sterilizers, humidifiers, etc.) Installs maintain, and repairs new and existing utility systems (sewerage, storm drain, on and gas distribution systems, sprinkler.

And fire extinguishing systems, residential gas/oil-fired heating systems, medical air-oxygen and vacuum systems) and building service equipment (assorted plumbing fixtures, water closets, tubs, showers, sinks, commercial grade dietetics equipment).

Electrical – Troubleshoots repair and replaces switches, fuses, outlets, motors, light fixtures, building service equipment, streetlights, operational controls, and wiring systems (up to 480-volt single and three-phase systems). Assists in installation/renovation projects and equipment installation of replacement projects. The incumbent completes other duties as assigned.

Physical Requirements:

Must be able to work above shoulder height up to 75% of the time. Painters frequently lift, carry, and set up materials and equipment that weigh up to 5 kilograms (10 pounds). Occasionally, they may handle materials and equipment that weigh 18 kilograms (40 pounds) and over.

Plastering in this position requires continual standing, walking, climbing, bending, stooping, and occasional heavy lifting of up to 45 kilograms (100 pounds) while carrying mortar, scaffolds, ladders, and other materials.

Working Conditions: 

All employees are required to use all the necessary Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) to ensure work is completed safely and in compliance with all OSHA and VA laws, regulations, and requirements. PPE includes but is not limited to: Work confidently and frequently from ladders, scaffolds, and aerial lifts in all types of weather.

Work in spaces under construction with no climate control, poor ventilation, and temperature extremes both hot & cold, inside, and out in different types of weather. He/she will also work in mechanical rooms, crawl spaces, and attics where awkward positions.


Conditions of Employment

  • You must be a U.S. citizen to apply for this job
  • Subject to a background/suitability investigation
  • Designated and/or random drug testing may be required
  • May serve a probationary period
  • Selective Service Registration is required for males born after 12/31/1959
  • A complete application package; Resume, Transcripts, etc.
  • Selected applicants will be required to complete an online onboarding process


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


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 that 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. 


Your qualifications will first be evaluated against the prescribed screen-out element, which usually appears as question 1 in the online 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:
  • Interpret Instructions, Specifications (includes blueprint reading)
  • Materials
  • Use and Maintain Tools and Equipment
  • Work as a Member of the Team
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.

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.


This job does not have an education qualification requirement.

Additional information

COVID-19 Pandemic Expanded Telework Program – Due to COVID-19, VA is currently in an expanded telework posture. If selected, you may be expected to temporarily telework, even if your home is located outside the local commuting area.

Once employees are permitted to return to the office, you will be expected to report to the duty station listed on this announcement. Management officials will provide information about returning to the official, pre-pandemic worksite, when applicable.

At that time, you may be eligible to request to continue telework depending upon the terms of your organization’s telework policy and the duties of the position. The following will be communicated to applicants for VA employment in a testing designated position and will also be included in all VA vacancy announcements for such positions:

All applicants tentatively selected for VA employment in a testing designated position are subject to urinalysis to screen for illegal drug use prior to the appointment. Applicants who refuse to be tested will be denied employment with VA.

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. 

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 employees 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.

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