Electronics Mechanic

Washington, D.C
Jan 19, 2021
Jan 26, 2021
Full Time


This position is located in the Architect of the Capitol (AOC), Superintendent, Library Buildings and Grounds, Assistant Superintendent, Facilities Operations Division, Maintenance Branch, Machine Section. The selectee will serve as an Electronics Mechanic and perform machinist duties involved in constructing, repairing, adjusting, troubleshooting and maintaining a diversity of very complex machinery and electronic security systems employed throughout the Library of Congress Buildings.

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TOUR OF DUTY: Day Shift - Monday thru Friday, 6:30 am to 3:00 pm.

Duties quoted at WG-12 level.

If selected at the WG-11, candidate will have non-competitive promotion potential to the WG-12.

The Electronics Mechanic:

Installs, Trouble shoots, Inspects, Tests and Maintains Complex Computerized Automated Security Equipment

Installs, trouble shoots, inspects, tests, maintains and assists contractors to install, maintain and repair new systems or upgrade existing security protection devices and systems. Aligns analog circuits, tests analog and digital circuits and replaces faulty electronic parts and various solid state devices.

Installs, maintains troubleshoots and repairs low and medium voltage wiring associated with electronically controlled door hardware including high speed garage doors, magnetic security locks, secured storage vault locks, garage doors, gate arms, card access reader systems, automatic door openers/actuators and controls tied thru security and fire alarm systems. Security and door control networks are both wireless and wired systems.

Provides technical support to engineers and other Superintendent's office staff in solving problems/breakdowns found programs. Isolates specific faults in equipment or units in test and repairs as required.

Responds to emergency calls to return alarmed systems to an on-line status as quickly as possible. Works from verbal instructions, work orders, blueprints, schematics, maintenance schedules and inspection schedules to perform maintenance, diagnose system or equipment malfunctions. Makes repairs and replaces equipment as required.

Coordinates with Library of Congress, Security and Emergency Preparedness Directorate (SEPD) on the installation, maintenance and troubleshooting on complex computerized automated security equipment to identify faults, installation requirements, demarcation point and integration specifications to incorporate security systems into other electronic building systems.

Installs, Troubleshoots, Inspects, Tests and Maintains equipment and Machinery

Troubleshoots and repairs equipment and machinery used throughout the Library Buildings and Grounds. Equipment includes motors and gear-boxes, door springs and other mechanical systems. Performs maintenance on shop machines by oiling, greasing, cleaning and making minor repairs.

Maintains systems such as sliding bookshelves and pneumatic systems. Repairs or replaces broken or damaged structural and mechanical parts. Replaces pneumatic system fiberglass tubes. Caulks seams to restore pneumatic integrity. Repairs precision valves.

Sets up and operates machining tools as needed for metal working. Manufactures axles, bearings, bolts, bushings, pipe flanges, pulleys, safety guards, shafts and taper fittings. Calibrates and maintains tools and equipment used by elevator mechanics, plumbers, carpenters and electricians as needed.

Repairs, modifies and/or fabricates metal and alloy parts and equipment using electric, gas or inert gas shielded welding processes. Plans and lays out work from blueprints, drawings and work orders and selects materials as needed for use in fabrication or repair. Devises jigs and fixtures as needed to hold parts to be welded.

Repairs or replaces defective lock parts and fastening devices to return them to proper operation. Repairs and restores antique locks. Adapts locking and fastening devices for special usages, such as modification of locks for use by person's covered under the Americans for Disabilities Act.

Performs maintenance on components of power rotary lawn mowers, riding mowers, small tillers, snow moving equipment, bob cats and other equipment utilizing small engines.

The incumbent must follow all relevant safety rules, regulations and standard operating procedures. Must utilize knowledge of and must comply with all OSHA safety rules and regulations to ensure that work progresses in a safe manner. Receives training, either on the job or through classroom training, to ensure that all safety practices and equipment are fully utilized. Must ensure the use of any required Personal Protective Equipment (PPE).

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-11:
  • Skill and trade knowledge in repairing grounds and snow moving equipment using small engines. Ability to operate and maintain machine shop equipment such as milling machines and lathes. Knowledge of and understanding of basic low voltage security devices such as locks and automatic door opens and how to diagnose and replace these devices.

For WG-12:
  • In addition to the WG-11 screenout above, Clear journey-level skills and trade knowledge in security systems applications and vendor products. Ability to trouble shoot, repair, install and maintain end devices for security systems such as Maglocks, Automatic door openers, high speed door controls, programming operators, etc., normally acquired by completion of electronic mechanic training either in an accredited civilian institution or in connection with military occupational training, and/or specialized experience. Has the knowledge and experience to perform most duties of the job independently and without assistance.


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 apply Electronic Mechanic concepts to diagnose problems and suggest solutions for correcting or repairing problems on complex security systems in which novel engineering approaches are required.

2. Ability to diagnose and repair systems including, but are not limited to, such tasks as diagnosing digital circuits and replacing defective electronic parts and various solid state devices.

3. Ability to use conventional machine tools and their attachments for machining operations for which a specific machine tool is not available, i.e., adapts milling machine to perform hobbing to cut gears, sprockets or splines.

4. Skill in interpreting electronics drawings, specifications, and schematics of complex operational systems; application of trade skills and technical knowledge in the modification and adaptation of electronic components in the various systems to achieve optimum effectiveness is required; knowledge of the operation, capabilities, and limitations of various pieces of electronic test equipment. This equipment is utilized in trouble shooting, analysis, detection and correction of various maintenance and repair problems.

5. Knowledge of and compliance with all 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.

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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