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Job Title:  Electrical Engineer (Hydropower)
Department:  Department of the Army
Agency:  U.S. Army Corps of Engineers
Job Announcement Number:  WTHF140222291109699D

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

The contents of the announcement can still be viewed.
$57,982.00 to $90,344.00 / Per Year
Monday, May 12, 2014 to Thursday, May 22, 2014
Full Time - Permanent
1 vacancy in the following location:
Libby, MT View Map
United States Citizens
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Civilian employees serve a vital role in supporting the Army mission. They provide the skills that are not readily available in the military, but crucial to support military operations. The Army integrates the talents and skills of its military and civilian members to form a Total Army.

About the Position:
Libby Dam employs approximately 38 full-time and 17 part-time employees.  Libby Dam project has one of the highest performing workforces of any Corps field office.  These dedicated employees manage, operate and maintain the dam, powerhouse, recreation areas, and Visitor Center. They also manage the water resources of Lake Koocanusa, a geographic area that receives over 300,000 visitors a year.  Libby Dam is a multipurpose project responsible for hydropower generation, flood control, recreation, fish protection, and wildlife management. Libby is not only a large hydro producer, but is a large flood control project.

Other Advantages:

10 hour work schedules and Alternative work schedules available, government voucher funded Van Pool, and the opportunity to live in scenic Northwest Montana.  Recreational activities abound-- including hiking, camping, fishing, hunting, skiing, snowmobiling, biking, etc.

Who May Apply: U.S. Citizens


  • Occasional Travel
  • Temporary Duty Travel (TDY) is approximately 15%


  • Yes
  • Permanent Change of Station (PCS) expenses are authorized. The DNRP is NOT authorized.


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    If selected at the GS-11 level, you will perform the following duties with more supervision and less independence.

    You will:

    • Provide technical assistance and guidance for operations and maintenance of electrical and electronic equipment at a Hydro-power Plant.
    • Troubleshoot major plant electrical/electronic systems.
    • Develop or modify existing plant electrical schematics, control, and wiring diagrams.
    • Make recommendations regarding repair and replacement of plant electrical/ electronic systems.
    • Prepare preventive maintenance plans for plant systems and equipment.
    • Develop test procedures, safety procedures and provide technical accuracy while adhering to National Electric Codes, National Electric Safety Code and USACE policies and procedures.
    • Function as a Project Manager for designs prepared by Engineering Division, the Hydroelectric Design Center (HDC) or by A-E contract.


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    In order to qualify, you must meet the education AND one of the experience requirements described below.  Your resume must clearly describe your relevant experience; if qualifying based on education, your transcripts will be required as part of your application.  Additional information about transcripts is in this document.

    Experience required: To qualify based on your work experience, your resume must describe at least one year of experience which prepared you to do the work of this job.  

    GS-11 - Specialized experience is defined as: experience with electrical designs relating to operations and maintenance of power generating systems for a power producing or industrial facility.  This definition of specialized experience is typical of work performed at the next lower grade/level position in the federal service (GS-09).

    GS-12 - Specialized experience is defined as: analyzing and evaluating electrical power capabilities in existing and proposed power systems and their related planning, design, maintenance or repair at a power producing facility.  This definition of specialized experience is typical of work performed at the next lower grade/level position in the federal service (GS-11).

    You will be evaluated on the basis of your level of competency (knowledge, skills, abilities) in the following areas:   

    • Ability to Provide Technical Assistance
    • Knowledge of Power Generation Systems
    • Ability to Review/Verify Plans and Procedures
    • Ability to Communicate

    Some federal jobs allow you to substitute your education for the required experience in order to qualify. For this position:

    At the GS-11 level you may qualify if you have 3 years of progressively higher level graduate education leading to a Ph.D. degree or Ph.D. or equivalent doctoral degree.


    Combinations of successfully completed education and specialized experience described above may be used to meet total qualification requirements at the GS-11 level.

    At the GS-12 level, you must meet the specialized experience requirement: no substitution of education for experience is permitted.


    You must meet the specific educational requirements for the occupational series below.  Transcripts are required at the time of application.

    GS-0850, Electrical Engineer

    Please refer to the assessment questionnaire for the entire list of education and combinations of education/experience requirements.  View Assessment Questions

    Foreign education must be evaluated for U.S. equivalency in order to be considered for this position. You must include this information with your application package.

    Only degrees from an accredited college or university recognized by the Department of Education are acceptable to meet positive education requirements or to substitute for experience.  For additional information, please go to the Office of Personnel Management (OPM) and U.S. Department of Education websites at and

    Other Requirements: Click here for expanded definitions.

    • Male applicants born after December 31, 1959 must complete a Pre-Employment Certification Statement for Selective Service Registration.
    • You will be required to provide proof of U.S. Citizenship.
    • One year trial/probationary period may be required.
    • Direct Deposit of Pay is Required.
    • Management may select at either of the grade levels announced.
    • Noncompetitive promotion potential to target grade
    • This is a Career Program 18 position.
    • Promotion to the target grade (GS-12) will be based on satisfactory performance and the completion of all training and qualification requirements.
    • Salary includes applicable locality pay.


    Your application package (resume, supporting documents, and responses to the questionnaire) will be used to determine your eligibility, qualifications, and quality ranking for this position. Please follow all instructions carefully. Errors or omissions may affect your rating or consideration for employment.

    Basis for Rating: Qualified candidates will be assigned to one of three quality categories: Best Qualified, Highly Qualified and Qualified. Veteran preference eligibles are listed ahead of non-preference eligibles within each quality category.

    • Best Qualified. Candidates in this category possess exceptional skills and experience to exceed well above the minimum requirements for the announced position.
    • Highly Qualified. Candidates in this category possess good skills and experience above the minimum requirements for the announced position.
    • Qualified. Candidates in this category meet the minimum experience requirements for the announced position.


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    The Department of Defense offers an excellent benefits program. In addition to your take-home pay, your comprehensive compensation/benefits package will include most of the benefits described in the USAJOBS Resource Center.



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    To apply for this position, you must complete the online questionnaire and submit the documentation specified in the Required Documents section below.

    The complete application package must be submitted by 11:59 PM (EST) on
    Thursday, May 22, 2014 to receive consideration.

    • To begin, click Apply Online to create a USAJOBS account or log in to your existing account. Follow the prompts to select your USAJOBS resume and/or other supporting documents and complete the occupational questionnaire.
    • Click the Submit My Answers button to submit your application package.
    • It is your responsibility to ensure your responses and appropriate documentation is submitted prior to the closing date.
    • To verify your application is complete, log into your USAJOBS account, select the Application Status link and then select the more information link for this position. The Details page will display the status of your application, the documentation received and processed, and any correspondence the agency has sent related to this application. Your uploaded documents may take several hours to clear the virus scan process.
    • To return to an incomplete application, log into your USAJOBS account and click Update Application in the vacancy announcement. You must re-select your resume and/or other documents from your USAJOBS account or your application will be incomplete.
    • It is your responsibility to verify that information entered, uploaded, or faxed (i.e., resume) is complete, accurate, and submitted by the closing date.  Uploaded documents may take up to one hour to clear the virus scan.  Faxed documents must be completely transmitted by 11:59p.m. Eastern Standard Time on the closing date of the announcement.

    The Department of the Army provides reasonable accommodations to applicants with disabilities. If you need a reasonable accommodation for any part of the application and hiring process, please notify the servicing civilian personnel unit. Your requests for reasonable accommodation will be addressed on a case-by-case basis.


    The documents you are required to submit vary based on whether or not you are eligible for preference in federal employment.  A complete description of preference categories and the associated required documents is in the Applicant Checklist (External).

    As described above, your complete application includes your resume, your responses to the online questionnaire, and documents which prove your eligibility to apply.  If you fail to provide these documents, you will be marked as having an incomplete application package and you will not be considered any further.

    Your resume:

    • Your resume may be submitted in any format.
    • If you submit more than one copy of your resume, only the most recent version will be reviewed. The latest timestamp will be used to determine which version of your resume is "most recent." It is your responsibility to check the status and timestamp of all documents you submit as part of your application.
    • If your resume includes a photograph or other inappropriate material or content, it will not be used to make eligibility and qualification determinations and you may not be considered for this vacancy.
    • For qualifications determinations your resume must contain hours worked per week and the dates of employment (i.e., HRS per week and month/year to month/year or month/year to present). If your resume does not contain this information, your application will be marked as incomplete and you will not receive consideration for this position.

    If you are relying on your education to meet qualification requirements: You MUST submit a copy of your transcript if you want to substitute your education for experience. If you claim qualifications based on education, and do not submit a transcript, your education will not be used in making a qualification determination and you may be found "not qualified."  See: Transcripts and Licenses

    If you are unable to apply online or unable to upload your supporting documents follow the directions located at: Faxing Applications and Documents The Vacancy ID is 1109699. You will need the questionnaire, View Occupational Questionnaire, to complete your faxed application

    NOTE: Documents submitted as part of the application package, to include supplemental documents, may be shared beyond the Human Resources Office. Some supplemental documents such as military orders and marriage certificates may contain personal information for someone other than you. You may sanitize these documents to remove another person's personal information before you submit your application. You may be asked to provide an un-sanitized version of the documents if you are selected to confirm your eligibility.


    Central Resume Processing Center
    Phone: (410)306-0137
    Agency Information:
    DA WER USACE Seattle District


    If you provided an email address, you will receive an email message acknowledging receipt of your application.  Your application package will be used to determine your eligibility, qualifications, and quality ranking for this position. 

    If you are determined to be ineligible or not qualified, your application will receive no further consideration.

    The documents you submit must support your responses to the online questionnaire.  If your application contradicts or does not support your questionnaire responses, you will receive a rating of "not qualified" or "incomplete application" and you will not receive further consideration for this job.

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