Architect of the Capitol AMP A/C EQUIPMENT MECHANIC HELPER TRAINEE in Washington, District Of Columbia

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The position is in the Architect of the Capitol, Office of the Chief Operating Officer, Superintendent Capitol Building, Assistant Superintendent CB & CVC Operations, Maintenance Division, Maintenance Branch, Maintenance Section. The incumbent serves in an AMP A/C Equipment Mechanic Helper Trainee performing entry level developmental tasks and routine shop maintenance involving air conditioning activities.

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NOTE: The selected employee is entitled to retain his / her current salary rate when appointed to the AMP position.

The incumbent of this position will participate in the Architect’s Mobility Program (AMP) and:

  • Assist mechanics in the Air Conditioning Section in sorting tools and parts, cleaning the shop, carrying materials, and maintaining a safe and clean work site environment.

  • Provide assistance in carrying tools and equipment and holding materials during repair, modification, and installation of air conditioning parts, items, and assemblies.

  • Learn the names of tools, equipment and their physical properties and working characteristics of equipment or facilities being repaired or installed.

  • Assist journey workers in the operation of power tools by holding parts.

  • Assist in assembling and installing parts and units by getting tools and supplies, carrying materials, and lifting and holding materials in place during operations.

  • Learn preliminary skills to operate hand tools and power tools to drill, saw, or tighten fasteners as marked or measured by journeyman workers.

  • File rough surfaces or edges to a smooth finish.

  • Clean work areas and keeps work benches clean and orderly and tools and machines lubricated.

  • Complie with all safety requirements including wearing protective equipment when near cutting processes, such as eye protection and gloves to avoid sharp edges.

  • Follow instructions of journey workers on all safety matters.

  • Perform tasks to assist journey level workers involved in the installation, modification, and repair of air conditioning systems, fixtures, fittings, and equipment.

  • Assist with routine tasks, such as accepting deliveries, counting stock, and loading and unloading trucks.

  • Perform other related duties as assigned.

IMPORTANT NOTE:Applicants are required to submit a supervisory evaluation as part of the application package.

  • Please direct your supervisor to the following website to complete the supervisory evaluation:
  • Please have your supervisor forward the AMP Supervisory Evaluation Form to
  • If the evaluation is not received, you will be deemed “ineligible” and will not receive further consideration.
Travel Required

Not required

Supervisory status


Promotion Potential


Who May Apply
This job is open to…

Applications will be accepted from current AOC employees with at least one (1) year of permanent service OR one (1) year or more of current continuous service at grades GS-1 through GS-8 OR WG-1 through WG-8 OR WL-1 through WL-8 or other equivalent wage rates.

If you do not meet any of these categories, you are NOT eligible.

Questions? This job is open to 1 group.

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5306 Air Conditioning Equipment Mechanic

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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.
  • Must be a current permanent employee with at least 1 yr of service at AOC.


IMPORTANT NOTE:Applicants are required to submit a supervisory evaluation as part of the application package.

  • Please direct your supervisor to the following website to complete the supervisory evaluation:
  • Please have your supervisor forward the AMP Supervisory Evaluation Form to
  • If the evaluation is not received, you will be deemed “ineligible” and will not receive further consideration.

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

SCREEN-OUT: Ability to perform the duties and responsibilities of the position without more than normal supervision which includes working independently, showing job responsibility and exercising initiative.

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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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:

  • Demonstrated ability to perform repetitive, routine tasks independently.

  • Demonstrated ability to work safely in a building management facility work environment.

  • Demonstrated ability to safely use and maintain basic hand and power tools and equipment.

  • Demonstrated ability to read and follow instructions.

  • Demonstrated ability to work with others in a team effort.

  • Demonstrated ability to apply initiative

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). To preview questions please click here.

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Background checks and security clearance
Security clearance

Not Applicable

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Required Documents

A complete application consists of: A resume or any other written format you choose to describe your job-related qualifications. A cover letter is optional. Your resume should indicate your citizenship and should list your educational and work experience including job titles, salary, employment dates, duties and accomplishments, experience and how it relates to the job elements in the vacancy announcement. Any experience claimed in a cover letter should be fully substantiated by information contained in your resume.

Supporting Documentation:

You can choose ONE of the following methods to submit Supporting Documents:

1) You can upload your documents when you register or update your information on the Architect of the Capitol application site which you access through the USAJOBS site. 2.) YOU MUST HAVE YOUR CURRENT SUPERVISOR SUBMIT A SUPERVISORY EVALUATION FORM ON YOUR BEHALF. PLEASE DIRECT YOUR SUPERVISOR TO PLEASE HAVE YOUR SUPERVISOR FORWARD THE EVALUATION FORM TO* * --OR--* 3) You can fax your resume documents using the system generated fax cover sheet.

Your application and all required documentation must be received by 11:59 p.m. Eastern Standard Time on the closing date of this job announcement.

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.

  • Benefits



A career with the U.S. Government provides employees with a comprehensive benefits package. As a federal employee, you and your family will have access to a range of benefits that are designed to make your federal career very rewarding. Learn more about federal benefits.

Selected applicant(s) may be eligible to earn a higher annual leave accrual rate credit towards annual leave accrual based on prior non-Federal or uniformed service work experience. The amount of service credit will be based on specialized experience or qualifying experience that is provided on the applicant profile submitted. As such, if you are a new employee to the Federal Government or a rehire, it is important that you provide a work history that lists all directly related positions held, and it must include the dates of employment (month/day/year).

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Eligibility for benefits depends on the type of position you hold and whether your position is full-time, part-time, or intermittent. Contact the hiring agency for more information on the specific benefits offered.

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How to Apply


If you are a new user to the USAJOBS Site and have never registered for an account; you will first need to create an account profile with your basic contact information and a resume to begin applying. You must be a registered USAJOBS user AND you must be signed-in to your account in order to apply for this position. For help with setting up an account or for general assistance in using USAJOBS, go to USAJOBS Help Page.

NEED HELP? If you experience any difficulties with the application site, help is available! If you have problems completing your on-line application, contact the Monster Hiring Management Help Desk at 1-866-656-6831 or by e-mail at The help desk is available Monday - Friday 7:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. Eastern Time. You may call and leave a voice mail message at all other times.

All required supporting documents will be collected electronically via the USAJOBS “Saved Documents” feature.

If you are unable to apply on-line, you may visit our Employment Center for technical assistance in entering your application. The Employment Center is located at 441 Second & D Streets S.W., Washington, D.C., Room H2-178, and is open Monday through Friday from 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. You may call (202) 226-7000 for directions.

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Architect of the Capitol 2nd and D Street, S.W. Washington, District of Columbia United States

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Next steps

You will receive a notice generated by the USAJOBS System when you have successfully submitted your application. We will review your application and transcript(s) (if you are qualifying based on education) to ensure you meet the basic qualification requirements.

You can check the status of your application by logging into You may also sign up to receive automatic emails anytime the status of your application has changed by logging into your USAJOBS Account, editing your profile and changing the ‘Notification Settings’ to indicate that you want to be notified by email when the status changes. Information regarding the status of your application should be updated in the system within two (2) weeks after the closing date of this vacancy announcement.

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Fair & Transparent

The Federal hiring process is setup to be fair and transparent. Please read the following guidance.

Equal Employment Opportunity Policy

The United States Government does not discriminate in employment on the basis of race, color, religion, sex (including pregnancy and gender identity), national origin, political affiliation, sexual orientation, marital status, disability, genetic information, age, membership in an employee organization, retaliation, parental status, military service, or other non-merit factor.

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Reasonable Accommodation Policy

Federal agencies must provide reasonable accommodation to applicants with disabilities where appropriate. Applicants requiring reasonable accommodation for any part of the application and hiring process should contact the hiring agency directly. Determinations on requests for reasonable accommodation will be made on a case-by-case basis.

A reasonable accommodation is any change to a job, the work environment, or the way things are usually done that enables an individual with a disability to apply for a job, perform job duties or receive equal access to job benefits.

Under the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, federal agencies must provide reasonable accommodations when:

  • An applicant with a disability needs an accommodation to have an equal opportunity to apply for a job.
  • An employee with a disability needs an accommodation to perform the essential job duties or to gain access to the workplace.
  • An employee with a disability needs an accommodation to receive equal access to benefits, such as details, training, and office-sponsored events.

You can request a reasonable accommodation at any time during the application or hiring process or while on the job. Requests are considered on a case-by-case basis.

Learn more about disability employment and reasonable accommodations or how to contact an agency.

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  • Privacy Act
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  • Selective Service
  • New employee probationary period

This job originated on For the full announcement and to apply, visit Only resumes submitted according to the instructions on the job announcement listed at will be considered.

Open & closing dates: 03/13/2018 to 03/27/2018

Salary: $14.08 to $16.43 per hour

Pay scale & grade: WG 02

Work schedule: Full-Time - This is an Excepted Service position and does not require or confer civil service Competitive Status

Appointment type: Permanent - Permanent, Full Time