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Bonneville Power Administration Lineman in United States

Summary Hiring incentives may be authorized for a highly qualified candidate based on budget availability and in accordance with federal regulations. There are several Lineman positions available with Bonneville Power Administration (BPA) in different locations throughout the Pacific Northwest. A successful candidate in this position will perform work under the supervision of a Lineman Foreman. The degree of supervision will depend upon tasks performed and working conditions. Responsibilities 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; relocate towers and poles; inspect and treat wood poles; and replace 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 install or repair bridges, culverts, fences, and gates. Maintain 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. Patrol transmission lines and report conditions of lines. Take clearances and occasionally perform switching at unattended substations and line sectionalizing disconnect switches. Complete associated paperwork and complete reports required of the above listed tasks. When the Lineman is performing hot line work, supervision will be direct and detailed. When the work situation does not involve hot line work, emergencies, or conditions of similar scope, the Lineman will complete tasks under more general supervision. Work is performed in compliance with government regulations, BPA safety rules, and the BPA-CPTC Collective Agreement. This is a union position. Requirements Conditions of Employment 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. Position is subject to initial pre-employment Drug Testing and random drug testing thereafter. 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, if exposed to health hazards. 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 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) by appointment 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). Become familiar with and follow the safety practices of the BPA Accident Prevention Manual. Drives 25-30% of the time in all weather conditions. 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. May be required to successfully complete a 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. 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) will be found ineligible. The screen-out element for this position is: Experience in Lineman work without more than normal supervision in performing construction and maintenance, including hot line maintenance on either wood pole or steel tower lines, excavations and footings, framing and erecting towers and poles, hanging insulators, and hardware, and stringing, sagging, and clipping conductor. Failure to meet this Screen out Element 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: Ability To Do The Work Of The Position Without More Than Normal Supervision Ability To Use and Maintain Hand Tools (Electrical Work) Ability To Use Electrical Drawings Knowledge of Electrical Equipment Technical Practices (theoretical, precise, artistic) Theory and Instruments (Electrical, Electronic) Used in Shop and Trade Practices Trouble shooting (electrical) If your knowledge and ability in the SCREEN OUT factor above is not sufficient, you will receive no further consideration. In preparing your application, describe in detail the experience and training which you have had that specifically prepared you for this job and to perform the duties described for this job. Experience should be clearly described and documented in your resume. The qualifications reviewer will not assume performance of such duties by Job Titles alone. This position has a selective placement factor, failure to meet this requirement(s) will result in an ineligible rating. Must possess a valid commercial driver's license (CDL) with all endorsements that are required to operate TLM equipment from state of residence. PHYSICAL EFFORT: Able to climb poles (average 65 feet, maximum 110 feet) and towers (average 100 feet, maximum: 535 feet), in all weather conditions; may average 4-6 climbs per day. Balancing required on narrow and slippery surfaces at heights and in varied weather conditions as well as on uneven and steep terrain. Lifts tools and equipment. Average is 30-50 pounds. May occasionally lift in excess of 100 lbs. Pulls equipment and tools from ground to pole/tower utilizing hoists and rigging. Pulls wires and maneuvers loads in excess of 100 pounds. Extends arms in frequent overhead and frontal reaching to perform repairs, pull wires, and handle equipment/tools. WORKING CONDITIONS: The Lineman works outdoors in all kinds of weather conditions; and may work for long periods in cold, wet, or icy weather, and high winds. Work is often performed on steel or wood structures at considerable heights, and on or near energized conductors or equipment. The employee often works in awkward positions, supported only by a safety belt, or a safety belt and climbers. In other instances, the Lineman may work on precipitous slopes, and rugged or brushy terrain. When repairing conductors, the Lineman may ride in a trolley on the conductor, high above the ground. The Lineman may climb to considerable heights many times a day. The employee may walk long distances over rugged terrain and work in locations inaccessible to mobile equipment. The Lineman frequently uses hand tools, such as axes and hot sticks, or power tools such as chain saws, for extended periods of time. T he work environment will occasionally include high noise levels and/or exposure to hazardous substances (i.e., solvents, PCB's, chemicals, etc.) that could, if precautions are not followed, pose a health risk. Approved respiratory and safety equipment shall be worn when hazardous substances are being handled. Emergencies, critical system conditions, or outage limitations may require that work be done at night and/or under time restraints. System priorities may require extended periods of overtime including working weekends. When assigned to a live-line bare hand crew the Lineman may be in continuous travel status. "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 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. 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: Information on how to create a federal resume EEO Policy: Reasonable Accommodation Policy: Veterans Information: Telework: Selective Service Registration: This announcement has been amended as follows: The closing date has been extended to 07-DEC-2022. This position does not support remote work. You will be required to report physically to the official reporting worksite as specified by the supervisor, but no less than 2 days per pay period. Under the Employee Referral Bonus program (ERP), certain BPA employees may be eligible for a monetary award for referring outside candidates for this difficult-to-fill position. The referring employee must complete the form BPA F 33300.01e and email it to by midnight of the closing date of the job posting. 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.