Electronics Mechanic

Washington, D.C
Nov 21, 2020
Nov 29, 2020
Full Time


This position is located in the Architect of the Capitol, Senate Office Buildings, Audio Visual Electronics Branch.

We are seeking an independent and reliable Electronics Mechanic to perform installation, maintenance and repair of electronics-related systems such as audio systems, closed-circuit TV surveillance systems, intrusion alarms, the Legislative Call System, metal detectors, network communications systems, x-ray package inspection devices and other electronic control systems.

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  • Tour of duty is Monday to Friday 1:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. Work schedule will include mandatory overtime on holidays AND weekends on a regular and recurring basis.
  • This is an Essential-Employee Position. The employee will be required to report to work during emergencies AND inclement weather situations.
  • Installs or assists contractors to install new systems or upgrades of existing devices and systems.
  • Aligns and balances analog circuits, tests analog and digital circuits and replaces faulty electronic parts and various solid state devices.
  • Identifies and troubleshoots the source and/or cause of operational problems on novel or improved systems when specifications and manuals are inadequate and incomplete.
  • Trains system users on system operation, maintenance and testing procedures. Provides advice and assistance to users as required.
  • Inspects, repairs and tests equipment and systems involved with construction, maintenance, overhaul and conversion projects.
  • Maintains, repairs and adjusts systems and system components. Aligns, balances and tests circuits. Replaces defective electronic parts and solid state devices as appropriate.
  • Maintains and calibrates testing and calibration equipment and instruments. Tests equipment following repairs to ensure it functions according to design specifications and operational requirements.
  • Schedules maintenance during periods when the equipment can be out of service without disrupting mission operations. Recommends replacement of equipment which is determined to be obsolete or beyond effective repair.
  • As needed, communicates with manufacturers' representatives regarding design, functionality and maintenance of equipment and systems.
  • Uses ingenuity to solve unusual problems related to interference from other frequency generating equipment.
  • Adapts equipment to perform different functions to meet immediate objectives or assignments. And performs other related duties as assigned.
  • If selected at the WG-10 or WG-11, selectee will have non-competitive promotion potential to the WG-12. Responsibilities quoted at WG-12 level.

Travel Required

Not 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.

For WG-10:
  • Possesses a thorough knowledge of general smart building electronic applications, capabilities and limitations. Troubleshoots and repairs malfunctions. Evaluates and performs functional tests on items to determine the extent of repairs required, makes repairs and replaces defective components and parts. Has skill in interpreting and applying a variety of technical information such as technical orders, manufacturers' handbooks and repair manuals, schematics, block diagrams, mathematical expressions and similar documents while testing and repairing functionally independent electronic equipment. Assists higher graded electronics mechanics in developing, debugging or modifying diagnostic programs by recommending changes where necessary and identifying and investigating apparent contradictions between test specifications or test requirement documents and test programs.

For WG-11:
  • Possesses comprehensive knowledge of operating electronic principles such as microminiaturized digital and solid state integrated circuits, transistors, diodes, tube circuits, antennas, signal transmission, oscillation and amplification. Ability to troubleshoot and repair malfunctions where circuit theory must be used to understand the operation, not only of individual circuits but also the interaction of other circuits to create a malfunction. Evaluates and performs functional tests on items to determine the extent of repair required, makes repairs and replaces defective components and parts. Electronics mechanics at this level have skill in interpreting and applying a variety of technical information such as technical orders, manufacturers' handbooks and repair manuals, schematics, block diagrams, mathematical expressions and similar documents while testing and repairing functionally independent electronic equipment. Utilizes electronic test equipment such as oscilloscopes, pulse and signal generators, distortion and waveform analyzers, digital data generators, digital voltmeters, frequency and pulse generators and special test panels.

For WG-12:
  • Possesses expert knowledge of operations, capabilities and limitations of electronic equipment and systems and practical knowledge of electronic theory and design. Skill in new and complex systems that have frequent engineering changes to improvise alignment, repair and operating procedures. Ability to solve operating and repair problems. Ability to interpret electronics drawings, specifications and schematics of complex operational systems. Skill in troubleshooting complex electronic systems that lack documentation. Trains lower level electronics mechanics and provides advice and assistance to users.


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:

-- Knowledge to do the work of the position without more than normal supervision: Working independently, exercising judgment and ingenuity in the application of shop and trade practices to solve complex electrical/mechanical problems.

-- Knowledge of Equipment Assembly, Installation, and Repair: Interpreting electronic schematics and specifications, as well as improvise repair procedures, prepare test layouts.

-- Knowledge of Electronics Use of Test Equipment: Conducting a variety of operating tests and the difficulty of the diagnostic process is compounded by system interrelationships, such as specialized test consoles.

-- Knowledge of Electronic tools and equipment: Functionality and maintenance of equipment and systems and operations.

-- Knowledge of Trouble shooting (Electronic Equipment): Troubleshooting or diagnosing malfunctions on highly complex electronic equipment that is composed of a number of integrated assemblies and is itself often interrelated with other systems.

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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