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Job Title:Control Center Operator (Technical Assistant) (DEU-NW)

Department:Department Of The Interior

Agency:Bureau of Reclamation

Job Announcement Number:BR-LC-DE-12-55

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

The contents of the announcement can still be viewed.


$46.50 to $46.50 / Per Hour


Monday, November 05, 2012 to Monday, November 26, 2012




Full-Time - Permanent


1 vacancy in the following location:
Hoover Dam, Boulder City, NV, USView Map


All United States 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 western United States.
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Position is being advertised concurrently under BR-LC-12-129, for status applicants. If you are interested in applying under both announcement numbers, you must submit application packages for each.

Reclamation is seeking a journeyman operator with experience in the power industry.  You can make a difference in the West by assisting in meeting increasing water demands while protecting the environment.

Would you enjoy ensuring the safe and efficient operation of Government facilities? 

Here is a great opportunity to join a great organization!

LOCATION:  Lower Colorado Region, Lower Colorado Dams Office, Operations Office, Control Center Group, Hoover Dam, Boulder City, NV. For living conditions go to:

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


  • U.S. Citizenship or National.
  • Suitable for Federal employment, determined by a background investigation.
  • You must apply online to be considered for this position.
  • You must pass a pre-employment physical.


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  • Develops, revises and updates Standard Operating Procedures, Operation Manuals, Operating Guidelines, and prints for all new and/or modified existing equipment. 
  • Ensures Operators, Apprentices, and other personnel receive proper technical training in the control systems and all other plant equipment.
  • Manages all regulatory compliance issues related to NERC/WECC.  Completes and tracks all Power O&M Unexpected Event Reports.
  • Designs, develops, and implements operational Supervisory Control and Data Acquisition System (SCADA) displays.  Provides technical training for the SCADA system to all Operations personnel and others as needed.
  • Performs remote operations or by directing Powerplant Operators in the operations necessary to start, stop, or condense generators to meet the generation and spinning reserve requirements of the power system. 
  • Makes necessary calculations and system adjustments to ensure water releases fall within water scheduling guidelines and communicates with the System Dispatcher as needed to ensure schedules are met.
  • Ensures the proper loading of generators, transformers, transmission lines, and buses; diagnoses troubles from information obtained from various data acquisition instruments and initiates corrective measures. 
  • Disseminates precise and vital information to co-workers both verbally and by properly maintaining an accurate and thorough log book.
  • Prepares and checks clearances and other switching for safety and accuracy. 


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Minimum qualifications for trades and labor positions are determined by evaluation of Job Elements. You must meet at least 2 points on the screen-out element identified below and obtain an average of at least 2 points on all of the job elements in order to be considered qualified for this position.

1.  Ability to do the work without more than normal supervision. (Screenout)
2.  Ability to instruct.
3.  Operation of powerplant equipment.
4.  Ability to interpret instructions, specifications, etc.
5.  Dexterity and safety.

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

Your resume must reflect journeyman skill level in power operations.


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.  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 <30> minutes to complete.

Applicants determined to be minimally qualified will be further evaluated on the above Job Elements through their resume and responses to the online assessment questions.  Applicants determined to be best qualified will be referred to the selecting official.

Be sure that your resume clearly supports your responses to the online assessment questions by addressing experience, education and/or training relevant to this position. Applicants must make a fair and accurate assessment of their qualifications.  If a determination is made that you have rated yourself higher than is apparent in your description of experience, competencies, skills, and/or education/training OR that your resume/application is incomplete, you may be rated ineligible or your score may be lowered.

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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:


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. For more information 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.

Probationary Period:
 Placement in this position requires you to complete a one-year probationary period.

Driver’s License/History:
Operation of a Government vehicle required; therefore, you must possess a valid state driver’s license. A driving history check is required.

Working Conditions:
  Incumbent experiences prolonged sitting as well as periods of walking, standing, and stooping, and lifting items weighing up to 50 pounds.

Pre-employment Physical:  If selected, you are required to obtain and successfully pass a pre-employment physical examination by a licensed physician certifying to your ability to perform the duties of the position.  This is not required if a comparable examination was required for placement in your current position and was completed within the last year; however, verifiable documentation of a comparable physical is required. Periodic (annual or biennial) physical examinations are required to be successfully passed for continued employment.

Optional Form 306 (OF-306):
Before final selection, you will be required to sign and certify the accuracy of the information in your application. If you make a false statement in any part of your application, you may not be hired; you may be fired after you begin work; or you may be subject to fine, imprisonment, or other disciplinary action.

Background Investigation/Security Clearance:
If selected, you will be subject to an extensive background investigation to determine fitness for employment and a security clearance.   Failure to successfully meet these requirements will be grounds for termination from Federal employment or removal from this position.  This may be a lengthy (a few to several months) process. Periodic background reinvestigation for continued security clearance adjudication and approval is required.

Shift Work:  This position works 40 hours/week (4 ten hour days).  Incumbent may be required to cover a 12 hour shift to alleviate scheduling and overtime conflicts.


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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 online 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. 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 that includes dates of employment, specifically years, months, and hours worked per week for each period of experience; an on-line assessment questionnaire; and the following supporting documents, as appropriate: 

Veterans Preference: If you are entitled to veterans’ preference, you must provide a copy of your Certificate of Release or Discharge from Active Duty, DD Form 214 (DD-214), member 4 copy, 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:  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. 

The following link provides general resume formatting instructions:


Nicole Wilson
Phone: 702-293-8433
Fax: 000-000-0000
Agency Information:
P.O. Box 61470
Attn: LC-5000
Boulder City, NV
Fax: 000-000-0000


After all application packages have been received, resumes 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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