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Electrical Engineer

Company: Department Of Energy
Location: Vancouver
Posted on: May 3, 2021

Job Description:

Overview Accepting applications Open & closing dates Opening and closing dates04/15/2021 to 04/24/2021 Service Competitive Pay scale & grade GS 11 - 12 Salary $87,359 to $122,259 per year Appointment type Permanent Work schedule Full-time DutiesSummaryThis position is located in Operations Planning (TOOP) organization of Operations Support (TOO), Transmission System Operations (TO), Transmission Services (T).A successful candidate in this position will serve as an electrical engineer performing a wide range of professional engineering studies and assignments.ResponsibilitiesAs an Electrical Engineer, at the full performance level, you will:Plan and coordinate feasibility studies for extensive modifications of major segments or component equipment of high-voltage transmission networks to find means of improving performance, increasing capacity, correcting unsatisfactory conditions, or reducing number of stations.Provide products, studies, and specialized technical support and analyses directed toward the real time dispatch of the transmission system, outage coordinate and operations information necessary for other Bonneville functions to carry out their duties.Evaluate manufacturers' specifications and drawings for novel and somewhat controversial devices or components proposed for addition to or removal from an acceptable or standard parts list. The items involved are first articles or major innovations which will advance the technology.Develop the instructions and specifications for the repair, modification, maintenance, and testing of new types of systems with many component pieces of dependently perform atypical or highly difficult professional engineering studies and assignments; e.g., unusual problems that arise during the rework of major systems for which the employee has technical responsibility.Perform preliminary engineering analyses on large and complicated projects, incorporating knowledge of research and development activities and technological advances.Travel RequiredOccasional travel - Occasional travel may be required. Supervisory status No Promotion Potential 12RequirementsConditions of EmploymentYou must be a United States Citizen.This employer participates in the e-Verify program.Males must abide by Selective Service registration requirements.This announcement is also being advertised under Merit Promotion as announcement DOE-BPA-21-14479-MP. If you are a status candidate or intend to apply under a Special Hiring Authority (e.g. Schedule A, VEOA, etc.), please apply under the Merit Promotion announcement as well.Hiring incentives may be authorized for a highly qualified candidate based on budget availability and in accordance with federal regulationsOne selection will be made for either Vancouver or Spokane. See Salary rate tables listed below.OTHERREQUIREMENTS:When you apply you will be asked a series of questions to determine your eligibility for employment and your qualification for this position specifically. You must answer all of these questions completely and truthfully.A preliminary background check must be completed before a new employee can begin work. Current Federal employees or other individuals with an existing completed background investigation may not be required to undergo another background check.After employment, this position may be subject to periodic physical examinations, as prescribed by competent medical authority and at BPA expense, if exposed to health hazards.This position may be subject to FERC SOC non-discrimination rules and restrictions prohibiting disclosure of certain information to Power Merchant Function employees. Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) Standards of Conduct (SOC): The incumbent may be required to have a working knowledge of the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) Standards of Conduct (SOC) to ensure fair competition in the open access transmission market though compliance with its basic principles. The FERC SOC basic principles require BPA's Transmission Function employees and its affiliated Power Merchant Function employees to function independently and abide by non-discriminatory information access and prohibited disclosure regulations for transmission-related information that is not equally available to all customers. In addition, the incumbent may be required to complete BPA's mandatory SOC training.Special Salary rate - Vancouver:The salary is based on a Special Rate Table, Number 0754:Special Salary rate - Spokane: The salary is based on a Special Rate Table, Number 0755:QualificationsBASICREQUIREMENTS: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."OR"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:Professional Registration or Licensure -- Current registration as an Engineer Intern (EI), Engineer in Training (EIT), or licensure as a Professional Engineer (PE) by any State, the District of Columbia, Guam, or Puerto Rico. "OR"Written Test -- Evidence of having successfully passed the Fundamentals of Engineering (FE) 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."OR"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."OR"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. (The above examples of related curricula are not all-inclusive.)SPECIALIZED EXPERIENCEREQUIREMENTSIn addition to the BasicRequirements, a qualified candidate's application and resume must demonstrate at least one year of specialized experience.GS-11: You must have one year of specialized experience equivalent to the next lower grade (GS-09).Specialized experience is defined as:Experience Independently performing routine engineering studies, analyses, and tests to solve problems related to the operation, maintenance or construction of a transmission or distribution power system.You may substitute education for specialized experience as follows:Three years of progressively higher level graduate education leading to a Ph.D. degree, or Ph.D., or equivalent doctoral degree; your education must demonstrate the knowledge, skills, and abilities necessary to do the work. "OR"Combination of education and experience as described above. Less than one year of specialized experience may be combined with graduate education in excess of the amount required for the next lower grade (i.e., credit hours beyond the first two years of full-time study may be credited). One academic year of graduate education is considered to be the number of credits hours the school has determined to represent one year of full-time study. If the school's definition of one year of graduate study is not available, 18 semester hours (or 27 quarter hours) is used. When crediting education that requires specific course work the number of hours of related courses required, as a proportion of the total education, is prorated. GS-12: You must have one year of specialized experience equivalent to the next lower grade (GS-11).Specialized experience is defined as:Experience independently performing engineering studies and analyses to solve unique problems associated with the real"time operation of a regional transmission or distribution power system.There is no substitution of education at the GS-12 level.Your application and resume should demonstrate that you possess the following knowledge, skills, abilities and competencies (KSACs). You do not need to provide a separate written statement. Instead, you must describe in your application how your past work experience demonstrates that you possess the KSACs below. Cite specific examples in your resume and describe how this experience has prepared you to successfully perform the duties of this position. See the Evaluations Section for definition of KSACs. Electrical Engineering - Knowledge of the concepts, principles, theories, and methods related to the design, analysis, test, and integration of electrical systems; energy conversion; electrical power generation; and energy transmission, control, distribution or use.Modeling and Simulation - Knowledge of the tools and techniques used to develop functional, physical, or prototype models and simulations for test and evaluation programs, the prediction of behavior and phenomena, and to visually communicate concepts.Oral Communication - Expresses information (for example, ideas or facts) to individuals or groups effectively, taking into account the audience and nature of the information (for example, technical, sensitive, controversial); makes clear and convincing oral presentations; listens to others, attends to nonverbal cues, and responds appropriately.Reasoning - Identifies rules, principles, or relationships that explain facts, data, or other information; analyzes information and makes correct inferences or draws accurate conclusions.Written Communication - Writes in a clear, concise, organized, and convincing manner for the intended audience."Experience" refers to paid and unpaid experience. Examples of qualifying unpaid experience may include: volunteer work done through National Service programs (such as Peace Corps and AmeriCorps); as well as work for other community-based philanthropic and social organizations. Volunteer work helps build critical competencies, knowledge, and skills; and can provide valuable experience that translates directly to paid employment. You will receive credit for all qualifying experience, including volunteer experience.You must meet all qualifications and eligibility requirements by the closing date of this announcement.EducationEDUCATION:This vacancy has a positive education requirement. In order to be rated as qualified, you must provide your college transcripts. Failure to provide your college transcripts MAY result in a rating of "Ineligible".Education must be obtained from an accredited institution recognized by the U.S. Department of Education. Foreign education must be reviewed by an organization recognized by the U.S. Department of Education. For special instructions pertaining to foreign education and a list of organizations that can evaluate foreign education, see the Department of Education website.To substitute education for experience for GS-11: (1) divide the total months of qualifying specialized experience by 12; then (2) divide any graduate education in excess of the first two full years by the total number of credit hours required by the school (for one academic year of full-time study) or by 18; and (3) add the two percentages together. The total percentage must equal at least 100 percent to qualify. For example, 6 months of specialized experience meets 50% of the experience requirement (6 12); 9 semester hours of graduate level education in excess of the first two years of full-time study meets 50% of the education requirement (9 18); when combined the percentages total 100%.Additional informationThe U.S. Department of Energy fosters a diverse and inclusive workplace and is an Equal Opportunity Employer.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 theQualificationssection.More than one selection may be made from this vacancy announcement.Some positions may require completion of a probationary period of up to 1 (one) year.Many positions require successful completion of a background investigation.All males born after December 31st 1959 must abide by laws regarding Selective Service registration. To learn more about this law, visit the Selective Service web page, Who Must Register. If you are not registered and don't have an approved exemption, you will not be eligible for employment with the Federal government.EEO Policy:Reasonable Accommodation Policy: Veterans Information: Telework: Selective Service Registration: BPA strives to ensure a safe, positive, inclusive work environment, supported by leadership behaviors to drive management excellence.For more information on the Leadership Behaviors visit:We also understand the importance of work/life balance and offer a variety of programs and policies designed to create more flexible, responsive work environments supportive of commitments to community, home and family members. BPA also supports employees' overall wellness through its Be Well program, which helps employees adopt healthier lifestyles and feel better about their work/life balance. The program supports five key areas of life: career, community, financial, physical and social. How You Will Be EvaluatedYou will be evaluated for this job based on how well you meet the qualifications above.The Department of Energy uses an application tracking system to evaluate the responses you provide in the applicant assessment questionnaire to place you into an initial quality category via OPM's Category Rating procedures. These categories are "Best Qualified", "Well Qualified", and "Qualified. Then, the HR Office and/or Subject Matter Expert (SME) will conduct a quality review of your application and supporting documentation to ensure you have been placed into the appropriate quality category. Your application is rated based on the extent and quality of your experience, education (when applicable), and training as described in your resume and applicant assessment. Your credentials are measured against the established duties of the position at the grade level(s) being advertised. If you are eligible for career transition assistance plans such as ICTAP or CTAP, you must meet the definition of "well qualified" which is defined as scoring in the Well Qualified category (or higher). If you are a Veteran Preference eligible candidate, you will be listed at the top of whichever quality category your rating places you in. CP/CPS veterans are placed at the top of the highest category for all positions except professional and scientific positions at GS-9 and higher.If your resume is incomplete or does not support the responses you provided in your online questionnaire, or if you fail to submit all required documentation before the vacancy closes, you may be rated 'ineligible', 'not qualified', or your score may be adjusted accordinglyTo preview questions please click here.Background checks and security clearanceSecurity clearance Not Required Drug test required No Position sensitivity and riskNon-sensitive (NS)/Low RiskTrust determination processCredentialing, Suitability/FitnessThis job is open to The public U.S. citizens, nationals or those who owe allegiance to the U.S.SDL2017

Keywords: Department Of Energy, Vancouver , Electrical Engineer, Other , Vancouver, Washington

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