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Job Title:  Electrician (Power System), BB-2810-00 (DEU-JR)
Department:  Department Of The Interior
Agency:  Bureau of Reclamation
Job Announcement Number:  BR-MP-2013-014

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

The contents of the announcement can still be viewed.
$43.34 to $43.34 / Per Hour
Tuesday, January 8, 2013 to Friday, January 25, 2013
Permanent, Full-Time - Permanent.
2 vacancies in the following location(s):
Redding, CA, USView Map
96019View 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 in a journey level Electrician (Power System) position. Be involved in the operations and maintenance of major water resources infrastructures by maintaining, testing, troubleshooting new and existing electrical systems and equipment at Shasta Dam, Keswick Dam, Trinity Dam, Lewiston Dam, associated powerplants, facilities and auxiliary equipment.

This is a full-time permanent position located with the Bureau of Reclamation, Northern California Area Office (NCAO), duty station, Shasta Lake City, California. Shasta Lake is located approximately 13 miles north of Redding, California. For information on NCAO visit: For information about Shasta Lake City visit:

Additional positions may be filled through this announcement as vacancies occur. 


  • A pre-appointment physical examination is required.
  • Position subject to an extensive background investigation.


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  • Installs, maintains, repairs, electrical assemblage, troubleshoots, and test new and existing electrical lines, circuits, systems, fixtures, controls and equipment of electric powerplants and primary electrical distribution systems.
  • Work is performed on or around high voltage substations, intake gates, unattended switchyards, pumping plants, trashrack/screens, hydroelectric generating stations, radio repeater sites, irrigation control devices such as radial gates, buildings, and residences. Work may be performed on systems up to 230,000 VAC.
  • Connects Programmable Logic Control, solid state devices, and Sonic Liquid level devices, connects and services power transformers, distribution transformers, instrument transformers, switches, switchboards, meters, relays, cranes, elevators, and power circuit breakers.
  • Plans and lays out routing, placement, type size gauge, balance, load, continuity, and proper and safe operation of electrical lines, circuits, systems, equipment and controls.
  • Identifies need for and arranges, places and routes distribution panels, boxes, circuits, fittings, connections and controls.
  • Installs wiring, conduit, fixtures, transformers, and other electrical lines, circuits, systems, equipment and controls. Installs switchboards and devices and wires them from drawings.
  • Works on distribution voltage circuits and lines.
  • Removes and installs new or repaired stator and field coils; wedges, ties, and tapes coils, and connections; silver braze welds stator and field connections. Removes and repairs stator irons.
  • May operate overhead and gantry cranes, fork lift, bucket trucks, boats, manlifts, and rigs loads. Pulls in cable including electrical, power and communications.


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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(s) and obtain an average of at least 2 points on all job elements in order to be considered basically qualified for this position.

This is a journey level Electrician in high voltage power systems and is an occupation for which a 4-year (8,000 hour) apprenticeship program has been established between the Bureau of Reclamation, Mid-Pacific Region and the Department of Labor. Applicants should have completed a formal apprentice program in electrical power systems, or equivalent apprentice program; or possess journey level electrician experience in power generating systems supplemented by formal training and college level/technical course work (military or technical trade schools) which provided knowledge of and competency in theoretical electrical trade practices.

Applicants must meet all qualification, and as applicable, and selective factor requirements 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 Job Elements through their resume and responses to the online questions.
1. Ability to do the work of a journey level power system electrician at a hydro-electric power facility without more than normal supervision. (screenout)
2. Knowledge of theory and instruments used in high voltage electrical practices.
3. Knowledge of and ability to work with high voltage electrical equipment to include skill in troubleshooting in the repair and installation of complex power distribution equipment. (Screenout)
4. Ability to interpret and use electrical blueprints, wiring diagrams and schematics.
5. Knowledge of safety requirements governing work on hazardous energy systems.

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.

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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.

Employment Conditions:
-Selectee is required to complete a one-year probationary period, unless this requirement has previously been met.
-Operation of a Government vehicle required; therefore you must possess and maintain a valid state driver's license. Driving records will be verify prior to final selection.
-Some travel will be required to visit project sites, attend meetings, training.
-Obtaining and using a government-issued charge card will be required for any business-related travel.
-All Federal employees are required by PL 104-134 to have Federal payments made by Direct Deposit.
-Selectee subject to a pre-employment Physical.
-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.
-Frequent lifting, carrying, and handling of items weighing up to 50 pounds is required.
-Subject to working in close, confined quarters.

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:

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: :

Special Non-Competitive Appointing Authorities: For more information on special non-competitive appointing authorities 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 85 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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