Washington D.C.
Jun 30, 2017
Jul 19, 2017
Full Time

About the Agency

The mission of the Architect of the Capitol (AOC) is to serve Congress and the Supreme Court, preserve America's Capitol and inspire memorable experiences. Under the leadership of Stephen T. Ayers, FAIA, LEED AP, the roles and responsibilities of the Architect of the Capitol cover an expansive and diverse portfolio. The AOC is responsible for the maintenance, operation, development and preservation of 17.4 million square feet of buildings and more than 553 acres of land throughout Capitol Hill. The AOC provides a welcoming and educational environment for millions of visitors through the U.S. Capitol Visitor Center and the US Botanic Garden. The AOC also provides professional expertise on the preservation of architectural and artistic elements entrusted to its care. Learn more at


The AOC prides itself on its Core Values of Teamwork, Integrity, Pride and Professionalism.

The PROFESSIONALISM and INTEGRITY of each AOC employee demonstrates our dedication to providing quality services and our commitments to holding ourselves to the highest standards.

We recognize that we do our best work through TEAMWORK, each of us lending our individual strengths and talents to the greater goal of the entire team. We respect each other and rely on each other in our efforts to make the AOC a center of excellence.

We take PRIDE in what we do and in the honor of serving Congress, the Supreme Court, and the American people each and every day.

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  • You must be a U.S. Citizen.
  • You must be able to pass a drug test.
  • Your resume and question responses must demonstrate the job-related KSAs.
  • You must meet the definition of specialized experience.
  • You must possess a Bachelor's or higher degree from an accredited college.
  • You must meet the United States Office of Personnel Management's (OPM) qualification requirements (including specialized experience and/or educational requirements) for the advertised position. You must meet all eligibility and qualifications requirements by the closing date of the job announcement. Additional information on the qualification requirements is outlined in the OPM Qualifications Standards Handbook of General Schedule Positions. It is available for your review on the OPM web site at

    In addition to meeting the basic education requirement for this position, candidates must have at least 52 weeks of specialized experience equivalent to the GS-12 grade level in the Federal service.

    Specialized experience is experience that has equipped you with the particular knowledge, skills and abilities to perform successfully the duties of the position, and that is typically in or related to the position to be filled.

    Specialized experience for this position includes the following:

    (1) Managing engineering projects from the preliminary planning stage through the design and construction phases; (2) Performing project management and monitoring for new construction, renovations and improvements to facilities; (3) Providing maintenance and testing of electrical and lighting systems and components; and (4) Serving as Contracting Officer's Technical Representative (COTR) or equivalent.

    Basic Requirements:

    1. Degree in professional engineering

    To be creditable, the curriculum must:

    (1) be in a school of engineering with at least one curriculum accredited by the Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology (ABET) as a professional engineering curriculum; or

    (2) include differential and integral calculus and courses (more advanced than first-year physics and chemistry) in five of the following seven areas of engineering science or physics:

    -- statics, dynamics;

    -- strength of materials (stress-strain relationships);

    -- fluid mechanics, hydraulics;

    -- thermodynamics;

    -- electrical fields and circuits;

    -- nature and properties of materials (relating particle and aggregate structure to properties); and

    -- any other comparable area of fundamental engineering science or physics, such as optics, heat transfer, soil mechanics, or electronics.


    2. Combination of education and experience

    College-level education, training, and/or technical experience that furnished:

    (1) a thorough knowledge of the physical and mathematical sciences underlying professional engineering, and

    (2) a good understanding, both theoretical and practical, of the engineering sciences and techniques and their applications to one of the branches of engineering.

    The adequacy of such background must be demonstrated by one of the following:

    (a) current registration as a professional engineer by any State, the District of Columbia, Guam, or Puerto Rico;

    (b) evidence of having successfully passed the Engineer-in-Training (EIT) examination or the written test required for professional registration;

    (c) successful completion of at least 60 semester hours of courses in the physical, mathematical, and engineering sciences that are fully acceptable toward meeting the requirements of a professional engineering curriculum; or

    (d) successful completion of a curriculum leading to a bachelor's degree in engineering technology or in an appropriate professional field.


    Q - Nonsensitive


    This position is located in the Architect of the Capitol, Office of the Chief Operating Officer, Superintendent, Library Buildings and Grounds (LBG), Assistant Superintendent, Facility Operations Division. The position provides management of designs, project execution, installation, replacement, maintenance and upgrades for electrical and mechanical infrastructure and utility systems for the Library of Congress (LOC) facilities.

    The incumbent of the position performs investigations with limited guidance from senior engineers to identify failures and to determine the scope and nature of required engineering solutions. The incumbent shall have a comprehensive knowledge of building electrical systems including normal and emergency electrical infrastructure for commercial and public facilities, a wide range of analytical skills, and the ability to oversee construction projects related to electrical systems and components.

    Major Duties

    Broad Engineering Project Management (40%)

    Plans and performs diverse and complex project management responsibilities. Participates with project teams and makes precedent setting decisions affecting areas of responsibility.

    Collaborates with the Superintendent, Deputy Superintendent and Assistant Superintendent to determine suitable performance levels for electrical and mechanical systems. Supports technical divisions/branches in assembling and monitoring equipment to ensure service is within required tolerance operations. Examines equipment performance issues to diagnose, malfunctions, improper operation, or failure to meet technical specifications. Creates and defends design changes to ensure that the ongoing mission of the LOC is properly supported.

    Supports the Superintendent, Deputy Superintendent and Assistant Superintendent to prepare fiscal year annual reports to identify project status and budget requests for anticipated expenses for operations and maintenance.

    Contributes to the preparation of initial design, calculations and other engineering data and synchronizes with other engineering staff, advisors, contractors, etc., to complete mechanical, electrical and control systems projects.

    Designs Work for the Facilities, Structures, Equipment, and Systems (20%)

    Manages designs for large multi-purpose, multiple-phase projects. Develops project specifications, such as cost estimates, scopes of work, Independent Government Estimates and other technical documents. Reviews all design submittals presented by contractors or advisors. Examines, evaluates and makes recommendations for design approval in accordance to design specifications. Performs equipment checks against specifications and performs/oversees modifications during the initial stages of equipment operation to ensure proper functionality and satisfaction of building occupants. Conducts site surveys to obtain existing conditions and limitations. Inspects preliminary and final design features of mechanical and electrical systems to determine if they will produce an acceptable end product. Develops and updates preventive maintenance plans for new and existing equipment.

    Contractor Engineering Oversight (20%)

    Functions as Contracting Officer Technical Representative (COTR). Reviews work in progress by external contractors as well as AOC Construction Division employees and maintenance workers assigned to the LBG. Evaluates work for compliance with the Superintendent’s policies. Also ensures accepted construction trade practices and safety standards are utilized.

    Maintenance of Electrical Systems (20%)

    Coordinates the maintenance and testing of the LOC Uninterruptible Power Supplies (UPS), emergency generators, Motor Control Centers and other electrical systems to remain compliant with International Electrical Testing Association standards. Maintains or replaces lighting control systems and incorporates techniques to reduce electrical usage in the LOC buildings as part of the energy savings program.

    Oversees and manages the electrical requirements for the data center. Coordinates with the client and the Electric Shop to support electrical power requirements for projects. Reviews as-built drawings to ensure existing conditions are accurately reflected.

    The employee must utilize knowledge of and must comply with all OSHA and Office of Compliance safety 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. Uses required Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) as necessary.

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