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Job Title:  Electrical Engineer, GS-0850-11/12 (DEU-JR)
Department:  Department Of The Interior
Agency:  Bureau of Reclamation
Job Announcement Number:  BR-MP-2012-311

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

The contents of the announcement can still be viewed.
$61,451.00 to $95,750.00 / Per Year
Monday, December 17, 2012 to Friday, January 18, 2013
Full Time - Permanent.
1 vacancy in the following location:
Sacramento, CA, 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, Shasta Dam on the Sacramento 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: and view our DVD titled "Traditions, Talent, and Teamwork" at:

Want to work for a contemporary water management agency whose mission is to assist in meeting the increasing water demands of the West while protecting the environment and the public's investment? Join the staff of the Bureau of Reclamation as an Electrical Engineer. Be involved in the design, installation, operations and maintenance of major electrical equipment and systems found in hydroelectric power generating facilities throughout the Mid-Pacific Region.

This position located with the Bureau of Reclamation, Division of Design and Construction in Sacramento, CA. For more information on the Sacramento area visit:

Additional positions may be filled from this vacancy announcement.


  • Some Travel is Required.
  • Subject to a Background Investigation
  • Pre-employment physical required.


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Position may be filled at the GS-11 or GS-12 level. At the full performance GS-12 level, the incumbent serves as a Senior Electrical Engineer. The duties of the GS-11 position are developmental in nature, leading to the full performance level of GS-12. The incumbent may be non-competitively promoted to the next level of the position upon meeting all regulatory requirements; certification by the supervisor of successful performance; completion of all training requirements; and the availability of work at the next higher grade level. Note: promotion is not automatic.

At the full perform level the incumbent:

  • Works as an electrical engineer responsible for data collection, designs, preparing cost estimates, and providing consultation services on electrical systems associated with water control facilities and hydroelectric powerplants. 
  • Prepares specifications for construction, services, and supply contracts. 
  • Reviews contractor’s submitted work for technical compliance with specification requirements.  Reviews contractor’s correspondence, transmittals, special designs, complex changes, and provides technical comments, approval and/or disapproval of proposed actions by the contractors. 
  • Participates in work site inspections to ascertain conditions, identify problems related to assigned work, and establish workable solutions.
  • Reviews designs and cost estimates prepared by consultants or other agencies for acceptability, conformance to appropriate standards, policies, legal requirements, and cost effectiveness.
  • Prepares schedules for design processes and estimates schedules for the project construction phase.
  • Performs cost estimates for all project phases to include:  feasibility, concept, design, procurement, and construction.
  • Resolves controversy related to technical work with other organizational units, outside agencies, or among team members. 
  • Furnishes technical assistance to supporting engineers and technicians, and reviews their work for competence and accomplishment of assignments.
  • Provides technical support, advice, and consultation to others in the Regional Office, Area Offices and Construction Offices.


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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 you 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.

GS-12: One year of specialized experience equivalent in difficulty and complexity to at least the GS-11 level in the Federal service

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 electrical engineering experience in the design, repair or modification of electrical and electro-mechanical equipment or systems associated with hydro-generation plants or other generation plants, pumping plants, or switchyard. Engineering experience involves power system protection, system generator controls, transformer maintenance or Rother electrical equipment used in support of the main generating and pumping equipment as well as water conveyance systems. These examples are not all inclusive.

GS-12: Professional electrical engineering experience in the design, installation, repair and testing of high voltage electrical and electro-mechanical equipment and systems associated with large hydro generation plants and auxiliary systems. Engineering experience involves power system protection, system generator controls, transformer maintenance and other electrical equipment used in support of the main generating and pumping equipment as well as water conveyance systems. These examples are not all inclusive.

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 may result in you being rated not qualified for the position.

You must meet all qualification requirements, including time-in-grade restrictions, 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 electrical engineering principles and concepts associated with power generating systems and electrical equipment to develop electrical designs, plan layouts, and technical specifications for electrical equipment and systems found in hydroelectric power plants and water control and conveyance systems.
2. Knowledge and experience performing technical analysis and reviews of designs, specifications, cost estimates, and contractor’s submittals related to the design, construction, operations or maintenance of hydroelectric power plans and water control and conveyance systems for technical adequacy and meeting project objectives.
3. Ability to communicate technical and non-technical information orally and in writing.

Applicants must make a fair and accurate assessment of their qualifications. Applicants ating themselves higher than is apparent in their description of experience, competencies, skills, and/or education/training OR whose resume/application is incomplete 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 (with the exception of the Guaranteed Home Sale provisions) may be authorized for payment by the Bureau of Reclamation. If authorized, specific entitlements will be determined at time of selection.

Employment Conditions:
-Travel is required approximately 10% of the time.
-Work is indoors and outside, subject to prevailing weather and terrain. Field work require exposure to energized and high voltage sources and moving equipment.
-At Government expense, applicant selected will be required to obtain a successful pre-employment physical examination by a licensed physical.
-Position may be subject to successful completion of a one year probationary period depending upon the type of appointment.
-Position is represented by the National Federation of Federal Employees, Local 951.

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 questions) 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 APPLY ONLINE button.

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 include a resume, respond to the on-line assessment questions, and submit 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-50noting 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 Resources Office
Phone: 916-978-5476
Fax: 916-978-5563
Agency Information:
2800 Cottage Way
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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