Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration | Pittsburgh, PA

Posted Date 12/04/2019
Description This position is located in the Maintenance Repair Unit in the Facilities Management Service (FMS) Line. The primary purpose of this position is the installation and maintenance of a wide variety of mechanical and electronic security hardware. The position is responsible for the overall physical security and locking systems at the VA Pittsburgh Healthcare System (VAPHS).
Responsible for maintenance and repair of the total lock system at the VA Pittsburgh Healthcare System (VAPHS). Examples include master keying, pinning, re-keying, and changing mechanical locking devices, i.e. removable core, interchangeable core, key in knob, key in lever, cylindrical and mortise locks and dead bolts. Maintain master key records and generate master key systems for each type of locking encountered. Service and change combinations on safes and vaults. Maintain security and locks for narcotic storage and medication storage. Install and maintain window and door lock mechanisms. Inspect, repair and install all types and functions of locks throughout the medical center, including doors, decks, lockers, cabinets, hinges and sliding doors, padlocks, electric panel locks and safety locks, tubular cylindrical, combination, on emergency basis in as much as all locks must be in good repair in the medical center. Remove foreign objects from locks, such as; matches, chewing gum, etc. Must pick or otherwise defeat or bypass locks when keys are lost or lock in inoperable, skill in improvising and applying neutralization techniques that do not damage the locking devices and security containers or doors during lockout situations. Determine the application for installing and maintaining electronic locks and keying devices. Program electronic locks to function within the parameters of the application, using locks specific hardware and software. Works with manufacturers and software developers to ensure functionality of the electronic locks and keying devices. Troubleshoots and repairs electronic locks and keying devices using electronic test and repair equipment. Determine the application for install and maintain high security mechanical locking devices. Keep abreast of the latest developments in high security locks via training and their possible application to enhance security. Develop and maintain master key systems using the unique process associated with each type of high security lock, and originate working keys using high security, restricted and patented key control.

Work Schedule: Monday through Friday 7:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
Compressed/Flexible Schedule: Not available
Position Description Title/PD#: Locksmith / 00275-0
Relocation/Recruitment Incentives: Not authorized
Financial Disclosure Report: Not required

To qualify for this position, applicants must meet all requirements by the closing date of this announcement, 12/29/2019.

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 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 eligible candidates are then rated against the remainder of the Job Elements:
  • Ability to do the job without more than normal supervision
  • Equipment, Assembly, Installation & Repair
  • Materials
  • Technical Competency
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: Most of the work performed requires considerable standing, stooping, walking, kneeling, etc. When repairing and repining locks, eye-to-hand concentration is required and there is possibility of eye-strain because it is close work. Considerable physical effort is expended when handling doors, moving and installing hardware, etc

Working Conditions: Work is performed inside and outside. While working outside, incumbent is subject to all kinds of weather. Inside work may be in heated or unheated buildings. Subject to cuts, burns, bruises, etc., while working with power equipment, installing hardware, cutting keys, etc. Protective safety gear must be worn and safety practices must be followed at all times because of the prevailing hazards.

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