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Job Title:  Lineman Helper 1st Class (Electric Power)
Department:  Department Of Energy
Agency:  Southwestern Power Administration
Job Announcement Number:  SWPA-13-MP-0005

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

The contents of the announcement can still be viewed.
$29.18 to $29.18 / Per Hour
Friday, March 22, 2013 to Friday, April 05, 2013
Fulltime, - Permanent
1 vacancy in the following location:
Gore, OK, USView Map

Current Southwestern employee with career or career-conditional appointments only.


Announcement amended to omit the time-in-grade reference for Wage Board  Helper positions.



Southwestern Power administration offers career opportunities in the highly energized electric utility industry.  We market federally produced hydro power from 24 U.S. Army Corps of Engineers multipurpose dams in Arkansas, Kansas, Louisiana, Missouri, Oklahoma and Texas.
We operate and maintain 1,380 miles of high-voltage transmission lines, substations and a communications system that includes microwave, VHF radio, and state of the art fiber optics.  Our offices are located in Gore, Oklahoma, Jonesboro, Arkansas, Springfield, Missouri, and Tulsa, Oklahoma.

A successful candidate in this position will assist other linemen in the performance of maintenance and construction work in the erection and repair of high-voltage transmission power lines and related equipment.


  • Possess a Class A Commercial Driver's License
  • Reside within a one-hour response time from the employee's duty station.
  • Relocation is at your own expense.


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As a Lineman Helper 1st class, you will:

  • Assists with the erection of power lines consisting of supporting structures, conductors, insulators, and auxiliary equipment.
  • Replaces or installs poles, cross arms, insulators, line hardware, guys and anchors, overhead ground wire, braces, dampers, lightning arrestors, transformers and other auxiliary substation equipment.
  • Strings conductors from structure to structure, clamping or tying to insulators, with or without armor rod, in such a manner as to maintain proper sag.  Splices wire or conductor when broken and reinstalls.
  • Operates and maintains all types of equipment common to the utility trade including, but not limited to, multiple-drive vehicles, bull dozers, crane man lifts, truck-mounted augers, compressors, winch trucks, and truck and trailer combinations.
  • Works on energized lines (up to 1610kV) requiring the use of safety devices such as hot line tools, rubber gloves, mats, etc.

Physical Demands:  The work requires various degrees of physical exertions, such as:

Heavy lifting and carrying loads over 100 pounds over rough terrain; i.e., one end of an assembled 34-foot cross arm or a string of suspension insulators.

  • Frequent pulling or pushing, often from awkward positions; i.e., dinging and undinging suspension insulators while in hooks on a pole requiring the use of both legs.
  • Climbing wooden poles using climbers and steel towers with steps or step bolts while wearing gear weighing approximately 35 pounds, requiring the use of both legs.
  • Long periods of standing.
  • Walking and driving over rough terrain.
  • Repeated stooping and kneeling.
  • Frequent and repetitive use of both hands and fingers.
  • Exposure to outdoor temperature extremes while performing work.

Working Conditions:  The work environment involves high risks with exposure to potentially dangerous situations or unusual environmental stress, such as working with high-voltage electrical equipment (.001 volts to 161,000 volts as general criteria), in remote, outdoor field locations with rough terrain and exposure to various weather conditions, wind, dust, brush, insects, and occasionally poisonous snakes; and emergency situations at all hours of the day and any day.  Incumbent encounters general public who may object to aspects of the projects. 


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A qualified candidate's online application and resume must demonstrate at least one year of specialized experience equivalent to the next lower grade level in the Federal service. Specialized experience for this position is defined as:

  1. At least one full year of experience working as lineman helper 2 (or equivalent) in the function of maintaining, repairing and replacing high-voltage transmission power lines and related equipment.


Your application and resume should demonstrate that you possess the following knowledge, skills and abilities (KSAs). You are NOT required to provide a separate narrative written response. Rather, you must complete the online questionnaire and describe in your application how your past work experience demonstrates that you possess the KSAs identified below.

  1. Ability to perform the duties of a Lineman Helper, 1st Class without more than normal supervision.  (Screen-out element)*
  2. Ability to perform electrical line construction, installation, and maintenance.
  3. Knowledge of electrical theory and instructions used in high-voltage electrical practices.
  4. Ability to work at heights with dexterity and safety.
  5. Ability to use and maintain tools and instruments of the trade.
  6. Knowledge of technical practices of a lineman.

*SCREEN-OUT ELEMENT is a critical element in the successful performance of this position.  If your application and resume do not demonstrate your ability to perform the duties of a Lineman Helper, 1 st class, without more than normal supervision, you will not meet basic qualifications for this position. 

CTAP/ICTAP candidates: To be considered "well qualified" you must meet all of the requirements as described in this section.

You must meet all qualifications and eligibility requirements by the closing date of this announcement.

For this position, education cannot be substituted for experience.


  • All employees hired after October 1, 2010 shall reside within a one hour response time from the employee's duty station.  Response time begins when the employee agrees to report to work at the duty station.  Employees bidding and accepting a position that requires a change in duty station must meet the residency requirement as stated in the Basic Labor Agreement between Southwestern and IBEW Local NO. 1002, within six months from the entrance on duty date.
  • This position requires completion of an annual medical examination at Federal expense.
  • You will be subject to random drug and alcohol testing.
  • This position may require frequent overnight travel.
  • This position is subject to overtime work.
  • You must have a valid Class A Commercial Drivers License without restrictions (except for corrective lenses)to operate vehicles of more than 26,000 pounds GVWR.


We will review your application to ensure you meet the job requirements.

If you meet the qualifications requirements and are found to be among the top candidates, your application will be referred to the selecting official for further review.

If your résumé is incomplete or does not support the responses in your online questionnaire, or if you fail to submit required documentation BEFORE the vacancy closes, you may be rated 'ineligible', 'not qualified', or your score may be adjusted.

To preview questions please click here.


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The Department of Energy offers comprehensive and competitive benefits.

You may be eligible for some or all of the following:

  • Health, life, dental, vision, and long-term care insurance
  • Retirement program
  • Paid holiday, sick, and vacation time
  • Flexible work schedules and telework
  • Training and education opportunities
  • Transit benefit
  • Flexible Spending Account
  • Thrift Savings Plan (401k equivalent)
  • Health and wellness programs
  • Employee Assistance Program
  • Worklife4You Resource

For more information on these benefits, see the USAJOBS Resource Center's Interactive Benefits Page.


  • The U.S. Department of Energy fosters a diverse and inclusive workplace and is an Equal Opportunity Employer.
  • Veterans and persons with disabilities are encouraged to apply. For more information, please visit the links at the bottom of this page or visit the FedsHireVets website.
  • If you believe that you are eligible for the Interagency Career Transition Assistance Program (ICTAP), please visit the OPM ICTAP/CTAP website for more information. In order to be considered under the ICTAP program, your application must score within the pre-established "well qualified" category as stated in the Qualifications section.
  • More than one selection may be made from this vacancy announcement.
  • Some positions may require completion of a probationary period or a background investigation.
  • Males must abide by Selective Service registration regulations. To learn more about this requirement, visit the Selective Service website's Who Must Register page.


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To be considered for this position, you must submit a complete online application no later than 11:59pm (Eastern Time) on the closing date of this announcement. If you fail to submit a complete application prior to the closing time (regardless of when you started) the application system will not allow you to finish. Requests for extensions will not be granted so please begin the application process allowing yourself enough time to finish the application. Our application system displays a deadline timer in the top-left corner of the screen for your reference.

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 (click the link for more information).
  3. Once you are logged in and all of your application materials ready, click the Apply Now button.
  4. You must respond to all application assessment questions, carefully following all instructions provided.
  5. You will then be asked to upload supporting documentation, which may include (but is not limited to): transcripts, portfolio samples, certifications, and other supporting documents.
  6. 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 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', or your score may be adjusted. INCOMPLETE APPLICATIONS WILL NOT BE ACCEPTED.



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

If you cannot apply online because of a disability, please contact the HR Specialist listed on this announcement during normal business hours.


Please carefully review the following list to determine what documentation you need to submit. Some documents may not apply to all applicants.

If you are unsure, click the link for each document type to read more.

  • ALL APPLICANTS: Résumé supporting your specialized experience and responses to the online questionnaire.
  • Veterans: veteran eligibility documentation (DD-214, VA Letter, Standard Form (SF) 15 as applicable). Please note: If you are a veteran who has not yet been discharged, you may provide a statement of intent to discharge from your agency to receive Veterans Preference under the VOW (Veterans Opportunity to Work) to Hire Heroes Act of 2011.
  • Persons with Disabilities: Individuals with intellectual disabilities, severe physical disabilities, or psychiatric disabilities may apply for appointment through the Schedule A hiring authority. Certified verification of a disability from a licensed medical professional; a licensed vocational rehabilitation specialist; or any Federal, state, or District of Columbia agency or U.S. territory that issues or provides disability benefits will be required.


Beverly Yenter
Phone: 918-595-6639
Fax: 000-000-0000
Agency Information:
Southwestern Area Power Administration
One West Third Street
Tulsa, OK
Fax: 000-000-0000


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