Washington, D.C
Jun 10, 2023
Jun 17, 2023
Full Time

  • Works on all Kennedy Center sewage, water, gas, and fire suppression systems. Also disassembles, installs, modifies, repairs, and maintains a wide variety of new and existing piping systems and equipment.
  • Installs, modifies, and repairs systems by locating and tapping main lines, setting up system routes, placing and cutting route openings, placing hangers for proper level and slope.
  • Installs and repairs valves, traps and unions needed for proper operation of various systems.
  • Lays out, installs and insulates domestic water and waste lines completing proper routing, placement, slant, slope and jointing, sealing and testing for proper pressures, leak-free joints and operation.
  • Cuts, bends and threads pipe necessary to hook-up air, gas and water lines. Opens clogged drains and sewer lines, and repairs faucets. Operates soldering equipment to join copper pipe of varying sizes.


Conditions of Employment

  • US Citizenship is required.
  • Suitable for Federal employment, determined by background investigation.
  • Direct Deposit of pay is required.
  • Selective Service registration is required for male applicants, unless exempt.
  • Status candidates must meet time-in-grade (see Qualifications).
  • Must be back flow certified or able to obtain the certification within 90 days from the start of this appointment.


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 Qualification Standard Handbook X-118C .

SCREEN-OUT ELEMENT: Your qualifications will first be evaluated against the prescribed screen out element. 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.

Your qualifications will be evaluated on the basis of your level of knowledge, skills, abilities and/or competencies in the job elements and screen out listed below:

1. Ability to do the work of the position without more than normal supervision. (SCREEN OUT) (OPM Job Element 1)
2. Ability to Inspect (OPM Job Element 77)
3. Knowledge of Electrical Equipment (OPM Job Element 96A)
4. Troubleshooting (Electrical) (OPM Job Element 96A)
5. Ability to Use Electrical Drawings (OPM Job Element 75J)
6. Must have and maintain Back-flow Prevention Certification

If your knowledge and ability in the SCREEN OUT factor above is not sufficient, you will receive no further consideration. In preparing your application, describe in detail the experience and training which you have had that specifically prepared you for this job and to perform the duties described for this job. Experience should be clearly described and documented in your resume. The qualifications reviewer will not assume performance of such duties by Job Titles alone. Address your knowledge, skills and/or abilities in the areas shown in the job related factors.

Minimum qualifications for trades and labor positions are determined by evaluation of job elements. You must meet at least 2 points on the screen-out element(s) and obtain an average of at least 2 points on all of the job elements in order to be considered qualified for this position.

TIME-IN-GRADE: Current career or career-conditional employees of the Federal government, or former career or career-conditional employees, who have a break in service of less than one year, are required to meet the time-in-grade restriction of one year of Federal experience at the next lower grade, with few exceptions outlined in 5 CFR 300.603(b).

A written test is not required.

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; religious; spiritual; community, student, social). You will receive credit for all qualifying experience, including volunteer experience.

Physical Efforts and Working Conditions:

Incumbent must be in good physical condition. He or she climbs ladders and must be able to climb stair towers of greater than 100 feet. Accessing work sites often requires walking more than three miles throughout the day and stepping over objects. Work of this position involves pushing, pulling, or carrying of objects of varying sizes and shapes, weighing up to 75 pounds.

Incumbent works in confined areas such as attics, near ceilings, in utility corridors, etc. The incumbent works from various heights on ladders, lifts, and scaffolding. Duties are performed both inside and outside in weather conditions varying from hot, humid summer heat to below freezing winter temperatures.

The incumbent is exposed to serious injury when working on energized circuits, adjacent to operating equipment, or from various heights. May be exposed to burns, cuts, bruises, smoke and fumes, flying particles when grinding or cutting, and may suffer discomfort when wearing hoods, goggles, and other personal protective equipment (PPE). The incumbent may be subject to cuts from hand powered tools and the danger from flying splinters and chips.


This job does not have an education qualification requirement.

Additional information

Telework Suitability:

The duties of this position are not suitable for core or situational telework, use JFKC guidance during an emergency or natural disaster.

Stipulations of Employment:

Selection may require completion of a 1-year probationary period.

This position requires operation of a Government vehicle, therefore, proof of possession of a valid state driver's license is required.

The applicant must be back flow certified or be able to obtain the certification within 90 days from the start of this appointment.

Work Schedule:

This position requires a fixed work schedule Tuesday through Saturday from 12:00PM until 8:30PM; flexible work schedules will not be authorized.

The incumbent may be required to work a schedule that includes Saturdays, Sundays, and holidays. He/she may also be required to work Saturdays, Sundays, holidays, and other shifts on an overtime basis with little or no prior notice.


This position is covered by the American Federation of Government Employees (AFGE), Local 2463.

Kennedy Center uses E-Verify to confirm the employment eligibility of all newly hired employees. To learn more about E-Verify, including your rights and responsibilities, please visit .

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:

This position is being advertised concurrently with vacancy announcement #KC-23-MP-11958175TG using Merit Promotion (MP) procedures. If interested, refer to that announcement to determine if you meet MP requirements and can apply to that announcement. NOTE: You must apply separately to each announcement in order to be considered under both.

This vacancy announcement may be used to fill similar positions within 90 days.