Job Overview


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.
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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 serving as the tehnical expert for mechanical engineering and performing specialized mechanical and engineering work in connection with refurbishment of outdated facilities and obsolete equipment, operation and maintenance of equipment for powerplants, dams and auxiliary equipment and facilities.

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 - $57,408 (GS-11), and Year 4 - $68,809 (GS-12).

Promotion to the Full Performance Level: The career ladder promotion potential of this position is the GS-12 level. If/when it is determined that a promotion is warranted, it may be made without further competition. Promotion up to and including the GS-12 level is neither guaranteed nor automatic, but based on supervisor initiation.


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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:
-Performs engineering design work related to the modernization of the powerplants, dams, auxiliary equipment and facilities.
-Serve as technical expert in mechanical enginering.
-Serve as contracting officer's representative on local contracts.
-Use computer-aided drafting for new designs, modifications, and for drawing changes to reflect actual field conditions.
-Collaborate with other offices and groups to solve unusual or specific technical problems related to operations and maintenance.
-Maintain close surveillance over major mechanical systems and conducts special investigations for equine failures and malfunctions.
-Perform and oversee mechanical testing on powerplant equipment, including unit generator/turbine alignment and balancing.
-Develop and/or interpret/review standing operating procedures, work plans, safety regulations, job hazard analyses that apply to mechanical equipment.
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.

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.