Interdisciplinary Electrical or Electronic Engineer
Department Of Energy - Lakewood, CO

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Western Area Power Administration - Serving the West with Federal Hydropower. We offer career opportunities in a fast-paced, dynamic electric utility industry. We market federally produced hydropower from more than 50 powerplants across the central and western United States and operate and maintain over 17,000 miles of high-voltage transmission lines. The Western Area Power Administration is one of four power marketing administrations within the Department of Energy .

This position is advertised under WAPA-13-MP-135 and WAPA-13-DE-135. If you are a current federal employee, eligible for reinstatement, or eligible under a special appointing authority, you may apply under either announcement or both. If you do not meet these conditions, you must apply under WAPA-13-DE-135. (See Frequently Asked Questions for more information).

Where would I be working?

Western Area Power Administration, Corporate Services Office, , Chief Operating Office, Engineering and Design (A7900)12155 W. Alameda Parkway, Lakewood, CO 80228.

Relocation expenses may be paid, at the discretion of the agency, according to Federal Travel Regulation policy and/or budget.

More than one selection may be made from this vacancy announcement.


You must be a U.S. citizen.

Generally, male applicants must be registered with Selective Service.

This position is located within System Control in the Chief Operating Office of Western. Incumbent is a developmental engineer participant in Western’s rotational engineer program. The purpose of this program is to provide incumbent with a broad exposure to the functions and interrelationships of the various organizational segments associated with Western’s engineering activity. Specific work assignments are made by appropriate engineers or supervisor in accordance with the rotational assignment. This position will have an emphasis on design and coordination of substation communications and control systems necessary for power operations.

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.

At the GS-5 – A Bachelors Degree in Electrical or Electronic Engineering is required.

At the GS-7 level: A Bachelors Degree in Electrical or Electronics Engineering with Superior Academic Achievement. If you are qualifying based on experience, you must have served at least one year working in a job that required specialized experience. This experience must be equivalent to at least the GS-5 level. Specialized experience includes: Experience performing engineering work at the trainee level, such as making calculations using standard formulas; preparing graphs, curves, and tables for other engineers; recording factual data in tests and observations studies; performing drafting and minor detail design; and/or searching technical reports to obtain information.

Education is required to qualify for this position, please see the qualification requirements link.

This position may require overnight travel of 1-3 days per month.

If selection is made at a lower grade, promotion up to the full performance level may be made without further competition. However, promotion(s) will depend on the performance of the incumbent and are not guaranteed.

If selected, you may be required to serve a one-year 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.

To be eligible, male applicants born after December 31, 1959, must certify upon appointment that they have registered with the Selective Service System, or that they are exempt from registration requirements.

Western Area Power Administration is an E-Verify Participant.

Selectee at the GS-5 or GS-7 level will be placed into a developmental program and placed on a Rotation Plan that is structured to provide new entry-level employees with training experience that will provide a broader view of organizations and functions at Western.

You will be rated based on your experience, education, and/or training as it relates to the position being filled using Category Rating and Selection Procedures. If you meet the minimum qualification standards for the position you will be further evaluated based on your self-assessment and/or panel rating. If qualified, your rating will be based on an evaluation of the quality and extent of your experience, education, and training, in relation to the job requirements. Your responses to the questions will affect your eligibility and ranking. We will verify your answers to questions about your qualifications using your resume. If the information in your application package does not support your self-assessment ratings, your score may be adjusted, or you may be rated ineligible. Qualified candidates will then be placed for selection consideration into one of the 3 categories described below: 1 - Best Qualified Category. You must meet the qualification and eligibility requirements and be highly proficient in all the requirements of the job. 2 - Highly Qualified Category. You must meet the qualification and eligibility requirements and be proficient in most of the requirements of the job. 3 - Qualified Category. You must meet the qualification and eligibility requirements as listed in this announcement. Veteran's preference will be applied. Within each quality category, preference eligibles shall be listed ahead of individuals who are not preference eligibles.

Selecting Official may check references on those applicants referred for consideration.
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You will receive paid annual leave and sick leave. You will be eligible for health insurance, life insurance, retirement, and long term care insurance. Flexible work schedules and health & wellness programs are also offered. Benefits may vary depending on the type of appointment. More information on Federal benefits is available here .

Equal Employment Opportunity Policy We will select candidates based on merit and qualifications, without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, prior participation in EEO activities, age, nondisqualifying disability, or sexual orientation. THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT IS AN EQUAL OPPORTUNITY EMPLOYER. Privacy Policy The application contains information subject to the Privacy Act (P.L. 93-579, 5 USC 552a). We use this information to determine qualifications for employment, as authorized under Title 5, USC, Section 3302 and 3361.

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