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Job Title:Electrical Engineer Student Trainee (Internship)

Department:Department Of The Interior

Agency:Bureau of Reclamation

Job Announcement Number:BR-PN-PTHWD-12-266

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

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$24,933.00 to $36,384.00 / Per Year


Thursday, September 13, 2012 to Thursday, September 27, 2012




This is a Full Time OR Part Time Position. (see summary) - This is a TEMPORARY position. For additional information see the summary section.




1 vacancy - Grand Coulee, WA, USView Map


Applications will be accepted from degree seeking students enrolled at least half-time in accredited institutions.


Reclamation is a contemporary water management agency. Reclamation is best known for Hoover Dam on the Colorado River, Grand Coulee Dam on the Columbia River and Folsom Dam on the American River. Today we are the largest wholesaler of water in the country and the second largest producer of hydroelectric power in the western United States. Visit:  View our DVD titled “Traditions, Talent, and Teamwork” at:

This position is being filled in the excepted service under the Pathways Program.  This is a planned and progressive education program that offers valuable work experience directly related to a student’s academic field of study.  After successfully completing your education and meeting agency work requirements, you may be converted to a term, career, or career conditional appointment.

Schedule may vary to accommodate the student's school schedule during the school year and/or full-time during the summer and school breaks.


  • U.S. Citizenship or National
  • Suitability for Federal employment determined by a background investigation
  • You must submit a resume and supporting documentation - See how to apply
  • Enrolled or accepted at a qualifying educational institution
  • Cumulative GPA of 2.0 or higher on a scale of 4.0
  • Must be able to complete 640 of work experience prior to completing degree


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As a trainee, you will perform a variety of developmental assignments of progressive difficulty in functional specialties of electrical engineering.  Assignments are designed to improve the trainee’s grasp and understanding of electrical engineering.

You will receive continuing guidance in the methodology and performance of work assignments involving working on a wide variety of equipment and systems; marking up existing drawings and preparing “red and green” drawings of completed or modified features to update original drawings, preparing draft specifications, providing data search and retrieval services, collecting engineering field data, and performing arithmetic calculations to verify accuracy of field data.  Participate in planned formal educational programs, such as university courses, interagency programs, professional society meetings, seminars, and related activities.

Ideal candidate for this position is an individual pursuing undergraduate degree program in electrical engineering at a college or university accredited by the Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology (ABET).  Candidates will be considered on the basis of the applicability of their education and experience.


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GS-3: 1 year of education above high school or 6 months of general experience AND enrolled at least half-time in a degree granting program in an accredited institution.

GS-4: 2 years of education above high school or 1 year of general experience AND enrolled at least half-time in a degree granting program in an accredited institution.



-An accredited College (including 4-year colleges/universities, community colleges, and junior colleges)

-A Professional, technical, vocational, and trade school

-A graduate/advanced degree program


-other qualifying educational institution pursuing a qualifying degree or certificate.

You must meet all qualification requirements, and any selective factors, by the closing date of the announcement.


Your application package (resume, transcripts, and supporting documents) will be reviewed to verify that you meet the basic eligibility and qualification requirements.  You will be evaluated for this position based upon information reflected in your resume and supporting documents.  Your resume must support your level of education claimed, experience, which may include volunteer experience, and/or training.  Veterans’ preference applies to all selections made under the Pathways authority in accordance with Part 302 of 5 CFR.  Candidates who meet the minimum qualification requirements need not be further evaluated; however, qualified veterans will be referred ahead of all non-veterans.

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Working for the Bureau of Reclamation offers a comprehensive benefits package that includes paid vacation, sick leave, holidays, life insurance, health benefits, and participation in the Federal Employees Retirement System. To explore the major benefits offered to most Federal employees, visit:


Travel, transportation, and relocation expenses are not authorized for payment by the Bureau of Reclamation. Any cost incurred in reporting for duty are the responsibility of the individual selected for the position..

-Position subject to a Background Investigation.

Selective Service: Male applicants born on or after January 1, 1960, must certify that they have registered with the Selective Service System or are exempt from having to do so under Selective Service Law. To register for Selective Service or to verify that you have registered, please visit:

Equal Employment Opportunity: The United States Government does not discriminate in employment on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, political affiliation, sexual orientation, gender identity, marital status, disability and genetic information, age, membership in an employee organization, or other non-merit factor.



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Applications (resume and assessment questionnaire) for this vacancy MUST be received online BEFORE midnight Eastern Time (Washington, DC time) on the closing date of this announcement.  When you’re ready to apply, click the blue APPLY ONLINE button at the top of the page.

This vacancy is being announced through Bureau of Reclamation’s Hiring System—HireMe. For more information about the HireMe system and the registration process, visit:

As part of the on-line application process, applicants may be required to submit supporting documents. Failure to submit the requested supporting documents may result in your not being considered for this position. Options for submitting supporting documentation include:


-- Auto Requested Fax or uploading from your USAJOBS profile – instructions provided during the online application process

-- E-mail to

-- Fax directly to the HR Office at (208) 378-5023

-- Mail to the Bureau of Reclamation, ATTN: PN-1445, 1150 North Curtis Road, Suite 100, Boise, Idaho 83706-1234 – or –

-- Hand deliver to the Bureau of Reclamation, Human Resources – Room 109, 1150 North Curtis Road, Boise, Idaho.

Include your name and the vacancy number on the supporting documents.

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 us at the phone number shown at the bottom of this page.  The decision on granting reasonable accommodation will be on a case-by-case basis.


To be considered for this position, applicants are required to submit a resume (with dates of employment, i.e. years and months and hours worked per week), an on-line assessment questionnaire, and the following supporting documents, as appropriate.

Proof of enrollment/acceptance with a qualifying educational institution.

Transcripts:  Applicants MUST furnish a copy of your college transcripts, if applicable.  If selected, you will be required to provide official college transcripts to verify your educational qualifications prior to reporting for work.

DD-214, Certificate of Release from Active Duty:  If you are entitled to veterans’ preference, submit a copy of your DD-214 (Member 4 Copy), or an official statement of service from your command if you are currently on active duty, or other official documentation (e.g., documentation of receipt of a campaign badge or expeditionary medal) that proves your military service was performed under honorable conditions. If you have a compensable service connected disability, submit a Standard Form (SF) 15, Application for 10-Point Veteran Preference, and the required documentation requested by this form, in addition to the DD-214.

For information on veteran's eligibility visit:

Declaration of Federal Employment, OF-306: You will be required to complete an (OF-306),  prior to being appointed to determine your suitability for federal employment and to authorize a background investigation. Failure to answer all questions truthfully and completely or providing false statements on the application may be grounds for not hiring you or for dismissing you after you begin work, and may be punishable by fine or imprisonment (U.S. Code, Title 18, section 1001). 



Teresa Carlton
Phone: 208-378-6544
Fax: 208-378-5023
Agency Information:
1150 N. Curtis Road, Suite 100
Attn: PN-1438
Boise, ID
Fax: 208-378-5023


After all application packages have been received, resumes and transcripts will be reviewed to ensure applicants meet the basic qualification requirements. Best-qualified applicants will be referred to the selecting official. After making a tentative job offer, a suitability and/or security background investigation will be conducted. A final job offer is typically made within 40 days after the deadline for applications. Applicants should monitor their status for positions with the Bureau of Reclamation by regularly checking their public status notifications in the USAJOBS profile.

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