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Job Title:Electrician (Journeyman)

Department:Department Of Energy

Agency:Western Area Power Administration

Job Announcement Number:WAPA-14-DE-186

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

The contents of the announcement can still be viewed.


$39.19 to $40.82 / Per Hour


Wednesday, February 26, 2014 to Monday, March 10, 2014




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


1 vacancy in the following location:
Fort Peck, MT View Map


All U.S. Citizens  

This position is also advertised to status candidates as a Merit Promotion vacancy # WAPA-14-MP-186.


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About the Agency

(See Frequently Asked Questions for more information).

Where would I be working? Western Area Power Administration, Upper Great Plains Region, Montana Maintenance Office, Substation Maintenance (B5110) Fort Peck, Montana. 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).


  • 25% or Greater
  • Overnight travel of 11 or more days per month is required.


  • No


  • You must be a United States Citizen
  • This employer participates in the e-Verify program
  • See "Other Information" section regarding Selective Service requirements


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Install, construct, commission, maintain, troubleshoot, and repair equipment in high voltage switchyards, substations, communication facilities and power operations centers. This includes:--Power, distribution, grounding, phase shifting, and instrument transformers; oil, air, vacuum and gas circuit breakers; reclosers; circuit switchers; step voltage regulators; reactor and capacitor banks, motor and manually operated disconnecting switches; air compressors; uninterruptible power supply (UPS) equipment, alternate power systems, stand-by generators, transfer switches; batteries and battery chargers; motors; contactors and motor control switchgear; relays, indicating and recording instruments, condition monitoring devices, control switches, and related equipment; lighting and miscellaneous power distribution equipment; wire and cable raceway systems, and station groundings.--Substation station service systems, station grounding systems, a.c. and d.c. distribution and control system wiring, terminate, splice, direct bury high voltage cable up to 34.5 kV. Install and wire equipment on switchboards, control panels, relay panels, and in all types of electrical enclosures. Work from schematic and wiring diagrams, control board physical layouts, manufacturer's instructions, oral and written instructions. Mark up wiring diagrams and schematics when field changes are made. Safely operate vehicles up to 10,000 pounds Gross Vehicle Weight (GVWR) and vehicles of larger GVWR rating as required by specific job location. Heavy equipment associated with substation maintenance which may include utility trucks, skid steers, trenchers, tractor trailer combinations, back hoes, aerial man lifts, loaders, diggers, cranes, snow vehicles and snow plows normally used in construction and maintenance activities of transmission line, substation and communication facilities. Use various types of test equipment including power factor testing equipment (such as Doble), amp meter, voltmeters, wattmeter, multi-meter, megger, low resistance measurement devices, time travel motion analyzers, transformer turns ratio tester, transformer sweep frequency analyzer, transformer resistance tester, thermographic cameras, instrument transformer tester, battery test equipment, and insulating oil testing equipment. Perform switching in high voltage substations and switchyards. May receive clearances and hotline orders. Operate and maintain oil processing equipment such as oil filtration pumps, auxiliary oil heating units, oil degasification units, cryogenic or refrigerated moisture traps, etc. Operate and maintain Sulphur Hexaflouride (SF6) processing equipment such as carts and pumps, molecular sieves, cryogenic and non-cryogenic gas reclamation units. Operate computers and computer-based testing systems along with specialized software and firmware necessary for analyzing and maintaining sub-station equipment. Analyze, complete, and maintain both written and computer generated maintenance base line, periodic, and historical test data records for equipment tested during commissioning and maintenance of substation equipment. Recognize safety hazards and unsafe conditions, and initiate action to alleviate or eliminate hazards. Participate in job planning and jobsite tailboard discussions. Climb substation equipment and structures. What are the working conditions? Be able to wear protective apparel (such as respirators, steel-toed footwear) when required for worker safety. Work is both inside and out of doors with exposure to hazardous materials and the possibility of electric shock, falls, bruises, cuts, burns, strains, and inclement weather. May be required to fly to work sites by either fixed wing aircraft or helicopter. Work may require considerable travel requiring temporary lodging away from the duty station.


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You must have journeyman-level ability in the duties of a Electrician.
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.
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 journeyman electrician work in high voltage power systems (69 kV and higher) without greater than normal supervision (Screen out)Ability to work with high voltage electrical equipment (69 kV and higher)

2. Knowledge of electrical theory and instruments used in high voltage electrical practices and ability to do electrical power system troubleshooting

3. Ability to use electrical drawings

4. Ability to work safely

For this position, education cannot be substituted for experience.



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.


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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.
More than one selection may be made from this vacancy announcement.
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.
This position may require overnight travel of 11 days per month.
If selected for this position, you must live no more than 60 minutes away from the duty station in case of call-out.
This position is subject to overtime work.
You must have a valid driver's license.  You must also have, or be able to get within 60 days of your appointment, a Class A Commercial Driver's License to operate vehicles of more than 26,000 pounds GVWR (at your own expense).  You may also need a tanker and/or hazardous material endorsement.  
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.

The U.S. Department of Energy fosters a diverse and inclusive workplace and is an Equal Opportunity Employer.


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To be considered for this position, you must submit a complete online application no later than 11:59 pm (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 résumés 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 résumé 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.
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 Résumé Builder help, please visit the USAJOBS Resource Center or e-mail
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.


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). 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.


Katherine Iavicoli
Phone: 720-962-7106
Fax: 000-000-0000
TDD: 877-269-9877
Agency Information:
Western Area Power Administration
12155 West Alameda Parkway
Lakewood, CO
Fax: 000-000-0000


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