Motor Vehicle Operator

Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration | Pittsburgh, PA

Posted Date 11/08/2019
Description Work Schedule: Full-time. All shifts are Monday through Friday. The selectee may be placed in any of the following tours:
(5:00 am -1:30 pm); (6:00 am-2:30 pm); (7:00 am-3:30 pm); (8:00 am-4:30 pm); (9:00 am-5:30 pm); (10:30 am - 7:00 pm)
Compressed/Flexible Schedule: Not available Position Description Title/PD#: 00331-A Relocation/Recruitment Incentives: Not authorized Duty Location: H.J. Heinz; however, incumbent may be tasked to support both campuses. This is a Bargaining Unit position.
Operate gasoline or diesel-powered vehicles which typically have an approximate gross vehicle weight up to 26,000 pounds. Types of vehicles include passenger vans, cargo vans, and ambulance mobile units. Included are special purpose vehicles equipped with a power takeoff and levers, buttons, pedals, etc., to control auxiliary equipment, such as buses with capacity of less than 20 passengers under a gross weight of 26,000 pounds. May operate passenger ambulance buses. Perform operator maintenance on all vehicles operated (e.g. monitoring fluid levels, replacing air filters and interior lights, checking tire pressure and hose connections, safety belts and washing the vehicle). Drive station vehicles such as pick-up trucks, sedans and/or station wagons, as assigned, to accomplish the necessary workload. Operates equipment utilized in patient transportation including, but not limited to: wheelchairs, stretchers/gurneys, stair chairs, vehicle lifts, etc. Utilize appropriate safety devices for all patient trips. Examples include seat belts, safety straps, and all other necessary restraints. Picks up patients at a VAPHS campus, their homes, contract nursing home, community-based outpatient clinic (CBOC), etc., and transports and delivers to their destinations. Incumbent may also transport patients' personal belongings, oxygen tank, wheelchair, and medications. Recognizes when a patient and care takers/escorts are in distress or unresponsive. Initiates emergency calls to 911 for medical emergencies for patients and care takers/escorts during transportation. Interpret all road signs and markers. Follows policy and procedures for usage of fleet charge cards. Compliance with all traffic and safety regulations to avoid injury and discomfort to patients. Perform general labor duties related to securing, loading and unloading patients in wheelchairs, wheeled gurneys, stretchers, assist ambulatory patients as well as cargo as directed.
Performs other related duties as assigned.
To qualify for this position, applicants must meet all requirements by the closing date of this announcement, 12/02/2019.

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.

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 (Ability to do the job without more than normal supervision). 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 eligible candidates are then rated against the remainder of the Job Elements:

- Ability to do the job without more than normal supervision
- Customer Service
- Drive Safely
- Motor Vehicles
- Vehicle Operations

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.

Driver's License: Applicants must possess a current, valid driver's license from any state. (Subject to verification, see required documents section).

State Driving record: Applicants are required to possess a proven track record of safe driving and will be subject to a Pennsylvania Department of Transportation driver's record check prior to any offer of employment. Negative factors include; moving violations, citations for at fault accidents and driver license suspensions.

Physical Requirements/Working Conditions: Moderate physical effort is used in reaching, bending, turning, or moving hands, arms, feet and legs to simultaneously operate hand and foot controls, and in normal driving because of the vehicle or equipment involved. Physical effort is required in the frequent handling of patients including those in wheelchairs or on stretchers May occasionally handle objects weighing over 50 pounds. Physical effort may be required to change tires and make limited emergency repairs while on assigned trips. Lift and handle heavy equipment and exert heavy physical effort lifting, pushing and pulling when transporting patients via wheelchair and stretcher. Full use of arms and legs to safely operate mechanical equipment. Simultaneously manipulate equipment controls for tasks requiring body coordination. Exposed to congested traffic conditions, unsafe roads conditions due to ice, snow and rain, fumes and dust. Incumbent may also be in contact with diseases from patients.

Work Conditions: Works mostly outside and operates vehicles in all kinds of weather (sunshine, rain, sleet, snow, etc.) in a controlled traffic environment throughout a government installation or establishment and on public roadways. Operate vehicles in all types of traffic and weather on public roads and is exposed to the danger of serious accidents. Will drive in heavy traffic and at highway speeds over complicated road and interchange systems. May be exposed to dirt and fumes, and to the possibility of cuts, bruises, and broken bones as a result of accidents while driving. Required to use protective personal equipment when transporting patients with communicable diseases. Subject to bodily injury when patients require physical adjustment and are non-compliant with verbal directions from MVO.

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