General Engineer

Washington, D.C
Jan 25, 2022
Feb 02, 2022
Engineer, IT, QA Engineer
Full Time

The Capital Projects Branch (CPB) is a proactive, adaptable, and dependable group that provides project management support for large-scale construction projects ranging from $20,000 to upwards of $40M, multi-phased projects and programs. The CPB works closely with Members of Congress, Committees of the U.S. House of Representatives, and support agencies including the House Sergeant at Arms, U.S. Capitol Police, the Clerk of the House, and the Chief Administrative Officer (CAO) of the House to deliver exceptional value to the House Office Buildings. CPB actively seeks talented candidates who are self-motivated, detail oriented but whom can coordinate with a diverse range of people. This person should be able to adapt and learn new processes and procedures, and problem solve engineering and coordination issues. Excellent communication skills are required to interact and work closely with jurisdiction clients and various stakeholders.

This developmental engineering project manager and owner's representative will have the opportunity to work in beautiful, historic buildings and will work to preserve the integrity of the spaces built to last for generations. Recently completed projects by the Capital Projects Branch include: emergency power upgrades, security system upgrades, structural repairs within occupied facilities, new restaurant and cafeteria spaces, environmental compliance projects, and improvements to historic rooms. The CPB team also upgrades Committee hearing rooms for the House of Representatives which support Congress' ability to consider bills and issues, oversee federal agencies, programs, and activities as well as their ability to question, subpoena, and interview individuals. The CPB team works with the CAO to improve the room sound and video quality infrastructure, support public accessibility, new painting, carpet, furniture, drapery, and lighting improvements in historic spaces.

This position is emergency essential - Depending on the type of emergency the employee may be required to report to work during emergency situations

Tour of Duty: Monday - Friday, 8:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. - Hours may change due to operational needs.

Major Duties include:
  • Recommends plans for the performance of preventive maintenance, scheduled and unscheduled work and facility sustainment. Determines and addresses short- and long-term needs, unusual problems or concerns affecting facility maintenance. Confers with congressional staff on their requirements and the status of ongoing or near-term maintenance activities. Regularly confers with service and material suppliers on the status of activities and deliverables.
  • Identifies critical issues and determines how they may be resolved and accomplished and to determine facility and customer support requirements. Prepares comprehensive reports on technical and administrative aspects of the assignments for senior engineers, and higher management officials.
  • Ensures project specification data is complete and valid to fulfill requirements of assigned plans and programs. Develops and recommends programs or procedural changes to improve performance. Notes weaknesses or likely failures encountered and their probable causes.
  • Participates in long range planning and evaluation of work operations. Through inspections of operations and analysis of work record results, evaluates effectiveness of performance and quality of results in each area of operation. Evaluates and considers all relevant factors in planning facilities maintenance and repair operations.
  • Assists Project Managers developing and managing the design and construction of multi-million dollar capital renewal and capital improvement construction and renovation projects. Projects may include renovation, rehabilitation and alteration of buildings and infrastructure systems.
  • Performs: (1) life-cycle project management; (2) coordination and execution of project planning and programming; (3) conceptual design development; (4) construction document development; (5) construction phase activities; (6) equipment installation; (7) commissioning; and, (8) post occupancy evaluations. Responsible for the development of studies and design documents as defined in the AOC Project Managers Manual.
  • Prepares and updates project schedules for project delivery efforts and implements a project management system to facilitate review, control and reporting of all project matters. Coordinates and schedules with all interested parties. Routinely reviews project schedules with management and stakeholders to ensure reasonable and timely implementation.
  • Utilizes knowledge of construction techniques and equipment to monitor the progress of assigned alteration and construction projects.
  • Assists coordinating with officials and keeping them informed on project operations. Provides information to Assistant Superintendents for dissemination to building occupants on the status of the various projects as required.


Conditions of Employment

You must be able to pass a drug test.

You must meet the educational requirement.

Your resume and question responses must demonstrate the job-related KSAs.

You must meet the definition of specialized experience.

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 the United States Office of Personnel Management's (OPM) qualification requirements (including specialized experience and/or educational requirements) for the advertised position. You must meet all eligibility and qualifications requirements by the closing date of the job announcement. Additional information on the qualification requirements is outlined in the OPM Qualifications Standards Handbook of General Schedule Positions. It is available for your review on the OPM web site at OPM qualification standards

In addition to meeting the basic education requirement, you must have specialized experience OR directly related graduate education, OR Superior Academic Achievement, OR a combination of experience and education as described below.


Specialized experience is experience that has equipped you with the particular knowledge, skills and abilities to perform successfully the duties of the position, and that is typically in or related to the position to be filled. To be creditable, specialized experience must have been equivalent to at least the next lower grade level.

Candidates for the GS-7 grade level must have at least 52 weeks of specialized experience equivalent to the GS-5 grade level in the Federal service.

Specialized experience for this position includes experience assisting senior engineers in engineering projects. This could include: (1) completing tasks in support of engineering projects following established work procedures and specific guidelines. (2) analyzing problems by gathering pertinent data to identify significant factors. (3) assisting in planning or conducting special initiatives, studies, or projects. (4) communicating factual or procedural information clearly to individuals or groups. (5) drafting documents that include technical specifications.


At least one year of graduate level education in a field of study which demonstrates the knowledge, skills, and abilities necessary to do the work of a General Engineer.


A bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university that meets one of the requirements for Superior Academic Achievement based on one of the following: (1) Class Standing: you must be in the upper third of the graduating class in the college, university, or major subdivision; or (2) Grade-Point Average: You must have a GPA of either (a) 3.0 or higher out of a possible 4.0 as recorded on your transcript, or as computed based on 4 years of education, or as based on courses completed during the final 2 years of the curriculum; or (b) 3.5 or higher out of a possible 4.0 based on the average of the required courses completed in the major field or the required courses in the major field completed during the final 2 years of the curriculum.; OR (3) Honor Society Membership - You may be considered eligible based on membership in one of the approved national scholastic honor societies listed by the Association of College Honor Societies.


An equivalent combination of the specialized experience and the graduate-level education described above. This may apply if you have less than one year of specialized experience and less than one year of relevant graduate education. To determine if you qualify under this combination, first determine your total qualifying experience as a percentage of the specialized experience required; then determine your education as a percentage of the graduate education required; and then add the two percentages. The total percentages must equal at least 100 percent to qualify.




A. Bachelor Degree in Professional Engineering: To be acceptable, the program must: (1) lead to a bachelor's degree in a school of engineering with at least one program accredited by ABET; or (2) include differential and integral calculus and courses (more advanced than first-year physics and chemistry) in five of the following seven areas of engineering science or physics: (a) statics, dynamics; (b) strength of materials (stress-strain relationships); (c) fluid mechanics, hydraulics; (d) thermodynamics; (e) electrical fields and circuits; (f) nature and properties of materials (relating particle and aggregate structure to properties); and (g) any other comparable area of fundamental engineering science or physics, such as optics, heat transfer, soil mechanics, or electronics.


B. Combination of education and experience -- college-level education, training, and/or technical experience that furnished (1) a thorough knowledge of the physical and mathematical sciences underlying engineering, and (2) a good understanding, both theoretical and practical, of the engineering sciences and techniques and their
applications to one of the branches of engineering. The adequacy of such background must be demonstrated by one of the following:

1. Professional registration or licensure -- Current registration as an Engineer Intern (EI), Engineer in Training (EIT)1 , or licensure as a Professional Engineer (PE) by any State, the District of Columbia, Guam, or Puerto Rico.

2. Written Test -- Evidence of having successfully passed the Fundamentals of Engineering (FE)2 examination or any other written test required for professional registration by an engineering licensure board in the various States, the District of Columbia, Guam, and Puerto Rico.

3. Specified academic courses -- Successful completion of at least 60 semester hours of courses in the physical, mathematical, and engineering sciences and that included the courses specified in the basic requirements under paragraph A. The courses must be fully acceptable toward meeting the requirements of an engineering program as described in paragraph A.

4. Related curriculum -- Successful completion of a curriculum leading to a bachelor's degree in an appropriate scientific field, e.g., engineering technology, physics, chemistry, architecture, computer science, mathematics, hydrology, or geology, may be accepted in lieu of a bachelor's degree in engineering, provided the applicant has had at least 1 year of professional engineering experience acquired under professional
engineering supervision and guidance.

Special Instructions for Foreign Education :

Education completed outside of the United States must be deemed equivalent to that gained in conventional/accredited U.S. education programs to be acceptable for Federal employment.

Qualifying education from colleges and universities in foreign countries must be evaluated in terms of equivalency to that acquired in U.S. colleges and universities. Applicants educated in whole or in part of foreign countries must submit sufficient evidence, including transcripts, to an accredited private organization for an equivalency evaluation of course work and degree.

You must provide a copy of the letter containing the results of the equivalency evaluation with a course by course listing if selected.

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.