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Job Title:  Lineman - Craftsman In Training (CIT)
Department:  Department Of Energy
Agency:  Western Area Power Administration
Job Announcement Number:  WAPA-13-DE-200

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

The contents of the announcement can still be viewed.
$36.74 to $39.80 / Per Hour
Monday, February 11, 2013 to Saturday, February 23, 2013
Full-Time - Permanent
1 vacancy - Fort Peck, MT  View Map

This position is open to all U.S. citizens.


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 .

This is NOT a full level journeyman position. The objective of Western's CIT program is to recruit journeyman-level craftsmen with knowledge and experience that is relevant, but less than required at the journeyman level for this occupation in Western.

This position is advertised under WAPA-13-MP-200 and WAPA-13-DE-200. If you are a current federal employee, eligible for reinstatement, or eligible under a special appointing authority, you may apply under either announcement or both. If you do not meet these conditions, you must apply under WAPA-13-DE-200. (See Frequently Asked Questions for more information).

Where would I be working? Western Area Power Administration, Upper Great Plains Region, Montana Maintenance, Transmission Lines, in Fort Peck, MT. Find out more about living conditions at this duty station.

Relocation expenses are not authorized and will not be paid by the Federal Government.

Where will I be on the pay scale? Trainees will be compensated at a progressively increasing percentage of the basic wage rate paid to the journeyman, who is engaged in the same trade at the same field location. An employee entering the program with a 2-year requirement receives 90% of journeyman wages for the craft being entered and is eligible for a 2.5% increase every 6 months. If an employee is placed at a step with less than 2 years to complete (minimum of six months), the employee will receive wages commensurate with that step.

Craftsman-in Training pay rates:

Step 1 - $ 36.74 per hour

Step 2 - $ 37.76 per hour

Step 3 - $ 38.78 per hour

Step 4 - $ 39.80 per hour

Journeyman Lineman pay rate is $40.82 per hour. The full performance level of this position is Journeyman.

More than one selection may be made from this vacancy announcement.


  • You must be a U.S. citizen.
  • Generally, male applicants must be registered with Selective Service.


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The Craftsman-in-Training Program is designed to train, appraise, and develop craftsmen as they progress through various stages of an occupation to become fully competent journeymen. The standard length of time in the program for each trainee is two (2) years. The 2-year program consists of four levels, with 6 months at each level.

At the Full Performance Level Linemen perform the following: Erect and repair transmission/distribution power lines. Inspect electric power transmission lines including steel towers and wood poles from vehicles, on foot, or from aircraft. Inspect for damage to wood poles, cross arms, grounds, X-braces, loose bolts, broken or flashed insulators, missing or damaged vibration dampers, damaged or missing spacer dampers, damaged conductors or overhead ground wires, bent or missing steel members, and missing cotter keys. Maintain records of deficiencies either on patrol sheets or electronically. Install and replace poles, cross arms, line hardware, lightning arresters, fiber optic, and auxiliary equipment. String conductor, optical ground wire (OPGW), and fiber optic cable from structure to structure; splice conductor when broken; replace poles; and work on energized lines requiring the use of hotline tools and bare hand techniques. Repair requiring power outages are scheduled and coordinated by others. Climb transmission structures averaging 65 feet, but up to 500 feet on occasion, and communication towers up to 400 feet. Safely operate heavy equipment associated with power system maintenance. Heavy equipment may include line trucks, tractor-trailer combinations, back hoes, bull dozers, aerial man lifts, trucks, wire pullers, tensioners, loaders, diggers, motor graders, cranes, crawler tractors, brush hogs, tree chippers, hydro axes, snow vehicles and snow plows normally used in construction and maintenance activities of transmission line, substation and communication facilities. Inspect and maintain right-of-way and access roads for danger trees, vegetation, road/culvert work, gate work, and other right-of-way infringements. Recognize safety hazards and unsafe conditions, and initiate action to alleviate or eliminate hazards. Use test equipment and specialized maintenance tools such as Hypot or Doble/watts-loss for hotstick testing, personal protective ground testers, ground resistance testers, phase rotation meters, conductor cart, hook ladder, voltmeters, voltage detector, thermographic cameras, and ammeters. Participate in construction and repair of transmission and substation facilities, and equipment including transformers, breakers, busses, switches, etc. Erect and climb communication towers to repair or replace antennas, wave guides, coax, warning lights, etc. Perform switching in high voltage substations and switchyards.

What are the working conditions? Majority of work takes place outside. Is subject to hazardous materials and extreme weather conditions. Work in close proximity to high voltage lines and equipment. Work requires climbing transmission structures averaging 65 feet, but up to 500 feet on occasion, and communication towers up to 400 feet. Subject to potential for injury by contact with high voltage lines, broken bones in falls from poles or structures, muscle strains from awkward positions, and cuts and bruises when handling tools and materials. Work may require considerable travel requiring temporary lodging away from duty station. May occasionally perform aerial transmission line patrol and use aerial transportation to access work sites.


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To qualify for this position, you must have completed a 4-year apprentice program in a related craft, OR been employed by Western Area Power Administration as a journeyman in a craft occupation, OR hold, or have held, the journeyman level in a related craft. Selective Factor: You must have the ability to climb transmission structures up to 200 feet in height, or you will not be considered for this position. You must meet all the qualification and eligibility requirements for the position by the closing date of the announcement. You may review the qualification requirements here.

There is no substitution of education for specialized experience for this position.


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 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 must also have, or be able to get within 60 days of your appointment, a Class A Commercial Driver's License to operate vehicles of more than 26,000 pounds GVWR (at your own expense). You may also need a tanker and/or hazardous material endorsement.

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.


You will be rated based on your experience, education, and/or training as it relates to the position being filled using Category Rating and Selection Procedures. If you meet the minimum qualification standards for the position you will be further evaluated based on your self-assessment and/or panel rating. If qualified, your rating will be based on an evaluation of the quality and extent of your experience, education, and training, in relation to the job requirements. Your responses to the questions will affect your eligibility and ranking. We will verify your answers to questions about your qualifications using your resume. If the information in your application package does not support your self-assessment ratings, your score may be adjusted, or you may be rated ineligible. Qualified candidates will then be placed for selection consideration into one of the 3 categories described below: 1 - Best Qualified Category. You must meet the qualification and eligibility requirements and be highly proficient in all the requirements of the job. 2 - Highly Qualified Category. You must meet the qualification and eligibility requirements and be proficient in most of the requirements of the job. 3- Qualified Category. You must meet the qualification and eligibility requirements as listed in this announcement. Veteran's preference will be applied. Within each quality category, preference eligibles shall be listed ahead of individuals who are not preference eligibles.

Selecting Official may check references on those applicants referred for consideration.

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You will receive paid annual leave and sick leave. You will 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. More information on Federal benefits is available here.


Equal Employment Opportunity Policy We will select candidates based on merit and qualifications, without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, prior participation in EEO activities, age, nondisqualifying disability, or sexual orientation. THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT IS AN EQUAL OPPORTUNITY EMPLOYER. Privacy Policy The application contains information subject to the Privacy Act (P.L. 93-579, 5 USC 552a). We use this information to determine qualifications for employment, as authorized under Title 5, USC, Section 3302 and 3361.


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You must submit your application on line BEFORE 11:59 P.M. EST on the closing date of this announcement.  All supplemental documentation must be uploaded by the closing date of the announcement. Western Area Power Administration uses a 4-Step application process:

1. REGISTER (ON-LINE) You must create a USAJOBS user account in order to apply. When you select the "Apply On-line" button on this page, you will be taken directly to this registration section. If you have already registered, simply log in with your user name and password.

2. RESUME (ON-LINE) You must enter your resume on-line or you will not be considered. Create your resume using the USAJOBS' Resume Builder, which allows you to create a uniform resume that provides all of the information required by government agencies. Your registration information and resume will automatically be transferred to the system used by DOE. Attachments cannot be used in place of your USAJOBS resume.

3. RESPOND TO QUESTIONS (ON-LINE) The first time you apply, you will be asked several general questions before proceeding to the assessment questions for the vacancy you have selected. If you have applied before, you will be given the option either to update the general information, or to proceed directly to the assessment questions. Respond online to the application questions. 

4. UPLOAD SUPPLEMENTAL DOCUMENTATION (ON-LINE) You must upload any supplemental documentation requested in the following Required Documents section. Supplemental materials must be uploaded by the closing date of the announcement.

Click Finished. If you have successfully submitted your on-line application, you will see a screen telling you that your application has been sent. If you do not see these words, you have not successfully completed your application. 

If you wish to edit your application, you may return to USAJOBS and re-apply; previous responses will be saved and can be updated.  Be sure to click Finished and look for the screen indicating your application was sent. You may edit your information until 11:59 PM EST of the announcement close date. Please note that Western will NOT accept documents submitted by email, fax, mail or hand-carried. Help with the online application process is available here.

If you are unable to apply online, you may request alternate application procedures. To do so, you must contact the employing office at the address shown above at least two working days prior to the closing date. Western provides reasonable accommodation to applicants with disabilities. If you need a reasonable accommodation for any part of the application and hiring process, please notify the contact shown above. You may also contact us via text telephone (TTY) at 1-877-269-9877. The decision to grant reasonable accommodation is on a case-by-case basis. For more information, see Frequently Asked Questions.


It is the applicant's responsibility to upload documentation/proof of claimed qualifications, education (transcripts), veterans' preference (DD-214, SF-15, VA Letter). Failure to upload the required documentation by 11:59 P.M. EST on the closing date of the announcement will result in loss of consideration. Please see listed documents below.

VETERANS: Individuals who are preference eligibles or who have been separated from the armed forces under honorable conditions after 3 years or more of continuous active service must upload a copy of your DD-214, Certificate of Release or Discharge from Active Duty, which indicates your nature of discharge. If you are applying as a disabled veteran, in addition to the DD-214, you must upload a copy of your letter from either the Department of Defense or the Department of Veterans Affairs that officially documents your disability, if any. You can find additional information on veteran's preference in the VetGuide.

CTAP Eligible : Surplus or Displaced Federal Employees in the Department of Energy may be entitled to selection priority. Applicants must meet the requirements described, and upload all necessary forms to ensure consideration.

ICTAP Eligible: Surplus or Displaced Federal Employees outside the Department of Energy may be entitled to receive special selection priority. Applicants must meet the requirements described, and upload all necessary forms to ensure consideration.


Katherine Iavicoli
Phone: 720-962-7106
Fax: 000-000-0000
TDD: 877-269-9877
Agency Information:
Western Area Power Administration
12155 West 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. The best qualified candidates will be referred to the selecting official for further consideration. We expect to make a selection within 45 workdays from the closing date of this announcement.

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