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Job Title:Student Trainee (Electrician) - Intern

Department:Department Of Energy

Agency:Western Area Power Administration

Job Announcement Number:WAPA-13-IN-104

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

The contents of the announcement can still be viewed.


$24.41 to $25.47 / Per Hour


Friday, February 08, 2013 to Wednesday, February 20, 2013




Full-Time or Part-Time - Internships


1 vacancy in the following location:
Fargo, NDView Map


Applications will be accepted from United States citizens who are degree seeking students enrolled at least half-time in accredited educational institutions. Half-time enrollment is defined by the educational institution. For institutions that do not have a definition of half-time, half of full-time enrollment will be considered half-time.


Western Area Power Administration - Serving the West with Federal Hydropower We offer career opportunities in a fast-paced, dynamic electric utility industry. We market federally produced hydropower from more than 50 powerplants across the central and western United States and operate and maintain over 17,000 miles of high-voltage transmission lines. The Western Area Power Administration is one of four power marketing administrations within the Department of Energy.

The purpose of the Pathways Intern Employment Program is to provide the intern with exposure to public service, enhance educational experience, and support educational goals. The program is formally structured to give interns the opportunity to work in positions related to their academic/career goals. Participant completes assigned duties, tasks, readings, and developmental activities specified in the program. A written agreement is required between the Western Area Power Administration and the intern. Interns will be expected to work at least a Part-Time work schedule while attending school.

After completing degree requirements and 640 hours of work experience (prior to attaining degree), you may be eligible for conversion to a career/career-conditional or term appointment within 120 days. The conversion is not guaranteed and is based on the needs of the agency. Conversion would be to an apprentice electrician position in the competitive service. The apprentice program is a 4-year program leading to a journeyman Electrician position.

You must be willing and available to report for duty at the designated location listed in the duty location section of this vacancy announcement.


  • Must a U.S. Citizen
  • Must be enrolled or accepted for enrollment as a degree-seeking student
  • Must be taking at least half-time academic course load
  • Must have a cumulative GPA of 2.0 or higher
  • Must be at least 16 years old


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STUDENT TRAINEE (Electrician), WB-2810-00

Targeted for APPRENTICE Electrician (Leading to JOURNEYMAN Electrician)

During this appointment, the student gains basic theoretical and practical knowledge and skill and ability of the trade, necessary to enter the apprenticeship program and perform successfully as an apprentice Electrician.

DESCRIPTION OF DUTIES: The incumbent performs the following functions under close supervision to gain exposure to all facets of electrician maintenance work:

- The student is expected, through work experiences and job operations, to learn theory and technical subject matter of the electrician trade.

- Will work under the day-to-day supervision of a supervisor or work leader who is the supervisor of record.  In addition, the student trainee shall also be under the general direction of the jobsite instructor, who may or may not be the supervisor of record.

- May work with another craftsman or as a member of a full crew supervised by a supervisory craftsman.

- Work is assigned by the supervisor and/or jobsite instructor and may include work to extend over several weeks.

- Instructions may be oral, written, or require the use of drawings, diagrams, or manuals.

- Work is periodically spot checked for adequacy, workmanship, and timeliness.

- Work is reviewed, and progress in the program is assessed by the supervisor, jobsite instructor, and apprenticeship committee.


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Pathways Intern Employment candidates must meet the qualification requirements consistent with Western and the OPM qualification standards applicable to the position being filled by the closing date of the announcement.

Applicants who meet the minimum qualification requirements will be further evaluated, according to the degree to which they posses the knowledge, skills, abilities, and personal characteristics required for this job. These factors should be addressed as part of your application package:

1.  Ability to work safely.

2.  Ability to work in a team.

3.  Ability to communicate orally and in writing. 

4.  Ability to demonstrate flexibity by adapting to program needs and changing priorities.


An academic year of undergraduate education is defined as 30 semester hours, 45-quarter hours, or the equivalent in an accredited college or university.

For purposes of this standard, a period of student trainee work experience is the equivalent of 2 months (320 hours) of full-time work experience.

Enrollment in a curriculum which confers a degree or certificate in an electrical field which is directly related to the Electrician trade. Curriculum has provided a basic knowledge of electrical and electronic theory and practice; basic knowledge of electric circuitry and connectivity.

Must be enrolled or accepted for enrollment in a qualifying education institution that as been accredited by an accrediting body recognized by the Secretary of the U.S. Department of Education: a technical or vocational school; a 2-year or 4-year college or university; a graduate or professional school. Student must be seeking a degree and taking at least a half-time academic or vocational or technical course load leading to a certificate (equivalent to at least one academic year of full-time study) or degree; and must have and maintain a 2.0 cumulative grade point average (on a 4.0 scale) for the duration of the student appointment.

Database of Accredited Post-Secondary Accredited Institutions and Programs:



Applicants will be evaluated based on information contained in their application/resume. Applicants should include all pertinent experience, awards, commendations, training, and other information in the application. 

Veterans' preference applies to all selections made under the Pathways authority in accordance with Part 302 of 5 CFR.

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You will receive paid annual leave and sick leave. You may be eligible for health insurance, life insurance, retirement, and long term care insurance. Flexible work schedules and health & wellness programs are also offered. Benefits may vary depending on the type of appointment.



If you are tentatively selected for this position, you will be required to have a physical examination that will determine whether you are qualified to perform the duties of the position. An offer of employment will depend upon your successfully passing the physical examination.

This position requires completion of an annual medical examination at Federal expense.

You must test negative for illegal drugs before placement in the position, and will be subject to random drug testing thereafter. If a determination of the use of illegal drugs is confirmed, non-selection or disciplinary action, up to and including removal from Federal service, may result.

This position may require overnight travel of 11-20 days per month.

If selected for this position, you must live no more than 60 minutes away from the duty station in case of call-out.

This position is subject to overtime work.

If selected, you may be required to serve a one-year probationary period.

You must have a valid driver's license.

You will be required to possess a pair of fully-encased safety-toed footwear meeting the standard ASTM F 2413-05 upon reporting to work.

If selected for this position, your appointment is contingent upon completion of OF-306, Declaration for Federal Employment, during the pre-employment process.

If selected, you will be required to complete a questionnaire and are subject to a criminal background check to determine suitability for Federal employment before appointment.

To be eligible, male applicants born after December 31, 1959, must certify upon appointment that they have registered with the Selective Service System, or that they are exempt from registration requirements.

Western Area Power Administration is an E-Verify Participant.


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You must submit your completed online application by 11:59 pm Eastern Time on the closing date to be considered. You must apply online; paper applications will not be accepted. Requests for extensions will not be granted.

Steps to submit a complete application:

1. You must have a USAJOBS account and be logged in.

2. You must have a completed résumé. Please note that some DOE offices do not accept uploaded résumés and require that you have a completed résumé within your USAJOBS profile using the Résumé Builder.

3. Once you are logged in and have your résumé completed, click the Apply Now button.

4. You must respond to all application assessment questions, carefully following any instructions provided.

5. You may then be asked to upload supporting documentation, which may include (but is not limited to transcripts, portfolio samples, certifications, and other supporting documents.

IMPORTANT: In the final step of the application process you will be shown a copy of your resume and all the information you entered during the application process--YOU ARE NOT DONE JUST YET! You must click the 'Finish' button at the bottom of this final page and receive confirmation that your application has been received. If you do not click 'Finish', your application will not be received. Your USAJOBS status page may show a complete application even if you have not fully completed the final step of the application process.

If your résumé does not support the responses in your application questionnaire, or if you fail to submit required documentation BEFORE the vacancy closes, you may be rated 'ineligible', 'not qualified'. INCOMPLETE APPLICATIONS WILL NOT BE ACCEPTED.

Please note that Western will NOT accept documents submitted by email, fax, mail or hand-carried.


If you experience any difficulties with the application process (anything after you have clicked the Apply Now button), please contact the HR Specialist listed on this announcement between normal business hours. If you are having trouble with USAJOBS (searching for jobs, account profile issues, or Résumé Builder help, please visit the USAJOBS Resource Center or e-mail

People with Disabilities - If you cannot apply online because of your disability, please contact the HR Specialist listed on this announcement.


Applicants are required to submit the following to receive consideration for this announcement:

1.  Resume

2.  School transcripts showing courses, credits completed, and proof of current enrollment.  Transcripts must also show a cumulative grade point average of at least 2.0 on a 4.0 scale. (official or un-official).  Prior to appointment, an official transcript will be required.

3.  (If applicable) DD-214, which indicates your nature of discharge if claiming veteran’s preference (do not submit originals).  Veterans claiming 10-point preference must also submit a SF-15, Application for 10 Point Veteran Preference ( and a copy of your letter from either the Department of Defense or the Department of Veterans Affairs that officially documents your disability, if any.  Preference will not be afforded without appropriate documentation.


Katherine Iavicoli
Phone: 720-962-7106
Fax: 000-000-0000
Agency Information:
Western Area Power Administration
12155 W Alameda Parkway
Lakewood, CO
Fax: 000-000-0000


We will evaluate your qualifications and determine your ranking.  To check your application status, log on to the USAJOBS web-site, click the "My Account" tab, and "Application Status".  We will update your status when changes are made.

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