Maintenance Mechanic

Fort Meade, Maryland
Aug 23, 2019
Aug 27, 2019
Full Time


The Architect of the Capitol, Library Buildings and Grounds, Assistant Superintendent Facilities Support Division, Fort Meade Operations and Maintenance Branch day and/or evening shifts is looking for a Maintenance Mechanic to perform general operations, maintenance and repair of facilities and equipment. The work includes maintenance, repair and installation of: commercial/industrial air conditioning and heating systems, plumbing systems, fire sprinkler systems, and electrical systems.

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TOUR OF DUTY: 2nd Shift- Tuesday through Saturday - 2:00 pm to 10:30 pm

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

In the event of an environmental condition, fire alarm, or utility outage, the selectee may be required to respond to the facility. This may occur outside normal working hours.

This position is located at Fort Meade, MD; however, periodic travel to Washington, DC or Northern VA may be required.


Duties quoted at WG-11 level.

Major Duties

A/C System Maintenance and Repair
  • Operates, maintains and troubleshoots malfunctions in equipment and systems using various testing techniques and equipment. Locates the source or cause of malfunction and determines the repairs or adjustments needed. Installs and removes associated supply, return and exhaust ducts. Lays out and designs routing, placement types, size and gauge. Installs and adjusts dampers in accordance with industry standards. Adjusts, maintains, repairs, and troubleshoots air-conditioning equipment. Replaces filters, performs and documents daily logs.
  • Performs scheduled preventative maintenance functions on building systems (i.e. chillers, boilers, cooling towers, and pumps).
  • Adjusts, maintains, repairs and troubleshoots electronic and Direct Digital Controls (DDCs). These include, among others, DDC control systems on air handlers units, electronic dampers, electronic valves, variable speed drives and Variable Air Volume systems.

Electrical Maintenance, Repair and Troubleshooting
  • Installs, modifies, operates, repairs, maintains, troubleshoots, tests and loads new and existing electrical lines, circuits, systems and associated fixtures, controls and equipment. Works with secondary power distribution lines and circuits used to supply a wide range of voltage, amperage, phase and frequency requirements to distribution panels, switchgear, power and control circuits; industrial multiphase systems; thermocouple sensors; fire alarm systems; emergency warning systems; lighting protection systems; high intensity lighting systems with associated controls; AC and DC rectification systems; and related electrical equipment.
  • Operates, maintains, replaces and troubleshoots variable frequency drives (VFDs).
  • Works from building plans, blueprints, wiring diagrams, engineering drawings and electrical maintenance and repair manuals to plan and lay out the routing, placement, type, size, gauge, balance, load, continuity and safe operation of electrical lines, circuits, systems, equipment and controls. Places boxes, connections, distribution panels and fittings and installs conduits, couplings, electrical service entrances, fixtures, wiring, relays and transformers. Troubleshoots electrical systems for sufficient power and repairs circuits as required.
  • Maintains, installs and/or repairs electrical circuits and equipment during the construction, maintenance or renovation of buildings, offices and workshops. Installs and repairs alternators, breaker boxes, controllers, converters, generators, inverters, motors, power panels and transformers. Makes repairs to installed systems. Relocates and connects circuit breakers, outlets, light fixtures, and switches. Replaces lamps, light fixtures and ballasts.
  • Operates and performs weekly generator maintenance.

Plumbing System Repairs
  • Uses blueprints, building plans and sketches to plan and lay out the routing, placement, slant, slope, fall and proper operation of feed and drain systems and equipment. Installs new systems, modifies and repairs existing utility, supply and disposal systems.

Fire Protection Systems
  • Performs monthly fire extinguisher inspections.
  • Inspects, operates and maintains the building fire alarm detection/notification system. Impairs and restores system alarm points warranted by work project requests and maintenance and renovation completion status.
  • Inspects and maintains sprinkler system fire and booster (jockey) pumps to confirm that proper system pressure is available. Troubleshoots and repairs fire pump motor controls and electrical control systems. Performs weekly fire pump churn testing.

Environmental Waste Management
  • Based on duties assigned, may require knowledge of hazardous (e.g. lead paint and solvents), universal (e.g. lamps and batteries, and/or non-hazardous (e.g. oil and polychlorinated biphenyl) waste management requirements to ensure compliance with environmental regulations in performance of duties.

Travel Required

Occasional travel - This position is located at Fort Meade, MD; however, periodic travel to Washington, DC or Northern VA may be 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.



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 work in mechanical trade occupations without more than normal supervision; specifically, air-conditioning, electrical, plumbing and fire sprinkler work.


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:
  • Ability to perform the work of the position without more than normal supervision. (SCREEN-OUT)
  • Knowledge of mechanical trade principles and theories.
  • Knowledge of trade-specific building systems and equipment.
  • Ability to interpret job-related instructions, specifications, blueprint readings and schematics.
  • Ability to troubleshoot mechanical systems.
  • Ability to use and maintain trade-specific tools and equipment.
  • Safety Practices
  • Ability to effectively manage an electronic Work Order Management System.

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 (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.

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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