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Electronics Mechanic

Washington, D.C
Closing date
Nov 26, 2023

TOUR OF DUTY: Tuesday through Saturday, 9:00 pm to 5:30 am.

If selected at the WG-11, selectee will have non-competitive promotion potential to the WG-12. Duties quoted at WG-12 level.

The Electronics Mechanic:

Installs and Tests Complex Computerized Automated Fire Protection Equipment
  • Installs or assists contractors to install new systems or upgrades of existing fire protection devices and systems. Installs new devices and/or relocates existing devices in conduit or flexible raceways as applicable. Preserves, upkeeps, corrects and regulates mechanisms and assemblies of the numerous systems that may be assigned. Aligns and balances analog circuits, tests analog and digital circuits, and replaces faulty electronic parts and various solid state devices.
  • Assists with the installation, maintenance and troubleshooting of low voltage wiring associated with electronically controlled door hardware being operated by the fire alarm system.
  • Provides technical support to Fire Protection Engineers and other Superintendent's office staff in solving problems/breakdowns found in test programs. Isolates specific faults in the automated test apparatuses or the unit under test and completes the required repairs. Performs bench and field tests and prepares standard performance reports.
  • Follows all relevant safety rules, regulations, and standard operating procedures. Must utilize knowledge of and must comply with all OSHA safety rules and regulations to ensure that work progresses in a safe manner.
  • Performs connection, test, and restoration work on fire protection systems and/or earlier assigned systems requiring major adjustments. Provides expertise on the latest and most technologically complex electronic systems. Examines, troubleshoots, overhauls, and tests electronic equipment and complete operational systems involved with an assortment of construction, maintenance, repair, and renovation projects. Performs tests, installs, diagnose and repairs security doors that integrate into the fire alarm system.
  • Troubleshoots the cause of operational problems on novel or improved systems when technical specifications are inadequate. Identifies problems in designs and guidelines.

Inspections, Maintenance, Troubleshooting and Repair
  • Maintains, tests, troubleshoots and repairs diverse vendor smoke and heat fire alarm systems and devices. Assists contractors to locate and install system components ranging in complexity from the older electrical and analog devices to the newer moderately complex digital computer controlled systems.
  • Responds to emergency calls to return alarm systems to an on-line status as quickly as possible. Works from verbal instructions, work orders, blueprints, schematics, maintenance schedules, and inspection schedules to perform maintenance, diagnose system or equipment malfunctions, make repairs, and replace equipment as required. Evaluates the fire alarm system module, component, device and circuit failures. Isolates the system failure and replaces the defective part or component, minimizing downtime and restoring circuit integrity in a timely manner.
  • Provides support for nightly sprinkler and fire alarm testing, additions to, upgrading of, and maintenance and repair of fire alarm equipment. Assists with the changeover from hardwired systems to an addressable, multiplex system. Install new circuits and communication loop routes and connections.
  • 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:
  • Journey-level skills and trade knowledge of fire protection system applications and vendor products, normally acquired by completion of electronic mechanic training either in an accredited civilian institution or in connection with military occupational training, and/or specialized experience. Has the knowledge and experience to perform most duties of the job independently and without assistance.

For WG-12:
  • Clear journey-level skills and trade knowledge of fire protection system applications and vendor products, normally acquired by completion of electronic mechanic training either in an accredited civilian institution or in connection with military occupational training, and/or specialized experience. Has the knowledge and experience to perform the duties of the job independently and without assistance.

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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