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, Upper Great Plains Region, North Dakota Maintenance, Substations (B5210), Fargo, North Dakota. Find out more about living conditions at this duty station . See Frequently Asked Questions for more information.
Relocation expenses are not authorized and will not be paid by the Federal Government.
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).
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.
Install, construct, commission, maintain, troubleshoot, and repair equipment in high voltage switchyards, substations, communication facilities and power operations centers. This includes: --Power, distribution, grounding, phase shifting, and instrument transformers; oil, air, vacuum and gas circuit breakers; reclosers; circuit switchers; step voltage regulators; reactor and capacitor banks, motor and manually operated disconnecting switches; air compressors; uninterruptible power supply (UPS) equipment, alternate power systems, stand-by generators, transfer switches; batteries and battery chargers; motors; contactors and motor control switchgear; relays, indicating and recording instruments, condition monitoring devices, control switches, and related equipment; lighting and miscellaneous power distribution equipment; wire and cable raceway systems, and station groundings.--Substation station service systems, station grounding systems, a.c. and d.c. distribution and control system wiring, terminate, splice, direct bury high voltage cable up to 34.5 kV. Install and wire equipment on switchboards, control panels, relay panels, and in all types of electrical enclosures. Work from schematic and wiring diagrams, control board physical layouts, manufacturer's instructions, oral and written instructions. Mark up wiring diagrams and schematics when field changes are made. Safely operate vehicles up to 10,000 pounds Gross Vehicle Weight (GVWR) and vehicles of larger GVWR rating as required by specific job location. Heavy equipment associated with substation maintenance which may include utility trucks, skid steers, trenchers, tractor trailer combinations, back hoes, aerial man lifts, loaders, diggers, cranes, snow vehicles and snow plows normally used in construction and maintenance activities of transmission line, substation and communication facilities. Use various types of test equipment including power factor testing equipment (such as Doble), amp meter, voltmeters, wattmeter, multi-meter, megger, low resistance measurement devices, time travel motion analyzers, transformer turns ratio tester, transformer sweep frequency analyzer, transformer resistance tester, thermographic cameras, instrument transformer tester, battery test equipment, and insulating oil testing equipment. Perform switching in high voltage substations and switchyards. May receive clearances and hotline orders. Operate and maintain oil processing equipment such as oil filtration pumps, auxiliary oil heating units, oil degasification units, cryogenic or refrigerated moisture traps, etc. Operate and maintain Sulphur Hexaflouride (SF6) processing equipment such as carts and pumps, molecular sieves, cryogenic and non-cryogenic gas reclamation units. Operate computers and computer-based testing systems along with specialized software and firmware necessary for analyzing and maintaining sub-station equipment. Analyze, complete, and maintain both written and computer generated maintenance base line, periodic, and historical test data records for equipment tested during commissioning and maintenance of substation equipment. Recognize safety hazards and unsafe conditions, and initiate action to alleviate or eliminate hazards. Participate in job planning and jobsite tailboard discussions. Climb substation equipment and structures.
What are the working conditions? Be able to wear protective apparel (such as respirators, steel-toed footwear) when required for worker safety. Work is both inside and out of doors with exposure to hazardous materials and the possibility of electric shock, falls, bruises, cuts, burns, strains, and inclement weather. May be required to fly to work sites by either fixed wing aircraft or helicopter. Work may require considerable travel requiring temporary lodging away from the duty station.
You must have journeyman-level ability in the duties of an Electrician. 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.
There is no substitution of education for specialized experience for this position.
CONDITIONS OF EMPLOYMENT:
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.
This position may require overnight travel of 11-20 days per month.
If selected for this position, you must live no more than 60 minutes away from the duty station in case of call-out.
This position is subject to overtime work.
If selected, you may be required to serve a one-year probationary period.
You must have a valid driver's license. You must also have, or be able to get within 60 days of your appointment, a Class A Commercial Driver's License to operate vehicles of more than 26,000 pounds GVWR (at your own expense). You may also need a tanker and/or hazardous material endorsement.
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, 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.
HOW YOU WILL BE EVALUATED:
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 .
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