Electrical Engineer
Department Of Energy 82 reviews - Phoenix, AZ

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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-144 and WAPA-13-DE-144. 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-144. (See Frequently Asked Questions for more information).

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Western Area Power Administration

Desert Southwest Region

Protection and Communication Maintenance, G5300

615 S. 43rd Avenue

Phoenix, AZ 85009

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


You must be a U.S. citizen.

Generally, male applicants must be registered with Selective Service.

This position is located within the Office of Protection & Communication Maintenance in the Desert Southwest Region (DSW) of Western. The incumbent will serve as an Electrical Engineer in the Protection Group and is responsible for the operation and maintenance of assigned protection systems, substation controls, supervisory controls, telemetering, communication interfaces with Intelligent Electronic devices and the programmable master supervisory control systems. Prepares and coordinates design data changes to the Region's protection and control facilities.

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. If you are qualifying based on experience, you must have served at least one year working in a job that required specialized experience. To qualify at the GS-12 level you must have one year of specialized experience that is comparable in level, difficulty and responsibility to at least that of the GS-11 in the Federal Service. Specialized experience includes: Experience in designing, analyzing, and developing settings for complex electrical utility protective relay systems.

YOU MUST SUBMIT COLLEGE TRANSCRIPTS FROM AN ACCREDITED INSTITUTIOIN SHOWING SUCCESSFUL COMPLETION OF REQUIRED COURSEWORK FOR THIS PROFESSIONAL POSITION. Basic Requirements for all grades, GS-5 and above: Degree: professional engineering. To be acceptable, the curriculum must: 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 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.

This position may require overnight travel of 15 days per month.

This position is required to have a valid State Drivers License.

This position requires a security clearance.

You will be required to possess a pair of fully-encased safety-toed footwear meeting the standard ASTM F 2413-05 upon reporting to work.

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.

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.

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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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