Student Trainee Engineer/Architect,Architect of the Capitol,10-09-2018,USA Gov


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  • Open & closing dates

    10/09/2018 to 11/06/2018

  • Service


  • Pay scale & grade

    GS 04 – 05

  • Salary

    $33,172 to $48,249 per year

  • Appointment type

    Term – The duration of the initial appointment is not to exceed 13 months. It will be extended as needed and up to 120 days beyond the date of completing academic requirements.

  • Work schedule

    Full-Time – This is an Excepted Service position and does not require or confer Civil Service Competitive Status


1 vacancy in the following location:


    Washington DC, DC

    1 vacancy

Relocation expenses reimbursed


Telework eligible


This job is open to


    The public

    U.S. citizens, nationals or those who owe allegiance to the U.S.



    Current students enrolled in accredited educational institutions from high school to graduate level. Includes internships, pathways and other student programs.

Clarification from the agency

Applications will be accepted from all U.S. Citizens.



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    At the Architect of the Capitol (AOC), our employees are passionate about AOC’s mission to serve Congress and the Supreme Court, preserve America’s Capitol and inspire memorable experiences. AOC is the authority for the preservation, maintenance and construction of the most iconic treasures and buildings on Capitol Hill. We are seeking an Engineer/Architect Student Trainee who will assist professional engineers and/or architects and admin staff in the operations of the Capitol Power Plant.

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    This position is located in the Architect of the Capitol, Utilities and Power Plant Operations, Engineering Division. The trainee will receive increasingly more responsible assignments to provide training and development in their respective engineering discipline. The trainee will have non-competitive promotion up to the GS-9 level.


    • Performs well-defined tasks in various aspects of engineering and architecture. Receives formal training and on-the- job instruction designed to familiarize the trainee with the functions and operations of the Capitol Power Plant and to provide experience in the application of architectural/engineering knowledge to projects at the plant. Specific duties are dependent upon the occupational specialty that corresponds to the college major.
    • Assists professional level architects or engineers or other staff in routine and progressively responsible duties which are directly related to the student’s academic studies and occupational career goals.
    • Performs specified arithmetic computations using engineering software and programs, standard tables, or other engineering practice.
    • Supports engineering project team(s) and accomplishes assigned tasks.
    • Operates and makes adjustments to a variety of instruments and equipment.
    • Gathers and complies data from records, specifications and drawings. Recognizes and resolves readily apparent errors.
    • Creates drawings of simple facilities and equipment from sketches and models or marked up prints when the details fit a familiar pattern and are easily visualized.
    • Follows all relevant safety rules, regulations and standard operating procedures and comply with all OSHA safety rules and regulations.

    NOTE ON PAY RATES – Per AOC policy, sophomores will receive GS-4 pay rates and juniors will receive GS-5 pay rates.

    Travel Required

    Not required

    Supervisory status


    Promotion Potential

    09 – Position has non-competitive promotional potential to the GS-9.

  • Job family (Series)

    0899 Engineering And Architecture Student Trainee

  • Requirements

    Conditions of Employment

    • You must be a U.S. Citizen.
    • You must be able to pass a drug test.
    • You must meet the definition of specialized experience.
    • 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.
    • Have 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.
    • Must complete a Cooperative Agreement between the school, student and the AOC.


    To qualify, you must currently be a 2nd-year (Sophomore) or 3rd-year (Junior) college or university student majoring in engineering or architecture with a grade point average (GPA) of at least 2.9 on a 4.0 scale.  Must meet their university or college Co-operative Education Program requirements.


    To be eligible, you must currently be a 2nd-year (Sophomore) or 3rd-year (Junior) college or university student majoring in engineering or architecture.

    It is important to understand that your assignment requires continuing pursuit of a bachelor’s degree in engineering or architecture. 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.

    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 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

    Q – Nonsensitive

    Drug test required


  • 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, you only need to submit: a) your resume and b) answers to the online vacancy assessment questionnaire. The online questionnaire contains eligibility questions and other relevant information. No additional documentation or attachments are required at the time of application.

    Your resume should list your education, any relevant training, skills and work experience to include job titles, employment dates and job duties. Nothing further is required until it is requested by AOC’s Human Capital Management Division. 

    When asked to provide proof of enrollment in college or university, students selected for a position need only provide one (1) of the following acceptable documents:

    • A copy of your current class schedule
    • A copy of your current college transcript – unofficial transcripts downloaded from your school website are acceptable
    • Letter from your advisor or registrar’s office indicating that you are a current student

    Failure to provide the required document will end further consideration and/or result in the withdrawal of any tentative job offers.

    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.

    A variety of health insurance plans; retirement system with investment options; paid holidays; paid sick and annual (vacation) leave; life insurance; incentive systems; subsidized transportation; training and development opportunities, etc.

    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.

  • 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.

    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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    Agency contact information

    MGS Help Desk







    Architect of the Capitol
    2nd and D Street, S.W.
    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 job 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.

    • Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO) for federal employees & job applicants

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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 process should follow the instructions in the job opportunity announcement. For any part of the remaining hiring process, applicants 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.

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    Legal and regulatory guidance

    • Financial suitability
    • Social security number request
    • Privacy Act
    • Signature and false statements
    • Selective Service
    • New employee probationary period

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