Electrical Utility Carpenter

Department Of Energy Vancouver , WA 98660

Posted 3 months ago

  • Duties

Help Duties Summary

The Electrical Utility Carpenter duties include routine construction of sites; installation of shoring for trenches and maintenance of existing buildings. The Electrical Utility Carpenter is under the supervision of an Electrical Utility Carpenter Foreman II/III, performing duties in compliance with government regulations, BPA safety rules, and the Bonneville Power Administration-Columbia Power Trades Council (BPA-CPTC) Collective Agreement.

This position is also open under DOE-BPA-13274-DE

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An Electrical Utility Carpenter will:

  • Fabricate from wood and related materials, items specified by drawings or instructions. Such items include concrete forms, specialized buildings, loading docks and ramps, and crates for secure movement and safe handling of electrical and related equipment.

  • Disassembles moves and reassembles portable buildings.

  • Install equipment fabricated from wood and related products; concrete for footings, fences, curbs, sidewalks, etc., concrete block walls and precast-wireway trenches.

  • Install oil containment drainage systems, manholes, utility vaults, and other related concrete work.

  • Prepare sites, and locates structures, drainage systems, utility vaults, etc., using tools such as lasers, transits, levels, plumb bob, and other related survey tools and equipment.

  • Operate construction equipment such as pick-up trucks, flatbed trucks, material handlers, skid loaders and trailers.

  • Operate standard power driven woodworking equipment such as circular saws, band saws, planer, and drill presses, as well as the many varied hand tools of the carpenter trade.

Travel Required
76% or greater - Travel may be required up to 100% of the time in all weather conditions.

Supervisory status


Promotion Potential

  • Job family (Series)
    4607 Carpentry

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  • Requirements

Help Requirements Conditions of Employment

  • You must be a United States Citizen.

  • This employer participates in the e-Verify program.

  • See "Other Information" section regarding Selective Service requirements.

  • Position subject to Initial Drug Testing & random drug testing thereafter.

  • Selectee must be able meet the physical requirements of the job.

  • Selectee may be required to successfully complete a probationary period.

Persons filling the Electrical Utility Carpenter positions will be required to meet some of the following conditions.

  • Possess and maintain a valid U.S. Motor Vehicle Operator's Authorization (driver's license) from state of residence. Traffic citations indicating poor driving habits may disqualify applicants.

  • Possess and maintain a valid First Aid/CPR Card. Take First Aid refresher training, as required.

  • Drive up to 100% of the time in all weather conditions.

  • Operate motor vehicles, including sedans, pick-up trucks, vans, or flatbed trucks.

  • Travel continuously to field sites. Some work maybe done in the Ross Shops, Vancouver, Washington.

  • Ability to wear personal protective equipment (PPE) required of the position for worker safety, including, but not limited to: respirator, carpenter safety equipment/apparel, safety glasses, protective footwear, hard hats, etc.

  • If exposed to environmental occupational health hazards, have periodic physical examinations as prescribed by competent medical authority at BPA expense. (Employees may work in close proximity to substances such as acids, solvents, or PCB's which may have effects on health unless prescribed handling procedures are followed.)

  • Become familiar with and follow the safety practices of the BPA Accident Prevention Manual.

  • Obtain and maintain a valid restricted non-electrical worker's permit once hired.

  • Ability to obtain and maintain authorized unescorted access to BPA energized and non-energized facilities.

  • Subject to call for emergency work outside normal hours.


In order to qualify for this position, your resume must provide sufficient experience and/or education, knowledge, skills, and abilities, to perform the duties of the specific position for which you are being considered. Your resume is the key means we have for evaluating your skills, knowledge, and abilities, as they relate to this position. Therefore, we encourage you to submit a thorough resume that directly relates to this position. Applicants must meet the requirements of the Office of Personnel Management (OPM) Job Qualification System for Trades and Labor Occupations (X-118C).

Although a specific length of time and experience is not required for most trade and labor occupations, you must show through experience and training that you possess the quality level of knowledge and skill necessary to perform the duties of the position at the level for which you are applying. Qualification requirements emphasis is on the quality of experience, not necessarily the length of time.

Your qualifications will be evaluated on the basis of your level of knowledge, skills, abilities and/or competencies in the job elements and screen out listed below.

This job has one screen-out factor which will be used to determine minimum eligibility for this job. Applicants who do not receive a minimum of two points on the screen-out element will be found ineligible.

The screen-out element for the ELECTRIC UTILITY CARPENTER, BB-4607-00 position is:

Element 1: Ability to Do the Work of the Position Without More Than Normal Supervision (Screen-Out Element. Failure to meet this requirement will result in an ineligible rating.)

  • AND

In addition to the screen-out element above, you will be evaluated on the following job elements through your resume and responses to the on-line assessment questionnaire:

Element 2: Knowledge of Equipment Assembly, Installation, Repair, etc.

Element 3: Technical Practices (theoretical, precise, artistic).

Element 4: Ability to interpret instructions, Specification, etc. (includes blueprinting reading).

Element 5: Measurement and Layout.

Element 6: Ability to Use and Maintain Tools and Equipment.

Element 7: Knowledge of Materials.


DRIVING. Applicants must possess at appointment, and maintain thereafter, a valid U.S. State issued Motor Vehicle Operator License (Driver's License) in order to drive and operate U.S. government owned and leased vehicles and equipment. If selected, you will be required to provide a copy of your non-employment driving abstract dated within the last 90 days, and covering the previous 36-months to prove you have good indication of driving. Traffic citations indicating poor driving habits may disqualify applicants.

Physical effort: Able to climb up and down ladders (up to 20 feet) and in and out of excavations in all kinds of weather conditions. Occasionally climbs in and out of aerial man-lift buckets averaging 40" high. Requires good balance while climbing on ladders, scaffolding, and wood structures, and while accessing buckets. Balancing required on narrow and slippery surfaces at heights and in varied weather conditions, as well as on uneven ground. To operate trucks and equipment and to climb ladders. Must be able to work from ladders and occasionally work from aerial equipment. Ability to stand a maximum of 2 hours uninterrupted. Drives vehicles to and from work sites. May sit 8 hours/day while driving and on breaks. Requires travel to remote sites. Walks on large-gravel surfaces (2" up to 4"rocks) on flat and uneven terrain and slippery surfaces such as on/in plastic, mud, clay, wet wood and concrete. "Lifts tools and equipment. Average is 60 pounds. May lift, carry, and position loads weighing up to 135 pounds such as equipment, concrete sacks, and mortar mix, rolls of fencing wire, etc. Moves and positions equipment and materials weighing over 100 pounds such as concrete forms, sidewalks, fencing rolls, Tren-Wa's, etc. Works in cramped, awkward positions while reaching, lifting, bending and using hand and power tools, and positioning pieces. Requires ability to extend neck upwards/backwards. Flexes hands and wrists while tying rebar and installing fencing and placing concrete." Uses hand and power tools such as band saws, circular saws, and drill presses. Positions pieces with one hand while operating tools with other hand. Shop and field work requires work with arms overhead and occasionally outstretched. May crouch when fabricating and/or installing equipment, oil containment drainage systems, or wire, or while entering manholes, utility vans. Manual dexterity required for handling fasteners such as nails, screws, and small work pieces.

Working Conditions: Normally performed in a travel status throughout the BPA service territory. However, work may be performed at or within commuting distance of the Ross Complex. The principal hazards include working around machinery with moving parts, climbing around energized, high voltage electrical equipment, climbing on ladders, scaffolding and steel structures, and exposure to grease, oil, dust, intensive heat, cold, and constant noise. The work environment will usually include high noise levels or exposure to hazardous substances (i.e. acids, solvents, PCB'S, etc.) that could, if precautions are not followed, pose a health risk. Approved respiratory and safety equipment shall be worn when hazardous substances are being handled (oil, acid, etc.). Emergencies, critical system conditions, or outage limitations may require work be system wide, done at night, or under serious time pressures. System priorities may require extended periods of overtime including working weekends and holidays.

Please follow all instructions carefully. Errors or omissions may affect your rating or consideration for employment You must meet all qualifications and eligibility requirements by the closing date of this announcement.

"Experience" refers to paid and unpaid experience. Examples of qualifying unpaid experience may include: volunteer work done through National Service programs (such as Peace Corps and AmeriCorps); as well as work for other community-based philanthropic and social organizations. 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.

You must meet all qualifications and eligibility requirements by the closing date of this announcement.


This position does not have a positive education requirement; however, if you are using completed education or training to support your meeting the qualifications or other requirements for this position you must submit proof as described further under EDUCATION.

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.

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Electrical Utility Carpenter

Department Of Energy