Maintenance Mechanic

Fort Meade, Maryland
Jun 09, 2023
Jun 16, 2023
Full Time

Tour of Duty:
  • 10 pm - 6:30 am from Sunday to Thursday
  • 10 pm - 6:30 am from Tuesday to Saturday

*The incumbent of this position is designated as "Emergency/Essential" and will be required to report to work during emergencies and inclement weather conditions.*

This position is located at Fort Meade, MD; however, periodic travel to Washington, DC or Culpeper, VA may be required.

Duties quoted at the WG-11;

A/C System Maintenance & Repair
  • Operates, maintains and troubleshoots malfunctions in equipment and systems using various testing techniques and equipment. Locates the source or cause of malfunction and determines the repairs or adjustments needed. Installs and removes associated supply, return and exhaust ducts. Lays out and designs routing, placement types, size and gauge. Installs and adjusts dampers in accordance with industry standards. Adjusts, maintains, repairs, and troubleshoots air-conditioning equipment. Replaces filters, performs and documents daily logs.
  • Performs scheduled preventative maintenance functions on building systems (i.e. chillers, boilers, cooling towers, and pumps).
  • Adjusts, maintains, repairs and troubleshoots electronic and Direct Digital Controls. These include, among others, DDC control systems on air handlers units, electronic dampers, electronic valves, variable speed drives and Variable Air Volume systems.

Electrical Maintenance, Repair & Troubleshooting
  • Installs, modifies, operates, repairs, maintains, troubleshoots, tests and loads new and existing electrical lines, circuits, systems and associated fixtures, controls and equipment. Works with secondary power distribution lines and circuits used to supply a wide range of voltage, amperage, phase and frequency requirements to distribution panels, switchgear, power and control circuits; industrial multiphase systems; thermocouple sensors; fire alarm systems; emergency warning systems; lighting protection systems; high intensity lighting systems with associated controls; AC and DC rectification systems; and related electrical equipment.
  • Operates, maintains, replaces and troubleshoots variable frequency drives..
  • Works from building plans, blueprints, wiring diagrams, engineering drawings and electrical maintenance and repair manuals to plan and lay out the routing, placement, type, size, gauge, balance, load, continuity and safe operation of electrical lines, circuits, systems, equipment and controls. Places boxes, connections, distribution panels and fittings and installs conduits, couplings, electrical service entrances, fixtures, wiring, relays and transformers. Troubleshoots electrical systems for sufficient power and repairs circuits as required.
  • Maintains, insulates, removes, splices, solders, replaces and tightens defective controls, equipment and fixtures. Locates defective points and equipment using test equipment and by visual observation. Maintains, installs and/or repairs electrical circuits and equipment during the construction, maintenance or renovation of buildings, offices and workshops. Installs and repairs alternators, breaker boxes, controllers, converters, generators, inverters, motors, power panels and transformers. Makes repairs to installed systems. Relocates and connects circuit breakers, outlets, light fixtures, and switches. Replaces lamps, light fixtures and ballasts.
  • Operates and performs weekly generator maintenance.

Plumbing System Repairs
  • Uses blueprints, building plans and sketches to plan and lay out the routing, placement, slant, slope, fall and proper operation of feed and drain systems and equipment. Installs new systems, modifies and repairs existing utility, supply and disposal systems.

Fire Protection Systems
  • Performs monthly fire extinguisher inspections.
  • Inspects, operates and maintains the building fire alarm detection/notification system. Impairs and restores system alarm points warranted by work project requests and maintenance and renovation completion status.
  • Performs troubleshooting and repair to fire alarm devices.
  • Inspects and maintains sprinkler system fire and booster (jockey) pumps to confirm that proper system pressure is available. Troubleshoots and repairs fire pump motor controls and electrical control systems. Performs weekly fire pump churn testing.

Environmental Waste Management
  • Based on duties assigned, employees may require knowledge of hazardous (e.g. lead paint and solvents), universal (e.g. lamps and batteries, and/or non-hazardous (e.g. oil and polychlorinated biphenyl) waste management requirements to ensure compliance with environmental regulations in performance of duties (e.g. decide hazardous material is no longer needed and will be disposed, select containers for waste accumulation, add waste to containers, label containers, move waste to and from waste accumulation sites, manage waste accumulation sites, provide waste management guidance/answer questions concerning waste management.

Performs other related duties as assigned.


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."


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 perform work in mechanical trade occupations without more than normal supervision; specifically, air-conditioning, electrical, and plumbing with knowledge of fire sprinkler system.

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 OPM vet guide

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.