Control Room Operator Leader

Washington, D.C
Oct 12, 2021
Oct 19, 2021
Full Time


This position is located in the Architect of the Capitol (AOC); Director, Utilities and Power Plant Operations; Rotating Operations Branch A, B, C or D. The selectee is a Control Room Operator Leader assigned to an operations shift. The workforce includes three Power Plant Operators/Operator Helpers and a High Voltage Electrician. The work directed involves the safe, efficient and effective operation and maintenance of boilers, chillers, cogeneration system and associated auxiliary equipment.

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***The selectee of this position is considered "Emergency Essential Employees" and will be required to work in emergency situations and in inclement weather conditions.***

***Tour of duty will include holidays, weekends and rotating shifts on a regular and recurring basis.***

The Capitol Power Plant (CPP) operates around the clock to provide steam for heating and chilled water for air conditioning to the buildings of the U.S. Capitol, U.S. House of Representatives and U.S. Senate. The incumbent is required to report to work during emergencies, failure of plant machinery and equipment and inclement weather situations to support the critical mission of the CPP.


  • As a working leader, is responsible for passing on to other workers the instructions received from supervisors and getting work started, by assigning the immediate tasks to be performed by individual members of the group led. Works alongside other workers and sets the pace, demonstrating proper work methods; ensures that needed plans, blueprints, materials and tools are available.
  • Obtains needed information or decisions from supervisors on problems that come up during the work. Ensures lower skilled workers are provided an opportunity to learn required skills.
  • Leads the work of three Power Plant Operators and AMP Power Plant Operator trainees as well as a High Voltage Electrician. This includes administrative oversight of work assigned to and performed by the High Voltage Electrician and technical training for the AMP positions.
  • Completes timekeeping and administrative functions correctly and in a timely manner. Provides feedback to Power Plant Shift Supervisors on employee performance to assist with completing semi-annual performance reviews. Ensures that all shift members become proficient in the operation of all cogeneration, boiler and refrigeration plant equipment.

  • Operates the electric generation, steam, and chilled water utility systems on a continuing basis. Utilizes the plant Distributed Control System (DCS), environmental Data Acquisition and Handling System (DAHS), electric system Supervisory Control and Data Acquisition (SCADA), and other control systems to insure operation of all plant systems within desired parameters and at the highest possible efficiency.
  • Instructs, trains, and coordinates Power Plant Operators/Operator Workers in the safe, efficient and effective operation of all plant machinery and equipment.
  • Troubleshoots to determine the causes of unusual or improper operating conditions; evaluates the situation and initiates corrective actions to prevent recurrence of improper operation or equipment failure.

  • Assists the Power Plant Supervisor and Assistant in writing incident reports in a timely manner. Ensures that customer service disruption notifications are timely, professional and complete.
  • Coordinates plant operation to maintain operational, environmental and energy efficiency goals in a manner that ensures plant reliability.
  • Leads and directs lower grade operators and shift High Voltage Electrician to execute planned activities. Monitors the Distributed Computer System (DCS) and coordinates operations through the controls.
  • Thoroughly familiar with the use of the plant TMA system and ensures that all lower grade WG employees are capable of utilizing TMA to initiate plant work orders, insuring proper documentation and maintenance requests to correct plant deficiencies.
  • Reviews operations assigned work orders and preventive maintenance (PMs) on a daily basis, schedule and distributes work orders and P.M. tasks to individual employees.

  • Provides a workplace free of recognized hazards and provides employees an avenue to report unsafe working conditions and/or hazards. Ensures safety training and direction are provided to all watch team members.
  • Maintain proficiency in LOTO procedures and provide feedback on how system can be improved. Participates in EARP Drills.
  • Enforces the Capitol Power Plant safety policies and procedures. Is responsible for utilizing a thorough knowledge of and compliance with all OSHA and Office of Congressional Workplace Rights (OCWR) 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.

  • Ensures that environmental compliance and plant water chemistry are maintained within required limits at all times as in accordance with CPP operating permits. Ensures employees are knowledgeable of the CPP Environmental Management System (EMS) and the chemical treatment parameters.

Travel Required

Not required

Supervisory status

Promotion Potential


Conditions of Employment

  • You must be a U.S. Citizen.
  • Your resume and question responses must demonstrate job-related elements.
  • You must possess a 2nd Class Stationary Engineering License or higher.

The work requires the incumbents to obtain an EPA Universal Certification for refrigeration systems within the first year of employment.

Ability to work rotating shifts scheduled in 12 hour shifts (which includes night, weekend and holiday work) is a requirement.

Required to pass a plant qualifications program within 12 months of employment and to complete scheduled requalification on these procedures as specified in the CPP Standard Operations Procedures guidelines; complete all required CPP Safety and Environmental Training.

Subject to annual medical certification to be able to use a negative pressure respirator.


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

You must meet the following SCREEN-OUT:

-- Ability to do the work of a Control Room Operator Leader without more than normal supervision.


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:

Ability to lead people in the performance of Power Plant operations work.

Ability to hold and maintain a current Stationary Engineering License.

Knowledge of Equipment Assembly, Installation, Repair etc. in utility systems.

Ability to manage programs/projects.

Ability to follow safety practices.

Ability to use and maintain tools and equipment.

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 not hiring you 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

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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