This is an interdisciplinary position. Position may be filled by: Electric Engineer, GS-0850, Electronics Engineer, GS-0855
LOCATION: Lower Colorado Region, Lower Colorado Dams Office, Facilities Services Division, Engineering Office, Electrical/SCADA Group located at Hoover Dam in Clark County NV.
Additional vacancies may be filled from this vacancy announcement.
Relocation expenses will not be paid.Learn more about this agency
Defines and executes engineering plans and procedures for testing, monitoring, adjusting, and maintaining plant equipment. Examples include: exciters, governors, unit monitoring devices, vibration equipment, flowmeters and similar equipment.
Programs and modifies design of monitoring and control logic of various Programmable Logic Controller (PLC) Systems.
Prepares installation drawings and plans for new equipment and drawings and plans for modifications to existing equipment.
Perform detailed calculations to establish standards, specifications, and monitor assigned process equipment operational health.
Writes technical engineering direction and provides training describing the design and proper function of plant process systems to ensure that operations, engineering, maintenance, and information systems (IT) personnel have information available for maintaining, repairing, testing, and improving systems.
Writes technical specifications. Improves written specifications with engineering review and input from operations, maintenance, and design personnel.
Develops and provides technical training for operations and maintenance personnel to ensure proper and uniform application of written engineering direction and procedures.
Occasional travel - Travel between site locations and to attend meetings and/or training
Conditions of Employment
- You must be a United States citizen or National.
- Suitable for Federal employment, determined by a background investigation
- Submit transcript(s) to verify education requirements
- For veterans consideration, submit document(s) under Other Information
- Resumes must include dates of employment, specifically year, months & hours
- You must meet education and/or specialized experience (See Qualifications).
You must meet all qualification requirements, including time-in-grade restrictions and any selective factors, by the closing date of this announcement.
Time-In-Grade: Current career or career-conditional employees of the Federal government, or former career or career-conditional employees, who have a break in service of less than one year, are required to meet the time-in-grade restriction of one year of Federal experience at the next lower grade, with few exceptions as outlined in 5 CFR 300.603(b).
Note: Time in Grade must be met before an application is reviewed for qualifications. There is no education substitution for Time in Grade requirements.
MINIMUM QUALIFICATION REQUIREMENTS: Applicants must first meet the Basic Education Qualification Requirements listed below:
A. Degree: Engineering. To be acceptable, the program must: (1) lead to a bachelor’s degree in a school of engineering with at least one program accredited by ABET; 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.
B. 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 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:
1. Professional registration or licensure -- Current registration as an Engineer Intern (EI), Engineer in Training (EIT)1, or licensure as a Professional Engineer (PE) 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.
2. Written Test -- Evidence of having successfully passed the Fundamentals of Engineering (FE)2 examination or any other written test required for professional registration by an engineering licensure board in the various States, the District of Columbia, Guam, and Puerto Rico.
3. Specified academic courses -- Successful completion of at least 60 semester hours of courses in the physical, mathematical, and engineering sciences and that included the courses specified in the basic requirements under paragraph A. The courses must be fully acceptable toward meeting the requirements of an engineering program as described in paragraph A.
4. Related curriculum -- Successful completion of a curriculum leading to a bachelor's degree in an appropriate scientific field, e.g., engineering technology, physics, chemistry, architecture, computer science, mathematics, hydrology, or geology, may be accepted in lieu of a bachelor’s degree in engineering, provided the applicant has had at least 1 year of professional engineering experience acquired under professional engineering supervision and guidance. Ordinarily there should be either an established plan of intensive training to develop professional engineering competence, or several years of prior professional engineering-type experience, e.g., in interdisciplinary positions.
ADDITIONAL REQUIREMENT: In addition to meeting the Basic Education Qualification Requirements, applicants must meet qualification requirement below: To qualify for the GS-07 level, you must submit transcripts that reflect directly related graduate-level education or superior academic achievement -OR- your resume must reflect one year of full time experience testing, engineering studies, design, repair or modification of electrical/electronic equipment or systems. Your resume Must reflect one year of full time experience working with at least one of the following: control circuits, relay and protection circuits, electrical generation and motor equipment, PLC and computerized control equipment, communication equipment, meters, sensors, governors, transformers, OR auxiliary equipment -OR- a combination of education and experience. To qualify at the GS-09 level, you must submit transcripts that reflect 2 full years of directly related, progressively higher level graduate education leading to a master's degree or master's or equivalent graduate degree -OR- your resume must reflect one year of full time experience designing, repairing, testing, or modifying electrical/electronic equipment or systems of an industrial work facility. Your resume must reflect working with at least two of the following: control circuits, relay and protection circuits, electrical generation and motor equipment, PLC and computerized control equipment, communication equipment, meters, sensors, governors, transformers, and auxiliary equipment -OR- a combination of education and experience. To qualify at the GS-11 level, you must submit transcripts that reflect completion of 3 full years of directly related, progressively higher level graduate education leading to a Ph.D. degree or Ph.D. or equivalent doctoral degree -OR- your resume Must reflect one year of full time experience modifying electrical/electronic equipment or systems typical of a power-generation work facility. Your resume Must reflect one year of full time experience working with at least three of the following: control circuits, relay and protection circuits, electrical generation and motor equipment, PLC and computerized control equipment, communication equipment, meters, sensors, governors, transformers, and auxiliary equipment -OR- a combination of education and experience. To qualify at the GS-12 level, your resume must reflect one year of full time experience performing design, repair, testing, and modification of electrical/electronic equipment or systems typical of a hydropower-generation work facility. Your resume MUST reflect at least one year of full time experience working with at least three of the following: control circuits, relay and protection circuits, electrical generation and motor equipment, PLC and computerized control equipment, communication equipment, meters, sensors, governors, transformers, and auxiliary equipment.
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. For further information visit: http://www.ed.gov/about/offices/list/ous/international/usnei/us/edlite-visitus-forrecog.html
If you have foreign education and do not submit this evaluation, your application will be marked as incomplete.
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.
Probationary Period: Placement in this position requires you to complete a one-year probationary period.
Promotion Potential: If you are selected at the lower grades, promotions may be made at a later date without further competition. However, identification of promotion potential in this announcement does not constitute a commitment or an obligation on the part of management to promote you at some future date. Such promotions will depend upon administrative approval, the continuing need for an actual assignment and the demonstrated performance of higher level duties. Full performance level is GS-12.
Background Investigation/Security Clearance: If selected, you will be subject to a background investigation as a condition of placement/retention in this position. A background investigation will be required for all new hires AND current employees who are not currently covered by a satisfactorily adjudicated Federal background investigation commensurate with the sensitivity designation of this position.
Telework: Reclamation has determined that the duties of this position are suitable for telework and the selectee may be allowed to telework with supervisory approval. Full time telework is not available.
Optional Form 306 (OF-306):Before final selection, you will be required to sign and certify the accuracy of the information in your application. If you make a false statement in any part of your application, you may not be hired; you may be fired after you begin work; or you may be subject to fine, imprisonment, or other disciplinary action.
E-Verify: DOI uses E-Verify to confirm the employment eligibility of all newly hired employees. To learn more about E-Verify, including your rights and responsibilities, please visit www.dhs.gov/E-Verify.
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 factor.
How You Will Be Evaluated
You will be evaluated for this job based on how well you meet the qualifications above.
Human Resources (HR) will review resumes, supporting documents and transcript(s) if applicable, to ensure applicants meet the basic qualification requirements. We will evaluate each applicant who meets the basic qualifications on the information provided in the assessment questionnaire. The assessment questionnaire will take approximately 35 minutes to complete. Applicants determined best qualified will be referred to the selecting official.
You will be further evaluated on the following “Knowledge, Skills and Abilities (KSAs)” through the resume and responses to the online questions:
Ability to develop and implement ladder logic programs utilizing PLCs for the control of power plant systems such as generator control systems, water treatment systems, wastewater treatment systems, sump pump systems, security gate systems, traffic light systems, digital governors, and other PLC-controlled plant systems.
Professional knowledge of electrical/electronics engineering principles and practices to the full range of engineering duties involved in the maintenance, operation, design, and layout of electrical systems and equipment at large industrial facilities such as the hydroelectric facilities.
Ability to apply engineering and business economics to analyze and draw conclusions regarding assigned system options (including items such as material cost and life-cycle cost and benefits). Assigned system modifications, replacements, and modernizations are within the scope of this analysis. Familiarity with at least one related engineering field, such as mechanical or structural.
Knowledge of evaluating designs, integrating designs, implementing designs, de-bugging systems during commissioning, and maintaining existing systems; to develop and provide technical training for operations and maintenance personnel.
Be sure that your resume clearly supports your responses to the online assessment 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, you will be rated ineligible. You must be clear when describing your experience, we may not make assumptions in determining qualifications. If your resume does not clearly reflect all of the above experience, your application will be marked as ineligible.
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Background checks and security clearance
Drug test required
To be considered for this position, applicants are required to submit a resume that includes dates of employment, specifically years, months, and hours worked per week for each period of employment; an on-line assessment questionnaire; and the following supporting documents, as appropriate:
Resume: For qualifications determinations, your resume MUST contain hours worked per week and the dates of employment identified in months and years. If your resume does not contain this information, your application will be marked as incomplete and you will not receive consideration for this position.
Transcript(s): All applicants MUST furnish a copy of your college transcript(s). If selected, you will be required to provide official college transcripts to verify your educational qualifications prior to reporting for work.
SF 50, Notification of Personnel Action: If you are applying as a career or career-conditional status federal employee as outlined in the “Who May Apply” section of this announcement, you are REQUIRED to submit a copy of your most recent, non-award SF-50 (Notification of Personnel Action), which documents your federal career or career-conditional status in the competitive service. The Human Resources Specialist needs this document to verify that you are eligible to be considered, and failure to submit this form will result in your application being marked as incomplete. If you are applying as a reinstatement eligible as outlined in the “Who May Apply” section of this announcement, you are REQUIRED to submit a copy of your SF-50, Notification of Personnel Action, documenting permanent competitive civil service status (block 24) Tenure coded 1 or 2 and (block 34) Position Occupied coded 1.
If applicable, please also submit an SF-50 supporting the highest grade level held on a permanent basis in the competitive service.
CTAP/ICTAP: 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.
VEOA: Applicants must submit a copy of the DD Form 214, Certificate of Release or Discharge from Active Duty, (Member 4 Copy).
30% or More Disabled Veterans: Applicants must submit 1) a copy of the DD Form 214, Certificate of Release or Discharge from Active Duty, (Member 4 Copy); 2) Standard Form (SF) 15, Application for 10-Point Veteran Preference; and 3) Documentation of Service-Connected Disability, dated 1991 or later from the Department of Veterans Affairs or from a branch of the Armed Forces.
For information on veteran's eligibility visit: http://www.opm.gov/veterans/html/vetguide.asp.
People with Disabilities (Schedule A): Applicants must submit Proof of Disability: This proof may be in the form of documentation obtained from licensed medical professionals, state or private vocational rehabilitation specialists, or any Government agency that issues or provides disability benefits. Your medical documentation should distinguish between disabilities that are temporary, or transient, versus disabilities, which are chronic, permanent, on-going, or unresolved with no end in sight.
Land Management Workforce Flexibility Act (LMWFA) Eligibles: If you are a current or former land management agency appointee – you must provide documentation to verify eligibility as follows: a) A copy of your SF-50, Notification of Personnel Action, that reflects having initially been hired under competitive examining procedures to a time limited (temporary/term) appointment; b) A copy of SF-50(s), Notification of Personnel Action(s), that reflect having served under one (1) or more time-limited (temporary/term) appointments by a land management agency for a period totaling more than 24 months without a break in service of two (2) or more years; and (c) A copy of your Performance Appraisal Plan and/or Supervisor Memorandum that reflects having performed at an acceptable level during each period of service.
If you are relying on your education to meet qualification requirements:
Education must be accredited by an accrediting institution recognized by the U.S. Department of Education in order for it to be credited towards qualifications. Therefore, provide only the attendance and/or degrees from schools accredited by accrediting institutions recognized by the U.S. Department of Education.
Failure to provide all of the required information as stated in this vacancy announcement may result in an ineligible rating or may affect the overall rating.
A career with the U.S. Government provides employees with a comprehensive benefits package. As a federal employee, you and your family will have access to a range of benefits that are designed to make your federal career very rewarding. Learn more about federal benefits.
Eligibility for benefits depends on the type of position you hold and whether your position is full-time, part-time, or intermittent. Contact the hiring agency for more information on the specific benefits offered.
How to Apply
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 top of the 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: https://www.usbr.gov/hr/apply.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.
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.
Agency contact information
AddressBUREAU OF RECLAMATION
P.O. Box 61470
Boulder City, Nevada 89006-1470
After application packages have been received, resumes and transcript(s) will be reviewed to ensure applicants meet the basic qualification requirements. Applicants who meet 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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Equal Employment Opportunity Policy
The United States Government does not discriminate in employment on the basis of race, color, religion, sex (including pregnancy and gender identity), national origin, political affiliation, sexual orientation, marital status, disability, genetic information, age, membership in an employee organization, retaliation, parental status, military service, or other non-merit factor.
Reasonable Accommodation Policy
Federal agencies must provide reasonable accommodation to applicants with disabilities where appropriate. Applicants requiring reasonable accommodation for any part of the application process should follow the instructions in the job opportunity announcement. For any part of the remaining hiring process, applicants should contact the hiring agency directly. Determinations on requests for reasonable accommodation will be made on a case-by-case basis.
A reasonable accommodation is any change to a job, the work environment, or the way things are usually done that enables an individual with a disability to apply for a job, perform job duties or receive equal access to job benefits.
Under the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, federal agencies must provide reasonable accommodations when:
- An applicant with a disability needs an accommodation to have an equal opportunity to apply for a job.
- An employee with a disability needs an accommodation to perform the essential job duties or to gain access to the workplace.
- An employee with a disability needs an accommodation to receive equal access to benefits, such as details, training, and office-sponsored events.
You can request a reasonable accommodation at any time during the application or hiring process or while on the job. Requests are considered on a case-by-case basis.
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This job originated on www.usajobs.gov. For the full announcement and to apply, visit www.usajobs.gov/GetJob/ViewDetails/550591200. Only resumes submitted according to the instructions on the job announcement listed at www.usajobs.gov will be considered.