Bureau Of Reclamation Byron , CA 94514
Want to work for a contemporary water management agency whose mission is to assist in meeting the increasing water demands of the West while protecting the environment and the public's investment? Join the staff of the Bureau of Reclamation as an Electrical Engineer.
This position is located with the Bureau of Reclamation, Mid-Pacific Region, South Central California Area Office located in Byron, CA. For information on the Byron area, go to website: .
Position may be filled at the GS-09, GS-11 or GS-12. If selected at the GS-09 or GS-11 level, the duties are developmental in nature, leading to the full performance level of GS-12. The incumbent may be non-competitively promoted to the next level of the position upon meeting all regulatory requirements; certification by the supervisor of successful performance; completion of all training requirements; and the availability of work at the next higher grade level. Note: promotion is not automatic. At the full performance level the incumbent performs the following:
As project leader, assumes responsibility for specific assigned electrical-mechanical projects including assisting with scheduling the work of the electrical-mechanical crafts, assisting with establishing priorities, coordinating crew efforts, and preparing, developing, or analyzing work production, records, and reports.
Prepares preliminary and final layout, and original electrical designs, and general specifications of new controls, electrical generation power systems, protective circuits, communications, security, and Supervisory Control and Data Acquisition (SCADA) systems under the purview of the field office.
Reviews drawings and specifications, which indicate system arrangement, circuitry, final drawings, and specifications for conformance with accepted practice and agency requirements.
Prepares designs, cost estimates, justifications, and supporting data for programmed items.
Determines the construction period for proposed actions and develops schedules for submission of design data; design preparation; issuance of specifications; procurement of materials and equipment.
Formulates and directs system check out, operational tests and adjustments of newly installed equipment, modified control systems, and equipment or control functions which have been readjusted.
Analyzes trouble reports, maintenance reports, test data, and modified operating conditions to determine whether design revisions or modification of maintenance procedures and/or schedules are required.
Analyzes preventive maintenance schedules and techniques and initiates changes according to equipment history and state of the art procedures. Reviews safety regulations and requirements pertaining to equipment and procedures.
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Conditions of Employment
Position Subject to a Background Investigation.
Position Subject to Pre-Employment Physical.
Applicants must meet all qualification, and as applicable, selective factor requirements, by the closing date of this announcement.
Minimum Education Requirement:
Applicants must meet the Basic Education Qualification Requirements listed below:
A. Degree: Engineering. To be acceptable, the program must: (1) lead to a bachelors degree in a school of engineering with at least one program accredited by Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology (ABET); or (2) 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.
B. Combination of education and experience - college level education, training, and/or technical experience that furnished (1) a thorough knowledge of the physical and mathematical sciences underlying engineering, and (2) a good understanding, both theoretical and practical, of the engineering sciences and techniques and their applications to one of the branches of engineering. The adequacy of such background must be demonstrated by one of the following (see U.S. Office of Personnel Management qualifications standards operating manual for specifics): (1) professional registration or licensure; (2) written test (FE exam or other written test required for professional registration); (3) specified academic courses; (4) related curriculum.
Foreign Education: To receive credit for education completed outside the United States, applicants must show proof that the education has been submitted to a private organization that specializes in interpretation of foreign educational credentials and such education has been deemed at least equivalent to that gained in conventional U.S. education programs.
In addition to meeting Basic Education, applicants must have specialized experience or additional education as defined below:
GS-09: One year of specialized experience equivalent in difficulty and complexity to at least the GS-07 level in the Federal service OR two years of progressively higher level graduate education leading to a master's degree or equivalent master's or graduate degree in the field of electrical engineering.
GS-11: One year of specialized experience equivalent in difficulty and complexity to at least the GS-09 level in the Federal service OR three years of progressively higher level graduate education leading to a Ph.D. degree or Ph.D. in the field of electrical engineering.
GS-12: One year of specialized experience equivalent in difficulty and complexity to at least the GS-11 level in the Federal service.
Definition of Specialized Experience: To meet specialized experience, your resume must describe experience that demonstrates the particular knowledge, skills, and abilities as follows:
GS-09: Electrical engineering experience performing specific engineering assignments and or/assisting professional higher grade engineers on small engineering projects or segments of larger projects in support follower generating facilities (e.g., hydroelectric, nuclear, gas, steam). Such as, experience preparing designs for the repair and maintenance or installation of new equipment found in a power generation plant, pumping plant, switchyard, or similar power operations.
Equipment includes hydraulic, pneumatic and/or electrical control equipment; meters, sensors, governors and auxiliary equipment in support of primary power generation and/or pumping equipment. These examples are not all inclusive.
GS-11: Professional electrical engineering experience preparing designs for the repair, maintenance or installation of new electrical and electro-mechanical equipment or systems associated will-power generation plants, pumping plants, or switchyards. Electrical projects involves power system protection, system generator controls, transformer maintenance or Rother electrical equipment used in support of the main generating and pumping equipment as well as water conveyance systems. These examples are not all inclusive.
GS-12: Professional electrical engineering experience in the design, installation, repair and testing of high voltage electrical and electro-mechanical equipment and systems associated with large hydro generation plants and auxiliary systems. Engineering experience involves power system protection, system generator controls, transformer maintenance and other electrical equipment used in support of the main generating and pumping equipment as well as water conveyance systems. These examples are not all inclusive.
Experience that would not normally be part of an applicant's position may be creditable when documented by satisfactory evidence (e.g., a memorandum from the manager or human resources director, SF-52, or similar documentation).
Experience refers to paid and unpaid experience, including volunteer work done through National Service programs (e.g., Peace Corps, AmeriCorps) and other organizations (e.g., professional; philanthropic; religious; spiritual; community, student, social). Volunteer work helps build critical competencies, knowledge, and skills and can provide valuable training and experience that translates directly to paid employment. You will receive credit for all qualifying experience, including volunteer experience.
This position has a mandatory education requirement; you must furnish copy of your transcript of college work completed (unofficial copy is acceptable). Transcripts must include the name of the college or university and date the degree was conferred. Non-submission may result in you being rated not qualified for the position.
Relocation: Travel and relocation expenses are not authorized and are the responsibility of the selectee.
Telework: Reclamation has determined that the duties of this position are suitable for telework and the selectee may be allowed to telework with supervisory approval.
Travel is required approximately up to 10% of the time.
Operation of a Government vehicle required; therefore, a valid State driver's license is required.
This position requires completion of a one-year probationary period.
Required to obtain and use a government-issued charge card for any business-related travel.
Satisfactory completion of a medical examination is required before assignment to the position.
Successful adjudication of personnel security investigation required.
All Federal employees are required by PL 104-134 to have federal payments made by direct deposit.
Optional Form 306 (OF-306): Before final appointment and again before you begin work, you will be required to sign and certify the accuracy of the information in your application. If you make a false statement in any part of your application, you may not be hired; you may be fired after you begin work; or you may be subject to fine, imprisonment, or other disciplinary action.
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How You Will Be Evaluated
You will be evaluated for this job based on how well you meet the qualifications above.
Human Resources will review resumes and transcripts to ensure applicants meet the basic qualification requirements. We will evaluate each applicant who meets the basic qualifications on the information provided in the assessment questionnaire. The assessment questionnaire will take approximately 60 minutes. Applicants determined best-qualified will be referred to the selecting official.
Category rating and selection procedures will be used for evaluating this position. If you meet the basic qualification requirements, your on-line responses to the vacancy assessment questionnaire will be used to determine the quality and extent of your experience, education, training, etc., for placement in one of the following categories: 1) Best Qualified, 2) Well Qualified and 3) Qualified. Veterans with preference will be placed at the top of their respective category.
Best Qualified candidates are those who meet minimum qualifications, are highly proficient in the major requirement(s) of the position, and proficient in most of the remaining aspects of the position. Well Qualified candidates are those who meet minimum qualifications and are proficient in most aspects of the position. Qualified candidates are those who meet minimum qualifications and possess only a few aspects of the position.
Applicants will be further evaluated on the following knowledge, Skills and Abilities (KSAs) through their resume and responses to the online questions:
1.Professional knowledge of electrical engineering concepts, principles, and practices applicable to the full range of duties concerned with the operation and maintenance of hydroelectric power plants and associated power and control systems and equipment.
2.Knowledge of standards and codes relating to electrical design and construction.
3.Ability to troubleshoot and develop solutions to problems pertaining to large and complex power generating electrical equipment and systems.
4.Knowledge of high, medium, and low voltage hydro-generation equipment and the associated control, protection, excitation, relaying, and auxiliary systems.
Applicants must make a fair and accurate assessment of their qualifications. Applicants rating themselves higher than is apparent in their description of experience, competencies, skills, and/or education/training OR that copy vacancy announcement posting information verbatim into resume OR whose resume/application is incomplete may be removed from employment consideration.
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Background checks and security clearance
Drug test required
To be considered for this position, applicants are required to submit a resume (with dates of employment, i.e. years and months), an on-line assessment questionnaire, and the following supporting documents, as appropriate:
Transcript(s): All applicants must furnish a copy of your college transcript(s), if applicable. If selected, you will be required to provide official college transcripts to verify your educational qualifications prior to reporting for work.
DD-214, Certificate of Release from Active Duty: If you are entitled to veterans' preference, you must provide a copy of your DD-214, and you should indicate the type of veterans' preference you are claiming on your resume. Your veterans' preference entitlement will be verified by the employing agency.
For 0-point sole survivorship preference, submit a copy of your DD-214 (Member 4 copy); the family members DD-214 (Member 4 copy) and documentation to support the family member was killed, died as a result of wounds, accident, or disease, is in a captured or missing in action status, or is permanently 100 percent disabled or hospitalized on a continuing basis (and is not employed gainfully because of the disability or hospitalization).
For 5-point veterans' preference, submit a copy of your DD-214 (Member 4 Copy), or an official statement of service from your command if you are currently on active duty, or other official documentation (e.g., documentation of receipt of a campaign badge or expeditionary medal) that proves your military service was performed under honorable conditions.
For 10-point veterans' preference, please submit a Standard Form (SF) 15, Application for 10-Point Veteran Preference, DD-214, and the required documentation requested by this form.
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CTAP/ICTAP provides placement assistance to permanent Federal employees who are surplus, displaced or involuntarily separated. Applicants claiming CTAP-ICTAP eligibility must submit a copy of their most recent performance appraisal, proof of eligibility and most current SF-50 noting position, grade level, and duty location with their application. To be considered under CTAP/ICTAP, applicants must be well-qualified, i.e. meet the minimum qualification requirements, including selective factors, education and experience requirements and score at least 90 on the assessment questionnaire as established, and be able to perform the duties