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Hiring Organization Michael E. DeBakey VA Medical Center
Post Name Pipefitter
Industry Government
Employment Type Full Time
Location Houston, Texas, United States 77030


Duties include, but may not be limited to the following:

  • Installing and operating high- and low-pressure piping systems, plumbing systems, and related equipment (such as steam heating, steam generators, vacuum systems, radiators, and circulating pumps).
  • Installing plumbing fixtures such as sinks, water closets, drinking fountains, hot water storage tanks, and hot water-producing equipment such as dishwashers and laundry equipment.
  • Aligning pipes, valves, fittings, and joints for an accurate match.
  • Installing valves, traps, and unions is needed for proper system operation.
  • Installing and operating relief valves, check valves, pressure regulators, expansion joints, and other pressure-supporting and controlling devices to control pressure, flow, and circulation.
  • Figuring pressures and fixtures units within a system and ensuring that piping, valves, fittings and equipment are proper for the work.
  • Installing the proper braces and supports to control movement and vibration while allowing for expansion and contraction.
  • Interpreting and applying building plans and blueprints to use shop mathematics to lay out angles, arcs, and circles.
  • Performing work assigned orally and through written or electronic work orders based on building plans and blueprints.
  • Determining the proper placement and elevation to install steam generators, vacuum and condensate pumps, and radiators.
  • Planning and laying out the installation, modification, and repair of new and existing piping systems, plumbing systems, and equipment.
  • Laying out and installing piping, risers, and flexible branches at the proper level and incline.
  • Planning and laying out the needed routing, placement, pitch, incline, and elevation of systems and equipment.
  • Using welding, brazing, and other tools to lead joints of cast iron pipes and solder copper tubing.
  • Using hand tools common to the pipefitting trade, including wrenches, sliding squares, measuring tapes, dividers, chalk lines, plumb bobs, and templates.
  • Using power tools common to the pipefitting trade, such as drills, grinders, pipe threaders, and cutters.
  • Testing systems and equipment for proper circulation, flow, pressure, leak-free joints, and proper drainage.
  • Diagnosing plumbing system malfunctions by isolating the problem, checking through the system, and making appropriate repairs or modifications.
  • Using resources, such as cameras and other tools, to find the root cause of a problem or system failure, correct the failure and prevent future re-occurrences.
  • Tracing and troubleshooting pipelines, systems, and equipment to locate and repair leaks and trouble spots.

Physical Requirements: Incumbent must have normal or corrected to normal hearing and vision without any color blindness. Occasional strenuous physical demands are present in certain functions. Normal duties require considerable walking, stair climbing, ladder climbing, standing, stooping, bending, stretching, pushing, pulling, kneeling, working off high ladders and scaffolds, and wearing respirators. Heavy lifting no greater than 70 lbs. and strenuous exertion are also occasionally necessary.


Conditions of Employment

  • You must be a U.S. citizen to apply for this job
  • Subject to a background/suitability investigation
  • May serve a probationary period
  • Selective Service Registration is required for males
  • A complete application package; Resume, Transcripts, etc.
  • 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 (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.

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 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. 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


  • Equipment Assembly, Installation, Repair
  • Interpret Instructions, Specifications (includes blueprint reading)
  • Measurement and Layout
  • Technical Practices
  • Troubleshooting
  • 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; 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

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

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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