Pipefitter Supervisor

Washington, D.C
Aug 14, 2019
Aug 22, 2019
Full Time


This position is located at the Architect of the Capitol (AOC), Office of the Chief Operating Officer, Director, Planning and Project Management Division, Construction Division, Construction Branch. The selectee will exercise supervision of pipefitting and plumbing operations, including maintenance, repair, installation and inspection of plumbing facilities and piping systems in multi-story, historic buildings of the U.S. Capitol Complex.

Learn more about this agency


This is a Temporary Position, Not to Exceed 2 Years


Day Shift (4:00 A.M. - 12:30 P.M.) or Night Shift (9:00 P.M. - 5:30 A.M.)

Hours may change due to Operating Needs of Management and Shift will be assigned upon Selection.

The position requires the supervision of Union Trades (UT) subordinates in accordance with the provisions of the labor relations agreement.

Major Duties:

Supervisory Responsibilities
  • Performs a full range of administrative and technical supervisory functions for subordinates. Assigns duties and evaluates performance. Manages the organizational unit's budget and workload. Develops performance requirements for subordinates and ensures a mutual understanding of the performance standards. Resolves complaints and grievances as delegated by higher level supervisors.
  • Provides leadership to ensure support for equal employment opportunity (EEO) goals and requirements. Practices non-discriminatory, non-retaliatory employment actions to prevent unlawful discrimination based on race, color, religion, sex, national origin, sexual orientation, genetic information, age or disability. Provides for employee skills enrichment through job related coaching, mentoring and training.
  • Is responsible for utilizing a thorough knowledge of and compliance with applicable OSHA and The Congressional Office of Workplace Rights safety rules and regulations to ensure that work progresses in a safe manner and to initiate or take corrective action on unsafe conditions in managed areas.
  • Plans use of subordinate workers' equipment, facilities and materials on a week-to-week or month-to-month basis. Establishes deadlines, priorities and work sequences and plans work assignments based on general work schedules, methods and policies set by higher-level management. As required, coordinates work with supporting or related work functions controlled by other supervisors. Determines the number and types of workers needed to accomplish specific projects. Determines how many assignments can be done concurrently, which ones can be delayed and the number and types of employees needed, considering skills, personnel, material and equipment available and required. Redirects individual workers and resources to accomplish unanticipated work and/or equipment failure.
  • Assigns work to employees and provides technical direction and assistance in accomplishing the work. Observes work in progress, investigates work related problems (e.g., excessive costs, low productivity, workload imbalance and acquisition or development of specialized tools, etc.) and determines causes. Implements corrective actions to resolve work problems. Recommends acquisition of specialized equipment and tools. Resolves staffing and work operations problems. Establishes or revises standard operating procedures for the work operation.
  • Directs highest quality installation and repairs by locating and tapping main lines, setting up system routes, placing and cutting route openings, placing hangers for proper level and slope and determining and installing valves, traps and unions needed for proper operation of the system. Ensures proper routing and placement of systems leading to equipment and seating, hooking up and testing the equipment.
  • Inspects, troubleshoots and installs new piping system equipment and fixtures. Using specifications and plumbing codes, fixes and replaces pipes, fittings and water and storm drainage systems. Replaces commodes, lavatories, showers, water heaters, hot water tanks, water pumps and sprinkler systems and/or landscape irrigation.

Technical Directions
  • Serves as Pipefitter Supervisor over Plumbers and Pipefitters performing construction, maintenance and repair functions of plumbing facilities throughout the U.S. Capitol Complex.
  • Installs, modifies and repairs new and existing utility, supply and disposal systems and equipment such as sewage, water, distribution systems, water closets, tubs, fire sprinkler systems and showers.
  • Restores pipe, steam traps and relief and control valves. Uses unions, flanges and sweating to attach pipes. Attaches pipe sections by screwing, bolting, brazing, welding, gluing, fusing and soldering.
  • Positions system routes, fixes regulating devices and arranges hangers for proper angle. Fixes risers, expansion joints, pumps, gauges and pressure and assures proper operation. Uses blueprints, layout sketches and specifications for correct sizing.
  • Directs the inspection, testing, repair and service of fire protection systems in accordance with NFPA standards and local codes. Completes electronic based testing related to the inspection process.
  • Attends assigned safety meetings, surveys, equipment checks, tool checks and project site checks to ensure that customer safety standards are adhered to.

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.

*** Please Note: This position is temporary in nature and is not to exceed 24 months. This is strictly a temporary appointment where there is no permanent need or permanent funding available for the work involved and that the temporary appointment is limited in duration. The duration of this temporary appointment may be shorter or longer, depending on the duration of the work or project. The temporary position may also be terminated at any time due to lack of work and/or lack of funds without any advance notice. As a non-permanent employee, you may also be separated for failure to meet management's expectations, with no advance notice.


You must meet all eligibility and qualification requirements by the closing date of the job announcement.

You must meet the following requirements for this position:
  • Ability to supervise and lead a diverse workforce in the pipefitting/plumbing trade. (Screen-out)


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 http://www.dhs.gov/files/programs/gc_1185221678150.shtm

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.

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:

-- Ability to supervise and lead a diverse workforce in the pipefitting trade. (Screen-out)

-- Ability to perform technical practices in the pipefitting trade.

-- Ability to use measuring devices and perform pipefitting layout work.

-- Ability to troubleshoot piping systems and equipment.

-- Ability to use tools and equipment in the pipefitting trade.

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).
To preview questions please click here .

Background checks and security clearance

Security clearance

Drug test required

Required Documents

The Architect of the Capitol's (AOC) job application process is designed to ensure you only provide information necessary to evaluate your qualifications and eligibility for the position vacancy.

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

Your resume should list your education, training and work experience including job titles, employment dates, duties and accomplishments.

Nothing further is required until it is requested by AOC's Human Capital Management Division. If additional documentation is required for the position, you will be asked to provide it during the interview or selection process. At that time, you may be asked to submit documentation to support statements made in your resume.

For example, you may be asked to provide a copy of your diploma, college transcripts, or proof of Federal employment status. If the position requires licensure or certification, you will be asked to provide proof at the time of selection.

If Veterans' preference is claimed, you will be asked to submit proof (DD-214, and, if claiming a 10-point preference, a SF-15 and the proof required by that form).

Failure to provide the required documents will end further consideration and/or result in the withdrawal of any tentative job offers.

Your application must be received by 11:59 p.m. Eastern Standard Time on the closing date of this job announcement.

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.

Similar jobs