Building Technician II – McLean, Virginia

Locations: Washington DC
Departments: Building Maintenance, Property Management

This position is located in McLean, Virginia.

Under general supervision, performs skilled journey level assignments in trades such as heating, ventilation, and air conditioning (HVAC), electrical, and/or plumbing work in the installation, maintenance, of buildings, and structures and related duties as required. Incumbents may lead the work of others including those in the same classification.

This is the advanced journey level in the Building Maintenance field, reporting to the Building Operations Supervisor. Although incumbents typically specialize in the installation, maintenance, and repair of entire HVAC, electrical, or plumbing systems and equipment, including pumps, assignments may be made in any skill area. Assignments and objectives are established for the employee. Work review is occasional and usually upon employee initiation, when problems, changes to established procedures and/or policy issues are involved, or a result of customer comment. Incumbents are expected to diagnose problems, consider alternative solutions, and select and implement the most effective solution without close supervision.


Knowledge of:  Methods, materials, and equipment used in HVAC, plumbing or electrical trades; changing codes, regulations, and technology; theory, design, and use and operation of equipment and related systems; and the locations of typical system failures; basic operations, tools, and terms used in building maintenance and repair work; safe work practices and first aid; and addition, subtraction, multiplication, division, fractions and geometry; practices of supervision and training.

Skill to:  Use hand and power tools used in the carpentry, electrical, HVAC, and plumbing trades.

Ability to:  Sketch designs and present notes to supervisors and coworkers; read and interpret plans, specs, and blueprints; read and apply applicable codes; evaluate a problem or situation and arrive at a logical decision; make correct estimates and select materials; work independently; work under pressure; prioritize assigned work; identify and correct safety hazards; lift and carry objects safely; climb ladders to various heights; use a variety of hand and power tools safely and efficiently; design and fabricate special tools, devices, and replacement parts; learn policies and procedures, and the locations of buildings; lead the work of others; provide technical training; develop and maintain cooperative relationships with individuals from different departments or organizations; perform manual labor; and follow complex verbal and written instructions.

Incumbents must possess the physical and mental capacity to work under the conditions described in this document and to perform the duties required by their assigned position.


HVAC Assignment: 

  • Installs, inspects, repairs, and maintains mechanical, heating, ventilation, and air conditioning systems and related components.
  • Recovers refrigerants.Electrical Assignment:
  • Installs, inspects and repairs electrical systems and related components.
  • Inspects and maintains electrical and fire sprinkling systems and related components

Plumbing Assignment: 

  • Installs, inspects, repairs, and maintains plumbing and fire sprinkling systems and related components.
  • Other Assignments:
  • Installs, inspects and maintains building structural systems and related components.
  • Fabricates, installs, inspects and maintains electronic systems and subsystems (i.e., burglar and fire alarm, energy management, CAD).
  • Leads other trade workers on special assignments and/or projects.
  • Provides training and guidance to other trade workers.
  • Provides on-site coordination/consultation with, and communication to, outside contractors regarding the location and repair of systems and structures bordering the area involved in the contract work.
  • Operates heavy equipment to accomplish assigned tasks.
  • Installs, repairs, and replaces doors, windows and building hardware.
  • Assembles, installs, repairs, and/or fabricates institutional furnishings and equipment.
  • Performs rough and finish carpentry and plastering/drywall of buildings and equipment.
  • Other duties as assigned.


Any combination of education and/or experience that has provided the knowledge, skills, and abilities necessary to satisfactory job performance would be qualifying.  A typical way to obtain the required knowledge, skills and abilities would be:  Five years’ experience in semi-skilled and skilled electrical, HVAC, plumbing construction, maintenance and/or repair work.


  • Possession of, or ability to obtain by time of appointment, a valid Driver License is required.  Failure to maintain this license will result in discipline up to and including termination.
  • Possession of, or ability to obtain as a condition of successful completion of the probationary period, a valid refrigerant recovery certificate.


Physical demands vary significantly based on assignment, workload and specific projects.

Rare = < 10%, Occasional = 11-33%, Frequent = 34-66%, Constant = >66%

  • Sitting:  Rare to occasional
  • Walking:  Frequent
  • Standing:  Frequent
  • Bending (neck):  Frequent
  • Bending (waist):  Occasional to frequent
  • Squatting:  Rare
  • Climbing:  Rare
  • Kneeling:  Rare
  • Crawling:  Rare
  • Jumping:  Rare
  • Balancing:  Rare
  • Twisting (neck):  Occasional to frequent
  • Twisting (waist):  Occasional to frequent
  • Grasp – light (dominant hand):  Frequent
  • Grasp – light (non-dominant):  Occasional
  • Grasp – firm (dominant hand):  Occasional to frequent
  • Grasp – firm (non-dominant):  Occasional
  • Fine manipulation (dominant):  Occasional – writing, fine detail work (small parts)
  • Fine manipulation (non-dominant):  Occasional – writing, fine detail work (small parts)
  • Reach – at/below shoulder:  Frequent
  • Reach – above shoulder level:  Occasional


  • Up to 10 lbs. Occasional
  • 11 to 25 lbs. Occasional
  • 26 to 50 lbs. Rare
  • 51 to 75 lbs. Rare
  • 75 to 100 lbs. Rare
  • Over 100 lbs. Never


  • Up to 10 lbs. Frequent
  • 11 to 25 lbs. Occasional
  • 26 to 50 lbs. Occasional
  • 51 to 75 lbs. Rare – may not be daily
  • 76 to 100 lbs.  Rare – bags of mortar, doors (asked to get assistance)
  • Over 100 lbs.  Never


  • Up to 10 lbs. Occasional
  • 11 to 25 lbs. Occasional
  • 26 to 50 lbs. Occasional
  • 51 to 75 lbs. Rare
  • 76 to 100 lbs. Rare – asked to get assistance
  • Over 100 lbs. Never


  • Eye-hand:  Required
  • Eye-hand-foot:  Required
  • Driving:  Required


  • Acuity, near:  Required
  • Acuity, far:  Required
  • Depth perception:  Required
  • Accommodation:  Required
  • Color vision:  Required
  • Field of vision:  Required


  • Face-to-face contact:  Required
  • Verbal contact w/others:  Required
  • Public:  Required


  • Normal conversation:  Required
  • Telephone communication:  Required
  • Earplugs required:  Required


Works indoors, works outdoors, exposure to extreme hot or cold temperature, working at heights (ladder), being around moving machinery, exposure to marked changes in  temperature/humidity, exposure to dust, fumes, smoke, gases, odors, mists, or other irritating particles, exposure to toxic or caustic chemicals, exposure to excessive noise, exposure electrical energy, exposure to solvents, grease or oil, exposure to slippery or uneven walking surfaces, working below ground, using computer monitor, exposure to vibration (power tools), exposure to flames or burning items (welding), works around others, works alone, works with others.