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 .
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Western Area Power Administration
Desert Southwest Region
Transmission Lines and Substation Maintenance (G5200)
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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
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 a 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.
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.
Ability to do journeyman electrician work in high voltage power systems (69 kV and higher) without greater than normal supervision (Screen out)
Ability to work with high voltage electrical equipment (69 kV and higher)
Knowledge of electrical theory and instruments used in high voltage electrical practices and ability to do electrical power system troubleshooting
Ability to use electrical drawings
Ability to work safely
For this position, education cannot be substituted for experience.
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.
More than one selection may be made from this vacancy announcement.
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.
This position may require overnight travel of 8 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
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.
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