Supervisory Electrical Engineer

Washington, D.C
Oct 24, 2020
Oct 31, 2020
Full Time


The Capitol Power Plant (CPP) is seeking a Supervisory Electrical Engineer to be responsible for managing and supervising all aspects of utility engineering, maintenance, repairs and projects for the CPP while ensuring compliance with safety and environmental policies and regulations. Utility Services includes utility distribution steam and chilled water services, utility distribution high voltage electrical services and electrical electronics services.

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Supervisory Responsibilities
  • Provides supervision of the Utility Services Division engineering and maintenance staff, which includes three branches, to ensure the CPP utility services are safely and efficiently distributed to the Capitol Campus (House and Senate Office Buildings, the Capitol Building, the Capitol Visitor Center, U.S. Botanic Garden, the Supreme Court), Library of Congress, Union Station and the Government Printing Office (GPO).
  • Provides administrative and technical supervision of the Utility Services Division that includes three branches; Utility Distribution Branch, Distribution High Voltage Branch and Electronics Engineering Branch. Manages the work of day shift and evening shift Wage Grade employees and General Schedule employees and supervises strict compliance with safety rules and standard operating and maintenance procedures.
  • Manages and supports daily maintenance activities such as planning, coordinating and controlling utility service equipment maintenance in accordance with written requirements, procedures and schedules. Coordinates the development of utility service equipment procedures and instructions, including safety procedures, statutory regulations, outage schedules and routine test and inspection schedules.
  • Is responsible for utilizing a thorough knowledge of and compliance with applicable AOC and Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) safety rules and regulations. Provides or receives training to ensure that required Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) is utilized.

Project Management
  • Responsible for the development of plans and schedules which are responsive to the dynamic nature of AOC and CPP schedules and formulated and executed to minimize potential impacts to the AOC community. Identifies actions required to execute the project directed, as well as to accommodate changes leading to the assurance of safety, construction, electrical and electronic engineering requirements and efficient use of equipment during operational aspects of the proj Provides program management by exercising project control and authority throughout the various phases of engineering projects.

Utility Distribution Systems Management
  • Performs planning necessary to accomplish technical, professional engineering and maintenance functions for programs essential to utility distribution daily operations. Oversees utility distribution maintenance activities to ensure compliance with all applicable environmental policies and regulations.
  • Responsible for the acquisition, installation, maintenance, repair and operation of utility distribution systems and equipment. Performs related management, engineering and other support This includes:

(a) Acquisition, accountability and disposal of equipment;

(b) Planning and programming of total requirements for the maintenance, repair and

efficiency of utility services;

(c) Maintenance and repair of structures and associated equipment; and

(d) Furnishing engineering service and activities.

Electrical and Electronic Management
  • Exercises responsibility for the planning, design, direction, execution and control of electrical and electronic engineering modernization, preventive maintenance and repair projects for the AOC and CPP. The scope of construction projects may involve the management of multi-million dollar budgets.
  • Provides electrical and electronic engineering guidance related to the unique architectural characteristics of AOC facilities through thorough reviews of design documents for the most economic and reliable design choices.

Contractor Oversight
  • Serves as an expert technical advisor in the preparation of contracts for design, renovation, modernization and repair of electrical and electronic projects. Ensures technical specifications are clearly and precisely delineated in contracts, work schedules are realistic and that planned activities can be handled safely and in accordance with all applicable technical and professional standards.
  • Upon initiation of work, maintains contact with contractors and oversees work efforts through project inspectors to ensure that contract specifications are being followed. Serves as an expert technical contact and Contracting Officer's Technical Representative (COTR).

Technical Advice and Guidance
  • Acts as an expert consultant on the most challenging problems in electrical and electronic engineering for the CPP and assists other AOC organizations. Works with all levels of local management and program officials, key personnel of other Agency locations, other government agencies and private industry to resolve and track complex and controversial problems that arise.
  • Provides expert advice to the officials and staff of AOC jurisdictions, including the Superintendent organizations and CPP Management, regarding electrical and electronic aspects of design, modernization, operation, repair and maintenance systems and equipment.

Travel Required

Not required

Supervisory status

Promotion Potential


Conditions of Employment

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



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

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-14 grade level must have at least 52 weeks of specialized experience equivalent to the next lower GS-13 grade level in the Federal service.

Specialized experience is defined as having 4 out of 5 of the following: (1) Providing supervision, leadership and guidance to support the growth and development of engineering and trade staff; (2) Providing expert advice regarding electrical and electronic aspects of design, modernization, operation, and repair of utility distribution systems and equipment; (3) Exercising project control (ex., scheduling, resources, trades) in the execution of electrical and electronic engineering projects; (4) Serving as a Contracting Officer Technical Representative (COTR) or equivalent on assigned construction and consultant contracts; and (5) Developing and executing actions to meet strategic goals.

Candidates for the GS-15 grade level must have at least 52 weeks of specialized experience equivalent to the next lower GS-14 grade level in the Federal service.

Specialized experience is defined as having experience: (1) Providing supervision, leadership and guidance to support the growth and development of engineering and trade staff; (2) Providing expert advice regarding electrical and electronic aspects of design, modernization, operation, and repair of utility distribution systems and equipment; (3) Exercising project control (ex., scheduling, resources, trades) in the execution of electrical and electronic engineering projects; (4) Serving as a Contracting Officer Technical Representative (COTR) or equivalent on assigned construction and consultant contracts; and (5) Developing and executing actions to meet strategic goals.


This position requires a Bachelor's Degree in professional engineering from a school of engineering with at least one curriculum accredited by the Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology (ABET) as a professional engineering curriculum


A bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university in a related field, such as architecture, physics, chemistry, computer science, mathematics, hydrology, or geology, provided the applicant has at least one year of professional engineering experience acquired under professional engineering supervision or guidance.

Transcripts must be provided if selected.

All positions GS-14 and higher at the AOC require 4 year degrees.

Special Instructions for Foreign Education :

Education completed outside of the United States must be deemed equivalent to that gained in conventional/accredited U.S. education programs to be acceptable for Federal employment.

Qualifying education from colleges and universities in foreign countries must be evaluated in terms of equivalency to that acquired in U.S. colleges and universities. Applicants educated in whole or in part of foreign countries must submit sufficient evidence, including transcripts, to an accredited private organization for an equivalency evaluation of course work and degree.

You must provide a copy of the letter containing the results of the equivalency evaluation with a course by course listing if selected.

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 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:

- Supervision

- Project Management

- Utility Distribution Systems Management

- Electrical and Electronic Management

- Contractor Oversight

- Technical Advice and Guidance

- Communication

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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