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Job Title:  Electronics Engineer
Department:  Department Of The Interior
Agency:  Bureau of Reclamation
Job Announcement Number:  BR-UC-2013-04 (DE-car)

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

The contents of the announcement can still be viewed.
$44,176.00 to $54,373.00 / Per Year
Tuesday, February 12, 2013 to Monday, March 4, 2013
Full-time - Permanent
1 vacancy in the following location(s):
Page, AZ, USView Map
86040View 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:

Reclamation is seeking a career professional looking for an opportunity to capitalize on his/her expertise as an Electronics Engineer.  You can make a difference by learning to become a technical expert for electronics engineering and perform specialized engineering work in connection with the design, operations, maintenance, installation and modification of the Supervisory Control and Data Acquisition (SCADA) system and Electronic Security Systems (ESS) throughout the Colorado River Storage Project (CRSP). 

For living conditions in Page, AZ go to: 

Relocation expenses are authorized with the exception of the Guaranteed Home Sale Provision.  First-post-of-Duty relocation expenses are authorized for new appointments or reinstatement eligibles.

Additional vacancies may be filled from this vacancy announcement.




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-Performs original and modification engineering design related to the Supervisory Control and Data Acquisition (SCADA) and electronic security systems (ESS);

-The incumbent will be expected to develop skills  to become the technical expert in electronics engineering to provide professional analysis and recommendations for the continuous monitoring process of SCADA and ESS;

 -Responds to emergencies and troubleshoots problems on the equipment and associated with application for the SCADA and ESS;

-Conducts research analysis on network/communications equipment and associated applications;

-Responsible for SCADA and ESS engineering documentation including drawings, manuals, and procedures are established, maintained, and updated;

-Performs and executes day-to-day engineering operations and maintenance procedures on schedule and as assigned for SCADA and ESS;

-Ensure that authorized policies, procedures and configurations are implemented in accordance with presidential directive, legislative mandates, strategic plans, and other requirements as directed by approving officials;

-Maintains a knowledge of state-of-the-art equipment, software and concepts;

-Serves as the Contracting Officer Representative in support of contracts for hardware, software equipment and services;

-Serves as backup to SCADA and ESS system administrators and project managers; IT security managers or Information Security Officers for SCADA and ESS.

-Physical Demands and Work Environment:  

The work is primarily sedentary office work; however, the work may require climbing ladders and stairs, crawling, etc in order to conduct inspections and review space for planning.  Occasionally, the incumbent may be called during non-working hours due to problems with the SCADA and ESS, requiring the incumbent to return to the work site at odd hours.  Travel is required.  Work is generally performed in office and powerplant settings.  From time to time work also includes substantial field and manufacturing site assignments.


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This position has a mandatory education requirement.

Applicants must first meet the Basic Education Qualification Requirements within 3 months of the closing date of this announcement, listed below:

A. Professional engineering degree (1) from 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 physical and mathematical sciences underlying professional engineering, and (2) a good understanding, both theoretical and practical, of 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 exam or the written test required for professional registration;
   3) Specified academic courses -- Successful completion of at least 60 semester hours in the physical, 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;
   4) Related curriculum -- Successful completion of a curriculum leading to a bachelor's degree in engineering technology or appropriate professional field provided applicant has 1 year professional engineering experience acquired under professional engineering supervision and guidance.
Foreign Education: To receive credit for education completed outside the United States, applicants must show proof that the education has been submitted to a private organization that specializes in interpretation of foreign educational credentials and such education has been deemed at least equivalent to that gained in conventional U.S. education programs.

In addition to the mandatory education requirements, applicants must meet the following qualifications requirements of education, experience or a combination of both as follows:
-- To qualify for the GS-7 level, you must have successful completion of at least 1 year of graduate level education -OR- Superior Academic Achievement (SAA)** -OR- at least one year of specialized experience equivalent to at least the GS-5 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.  For this position, that would include experience performing electronic engineering work, which may include involvement in the operation, maintenance, installation, or modification of Supervisory Control and Data Acquisition (SCADA) system and electronic security systems (ESS).  Such experience must include knowledge of Electrical Engineering theories, principles, and practices including an ability to work with and understand electrical power, communication, and control drawings. Other applicable experience could include industrial systems and electrical work on large facilities. The incumbent will be expected to gain experience in order to be able to complete assignments in a professional manner while working closely under the direct professional supervision of a mentoring engineer.

**The SAA provision applies to undergraduate record only. It is based on (1) class standing, (2) grade point average, or (3) honor society membership. Applicant must supply documentation (i.e. transcripts, certificates) to verify; 1. Class Standing: Applicant must be in the upper third of their graduating class in the college or university. 2. Grade point average: 3.0 or higher out of a possible 4.0 as recorded on official transcript. 3. Election to membership in a national scholastic honor society: These honor societies are listed in the Association of College Honor Societies.

If you do not meet the Basic Education Qualification Requirement and the education/experience requirements, you will be determined not qualified for this position.

You must furnish a copy of your transcript of college work completed (unofficial copy is acceptable).  Non-submission will result in you being rated not qualified for the position.


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, and 2) 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.
Applicants will be further evaluated on the following "Knowledge, Skills and Abilities-KSAs" through your resume and responses to the online questions:

1.  Professional knowledge of the concepts, principles, practices and techniques of electronic engineering and a knowledge of the concepts, principles, and practices of electrical, mechanical and civil engineering in order to provide professional staff expertise and technical coordination and oversight of operations, maintenance, installation, and modification of the Supervisory Control and Data Acquisition (SCADA) System and and Electronic Security Systems (ESS).

2.  Knowledge of real time, electronic distributed control systems and Supervisory Control and Data Acquisition (SCADA) Systems used to control power generation and/or transmission operations at several geographically dispersed locations from one, central location.

3.  Skill in troubleshooting complex problems of the SCADA systems and ESS and supporting equipment and in programming each component to meet operational and maintenance needs. 

4.  Skill in effectively communicating both verbally and in writing. 

5.  Knowledge of and ability to apply project management concepts, techniques, and principles including project scheduling, cost estimating, and monitoring accumulated expenditures in order to ensure project management activities are carried out effectively and efficiently.

6.  Understanding of various types of contracts, techniques for contracting and procurement, and contract administration in order to serve as and obtain COR/COTR certification and to administer contracts.

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.

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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:


--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 factors.


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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:
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 the HR Office at (801) 524-3187, mail to 125 South State Street, Room 6107 (UC-552), Salt Lake City, Utah 84138, OR hand-deliver to 125 South State Street, Room 7402 (UC-552), Salt Lake City, Utah 84138.  Be sure to include your name and the vacancy number on the supporting document(s).

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 (with dates of employment, i.e. years and months),an on-line assessment questionnaire, and the following Supporting Documents, as appropriate:

--TRANSCRIPT(S): All applicants MUST furnish a copy of your college transcript(s), if applicable. If selected, you will be required to provide official college transcripts to verify your educational qualifications prior to reporting for work.

--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:

--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 90 on the assessment questionnaire as established, and be able to perform the duties of the position upon entry.  For information on CTAP/ICTAP, visit:


Melissa Bishop
Phone: 801-524-3643
Fax: 801-524-3187
TDD: 1-888-735-5906
Agency Information:
125 S. State St., Room 6107
Attn: UC-543
Salt Lake City, UT
Fax: 801-524-3187


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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