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Automotive Mechanic more...
Location:Washington, DC
Company:United States Capitol Police (USCP)
First posted:November 18, 2020



The United States Capitol Police (USCP) is a CALEA nationally-accredited, federal law enforcement agency. The USCP safeguards the Congress, Members of Congress, employees, visitors, and Congressional buildings and grounds from crime, disruption, and terrorism. We protect and secure Congress so it can fulfill its constitutional and legislative responsibilities in a safe, secure and open environment.

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The position is located in the Vehicle Management Division of the Office of Facilities and Logistics, Office of the Chief Administrative Officer. United States Capitol Police (USCP). The incumbent performs the full range of mechanical repairs, services and adjustments to a wide variety of fleet vehicles, performs preventive maintenance and installs and removes police emergency equipment and accessories.

Performs the full range of repairs, services and adjustments to a wide range of fleet vehicles including trucks, vans, buses, special bomb and hazmat vehicles, light towers, message centers, trailers and all United States Capitol Police (USCP) equipment. Duties include diagnosing and performing repairs to electrical and ignition, heating and air conditioning, steering and suspension, wheels, axles and brakes, engines and transmissions, and fuel and injection systems and reviewing completed work for quality.

Uses a wide variety of test equipment to trace, diagnose, and locate defects and determine the type and extent of repairs required and disassembles, inspects and rebuilds components in completing tasks. Serves as primary installer, repair and service mechanic for fleet emergency equipment including emergency lighting, mobile telephones, sirens, radios, shot gun racks, alarm systems, and switch panels. Performs preventive maintenance and service inspections. Performs extensive repair of bicycles.

Travel Required

Not required

Supervisory status


Promotion Potential


Job family (Series)

5823 Automotive Mechanic


Conditions of Employment

  • You must be a U.S. Citizen.
  • Successful completion of a Background Investigation is required.
  • Must complete a one year probationary period.
  • Must have Direct Deposit.
  • This position requires a valid driver's license.
  • Shift work may be required for this position.


Evidence of specialized experience must be supported on resume and narrative responses to the assessment questionnaire.

For CP-07/GS-09: Applicants qualifying for the CP-07/GS-09 level includes one (1) year/52 weeks of specialized experience equivalent to at least CP-06/GS-08 level. Specialized experience consists of: working on automotive repairs such as overhauling major components, replacing defective parts, adjusting brakes and engine idle; troubleshooting, repair diagnoses; or servicing heat and/or air conditioning units and components.



Current Automotive Service Excellence (ASE) Certifications in all of the following five (5) areas listed below:

1. Suspension and Steering Testing

2. Brakes

3. Electrical/Electronic Systems

4. Heating and Air Conditioning

5. Engine Performance

*Certifications Must Be Included to Consider Application Complete*

All eligibility requirements must be met by the closing date (12/01/2020) of the vacancy announcement.

(Information on Qualification & Education are located at the following link: (see application details) )


There is no education substitution for experience in this series and/or grade.

Additional information

Additional Conditions of Employment with USCP:

Criminal History Check
-- Must successfully pass a comprehensive criminal history check of the past 10 years.

  • A criminal history check will be performed on all qualified applicants.

Credit Check -- Must successfully pass a credit check. Applicants must not be in default or delinquent on any Federal guaranteed student loans. Applicants must demonstrate a competent financial history. Financial delinquency including collection accounts, liens, repossessions, or garnishments may be a basis for disqualification.

Selective Service Registration -- Male applicants must provide verification of registration with the Selective Service System or must verify exemption from the Selective Service System registration because of age or military status. Female applicants are exempt from Selective Service System registration. (see application details)

Fingerprint Check -- Applicants' fingerprints will be submitted to the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) for a check of the criminal history record.

Background Investigation -- Must successfully complete all components of the USCP full field background investigation.

  • There are few automatic grounds for rejection in the USCP background investigation process. Issues of misconduct, such as illegal drug use, arrests, or convictions may not be automatically disqualifying. However, deliberate misstatements, omissions, or intentionally withholding required information at any phase of the hiring process will result in a candidate's disqualification regardless of the nature or reason for the misstatement or omission. The primary reason candidates fail a background investigation is due to deliberately withholding or omitting material facts. Providing false and/or misleading information may be grounds for removal from the application and selection process.

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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.

Evaluation Factors

Please address all Knowledge, Skills and Abilities (KSA's) within the narrative responses, so that your experience can be evaluated properly. To view the KSAs please go to the HOW TO APPLY section and click on the link Application Preview.

We will review your resume, assessment questionnaire and supporting documentation to determine if you meet the minimum requirements for this job. If you meet the minimum requirements for this job, we will evaluate your application materials, to assess the quality, depth, and complexity of your qualifications, accomplishments, experience, and education as they relate to the requirements listed in this vacancy announcement.

Failure to successfully pass a full field background investigation and all segments of the pre-employment evaluation process will result in disqualification from further consideration under this Vacancy Announcement.

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Background checks and security clearance
Security clearance

Not Required

Drug test required


Required Documents

The following documents are required and must be received by the closing date of this announcement:

1. Your Resume : Resumes should include full description of job duties as well as dates (mm/yr) of employment.
2. A complete Assessment Questionnaire : Failure to provide a narrative response when required will result in an "Incomplete Application and/or Assessment Questionnaire" rating.
3. Other supporting documents :
- Automotive Service Excellence (ASE) Certifications

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.


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 .

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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.

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.

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

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

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