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Job Title:Safety Engineer

Department:Legislative Branch

Agency:Architect of the Capitol

Hiring Organization: Senate Office Buildings

Job Announcement Number:SOB 2013-163

This position is closed and no longer accepting online applications through USAJOBS.

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$89,033.00 to $115,742.00 / Per Year


Wednesday, August 14, 2013 to Wednesday, September 04, 2013




Full Time - Permanent - No time limit




1 vacancy in the following location:
Washington, Dist of ColumbiaView Map




The mission of the Architect of the Capitol (AOC) is to serve Congress and the Supreme Court, preserve America's Capitol and inspire memorable experiences. Under the leadership of Stephen T. Ayers, FAIA, LEED AP, the roles and responsibilities of the Architect of the Capitol cover an expansive and diverse portfolio. The AOC is responsible for the maintenance, operation, development and preservation of 17.4 million square feet of buildings and more than 553 acres of land throughout Capitol Hill. The AOC provides a welcoming and educational environment for millions of visitors through the U.S. Capitol Visitor Center and the US Botanic Garden. The AOC also provides professional expertise on the preservation of architectural and artistic elements entrusted to its care. Learn more at


The AOC prides itself on our Core Values of Teamwork, Integrity, Pride and Professionalism.

The PROFESSIONALISM and INTEGRITY of each AOC employee demonstrates our dedication to providing quality services and our commitments to holding ourselves to the highest standards.

We recognize that we do our best work through TEAMWORK, each of us lending our individual strengths and talents to the greater goal of the entire team. We respect each other and rely on each other in our efforts to make the AOC a center of excellence.

We take PRIDE in what we do and in the honor of serving Congress, the Supreme Court, and the American people each and every day.

Applications for this position are being processed through an on-line applicant assessment system that has been specifically configured for Architect of the Capitol applicants. Even if you have already developed a resume in USAJOBS, you will need to access this on-line system to complete the application process. To obtain information about this position and TO APPLY, please click on


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(The duties described reflect the full performance level of this position)

This position is located in the Senate Office Buildings, Assistant Superintendent Facilities Support Division.
Incumbent exercises expert technical knowledge of the limitations of proven concepts and practices on systems, equipment, and/or hardware to correctly evaluate problem resolution alternatives or the risk associated with using or replacing a nonconforming component. Will develop additional engineering control methods to mitigate safety deficiencies and then institute the solution via a policy or construction project. Maintains technical insight into the cause and the plan of action when damaged, failed, or otherwise nonconforming hardware, equipment, or systems are encountered. ssssFormulates policies, requirements analysis and definition, technical evaluations, and makes recommendations to management within the functional and/or technical area of expertise.
Develops alternative strategies and assesses trade-offs between safety concerns and economic issues related to implementing safety programs, policies, and regulations in a major agency organizational component, such as the subject Jurisdiction. Reviews operations and processes to ensure that equipment layouts and corresponding shop operations are not creating an unsafe environment. Identifies key policy issues and priorities, designs analyses, evaluates alternatives, develops alternate strategies, and makes definitive recommendations to senior management officials to ensure equipment layouts and corresponding shop operations are not creating unsafe work environments. Develops impact assessments focusing on the costs to facilities. Prepares policy memoranda and briefings.

Serves as a technical advisor and consulting safety engineer for the application of current safety technologies and regulations to the operation and/or maintenance of facilities, structures, systems, or equipment. Serves in an advisory role in the development of regulatory initiatives to improve upon safety. Supports the technical program planning within the organization and advises, negotiates, and coordinates with various engineers in the execution of these plans.
Manages all aspects of the mandatory worksite inspection program including safety and fire protection inspection. Checks paths of egress, and fire exits, signage, and all facility areas for possible unsafe conditions. Follows up to assure correction of all deficiencies found. Performs occupational health and safety inspections of all facilities and construction and renovation sites. Inspects the buildings and equipment for safety deficiencies and promptly reports and corrects any deficiencies. This includes trades shops, steam and chilled water utilities, equipment storage, scaffolding, and other work areas. Selects and adapts standard guidelines in identifying problems and deficiencies. Resolves problems, trains staff in accepted procedures, writes reports and recommendations, and follows up to determine compliance with recommendations. Takes action to ensure compliance with all safety regulations and guidelines, writes reports with recommendations, and follows up to determine compliance.

Supports internal and external inspections for compliance with safety, health and environmental policies and regulations. Inspects HAZMAT sites, HAZMAT waste areas, and universal waste areas for compliance with AOC policies.
Maintains and updates applicable occupational safety and health databases such as FMA and IAM with inspection findings, clarifications, and remediations.
Performs tests for hazardous substances such as volatile organic chemicals, excessive noise, confined space entry, and indoor air quality.
Prepares and updates monthly, quarterly and yearly reports to senior management on inspections, investigations, and surveys. Reports and investigates all accidents, injuries, and similar incidents and prepares written reports and evaluations using standard guidelines. Develops and maintains a database on accidents and analyzes accident trends. Develops and implements programs to reduce accident rates.

Maintains and ensures calibration of sampling and monitoring equipment. Orders and maintains supplies

Performs a variety of safety engineering duties relative to conducting technical investigations and calculations in the review and analysis of facilities, ground support equipment, and operations using a number of standard engineering principles, methods, and practices. Conducts engineering reviews of new and proposed modifications to existing facilities and equipment to ensure compliance with safety requirements. Prepares and updates safety policies, directives, standards, specifications, controls, instrumentation, and other documentation for implementing the overall center safety program.
Utilizes the system engineering and system management process to assure identification, elimination, or control of hazardous conditions that may occur as a result of human error, procedural deficiencies, equipment malfunction, or system incompatibilities involving a large variety of space hardware functional disciplines, often requiring an advancement in state-of-the-art knowledge.
Recommends modifications and/or revisions to large facility safety policies, procedures, and guidelines. Prepares instructions to implement newly developed or modified guidance. Recommends as appropriate modification or development of procedural policy initiatives based on problems that arise during ongoing program execution. Prepares, supplements, and updates safety regulations, documents, and requirements manuals proposed or initiated by a higher authority. Develops jurisdictional regulations defining applicable mishap prevention procedures. Conducts in-depth studies of established guidelines to determine current feasibility. Recommends as appropriate the modification or development of a procedure or guideline where coverage is inadequate or nonexistent as it relates to jurisdictional needs.

Performs ergonomic analyses in the course of developing Job Hazards Analyses and developing corrective actions following job related injuries. Analysis includes evaluation of injury and illness records, risk factors associated with each job and process, employee symptom survey, and individual workstation analysis. Makes recommendations on corrective actions and documents results and trends.
Establishes, monitors, and tracks essential medical surveillance safety training in the Jurisdiction (such as respirator fitness, blood borne pathogens, and lead poisoning tests), qualifications requirements, and certification procedures for supervisors and employees. Ensures that all staff working on hazardous operations are qualified and certified to perform the tasks involved. Develops and maintains a safety training program database to ensure timely staff certification.
Accomplishes varied and complex safety project management duties in conjunction with coordinating project teams and making decisions affecting areas of responsibility that are controversial and precedent setting. Ensures proper and sufficient resource allocation by a variety of agency and contractor organizations. Serves as a safety expert and a key source of information for assigned areas of responsibility. Maintains liaison with engineers who are expert in related fields in order to keep abreast of the latest trends and innovations in design or testing techniques and procedures. Performs independent studies and assessments to evaluate the effectiveness and efficiency of operations and recommends improvements to management.
Implements a major agency program dealing with high safety risk activities/constantly changing hazards (such as lead abatement, removal and proper disposal of asbestos materials, height hazards requiring fall protection, and operations related to high voltage.
Provides advice and assistance in the resolution of difficult program management and administrative operation problems and/or issues that include significant controversies or difficulties that present barriers to program delivery and application. Reviews designs submittals as presented by designers or consultants, evaluates, and makes recommendations for acceptance and/or rejection of same based upon compliance with applicable standards and safety regulations.
Provides guidance including written guidelines to operating personnel on appropriate OSHA, EPA and other applicable regulations and procedures and hazardous waste and related matters. Samples, identifies, and characterizes materials and waste.
Monitors and provides technical direction for asbestos and lead abatement. Samples suspect materials. Determines approach, i.e., enclose encapsulate, remove, maintain-place. Designs abatement plans; estimates scope and cost, determine coverage of equipment, adjusts for unique situations and environmental concerns. Monitors for proper fiber levels before, after, and throughout work. Analyzes or has samples analyzed. Documents work; files and retrieves as necessary. (Documentation is important to create official records for use in the event of future problems or questions.) Periodically inspects previously identified problem areas. Determines and prioritizes corrective work. Contracts and coordinates for required inspections for asbestos and lead as required. Acts as the responsible person when dealing with legal documents pertaining to hazardous materials and controlled wastes.


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Ability to perform safety investigations, inspections, and surveys.

Ability to apply analytical methods and techniques in analyzing safety and occupational health programs and projects.

Knowledge of safety and occupational health principles, methods, and techniques.

Ability to evaluate inspection findings and analyze evidence in performing regulatory and compliance activities, specifically for safety and occupational health programs.



A. Applicants must show successful completion of a professional engineering curriculum leading to a bachelor's or higher degree in engineering in an accredited college or university. To be acceptable, the curriculum must: (1) be in a school of engineering with at least one curriculum accredited by the Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology (ABET) as a professional engineering curriculum; or (2) include differential and integral calculus and advanced courses 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); (g) any other comparable area of fundamental engineering science or physics, such as optics, heat transfer, soil mechanics, or electronics.


B. A 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 professional engineering, and (2) a good theoretical and practical understanding 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: current registration as a professional engineer by any State, the District of Columbia, Guam, or Puerto Rico. Absent other means of qualifying under this standard, those applicants who achieved such registration by means other than written test (e.g., State grandfather or eminence provisions), are eligible only for positions that are within or closely related to the specialty field of their registration.

2. Written Test: evidence of having successfully passed the Engineer- in-Training (EIT) examination, or the written test required for professional registration, which is administered by the Boards of Engineering Examiners in the various States, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, and Guam.

3. Specified Academic Courses: successful completion in an accredited college or university of at least 60 semester/90 quarter hours of courses in the physical, mathematical, and engineering sciences and in engineering. These must have included the courses specified in the basic requirement.

4. Related Curriculum: successful completion of a curriculum leading to a bachelor's degree in engineering technology or in an appropriate professional field, e.g., physics, chemistry, architecture, computer science, mathematics, hydrology, or geology may be accepted in lieu of a degree in engineering, provided the candidate has at least one (1) year of professional engineering experience acquired under professional engineering supervision and guidance. (The above examples of related curricula are not all-inclusive.)


In addition to meeting the basic entry qualification requirements, applicants must have had one (1) year of specialized experience equivalent to at least GS-12.

Specialized experience is experience which is in or related to the line of work of the position to be filled and which has equipped the applicant with the specific knowledge, skills, and abilities to successfully perform the duties of the position.

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You will be rated based on your qualifications for this position as evidenced by the education, experience and training you report relative to this position which shows that you possess the knowledges, skills and abilities required. Paid or unpaid experience will be considered.


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LOCATION: Architect of the Capitol, Senate Office Buildings, Assistant Superintendent Facilities Support Division.


To apply, go to or (Be sure URL is typed in all lower case).



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.


This vacancy announcement may be used to fill additional vacancies in any of the jurisdictions of the Architect of the Capitol.




This is an Excepted Service position in the Architect of the Capitol, a Legislative Branch agency of the Federal government. The position does not require or confer civil service Competitive Status.

The Office of the Architect of the Capitol is an Equal Opportunity Employer. This Office prohibits discrimination on the basis of race, religion, sex, color, age, national origin, genetic information, 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 on a case-by-case basis.

Moving expenses are not authorized.

Relocation expenses are not authorized.

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

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. Federal Law requires DHS to use the E-VERIFY system to verify the employment eligibility of all new hires, and obligates the new hire to take affirmative steps to resolve any discrepancies identified by the system as a condition of continued employment.

Welcome Veterans. The Veterans Employment Opportunities Act of 1998 (VEOA) gives veteransâ preference rights in the legislative branch to certain veterans as applied by the Congressional Accountability Act. Veteransâ 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.

Selectee(s) 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.


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Applications for this position are being processed through an on-line applicant assessment system that has been specifically configured for Architect of the Capitol applicants. Even if you have already developed a resume in USAJOBS, you will need to access this on-line system to complete the application process. To obtain information about this position and TO APPLY, please click on


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