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Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration Sewing Machine Operator in Wichita, Kansas

Summary The Robert J. Dole VA Medical Center is seeking a highly qualified candidate for a Sewing Machine Operator position in Wichita Kansas. Salary: WG 3: $19.63 - $22.91 per hour Work Schedule: 8:00 am - 4:30 pm Monday - Friday Position Title/PD #: Sewing Machine Operator/PD# 09560-0 Bargaining Unit Status: covered Fair Labor Standards Act: Non-Exempt Responsibilities DUTIES: Sewing Machine Operations Operates standard high-speed industrial sewing machine to perform a number of operations in the manufacture of items in the laundry/linen department. The operations performed are often in concentrated areas or on minor components of the garment and involve using basic sewing techniques. Machinery to be used would include lockstitch flat bed, bar tacking machine, ziz-zag, buttonhole, eyelet, over edge, cylinder, and chain stitch sewing machines. Also performs hand sewing. May occasionally perform related non-sewing work depending on the workload. Production Identifies and bundles garments according to size and lot by appropriately marking and attaching tickets, using an automatic ticketing machine. Prepares for assembly work already cut. Other duties include making records of cutting lots, making labels for all garments, preparing production tickets, and attaching same to cut garment pieces, rolling trimmings, etc. Positions fusible reinforcements onto cut parts and feeds into automatic fusing machine. Operates portable steam ironing machine to open seams and press parts of items in process. Performs other duties as assigned. Skill and Knowledge Knowledge and skill to perform basic machine sewing techniques such as straight or slightly curved stitching and topstitching. These skills apply to use on standard machines as well as on specialized machines, such as chain stitch and over edge. Must have the dexterity to work with small items where frequent alignment and positioning may be involved due to corners and irregular shapes. As work is often performed on automatic stitching machines or on manual equipment, the incumbent must be able to use eye coordination to accurately align articles to the machine at the proper location. Also, must be able to use shears for trimming, clipping, etc. and patterns for marking. Precision is important because of concern for appearance. Knowledge of the irons and portable press machine heads and the skill in operating in order to apply proper amounts of steam and pressure. Knowledge of the different types of materials used as related to pressing times required. Ability to press garment in prescribed sequence in process of manufacture. Requirements Conditions of Employment You must be a U.S. Citizen to apply for this job Selective Service Registration is required for males born after 12/31/1959 You may be required to serve a probationary period Subject to background/security investigation Pre-employment physical required 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 2019 (COVID-19) vaccination program is a requirement for all Veterans Health Administration Health Care Personnel (HCP) - See "Additional Information" below for details. Qualifications To qualify for this position, applicants must meet all requirements by the closing date of this announcement, 07/11/2022. 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: Ability to Do the Work of the Position without More Than Normal SupervisionOperation of Equipment/MachineryShop PracticesTextiles 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: Sits and/or stands for long periods of time with continued movement of hand, arms, and fingers in placing items in position for sewing, ticketing, or pressing. Handles pieces of fabric or articles of clothing that are relatively heavy and bulky. Working Conditions: Shop is adequately lighted, ventilated, and heated. Operators are subject to cuts, punctures, scratches, burns, and other minor irritations and injuries from handling sharp tools and pressing equipment. Subject to allergies from dyes, dust, and lint from fabrics. Also, operators are subject to noise from sewing machines. Education Additional Information 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 for information on how to apply under this appointment authority via the Selective Placement Coordinator. The Interagency Career Transition Assistance Plan (ICTAP) and Career Transition Assistance Plan (CTAP) provide eligible displaced Federal/VA competitive service employees with selection priority over other candidates for competitive service vacancies. To be qualified you must submit appropriate documentation (a copy of the agency notice, your most recent performance rating, and your most recent SF-50 noting current position, grade level, and duty location) and be found well-qualified (have a final rating of 85 or more) for this vacancy. Information about ICTAP and CTAP eligibility is on OPM's Career Transition Resources website at http://www.opm.gov/policy-data-oversight/workforce-restructuring/employee-guide-to-career-transition/. This job opportunity announcement may be used to fill additional vacancies. Pursuant to VHA Directive 1193.01, VHA health care personnel (HCP) are required to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 subject to such accommodations as required by law (i.e., medical, religious or pregnancy). VHA HCPs do not include remote workers who only infrequently enter VHA locations. If selected, you will be required to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 and submit documentation of proof of vaccination before your start date. The agency will provide additional information regarding what information or documentation will be needed and how you can request a legally required accommodation from this requirement using the reasonable accommodation process. If you are unable to apply online or need to fax a document you do not have in electronic form, view the following link for information regarding an Alternate Application.

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