Maintenance Mechanic

Washington, D.C
Jun 22, 2019
Jun 30, 2019
Full Time


This position is located in the Architect of the Capitol, Office of the Chief Operating Officer, Facility Manager Buildings and Grounds Supreme Court, Operations and Maintenance Division, Maintenance Branch. The selectee will perform journey-level Maintenance Mechanic duties in the maintenance and repair of mechanical, plumbing, utility, heating, ventilation and air-conditioning (HVAC), steam generating equipment and building automation systems.

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Tour of Duty: Day shift (6:00 am - 2:30 pm) with alternate work schedule available.

Work schedule may include holidays and weekends on a regular and reoccurring basis.

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

***Chlorofluorocarbon (CFC) Certification by an EPA-Approved Technician's Certification Program is required.***

H VAC and Refrigeration Troubleshooting, Installation and Maintenance
  • Maintains a variety of commercial and industrial systems in order to locate and check elements such as those which control low and high side pressures, the temperature of the cooling units, the temperatures of the liquid and suction lines and the running time of the various mechanisms.
  • Dismantles, repairs and reassembles units such as pumps, impellers, compressors, receivers and evaporators. Installs and fits connecting rods, crank shafts, piston rings, bearings and bushing. Overhauls valves by adjusting or replacing gaskets, springs, floats, diaphragms, valve fittings, seals and couplings and by aligning motors and drives.
  • Ensures the repair, overhaul, maintenance and servicing of equipment such as (but not limited to) refrigerator, freezers, water coolers, ice machines, commercial air handling units and smaller air conditioning units; ventilation systems, humidification and dehumidification systems, air compressors and central vacuum systems.
  • Ability to navigate the Building Automation System (BAS) system from an operation, troubleshooting and diagnosis standpoint; as well as perform the installation of equipment and components.
  • Oversees the installation, repair and troubleshooting of low voltage equipment such as thermostats and controllers; complex heating units related to steam, domestic and secondary hot water systems; other HVAC equipment such as variable frequency drives and motor controllers; and routine maintenance such as replacement of filters, bearings, calibration of sensors and other equipment.

Plumbing and Piping Systems Installation, Inspection and Maintenance
  • Troubleshoots and analyzes defects or malfunctions in specialized pipeline systems and related fixtures. Inspects piping system equipment and fixtures using a variety of diagnostic techniques and equipment to locate a problem. Checks steam and chilled water system for leaks, defects in equipment and malfunctions.
  • Installs, modifies, repairs, maintains and troubleshoots high and low pressure piping systems, including domestic water distribution systems; sewage systems; steam generation systems; tempered water systems; hydronic heating systems; drain, waste and vent systems; sump pumps, sewage ejectors, irrigation systems; and fountain display systems.
  • Replaces defective pipe by cutting, bending, threading and assembling piping materials suited to the specialized use of the piping system. Fits pipe sections by screwing, bolting, brazing, welding, gluing, fusing, soldering and replacing connections with new mechanical couplings.
  • Tests systems and equipment for proper operation, circulation, flow, pressure and ensures leak-free joints. Traces and troubleshoots pipelines, systems and equipment to locate and repair leaks and trouble spots. Performs safety and preventive maintenance inspections of systems and equipment.
  • Inspects and maintains sprinkler system fire and booster (jockey) pumps to confirm that proper system pressure is Troubleshoots and repairs fire pump motor controls and electrical control systems.

Electronic Equipment Maintenance (Building Automation System/Direct Digital Controls)
  • In support of HVAC operations, installs, maintains, troubleshoots and repairs new and existing highly complex systems of electronic sensing and control as well as new systems of similar complexity, mechanic implementing maintenance and repair procedures on major new or modified systems.
  • Is responsible for installation, modification, operation, maintenance, calibration, repair and troubleshooting of the Direct Digital Controls (DDC) and for the day to day overall performance of the DDC.
  • Installs, modifies, operates, maintains, calibrates, repairs and troubleshoots sensors and controls and related interfaces with building equipment. Develops changes to detailed schematics, drawings and maintenance procedures for use by other employees. Coordinates efforts with technical and professional personnel on changes to equipment and operating specifications.
  • Operates the Jurisdictional Control System (JCS) and other related equipment to display and print point status, change set points and alarm limits, manually control points. Acknowledges and follows-up on system error alarm(s) reported at the JCS to maintain system integrity.

Travel Required

Not required

Supervisory status

Promotion Potential


Conditions of Employment

  • You must be a U.S. Citizen.
  • You must be able to pass a drug test.
  • Your resume and question responses must demonstrate job-related elements.

***Chlorofluorocarbon (CFC) Certification by an EPA-Approved Technician's Certification Program is 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.
  • Appropriate Level of Supervision



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.

How You Will Be Evaluated

You will be evaluated for this job based on how well you meet the qualifications above.

Review your resume and responses carefully. Your eligibility for consideration and qualifications for the position will be determined based upon a review of your detailed resume and your responses to job specific self-assessment questions. Your resume will be evaluated based on evidence of your ability to demonstrate the job elements for this position, possession of any specialized experience, and how well your background and experience relates to the self-assessment questions in the job announcement. The self-assessment questions relate to the following job elements and competencies:

1) Appropriate Level of Supervision (in the 2 trades listed)

2) Knowledge of Equipment & Building Systems

3) Ability to Interpret Instructions

4) Tools

Your responses to the self-assessment questions serve as the basis for your initial rating. You will receive a numerical score based on your responses to these questions. Next, your responses will be evaluated by a Human Resources Specialist and/or a subject matter expert against the information provided in your resume and optional cover letter. Your resume must support your answers to the self-assessment questions. Falsifying your background, education and/or experience is cause for non-selection or disqualification from further consideration. Please note that a complete application is required for consideration. (Please review the "Required Documents" section of this job announcement to see what must be included in a complete application).

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Background checks and security clearance

Security clearance

Drug test required

Required Documents

The Architect of the Capitol's job application process is designed to ensure that we only ask you for the information that is absolutely needed to evaluate your qualifications and eligibility for the position.

To apply for this position, you only need to submit online the following: a) your resume and 2) answer the online vacancy assessment questionnaire. The online questionnaire contains eligibility and screening questions and other relevant supplemental information. No additional documentation or attachment is required at the time of application.

We ask that you prepare and submit a resume that best describes fully your background experience, skills, abilities, education, training and other relevant credentials. The resume should include dates of employment.

Nothing further is required until it is requested by the staff of the Human Capital Management Division. If additional documentation is required for a position, you will be asked to provide it during the selection process or upon selection. At that point, we may ask you to submit documentation to support statements made in your resume.

For example, we may ask you to provide documents such as college transcripts, copy of diploma or proof of Federal employment status. If the position requires a license or certification, we will ask candidate(s) to provide proof at the time of selection.

If you are claiming veterans' preference, we may ask you to submit proof of Veterans preference (DD-214, and, if claiming 10-point preference, the SF-15 plus proof required by that form).

If you fail to provide the required documents, we will withdraw a tentative job offer made and/or remove you from further consideration.

If you are relying on your education to meet qualification requirements:

Education must be accredited by an accrediting institution recognized by the U.S. Department of Education in order for it to be credited towards qualifications. Therefore, provide only the attendance and/or degrees from schools accredited by accrediting institutions recognized by the U.S. Department of Education .

Failure to provide all of the required information as stated in this vacancy announcement may result in an ineligible rating or may affect the overall rating.

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