Bonneville Power Administration Lineman Apprentice II (Recent Graduate) in United States
Summary The Lineman Apprenticeship program is a formal 4-year program consisting of 8 steps of 6 months each. The apprentice must pass an examination following each 6-month step to remain in this program. Apprentices will be promoted to journeyman after successfully passing the eighth step examination. A successful candidate in the Lineman Apprentice II (Recent Graduate) is expected to gain knowledge of various work processes with progressively difficult assignments throughout their apprentice. Responsibilities This announcement is also being advertised under Merit Promotion as announcement 22-BPA-28188-11345812-MP. If you have a Special Hiring Authority (e.g. Schedule A, VEOA, etc.), please apply under the Merit Promotion announcement. A successful candidate in the position of Lineman Apprentice II will, under the direct supervision of a Journeyman Lineman or Lineman Foreman, be trained to maintain and construct high voltage lines throughout the Northwest. Lineman Apprentices will be trained to perform this work on wood pole and steel tower lines through 500kV alternating current (AC) and lO00kV direct current (DC). A Lineman Apprentice II: Performs construction and maintenance work (including hot line maintenance) on either wood pole or steel tower lines including excavations and footings, framing and erecting towers and poles, hanging insulators and hardware, and stringing, sagging and clipping conductors. Replaces or repairs damaged steel towers, wood poles, crossarms, and conductors; relocates towers and poles; inspects and treats wood poles; and replaces insulators. Performs, or supervises, right-of-way maintenance work such as brush and weed control, cutting or topping dangerous trees, seeding cover crops for erosion control. Repairs access roads and installs or repairs bridges, culverts, fences and gates. Maintains microwave towers, antennas, and airway lighting installations; performs maintenance tasks in substations, involving overhead line work and other tasks requiring the use of line maintenance equipment. Patrols transmission lines and reports conditions of lines. Takes clearances and occasionally performs switching at unattended substations and line sectionalizing disconnect switches. Completes associated documentation required of the above listed tasks. Drives 25-30% of the time in all weather conditions. To be eligible for the Recent Graduate program you must be a: Recent graduate who has completed, within the previous two years, a qualifying associates, bachelors, masters, professional, doctorate, vocational or technical degree or certificate from a qualifying educational institution. -OR Student who within nine months of the closing date of this announcement will meet the education requirements and will graduate with a qualifying associates, bachelors, masters, professional, doctorate, vocational or technical degree or certificate from a qualifying educational institution. A student may not be appointed to a position until they have graduated. -OR Preference eligible veteran who was precluded from applying due to their military service obligation beginning of their two-year eligibility period, upon release, or discharge from active duty. Eligibility for these veterans cannot exceed six years after degree or certificate completion. As required by Executive Order 14043, Federal employees are required to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 regardless of the employee's duty location or work arrangement (e.g., telework, remote work), subject to such exceptions as required by law. If you are selected for this position, you will be required to be vaccinated against COVID-19 by November 22, 2021, or prior to onboarding, if hired after November 22, unless you request a legally required exception from this requirement. As part of onboarding, you will need to submit DOE's Certification of COVID-19 Vaccination for Prospective Federal Employees attesting to truthfulness that you are fully vaccinated by November 22, 2021, or prior to onboarding, if hired after November 22, 2021. Once onboard, you will then be required to provide proof of vaccination in DOE's MyEnergy system and certify the documentation you provide is true and correct under penalty of perjury. Providing a knowing and willful false statement on either DOE's COVID-19 Vaccination Form prior to starting or when providing proof of vaccination in DOE's MyEnergy system once onboard is punishable by fine and/or imprisonment (18 U.S.C. 1001) and will result in termination from Federal service. Requirements Conditions of Employment Must be a U.S. Citizen or National. This employer participates in the e-Verify program. Males born after 12/31/1959 must be registered for Selective Service. Suitable for Federal employment, as determined by a background investigation. A 1-year trial period is required. Must be in good academic standing. A Pathways Recent Graduate Participant Agreement is required. When you apply you will be asked a series of questions to determine your eligibility for employment and your qualification for this position specifically. A preliminary background check must be completed before a new employee can begin work. Satisfactory completion of each step and associated related training is mandatory for advancement to the next step. Failure to meet apprentice program requirements contained in the Standards of Apprenticeship will result in removal from the apprenticeship program. 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. Extended periods of travel may be required. If exposed to health hazards, have periodic physical examinations as prescribed by competent medical authority at BPA expense. (Employees will work in close proximity to substances such as solvents, PCB's, chemicals, etc., 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. Take First Aid Training to obtain a valid First Aid Card within the first 6 months of employment and maintain continuously thereafter. CONVERSION REQUIREMENTS: Pathways Recent Graduates are converted to a term or permanent position upon program completion. This is not automatic nor guaranteed. Conversion is at the discretion of the hiring manager and employing office. To be eligible for conversion to permanent or term position, a Recent Graduate must: Be a U.S. citizen; Successful completion of 1 year of continuous service; Complete all training and development requirements within the 1-year appointment period; Demonstrate successful job performance; Meet the OPM qualification standards for the position to which converted; Receive a recommendation for conversion from the first-level supervisor; and Meet agency-specific requirements, as specified in the Participant Agreement. Qualifications 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 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 be clear and specific when describing your experience. 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 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 the screen-out elements, will be found ineligible. The Screen-out Element for this position is: Ability to successfully perform the work of a Lineman Apprentice II, is defined as the ability to do the work of the position without more than normal supervision of the following example of duties of a lineman 1) Basic groundsman duties (e.g., safety, using VHF radio, first aid and CPR, 2) splicing three-strand rope and tying specialty knots (e.g., square, half hitch, clove hitch, bowline), or 3) determining how many and what size grounds are required to ground electrical lines and equipment, testing grounds, or performing rigging inspections. Job Elements: Ability To Do The Work Of The Position Without More Than Normal SupervisionAbility To Follow Directions in a ShopKnowledge of shop practices (specify line of work) OTHER REQUIREMENTS: Possess or obtain a CPR Card within the first 6 months of employment and maintain continuously thereafter. Possess or obtain a Restricted Electrical Workers' permit within the one-year of employment and maintain it continuously thereafter. Possess or obtain valid commercial driver's license (CDL) with all endorsements that are required to operate TLM equipment from state of residence within one-year of employment and continuously thereafter. Possess a U.S. Motor Vehicle Operator Authorization or obtain within 30 days after appointment. Subject to call for emergency work at any time. Obtain certification on the equipment associated with line maintenance if assigned to use or operate. Operate motor vehicles and equipment normally used in line maintenance and construction. Obtain certification as a flag person. As part of the job requirements, the Lineman Apprentice shall be required to apply restricted use pesticides, and, at the discretion of the Regional Manager, may be required to obtain a pesticide applicators' permit. The Administration shall provide the necessary training for such a permit. Occasionally, fly in helicopter or fixed wing aircraft in the performance of assigned duties. During the eight steps of the Apprenticeship Program the Standard Clearance Certification Examination for Lineman will be administered to the Apprentice. Satisfactory completion of this examination is a mandatory requirement for graduation to the journeyman level. Apprentices may be selected for and relocated to their first assigned duty station during the last 12-months of their apprenticeship program in accordance with BPA-CPTC memorandum of understanding (MOU) applicable to apprentice placement. This position requires a pre-employment medical exam, at BPA expense, prior to appointment due to the physical requirements of the position. After employment, this position may be subject to periodic physical examinations, as prescribed by competent medical authority and at BPA expense. The next Lineman Apprentice class is scheduled to begin in July 2022. "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. Education In order to be rated as eligible, you must submit transcripts from a qualifying associates, bachelors, masters, professional, doctorate, vocational or technical degree or certificate for proof of education and degree conferred date. Failure to provide copies of your transcripts MAY result in a rating of "Ineligible". Your transcripts must reflect your degree title and degree conferred/awarded date. But, if you are graduating within the next nine months, transcript must reflect the degree you are seeking and resume to state expected graduation date. 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. DO NOT email or mail in any of your application documents. Documents will not be accepted outside of the online application system. Additional Information The U.S. Department of Energy fosters a diverse and inclusive workplace and is an Equal Opportunity Employer. This job opportunity announcement may be used to fill additional similar vacancies across DOE. For general information on government-wide Telework polices visit: www.telework.gov Information on how to create a federal resume https://www.usa.gov/government-jobs https://www.usajobs.gov/Help/how-to/account/documents/resume/ https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8YX7o1PBoFk EEO Policy: http://www.usajobs.gov/eeo Reasonable Accommodation Policy: http://www.usajobs.gov/raps Veterans Information: http://www.usajobs.gov/vi Telework: www.telework.gov Selective 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.