Veteran Health Administration CARPENTER in San Antonio, Texas

Announcement Number: VHA-16-JM-1797359-BU

Department: Department Of Veterans Affairs

Agency: Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration

Position Info: Full Time

Location(s): San Antonio, TX

Open Period: 2016-09-30 to 2016-10-14

OverviewWho May Apply

Status Candidates (Merit Promotion and VEOA Eligibles)

Appointment Duration


Job Status

Full Time

Agency Marketing Statement

Vacancy Identification Number (VIN): 1797359

OUR MISSION: To fulfill President Lincoln's promise – "To care for him who shall have borne the battle, and for his widow, and his orphan" – by serving and honoring the men and women who are America's Veterans. How would you like to become a part of a team providing compassionate care to Veterans?

As a VA professional, your opportunities are endless. Not only is it the largest, most technologically advanced integrated health care system in the Nation, but we also provide many other services to Veterans through the Benefits Administration and National Cemeteries. VA professionals feel good about their careers and their ability to balance work and home life. VA offers generous paid time off and a variety of predictable and flexible scheduling opportunities. For more information on the Department of Veterans Affairs, go to

Job Summary


The South Texas Veterans Health Care System (STVHCS) is comprised of two inpatient campuses: the Audie L. Murphy Memorial VA Hospital in San Antonio and the Kerrville VA Hospital in Kerrville, Texas. The STVHCS serves one of the largest primary service areas in the nation, with 63 counties, and is part of the VA Heart of Texas Veterans Integrated Service Network (VISN 17), with offices located in Arlington, Texas. Providing a service to Veterans with a working staff of more than 3,100 employees, South Texas provides health care services for 93,000 Veterans. The STVHCS is a facility providing primary, secondary and tertiary health care in medicine, surgery, psychiatry, and rehabilitation medicine. It also supports a 90 bed Extended Care Therapy Center, a 30-bed Spinal Cord Injury Center, an eight-bed Bone Marrow Transplant Unit, and a Geriatric Research, Education and Clinical Center. Affiliated with the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio, the system has an active ambulatory care program with numerous satellite outpatient clinics.

VA encourages persons with disabilities to apply. The health related positions in VA are covered by Title 38, and are not covered by the Schedule A excepted appointment authority.

Special Employment Consideration: VA encourages persons with disabilities to apply, including those eligible for hiring under 5 CFR 213.3102(u), Schedule A, Appointment of persons with disabilities [i.e., intellectual disabilities, severe physical disabilities, or psychiatric disabilities], and/or Disabled veterans with a compensable service-connected disability of 30% or more. Contact the Agency Contact on the last page of the JOA for information on how to apply under this appointment authority via the Selective Placement Coordinator.

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

Key Requirements

  • 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.

  • Selective Service Registration is required for males born after 12/31/1959.

  • DutiesMajor Duties

·As a journey carpenter erects from drawings or general/vague instruction erects construction barriers, remodels offices, and removes and/or erects new walls (wood, metal, concrete masonry, plaster, etc) and structures that require specific tolerances and structural soundness like stairs, ramps, rafters, window frames, etc.

·Cuts out door frames from current walls.Installs drywall, door jambs, and door hardware to precise specifications. Lowers and levels ceiling tiles and supporting metal grid.

·Removes existing floor coverings and installs the specified new floor covering and cove base materials. Removes, handles, controls abatement, encapsulation and/or disposal of asbestos-containing building materials (ACM).

·Cuts tile to accommodate irregular angles and measurements. Lays appropriate floor covering including carpet as well as ceramic tile, vinyl tile, vinyl planks, etc.

·Reviews all work in-progress and upon completion to ensure: structural integrity, that trade standards are met, and compliance with required measurements.

·Determines type and quantity of materials required for various remodeling and construction project.

·Utilizes blue prints and written and verbal instructions to calculate the amount of material needed to complete an assignment.

·Utilizes shop mathematics to determine required arc and circle measurements for more complex projects.

·Advises based on judgment and knowledge of carpentry trade, for appropriate wall, ceiling, and floor layouts for installation of new offices or modification of existing office dimensions.

·Sets up and dismantles scaffolding and ladders as needed to accomplish assigned work. Maintenance mechanic duties such as installing items on wall using appropriate anchors and screws; items include bulletin boards, glove boxes, sharps containers, paper towel and tissue dispensers, soap and lotion dispensers and framed items such as pictures and plaques. Items can be of significant weight and/or precise dimensions.

·Fabricates and installs/hangs counter tops, wall shelving, and cabinets, ensuring that the shelving, cabinets, and wall can safely support the anticipated loads.

Work Schedule:8:00 am to 4:30 pmMonday-Friday

Position Description Title/PD#: CARPENTER 671-3647A

Qualifications And EvaluationQualifications

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 Qualification Standard Handbook X-118C ( ).

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.

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 questions. The screen-out element for this position is Ability to do the job of a journeyman carpenter without more than normal supervision.

JOB ELEMENTS: Those who meet the minimum level of experience and training for the screen-out element will then be evaluated in each of the following job elements:






PHYSICAL EFFORT/REQUIREMENTS: In accordance with HRML No. 05-12-02, Employment of People with Disabilities, Including Under Schedule A, 5 CFR 213.3102(u).] The position requires performance of work which involves working from ladders, scaffolding, platforms, motorized high-lift, etc. as well as other hard to reach places. Incumbent stands, stoops, bends, kneels, crawls, climbs and works in tiring and uncomfortable positions for extended periods of time. Frequently lifts and carries tools, parts, equipment, and material that weigh up to 20 pounds. Occasionally lifts or moves heavy object weighing more than 40 pounds. Incumbent is required to move, with assistance when necessary, furniture, furnishings and other objects to accomplish work.

WORKING CONDITIONS: Carpentry work is performed both indoors and outside. Incumbent will be exposed to hot and cold outside temperatures. Interior work is usually in buildings, adequately heated, lighted and ventilated. Incumbent will continuously handle objects weighing less than 50 pounds and occasionally over 50 pounds. Intermittently works in awkward and cramped positions, particularly while on ladders or in the interstitial space. Noise from hammers, saws and other power shop tools is frequent. There is dust, and sometimes dirt, when repairing structures and operating power saws. Injuries may occur in lifting heavy pieces of lumber or equipment. There is a risk of cuts and bruises in using hand tools and equipment. The incumbent also runs the risk of losing an appendage when operating power tools and in falling from ladders and scaffolds.



Your résumé and/or supporting documentation will be verified. Please follow all instructions carefully. Errors or omissions may affect your rating or consideration for employment.

How To Apply InformationHow To Apply

All applicants are encouraged to apply online.

To apply for this position, you must complete the View Occupational QuestionnaireView Occupational Questionnaire and submit the documentation specified in the Required Documents section below.

The complete application package must be submitted by 11:59 PM (EST) on Friday, October 14, 2016 to receive consideration.

  1. To begin, click Apply Online to create a USAJOBS account or log in to your existing account. Follow the prompts to select your USAJOBS 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 USAJOBS account,, select the Application Status link and then select the more information link for this position. The Details 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 USAJOBS account and click Update Application in the vacancy announcement. You must re-select your resume and/or other documents from your USAJOBS account or your application will be incomplete.

Required Documents

All applicants are required to submit the following supporting document type(s): ·Resume

Applicants may also submit the following supporting document type(s),which may not be required for all applicants:

·Other (Asbestos Removal Certification Perferred )

Please use this checklist to ensure you have included other documents required for your application, such as a copy of your transcript (if using education to qualify), documentation to support Veterans Preference claims, or ICTAP/CTAP documentation (for displaced Federal employees). You will not be contacted for additional information.

Veterans' Preference: When applying for Federal Jobs, eligible Veterans should claim preference for 5pt (TP), or 10pt (CP/CPS, XPP, XP), or for Sole Survivor Preference (SSP), on the Occupational Questionnaire in the section(s) provided. A legible copy of your DD214(s) indicating character of service, disability certification, SF-15 (if claiming 10 pt. preference) or if you are currently serving on active duty and expected to be released or discharged within 120 days; documentation related to your active duty service which reflects the dates of service, character of service (honorable, general, etc.), or dates of impending separation. Documentation is required for eligibility verification.

Faxing Applications or Supporting Documents: You are encouraged to apply online. Applying online will allow you to review and track the status of your application. If you are unable to apply online or unable to upload your supporting documents to your online application, follow the directions located at the following site: Fax Options. The Vacancy ID of the job opportunity announcement is 1797359.

NOTE: If you applied online and your application is complete, do not fax the paper application (1203-FX) as this will overwrite your prior online responses and may result in you being found ineligible.

What To Expect Next

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. During our review, if your résumé and application package do not support your questionnaire answers, we will adjust your rating accordingly. After the review is complete, a referral certificate(s) is issued and applicants will be notified of their status by email (if provided); otherwise, applicants will receive a notification letter via the U.S. Postal Service. 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 also check the status of your application at any time by logging onto your USAJobs account and clicking on "Application Status." For a more detailed update of your status, click on "more information."Information regarding applicant notification points can be found in the USAJobs Resource Center.

Benefits And Other InformationBenefits

VA offers a comprehensive benefits package. This link provides an overview of the benefits currently offered:

Other Information

The Interagency Career Transition Assistance Plan (ICTAP) and Career Transition Assistance Plan CTAP) provide eligible displaced Federal competitive service employees with selection priority over other candidates for competitive service vacancies. To be qualified you must submit appropriate documentation and be found well-qualified (have a final rating of 85 or more before any Veterans preference points) for this vacancy. Information about ICTAP and CTAP eligibility is on OPM's Career Transition Resources website.

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 active duty uniformed military service. This credited service can be used in determining the rate at which they earn annual leave.

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

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