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Maintenance Mechanic

Fort Meade, Maryland
Closing date
Nov 26, 2023

Tours of Duty:
  • Day Shift: Tuesday through Saturday, 6:00 am to 2:30 pm
  • Evening Shift: Tuesday through Saturday, 2:00 pm to 10:30pm
  • Night Shift: Saturday PM through Thursday AM, 10:00 pm to 6:30 am

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

*In the event of an environmental condition, fire alarm, or utility outage, the incumbent may be required to respond to the facility. This may occur outside normal working hours.*

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.
  • Lays out and designs routing, placement types, size and gauge.
  • Adjusts, maintains, repairs, and troubleshoots air-conditioning equipment.
  • Adjusts, maintains, repairs and troubleshoots electronic and Direct Digital Controls (DDC). 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 include but not limited to: distribution panels, switchgear, industrial multiphase systems; thermocouple sensors; fire alarm systems; emergency warning systems; lighting systems, AC and DC rectification systems; and related electrical equipment.
  • Operates, maintains, replaces and troubleshoots variable frequency drives.
  • 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.
  • 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.

Plumbing System Repairs
  • Lay out the routing, placement, slant, slope, fall and proper operation of feed and drain systems and equipment.
  • Install new systems, modifies and repairs existing utility, supply, and disposal systems.

Fire Protection Systems
  • Inspects, operates and maintains the building fire alarm detection/notification system.
  • Performs troubleshooting and repair to fire alarm devices.
  • Inspects and maintains sprinkler system fire and booster (jockey) pumps.

Environmental Waste Management
  • 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.
  • 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.

For WG-11

Ability to perform Maintenance Mechanic duties and responsibilities without more than normal supervision to include:
  • Independently applying a variety of trade practices (e.g., electrical, pipefitting, plumbing, HVAC repair) to plan, layout and complete the installation, modification, and repair of facility equipment;
  • Performing planned, preventative, and corrective maintenance on electronic and Direct Digital Controls (DDCs) including but not limited to: electronic dampers, electronic valves, variable speed drives, and variable air volume systems.
  • Operating, maintaining, replacing, and troubleshooting variable frequency drives (VFD).
  • Testing electrical circuits or components for continuity, using electrical test equipment

For WG-10

Ability to perform Maintenance Mechanic duties and responsibilities without more than normal supervision to include:
  • Applying a variety of trade practices (e.g., electrical, pipefitting, plumbing, HVAC repair) to plan, layout and complete the installation, modification, and repair of facility equipment with minimal assistance.
  • Troubleshooting, repairing, and installing a variety of cooling and heating systems with minimal assistance.
  • Troubleshooting, repairing, and installing electrical circuits, controls and components with minimal assistance.


There is no educational requirement.

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.

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