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 .
Where would I be working?
Western Area Power Administration
Rocky Mountain Region
5555 East Crossroads Blvd.
Loveland, CO 80538
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Where will I be on the pay scale? If you are not currently a Western journeyman in the occupation advertised, you will receive entry-level pay with the possibility of promotion to full journeyman status after meeting certification and performance requirements (generally within 3-6 months).
- You must be a United States Citizen
- This employer participates in the e-Verify program
- Relocation expenses may be paid according to budget
- See "Other Information" section regarding Selective Service requirements
Maintain, repair, modify, program, install and commission power system substation protection control, monitoring and metering equipment. Maintain, repair, install, program, and test revenue metering equipment, including electronic and microprocessor based kilowatthour meters, digital demand recorders, panel meters, transducers, and instrument transformers. Maintain, repair, install, program, and test control equipment used in controlling substation equipment. This includes human/machine interfaces (HMI), and communication processors. Maintain, repair, install, program, and test protective relay equipment including current, voltage, differential, reclosing, timing, auxiliary, ground detection, and complex impedance relays of the electromechanical, electronic and microprocessor types. Develop software test routines for protective relays. Verify protective relay, transfer trip, and communication settings. Maintain, repair, install, program, and test digital fault recording equipment. Aid in trouble-shooting indoor and outdoor sub-station apparatus problems. Install and wire equipment on switchboards, control panels, and relay panels. Work from schematic and wiring diagrams, control board physical layouts, and manufacturer's instructions. Participate in the commissioning of new substations, stage additions, or substation preconditioning preparation for installations of automated supervisory control systems. Maintain, install, program, repair, and test communications equipment used for metering and relaying. Test directional over current relays to verify directional operation. Simulate line faults with test equipment to analyze distance relay operation and zone characteristics. Work from and interpret electrical drawings and electronic circuit diagrams. Install, align, calibrate, adjust and maintain equipment without endangering system operation.
You must have journeyman-level ability in the duties of a Meter and Relay Craftsman. 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.
ADDITIONAL QUALIFICATIONS REQUIREMENTS
Your application and resume should demonstrate that you possess the following abilities. You are NOT required to provide a separate narrative written response. Rather, you must describe in your application how your past work experience demonstrates that you possess those described below.
1. Ability to do the work of a Meter and Relay Craftsman without more than normal supervision (install and commission, or maintain and repair, protective relay equipment and/or polyphase revenue metering equipment associated with power system distribution or transmission systems.)
2. Knowledge and ability to use tools and specialized equipment and procedures to maintain and test power system metering, control, and protective relay equipment.
3. Knowledge of electrical theory and instruments and ability to do troubleshooting.
4. Ability to read and understand electrical drawings and instruction manuals.
If this vacancy specifically states that certain educational requirements must be met (also known as a "positive educational requirement"), you must provide documentation supporting any education claims in your application. 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.
HOW YOU WILL BE EVALUATED:
Your application will be rated by our application system using the Category Rating procedure. A quality review will then be conducted by the HR Office and/or Subject Matter Expert (SME). Your application is rated based on the extent and quality of your experience, education (if applicable to the job), and training described in your online résumé/questionnaire as related to the duties of this position. The quality categories are defined as "Best Qualified", "Well Qualified" and "Qualified". Within each category, veteran preference eligibles will be listed at the top of the category. CP/CPS veterans are placed at the top of the highest category for all positions except professional and scientific positions at GS-9 and above.
If your resume is incomplete or does not support the responses in your online questionnaire, or if you fail to submit required documentation BEFORE the vacancy closes, you may be rated 'ineligible', 'not qualified', or your score may be adjusted.
Selecting Official may check references on those applicants referred for consideration.
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The Department of Energy offers comprehensive and competitive benefits. You may be eligible for some or all of the following:
- Health, life, dental, vision, and long-term care insurance
- Retirement program
- Paid holiday, sick, and vacation time
- Flexible work schedules and telework
- Training and education opportunities
- Transit benefit
- Flexible Spending Account
- Thrift Savings Plan (401k equivalent)
- Health and wellness programs
For more information on these benefits, see the USAJOBS Resource Center's Interactive Benefits Page .
CONDITIONS OF EMPLOYMENT :
Some positions may require completion of a 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.
If you are tentatively selected for this position, you will be required to have a physical examination that will determine whether you are qualified to perform the duties of the position. An offer of employment will depend upon your successfully passing the physical examination.
This position requires completion of an annual medical examination at Federal expense.
You must test negative for illegal drugs before placement in the position, and will be subject to random drug testing thereafter. If a determination of the use of illegal drugs is confirmed, non-selection or disciplinary action, up to and including removal from Federal service, may result.
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 the Qualifications section.
Males must abide by Selective Service registration regulations. To learn more about this requirement, visit the Selective Service website's Who Must Register page.
The U.S. Department of Energy fosters a diverse and inclusive workplace and is an Equal Opportunity Employer.
The selectee for this position may be eligible to receive a recruitment or relocation incentive of up to 25% of the base salary. You will need to sign an employment agreement to be eligible for this incentive.
This position may require overnight travel of 5 days per month.
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 for this position, you must live no more than 60 minutes away from the duty station in case of call-out.
If selected you must possess a valid state driver license.
This position is subject to overtime work.