Industrial Control Systems Specialist

Washington, D.C
Sep 23, 2020
Oct 01, 2020
Full Time


This position is located in the Architect of the Capitol (AOC); Director, Utilities and Power Plant Operations; Assistant Director, Operations Division. The selectee will serve as the Industrial Control Systems Specialist for the Capitol Power Plant and be responsible for communicating the functional requirements and specifications for the operation, reliability and maintenance of Industrial Control Systems (ICS) located at the Capitol Power Plant (CPP).

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**Must possess a valid State or D.C. Driver's License.**

The CPP operates around the clock to provide steam for heating and chilled water for air conditioning to the buildings of the U.S. Capitol including the House of Representatives, the U.S. Senate the Library of Congress and the Supreme Court. This position is emergency essential. The specialist is required to report to work during emergencies, failure of plant machinery and equipment and inclement weather situations to support the critical mission of the Capitol Power Plant. The tour of duty is normally scheduled Monday through Friday during the work week.

Major Duties:

Repairs, adjusts and calibrates distribution and primary facility energy meters (e.g. electric, steam, chilled water and condensate return system meters) including sub-meters including flow, pressure, conductivity and temperature meters.
  • Serves as a specialist in the implementation, maintenance and operation of CPP ICS for assigned operations. Provides input into the development of a plan of action or project plan to develop functional specifications necessary to carry out the requirements of the CPP ICS.
  • Collects, interprets and develops specialized information about plant and distribution equipment, systems or subsystems. Interprets drawings for multisystem complexes such as the complete P&ID systems schematics, DCS architecture plans and ICS logic sequences, including numerous interconnections of signal paths both between and within individual subsystems of the multisystem complex.
  • Makes recommendations to the ICS Program Manager on procedural and technical changes necessary to modify equipment processing to resolve alarms and operational impediments. Reviews the effect of recommended modifications on CPP ICS.
  • Collaborates with manufacturers, engineers, resource management officials and technical representatives concerning the availability, development and status of integrated products and technical information for use in preparing provisioning documentation, maintenance support plans, training and publications requirements, instrument accessories and equipment modifications.
  • Plans and coordinates the installation, configuration and implementation of major hardware or software upgrades to the systems environment. Oversees testing to ensuring minimal disruption to operations. Advises plant affected personnel by providing implementation support.
  • Installs, tests and implements vendor-supplied modifications to existing system. Independently determines the feasibility of installing modifications and schedules implementation to ensure continuity of operations.
  • Independently diagnoses and resolves trouble calls in the technical area. Analyzes malfunctions, devises repair procedures and performs the repairs. Keeps up-to-date on technical developments and makes recommendations for systems environment improvements and upgrades. Develops and conducts training sessions, demonstrations and classes on the new or modified system.
  • Performs backup, restoration, reorganization and recovery work on the databases and associated files. Monitors database performance and conducts performance tuning activities designed to optimize data management processes. Recommends performance enhancements, such as increasing storage capacity or modifying interfaces.
  • Installs or oversees the installation of virus definition software, Microsoft system updates, ICS system updates and component firmware in accordance with AOC and CPP Policies. Tracks routine PMs and ensures that adequate documentation is kept in accordance with applicable NIST standards, AOC Policy and CPP Procedures.
  • Troubleshoots accessibility and availability problems and initiates corrective actions. Analyzes performance data, researches technical solutions and modifies systems and database configurations to correct problems affecting the confidentiality, integrity and availability of data.
  • Conducts comprehensive technical reviews of professional studies, research and analysis in ICS Systems and ICS System Security. Applies findings in the development of projects or operational and maintenance directives. Suggests appropriate consideration of inclusion or change to existing practices, policies and/or programs.

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 the job-related KSAs.
  • You must meet the definition of specialized experience.
  • You must be able to pass a drug test.

After hire, the specialist must obtain and maintain Contracting Officers Technical Representative (COTR) training in accordance with AOC policies.


You must meet the United States Office of Personnel Management's (OPM) qualification requirements (including specialized experience and/or educational requirements) for the advertised position. You must meet all eligibility and qualifications requirements by the closing date of the job announcement. Additional information on the qualification requirements is outlined in the OPM Qualifications Standards Handbook of General Schedule Positions. It is available for your review on the OPM web site at OPM qualification standards

Qualifying on Specialized experience : is experience that has equipped you with the particular knowledge, skills and abilities to perform successfully the duties of the position, and that is typically in or related to the position to be filled. To be creditable, specialized experience must have been equivalent to at least the next lower grade level.

Candidates for the GS-11 grade level must have at least 52 weeks of specialized experience equivalent to the next lower GS-09 grade level in the Federal service.

Specialized experience is defined as experience in three or more of the following five items: (1) Acting as an expert in two or more of the following areas: design, operation, maintenance, and administration of Industrial Control and Meter Systems (ICS); (2) Assisting in the development or management of an ICS or Meter System during installation of new system, or maintaining such a system; (3) Updating firmware or system software on all components in an ICS and/or energy meters; (4) Performing routine system checks including communications on an ICS and/or Energy Metering System; and (5) Communicating complex technical requirements and alternatives to non-technical personnel, including end users and senior management.

Qualifying on Graduate Education

Ph.D. or equivalent graduate degree or

3 full years of progressively higher level graduate education leading to such a degree or

LL.M, if related to the duties of the position


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, genetic information, sexual orientation 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 on a case-by-case basis.

Moving expenses are not authorized.

Relocation expenses are not authorized.

Probationary Period- A newly appointed selectee(s) 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 knowledge, skills, and abilities (KSAs) 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 knowledge, skills, abilities, and competencies:
  • Skill and knowledge to act as an administrator for CPP ICS used to generate steam, chilled water and electricity.
  • Ability to read a variety of engineering diagrams including equipment layout, plan view, flow diagrams, P&ID diagrams, electrical schematics, equipment O&M manuals and service manuals.
  • Ability to provide technical assistance related to CPP ICS to Meter Shop and Operations employees and various contractors.
  • Ability to interpret instructions, specifications and blueprints.
  • Knowledge of the trade occupational hazards and safety precautions while working in confined spaces.
  • Practical knowledge of enterprise architecture and administration necessary for analyzing system relationships, making decisions and solving problems regarding appropriate implementation.
  • Skill in oral and written communications to present findings and recommendations to all levels; justify and defend decisions and recommendations; and to represent the command at briefings, meetings or other required functions.

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 not hiring you or disqualification for 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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