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Bonneville Power Administration Engineering Technician (Electrical) in Vancouver, Washington


This position is located in the Real Time Operations (TOR) organization of System Operations (TO), Transmission Services (T), Bonneville Power Administration (BPA).

A successful candidate in this position will serve as an electrical engineering technician responsible for maintaining BPA Dispatchers’ Standing Orders (DSO), Dispatcher Jurisdiction Diagrams (DJD), Dispatcher One-lines (DOL), and Dispatcher Switch Numbering system used in BPA Real-Time Operations.


As an Engineering Technicial (Electrical), you will: Develop dispatchers’ technical operations manuals describing the policies, plans, and operating procedures governing power transmission for all Bonneville systems throughout the Pacific Northwest.

Create and maintain Dispatcher Jurisdiction Diagrams (DJD) for BPA personnel and customers detailing the BPA Transmission System and its’ interconnections, transmission lines, substation, and equipment.

Assign operating numbers to circuit breakers, disconnects, and similar power system equipment critical to operation of the BPA Transmission System. Performs research to determine if previous modifications to the system were incorporated into transmission diagrams and ensures data is current and accurate.

Manage system dispatch electronic databases critical to operation of the BPA Transmission System, including Dispatchers’ Standing Order (DSO), Dispatcher Jurisdiction Diagram (DJD), and Dispatcher Switch Number.

Track and maintain operating procedures sent to BPA from neighboring Transmission Operators and Balancing Authorities.

Participate in facility naming reviews, bringing Real-Time Operations concerns to light that impact the safe, reliable operation of the Bulk Electric System.


Conditions of Employment

You must be a United States Citizen.

This employer participates in the e-Verify program.

Males must abide by Selective Service registration requirements.

OTHER REQUIREMENTS: 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.

A valid state driver’s license is required.

Operation of government owned or leased motor vehicles and a 300 HP gas turbine generator in the performance of assignments is required to travel alone to remote locations.

This position is subject to FERC SOC non-discrimination rules and restrictions prohibiting disclosure of certain information to Power Merchant Function employees.

The incumbent is required to have a working knowledge of the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) Standards of Conduct (SOC) to ensure fair competition in the open access transmission market though compliance with its basic principles.


SPECIALIZED EXPERIENCE REQUIREMENTSA qualified candidate's resume must demonstrate at least one year of specialized experience equivalent to the next lower grade level (GS-11 ) in the Federal service.

Specialized experience for this position is defined as: Experience applying the methods and techniques of electrical engineering and the construction, application, properties, operations, and limitations of electrical engineering equipment and systems, processes, and structures for the generation, transmission, conversion, distribution, control, measurement, or utilization of electrical energy.

There is no substitution of education for experience at the GS-12 level.

Your resume should demonstrate that you possess the following knowledge, skills, abilities and competencies (KSACs). Do not provide a separate narrative written statement. Rather, you must describe in your resume how your past work experience demonstrates that you possess the KSACs identified below. Cite specific examples of employment or experience and describe how this experience has prepared you to successfully perform the duties of this position. Compliance - Knowledge of procedures for assessing, evaluating, and monitoring programs or projects for compliance with Federal laws, regulations, and guidance.

CustomerService - Anticipates and meets the needs of both internal and external customers. Delivers high-quality products and services; is committed to continuous improvement.

ElectricUtilityFundamentals - Knowledge of generation, transmission, and/or distribution concepts in the wholesale or retail markets of providing electricity to consumers; Knowledge of the business practices, regulations, rate structures, and operating characteristics of the electrical utility industry; Ability to apply knowledge of the laws, regulations, standards, policies, concepts, principles, practices, rate structures, and contractual relationships applicable to electric utility customers.

Electrical- Knowledge of electrical equipment, components, instruments, and systems, including their design, installation, testing, uses, repair, or maintenance.

ElectricalEngineering - Knowledge of the concepts, principles, theories, and methods related to the design, analysis, test, and integration of electrical systems; energy conversion; electrical power generation; and energy transmission, control, distribution or use.

Teamwork - Encourages and facilitates cooperation, pride, trust, and group identity; fosters commitment and team spirit; works with others to achieve goals. "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.Time-in-Grade: Current Federal employees must meet time-in-grade requirements by the closing date of this announcement to receive consideration.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.


There are no specific education requirements or substitution of education for experience for this position.

Additional 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.

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: Accommodation Policy: Information: Service Registration:

BPA strives to ensure a safe, positive, inclusive work environment, supported by Leadership Behaviors. For more information on 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.