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    This position is located in the Sound Laboratory, Preservation Services Section, Motion Pic, Broadcasting and Recorded Sound, Library Service at the Packard Campus in Culpeper, Virginia.

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    The position serves as the Audio Visual Maintenance Specialist in the Motion Picture Broadcasting and Recorded Sound Division (MBRS) within Library Services at the Library of Congress (LOC at the Packard Campus in Culpeper, Virginia). The position is located at the National Audio-Visual Conservation Center (NAVCC) and reports to the Sound Laboratory Supervisor. The incumbent is responsible for maintaining the equipment used for the processing, preservation and duplication of magnetic tape, disc, wire, cylinder recordings; and associated support equipment for the sound preservation laboratory, including a broad array of obsolete equipment that has not been manufactured for decades but is still essential to preservation production.

    Records the audio equipment users’ issues in the trouble ticket system. Determines the nature of the issue and whether it can be repaired in-house. If so, affects those repairs, tests that the repairs resolve the original problem, updates the trouble ticket and returns the equipment to service. If repairs cannot be efficiently performed in-house, coordinates the repairs made by experts under contract to the Library. Ensures that equipment is furnished as expeditiously as possible to personnel requiring them.

    Participates in declaring items that are no longer economically repairable as excess to the system, and recommends their repurposing or replacement. Applies extensive knowledge of the equipment concerned, develops suggestions for alternate use of equipment, and/or recommends equipment modifications to support audio preservation.

    Provides advisory services related to equipment design, production, operational, and maintenance requirements with regard to new or significantly modified equipment systems. Through conferences, meetings, reports, and training, provides technical information along with continuing technical advice and assistance necessary to resolve problems and support assigned categories of equipment.

    Communicates orally and in writing with a variety of internal personnel and numerous contractors and representatives of other organizations. Coordinates activities with other subordinate and higher-level organization.

    Able to resolve highly complex and unusual problems associated with the design, procurement, maintenance, modification, and repair of electrical machinery, equipment, and instruments. Investigates and analyzes a variety of unusual conditions or problems involved in the design, development, production, testing, procurement, use, supply, or disposal of electrical equipment.

    Designs and develops new concepts in electrical machinery, equipment, and instruments. Develops methods and techniques for their fabrication so that production is as expedient and economical as possible. Reviews specifications to assure adequacy of requirements.

    Collaborates with manufacturers, engineers, resource management officials, and technical representatives concerning the availability, development, and status of integrated products and technical information for use in preparing provision documentation, maintenance support plans, training and publications requirements, equipment accessories, and equipment modifications.

    Investigates and analyzes a variety of unusual conditions or problems involved in the design, development, production, testing, procurement, use, supply, or disposal of machinery and components. Able to fabricate parts onsite for vintage audio equipment.

    Makes technical decisions regarding the design, development, and testing of new or significantly modified equipment systems prior to their release for production to achieve such goals as reliability and maintainability. Applies a technical knowledge of the equipment, develops, and refines documentation. Makes recommendations based on knowledge of equipment behavior, cost factors, and ease of maintenance.

    Identifies the need for modifications/engineering changes or initiates further engineering investigations. Recommends required modifications to adapt substitute items and makes authoritative decisions regarding other difficult problems encountered.

    Handles quality control issues related to major equipment systems requiring special management emphasis because of their unusual operational importance or criticality to an equipment system. Reviews material deficiency reports.

    This position is not eligible for permanent remote telework.

    The position description number for this position is 373498.

    The salary range indicated reflects the locality pay adjustments for the Washington, D.C., Metropolitan area.

    The incumbent of this position will work a flextime work schedule.

    This is a non-supervisory, bargaining unit position.

    Relocation expenses will not be authorized for the person(s) selected under this vacancy announcement.

    Travel Required

    Not required

    Supervisory status


    Promotion Potential


  • Job family (Series)

    1670 Equipment Services

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