This position is located in the Architect of the Capitol, Assistant Superintendent, Facility Operations Division, Maintenance Branch, Plumbing Section.

Serves as an expert Pipefitter installing, troubleshooting, and repairing plumbing systems and components in assigned Capitol Complex work sites that include monumental iconic historic buildings with a complex infrastructure on Capitol Hill.

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Tour of duty for this position is: 3rd shift, Sunday – Thursday, 10:30 PM – 7:00 AM

This is an Essential-Employee Position. The employee will be required to report to work during emergencies AND inclement weather situations.

Work schedule will include mandatory overtime on holidays AND weekends on a regular and recurring basis.

Required to obtain a Backflow Preventer certification and required to keep records of all Backflow Preventers serviced/installed. Perform all required testing that is then reported to the DC Water and Sewer Authority (WASA).

The individual selected for this position will:

Pipefitting Projects, Maintenance and Repair:

Serves as expert pipefitter and utilize the (Building Automation System) to troubleshoot, start/stop systems, pumps, motors, verify operating parameters and make adjustments to meet building requirements. Also utilize the BAS system to identify electronic faults in pumps and valves.

Utilizes the electronic Building Automation System (BAS) and related technology to install, monitor, diagnose, repair and maintain multifaceted, diverse vendor products as required to sustain the operations of the U.S. Congress.

Adjusts electronically controlled Variable Frequency Drives and related Direct Digital Controls utilized on plumbing systems. Install, troubleshoot and replace faulty electronic Direct Digital Control Energy valves.

Utilizes Web TMA to create work orders, document labor hours and annotate the nature of the tasks or problems. Utilize Mobile TMA (I Phone) to scan equipment and identify defective parts to expedite procurement of replacement parts. Utilizes BAS to access fountain equipment, identify fault locations and expedite repairs.

Performs maintenance repairs on all systems: steam, chilled water, domestic water and heating. Perform maintenance, repair, installation and inspection of steel, copper and Chlorinated Polyvinyl Chloride (CPVC) life safety sprinkler systems in multi-story, historic buildings.

Layout and install steel, copper and CPVC life safety sprinkler systems in high ceilings. Must ensure design and code compliance during installation and inspection of steel, copper and/or CPVC sprinkler systems in new and/or retrofitted construction.

Installs, modifies and repairs new and existing high and low pressure steam lines, gas, air vacuum and water distribution systems, sanitary and storm sewers, sprinkler and chilled water systems, and other piping systems such as ventilation hoods, pumps and standard plumbing equipment, such as toilets, sinks, urinals, water heaters, fountains, drinking water systems, eye washes, safety showers, backflow preventers.

Performs, brazing, soldering and other hot work processes, such as welding.

Environmental Waste Management:

Duties assigned, employees may require knowledge of hazardous (e.g. lead paint and solvents), universal (e.g. lamps and batteries and/or non-hazardous (e.g. oil and polychlorinated biphenyl) waste management requirements to ensure compliance with environmental regulations.

Decides what hazardous material is no longer needed and will be disposed, select containers for waste accumulation, add waste to containers, label containers.

Performs other related duties as assigned.

Travel Required

Not required

Supervisory status

Promotion Potential


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.

Selectee is required to obtain a Backflow Preventer certification and is required to keep records of all Backflow Preventers serviced/installed.


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

You must meet the following SCREEN-OUT(S) required for this position.

  • Skilled in performing journey-level pipefitter work without more than normal supervision. Must demonstrate expert electronic skills to operate the Building Automation System (BAS) system.


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 http: www.dhs.gov/files/programs/gc_1185221678150.shtm

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– Expert electronic skills to operate the BAS system to troubleshoot, start/stop systems, pumps, motors, verify operating parameters and make adjustments to meet building operational requirements.

–Knowledge of Equipment Assembly, Installation, Repair, etc.- Knowledge of piping systems and equipment, such as steam heating, steam generation and vacuum systems, radiators and circulating pumps, are installed and operate.

–Measurement and Layout– Plan and lay out the installation, modification and repair of various new and existing piping systems and equipment.

–Technical Practices– Interpret and apply building plans and blueprints and to use shop mathematics to lay out angles, arcs and circles.

–Trouble shooting– Ability to install, troubleshoot and replace faulty Direct Digital Control Energy valves, utilize Web Control and vendor proprietary electronic tools, such as BAS.

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 from 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.

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