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Department:  Department Of The Interior
Agency:  Bureau of Reclamation
Job Announcement Number:  BR-UC-2013-02 (DE-car)

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

The contents of the announcement can still be viewed.
$68,809.00 to $106,369.00 / Per Year
Monday, January 28, 2013 to Monday, February 11, 2013
Full-time - Permanent
1 vacancy in the following location(s):
Salt Lake City, UT, USView Map
84138View 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 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: View our DVD titled "Traditions, Talent, and Teamwork" at:

Embark on an exciting future! Reclamation is seeking a career professional looking for an opportunity to capitalize on his/her expertise as an Electrical Engineer.  You can make a difference in the West by assisting in meeting increasing water demands while protecting the environment. 

Would you enjoy ensuring the safe and efficient operation of Government facilities? Responsibilities include serving as an expert advisor for the management and implementation of the Upper Colorado Region's Reliability Compliance Program and for the performance auditing of and the standards and policy development for electric reliability compliance for Reclamation facilities.

Here is a great opportunity to join a great organization with excellent growth potential! 

Position is being advertised concurrently under BR-UC-2013-04 (MP-car), for current federal employees serving under a competitive service career or career-conditional appointment or reinstatement eligible.  If you are interested in applying under both announcement numbers, you must submit application packages for each.

LOCATION: This position is located with the Bureau of Reclamation, Upper Colorado Region, Power Office, Salt Lake City, UT.  For more information on Salt Lake City, visit;

Relocation expenses are authorized with the exception of the Guaranteed Home Sale Provision.  First-post-of-Duty relocation expenses are authorized.

Selectee will be required to complete a Minimum Background Investigation (MBI).

Additional vacancies may be filled from this vacancy announcement.




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- Serves as an expert advisor in the management and implementation of the Reclamation Reliability Compliance Program. Serves as the liaison with Western Area Power Administration (Western) and other transmission operators to address UC Region issues associated with compliance with North American Electric Reliability Corporation (NERC) and Western Electricity Coordinating Council (WECC) electric reliability standards.

- Provides recommendations and technical advice on the development, implementation, and modification of policies, directives and standards, guidelines, Facilities Instructions, Standards, & Techniques (FIST), and standing operating procedures (SOPs) associated with power operations and maintenance practices.

- Provides technical expertise in the operation and maintenance of power generating plants and advises on the adequacy of existing equipment and operating methods. Provides engineering support for design, fabrication, and installation of electrical equipment. Evaluates and recommends approval/disapproval of requests for deviations from standard practices and procedures.

- Under the technical direction of the Compliance Audit and Incident Evaluation Program Manager for Reclamation, participates in or leads performance audits throughout Reclamation to ascertain consistency with documented Power Operations & Maintenance (PO&M) practices and compliance with NERC/WECC electric reliability standards.

- Oversees and ensures implementation of the Power O&M Unexpected Event Evaluation and Reporting Program for unexpected events at Reclamation facilities. Participates in or leads unexpected event investigations.


- May be required to carry a Reclamation issued Cell phone and pager during working hours. Will be required, as work dictates, to wear safety equipment: safety harness, safety glasses, hard hat, steel-toed boots, respirator, etc. Some work is performed in confined areas and high places. Must be physically able to lift and carry up to 50 lbs. Must be able to climb and negotiate the many steps in the dam. Overnight travel is required (up to 75 percent) - including travel to major cities for meetings/conferences and training plus remote locations with limited lodging and resturant facilities. Works in an industrial environment with multiple crafts positions.


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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:

All qualification requirements (including any applicable selective factors) must be met by the closing date of this announcement.



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.


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Working for the Bureau of Reclamation offers a comprehensive benefits package that includes, in part, paid vacation, sick leave, holidays, life insurance, health benefits, and participation in the Federal Employees Retirement System. The following Web address is provided for your reference to explore the major benefits offered to most Federal employees. To find out more click here:


-References:  On your application, please include the names and current phone numbers for at least 3 supervisory references. If any individual is no longer available for contact, you are requested to provide the name and current phone number of another person with the company (team lead, acting supervisor, etc.) that would know your work history.

-Selective Service: If you are a male applicant born after December 31, 1959, you must certify that you have registered with the Selective Service System, or are exempt from having to do so under the Selective Service Law. For more information 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.


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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 top of the 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 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 your USAJOBS profile - instructions provided during the online application process. In addition, you may E-mail your supporting documentation to, fax directly to our HR Office at 801-524-3187, mail to Human Resources Office, Attention: UC-547, Bureau of Reclamation, 125 South State Street, Room 6107, Salt Lake City, UT 84138-1157, OR hand-deliver to Human Resources Office, Room 7402, Bureau of Reclamation, 125 South State Street, Salt Lake City, UT. Include your name and the vacancy number on the document(s). NOTE: WHEN SUBMITTING YOUR RESUME, PLEASE INCLUDE DATES OF EMPLOYMENT.

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, respond to on-line assessment questions, and submit the following Supporting Documents, as appropriate:  

1.  POSITIVE EDUCATION REQUIREMENT - COLLEGE TRANSCRIPTS:  All applicants MUST furnish a copy of your college transcript(s). If selected, you will be required to provide officia. transcripts to verify your educational qualification prior to reporting for work.

2.  SF-50, NOTIFICATION OF PERSONNEL ACTION: Status applicants (transfer, reassignment, reinstatement, promotion, etc.) MUST submit a copy of their SF-50, verifying highest rate of pay and documenting career or career-conditional status in the competitive service (Tenure 1 or 2) for which you are claiming eligibility.  

3.  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), 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:

4. CTAP/ICTAP ELIGIBLES: If you are claiming CTAP/ICTAP eligibility, you must submit a copy of your most recent performance appraisal, proof of eligibility, and your most current SF-50 noting position, grade level, and duty location.  To be considered under CTAP/ICTAP, you must meet the minimum qualifications, including
selective factors, education, and experience requirements, you must be in Category 1 and be able to perform the duties of the position upon entry.  For information on CTAP/ICTAP, visit:


Lyn Lacson
Phone: 801-524-3631
Fax: 801-524-3187
TDD: 1-888-735-5906
Agency Information:
125 S. State St., Room 6107
Attn: UC-552
Salt Lake City, UT
Fax: 801-524-3187


After all application packages have been received, we will review your resume and transcript(s) to ensure you meet the basic qualification requirements. We will evaluate each applicant who meets the basic qualifications on the information provided in the Assessment Questionnaire and may interview the best-qualified applicants. After making a tentative job offer, we will conduct a suitability and/or security background investigation. A final job offer for this position is typically made within 40 days after the deadline for applications.

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