Student Trainee Engineer/Architect

Washington, D.C
Oct 08, 2019
Oct 16, 2019
Engineer, IT, QA Engineer
Full Time


At the Architect of the Capitol (AOC), our employees are passionate about AOC's mission to serve Congress and the Supreme Court, preserve America's Capitol and inspire memorable experiences. AOC is the authority for the preservation, maintenance and construction of the most iconic treasures and buildings on Capitol Hill. We are seeking an Engineer/Architect Student Trainee who will assist professional engineers and/or architects and admin staff in the operations of the Capitol Power Plant.

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This position is located in the Architect of the Capitol, Utilities and Power Plant Operations, Engineering Division. The trainee will receive increasingly more responsible assignments to provide training and development in their respective engineering discipline. The trainee will have non-competitive promotion up to the GS-9 level.

  • Performs well-defined tasks in various aspects of engineering and architecture. Receives formal training and on-the-job instruction designed to familiarize the trainee with the functions and operations of the Capitol Power Plant and to provide experience in the application of architectural/engineering knowledge to projects at the plant. Specific duties are dependent upon the occupational specialty that corresponds to the college major.
  • Assists professional level architects or engineers or other staff in routine and progressively responsible duties which are directly related to the student's academic studies and occupational career goals.
  • Performs specified arithmetic computations using engineering software and programs, standard tables, or other engineering practice.
  • Supports engineering project team(s) and accomplishes assigned tasks.
  • Operates and makes adjustments to a variety of instruments and equipment.
  • Gathers and complies data from records, specifications and drawings. Recognizes and resolves readily apparent errors.
  • Creates drawings of simple facilities and equipment from sketches and models or marked up prints when the details fit a familiar pattern and are easily visualized.
  • Follows all relevant safety rules, regulations and standard operating procedures and comply with all OSHA safety rules and regulations.

NOTE ON PAY RATES - Per AOC policy, sophomores will receive GS-4 pay rates and juniors will receive GS-5 pay rates.

Travel Required

Not required

Supervisory status

Promotion Potential
09 - Position has non-competitive promotional potential to the GS-9.


Conditions of Employment

  • You must be a U.S. Citizen.
  • You must be able to pass a drug test.
  • You must meet the definition of specialized experience.
  • You must meet the Education requirements.

Students must meet the following requirements:
  • Attend an accredited college or university on at least a half-time basis, but must have completed at least 30 semester hours.
  • Have at least a 2.9 grade point average (GPA) or higher on a scale of 4.0 upon initial appointment.
  • Must have successfully completed introductory coursework if a student attends a professional school.
  • Must be at least 16 years of age upon entry into the program.
  • Must complete a Cooperative Agreement between the school, student and the AOC.


To qualify, you must currently be a 2nd-year (Sophomore) or 3rd-year (Junior) college or university student majoring in engineering or architecture with a grade point average (GPA) of at least 2.9 on a 4.0 scale. Must meet their university or college Co-operative Education Program requirements.


To be eligible, you must currently be a 2nd-year (Sophomore) or 3rd-year (Junior) college or university student majoring in engineering or architecture.

It is important to understand that your assignment requires continuing pursuit of a bachelor's degree in engineering or architecture. Changing your curriculum to any other major may preclude your employment in this student trainee position. If the student employee's GPA falls below 2.9 at any time during employment, an academic improvement period to raise the GPA may be extended by the AOC.

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

Your resume should list your education, any relevant training, skills and work experience to include job titles, employment dates and job duties. Nothing further is required until it is requested by AOC's Human Capital Management Division.

When asked to provide proof of enrollment in college or university, students selected for a position need only provide one (1) of the following acceptable documents:
  • A copy of your current class schedule
  • A copy of your current college transcript - unofficial transcripts downloaded from your school website are acceptable
  • Letter from your advisor or registrar's office indicating that you are a current student

Failure to provide the required document 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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