Audio Visual Maintenance Specialist

Employer
USAJobs
Location
Culpeper, Virginia
Posted
Sep 17, 2021
Closes
Sep 24, 2021
Function
Administrative
Hours
Full Time
Duties

Summary

This position is located in the Sound Laboratory, Preservation Services Section, Motion Pic, Broadcasting and Recorded Sound, Library Service at the Packard Campus in Culpeper, Virginia.

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Responsibilities

The position serves as the Audio Visual Maintenance Specialist in the Motion Picture Broadcasting and Recorded Sound Division (MBRS) within Library Services at the Library of Congress (LOC at the Packard Campus in Culpeper, Virginia). The position is located at the National Audio-Visual Conservation Center (NAVCC) and reports to the Sound Laboratory Supervisor. The incumbent is responsible for maintaining the equipment used for the processing, preservation and duplication of magnetic tape, disc, wire, cylinder recordings; and associated support equipment for the sound preservation laboratory, including a broad array of obsolete equipment that has not been manufactured for decades but is still essential to preservation production.

Records the audio equipment users' issues in the trouble ticket system. Determines the nature of the issue and whether it can be repaired in-house. If so, affects those repairs, tests that the repairs resolve the original problem, updates the trouble ticket and returns the equipment to service. If repairs cannot be efficiently performed in-house, coordinates the repairs made by experts under contract to the Library. Ensures that equipment is furnished as expeditiously as possible to personnel requiring them.

Participates in declaring items that are no longer economically repairable as excess to the system, and recommends their repurposing or replacement. Applies extensive knowledge of the equipment concerned, develops suggestions for alternate use of equipment, and/or recommends equipment modifications to support audio preservation.

Provides advisory services related to equipment design, production, operational, and maintenance requirements with regard to new or significantly modified equipment systems. Through conferences, meetings, reports, and training, provides technical information along with continuing technical advice and assistance necessary to resolve problems and support assigned categories of equipment.

Communicates orally and in writing with a variety of internal personnel and numerous contractors and representatives of other organizations. Coordinates activities with other subordinate and higher-level organization.

Able to resolve highly complex and unusual problems associated with the design, procurement, maintenance, modification, and repair of electrical machinery, equipment, and instruments. Investigates and analyzes a variety of unusual conditions or problems involved in the design, development, production, testing, procurement, use, supply, or disposal of electrical equipment.

Designs and develops new concepts in electrical machinery, equipment, and instruments. Develops methods and techniques for their fabrication so that production is as expedient and economical as possible. Reviews specifications to assure adequacy of requirements.

Collaborates with manufacturers, engineers, resource management officials, and technical representatives concerning the availability, development, and status of integrated products and technical information for use in preparing provision documentation, maintenance support plans, training and publications requirements, equipment accessories, and equipment modifications.

Investigates and analyzes a variety of unusual conditions or problems involved in the design, development, production, testing, procurement, use, supply, or disposal of machinery and components. Able to fabricate parts onsite for vintage audio equipment.

Makes technical decisions regarding the design, development, and testing of new or significantly modified equipment systems prior to their release for production to achieve such goals as reliability and maintainability. Applies a technical knowledge of the equipment, develops, and refines documentation. Makes recommendations based on knowledge of equipment behavior, cost factors, and ease of maintenance.

Identifies the need for modifications/engineering changes or initiates further engineering investigations. Recommends required modifications to adapt substitute items and makes authoritative decisions regarding other difficult problems encountered.

Handles quality control issues related to major equipment systems requiring special management emphasis because of their unusual operational importance or criticality to an equipment system. Reviews material deficiency reports.

This position is not eligible for permanent remote telework.

The position description number for this position is 373498.

The salary range indicated reflects the locality pay adjustments for the Washington, D.C., Metropolitan area.

The incumbent of this position will work a flextime work schedule.

This is a non-supervisory, bargaining unit position.

Relocation expenses will not be authorized for the person(s) selected under this vacancy announcement.

Travel Required

Not required

Supervisory status
No

Promotion Potential
12

Requirements

Conditions of Employment


No additional requirements to those listed above.

Qualifications

Applicants must have had progressively responsible experience and training sufficient in scope and quality to furnish them with an acceptable level of the following knowledge, skills, and abilities to perform the duties of the position without more than normal supervision.

Knowledge of principles, practices, and procedures used in equipment maintenance, troubleshooting and procurement.**

Knowledge of current and vintage audio equipment and their characteristics, properties and uses.**

Knowledge of the characteristics, properties, and uses of current and vintage electronic test equipment.**

Ability to communicate in writing.

Ability to communicate effectively other than in writing.

Education

Undergraduate Education: Major study -- any field of study in an accredited college or university.

Graduate Education: Major study -- fields related to the position to be filled.

or

Experience

Specialized Experience (for positions above GS-5): Examples of qualifying specialized experience include:

Working as a skilled mechanic or maintenance worker, sales or service engineer, or planner or estimator in a technical group dealing with manufacture, utilization, repair, or operation of equipment.

Reviewing and applying technical specifications and requirements.

Analyzing equipment and forecasting spare parts requirements.

Reading and interpreting engineering change orders, equipment requisitions, shop orders, and work orders.

Analyzing contract specifications and examining pertinent equipment to determine if specifications are met.

Analyzing or supervising maintenance, repair, or production operations to determine methods of improvement.

You must submit a legible copy of your college/university transcripts to your online application. Unofficial transcripts are acceptable at the time of application. Official transcripts will be required if selected. Failure to submit the required legible documentation at the time of application will result in disqualification of your application.

Foreign Education - Education completed outside the U.S. must be deemed equivalent to conventional/accredited U.S. education programs to be acceptable for Federal employment. If your college/university is outside the U.S., your transcripts must be accompanied by a report from a credential evaluation service that is a member of the National Association of Credential Evaluation Services (NACES) or the Association of International Credentials Evaluators (AICE). Failure to submit a foreign education evaluation report will result in disqualification of your application.

Additional information

Although it is the Library's policy to afford the maximum pay benefit to employees when setting rates of pay, a new appointee who has had no previous Federal service will generally be paid the minimum step of the grade.

The Library of Congress is an equal opportunity employer. Women, minorities, and persons with disabilities who meet eligibility requirements are strongly encouraged to apply.

Applicants must submit a complete application package that is received by the closing date of this announcement.

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 email ADA@loc.gov. The decision on granting reasonable accommodation will be determined on a case-by-case basis.

Applicants with disabilities may be considered under special hiring procedures and must submit an appropriate certificate of eligibility when applying for this position. The proof or disability/certification may be issued by the State Vocational Rehabilitation Office, Disability Services or Career Services office of the applicant's college or university, or the Department of Veterans Affairs. The letter must verify that the applicant has a severe disability and must be dated within three years of the date of the application. Certification from health care providers are not accepted. For more information contact the Library's Office of EEO/Diversity Programs at 202-707-6024 or email spp@loc.gov. FAILURE TO SUBMIT YOUR CERTIFICATION WILL CAUSE YOUR APPLICATION TO NOT BE CONSIDERED UNDER THE SELECTIVE PLACEMENT PROGRAM.

The Library of Congress is the national library of the United States and is part of the Legislative Branch of the Federal government. As such, all positions are in the excepted service.

Appointment/retention is subject to a favorable evaluation of an appropriate personnel security/suitability investigation.

The Library reserves the right to fill a lesser or greater number of vacancies indicated during the life of this vacancy announcement.

Initial appointments, permanent or indefinite, to the Library of Congress require completion of a one-year probationary period.

The Library of Congress may offer repayment for all or part of federally insured student loans. However, not all service units within the Library of Congress participates in the repayment of federally insured student loans. Therefore, determination to repay a federally insured student loan is subject to approval by the appropriate service unit.

A "Not to Exceed" (NTE) status is used to identify an appointment with a specific ending date. However, the Library has the right to separate a NTE employee at any time due to either performance issues or budget constraints.

Are you a veteran? Please indicate the type of veterans' preference you are claiming in your application materials and/or applicant profile and provide the appropriate supporting documentation to validate your claim. Those applying for 5-point preference must submit Member Copy 4 of your DD 214. Those applying for 10-point preference must fill out an SF-15 (click here for the form) and provide the required documentation listed on the back of the form. If required supporting documentation is not attached, Veterans' Preference will not be considered in the application process.

How You Will Be Evaluated

You will be evaluated for this job based on how well you meet the qualifications above.

The Library of Congress evaluates applicants through an applicant questionnaire and a structured interview. Applicants may also be screened for some jobs through licensing, certification, and/or education requirements, a narrative/application review, and/or a preliminary telephone interview. The knowledge, skills, and abilities (KSAs) that are marked with a double asterisk (**) in the vacancy announcement and the applicant questionnaire are considered the most critical for a position. To be considered for final selection, applicants must demonstrate fully acceptable experience in these designated KSAs in the narrative/application review, preliminary telephone and/or full structured interview. The various assessment tools listed above are designed to verify or explore applicants' experience, knowledge, and training directly related to the job in order to identify the best qualified applicants for selection.

For more information regarding eligibility requirements, please see the Library of Congress Merit Selection Plan, Section X.D, at: http://www.loc.gov/hr/employment/msp010909.pdf .

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Background checks and security clearance

Security clearance
Not Required

Drug test required
No

Required Documents

Current or former federal employees must submit their most recent Notification of Personnel Action (SF-50 or equivalent).

Applicants with disabilities may be considered under special hiring procedures and must submit an appropriate certificate of eligibility when applying for this position. The proof or disability/certification may be issued by the State Vocational Rehabilitation Office, Disability Services or Career Services office of the applicant's college or university, or the Department of Veterans Affairs. The letter must verify that the applicant has a severe disability and must be dated within three years of the date of the application. The program does not accept certification from health care providers. For more information contact the Library's Office of Equal Employment Opportunity and Diversity Programs at 202-707-6024 or email spp@loc.gov. FAILURE TO SUBMIT YOUR CERTIFICATION WILL CAUSE YOUR APPLICATION TO NOT BE CONSIDERED UNDER THE SELECTIVE PLACEMENT PROGRAM.

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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