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Job Title:Supervisory Electrical Engineer

Department:Department Of The Interior

Agency:Bureau of Reclamation

Job Announcement Number:BR-PN-DE-RTS2-13-147

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

The contents of the announcement can still be viewed.

SALARY RANGE:

$81,823.00 to $106,369.00 / Per Year

OPEN PERIOD:

Tuesday, June 18, 2013 to Tuesday, August 20, 2013

SERIES & GRADE:

GS-0850-13

POSITION INFORMATION:

This is a FULL TIME position. - This is a PERMANENT position.

PROMOTION POTENTIAL:

13

DUTY LOCATIONS:

1 vacancy - Grand Coulee, WA, USView Map

WHO MAY APPLY:

All United States Citizens and Nationals. 

JOB SUMMARY:

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: http://www.usbr.gov/. View our DVD titled "Traditions, Talent, and Teamwork" at: http://www.usbr.gov/pmts/hr/video/

PLEASE NOTE: THIS PUBLIC NOTICE ANNOUNCEMENT HAS BEEN EXTENDED TO JULY 30TH.  YOU MUST HAVE A VALID Electrical Professional Engineer's license TO APPLY.  YOU MUST SHOW DOCUMENTATION WITH CARD OR STATE/DC CERTIFICATE.  A ELECTRICAL PROFESSIONAL ENGINEER'S LICENSE NUMBER AND ASSOCIATED STATE GOVERNING BOARD WEBSITE TO VERIFY ELECTRICAL PE LICENSE IS ACCEPTABLE TOO.  

Position is being advertised concurrently under BR-PN-VA-RTS2-13-146 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.

Reclamation has determined that the duties of this position are suitable for telework and the selectee may be allowed to telework with supervisory approval. 

Reclamation is seeking a career professional looking for an opportunity to capitalize on his/her expertise as Supervisory Resident Engineer at Grand Coulee Field Staff construction branch office. You can make a difference in the West by assisting in meeting increasing water demands while protecting the environment. Responsibilities involve providing construction support functions, including reviewing schedules, enforcing safety, providing field inspections, ensuring environmental compliance, coordinating contract modifications, providing proper contract administration, and tracking and reporting construction status.

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

Location - Grand Coulee, WA 

http://www.usbr.gov/pn/about/hr/area-information.html

Relocation expenses are authorized with the exception of the Guaranteed Home Sale Provision.

First-post-of-Duty relocation expenses are authorized for new appointment or reinstatement eligibles.

KEY REQUIREMENTS

  • U.S. Citizenship or National
  • Suitability for Federal employment determined by a background investigation
  • Required to complete Financial Disclosure Form if selected
  • You must meet specialized experience requirements - See Qualifications
  • Submit transcripts to verify education requirements
  • Must have a valid Electrical Professional Engineer's license

DUTIES:

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- Responsible for planning, directing, and overseeing the work of engineers, technicians, and inspectors, and administrative support personnel for assigned work and will be designated as the Contracting Officer's Representative (COR).

- Ensures that field inspection procedures and engineering controls conform to specifications and that approved, state-of-the-art engineering practices and procedures are followed on all assigned construction contracts.

- Analyzes objectives, develop plans to accomplish goals, reviews accomplishment toward goals, and establishes work standards and reporting systems to assure standards are met.

- Reviews project plans, and specifications, and general schedule prior to contract advertisement to determine constructability and whether or not the proposed design will address the project owner's expectations.   

- Monitors construction progress daily and points out potential problem areas to contractors.  Investigates and works to resolve technical issues between contractors and the project owner which may lead to formal claims by the contractor.


QUALIFICATIONS REQUIRED:

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Candidates are required to show successful completion of a standard professional curriculum in an accredited college or university leading to a bachelor's degree with major study in an appropriate field of engineering (not engineering technology), physical science, life science or mathematics.

Applications must first meet the Basic Education Qualification Requirements listed below:

(A). Professional engineering degree 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 (more advanced than 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.

-OR-

(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 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; or 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.

In addition to the above requirements, applicants must meet the following qualification requirements of education, experience or a combination of both as follows: For GS-13 level - one year of specialized experience equivalent to the GS-12 level in the Federal service.

Specialized experience is defined as non-routine engineering work that required and was characterized by (1) professional knowledge of engineering; (2) professional ability to apply such knowledge to engineering problems; and (3) positive and continuing development of professional knowledge and ability. Specialized experience is further defined as professional engineering experience working on electrical/mechanical equipment associated with a hydroelectric power facility or similar facility that generates power through alternate sources. This experience must also include work that demonstrates the ability to supervise and manage a multi-disciplinary engineering group.

Professional knowledge of engineering is defined as the comprehensive, in-depth knowledge of mathematical, physical, and engineering sciences applicable to a specialty field of engineering that characterizes a full 4-year professional engineering curriculum leading to a bachelor's degree, or the equivalent. Professional ability to apply engineering knowledge is defined as the ability to (a) apply fundamental and diversified professional engineering concepts, theories, and practices to achieve engineering objectives with a versatility, judgment, and perception; (b) adapt and apply methods and techniques of related scientific disciplines; and (c) organize, analyze, interpret, and evaluate scientific data in the solution of engineering problems. Professional work in engineering, like that in other professions, is marked by continuing personal effort to keep abreast of the advancing and changing discipline. Continuing education in engineering and related fields is an important element of full professional competence as an engineer that should be considered in evaluating the qualifications of applicants for professional engineering positions. 

If selected, you will be required to provide official college transcripts to verify your educational qualifications. An official transcript bears the University Seal and a signature certifying its authenticity and must be provided from the institution awarding the degree. Academic transcripts certified by notary publics are NOT official. Official transcripts must be submitted prior to reporting to work as a condition of employment.  Failure to submit official transcripts may be grounds for dismissal or rescission of the job offer.  


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: 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.

You must meet all qualification requirements and any selective factors, by the closing date of the announcement.

Moderate travel, as much as 25% of the time, and long lengths of time away from the office may be required.  Also you are required to possess and maintain a valid State driver's license.

You will be required to climb ladders and scaffolding; traverse uneven and frozen terrain; and bend, stoop, crawl, squat, and stand for long periods of time depending on equipment/materials you will be inspecting at various work sites, both indoors and outside.  Weather conditions may be severe at times while performing duties out in the field.  You may also be required to work in confined spaces.

HOW YOU WILL BE EVALUATED:

Category rating and selection procedures will be used to evaluate applications from this announcement. 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 <60> 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. Knowledge of theories, principles, practices, and techniques used in electrical engineering.

2. Skill in applying principles and modern (state-of-the-art) practices of electrical engineering to hydro-electric machinery.  (i.e., generators, turbines, pump-generators, etc.)

3. Skill in providing supervision and guidance to subordinates; assigning responsibility; and managing and directing a construction management program.  

4. Ability to communicate effectively both orally and writing. 

5. Knowledge of commonly used contract principles, techniques, methods, and procedures of government, or equivalent, construction contracting.  (Bid openings, contract mods, change orders, findings of facts, pricing and justification, etc.) 

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. If a determination is made that you have rated yourself higher than is apparent in your description of experience, competencies, skills, and/or education/training OR that your resume/application is incomplete, you may be rated ineligible or your score may be lowered.


To preview questions please click here.


BENEFITS:

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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: http://www.opm.gov/insure/fastfacts/quickguide.pdf



OTHER INFORMATION:

If you are initially appointed to a career-conditional position, you must serve a 1-year probationary period.

If you are a current permanent federal employee and are selected from this announcement, you may be required to serve a 1-year probationary period.

If you are selected and you have not previously served as a federal manager or supervisor, you will be required to serve a one-year managerial probation period.

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.  Go to: http://www.sss.gov

The Bureau of Reclamation is an Equal Opportunity Employer.  Selection for positions is made solely on the basis of merit, fitness and qualifications without regard to race, gender, age, color, religion, national origin, disability, marital status, sexual orientation, or any other non-merit factors.

The referral list from this public notice may be used to fill subsequent positions (similar title, series and grade, location, and KSA requirements) within 180 days of the date the referral list was issued.

Related non-federal experience or related experience as retired members of the uniformed services may be credited towards computing entitlement to leave accrual, at managerial discretion, providing that experience meets certain criteria.  This provision allows new employees to earn annual leave at a higher rate than would otherwise be allowed. (5 Code of Federal Regulations, 630).



HOW TO APPLY:

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Applications (resume and assessment questionnaire) for this vacancy MUST be received online BEFORE midnight Eastern Time (Washington, DC 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: http://www.usbr.gov/pmts/hr/hireme.html

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

-- E-mail to tbarton@usbr.gov

-- Fax directly to the HR Office at (208) 378-5023

-- Mail to the Bureau of Reclamation, ATTN: PN-1425, 1150 North Curtis Road, Suite 100, Boise, Idaho 83706-1234 – or –

-- Hand deliver to the Bureau of Reclamation, Human Resources – Room 109, 1150 North Curtis Road, Boise, Idaho.

Include your name and the vacancy number on the supporting documents.

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.



REQUIRED DOCUMENTS:

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.

DD-214, Certificate of Release from Active Duty:  If you are entitled to 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. If you have a compensable service connected disability, submit a Standard Form (SF) 15, Application for 10-Point Veteran Preference, and the required documentation requested by this form, in addition to the DD-214.

For information on veteran's eligibility visit: http://www.opm.gov/veterans/html/vetguide.asp

CTAP/ICTAP: 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, http://www.opm.gov/ctap/index.asp

Declaration of Federal Employment, OF-306: You will be required to complete an (OF-306), http://www.opm.gov/forms/pdf_fill/of0306.pdf  prior to being appointed to determine your suitability for federal employment and to authorize a background investigation. Failure to answer all questions truthfully and completely or providing false statements on the application may be grounds for not hiring you or for dismissing you after you begin work, and may be punishable by fine or imprisonment (U.S. Code, Title 18, section 1001). 

Transcripts:  Applicants MUST furnish a copy of your college transcripts, if applicable.  If selected, you will be required to provide official college transcripts to verify your educational qualifications prior to reporting for work.

P. E. License:  A current valid professional electrical engineering license. Provide proof of license with your application.

AGENCY CONTACT INFO:

Theresa
Phone: 208-378-5155
Fax: 208-378-5023
Email: tbarton@usbr.gov
Agency Information:
BUREAU OF RECLAMATION
1150 N. Curtis Road, Suite 100
Attn: PN-1401
Boise, ID
83706-1234
US
Fax: 208-378-5023

WHAT TO EXPECT NEXT:

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 the USAJOBS profile.

If you are determined to be in the Best Qualified group, you will be required to submit written, essay-style responses to additional assessment questions as a continuation of the evaluation process. Failure to respond to the additional assessment questions will result in loss of further consideration for this position.


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Job Announcement Number:

BR-PN-DE-RTS2-13-147

Control Number:

345901000