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 www.aoc.gov.
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.
- Not Required
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 journey level electrical work without more than normal supervision. (Screen-out Factor)
Tour of Duty: Monday thru Friday, 2:00 p.m. to 10:30 p.m. Weekends and Holidays as needed.
This position is organizationally located in the Architect of the Capitol, U.S. Capitol Building, Superintendent, Capitol Building; Assistant Superintendent, CV & CVC Operations and Maintenance Division, Maintenance Branch, Electrical Section, Night Electrical Unit, (including weekends and holidays as needed).
Maintenance and Repair
Performs repair and maintenance work on the electrical and electronic components of circuits, systems and controls, such as air conditioning units, power distribution systems, lighting control systems, intrusion/detection systems, electronic door/entry control systems, fire detection & alarm systems, station batteries, uninterruptible power supplies (UPS), and Automatic Transfer Switches (ATS’s).
Works with a wide variety of standard commercial and/or industrial electrical devices, equipment, and systems, including electrical wiring systems and associated fixtures, controls, and equipment in the Capitol Building and the Capitol Visitor Center.
Follows established safety practices of the trade.
Electrical Installation and Troubleshooting
Installs, assembles, troubleshoots, modifies, repairs, and maintains routine and standard electrical lines, circuits, systems, and associated fixtures, controls, and equipment. Responsibilities include troubleshooting electrical devices containing electronic components in order to isolate the cause of the malfunction of electrical control systems, analog/digital controls, and solid state motor control circuits in equipment. Examples of equipment that contain the circuit-based components are: fire alarm systems, variable speed drives and electric motor starters for the air conditioning systems, lighting control systems, ATS’s, and electronic door/entry control systems.
Troubleshoots and repairs electronic ballasts, electronic dimmer panels, automatic transfer switches, motor control centers, transformers, small power tool repair, secondary power distribution lines, and circuits used to supply a wide range of voltage, amperage, phase, and frequency requirements to distribution panels, switch gear, power and control circuits; industrial multiphase systems; thermocouple sensors; electrical intrusion alarm and fire alarm systems; emergency warning systems; lighting protection systems; high intensity lighting systems with associated controls; target mechanisms; AC and DC rectification systems; galvanic and impressed current cathodic protection systems which prevent corrosion on underground or submerged equipment and pipes; amplifier circuits; and related electrical equipment.
Tests equipment by use of ammeters, voltmeters, meg-ohmmeters, and other testing equipment.
Traces hard-to-locate defects or problems. Interprets and applies the National Electrical Code, local codes, building plans, blueprints, wiring diagrams, and engineering drawings, and uses trade formulas to calculate common properties, e.g., voltage, voltage drop and current capability in series and parallel circuits, resistance, inductance, capacitance, power factor, current flow, and temperature and length in single and multiple raceways, conduits, gutters, and cable trays.
Electrical Layout or Design Work
Performs the electrical aspects of construction and renovation work. Installs electrical devices (conduit, outlets, circuits, etc.) in rooms for which there may not be complete blueprints or schematics available as a result of the age of the facility. The Electrician must improvise to install the updated circuits and equipment in antiquated facilities without adversely affecting the exiting design or architecture.
Plans and lays out trades work which includes but is not limited to measuring, cutting, routing, placement, type, size, gauge, balance, load, continuity, and safe operation of electrical lines, circuits, systems, equipment and controls.
Prepares estimates of material and equipment needed and submits requisitions to supervisor for materials, equipment, and supplies necessary to perform the electrical and electronic duties.