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  1. Overview
  2. Duties
  3. Qualifications & Evaluations
  4. Benefits & Other Info
  5. How to Apply

Job Title:ELECTRICAL ENGINEER

Department:Department Of The Interior

Agency:Bureau of Reclamation

Job Announcement Number:BR-UC-2013-17 (DE-car)

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

The contents of the announcement can still be viewed.

SALARY RANGE:

$44,176.00 to $66,493.00 / Per Year

OPEN PERIOD:

Monday, December 23, 2013 to Tuesday, January 07, 2014

SERIES & GRADE:

GS-0850-07/09

POSITION INFORMATION:

Full-time - Permanent

PROMOTION POTENTIAL:

12

DUTY LOCATIONS:

Few vacancies in the following location(s):
Page, AZ View Map
Page, AZ View Map

WHO MAY APPLY:

All United States Citizens and Nationals

SUPERVISORY STATUS:

No

JOB SUMMARY:

About the Agency

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.
View our DVD titled "Traditions, Talent, and Teamwork" at: http://www.usbr.gov/pmts/hr/video/.
Reclamation is seeking a career professional looking for an opportunity to capitalize on his/her expertise in electrical engineering associated with hydro-power operations and maintenance and an opportunity to become an integral part of a team and grow in a hydropower environment. You can make a difference in the West by assisting in meeting increasing water demands while protecting the environment.

Would you enjoy ensuring the safe and efficient operation of Government facilities? At the full potential responsibilities include developing creative solutions to complex hydroelectric powerplant, dam operating equipment, and water conveyance problems, providing specialized services and technical consultation, and applying new technology to existing conditions.

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

You can progress from $44K to 68K in 4 years! Year 1 - $44,176 (GS-7), Year 2 - $54,028 (GS-9), Year 3 - $58,667 (GS-11), and Year 4 - $68,809 (GS-12).  Promotions to the next grade/salary level are neither guaranteed nor automatic, but based on supervisor initiation.

POSITIONS ARE LOCATED IN THE UPPER COLORADO REGION, POWER OFFICE, ENGINEERING DIVISION, DUTY STATION:  Page, Arizona.   
For living conditions in Page, AZ go to:  http://www.cityofpage.org/profile.html 

TRAVEL REQUIRED

  • Occasional Travel
  • As required by the supervisor in performing duties associated with the position.

RELOCATION AUTHORIZED

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

KEY REQUIREMENTS

  • MUST BE A U.S. CITIZEN OR NATIONAL
  • MUST APPLY ONLINE, SUBMIT RESUME & SUPPORTING DOCUMENTS (SEE HOW TO APPLY)
  • YOU MUST MEET SPECIALIZED EXPERIENCE REQUIREMENTS (SEE QUALIFICATIONS)
  • REQUIRED TO FILE ANNUAL CONFIDENTIAL FINANCIAL DISCLOSURE REPORT
  • SUITABLE FOR FEDERAL EMPLOYMENT, DETERMINED BY BACKGROUND INVESTIGATION

DUTIES:

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Duties listed are at the full potential GS-12 level.  Incumbent(s) will be expected to gain experience in the following:
-Professional knowledge of the concepts, theories, principles, and practices of electrical engineering, mechanical and civil engineering in order to develop creative solutions to complex hydroelectric powerplant, dam operating equipment, and water conveyance problems. 
-Provide specialized services and technical consultation, including design, and applying new technology to existing conditions.
-Skill in analyzing, designing, changing, and/or modifying complex electrical and electronic systems relating to powerplants, dams, auxiliary equipment and facilities and skill in using automated computer-aided design programs.
-Knowledge of the construction, operations, and maintenance of hydroelectric powerplants, dam operating equipment, and water conveyance structures.  Knowledge of the principles and concepts of electrical generation, transmission, and marketing.
-Knowledge of and skill in applying principles of project management in order to manage and coordinate powerplant rehabilitation and replacement projects.
-Skill in the use of testing procedures, equipment, and statistical data for analyzing, testing and troubleshooting electrical and electronic systems and equipment.
-Skill communicating both orally and in writing.
PHYSICAL DEMANDS AND WORK ENVIRONMENT: Required to carry a cellular phone for call outs. Required to wear safety equipment: safety harness, safety glasses, hard hat, steel-toed boots, respirator, etc. Some work is performed in confined areas and high places. Must be physically able to lift and carry up to 50 lbs. Must be able to climb and negotiate the many steps in the dam. Overnight travel is required (approximately 15 percent) - including travel to remote locations with limited lodging and restaurant facilities.


QUALIFICATIONS REQUIRED:

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

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.
                             -OR-
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.

In addition to the above 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. 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 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.

-- To qualify for the GS-9 level, you must have successful completion of at least 2 full years of progressively higher level graduate education -OR- master's or equivalent graduate degree -OR- 1 year of specialized experience equivalent to the GS-7 level in the federal service. Such experience must include a professional knowledge of Electrical Engineering theories, principles, and practices applicable to the evaluation of alternative plans, assisting with the determination of engineering feasibility of potential plans and features, and assisting with the preparation of designs and cost estimates for electrical systems. Examples of electrical systems may range from fiber optic communications to industrial systems and electrical transmission facilities. The incumbent will be expected to complete assignments in a professional manner under the direct supervision of a mentoring electrical engineer.

If you do not meet the Basic Education Qualification Requirement and the education/experience requirements within 3 months of the closing date, you will be determined not qualified for this position and it will preclude your offer of employment.


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.   

If you are claiming eligibility based on Superior Academic Achievement (only possible at grade 07), you must submit a copy of your college transcripts or equivalent documents to support your education. Transcripts must include the name of the college or university and date the degree was conferred.

For information on Superior Academic Achievement, visit: http://www.opm.gov/qualifications/SEC-II/s2-e5.asp#e4f.

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.

APPLICANTS MUST COMPLETE THE REQUIREMENTS FOR QUALIFYING EDUCATION WITHIN 3 MONTHS OF THE CLOSING DATE OF THIS ANNOUNCEMENT.  IF SELECTED, YOU WILL BE REQUIRED TO PROVIDE PROOF OF QUALIFYING EDUCATION WITHIN 3 MONTHS OR YOU WILL BE DETERMINED NOT QUALIFIED FOR THIS POSITION AND IT WILL PRECLUDE YOUR APPOINTMENT TO THE POSITION. 
 
Engineering work experience for the advertised grades, can be found in systems typical of power generation facilities or water resource facilities such as dams, canals, hydroelectric power plants, pumping plants, fish passage and protective facilities, and the operating characteristics of associated mechanical and electrical equipment. Other acceptable experience could include work in the thermal or nuclear power plants, manufacturing plants, municipal sewage treatment plants, mining, petrochemical plants, pulp and paper manufacturing plants, and other heavy industrial facilities. 

HOW YOU WILL BE EVALUATED:

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, 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 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, theories, principles, and practices of electrical engineering and practical knowledge of mechanical and civil engineering and other related scientific fields in order to develop creative solutions to complex problems.
2. Skill in communicating both orally and in writing.
3. Skill in analyzing, designing, changing, and/or modifying complex electrical and electronic systems relating to powerplants, dams, auxiliary equipment and facilities and skill in using automated, computer-aided design programs to perform such work.
4. Knowledge of the construction, operations, and maintenance of hydroelectric powerplants, dam operating equipment, and water conveyance structures.
5. Knowledge of industrial safety regulations and practices.
6. Skill in the use of testing procedures, equipment, and statistical data for analyzing, testing and troubleshooting electrical and electronic systems and equipment.
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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You can review our benefits at: http://www.opm.gov/insure

 
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.

OTHER INFORMATION:

--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.
--Telework:  Reclamation has determined that the duties of this position are suitable for telework and the incumbent may be allowed to telework with supervisor approval.
--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: http://www.sss.gov.
--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.

HOW TO APPLY:

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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: 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.  In addition, you may E-mail your supporting documentation to hlacson@usbr.gov, 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.

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:
--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:  www.opm.gov/veterans/html/vetguide.asp.
--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: http://www.opm.gov/ctap/index.asp.

AGENCY CONTACT INFO:

Lyn Lacson
Phone: 801-524-3631
Fax: 801-524-3187
TDD: 1-888-735-5906
Email: hlacson@usbr.gov
Agency Information:
BUREAU OF RECLAMATION
125 S. State St., Room 6107
Attn: UC-552
Salt Lake City, UT
84138-1147
US
Fax: 801-524-3187

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 their USAJOBS profile.

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Job Announcement Number:

BR-UC-2013-17 (DE-car)

Control Number:

358013100