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Job Title:  Electrical Engineer
Department:  Department Of Energy
Agency:  Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC)
Job Announcement Number:  FERC-MP-2013-0134

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

The contents of the announcement can still be viewed.
$74,872.00 to $136,771.00 / Per Year
Tuesday, September 10, 2013 to Tuesday, September 24, 2013
Full-Time - Permanent
FEW vacancies - Washington, DC, US  View Map
Applications will be accepted from current and former competitive service Federal employees, and people eligible under special hiring authorities.


The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, or FERC, is an independent agency that regulates the interstate transmission of natural gas, oil, and electricity. FERC also regulates natural gas and hydropower projects. As part of our goal, we are seeking highly skilled individuals to assist in carrying out the mission of this agency. The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission assists consumers in obtaining reliable, efficient and sustainable energy services at a reasonable cost through appropriate regulatory and market means. To learn more about the Commission, please visit

This position is located in the Office of Electric Reliability. The Office of Electric Reliability helps protect and improve the reliability and security of the nation's bulk power system through the effective regulatory oversight established by Congress and the President in the Energy Policy Act of 2005. This includes overseeing the development and review of mandatory and enforceable reliability standards, as well as ensuring compliance with the approved reliability standards by the users, owners and operators of the bulk power system.
More than one selection may be made from this announcement; which may vary between offices.
Bargaining Unit Status: These positions are in the Barganing Unit.
Please note - Only your resume and cover letter will be forwarded to the selecting official.


  • Must be a U.S. Citizen
  • Must meet specialized experience
  • Must provide most recent SF-50 containing grade/step information
  • Successfully complete a background investigation.


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As an Electrical Engineer in the Office of Electric Reliability, your duties will include the following:

  • Review filings submitted to the Commission to identify and analyze reliability issues on the bulk power system.
  • Provide bulk power engineering analysis for internal assessments and to support other divisions and offices.
  • Participate in standards development process, and review and advise on reliability standards filed with the Commission.
  • Conduct investigations following bulk power system incidents, notifications, requests, or complaints.
  • Conduct compliance audits of the users, owners, and/or operators of the bulk power system.


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Duties, responsibilities and qualification requirements vary in complexity among grade levels as noted below.

For GS-12:
You must have one year of specialized experience equivalent in responsibility and scope to the GS-11 level. Required specialized experience is defined as experience that has required knowledge of the electric industry to examine bulk power systems engineering issues including a demonstrated understanding of the theories and practices for planning or operating such systems reliably.    

For GS-13:
You must have one year of specialized experience equivalent in responsibility and scope to the GS-12 level. Required specialized experience is defined as experience analyzing complex bulk power systems engineering issues of the electric industry, including a demonstrated understanding of the theories and practices for planning or operating such systems reliably.

For GS-14:
You must have one year of specialized experience equivalent in responsibility and scope to the GS-13 level. Required specialized experience is defined as significant responsibility and experience analyzing complex bulk power systems engineering issues of the electric industry, including a demonstrated understanding of the theories and practices for planning or operating such systems reliably.

You MUST submit your transcripts along with your application in order to be considered for these positions.You must show successful completion of a full course of study in an accredited college or university leading to a bachelor's degree or higher in engineering. For more information on education requirements please click here: Electrical Engineer Requirements

Your resume must clearly document how you meet the specialized experience in order to meet the minimum qualification requirements for this vacancy. You must meet time-in-grade requirements within 30 days of the closing date of this announcement. All required documents must be recieved by the closing of this announcement. If you do not submit a required document, (e.g. SF-50, transcripts, etc) your application will be considered incomplete and you will not recieve further consideration.


We will review your resume to ensure you meet the basic qualification requirements. Your resume must address the knowledge, skills, and abilities listed in the Qualifications Section. Your resume should clearly show possession of these competencies. The ideal candidate will possess the following:

  • Knowledge of the electric industry, power generation, transmission, power system reliability and the ability to apply such knowledge to analyze complex electric utility planning and operations issues.
  • Ability to work in a team environment performing investigations of electric utility planning and operations by reviewing documents and submissions, conducting phone interviews, on-site facility reviews, or other methods of information gathering.
  • Knowledge of the North American Electric Reliability Corporation (NERC) reliability principles and standards and an understanding of utility regulations, principles, and practices for the regulation of the electric utility industry.
  • Ability to effectively present findings and recommendations both orally and in writing.

To preview questions please click here.


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We offer a workplace that is respectful, fair, and values diversity. Our comprehensive benefits are very generous - helping you to reach your personal goals by supporting your professional growth, health, well-being, and your family needs. Our benefits package includes: Challenging work, opportunities for advancement, competitive salaries, bonuses and incentive awards; Ten paid holidays, 13 days of sick leave, and 13 to 26 days of vacation time each year; Access to insurance programs that may be continued after you retire; A wide choice of health insurance plans, and coverage for pre-existing conditions. We pay a substantial amount (up to 75%) of the health insurance premiums; Flexible spending accounts for health care and for dependent care, employee assistance programs, flexible work schedules, and health and fitness programs. Learn more about Federal benefits programs by clicking here.


When promotion potential is shown, the agency is not making a commitment and is not obligated to provide future promotions to you if you are selected. Future promotions will be dependent on your ability to perform the duties at a higher level, the continuing need for an employee assigned to the higher level, and administrative approval. You must submit all required information by the closing date. If materials are not received, your resume will be evaluated solely on the information available and you may not receive full consideration or may not be considered eligible. The materials you send with your resume will not be returned. If you are selected at a grade lower than the highest shown in this listing, you will be placed under a career development plan and can be non-competitively promoted when you successfully complete the requirements for the higher grade. Before entering on duty, you may be required to complete a Confidential Financial Disclosure Report, OGE-450. You will need to provide the information annually. Relocation expenses will not be paid.


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You are strongly encouraged to read the entire announcement before you submit your application for this position. Please click on the following link for detailed instructions on how to apply: How To Apply.
Tips For Applying For example, if the specialized experience requires presenting information to a large audience, your resume might include speeches or presentations you've given.
* Verify your resume clearly indicates possession of the competencies and required specialized experience listed under the Qualifications and Evaluations section of this announcement.
* Submit all requested documentation; e.g. SF-50, performance appraisal, transcripts


Please note that if you do not provide all required information, as specified in this announcement, you will not be considered for this position (or will not receive the special consideration, e.g. Vet's Preference, for which you may be eligible).
CURRENT AND FORMER FEDERAL EMPLOYEES -- Documentation Relating to Your Federal Employment: Submit an SF-50, Notification of Personnel Action, which shows your current (or most recent) grade and competitive service status. (The "position occupied" block on the SF-50 should show a "1" and your "tenure" block should show a "1" or "2".) If you are currently on a Veterans Recruitment Appointment (VRA), submit an SF-50 showing that. Indicate on your application the highest permanent grade you have held; if this grade is different from your current grade, you must submit an additional SF-50 showing this grade in order to receive credit. (FERC EMPLOYEES ARE ALSO REQUIRED to submit an SF-50).
ICTAP PRIORITY PROVISIONS: Current or former Federal employees who are or were on career or career conditional appointments may have special priority selection rights under the Interagency Career Transition Assistance Program (ICTAP). To receive this consideration, applicants must be well qualified for the position to which applying. To be well qualified, applicants must score 90 points or more. You will need to provide the Federal Agency Name and date of your Reduction in Force notice, what your most recent performance rating was and your position, grade level and duty location of your last SF-50. At time of appointment, you will be required to provide a copy of agency Reduction in Force notice, a copy of most recent performance rating and a copy of most recent SF-50. You must provide a statement of eligibility at the point of application.
SPECIAL HIRING AUTHORITIES DOCUMENTATION If you are applying under a special hiring authority, submit a copy of proof of your eligibility.
VETERANS EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITIES ACT (VEOA) DOCUMENTATION If you are applying under the Veterans Employment Opportunities Act (VEOA), you must submit a copy of your Certificate of Release or Discharge from Active Duty, DD-214 (Member 4 copy), or other official documentation from a branch of the Armed Forces or the Department of Veterans Affairs showing dates of service and type of discharge. Ten-point preference eligibles must also submit an Application for 10-Point Veteran Preference, SF-15, along with required documentation listed on the back of the SF-15 form. An SF-15 may be found at


Patricia Macey
Phone: 202-502-6369
Fax: 000-000-0000
Agency Information:
888 First Street, NE
Washington , DC
Fax: 000-000-0000


Once your complete application is received we will conduct an evaluation of your qualifications and determine your ranking. The most highly qualified candidates will be referred to the hiring manager for further consideration and possible interview. You can check the status of your application by logging into your My USAJobs account. You be notified up to four points in the application process. You may check the status of your application for this position at any time by logging onto the USAJOBS "My Account" tab and clicking on "Application Status." We also recommend you opt to receive status change emails through USAJOBS by logging into "Notification Settings." Please notify us if your contact information changes after the closing date of the announcement. Also, note that if you provide an email address that is inaccurate, or if your mailbox is full or blocked (e.g., spam-blocker), you may not receive important communication that could affect your consideration for this position.

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