Bonneville Power Administration Power System Control Craftsman in Kent, Washington98030

Job Overview

Job Overview

About the Agency

The Power System Control (PSC) Craftsman performs preventive, corrective, and emergency maintenance on various types of power system control equipment. The incumbent is under the general supervision of a PSC Maintenance District Supervisor or other PSC Supervising Engineer, who may or may not be present at the job site. The Power System Control Craftsman performs all duties without more than normal supervision and in compliance with government regulations, BPA safety rules, and the BPA-CPTC (Columbia Power Trades Council) Collective Agreement.

This position is located in the Bonneville Power Administration (BPA), Transmission Services (T), Transmission Field Services (TF), Covington District (TFC), PSC Covington (TFCC) organization.


As a Power System Control Craftsman, you will:

  • Perform preventative, corrective, and emergency maintenance on a variety of power system control equipment such as Ultra High Frequency (UHF), Very High Frequency (VHF), microwave, fiber optics; power line carrier current; control and data, and multiplex equipment, and a variety of other miscellaneous equipment to ensure adequate operability of the power system control equipment.
  • Perform initial energization tests of new installations and obtains data to be used by other personnel.
  • Uses technical documentation, as required, for maintenance and troubleshooting of equipment.
  • Perform miscellaneous duties related to maintenance of the communication system, which may occur at substations or at remote mountaintops during harsh weather conditions.
  • Complete associated documentation required of the above listed tasks.
  • Drives from ½ to 5 hours per day in all weather conditions.
Travel Required
  • Occasional Travel
  • Occasional travel may be required.
Relocation Authorized
  • Yes
  • A Relocation incentive may be authorized

Job Requirements

Job Requirements
Key Requirements
  • You must be a United States Citizen.
  • This employer participates in the e-Verify program.
  • Males must abide by Selective Service registration requirements.

Candidates will be evaluated on the basis of experience, education, training, supervisory appraisal and/or potential on the following elements to determine those who are minimally qualifed and those who are best qualified. Experience may have been obtained in either 1) a formal training program for Power System Control Craftsman; or, 2) sufficient training and/or experience in the trade, which can be evaluated as giving the skills and knowledge required to perform the duties of the position.

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

Element 1. ABILITY TO PERFORM THE WORK OF A POWER SYSTEM CONTROL CRAFTSMAN WITHOUT MORE THAN NORMAL SUPERVISION. (SCREEN-OUT Element). (Failure to meet this requirement will result in an ineligible rating.)


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 the Assembly, Adjustment, and Repair of Electronic Communication Equipment and Data Network Equipment. Element 3. Use of Electronic Test Equipment. Element 4. Theory of Electronics. Element 5. Ability to Use Hand and Power Tools (Electronics). Element 6. Trouble Shooting (Electronic Equipment). Element 7. Ingenuity (Ability to Suggest and Apply New Methods).

When you apply you will be asked a series of questions to determine your eligibility for employment and your qualification for this position specifically. You must answer ALL of these questions completely and truthfully. If you do not answer ALL questions, your application may be rated ineligible or incomplete. Please follow all instructions carefully. Errors or omissions may affect your rating or consideration for employment.

"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.

CTAP candidates: To be considered "well qualified" you must meet all of the requirements as described in this section.

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 documentation of education received that relates to this position.

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.

Special Conditions of Employment:

  • Persons filling Power System Control Craftsman positions may be required to meet some or all of the following conditions:
  • Become familiar with and follow the safety practices of the BPA Accident Prevention Manual.
  • If exposed to health hazards, have periodic physical examinations as prescribed by competent medical authority at BPA expense.
  • Possess a valid state drivers license. Additional endorsements on valid drivers license may be required to operate assigned vehicles. Traffic citations indicating poor driving habits may disqualify applicants.
  • Obtain and maintain an electrical worker's permit.
  • As circumstances dictate, or as required by management, possess or obtain standard clearance certification.
  • Possess within one year, and maintain continuously, both a First Aid card and a CPR card.
  • Overnight travel is required.
  • Subject to call for emergency work at any time.
  • Operate motor vehicles, including 1-1/2 ton pickups, sedans, van type trucks, 4 x 4's, and snowcats, as required by management.
  • Establish a residence in accordance with negotiated requirements that is within one hour or less commuting time under normal weather and road conditions, to the duty station headquarters. Working Conditions

Most of the work is indoors, although some of the power line carrier and mobile radio work is outside. Work may involve frequent travel to remote sites and exposure in all kinds of weather. Repair work or other emergency work may be required at any time of a 24-hour day. Voltages up to several thousand volts may be present in some types of equipment. Some of the work is performed around moving machinery in the auxiliary power equipment. The work may involve driving maintenance vehicles over steep and narrow mountain roads. Work may involve working alone and possibly in isolated locations. The work environment will occasionally include high noise levels, or exposure to toxic or hazardous substances (i.e., acids, solvents, etc.) that could, if precautions are not followed, pose a health risk. Proper personal protective equipment such as hard hats, safety glasses, arc and flash resistant clothing, respiratory and other safety equipment shall be worn when required.

Security Clearance

Not Applicable

Additional Information

Additional Information
What To Expect Next

After each step in the recruitment process, your status will be updated in our application tracking system. Once this happens, if you have elected to receive e-mail updates, you will be notified through your USAJOBS registered e-mail address. If you have not elected for e-mail updates, you can review your current application status in USAJOBS at any time. Please check that your USAJOBS profile contact information is current and correct each time you apply to a job--this will ensure we are able to contact you as quickly as possible.

In addition to changing your status online, we will send you e-mail notifications at each major step in the process, to include: application received, eligible or not eligible, referred or not referred, selected or not selected.


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Other Information
  • The U.S. Department of Energy fosters a diverse and inclusive workplace and is an Equal Opportunity Employer.
  • 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 Career Transition Assistance Program (CTAP), please visit the OPM CTAP website for more information. In order to be considered under the CTAP program, your application must score within the pre-established "well qualified" category as stated in the Qualifications section.
  • More than one selection may be made from this vacancy announcement.
  • Some positions may require completion of a probationary period of up to 1 (one) year.
  • Many positions require successful completion of a background investigation.
  • All males born after December 31st 1959 must abide by laws regarding Selective Service registration. To learn more about this law, visit the Selective Service web page, Who Must Register. If you are not registered and don't have an approved exemption, you will not be eligible for employment with the Federal government. EEO Policy: Reasonable Accommodation Policy: Veterans Information: Telework: Selective Service Registration:

BPA strives to ensure a safe, positive, inclusive work environment, supported by leadership behaviors to drive management excellence. For more information on the Leadership Behaviors visit: We also understand the importance of work/life balance and offer a variety of programs and policies designed to create more flexible, responsive work environments supportive of commitments to community, home and family members. BPA also supports employees’ overall wellness through its Be Well program, which helps employees adopt healthier lifestyles and feel better about their work/life balance. The program supports five key areas of life: career, community, financial, physical and social.

This job originated on For the full announcement and to apply, visit Only resumes submitted according to the instructions on the job announcement listed at will be considered.

Salary Range: $53.05 to $53.05 / Per Hour

Series & Grade: BB-2604-00/00

Promotion Potential: 00

Supervisory Status: No

Control Number: 472228600

Job Announcement Number: DOE-BPA-17-12346-BPA