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Job Title:Electrical Engineer(Communications)

Department:Department Of Energy

Agency:Bonneville Power Administration

Job Announcement Number:200162

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

The contents of the announcement can still be viewed.

SALARY RANGE:

$86,260.00 to $112,136.00 / Per Year

OPEN PERIOD:

Monday, December 31, 2012 to Monday, January 28, 2013

SERIES & GRADE:

GS-0850-13

POSITION INFORMATION:

Full Time - Permanent - No time limit

PROMOTION POTENTIAL:

13

DUTY LOCATIONS:

1 vacancy in the following location:
Vancouver, WashingtonView Map

WHO MAY APPLY:

United States Citizens

JOB SUMMARY:

BPA has been powering people and careers for 75 years. We provide clean, emissions-free electricity to the Pacific Northwest and maintain a high voltage transmission system to deliver that electricity. We are a leader in sustainability and environmental stewardship, promoting energy efficiency, renewable wind and hydropower, the smart grid, fish and wildlife protection and initiatives to address climate change. We are a visionary and innovative agency that values diversity and creativity and encourages continuous learning. We are located throughout the Pacific Northwest with opportunities in cities, smaller communities and in the field.

BPA is a not-for-profit federal electric utility. Our high-voltage transmission grid comprises more than 15,000 miles of lines and associated substations in Washington, Oregon, Idaho and Montana. BPA markets more than a third of the electricity consumed in the Pacific Northwest. The power is produced at 31 federal dams operated by the Army Corps of Engineers and Bureau of Reclamation and one nuclear plant in the Northwest and is sold to more than 140 Northwest utilities. BPA purchases power from seven wind projects and has more than 4,700 megawatts of wind interconnected to its transmission system.

The Bonneville Power Administration has been powering people and careers for nearly 75 years. We are a non-profit federal agency that provides clean, emissions-free hydroelectricity to the Pacific Northwest and maintains a high voltage transmission system to deliver that electricity. We are a leader in sustainability and environmental stewardship, promoting energy efficiency, renewable wind and hydropower, the smart grid, fish and wildlife protection and initiatives to address climate change. We are a visionary and innovative agency that values diversity and creativity and encourages continuous learning. We are located throughout the Pacific Northwest with opportunities in cities, smaller communities and in the field. You can learn more about BPA at http://www.bpa.gov.
Applications for this position are being processed through an on-line applicant assessment system that has been specifically configured for Bonneville Power Administration applicants. Even if you have already developed a resume in USAJOBS, you will need to access this on-line system to complete the application process. To obtain information about this position and TO APPLY, please click on https://www.avuecentral.com/casting/aiportal/control/toVacancy?referenceCode=QACRS.

KEY REQUIREMENTS

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DUTIES:

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(The duties described reflect the full performance level of this position)

This position is located in the Communications & Grid Modeling (TPM) workgroup.
Communications & Grid Modeling is responsible for developing plans for communications systems including voice, data, control, protection and RAS for network transmission, network interconnections, generation integration and customer service projects. Develops plans and manages the fiber optic, digital and analog radio systems and evaluates capacity expansion needs for BPA's operational communications system. Develops transmission model base cases for planning, operational studies, interconnections and customer service projects using consistent data requirements, reporting procedures, and modeling tools as approved by the region reliability organization. Maintains BPA System Electrical Data Book. Develops, manages and support power system analysis software tools. Supports Technology Innovation within the planning arena.
Plans, directs, and controls a designated development project and allocates agency resources to accomplish the project within a specific time frame. Exercises centralized authority and control over the management of resources such as funds, contracts, priorities, schedules, personnel, and facilities.

Performs electrical engineering project planning duties, such as scheduling and layout of operations, planning for budget requirements, and inspection and surveillance of materials and activities concerned with electrical circuits, circuit elements, equipment, systems, or associated electrical phenomena. Organizes, schedules, coordinates, and facilitates the timing, sequence, quality, quantity, and issues related to electrical engineering projects and work requests.

Develops and designs electrical circuits, circuit elements, equipment, measurement and instrumentation systems, and associated phenomena concerned with electrical energy for purposes such as motive power, heating, illumination, chemical processes, or the production of localized electric or magnetic fields.


QUALIFICATIONS REQUIRED:

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KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS, AND ABILITIES:

Ability to provide technical lead and direction for communication, control and data systems for planning work and to lead technical and project teams to implement a coordinated strategy to meet operational requirements.

Ability to plan, organize, develop, and manage a Remedial Action Scheme (RAS) Program that requires the ability to assess needs, establish priorities, evaluate options, review policies, evaluate risks, develop performance targets and develop recommendations to ensure the program supports BPA's Asset Management Strategy.

Knowledge of economic and financial planning principles, concepts, and techniques in order to quantify the costs and benefits of complex capital investment proposals and evaluate the impact of program plans on the agency's long-term business costs.

Knowledge of the business practices, economics, and operating characteristics of public utilities and independent power providers.

Knowledge of the principles, concepts, and practices of electrical engineering.

Knowledge of the federal budget process and financial management practices and procedures.

Knowledge of the concepts, practices, regulations, and policies applicable to asset management, including business case preparation, integrated financial, risk, and strategic decision-making, and project management.

Ability to plan, manage, or administer electrical engineering projects or programs.

Knowledge of electrical engineering design principles, concepts, and practices.

MINIMUM FEDERAL QUALIFICATION REQUIREMENTS:

BASIC REQUIREMENTS

A. Applicants must show successful completion of a professional engineering curriculum leading to a bachelor's or higher degree in engineering in an accredited college or university. 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 advanced courses 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); (g) any other comparable area of fundamental engineering science or physics, such as optics, heat transfer, soil mechanics, or electronics.

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B. A 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 theoretical and practical understanding 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.

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, Puerto Rico, and Guam.

3. Specified Academic Courses: successful completion in an accredited college or university of at least 60 semester/90 quarter hours of courses in the physical, mathematical, and engineering sciences and in engineering. These must have included the courses specified in the basic requirement.

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 candidate has at least one (1) year of professional engineering experience acquired under professional engineering supervision and guidance. (The above examples of related curricula are not all-inclusive.)

ADDITIONAL EXPERIENCE REQUIREMENTS

In addition to meeting the basic entry qualification requirements, applicants must have had one (1) year of specialized experience equivalent to at least GS-12.

Specialized experience is experience which is in or related to the line of work of the position to be filled and which has equipped the applicant with the specific knowledge, skills, and abilities to successfully perform the duties of the position.

The applicant's background should reflect experience in and substantial knowledge of:

(a) developing, planning, and management of fiber optic, digital and analog radio systems, telecommunications systems and related equipment (such as SONET, OMET, Telemetering, SCADA, FIN, Transfer Trip, RAS);

(b) implementing a Remedial Action Scheme (RAS) strategy in a utility environment; and

(c) asset management strategic planning and program analysis, assessment, and development of recommendations, strategies, and policies.


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HOW YOU WILL BE EVALUATED:

You will be rated based on your qualifications for this position as evidenced by the education, experience and training you report relative to this position which shows that you possess the knowledges, skills and abilities required. Paid or unpaid experience will be considered.


BENEFITS:

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OTHER INFORMATION:

Applicants are responsible for reviewing the OTHER SIGNIFICANT FACTS section of the vacancy announcement. This section can be viewed by navigating to the Public Notice Vacancy Announcement link after you have logged in to the system.

APPLICATIONS MUST BE COMPLETED IN THE AVUE SYSTEM BY 8:59 PT (11:59 ET).

Status applicants must submit a copy of their most recent SF-50, Notification of Personnel Action, which verifies status.

All United States citizens are eligible to apply. Candidates will be considered under a variety of appointing authorities including Delegated Examining, Merit Promotion, VRA, and VEOA (if applicable).

The sensitivity level of this position is designated as 'Low-Risk - Non-sensitive', which requires that the selectee pass a National Agency Check Investigation (NACI) personnel investigation and receive a favorable suitability determination. Under existing OPM regulations, current Federal employees transferring from another department or agency who have successfully passed this level (or higher) personnel investigation will not be subject to re-investigation under OPM suitability regulations. Further, employees with unescorted access to facilities, systems, and equipment, which, if destroyed, degraded, or otherwise rendered unavailable, would affect the reliability or operability of the bulk electric system, or have access to critical cyber assets that are essential to the reliable operation of the bulk electric system will be required to undergo a Special Agency Check every seven years, thereafter (or sooner if for cause.)

How to Apply: Applications for this position are being processed through an on-line applicant assessment system that has been specifically configured for BPA applicants. Even if you have already developed a resume in USAJOBS, you will need to access this on-line system to complete the application process. Information regarding this position can be accessed at the following URL: www.avuedigitalservices.com/bpa/applicant.html. Use the 'Search Jobs' criteria to search by job title, location, and/or grade of the position.

College transcripts are required for this position. You will be prompted to upload an electronic copy of your transcripts during the online application process. You will have until the announcement closing date to upload these documents.

If your application does not provide all the information requested in the vacancy announcement, you may lose consideration.

Applications must be completed in the Avue system by 8:59 P.M. PT (11:59 P.M. ET).

Interagency Career Transition Assistance Program (ICTAP): Individuals who have special priority selection rights under the ICTAP must be well qualified for the position to receive consideration for priority selection. Well qualified for annual positions equates to a score of at least 85; and well qualified for hourly positions equates to a score of at least 80. Federal employees seeking ICTAP eligibility must submit proof that they meet the requirements of 5 CFR 330.704 for ICTAP. This includes a copy of the agency notice, a copy of their most recent Performance Rating, and a copy of their most recent SF-50 noting current position, grade level, and duty location.

ICTAP: https://help.usajobs.gov/index.php/Interagency_Career_Transition_Assistance_Plan_(ICTAP)

Benefits: BPA offers a comprehensive benefits package. Information on BPA benefits can be found at: http://www.careers.bpa.gov/Benefits/

EEO Policy Statement: https://help.usajobs.gov/index.php/EEO_Policy_Statement

Reasonable Accommodation Policy Statement: https://help.usajobs.gov/index.php/Reasonable_Accommodation_Policy_Statement

Legal and Regulatory Guidance: https://help.usajobs.gov/index.php/Legal_and_Regulatory_Guidance

Veterans Information: http://www.fedshirevets.gov/

Basis of Rating: Candidates eligible for consideration under Delegated Examining criteria will have their application package (resume, supporting documents, and responses to the questionnaire) reviewed to verify that you meet the basic eligibility and qualification requirements. Candidates determined to be qualified will be placed in a quality category: Best Qualified, Highly Qualified, or Qualified. Within these categories, applicants eligible for veteranâââ‰â¢s preference will receive selection priority. Clearly articulating your work experience is critical to determining your qualifications for this position. Please describe your experience and thoroughly address the questions through your resume, cover letter, and/or other supporting material you choose to submit.

Basis of Rating: Candidates eligible for consideration under Merit Promotion criteria will have their application package (resume, supporting documents, and responses to the questionnaire) reviewed to verify that you meet the basic eligibility and qualification requirements. Candidates determined to be qualified will have their applications rated against the required knowledge, skills and abilities (KSAs) and ranked against other candidates. If your final rating places you among the best qualified, your application will be referred to the selecting official for consideration. Clearly articulating your work experience is critical to determining your qualifications for this position. Please describe your experience and thoroughly address the questions through your resume, cover letter, and/or other supporting material you choose to submit.



HOW TO APPLY:

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Applications for this position are being processed through an on-line applicant assessment system that has been specifically configured for Bonneville Power Administration applicants. Even if you have already developed a resume in USAJOBS, you will need to access this on-line system to complete the application process. To obtain information about this position and TO APPLY, please click on https://www.avuecentral.com/casting/aiportal/control/toVacancy?referenceCode=QACRS.

If you are unable to apply online, you may contact the employing office for alternate application procedures. Please call Cathy Hollins at 5032305772 or email at clhollins@bpa.gov.

REQUIRED DOCUMENTS:

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AGENCY CONTACT INFO:

Human Resources NHQ-1
Phone: 5032303230
Fax: 5032303149
Email: careers@bpa.gov
Agency Information:
Bonneville Power Administration
905 NE 11th Avenue
Portland, Oregon
97208
US
Fax: 5032303149

WHAT TO EXPECT NEXT:

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Job Announcement Number:

200162

Control Number:

334682600