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Job Title:Electrical Engineer

Department:Department Of The Interior

Agency:Bureau of Reclamation

Job Announcement Number:BR-PN-DE-GC-14-131

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

The contents of the announcement can still be viewed.


$36,021.00 to $54,911.00 / Per Year


Tuesday, April 08, 2014 to Tuesday, April 29, 2014




This is a FULL TIME position. - This is a PERMANENT position.




8 vacancies - Grand Coulee, WA View Map


All United States Citizens and Nationals.


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About the Agency

Position is being advertised concurrently under BR-PN-VA-GC-14-130 for current federal employees serving under a competitive service career or career-conditional appointment or reinstatement eligible. If you are interested in applying under both announcement numbers, you must submit application packages for each.

Reclamation is seeking a career professional looking for an opportunity to capitalize on your expertise as an Electrical Engineer. You can make a difference in the West by assisting in meeting increasing water demands working at the largest hydro-electric Powerplant in North America - Grand Coulee Dam.

These positions are for the Grand Coulee Power Office’s Engineer Training Program. The program provides development opportunities for newly hired engineers. The program provides new employees with a broad knowledge of Reclamation activities and resources, and lays the foundation for developing a versatile, efficient, and flexible engineering staff.

Participants will be employees of Grand Coulee Power Office and will participate in rotational deployment to various offices and functions at Grand Coulee, and will require extended travel and temporary duty assignments to the Regional Office in Boise, ID, the Technical Service Center in Denver, CO, and to other offices and facilities.
After the completion of the Engineer Training Program, employees wIll be assigned to positions as: 

- Powerhouse O&M Electrical Engineer
- Capital projects and planning group Electrical Engineer.
Here is a great opportunity to join a great organization with stellar growth potential! Great Benefits Package: paid vacation, sick days, holidays, health and life insurance and an excellent retirement package!
Promotion to the Full Performance Level: The career ladder promotion potential of this position is the GS-12 level. However, this position may be filled at a lower grade. If so, when and if it is determined that a subsequent promotion is warranted, it may be made without further competition. Promotion up to and including the GS-12 level is neither guaranteed nor automatic.
Location - Grand Coulee, WA .
Additional vacancies may be filled from this vacancy announcement.
Reclamation has determined that the duties of this position are suitable for telework and the selectee may be allowed to telework with supervisory approval. 



  • 25% or Greater
  • During the first two years, this position will complete rotational assignments of 2 weeks to as long as 3 months at various reclamation facilities as part of the Engineer Training Program.


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


  • You must be a U.S. Citizen or National to apply for Federal employment.
  • Suitable for Federal employment, determined by a background investigation.
  • You must submit a resume and supporting documentation. (See How to Apply)
  • You must provide transcripts to verify engineering degree (see quals)


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You will ultimately:

- Provide electrical engineering expertise on maintenance of electrical equipment and installation of new electrical equipment for the powerplants, switchyard, Dam and associated facilities.

- Prepare design modifications and specifications to modify, replace, or rehabilitate diverse and often complex systems, or components of such of such systems.


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Basic Qualifications: Degree: professional engineering. To be acceptable, the curriculum must: (1) be in a school of engineering with at least one 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 (more advanced than 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.
Combination of education and experience -- college-level education, training, and/or technical experience that furnished (1) a thorough knowledge of the physical and mathematical sciences underlying professional engineering, and (2) a good understanding, both theoretical and practical, of the 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: Professional registration -- Current registration as a professional engineer by any State, the District of Columbia, Guam, or Puerto Rico. Absent other means of qualifying under this standard, those applicants who achieved such registration by means other than written test (e.g., State grandfather or eminence provisions) are eligible only for positions that are within or closely related to the specialty field of their registration. For example, an applicant who attains registration through a State Board's eminence provision as a manufacturing engineer typically would be rated eligible only for manufacturing engineering positions.
Written Test-- Evidence of having successfully passed the Engineer-in-Training (EIT) examination, or the written test required for professional registration, which is administered by the Boards of Engineering Examiners in the various States, the District of Columbia, Guam, and Puerto Rico.Applicants who have passed the EIT examination and have completed all the requirements for either (a) a bachelor's degree in engineering technology (BET) from an accredited college of university that included 60 semester hours of courses in the physical, mathematical, and engineering sciences, or (b) a BET from a program accredited by the Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology (ABET) may be rated eligible for certain engineering positions at GS-5. Eligibility is limited to positions that are within or closely related to the specialty field of the engineering technology program. Applicants for positions that involve highly technical research, development, or similar functions requiring an advanced level of competence in basic science must meet the basic requirements in paragraph A. In addition to the basic qualifications, applicants must meet the following qualifications:
To qualify for the GS-5 level, you must have Successfully completed, or will complete by entrance on duty, a full 4-year course of study in an accredited college or university leading to a professional engineering degree OR a combination of education and experience as described above.
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-, your resume must demonstrate at least one full year of specialized experience equivalent to the next lower grade level (GS-05) in Federal service. Specialized experience is defined as: Experience that demonstrates a 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 professional manner while working closely with a supervising professional 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. 
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.

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. 

 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.

You must meet all qualification requirements and any selective factors, by the closing date of the announcement.


Category rating and selection procedures will be used to evaluate applications from this announcement. 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: A) Best Qualified, B) Well Qualified, and C) 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 60 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. 

  • Knowledge of electrical engineering concepts, principles sufficient to apply them to equipment and systems. 
  • Knowledge of preventative & break-down maintenance of electrical and electronic equipment as found in power or industrial facilities that could include rotating equipment such as generators, motors, motor/generators, transformers, switchgear, insulated cables, elevators, etc. and switchgear equipment, up to 500kv, and the associated auxiliary equipment including control, protection, & alarms.
  • Knowledge of electrical tests as they apply to evaluations of electrical equipment and electrical insulation materials.
  • Ability to read and interpret electrical, mechanical, and structural drawings or schematics.
  • Ability to communicate effectively both orally and in writing.
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. Applicants who exaggerate or falsify their experience and/or education may be removed from employment consideration.

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If you are initially appointed to a career-conditional position, you must serve a 1-year probationary period.

If you are a current permanent federal employee and are selected from this announcement, you may be required to serve a 1-year probationary period.

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.  Go to:

The Bureau of Reclamation is an Equal Opportunity Employer.  Selection for positions is made solely on the basis of merit, fitness and qualifications without regard to race, gender, age, color, religion, national origin, disability, marital status, sexual orientation, or any other non-merit factors.

The referral list from this public notice may be used to fill subsequent positions (similar title, series and grade, location, and KSA requirements) within 120 days of the date the referral list was issued.

Related non-federal experience or related experience as retired members of the uniformed services may be credited towards computing entitlement to leave accrual, at managerial discretion, providing that experience meets certain criteria. This provision allows new employees to earn annual leave at a higher rate than would otherwise be allowed. (5 Code of Federal Regulations, 630).

Applicants to this job announcement will be scored and placed onto a register, from which selections will be made as the workforce demands. Both permanent and temporary positions are filled from this register as well as full-time, part-time and intermittent work schedules.

Recruitment incentives may be offered.


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Applications (resume and assessment questionnaire) for this vacancy MUST be received online BEFORE midnight Eastern Time (Washington, DC time) on the closing date of this announcement. When you're ready to apply, click the blue APPLY ONLINE button on the right 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: . 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
-- E-mail to
-- Fax directly to the HR Office at (208) 378-5023
-- Mail to the Bureau of Reclamation, ATTN: PN-1445, 1150 North Curtis Road, Suite 100, Boise, Idaho 83706-1234
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-- Hand deliver to the Bureau of Reclamation, Human Resources - Room 109, 1150 North Curtis Road, Boise, Idaho. Include your name and the vacancy number on the supporting documents.

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.


Certificate of Release from Active Duty: DD-214  If you are entitled to 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. If you have a compensable service connected disability, submit a Standard Form (SF) 15, Application for 10-Point Veteran Preference, and the required documentation requested by this form, in addition to the DD-214.
For information on veteran's eligibility visit:
CTAP/ICTAP: 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 85 on the assessment questionnaire as established, and be able to perform the duties of the position upon entry.  For information on CTAP/ICTAP,
Declaration of Federal Employment, OF-306: If selected you will be required to complete an (OF-306),  prior to being appointed to determine your suitability for federal employment and to authorize a background investigation. Failure to answer all questions truthfully and completely or providing false statements on the application may be grounds for not hiring you or for dismissing you after you begin work, and may be punishable by fine or imprisonment (U.S. Code, Title 18, section 1001).
Transcripts:  Applicants MUST furnish a copy of your college transcripts.  If selected, you will be required to provide official college transcripts to verify your educational qualifications prior to reporting for work.


Teresa Carlton
Phone: 208-378-6544
Fax: 208-378-5023
Agency Information:
1150 N. Curtis Road, Suite 100
Attn: PN-1438
Boise, ID
Fax: 208-378-5023


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 the USAJOBS profile.
If you are determined to be in the Best Qualified group, you may be required to submit written, essay-style responses to additional assessment questions as a continuation of the evaluation process. Failure to respond to the additional assessment questions will result in loss of further consideration for this position.

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