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Diesel Generator Mechanic

Washington, D.C
Closing date
Sep 30, 2022

The individual selected for this position will perform the following duties:
  • Establishes programs and procedures for operation and inspection to keep the generators and support systems in reliable operating condition.
  • Examines, analyzes, and tests equipment and support systems to determine potential problems and to determine what maintenance and repair work is needed and how and when it will be performed.
  • Troubleshoots, overhauls, and rebuilds generators and their mechanical, electrical components. Disassembles, reassembles, overhauls, and makes adjustments according to specifications.
  • Plans the sequence of tasks, selects and safely uses the proper tools and equipment. Follows specifications and instructions in manuals and guides so that clearances, fittings, adjustments, and settings are accurate within prescribed clearances and tolerances. Uses standard and specialized test equipment such as digital multi-meters, AC/DC power supplies, load banks, various micrometers and dial indicators, pressure gauges and regulators, and technical information such as blueprints, schematics, manuals, and maintenance modifications. Completes work in accordance with existing guidelines or instructions.
  • Tests the equipment components and systems according to prescribed schedules. Applies electrical loads. Confirms equipment start up. Tests for full range of equipment function and provision of power to supported systems (e.g., building lighting and elevators). Operates panels, switches, fuel systems, and controls. Monitors operations using automated systems.
  • Provides technical direction to other mechanics when they are assigned to perform work on emergency electric power plants.
  • Requisitions supplies, equipment, materials and tools required for the operation of the power plants. Sees that they are properly used, stored and maintained. Maintains records in automated system such as work orders, work performed, and materials used.
  • Must follow all relevant safety rules, regulations, and standard operating procedures. Must utilize knowledge of and must comply with all OSHA safety and environmental rules and regulations to ensure that work progresses in a safe manner. Provides or receives training, either on the job or through classroom training, to ensure that all safety practices and equipment are fully utilized. Must ensure the use of any required Personal Protective Equipment (PPE).


Conditions of Employment

  • 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
  • You must be able to pass a drug test and background check.
  • Your resume and question responses must demonstrate the job-related Elements.
  • You must meet the definition of specialized experience.


****This Open Continuous announcement allows acceptance of applications through the closing date. The intent of this announcement is to establish a standing register of qualified candidates and refer for consideration when vacancies occur. Applications will be reviewed and referred for selection as vacancies occur within the organization. ONCE THE SELECTION IS MADE, THIS ANNOUNCEMENT WILL BE CLOSED WITHOUT FURTHER NOTICE.*****

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.
  • Appropriate Level of Supervision: Ability to do the work of the position without more than normal supervision
  • Journey-level experience as Diesel Generator Mechanic.

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.

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