Washington, D.C
Nov 24, 2021
Dec 01, 2021
Full Time

TOUR OF DUTY: Monday through Friday, 7:00 am to 3:30 pm​

Troubleshoots and repairs items of equipment and machinery used throughout the Library of Congress Buildings and Grounds. Items include components of overhead door barrels, security gate systems, parking gate arms, loading dock levelers, and other items of equipment and mechanical systems. Adjusts, repairs, and/or replaces motors and gear-boxes, door springs and sets tension as needed in conveyance systems. Performs maintenance on shop machines by oiling, greasing, cleaning and making minor repairs. Maintains systems within the operating Library such as automated book conveyor system, sliding bookshelves, and pneumatic tube system.

Repairs or replaces broken or damaged structural and mechanical parts. Replaces pneumatic system fiberglass tubes. Caulks seams to restore pneumatic integrity. Repairs precision valves.
Follows work orders, drawings, and specifications. Sets up and operates machining tools as needed for metal working. Tools include drill press, grinders, lathes, milling machine, planer, and shaper. Machines brass, steel, carbon steel, copper, aluminum, cast iron, and nominal metal. Manufactures axles, bearings, bolts, bushings, pipe flanges, pulleys, safety guards, shafts, and taper fittings. Calibrates and maintains tools and equipment used by elevator mechanics, plumbers, carpenters, and electricians as needed.

Installs and repairs file cabinets, metal furniture, metal partitions, metal stairways, metal flooring, metal thresholds, and supply cabinets.

Repairs, modifies, and/or fabricates metal and alloy parts and equipment using electric, gas or inert gas shielded welding processes. Plans and lays out work from blueprints, drawings, and work orders and selects materials as needed for use in fabrication or repair. Devises jigs and fixtures as needed to hold parts to be welded.

Performs locksmith tasks in the installation, maintenance and repair of locks, latches, and door hardware. Repairs or replaces defective lock parts and fastening devices to return them to proper operation. Repairs and restores antique locks. Adapts locking and fastening devices for special usages, such as modification of locks for use by disabled persons.

Performs maintenance on components of power rotary lawn mowers, riding mowers, and small tillers. Tears down equipment and rebuilds or replaces components such as electrical and fuel systems. Overhauls gasoline motors. Sharpens hand and machine tools, such as gardening tools, planers, press cutters, joiners, and scissors.

The incumbent must follow all relevant safety rules, regulations, and standard operating procedures. Must utilize knowledge of and must comply with all OSHA safety rules and regulations to ensure that work progresses in a safe manner. Receives training, either on the job or through classroom training, to ensure that all safety practices and equipment are fully utilized. Must ensure the use of any required Personal Protective Equipment (PPE).

Performs other related duties as assigned.


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.

To be employed by the Architect of the Capitol in a paid position, an individual must meet one of the categories below:
  • A citizen of the United States;
  • A person who is lawfully admitted for permanent residence and is seeking citizenship as outlined in 8 U.S.C. 1324b(a)(3)(B);
  • A person who is admitted as a refugee under 8 U.S.C. 1157 or is granted asylum under 8 U.S.C. 1158 and has filed a declaration of intention to become a lawful permanent resident and then a citizen when eligible;
  • A person who owes allegiance to the United States (nationals of American Samoa, Swains Island, and the Northern Mariana Islands, and nationals who meet other requirements described in 8 U.S.C. 1408); or
  • A person who is currently an officer or employee of the Government of the United States."


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

SCREEN-OUT: Ability to do the work of a journey-level Machinist 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 .

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.

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