General Engineer

Washington, D.C
Jul 20, 2021
Jul 24, 2021
Engineer, IT, QA Engineer
Full Time


This position is located in the Architect of the Capitol (AOC), Superintendent, Library Buildings and Grounds (LBG), Assistant Superintendent, Facility Operations Division. The General Engineer will provide management of designs, project execution, installation, replacement, maintenance and upgrades for electrical and mechanical infrastructure and utility systems for the Library of Congress (LOC) facilities.

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***Reporting for duty onsite outside of normal working hours to support utility outages and system upgrades will be required.***

Tour of Duty: Monday - Friday, with an option of an alternate work schedule

As a Senior General Engineer, you are responsible for performing investigations with limited guidance from senior engineers to identify failures and to determine the scope and nature of required engineering solutions. The incumbent shall have a comprehensive knowledge of building electrical systems including normal and emergency electrical infrastructure for commercial and public facilities, a wide range of analytical skills, and the ability to oversee construction and repair projects related to electrical systems and components.

Broad Engineering Project Management
  • Plans and performs diverse and complex project management responsibilities.
  • Collaborates with the Superintendent, Deputy Superintendent and Assistant Superintendent to determine suitable performance levels for electrical, mechanical and vertical transportation systems.
  • Supports technical divisions/branches in assembling and monitoring equipment to ensure service is within required operational tolerances.
  • Examines equipment performance issues to diagnose, malfunctions, improper operation, or failure to meet technical specifications.
  • Supports the Superintendent, Deputy Superintendent and Assistant Superintendent to prepare fiscal year annual reports to identify project status and budget requests for anticipated expenses for operations and maintenance.
  • Contributes to the preparation of initial designs, calculations and other engineering data and coordinates with other engineering staff, advisors, contractors, etc., to complete mechanical, electrical, energy savings and control systems projects.

Designs Work for the Facilities, Structures, Equipment, and Systems
  • Arranges designs for large multi-purpose, multiple-phase projects.
  • Develops project specifications, such as cost estimates, scopes of work, Independent Government Estimates and other technical documents. Reviews all design submittals presented by contractors or advisors.
  • Examines, evaluates and makes recommendations for design approval in accordance to design specifications.
  • Performs equipment checks against specifications and performs/oversees modifications during the initial stages of equipment operation to ensure safe and proper functionality and satisfaction of building occupants. Conducts site surveys to determine existing conditions and limitations.

Contractor Engineering Oversight
  • Functions as Contracting Officer Technical Representative (COTR). Reviews work in progress by external contractors as well as AOC Construction Division employees and maintenance workers assigned to the LBG.
  • Evaluates work for compliance with the Superintendent's policies. Also ensures accepted construction trade practices and safety standards are utilized.

Maintenance of Electrical Systems
  • Coordinates the maintenance and testing of the LOC's Uninterruptible Power Supplies (UPS), emergency generators, Motor Control Centers and other electrical systems to remain compliant with International Electrical Testing Association standards.
  • Maintains or replaces lighting control systems and incorporates techniques to reduce electrical usage in the LOC buildings as part of the energy savings program.

The employee must utilize knowledge of and must comply with all OSHA, National Electric Codes (NEC), National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) and Office of Congressional Work Place Rights (OCWR) safety rules and regulations to ensure that work progresses in a safe manner. Provides or receives training, either on-the-job or through classroom training, to ensure that all safety practices and equipment are fully utilized. Uses required Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) as necessary.

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.
  • You must meet the definition of specialized experience.
  • You must possess a Bachelor's or higher degree from an accredited college.



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 the applicant with the particular knowledge, skills, and abilities to perform successfully the duties of the position and is typically in or related to the work of the position to be filled. To be creditable, an applicant's one full year (52 weeks) of specialized experience must demonstrate the knowledge, skills, and abilities necessary for successful job performance.

To qualify at the GS-13 level, your resume must clearly demonstrate that you have one full year (52 weeks) of specialized experience comparable in difficulty and responsibility to at least the GS-12 level in the federal service. Examples of qualifying experience include the following types of tasks performed on a regular and recurring basis:
  • Providing professional engineering expertise associated with the development and maintenance of electrical, mechanical and constructions projects;
  • Interpreting policies, regulatory requirements, and other engineering criteria for long range planning and execution;
  • Performing project management and monitoring for new construction, renovations and improvements to facilities;
  • Applying engineering practices and techniques to identify and resolve difficult issues; AND
  • Serving as Contracting Officer Technical Representative (COTR) or equivalent to provide oversight of contractor project performance.



Basic Requirements:

1. Degree in professional engineering

To be creditable, the curriculum must:

(1) be in a school of engineering with at least one curriculum accredited by the Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology (ABET) as a professional engineering curriculum; or

(2) include differential and integral calculus and courses (more advanced than first-year physics and chemistry) in five of the following seven areas of engineering science or physics:

-- statics, dynamics;

-- strength of materials (stress-strain relationships);

-- fluid mechanics, hydraulics;

-- thermodynamics;

-- electrical fields and circuits;

-- nature and properties of materials (relating particle and aggregate structure to properties); and

-- any other comparable area of fundamental engineering science or physics, such as optics, heat transfer, soil mechanics, or electronics.


2. Combination of education and experience

College-level education, training, and/or technical experience that furnished:

(1) a thorough knowledge of the physical and mathematical sciences underlying professional engineering, and

(2) a good understanding, both theoretical and practical, of the engineering sciences and techniques and their applications to one of the branches of engineering.

The adequacy of such background must be demonstrated by one of the following:

(a) current registration as a professional engineer by any State, the District of Columbia, Guam, or Puerto Rico;

(b) evidence of having successfully passed the Engineer-in-Training (EIT) examination or the written test required for professional registration;

(c) successful completion of at least 60 semester hours of courses in the physical, mathematical, and engineering sciences that are fully acceptable toward meeting the requirements of a professional engineering curriculum; or

(d) successful completion of a curriculum leading to a bachelor's degree in engineering technology or in an appropriate professional field.

Transcripts will be required if selected.

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:

- Knowledge of general engineering, mechanical engineering or electrical engineering profession.

- Knowledge of commercial and multi-use facility electrical distribution systems including normal and emergency backup systems and the inspection, testing and maintenance requirements.

- Skill in project management to deliver high quality projects on time and within budget.

- Ability to oversee and coordinate component and building wide system testing for electrical systems.

- Ability to size and design electrical infrastructure to support equipment upgrades and other facility improvements.

- Ability to function as Contracting Officer Technical Representative (COTR).

- Knowledge of facility-related operating functions to identify critical issues and determine how they may be resolved to meet facility and customer support requirements.

- Ability to communicate effectively orally and in writing including technical topics with stakeholders at all levels within AOC and supported clients.

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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