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Bonneville Power Administration Lineman - OPEN CONTINUOUS ANNOUNCEMENT in United States


*This is an Open Continuous Announcement to establish a standing register of qualified candidates to refer as vacancies occur. The first cut-off date for receipt/referral of applications will be February 15, 2020; after this date additional referral lists will be created as vacancies are available. Final application disposition will be completed once all positions have been filled or the announcement reaches the end of the open period stated in the announcement. *


A successful candidate will perform construction and maintenance work (including hot line) on either wood or steel tower transmission lines.As a Lineman, you will: Perform 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 conductor. Replace or repair damaged steel towers, wood poles, crossarms, and conductors; relocates towers and poles; inspects and treats wood poles; and replaces insulators. Perform, or occasionally supervise, right-of-way maintenance work such as brush and weed control, cutting or topping danger trees, seeding cover crops for erosion control. Repair access roads and installs or repairs bridges, culverts, fences, and gates. Maintains microwave towers, antennas, and airway lighting installations. Perform 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. Take clearances and occasionally performs switching at unattended substations and line sectionalizing disconnect switches. Complete associated paperwork and completes reports required of the above listed tasks.


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 Delegated Examining as announcement DOE-BPA-20-13791-DE.


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 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 Lineman (High Voltage Electrician, BB-2810-00) position is:Element 1: ABILITY TO PERFORM THE WORK OF A LINEMAN 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 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 equipment.Element 3: Theory and Instruments (Electrical, Electronic) Used in Shop and Trade Practices.Element 4: Technical Practices (theoretical, precise, artistic).Element 5: Ability To Use Electrical Drawings.Element 6: Ability to Use and Maintain Hand Tools (Electrical Work).Element 7: Trouble shooting (electrical)."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.NOTE:Applicants must possess a valid commercial driver’s license (CDL) Possess valid commercial driver’s license (CDL)-Class A with Air-Break Endorsement. 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. Traffic citations indicating poor driving habits may disqualify applicants.Physical effort:Work is physically demanding, may require working under stress in hazardous situations, may need to climb poles (average 65 feet, maximum 110 feet) and towers (average 100 feet, maximum 535 feet) in all weather conditions at least 4 to 6 times per day; lifts tools and equipment that weighs about 30-50 pounds; pulls equipment and tools from ground to pole/tower utilizing hoists and rigging; work in awkward positions on equipment, towers, and poles; pulls hoist lines with various loads weighing up to 80 pounds; extends arms frequently overhead and reaching to perform repairs; needs to crouch and kneel for extended periods of time; provide clear, accurate communication, receive verbal directions/ use/hear telephone & warning devices & abnormal noises; able to detect various gases by smell; and have spatial ability/depth perception/night vision/color discrimination/distant binocular acuity of 20/40 or better.Working Conditions:Requires the ability to perform effectively under stress for extended periods of time in hazardous situations; work may involve working alone and possibly in isolated locations; Required to work outside in all weather conditions. Exposure to loud noises and hazards of working around high voltage equipment. May need to work with chemicals such as solvents, oils, fluids, and lubricants. Required to wear safety protection (hearing protection, respirators, safety glasses, hard hats, knee pads, insulated rubber or leather gloves, fall protection, and other protective clothing as needed). CTAP/ICTAP 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 each cut-off date for this Open Continuous Announcement. The first cut-off date for receipt/referral of applications will be be February 15, 2020; after this date additional referral lists will be created as vacancies are available.

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 each cut-off date, you may be rated 'ineligible', 'not qualified', or your score may be adjusted accordingly. 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.

Selectee may be subject to a 1 year probationary period.

Selectee must 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.

If exposed to health hazards, selectee must have pre-employment and periodic physical examinations as prescribed by competent medical authority at BPA expense.

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

Position is subject to initial pre-employment Drug Testing and random drug testing thereafter.

Possess valid First Aid Card, CPR Card, and an electrical worker's permit or obtain within 30 days after appointment.

Possess valid commercial driver’s license (CDL)[Class A with Air-Break Endorsement]with all endorsements that are required to operate TLM equipment from state of residence. Traffic citations indicating poor driving habits may disqualify applicants.

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 normally used in line maintenance and construction.

Obtain certification as a flag person.

As part of the job requirements, the Lineman shall be required to apply restricted use pesticides, and, at the discretion of the Manager, may be required to obtain a pesticide applicators’ permit. The Administration shall provide the necessary training for such a permit.

Become certified to take a clearance within 30 days after reporting for duty.

Occasionally, fly in helicopter or fixed wing aircraft in the performance of assigned duties.

Obtain and maintain live-line bare hand certification (requirement for live-line bare hand crew members only).


This position does not have a education requirement; however, if you are using education or training to support meeting the qualifications or other requirements for this position, you must submit proof of education or training.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.

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.

If you believe that you are eligible for the Interagency Career Transition Assistance Program (ICTAP), please visit the OPM ICTAP/CTAP website for more information. In order to be considered under the ICTAP 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: 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.