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Job Title:Electrical Engineer GS-0850-11 (DEU-JR)

Department:Department Of The Interior

Agency:Bureau of Reclamation

Job Announcement Number:BR-MP-2012-271

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

The contents of the announcement can still be viewed.


$58,667.00 to $74,628.00 / Per Year


Wednesday, October 24, 2012 to Friday, November 16, 2012




Full-time - Permanent




1 vacancy in the following location:
Willows, CA, USView Map


All U.S. Citizens and Nationals


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 United States. Visit View our DVD titled "Traditions, Talent, and Teamwork" at:

Embark on an exciting future! This is an excellent opportunity to apply your Electrical Engineering expertise in an active construction environment. Join our team and be involved in investigating, testing, and inspecting the installation and repair of complex high voltage electrical equipment and systems found in hydro-electric power plants, switchyards, pumping plants and facilities in support of water resources operations.

This position is located with the Bureau of Reclamation, Mid-Pacific Construction Office (MPCO). The duty location is Willows, CA.  For information on the MPCO visit: For information about Willows, CA go to:</A

Additional vacancies may be filled from this vacancy announcement.


  • Must possess and maintain a valid state driver's license
  • Work assignments may require travel up to 75% of the time.
  • Pre-Employment medical examination required.


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  • Serves as an on-site Electrical Engineer responsible for investigating, inspecting and witnessing the testing of electrical features of construction and rehabilitation projects (e.g., power generation equipment, switching and control equipment, gantry cranes, emergency power generation equipment, lighting systems, HVAC systems, various types of fire surveillance, and control systems).
  • Plans, coordinates and schedules electrical work to meet specifications and submittal review requirements, inspection needs and testing schedules.
  • Reviews draft specifications, design and installation of electrical systems, subsystems and equipment for adequacy, compliance with applicable codes, constructability and compatibility with actual field conditions.
  • Evaluates contractor electrical submittals for compliance with the contract requirements. Reviews contractor's cost breakdowns, progress reports and records of electrical materials and equipment. Reviews requests for modifications and investigates need for change orders.
  • Prepares estimates of electrical work. Prepares design or sketches of changes and provides quality takeoffs for modifications to contracts.
  • Maintains surveillance over construction operations. Inspects all electrical work to assure proper installation, operational testing, and for compliance with contract plans and specifications.
  • Reviews testing plans and supervises the final operating test of electrical and control systems and equipment.
  • Assures contractors exercise strict enforcement of safe practices and safety regulations. Advises on unsafe conditions and assures corrective action is taken.


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Minimum Education Requirement:

Applicants must meet the Basic Education Qualification Requirements listed below:

A. 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.
B. 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 (see U.S. Office of Personnel Management qualifications standards operating manual for specifics): (1) professional registration; (2) written test (EIT); (3) specified academic courses; (4) related curriculum.

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.

In addition to meeting Basic Education, applicants must have specialized experience or additional education as defined below:

GS-11: One year of specialized experience equivalent in difficulty and complexity to at least the GS-09 level in the Federal service OR three years of progressively higher level graduate education leading to a Ph.D. degree or Ph.D. in the field of electrical engineering.

Definition of Specialized Experience: To meet specialized experience, your resume must describe experience that demonstrates the particular knowledge, skills, and abilities as follows:

GS-11: Professional engineering experience in the design, repair or modification of electrical equipment or systems found in a power generation plant, pumping plant, switchyard, or similar industrial setting; experience as an electrical engineer inspecting, testing and resolving problems in the installation, repair or rehabilitation of medium to high voltage electrical systems and equipment found in industrial facilities, power generating plants, switch yards, substations. Electrical systems/equipment includes hydraulic, pneumatic and/or electrical control equipment; meters, sensors, governors and auxiliary equipment in support of primary power generation and/or pumping equipment. These examples are not all inclusive.

This position has a mandatory education requirement; you must furnish 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 may result in you being rated not qualified for the position.

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



Human Resources will review resumes and transcripts to ensure applicants meet the basic qualification requirements. We will evaluate each applicant who meets the basic qualifications on the information provided in the assessment questionnaire. The assessment questionnaire will take approximately 60 minutes. Applicants determined best-qualified will be referred to the selecting official.

Category rating and selection procedures will be used for evaluating this position.  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.  Veterans with preference will be placed at the top of their respective category.
--Best Qualified candidates are those who meet minimum qualifications, are highly proficient in the major requirement(s) of the position, and proficient in most of the remaining aspects of the position.  
--Well Qualified candidates are those who meet minimum qualifications and are proficient in most aspects of the position.
--Qualified candidates are those who meet minimum qualifications and possess only a few aspects of the position.

Applicants will be further evaluated on the following Knowledge, Skills and Abilities (KSAs) through their resume and responses to the online questions.
1. Knowledge of professional electrical engineering principles and concepts associated with the repair, installation and testing of high and low voltage electrical systems and equipment found in power generating facilities, switchyards and similar settings.
2. Ability to inspect work for quality assurance and witness testing conducted on electrical systems and equipment to determine acceptable performance and compliance with contract specifications and safety requirements.
3. Knowledge of and experience interpreting electrical engineering drawings, blueprints, manufacture instructions, electrical standards and codes to analyze electrical designs, plans and specifications for constructability and compatibility with existing structures and assure safe work practices.
4. Knowledge of construction contract administration to review contractor’s submittals, prepare cost estimates and ensure contract compliance with Federal acquisition regulations.
5. Ability to communicate orally and in writing to resolve electrical issues with project engineers, designers, and contractors.

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.


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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 may be authorized for payment by the Bureau of Reclamation. Specific entitlements will be determined at time of selection.

Employment Conditions:
-Operation of a Government vehicle required; a valid state driver's license is required.
-Frequent travel up to 75% will be required to visit construction sites, attend meetings, conferences.
-Obtaining and using a government-issued charge card required for any business-related travel.
-All Federal employees are required by PL 104-134 to have Federal payments made by Direct Deposit.
-Work is indoors and outside, subject to prevailing weather and terrain. Employee works in the vicinity of energized and high voltage sources and moving equipment.
-Selectee will be subject to a pre-employment medical examination.
-Selectee subject to completing a one-year probationary period.

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.

For a list of Frequently Asked Questions regarding the Federal hiring process visit:

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

As part of the on-line application process, applicants may be required to provide supporting documentation. 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 a USAJOBS profile (instructions are provided during the online application process.) In addition, applicants may E-mail their supporting documentation to, fax directly to the HR Office at 916-978-5563, or mail or hand-deliver to USBR/ATTN: HR, 2800 Cottage Way, Sacramento, CA 95825. Include your name and the vacancy number on the documents.

Applicants needing assistance in applying online should contact the HR Office at 916-978-5476. If applying online poses a hardship contact the HR Office prior to the closing date of the announcement for an alternative method of applying.

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), an on-line assessment questionnaire, and the following supporting documents, as appropriate:

Transcript(s): All applicants must furnish a copy of your college transcript(s), 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, you must provide a copy of your DD-214, and you should indicate the type of veterans' preference you are claiming on your resume. Your veterans' preference entitlement will be verified by the employing agency.
--For 5-point 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.
--For 10-point veterans' preference, please submit a Standard Form (SF) 15, Application for 10-Point Veteran Preference, DD-214, and the required documentation requested by this form.
--For information on veteran's eligibility visit:

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 90 on the assessment questionnaire as established, and be able to perform the duties of the position upon entry. For information on CTAP/ICTAP, visit:


Human Resource Office
Phone: 916-978-5476
Fax: 916-978-5563
Agency Information:
2800 Cottage Way
Room E-1907
Attn: MP-500
Sacramento, CA
Fax: 916-978-5563


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 their USAJOBS profile.

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