The Air Conditioning Equipment Operator operates the multiple-zone air conditioning plant consisting of several centrifugal chillers. The tasks assigned to the Air Conditioning Equipment Operator are more complex and require a broad knowledge of equipment and systems and receives little to no detailed instructions in the performance of assigned tasks.

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Tennessee Valley Healthcare System (TVHS) is one of the largest integrated health care systems in the Department of Veterans Affairs and includes facilities in Murfreesboro and Nashville. Community-Based Outpatient Clinics are located in Clarksville, Chattanooga, Tullahoma, and Athens. Nashville offers affordable living with picturesque seasons and an abundance of recreational and entertainment activities. Nashville, better known as “Music City USA,” is the capital of Tennessee and home of the Tennessee Titans NFL and Nashville Predators NHL teams. Tennessee has NO STATE TAXES!!!

The AC Equipment Operator’s duties will include, but are not limited to the following:

  • Operate a large variety of HVAC and refrigeration system such as walk-in, reach-in coolers, deep freezers, etc.
  • Operate and maintain refrigerant recovery equipment necessary to comply with EPA Clean Air Act, Agency regulation and Federal laws.
  • Operate multiple-zone air conditioning plants consisting of several centrifugal and air cooled chillers.
  • Operate refrigeration equipment for cold storage and ice making consisting of a variety of equipment.
  • Service all refrigerators, centrifuges, freezers, ice machines, etc.
  • Ability to operate computer systems in order to respond to alarms, abnormal readings and shut down equipment or systems to make repairs, correct problems and check for proper operation of alarms.
  • Assist with requested shut downs of HVAC, electrical and plumbing systems.
  • Start, stop and adjust various air conditioning equipment, as needed, in order to maintain required conditions of special areas.
  • Adjust, monitor and repair steam operated heat exchange equipment located in equipment rooms.
  • Performs preventive maintenance to include changing filters, cleaning strainers, lubricating and replacing broken drive belts on various equipment, preplacing electrical components. found to be defective such as motors, relays, capacitors, contractors, switches, thermostats and transformers.
  • Repair multiple pump and compressor systems such as primary and secondary chill water pumps, centrifugal and reciprocating chillers.
  • Maintain/ repair air distribution components including dual duct mixing boxes, variable air volume coxes, constant air volume boxes and direct control boxes.
  • Adjust and replace air conditioning heating and cooling systems and control systems.
  • Emergency troubleshoot and repair of multi-zone air conditioning equipment with all necessary fans, pumps, cooling towers and controls.
  • Account for refrigerants individually following EPA regulations.
  • Perform preventive maintenance inspections on HVAC systems and equipment to include associated fire alarms devices as required.
  • Repair steam driven heat exchangers associated with reheat systems.
  • Operate a large variety of HVAC and refrigeration system such as walk-in, reach-in coolers, deep freezers, etc.
  • Maintain and repair a variety of HVAC and refrigeration system such as walk-in, reach-in coolers, deep freezers, etc.
  • Repair and modify a variety of equipment and systems.
  • The incumbent must possess and maintain a Universal Refrigerant Certification. A legible copy of your current, valid certification must be submitted with your application in order to be considered.**

Work Schedule: Based on the needs of the service – all shifts, may include weekends and holidays

Position Description Title/PD#: Air Conditioning Equipment Operator/PD70153A

Physical Requirements: The physical requirement of this position require physical exertion involving lifting, pushing, pulling, or carrying objects of varying weights, sizes and shapes. Physical effort is exerted in walking, running, climbing, crawling, and bending. Strain related to lack of movement such as standing in place, crouching, or stooping for extended periods of time. Work is partly in an office setting but also includes fieldwork involving walking, bending, and climbing to inspect work areas.



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
  • **The incumbent must possess and maintain a Universal Refrigerant Certification. A legible copy of your current, valid certification must be submitted with your application in order to be considered.**
  • Participation in the seasonal influenza vaccination program is a requirement for all Department of Veterans Affairs Health Care Personnel (HCP)


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 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 potential eligibles are then rated against the remainder of the Job Elements:

  • Dexterity and Safety
  • Equipment Assembly, Installation, Repair
  • Interpret Instructions, Specifications (other than blueprint reading)
  • Measuring Instruments
  • Use and Maintain Tools and Equipment
  • The incumbent must possess and maintain a Universal Refrigerant Certification. A legible copy of your current, valid certification must be submitted with your application in order to be considered.**

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.


This job does not have an education qualification requirement or substitution of education.

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 at https://www.opm.gov/.

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 employee’s 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.

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

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Tennessee Valley HCS – Nashville

1310 24th Avenue South

Nashville, TN 37212