Heavy Mobile Equipment Mechanic Assistant Supervisor

Washington, D.C
Oct 23, 2019
Oct 30, 2019
Full Time


This position is located in the Architect of the Capitol (AOC), Capitol Grounds and Arboretum, Maintenance Division, Mechanical Operations Branch. The selectee will serve as a working Heavy Mobile Equipment Mechanic Assistant Supervisor and perform automotive mechanic and small engine repair work.

Must possess a valid state motor vehicle operator's license, a valid state Class B Commercial Driver's License (CDL) and complete AOC Forklift Certification within six months after appointment.

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Is considered essential during emergency closures. Uses a variety of equipment for snow removal and de-icing operations.


Supervisory Responsibilities
  • Serves as a working assistant supervisor. Assigns duties to and evaluates their performance. Manages the budget and workload of the branch. Develops performance requirements and creates individual development plans 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 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. Fosters a culture of learning, sharing, cooperation and teamwork that improves efficiency and effectiveness throughout the organization.
  • Assists the supervisor with branch work operations and employees engaged in maintenance and repair of gasoline and diesel powered truck and automotive equipment and power and hand mowers, gasoline trimmer and edger machines, body and fender repairs; body and frame welding; and body painting; and sharpening lawn mower blades.

Heavy Mobile Equipment Mechanic Tasks
  • The job requires a thorough knowledge of how heavy duty machinery, engines, parts and systems work; ability to detect faulty items, determine causes of malfunction and determine best repair methods; and skill to assemble, disassemble, repair or modify components and systems.
  • Troubleshoots problems with heavy-duty machinery, engines, parts and systems. Detects faulty items, determine causes of malfunctions and best repair methods. Assembles, disassembles, repairs or modifies components and systems.
  • Provides technical direction to all mechanics.

Automotive Mechanic Tasks
  • Shares responsibility for work performed by Automotive Mechanics and performs individual assignments such as fuel delivery, island management, inventory management, vehicle safety inspection, handicap space, road and lot painting, dispatching and managing vehicles and equipment, researching to obtain quotes, and ordering parts and equipment.
  • Performs major automotive repairs such as replacing fuel injection pumps and injectors on diesel motors, hydraulic cylinder replacement on a sewer vacuum; replacement of the particulate filter on a trash truck emission system, and removal and replacement of a motor from a skid steer loader.
  • Assists in the management of all operations associated with the Automotive Shop, Small Engine Shop, Welding / Fabricating Equipment Operators and Motor Vehicle Operators.
  • Assists in the management and operations of all events that require the assistance of Capitol Grounds and Arboretum staff and motor vehicles.
  • Assists in the management of agency-wide fleet vehicle safety inspection program.
  • Assists with ordering parts and materials.
  • Manages all work orders for the Automotive and Small Engine shop, as well as demand work orders for equipment and material handling. Delegates work orders to the responsible staff for information requested.
  • Is responsible for utilizing a thorough knowledge of and compliance with applicable AOC and OSHA 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.
  • Provides or receives training, either on the job or through classroom training to ensure that all direct reports know how to use required Personal Protective Equipment (PPE). Routinely checks to verify that subordinates are using all required PPE.
  • Is required to maintain a valid Department of Transportation (DOT) physical card. Annual physicals will be monitored by the AOC.
  • Must be exceptionally skilled in safe driving in congested cities with an enormous tourist presence, traffic circles, a complex maze of narrow streets and major safety concerns, such as yielding to Capitol Police escort services for Members of Congress and foreign dignitaries, tour bus sight-seeing stop-and-go practices, emergency vehicles, tourists on Segways, bicycles etc.

Travel Required

Not required

Supervisory status

Promotion Potential


Conditions of Employment

  • You must be a U.S. Citizen.
  • Your resume and question responses must demonstrate job-related elements.
  • You must possess a valid state motor vehicle operator's license.
  • You must possess a valid state Class B Commercial Drivers License (CDL).
  • You must be able to pass a drug test.

Must complete Forklift Certification within six months of appointment.


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

You must meet the following SCREEN-OUT required for this position.
  • Ability to supervise subordinates in the performance of heavy mobile equipment mechanical work.

ASE (Automotive Service Excellence) certification is highly desired


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.

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:


--Technical Practices (Heavy Mobile Equipment Mechanic)

--Equipment Assembly and Repair

--Interpreting instructions

--Tools and Equipment

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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