IN ORDER TO QUALIFY, YOU MUST MEET THE BASIC REQUIREMENTS AND SPECIALIZED EXPERIENCE AS DEFINED BELOW: BASIC REQUIREMENTS: (POSITIVE EDUCATION REQUIREMENT) A. Professional engineering degree. To be acceptable, the curriculum must: (1) be in a school of engineering with at least one or more 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 (advanced beyond 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: 1. Professional registration; 2. Written test - Evidence of having successfully passed the Engineer-in-Training (EIT) examination, or the written test required for professional registration; 3. Specified academic courses - Successful completion of at least 60 semester hours in physics, mathematical, and engineering sciences and in engineering that included the courses specified in the basic requirements. The courses must be fully acceptable toward meeting the requirements of a professional engineering curriculum as described in paragraph A; or 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 applicant has had at least 1 year of professional engineering experience acquired under professional engineering supervision and guidance.
IN ADDITION TO THE BASIC QUALIFICATION REQUIREMENTS LISTED ABOVE YOU MUST HAVE THE FOLLOWING EXPERIENCE: One year of specialized experience equivalent to the next lower grade level in Federal service. SPECIALIZED EXPERIENCE: This is experience that has equipped you with the particular knowledge, skills and abilities to perform successfully the duties of the position and that is typically in or related to the work of the position.
To qualify for the GS-12, you must meet one year of specialized experience at the GS-11 grade level in the Federal service. Defined specialized experience is further defined as the application of electrical engineering expertise in the design, operation, and maintenance of electrical equipment associated with a hydroelectric power facility or other generation facility that supplies power to the bulk electric system OR the application of professional electrical engineering expertise applied to NERC/WECC electric reliability compliance associated with power generation or transmission facilities.
To qualify for the GS-13, you must meet one year of specialized experience at the GS-12 grade level in the Federal service. Defined specialized experience is further defined as the application of professional electrical engineering expertise in the design, operation, and maintenance of electrical equipment associated with a hydroelectric power facility or other generation facility that supplies power to the bulk electric system OR the application of professional electrical engineering expertise applied to NERC/WECC electric reliability compliance associated with power generation or transmission facilities.
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 will result in you being rated not qualified for the position.
Foreign Education - Education completed outside of the United States must be deemed equivalent to that gained in conventional/ accredited U.S. education programs to be acceptable for Federal employment. You are responsible for providing proof that your education is comparable to that received in an accredited U.S. college or university. An evaluation of the course work from an organization recognized for accreditation by the Department of Education or the Council on Postsecondary Accreditation shows that the course work is equivalent to that gained in an accredited U.S. college or university. Foreign credential evaluations that contain insufficient information provided by the applicant on which to base an evaluation will NOT be accepted. For further information on the evaluation of foreign education, refer to the U.S. Department of Education's web site at: http://www.ed.gov/index.jhtml?src=a.
All qualification requirements (including any applicable selective factors) must be met by the closing date of this announcement.
HOW YOU WILL BE EVALUATED:
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.
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.
Applicants will be further evaluated on the following “Knowledge, Skills and Abilities (KSAs)” through your resume and responses to the online questions:
1. Mastery of and skill in applying expertise in advanced electrical engineering theories, principles, concepts, standards, and methods.
2. Knowledge of NERC/WECC compliance standards and associated requirements applicable to power generation facilities.
3. Knowledge of power facility operation and maintenance practices to include knowledge of electrical engineering principles associated with hydropower equipment, control circuits, and relay protection schemes.
4. Skill in communicating with others with clarity and conciseness in written and verbal expression, and the ability to be persuasive in obtaining the cooperation of others.
5. Interpersonal Skills - Ability to develop networks, build alliances, and find common ground with a broad range of stakeholders to include the ability to use strategic thinking to develop innovative solutions and to ensure conflicts are managed and/or resolved in a positive and constructive manner to maximize results.
6. Project Management Skills. To preview questions please click here.