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Job Title:Meter and Relay Craftsman - Journeyman

Department:Department Of Energy

Agency:Western Area Power Administration

Job Announcement Number:WAPA-13-DE-352

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

The contents of the announcement can still be viewed.

SALARY RANGE:

$40.70 to $42.40 / Per Hour

OPEN PERIOD:

Friday, September 13, 2013 to Wednesday, September 25, 2013

SERIES & GRADE:

WB-2610-00

POSITION INFORMATION:

This is a full-time position. - This is a permanent position.

DUTY LOCATIONS:

1 vacancy - Loveland, CO, USView Map

WHO MAY APPLY:

All U.S. Citizens
This position is also advertised to status candidates as a Merit Promotion announcement, vacancy # WAPA-13-MP-352.

JOB SUMMARY:

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 .

Where would I be working?
Western Area Power Administration
Rocky Mountain Region
Maintenance, (J5200)
5555 East Crossroads Blvd.
Loveland, CO 80538
Find out more about living conditions at this duty station.
Where will I be on the pay scale? If you are not currently a Western journeyman in the occupation advertised, you will receive entry-level pay with the possibility of promotion to full journeyman status after meeting certification and performance requirements (generally within 3-6 months).

KEY REQUIREMENTS

  • You must be a United States Citizen
  • This employer participates in the e-Verify program
  • Relocation expenses may be paid according to budget
  • See "Other Information" section regarding Selective Service requirements

DUTIES:

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Maintain, repair, modify, program, install and commission power system substation protection control, monitoring and metering equipment. Maintain, repair, install, program, and test revenue metering equipment, including electronic and microprocessor based kilowatthour meters, digital demand recorders, panel meters, transducers, and instrument transformers. Maintain, repair, install, program, and test control equipment used in controlling substation equipment. This includes human/machine interfaces (HMI), and communication processors. Maintain, repair, install, program, and test protective relay equipment including current, voltage, differential, reclosing, timing, auxiliary, ground detection, and complex impedance relays of the electromechanical, electronic and microprocessor types. Develop software test routines for protective relays. Verify protective relay, transfer trip, and communication settings. Maintain, repair, install, program, and test digital fault recording equipment. Aid in trouble-shooting indoor and outdoor sub-station apparatus problems. Install and wire equipment on switchboards, control panels, and relay panels. Work from schematic and wiring diagrams, control board physical layouts, and manufacturer's instructions. Participate in the commissioning of new substations, stage additions, or substation preconditioning preparation for installations of automated supervisory control systems. Maintain, install, program, repair, and test communications equipment used for metering and relaying. Test directional over current relays to verify directional operation. Simulate line faults with test equipment to analyze distance relay operation and zone characteristics. Work from and interpret electrical drawings and electronic circuit diagrams. Install, align, calibrate, adjust and maintain equipment without endangering system operation.


QUALIFICATIONS REQUIRED:

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You must have journeyman-level ability in the duties of a Meter and Relay Craftsman. 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.
ADDITIONAL QUALIFICATIONS REQUIREMENTS
Your application and resume should demonstrate that you possess the following abilities. You are NOT required to provide a separate narrative written response. Rather, you must describe in your application how your past work experience demonstrates that you possess those described below.
1. Ability to do the work of a Meter and Relay Craftsman without more than normal supervision (install and commission, or maintain and repair, protective relay equipment and/or polyphase revenue metering equipment associated with power system distribution or transmission systems.)
2. Knowledge and ability to use tools and specialized equipment and procedures to maintain and test power system metering, control, and protective relay equipment.
3. Knowledge of electrical theory and instruments and ability to do troubleshooting.
4. Ability to read and understand electrical drawings and instruction manuals.


If this vacancy specifically states that certain educational requirements must be met (also known as a "positive educational requirement"), you must provide documentation supporting any education claims in your application. Education must be obtained from an accredited institution recognized by the U.S. Department of Education.
Foreign education must be reviewed by an organization recognized by the U.S. Department of Education. For special instructions pertaining to foreign education and a list of organizations that can evaluate foreign education, see the Department of Education website.

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HOW YOU WILL BE EVALUATED:

Your application will be rated by our application system using the Category Rating procedure. A quality review will then be conducted by the HR Office and/or Subject Matter Expert (SME). Your application is rated based on the extent and quality of your experience, education (if applicable to the job), and training described in your online résumé/questionnaire as related to the duties of this position. The quality categories are defined as "Best Qualified", "Well Qualified" and "Qualified". Within each category, veteran preference eligibles will be listed at the top of the category. CP/CPS veterans are placed at the top of the highest category for all positions except professional and scientific positions at GS-9 and above.
If your resume 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. 
Selecting Official may check references on those applicants referred for consideration.
To preview questions please click here.


BENEFITS:

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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

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

OTHER INFORMATION:

CONDITIONS OF EMPLOYMENT:
Some positions may require completion of a probationary period.
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.
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.
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.
Males must abide by Selective Service registration regulations. To learn more about this requirement, visit the Selective Service website's Who Must Register page.
The U.S. Department of Energy fosters a diverse and inclusive workplace and is an Equal Opportunity Employer.
The selectee for this position may be eligible to receive a recruitment or relocation incentive of up to 25% of the base salary.  You will need to sign an employment agreement to be eligible for this incentive.
This position may require overnight travel of 5 days per month.
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, you must live no more than 60 minutes away from the duty station in case of call-out.
If selected you must possess a valid state driver license.
This position is subject to overtime work.

HOW TO APPLY:

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HOW TO APPLY: 
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 resume. Please note that some DOE offices do not accept uploaded resumes and require that you have a completed résumé within your USAJOBS profile using the Resume 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. 
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 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 resume 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.
NEED HELP?
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 Resume Builder help, please visit the USAJOBS Resource Center or e-mail USAJOBS3.0@opm.gov.
If you are experiencing a significant hardship, which hinders your ability to apply online, please contact the HR Specialist listed on this announcement during normal business hours.

REQUIRED DOCUMENTS:

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: 
  • Resume supporting your specialized experience and responses to the online questionnaire.
  • If specific educational requirements are indicated for this position: Documentation verifying your educational claims which can include unofficial transcripts or any report listing institution, course title, credits earned and grade. Please see the Education section for more information.
  • Veterans: veteran eligibility documentation (DD-214, VA Letter, Standard Form (SF) 15 as applicable). 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.  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.

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

AGENCY CONTACT INFO:

Jennie Montoya
Phone: 720-962-7084
Fax: 000-000-0000
TDD: 877-269-9877
Email: Montoya@wapa.gov
Agency Information:
Western Area Power Administration
P. O. Box 281213
Lakewood, CO
80228
US
Fax: 000-000-0000

WHAT TO EXPECT NEXT:

After each step in the recruitment process, your status will be updated in USAJOBS. You can review your status in USAJOBS at any time. You may also elect to receive status updates via e-mail by changing the notification settings in your USAJOBS profile. Please check that your USAJOBS profile contact information is current and correct each time you apply to a job--this will ensure we are able to contact you as quickly as possible.

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Job Announcement Number:

WAPA-13-DE-352

Control Number:

351513900