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Washington, D.C
Jan 12, 2021
Jan 20, 2021
Full Time


This position serves in the Architect of the Capitol, Superintendent House Office Buildings, Assistant Superintendent Facilities Operations Division, Electrical Branch. We are seeking a worker-level or journey-level electrician who can interpret building plans, blueprints, wiring diagrams, engineering drawings to maintain, install, test, troubleshoot and repair electrical and electronic networks in historical buildings over the Capitol Hill Campus.

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Tours of Duty include:

Day Shift: (Monday thru Friday, 6:00 A.M. - 2:30 P.M.)
Evening Shift: (Monday thru Friday, 2:00 P.M. - 10:30 P.M.)
Night Shift (Sunday thru Thursday, 10:00 P.M. - 6:30 A.M.)

**Shift work may change due to the Operating Needs of the Agency.**

The position may be filled at the Worker level (WG-8) or Journey-level (WG-10). If starting at the Worker level, developmental assignments will be given with the goal of attaining the full performance level. Duties quoted below are at the WG-10 Journey- level.

Major Duties

Electrical Installation, Testing, Troubleshooting, and Repair

Interprets building plans, blueprints, wiring diagrams, engineering drawings, and electrical maintenance and repair manuals to install, test, maintain, troubleshoot and repair electrical and electronic networks in multi-story, historical buildings. Troubleshooting and repair of electrical and electronic equipment that contain circuit-based components include fire alarm systems, lighting control systems, variable speed drives and electric motor starters for the A/C systems, cafeteria and kitchen equipment (steam wells, Vulcan ovens, deep fryers, dimming systems in the committee rooms, and automatic door opening systems.

Runs conduit of all types, figures loads and wire sizes. Uses a variety of hand and power tools. Reverse engineers the entire electrical systems in order to troubleshoot a system problem.

Interprets blueprints, vendor schematics, circuit diagrams and National Electrical Code (NEC) specifications to plan wiring layouts. Pulls wire through conduits and through holes in walls and floors. Installs brackets and hangers to support electrical components. Installs, replaces and repairs lighting fixtures and electrical controls and distribution equipment, such as switches, relays and circuit breaker panels.

Joins and connects wire to fixtures and components to form circuits. Tests completion of circuits using test equipment. Troubleshoots and isolates ground faults in electrical and electronic systems and removes and replaces faulty parts.

Responsible for knowing and complying with the trade safety rules and regulations. Responsible for maintaining and protecting property, tools and equipment assigned for his use.

Installs, modifies, repairs, and maintains standard electrical lines, circuits, lighting control systems, and associated fixtures, controls, and equipment. Examples include secondary power distribution lines, and circuits used to supply a wide range of voltage, amperage, phase, and frequency requirements to distribution panels, switch gear, power and control circuits; multiphase systems; thermocouple sensors; electrical intrusion alarm and fire alarm systems; emergency warning systems; lighting protection systems; high intensity lighting systems with associated controls; target mechanisms; AC and DC rectification systems; galvanic and impressed current, cathodic protection systems which prevent corrosion on underground or submerged equipment and pipes; amplifier circuits; and related electrical equipment.

Troubleshoots, tests, and loads new and existing electrical lines, circuits, systems, and associated fixtures, controls, and equipment. Determines location of existing electrical devices and service entrances and places new ones.

Traces hard-to-locate defects or problems. Interprets and applies the National Electrical Code, local codes, building plans, blueprints, wiring diagrams, and engineering drawings, and uses trade formulas to calculate common properties, e.g., voltage, voltage drop and current capability in series and parallel circuits, resistance, inductance, capacitance, power factor, current flow, and temperature and length in single and multiple raceways, conduits, gutters, and cable trays.

Installs, modifies, repairs, loads, and tests systems, circuits, equipment, and controls with little or no check during the progress or upon completion of work. Assists with the design, development and maintenance of electrical systems and/or components to required specifications, focusing on economy, safety, reliability, quality and sustainability.

Preventive Maintenance

Ensures that electrical systems are grounded when installing outlets, lighting fixtures and switches. Utilizes preventative measures such as oiling motors, bending conduit and replacing old wiring. When electrical systems break down, responsible for troubleshooting and fixing the problem.

Installs temporary electrical wiring and feeders for audiovisual systems for special presentations.

Electrical Design Work

Assists Electrical Engineers with routing new electrical circuits. Functions include cutting, bending, assembling, and installing conduit, pulling wire, connecting to panel box, and testing installation.

Performs other related duties as assigned.

Travel Required

Not required

Supervisory status

Promotion Potential
11 - Will have non-competitive promotion potential to the WG-11.


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.

  • Ability to perform journey-level electrical work without more than normal supervision. (Screen-out Factor)

  • Ability to perform worker-level electrical work without more than normal supervision. (Screen-out Factor)


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:

1. Ability to perform electrical work without more than normal supervision. (Screen-out Factor)

2. Knowledge of Electrical Equipment

3. Electrical Trade Practices

4. Ability to Use Electrical Drawings

5. Ability to Use and Maintain Tools in Electrical Work

6. Electrical Troubleshooting

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 (MM/DD/YR), 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.

Your application must be received by 11:59 p.m. Eastern Standard Time on the closing date of this job announcement.

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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