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Job Title:Hydro System Controller 1, Hydro System Controller, BB-5407-00 (DEU-ES)

Department:Department Of The Interior

Agency:Bureau of Reclamation

Job Announcement Number:BR-MP-2013-018

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

The contents of the announcement can still be viewed.

SALARY RANGE:

$55.95 to $56.95 / Per Hour

OPEN PERIOD:

Friday, January 18, 2013 to Friday, February 01, 2013

SERIES & GRADE:

BB-5407-00

POSITION INFORMATION:

Full Time - Permanent

DUTY LOCATIONS:

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

WHO MAY APPLY:

All United States Citizens and Nationals.

JOB SUMMARY:

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: http://www.usbr.gov/

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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 a Hydro System Controller 1 or Hydro System Controller.

This position is located with the Bureau of Reclamation, Central Valley Operations Office, in Sacramento, CA.  For more information on the Sacramento area visit:  www.saccounty.net

Additional vacancies may be filled from this vacancy announcement.

KEY REQUIREMENTS

  • Successful adjudication of personnel security investigation required.
  • Satisfactory completion of a medical examination is required.
  • Position requires completion of a one-year probationary period.
  • Must possess and maintain a valid state driver's license.
  • Position requires ablity to perform shift work as required.

DUTIES:

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Position to be filled as either a Hydro System Controller 1 or Hydro System Controller. Serves at the journey level in the Central Valley Operations Office hydro system control center. Uses centralized control systems and operational procedures to start, stop and control hydroelectric generating and pumping units, auxiliary equipment and water release equipment in nine generating plants and two pumping plants of the Central Valley Project. Calculates water flows using cubic feet per second, acre feet, individual unit efficiencies to determine daily Mega Watt loads. Works with Western Area Power Administration, California Dept of Water Resources, area office staff and California ISO to schedule system power generation and pumping requirements. Prepares and directs switching and tagging operations, issues clearances, and directs emergency switching operations. Approves and/or disapproves requests for outages, monitors and maintains plant system voltage, generation/reservoir levels and water flow. Monitors primary and secondary communications circuits to all system plant facilities; monitors hourly reporting of water quality stations located throughout the Delta; determines correct plant and unit control modes based on conditions and directs the mode setting by local plant personnel. Directs plant control operations to effect changes in water releases; prepares documentation and maintains logs. Works with IT staff to upgrade forecasting, monitoring and control systems. Performs shift work as required. 


QUALIFICATIONS REQUIRED:

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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 of the job elements in order to be considered qualified for this position.

 

 


Applicants must meet all qualification, and as applicable, selective factor requirements, by the closing date of this announcement.

HOW YOU WILL BE EVALUATED:

Human Resources (HR) will review resumes and transcript(s) 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.  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.

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 the Hydro Systems Controller without more than normal supervision. (Screen out Element)

2. Experience with Power Plant operations.

3. Ability to interpret blueprints, drawings, etc.

4. Experience with safety and safe clearance procedures.



Applicants must make a fair and accurate assessment of their qualifications. Applicants rating 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.


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BENEFITS:

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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: http://www.usajobs.gov/ResourceCenter/Index/Interactive/Benefits#icc



OTHER INFORMATION:

Travel and relocation expenses are not authorized and are the responsibility of the selectee.

Employment Conditions:
-Operation of a Government vehicle required; therefore, a valid State driver's license is required.
-Work requires intense concentration for periods of 15-30 minutes. Work may require some lifting of items up to 50 pounds, and may require some walking or climbing when inspecting facilities.

-Work is performed primarily indoors, while seated, in an adequately ventilated and lighted control room. The work involves exposure to energized sources, and may require occasionally travel to facility locations.

-Position is represented by the IBEW, Local 1245.

-This position requires completion of a one-year probationary period.

-Satisfactory completion of a medical examination is required before assignment to the position.

-Successful adjudication of personnel security investigation required.

-Position requires ablity to perform shift work as required.

 


Selective Service: Male applicants born after December 31, 1959 must be registered with the Selective Service or be exempt from having to do so under Selective Service Law.  To register for Selective Service or to verify that you have registered, please visit:  http://www.sss.gov.


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.

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HOW TO APPLY:

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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: http://www.usbr.gov/pmts/hr/hireme.html

As part of the on-line 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 a USAJOBS profile (instructions are provided during the online application process.) In addition, applicants may E-mail their supporting documentation to mpjobs@usbr.gov, 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 supporting document(s).

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.



REQUIRED DOCUMENTS:

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:  http://www.opm.gov/veterans/html/vetguide.asp

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: http://www.opm.gov/ctap/index.asp

AGENCY CONTACT INFO:

Human Resources Office
Phone: 916-978-5476
Fax: 916-978-5563
Email: mpjobs@usbr.gov
Agency Information:
BUREAU OF RECLAMATION
2800 Cottage Way
Attn: MP-500
Sacramento, CA
95825-1898
US
Fax: 916-978-5563

WHAT TO EXPECT NEXT:

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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Job Announcement Number:

BR-MP-2013-018

Control Number:

335979200