Washington, D.C
Oct 11, 2021
Oct 16, 2021
Full Time


This position is located in the Architect of the Capitol (AOC), Superintendent, Library Buildings and Grounds (LBG), Asst. Superintendent, Facilities Operations Division, Maintenance Branch, HVAC Section. This career ladder position will lead to serving as a journey level Insulator responsible for the installation, maintenance and repair of insulating materials on piping, duct and equipment systems.

The position will require the completion of confined space and asbestos abatement trainings.

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Tour of Duty: Sunday - Thursday (6:30 A.M. - 3:00 P.M.)

Duties quoted at WG-10 level. If selected at the WG-WG-08, candidate will have non-competitive promotion potential to the WG-10.

Installation, Repair and Removal
  • Performs a full range of tasks involved in the installation, maintenance and removal of a wide variety of insulation materials covering products of varying shapes and sizes.
  • Independently installs or oversees the joining, assembly and installation of insulation material on irregularly shaped surfaces or unique objects such as piping systems, air ducts, heaters, generators and refrigeration units.
  • Inspects and tests a variety of insulation installations and repairs performed by others.
  • Performs specialized and difficult techniques such as blowing sound or heat insulation into closed spaces, molding sections of insulation to enclose unique or unusual structures or fabricating boxes to cover groups of piping elements, enclosed fittings and flanges.
  • Oversees the handling, removal and/or encapsulation of insulation containing asbestos or other hazardous materials in the full range of environments.
    Performs hazardous materials abatement activities to include inspection and sampling for hazardous materials such as asbestos, lead paint and silica, in ceiling tiles, floor tiles, plaster in walls, etc.
  • Prepares appropriate reports to regulatory agencies such as Office of Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) and Environmental and Protection Agency (EPA).
  • Oversees the use and care of all tools, materials and equipment used by insulators, such as electric handsaws and gasket punches to insert lacing rings, washers, hooks and grommets into insulation covers.
  • Insulated irregularly shaped surfaces, such as piping, air ducts, heaters, generators and/or refrigeration units
  • Estimates the required size, shape, performance and physical appearance of insulation for new installations.

    HVAC Troubleshooting
  • Examines complex air conditioning systems in order to troubleshoot, locate and repair faulty equipment such as compressors, reciprocating, centrifugal or rotary pumps and a variety of refrigerant controls. Uses a variety of complicated motor controls such as hermetically sealed motors and pressure controls, thermostatic motor controls (remote and double remote), full and semi-automatic defrosting controls, relays and other controls to protect against overload or overheating.
  • Uses multiple types of power sources with various combinations or pulleys, belts, horsepower capacity and tensioners.
  • Repairs equipment elements that control cooling unit temperatures and the running time of various mechanisms.
  • Installs and/or repairs a variety of complicated motor controls designed to protect against overload or overheating in air conditioning systems and equipment.

HVAC System Installation and Maintenance
  • Maintains a variety of commercial and industrial systems in order to locate and check elements such as those which control low side and high side pressure, the temperature of the cooling units, the temperatures of the liquid and suction lines and the running time of the various mechanisms.
  • Dismantles, repairs and reassembles units such as pumps, impellers, compressors, chillers, receivers and evaporators.
  • Installs and fits connecting rods, crank shafts, piston rings, bearings and bushing; overhauling valves by adjusting or replacing gaskets, springs, floats, diaphragms, valve fittings, seals and couplings and by aligning motors and flywheel drives.
  • Repairs equipment elements that control cooling unit temperatures and the running time of various mechanisms.
  • Installs and/or repairs variety of complicated motor controls designed to protect against overloading or overheating in air conditioning systems and equipment.

The incumbent must follow all relevant safety rules, regulations and standard operating procedures. The incumbent must utilize knowledge of and must comply with all OSHA 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).

Performs other related duties as assigned.

Travel Required

Not required

Supervisory status

Promotion Potential
10 - Position has non-competitive promotion potential to the WG-10.


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 the job-related KSAs.



You must meet all eligibility and qualifications requirements by the closing date of the job announcement.

You must meet the following screen-out factor to be considered eligible:
  • Ability to perform general helper level insulating support tasks and without more than normal supervision. (Screen out)

Insulator, WG-10:

Insulator Worker, WG-08:

Insulator Helper, WG-05:


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 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:

--Ability to do the work of the position without more than normal supervision

--Tools and Equipment

--Dexterity and Safety

--Technical Practices

--Measurements and Layout

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 for 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

Position sensitivity and risk
Non-sensitive (NS)/Low Risk

Trust determination process

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.

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