Student Trainee (Mechanical Engineer)

Washington, D.C
Dec 08, 2021
Dec 14, 2021
Full Time

Tour of Duty: 6:30 am - 6:00 pm; 10-15 hours per week. Hours may vary depending on the student's school schedule

  • Performs well-defined tasks in various aspects of mechanical engineering. Receives formal training and on-the-job instruction designed to familiarize the trainee with the functions and operations of the office and to provide experience in the application of mechanical engineering knowledge to projects.
  • Assists jurisdiction Energy Manager in monitoring energy management projects conducted by AOC workers and contractors.
  • Audits the use of electrical, mechanical and other energy within the Jurisdiction's buildings. Monitors and tracks data to develop reports for higher managers.
  • Monitors the condition and operations of mechanical systems within the jurisdiction.
  • Surveys building conditions, analyzes equipment and apparatus design, assists in testing criteria and develops action plans to ensure systems and equipment are in compliance with prescribed and generally accepted standards and procedures.
  • Observes and monitors construction and maintenance operations to identify unforeseen problems.
  • Recommends design modifications as deemed appropriate to resolve problems resulting from unusual conditions
  • Become proficient in a broad, practical and precise knowledge of electronic principles and practices to perform a range of electronic mechanical work relative to testing, troubleshooting, and calibrating integrated system components.
  • Perform operational checks of HVAC mechanical equipment such as air handlers, chilled water distribution systems, hydronic water systems, and pneumatic controls to optimize the operation of the systems through control of electronic control of valves, dampers and other control devices.
  • Interface with other engineers and support personnel to isolate problems, determine the nature and scope of repairs by use of schematic and applicable drawings.
  • Responsible for utilizing knowledge of and compliance with applicable AOC and Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) 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.


Conditions of Employment

  • You must be able to pass a drug test.
  • You must meet the Education requirements.

Students must meet the following requirements:
  • Attend an accredited college or university on at least a half-time basis, but must have completed at least 30 semester hours.
  • Enrolled in an academic program that is directly related to the position
  • Has at least a 2.9 grade point average (GPA) or higher on a scale of 4.0 upon initial appointment.
  • Must have successfully completed introductory coursework if a student attends a professional school.
  • Must be at least 16 years of age upon entry into the program and pass the suitability requirements..
  • Must complete a Cooperative Agreement between the school, student and the AOC.

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.


To qualify, you must currently be a (3rd year) Junior or (4th year) Senior college or university student majoring in engineering with a grade point average (GPA) of at least 2.9 on a 4.0 scale. Must meet the university or college Co-operative Education Program requirements.


You must be currently enrolled as a college or university student majoring in engineering. You MUST meet the following qualification requirements for Student Trainees for the grades listed below:

GS-5 (College Junior) -Completed 60 semester hours (90 quarter hours)

GS-6 (College Senior) -Completed 90 semester hours ( 135 quarter hours)

It is important to understand that your assignment requires continuing pursuit of a bachelor's degree in engineering. Changing your curriculum to any other major may preclude your employment in this student trainee position. If the student employee's GPA falls below 2.9 at any time during employment, an academic improvement period to raise the GPA may be extended by the AOC.

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.

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