Lineman - Journeyman
Department Of Energy - Fort Peck, MT

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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-192 and WAPA-13-DE-192. 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-192. (See Frequently Asked Questions for more information).

Where would I be working? Western Area Power Administration, Upper Great Plains Region, Montana Maintenance, Transmission Lines, Fort Peck, MT. Find out more about living conditions at this duty station .

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.

DUTIES: Erect and repair transmission/distribution power lines. Inspect electric power transmission lines including steel towers and wood poles from vehicles, on foot, or from aircraft. Inspect for damage to wood poles, cross arms, grounds, X-braces, loose bolts, broken or flashed insulators, missing or damaged vibration dampers, damaged or missing spacer dampers, damaged conductors or overhead ground wires, bent or missing steel members, and missing cotter keys. Maintain records of deficiencies either on patrol sheets or electronically. Install and replace poles, cross arms, line hardware, lightning arresters, fiber optic, and auxiliary equipment. String conductor, optical ground wire (OPGW), and fiber optic cable from structure to structure; splice conductor when broken; replace poles; and work on energized lines requiring the use of hotline tools and bare hand techniques. Repair requiring power outages are scheduled and coordinated by others. Climb transmission structures averaging 65 feet, but up to 500 feet on occasion, and communication towers up to 400 feet. Safely operate heavy equipment associated with power system maintenance. Heavy equipment may include line trucks, tractor-trailer combinations, back hoes, bull dozers, aerial man lifts, trucks, wire pullers, tensioners, loaders, diggers, motor graders, cranes, crawler tractors, brush hogs, tree chippers, hydro axes, snow vehicles and snow plows normally used in construction and maintenance activities of transmission line, substation and communication facilities. Inspect and maintain right-of-way and access roads for danger trees, vegetation, road/culvert work, gate work, and other right-of-way infringements. Recognize safety hazards and unsafe conditions, and initiate action to alleviate or eliminate hazards. Use test equipment and specialized maintenance tools such as Hypot or Doble/watts-loss for hotstick testing, personal protective ground testers, ground resistance testers, phase rotation meters, conductor cart, hook ladder, voltmeters, voltage detector, thermographic cameras, and ammeters. Participate in construction and repair of transmission and substation facilities, and equipment including transformers, breakers, busses, switches, etc. Erect and climb communication towers to repair or replace antennas, wave guides, coax, warning lights, etc. Perform switching in high voltage substations and switchyards. What are the working conditions? Majority of work takes place outside. Is subject to hazardous materials and extreme weather conditions. Work in close proximity to high voltage lines and equipment. Work requires climbing transmission structures averaging 65 feet, but up to 500 feet on occasion, and communication towers up to 400 feet. Subject to potential for injury by contact with high voltage lines, broken bones in falls from poles or structures, muscle strains from awkward positions, and cuts and bruises when handling tools and materials. Work may require considerable travel requiring temporary lodging away from duty station. May occasionally perform aerial transmission line patrol and use aerial transportation to access work sites.

QUALIFICATIONS REQUIRED: You must have journeyman-level ability in the duties of a Lineman. Selective Factor: You must have the ability to climb transmission structures up to 200 feet in height, or you will not be considered for this position. 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.


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 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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BENEFITS: 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 .

OTHER INFORMATION: 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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