Mechanical Engineer (Hydropower) (DEU-NW)
Department Of The Interior - Boulder City, NV

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Reclamation is a contemporary water management agency. Reclamation is best known for Hoover Dam on the Colorado River, Grand Coulee Dam on the Columbia River and Folsom Dam on the American River. Today we are the largest wholesaler of water in the country and the second largest producer of hydroelectric power in the western United States.
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Position is being advertised concurrently under BR-LC-12-128 for status candidates. 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 his/her mechanical engineering expertise. You can make a difference in the West by assisting in meeting increasing water demands while protecting the environment.

Would you enjoy ensuring the safe and efficient operation of Government facilities?

Here is a great opportunity to join a great organization!

LOCATION: Lower Colorado Region, Lower Colorado Dams Office, Engineering Office, Hoover Dam, Boulder City, NV. For living conditions go to:

Relocation expenses are not authorized.


U.S. Citizenship or National.

Suitable for Federal employment, determined by a background investigation.

You must apply online to be considered for this position.

You must submit transcript(s) to verify education requirements.

Functions as technical specialist in the areas of power plant mechanical engineering, turbine-generator systems, hydraulic governor systems, programmable logic controller (PLC) systems.

Performs engineering work on turbines, generators, transformers, circuit breakers, governors, excitation systems, protective relays, fire protection systems, wastewater and water treatment systems, etc.

Assesses equipment data gathered under various operating scenarios and initiates studies including sequence of events analysis, vibration analysis, and transient load analysis.

Provides technical analysis to identify hardware systems that will be most effective for improving reliability of power systems.

Reviews and interprets complicated equipment operation and energy production data and resolves inconsistent or incorrect data and computations.

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

Applicants must first meet the Basic Requirements listed below:

1. 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


2.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:

1. 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.

2. Written Test -- Evidence of having succesfully 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. Because of the diversity in kind and quality of BET programs, graduates of other BET programs are required to complete at least 1 year of additional education or highly technical work experience of such nature as to provide reasonable assurance of the possession of the knowledge, skills, and abilities required for professional engineering competence. The adequacy of this background must be demonstrated by passing the EIT examination.

3. Specified academic courses -- Successful completion of at least 60 semester hours of courses in the physical, mathematical, and engineering sciences and in engineering that included the courses specified in the basic requirements. The courses must be fully acceptable toward meeting the requirements of a professional engineering curriculum as described in paragraph A.

4. Related curriculum -- Successful completion of a curriculum leading to a bachelor's degree in engineering technology or in an appropriate professional field, e.g., physics, chemistry, architecture, computer science, mathematics, hydrology, or geology, may be accepted in lieu of a 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.

To qualify at the GS-11 grade level , you must possess 3 years of progressively higher level graduate education leading to a Ph.D. degree or Ph.D. or equivalent doctoral degree OR 1 year of specialized experience. Specialized experience is defined as professional engineering experience designing, testing, and modifying mechanical systems and equipment for powerplants or large industrial facilities.

To qualify at the GS-12 grade level , your resume must reflect 1 year of specialized experience. Specialized experience is defined as professional engineering experience designing, testing and modifying mechanical systems and equipment for large powerplants. Your resume must reflect experience improving safety, reliability and efficiency for powerplants.

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.

Category rating and selection procedures will be used for evaluating this position. 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: 1) Best Qualified, 2) Well Qualified and 3) 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 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.
KSA 1. Professional knowledge of the advanced mechanical engineering concepts, principles, and practices applicable to the design, maintenance, and operation of a variety of mechanical systems and equipment for large hydroelectric projects.

KSA 2. Ability to devise new techniques by modification or extension of the theoretical basis on which hydro mechanical and to a lesser extent, electrical systems operate and to be capable of applying new developments or experimental theories to scenarios or problems not readily addressed by accepted methods.

KSA 3. Knowledge and skills to develop and implement new approaches for solving power plant problems: improving safety, reliability and efficiency.

KSA 4. Ability to adapt or modify standard techniques, processes and procedures; ability to assess, select, and apply precedents and devise strategies and plans to overcome significant resource limitations.

KSA 5. Ability to interact professionally with colleagues and counterparts in other offices and other customer and state agencies.

Your answers to questions will be verified against information provided in your online resume. Be sure that your resume clearly supports the responses to all the questions by addressing experience, education and/or training relevant to this position. You must make a fair and accurate assessment of your qualifications. Applicants who exaggerate or falsify their experience and/or education may be removed from employment consideration.
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Working for the Bureau of Reclamation offers a comprehensive benefits package that includes paid vacation, sick leave, holidays, life insurance, health benefits, and participation in the Federal Employees Retirement System. To explore the major benefits offered to most Federal employees, visit:

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:

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.

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.

Probationary Period: Placement in this position requires you to complete a one-year probationary period.

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.

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