Washington, D.C
Feb 17, 2021
Feb 24, 2021
Full Time


This position is located in the Architect of the Capitol (AOC), Superintendent Capitol Building, Assistant Superintendent, Tenant Services and Facility Operations Division, Maintenance Branch Electrical Section (Day/Evening/Night Units). We are seeking journey-level electrician who can interpret building plans, blueprints, wiring diagrams, engineering drawings to maintain, install, test, kitchen equipment, troubleshoot and repair electrical and electronic networks in historical buildings.

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Duties quoted at WG-11 include:

Maintenance and Repair

Electrical Installation and Troubleshooting (35%)

Installs, assembles, troubleshoots, modifies, repairs, and maintains standard and non-standard electrical lines, circuits, systems, and associated fixtures, controls, and equipment. Responsibilities include troubleshooting electrical systems and devices containing electronic components in order to isolate the cause of the malfunction of electrical control systems, analog/digital controls, and solid-state control circuits in equipment. Equipment may include; uninterrupted power supplies (UPS), fire alarm systems, adjustable frequency drives and electric motor starters for a variety of equipment including cafeteria and kitchen equipment such as ovens, ranges, deep fryers, conveying systems, lighting system, lighting control systems and electrically operated door opening systems.

Tests equipment using voltmeters ammeters, meg-ohmmeters, and other testing devices.

Autonomously works from construction plans, outlines, wiring illustrations, engineering sketches and electrical preservation and restoration instructions to install or trouble shoot electrical systems and equipment.

Performs maintenance and repairs on equipment and systems without the original schematics or drawings. Must either research the schematic via the internet or manufacturer, or in some cases trace out circuits and repair the equipment without original schematics or drawings.

Troubleshoots, examines, and energizes new and current electrical lines, electrical bus duct systems, and related features, controls, and equipment. Decides site of current electrical procedures and service entrances and situates new ones.

Detects difficult-to-find flaws or glitches. Understands and applies the National Electrical Code, local codes, construction plans, designs, wiring illustrations, and engineering diagrams, and uses trade methods to analyze shared properties, e.g., power, energy drop and current capability in series and matching circuits, inductance, resistance, capacitance, control dynamic, current stream, and temperature and span in lone and several raceways, channels, trenches, and cable trays.

Leads Workers and Helpers pulling cable, installing conduit, tagging electrical devices. mounting electrical panels, and installing bus plugs. Installs both general and specific power receptacles and associated wiring and conduit.

Completes restoration and upkeep work on the electrical and electronic kitchen machinery including ranges, ovens, garbage disposals, dishwashers deep fryers, etcetera. Repairs and maintains high-tech lighting systems, electromechanical components and electronic systems. Repairs and replaces electronic systems that control motors and other types of variable speed equipment. Troubleshoots and repairs electronic door systems.
Works with an extensive selection of electrical systems and machinery typically found in occupied commercial/industrial public facilities. Systems include low voltage DC electrical systems, single-phase AC electrical systems and 3 phase AC electrical systems up to 480 volts AC.

Performs the electrical aspects of construction and restoration projects. Connects electrical devices in areas that may lack complete documentation due to the age of the facility. The Electrician must ad-lib to connect the updated circuits and apparatuses in outdated facilities without harmfully affecting the existing design or construction.

Strategizes and lays out electrical work including the routing, location, magnitude, stability, weight, and safe functioning of electrical lines and associated devices and controls.

Makes estimations of material and apparatuses needed and submits requests to manager for supplies, equipment, and materials essential to accomplish the electrical and electronic responsibilities.

Determines locations and installs electrical distribution panels and associated conduit and wiring to meet the project requirements. Re-wires, upgrades electrical services, and replaces faulty distribution panel components.

Responsible for utilizing a thorough knowledge of and compliance with applicable AOC and Occupational Safety and Health Administration (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. Provides or receives training, either on the job or through classroom training, to ensure that required Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) is utilized.

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.
  • Ability to perform journey 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 journey level 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, 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.