Bonneville Power Administration Electrician in United States
Summary This position is located in Transmission Field Services (TF), Transmission Services (T), Bonneville Power Administration (BPA). A successful candidate in this position will serve as an Electrician (Maintenance) under the supervision of an Electrician Foreman performing routine inspection, maintenance and repair of electrical equipment in Substations. Work is performed in compliance with government regulations, BPA safety rules, and the BPA-CPTC Collective Agreement. Responsibilities As an Electrician (Maintenance) you will: Perform maintenance and repair of major electrical equipment in Substations, including routine inspection, modification, troubleshooting, and repair of facilities. Equipment serviced may be electrical, hydraulic, mechanical, pneumatic, and/or electronic. Perform adjustment, lubrication, replacement of worn parts, and repair as needed. Complete diagnostic testing as a part of routine inspection to verify that the equipment can perform as it was designed and rated. Analyze the reasons for equipment failure or malfunction. Test, repair, and modify items including bushings, motors, small power tools, and other miscellaneous items. Adjust major electrical equipment such as power transformers and gas, oil, or air-insulated power circuit breakers; instrument and station service transformers, disconnect and circuit switches, protective devices, static capacitors, batteries and chargers.. CONDITIONS OF EMPLOYMENT: After employment, this position may be subject to periodic physical examinations, as prescribed by competent medical authority and at BPA expense, if exposed to health hazards. This position requires a pre-employment medical exam, at BPA expense, prior to appointment due to the physical requirements of the position. This position requires an initial drug test prior to appointment and random drug or drug and alcohol testing thereafter. Failure to test or a positive result on random drug or drug and alcohol tests conducted after appointment may result in removal from Federal employment. Become fully knowledgeable of and follow the safety practices of the BPA Accident Prevention Manual. 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. Possess within 1 year after appointment, and maintain continuously thereafter, a First Aid Card and a CPR card. Possess a clearance certificate and an electrical worker's permit or obtain them within 1 year of appointment and maintain continuously thereafter. Possess a valid state driver's license at the time of employment.Applicants must possess a valid state driver’s license. 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. Once employed the incumbent will also be required to provide proof of a valid commercial driver's license (CDL) with all endorsements that are required to operate substation maintenance and construction equipment from the state of residence within 120 days after appointment. Traffic citations indicating poor driving habits may disqualify applicants. Be certified on aerial lift or other equipment if assigned to use or operate. Take First Aid refresher training, when possible. Subject to call for emergency work at any time. Daily driving is required in all weather conditions. Drive two and four-wheel drive vehicles, which may include towing various equipment trailers, normally used in substation maintenance and construction. Be able to wear protective apparel such as respirators when required for worker safety. During the first year, new hires will be required to successfully complete the Power System Electrician orientation training. This includes evaluating employees on both written and performance tests. 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. This announcement is also being advertised under Merit Promotion as announcement DOE-BPA-21-14484-MP. If you are a status candidate or intend to apply under a Special Hiring Authority (e.g. Schedule A, VEOA, etc.), please apply under the Merit Promotion announcement. Hiring incentives may be authorized for a highly qualified candidate based on budget availability and in accordance with federal regulations. OTHER REQUIREMENTS: 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. 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 preliminary background check must be completed before a new employee can begin work. Current Federal employees or other individuals with an existing completed background investigation may not be required to undergo another background check. Selectee may be subject to a 1 year probationary period. Qualifications 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. Your resume should demonstrate that you possess these elements and screen out. 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 elements and screen out identified below. This job has a screen-out factors 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(s) or who do not score at least half of the total points possible across all elements will be found ineligible. The screen-out element for this position is: Element 1: ABILITY TO PERFORM THE WORK OF THE POSITION WITHOUT MORE THAN NORMAL SUPERVISION. (SCREEN-OUT ELEMENT). Failure to meet this requirement will result in an ineligible rating.) The Screen-out Element for the BB-00 position is:Ability to do the work of an Electrician without more than normal supervision to include:1) maintaining, installing, modifying, calibrating, repairing of electrical sub-stations, power generation/transmission/distribution equipment and systems at 11,000 to 500,000 volts 2) climbing, maintaining and repairing electrical sub-stations; transformer banks. In addition to the screen-out element you will be evaluated on the following Job Elements through your resume and responses to the on-line assessment questionnaire: Element 2: Knowledge of Electrical EquipmentElement 3: Theory and Instruments (Electrical) Used in Shop and Trade PracticesElement 4: Technical Practices (theoretical, precise, and artistic)Element 5: Ability to Use Electrical DrawingsElement 6: Ability to Use and Maintain Hand Tools (Electrical Work)Element 7: Troubleshooting (Electrical) Physical effort:Work is physically demanding, may require working under stress in hazardous situations, may need to climb poles (average 40 feet, maximum 110 feet) such as on steel framework, platforms and ladders adjacent to high-voltage equipment in all weather conditions; lifts tools andequipment that weighs about 10-20 pounds; Pushing/pulling while assembling bolts and parts. Moves and positions equipment and materials weighing from 100-200 pounds such as nitrogen and oxygen bottles, SF6 cylinders, and capacitors; Ability to raise, lower and maneuver up to 30 pounds utilizing a pole 20 feet or more in length; extends arms frequently overhead andreaching to perform repairs; may crouch for long periods when working in confined spaces or while wiring or working on pumps; provide clear, accurate communication, receive verbaldirections/ use/hear telephone & warning devices & abnormal noises; able to detect various gases by smell; and have spatial ability/depthperception/night vision/color discrimination/distant binocular acuity of 20/40 or better. WORKING CONDITIONS: Working conditions vary depending on tasks. Most work is performed outside in all weather conditions, but some work is done inside under normal shop conditions. Work is performed around energized equipment, such as switchboards containing critical control circuits where carelessness could cause a serious system disturbance or outage. Work is done in energized Substations at various heights in excess of 100 feet,such as on steel framework, platforms, and ladders adjacent to energized high-voltage equipment. The Electrician must frequently work on surfaces which are slippery due to insulating oil or ice. Installing conduit, pulling cable, working in oil circuit breaker (OCB) tanks, etc., involves working in restricted and cramped quarters. Approved respiratory and safety equipment shall be worn when hazardous substances are being handled (oil, acid, and solvent fumes, etc.). At times, work may be physically demanding. The work environment will occasionally include high noise levels or exposure to hazardous substances (i.e., mercury, acids, solvents, PCB's, etc.) that could, if precautions are not followed, pose a health risk. Potential exposure to radiation could occur if assigned to work at the WNP2 plant (Ashe and Hanford). Emergencies, critical system conditions, or outage limitations may require that work be systemwide, done at night or under serious time pressures. System priorities may require extended periods of overtime including working weekends and holidays. "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. As part of the application process, you must complete and submit an online occupational questionnaire. If your resume is incomplete or does not support the responses you provide in your online questionnaire, or if you fail to submit all required documentation before the closing date, you may be rated 'ineligible', 'not qualified', or your score may be adjusted accordingly.You must meet all qualifications and eligibility requirements by the closing date of this announcement. Education 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:http://www.usajobs.gov/eeoReasonable Accommodation Policy:http://www.usajobs.gov/rapsVeterans Information:http://www.usajobs.gov/viTelework:www.telework.govSelective Service Registration:http://www.sss.gov/ BPA strives to ensure a safe, positive, inclusive work environment, supported by Leadership Behaviors. For more information on Leadership Behaviors visit: www.bpa.gov/goto/LeadershipBehaviors 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.