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Job Title:Electrical Engineer

Department:Department Of The Interior

Agency:Bureau of Reclamation

Job Announcement Number:BR-PN-DE-GC-13-012

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

The contents of the announcement can still be viewed.

SALARY RANGE:

$57,408.00 to $89,450.00 / Per Year

OPEN PERIOD:

Thursday, October 11, 2012 to Sunday, October 28, 2012

SERIES & GRADE:

GS-0850-11/12

POSITION INFORMATION:

This is a FULL TIME position. - This is a PERMANENT position.

PROMOTION POTENTIAL:

12

DUTY LOCATIONS:

1 vacancy - Grand Coulee, WA, USView Map

WHO MAY APPLY:

All United States Citizens and Nationals

JOB SUMMARY:

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: http://www.usbr.gov. View our DVD titled "Traditions, Talent, and Teamwork" at: http://www.usbr.gov/pmts/hr/video/

Position is being advertised concurrently under BR-PN-VA-GC-13-011 for current federal employees serving under a competitive service career or career-conditional appointment or reinstatement eligible. If you are interested in applying under both announcement numbers, you must submit application packages for each.

Reclamation is seeking a career professional looking for an opportunity to capitalize on your expertise as a Electrical Engineer. You can make a difference in the West by assisting in meeting increasing water demands working at the largest hydro-electric Powerplant in North America - Grand Coulee Dam.

There are two types of positions that may be filled from this vacancy:

- Powerhouse O&M Electrical Engineer

- Capital projects and planning group Electrical Engineer.

The O&M role involves application of diversified professional engineering knowledge, experience, and practices for the design and maintenance of electrical equipment in three powerplants, three switchyards, a large pump/generator plant, and supporting facilities.

The capital projects and planning Electrical Engineer role involves traditional Electrical Engineer duties along with: long-term project support, technical writing, job planning, cost estimating, and contract support.

Here is a great opportunity to join a great organization with stellar growth potential! Great Benefits Package: paid vacation, sick days, holidays, health and life insurance and an excellent retirement package! http://www.usbr.gov/pn.about/hr/area-information.html.

Promotion to the Full Performance Level: The career ladder promotion potential of this position is the GS-12 level. However, this position may be filled at a lower grade. If so, when and if it is determined that a subsequent promotion is warranted, it may be made without further competition. Promotion up to and including the GS-12 level is neither guaranteed nor automatic.

Location - Grand Coulee, WA http://www.usbr.gov/pn/about/hr/area-information.html .

Relocation expenses are authorized with the exception of the Guaranteed Home Sale Provision. First-post-of-Duty relocation expenses are authorized for new appointment or reinstatement eligibles.

Additional vacancies may be filled from this vacancy announcement.

KEY REQUIREMENTS

  • You must be a U.S. Citizen or National to apply for Federal employment.
  • Suitable for Federal employment, determined by a background investigation.
  • You must submit a resume and supporting documentation. (See How to Apply)
  • You must provide transcripts to verify engineering degree (see quals)

DUTIES:

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You will ultimately:

- Provide electrical engineering expertise on maintenance of electrical equipment.

- Investigate unusual trouble reports.

- Serve as an advisor concerning reliability compliance and related technical matters.

- Coordinate compliance activities with the Compliance Office.

- Coordinate scheduling of equipment outages for maintenance and/or modification.

- Conduct system check-out, operational tests and adjustments of newly installed equipment, modified equipment, or recently maintained equipment.

- Provide technical assistance to craft employees.

- Inspect and analyze test data.


QUALIFICATIONS REQUIRED:

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BASIC REQUIREMENTS FOR ALL GRADES

Applicants must meet the basic requirements as well as the additional requirements as described in the following paragraphs.

1. Degree: professional engineering. 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 courses (more advanced than first-year physics and chemistry) 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); and (g) any other comparable area of fundamental engineering science or physics, such as optics, heat transfer, soil mechanics, or electronics.

OR

2. 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 understanding, both theoretical and practical, 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. For example, an applicant who attains registration through a State Board's eminence provision as a manufacturing engineer typically would be rated eligible only for manufacturing engineering positions.

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, Guam, and Puerto Rico.

Applicants who have passed the EIT examination and have completed all the requirements for either (a) a bachelor's degree in engineering technology (BET) from an accredited college of university that included 60 semester hours of courses in the physical, mathematical, and engineering sciences, or (b) a BET from a program accredited by the Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology (ABET) may be rated eligible for certain engineering positions at GS-5. Eligibility is limited to positions that are within or closely related to the specialty field of the engineering technology program. Applicants for positions that involve highly technical research, development, or similar functions requiring an advanced level of competence in basic science must meet the basic requirements in paragraph A.

Because of the diversity in kind and quality of BET programs, graduates of other BET programs are required to complete at least 1 year of additional education or highly technical work experience of such nature as to provide reasonable assurance of the possession of the knowledge, skills, and abilities required for professional engineering competence. The adequacy of this background must be demonstrated by passing the EIT examination.

3. Specified academic courses -- Successful completion of at least 60 semester hours of courses in the physical, mathematical, and engineering sciences and in engineering that included the courses specified in the basic requirements. The courses must be fully acceptable toward meeting the requirements of a professional engineering curriculum as described in paragraph A.

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 applicant has had at least 1 year of professional engineering experience acquired under professional engineering supervision and guidance. Ordinarily there should be either an established plan of intensive training to develop professional engineering competence, or several years of prior professional engineering-type experience, e.g., in interdisciplinary positions. (The above examples of related curricula are not all-inclusive.)

In addition to the basic requirements, applicants must also have specialized experience

- For the GS-11 level, one year of specialized experience equivalent to the GS-9 level in the Federal service.

- For the GS-12 level, one year of specialized experience equivalent to the GS-11 level in the Federal service.

Specialized Experience is defined as: experience that has given you the particular knowledge, skills, and abilities required to successfully perform. Professional engineering experience in the design, repair, testing, or modification of electrical equipment and facilities typical of water conveyance systems or equivalent. Examples of water resource facilities are dams, canals, hydroelectric power plants, pumping plants, fish passage and protective facilities, and the operating characteristics of associated mechanical and electrical equipment. Other relative experience could include work in thermal or nuclear power plants, manufacturing plants, municipal sewage treatment plants, mining, petrochemical plants, pulp and paper manufacturing plants, and other heavy industrial facilities.

-For the GS-11, includes through professional knowledge of Electrical Engineering theories, principles, and practices applicable to engineering plans and features, and preparation of designs and cost estimates for a variety of water resource development facilities. Well developed interpersonal communications skills.

-For the GS-12, thorough professional knowledge of Electrical Engineering theories, principles, and practices applicable to the formulation and evaluation of alternative plans, determination of engineering feasibility of potential plans and features, and preparation of designs and cost estimates for a wide variety of water resource development facilities. Planning and leadership abilities in a wide variety of technically related task and project environments.


This position has a mandatory education requirement; you must furnish a copy of your transcript of college work completed (unofficial copy is acceptable). Transcripts must include the name of the college or university and date the degree was conferred. Non-submission will result in you being rated not qualified for the position. Foreign Education: To receive credit for education completed outside the United States, applicants must show proof that the education has been submitted to a private organization that specializes in interpretation of foreign educational credentials and such education has been deemed at least equivalent to that gained in conventional U.S. education programs.

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

HOW YOU WILL BE EVALUATED:

Category rating and selection procedures will be used to evaluate applications from this announcement. If you meet the basic qualification requirements, your on-line responses to the vacancy assessment questionnaire will be used to determine the quality and extent of your experience, education, training, etc., for placement in one of the following categories: 1) Best Qualified, 2) Well Qualified, and 3) Qualified. Qualified candidates will be assigned a numerical score on a scale of 70-100 and veterans with preference will be placed at the top of their respective category. The assessment questionnaire will take you approximately 60 minutes to complete.

Applicants will be further evaluated on the following “Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities (KSAs)” through your resume and responses to the online questions.
  • Knowledge of electrical engineering concepts, principles sufficient to apply them to equipment and systems. 
  • Knowledge of preventative & break-down maintenance of electrical and electronic equipment as found in power or industrial facilities that could include rotating equipment such as generators, motors, motor/generators, transformers, switchgear, insulated cables, elevators, etc. and switchgear equipment, up to 500kv, and associated auxiliary equipment including control, protection, & alarms.
  • knowledge of electrical tests as they apply to evaluations of electrical equipment and electrical insulation materials. 
  • Ability to read and interpret electrical, mechanical, and structural drawings or schematics.
  • Ability to communicate effectively orally and in writing.

Applicant's answers to questions will be verified against information provided in their online resume. Be sure that the resume clearly supports the responses to all the questions by addressing experience, education, and/or training relevant to this position. Applicants must make a fair and accurate assessment of their qualifications. Applicants who exaggerate or falsify their experience and/or education may be removed from employment consideration.


To preview questions please click here.


BENEFITS:

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Working for the Bureau of Reclamation offers a comprehensive benefits package that includes, in part, paid vacation, sick leave and holidays, life and health insurance benefits, and participation in the Federal Employees Retirement System (FERS) and the Federal 401-k Thrift Savings Plan (TSP). For additional information about benefits visit: http://www.opm.gov/insure.



OTHER INFORMATION:

If you are initially appointed to a career-conditional position, you must serve a 1-year probationary period.

If you are a current permanent federal employee and are selected from this announcement, you may be required to serve a 1-year probationary period.

This announcement allows for the use of your USAJOBS structured resume or an uploaded resume.  Please note: 

Your uploaded resume must include the following information for each position listed:

1.      Name of Employer

2.      Month/Year to Month/Year Worked

3.      Number of Hours Worked Per Week

4.      A Detailed Description of your Duties Performed

5.      Salary/Hourly Wage

Selective Service:  If you are a male applicant born after December 31, 1959, you must certify that you have registered with the Selective Service System, or are exempt from having to do so under the Selective Service Law.  Go to: http://www.sss.gov

The Bureau of Reclamation is an Equal Opportunity Employer.  Selection for positions is made solely on the basis of merit, fitness and qualifications without regard to race, gender, age, color, religion, national origin, disability, marital status, sexual orientation, or any other non-merit factors.



HOW TO APPLY:

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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 on the right side of any 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: http://www.usbr.gov/pmts/hr/hireme.html . 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 tcarlton@usbr.gov

 -- 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.



REQUIRED DOCUMENTS:

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: http://www.opm.gov/veterans/html/vetguide.asp

CTAP/ICTAP: CTAP/ICTAP provides placement assistance to permanent Federal employees who are surplus, displaced, or involuntarily separated. Applicants claiming CTAP/ICTAP eligibility must submit a copy of their most recent performance appraisal, proof of eligibility, and most current SF-50 noting position, grade level, and duty location with their application. To be considered under CTAP/ICTAP, applicants must be well-qualified (i.e., meet the minimum qualification requirements, including selective factors, education and experience requirements) and score at least 85 on the assessment questionnaire as established, and be able to perform the duties of the position upon entry.  For information on CTAP/ICTAP, http://www.opm.gov/ctap/index.asp

Declaration of Federal Employment, OF-306: If selected you will be required to complete an (OF-306), http://www.opm.gov/forms/pdf_fill/of0306.pdf  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).

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

AGENCY CONTACT INFO:

Teresa Carlton
Phone: 208-378-6544
Fax: 208-378-5023
Email: tcarlton@usbr.gov
Agency Information:
BUREAU OF RECLAMATION
1150 N. Curtis Road, Suite 100
Attn: PN-1445
Boise, ID
83706-1234
US
Fax: 208-378-5023

WHAT TO EXPECT NEXT:

After all application packages have been received, resumes and transcripts will be reviewed to ensure applicants meet the basic qualification requirements. Each applicant who meets the basic qualifications will be further evaluated on the information provided in the Assessment Questionnaire. 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.

If you are determined to be in the Best Qualified group, you may be required to submit written, essay-style responses to additional assessment questions as a continuation of the evaluation process. Failure to respond to the additional assessment questions will result in loss of further consideration for this position.


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Job Announcement Number:

BR-PN-DE-GC-13-012

Control Number:

328570500