Maintenance Mechanic Worker

Washington, D.C
Aug 13, 2022
Aug 20, 2022
Full Time

Candidates selected will fall under one of three shifts:

Day (6:00 A.M. to 2:30 P.M.)

Evening (2:00 P.M. to 10:30 P.M.)

Night (10:00 P.M. to 6:30 A.M.), Sunday - Thursday

Major Duties:

The candidates(s) selected will function as a Maintenance Mechanic Worker, assisting journey-level skilled trade workers in general maintenance function as the House Office Buildings (HOB). Candidate(s) will work as a maintenance mechanic worker assisting journey-level mechanics to perform duties in plumbing, heating, ventilation and air conditioning. Performs tasks to obtain training in the maintenance and repair of the plumbing, heating, ventilation and air conditioning trades.

Air Conditioning
  • Assists with preventive maintenance inspections of air conditioning equipment including the various types and sizes of exhaust fans, air conditioning and heating equipment, humidifiers, pneumatic or digital controls, hot water generators and other equipment.
  • Assist in gathering and laying out tools and materials for major preventive maintenance jobs.
  • Selects the appropriate tools and equipment for minor jobs, blueprints, sketches and technical manuals to understand the functions of the equipment and systems, skill to plan and lay out work and sills to locate faulty parts.
  • Changes belts, greases bearings, cleans tanks, exhaust ducts and fans in air conditioning equipment. Changes filters in air handling units and measures, cuts and bends tubing.

  • Plans and lays out work from drawings, blueprints and verbal instructions. Determines the sequence of work, materials and tools to be used.
  • Assists journey-level Pipefitters during assembly and screwing or bolting pipe hangers to walls or ceilings.
  • Assists in covering exposed sections of o\pipe to prevent freezing or to retain heat in hot water lines. Uses such tools as bract and bit, keyhole saw, chisel and hammer or electric drill.
  • Assists journey-level workers by locating piping lines, setting up tools and equipment for use by others, cleaning up work areas after work has been completed and storing tools.
  • Helps journey-level workers with the installation and repair of utility, supply and disposal systems, for example, sewage, water, fixtures and equipment.
  • Clears simple stoppages from drain pipes
  • Inspects all bathrooms to ensure that all fixtures work properly and assists in repairing defective fixtures as necessary.

Shop and Work Site Maintenance
  • Works with plumbers and pipefitters and A/C equipment mechanics to perform required maintenance, inspections and repairs. Assists with the assembly, laying out work, hanging of pipe by lifting, carrying and handing tools, fittings and equipment to the journey-level plumber or pipefitter; holding pipe during assembly; and screwing or bolting pipe hangers to walls, ceilings, etc.
  • Cuts and threads pope using hacksaw, pipe-cutter and threading machine, the dies of which have been set by a higher grade pipefitter; bends or shapes pipe by applying pressure after placing pipe in bending block; tightens pipe connections and valves; and cuts or drills previously marked holes in walls.
  • Assists journey-level A/C equipment mechanics by performing assigned duties of the trade and working with the journey-level workers as instructed.
  • Assists mechanics in sorting tools, cleaning the shop, carrying materials and maintaining a safe and clean work site environment.
  • Assists journey-level workers in the operation of power tools.
  • Clean work areas and keeps work benches clean and orderly and tools and machines lubricated.
  • Assists with some difficult tasks, such as ordering and accepting deliveries, counting stock and loading and unloading trucks.


Conditions of Employment

  • You must be able to pass a drug test.
  • Your resume and question responses must demonstrate job-related elements.

"To be employed by the Architect of the Capitol in a paid position, an individual must meet one of the categories below:
  • A citizen of the United States;
  • A person who is lawfully admitted for permanent residence and is seeking citizenship as outlined in 8 U.S.C. 1324b(a)(3)(B);
  • A person who is admitted as a refugee under 8 U.S.C. 1157 or is granted asylum under 8 U.S.C. 1158 and has filed a declaration of intention to become a lawful permanent resident and then a citizen when eligible;
  • A person who owes allegiance to the United States (nationals of American Samoa, Swains Island, and the Northern Mariana Islands, and nationals who meet other requirements described in 8 U.S.C. 1408); or
  • A person who is currently an officer or employee of the Government of the United States."

Please Note: This position is temporary, not to exceed 13 months. It is a position that is subject to the project needs of the Agency. Therefore, the appointment could be terminated at any time due to shortage of work or shortage of funds. If project work continues, however, it could be extended beyond the 13 months-time frame at the sole discretion of the Agency.


You must meet all eligibility and qualification requirements by the closing date of the job announcement.

You must meet the following SCREEN-OUT(S) required for this position.
  • Ability to do the work of the position without more than normal supervision.

Your application must show that you have sufficient training and/or experience to perform the duties of the position as described in the vacancy announcement.


There is no educational requirement for the position.

Additional information

Welcome Veterans. The Veterans Employment Opportunities Act of 1998 (VEOA) gives veterans' preference rights in the legislative branch to certain veterans as applied by the Congressional Accountability Act. Veterans' preference is applied on this vacancy announcement. If you are a veteran and have been separated under honorable conditions, you must submit a copy of your DD-214 or other proof of eligibility; SF-15, if applicable; and Department of Veterans Affairs documentation of disability, if applicable. For more information, please visit .

If you are a male applicant born after December 31, 1959, you must certify that you have registered with the Selective Service System. If you are exempt from registration under Selective Service Law, you must provide appropriate proof of exemption. Please visit the Selective Service System website for more information.

DRUG TESTING: The Architect of the Capitol (AOC) is a Drug Free Workplace. As part of the AOC's suitability assessment, a candidate tentatively selected for a position who is not currently an AOC employee is required to submit to screening for illegal drug use. Satisfactory completion of a drug test is a condition of employment with the Agency. A candidate must test negative prior to being eligible for appointment into a position. We will schedule, provide and cover the cost for the drug test.

The selectee(s) under the vacancy announcement for this position is subject to a criminal record check by the U.S. Capitol Police and satisfactory adjudication to be eligible for employment at the Architect of the Capitol.

The Architect of the Capitol is an E-VERIFY Participant. E-VERIFY is an Internet-based system that compares information from an employee's Form I-9, Employment Eligibility Verification, to data from U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and Social Security Administration records to confirm employment authorization in the United States. If you are selected for this position, the documentation that you present for purposes of completing the DHS Form I-9 will be verified through the DHS "E-VERIFY" electronic system. For more information on E-Verify, please visit

The Architect of the Capitol is an Equal Opportunity Employer and prohibits discrimination on the basis of race, color, sex, religion, age, national origin, sexual orientation, gender identity, genetic information and/or disability.

This agency provides reasonable accommodation to applicants with disabilities. If you need a reasonable accommodation for any part of the application and hiring process, please notify the agency. The decision on granting reasonable accommodation will be made on a case-by-case basis.

Moving expenses are not authorized.

Relocation expenses are not authorized.

Probationary Period - A newly appointed selectee is subject to the completion of a one-year trial/probationary period, regardless of whether or not a trial/probationary period has been completed previously with the Architect of the Capitol or another Federal agency.

This vacancy announcement may be used to fill additional vacancies in any of the jurisdictions of the Architect of the Capitol.

All application materials become the property of the Architect of the Capitol.