This position is located in an Operations and Maintenance (O&M) District under one of the three Senior O&M Managers, Transmission Field Services (TF), Transmission Services (T). Transmission Field Services is responsible for field switching operation and maintenance of Bonneville’s high-voltage electrical transmission system to provide safe, reliable, and cost-effective service to customers.
As a Electrical Engineer, you will:
Serve as Electrical Engineer in System Protection for system integration, modification, redesign, troubleshooting, installation, operation and maintenance, and failure analysis for all SPC systems and equipment in the District and for working with manufacturers, BPA, and other contractor resources for design, test, and integration of new and/or experimental equipment that extends the technology of the industry.
Work with manufacturers, BPA and other contractor resources for design, test, and integration of new and/or experimental equipment that extends the technology of the industry.
Investigate and resolve problems and conditions in electrical SPC systems and equipment impacting costs, efficiency, safety, and performance; conducts detailed, comprehensive engineering studies to determine cause of equipment failures; researches trends and patterns.
Conduct of test and energization of new SPC systems and equipment in the District.
Examine scheme design for conformance with accepted practice in the specialized field.
Identify problems and recommends and implements solutions.
Equipment responsibilities include communication processors; phase angle measurement units; protective relaying schemes for 500 kV transmission lines (including single pole tripping), protective relaying schemes for 115 kV and 230 kV transmission lines, as well as reclosing policies, protective relaying schemes for reactive and capacitive control and protection, protective relaying schemes for bus and transformer protection as well as hardware and software applications associated with all protective relaying systems.
A. Degree: Engineering. To be acceptable, the program must: (1) lead to a bachelor’s degree in a school of engineering with at least one program accredited by ABET; or (2) include differential and integral calculus and courses (more advanced than first-year physics and chemistry) in five of the following seven areas of engineering science or physics: (a) statics, dynamics; (b) strength of materials (stress-strain relationships); (c) fluid mechanics, hydraulics; (d) thermodynamics; (e) electrical fields and circuits; (f) nature and properties of materials (relating particle and aggregate structure to properties); and (g) any other comparable area of fundamental engineering science or physics, such as optics, heat transfer, soil mechanics, or electronics. —OR—
B. Combination of Education and Experience -- college-level education, training, and/or technical experience that furnished (1) a thorough knowledge of the physical and mathematical sciences underlying engineering, and (2) a good understanding, both theoretical and practical, of the engineering sciences and techniques and their applications to one of the branches of engineering. The adequacy of such background must be demonstrated by one of the following:
Professional Registration or Licensure -- Current registration as an Engineer Intern (EI), Engineer in Training (EIT), or licensure as a Professional Engineer (PE) by any State, the District of Columbia, Guam, or Puerto Rico. —OR—
Written Test -- Evidence of having successfully passed the Fundamentals of Engineering (FE) examination or any other written test required for professional registration by an engineering licensure board in the various States, the District of Columbia, Guam, and Puerto Rico.—OR—
Specified Academic Courses -- Successful completion of at least 60 semester hours of courses in the physical, mathematical, and engineering sciences and that included the courses specified in the basic requirements under paragraph A. The courses must be fully acceptable toward meeting the requirements of an engineering program as described in paragraph A.—OR—
Related Curriculum -- Successful completion of a curriculum leading to a bachelor's degree in an appropriate scientific field, e.g., engineering technology, physics, chemistry, architecture, computer science, mathematics, hydrology, or geology, may be accepted in lieu of a bachelor’s degree in engineering, provided the applicant has had at least 1 year of professional engineering experience acquired under professional engineering supervision and guidance. Ordinarily there should be either an established plan of intensive training to develop professional engineering competence, or several years of prior professional engineering-type experience, e.g., in interdisciplinary positions. (The above examples of related curricula are not all-inclusive.)
This vacancy has a positive education requirement. In order to be rated as qualified, you must provide copies of your college transcripts. Failure to provide copies of your college transcripts may result in a rating of "Ineligible".
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.
SPECIALIZED EXPERIENCE REQUIREMENTS
In addition to the meeting the basic requirement, a qualified candidate's online application and resume must demonstrate at least one year of specialized experience.
GS-07: You must have one year of specialized experience equivalent to the next lower grade (GS-05): Experience applying basic electrical engineering theories, concepts, principles and methodologies to accomplish developmental assignments. This experience should have included: making calculations applying standard formulas; preparing graphs, curves, and tables for other engineers; recording factual data in tests and observation studies; performing drafting and minor detail design; and/or searching technical reports to obtain information.
You may substitute education for specialized experience as follows: • One year of graduate-level education, or superior academic achievement (S.A.A.) gained in a bachelor degree curriculum that is qualifying for the position to be filled (based on class standing, grade-point average, or honor society membership). See the following link for more information: https://www.opm.gov/policy-data-oversight/classification-qualifications/general-schedule-qualification-policies/#url=app —OR— • Combination of education and experience as described above. Less than one year of specialized experience may be combined with completed graduate education.
GS-09: You must have one year of specialized experience equivalent to the next lower grade (GS-07): Experience applying electrical engineering theories, concepts, principles and methodologies to conduct routine engineering studies and tests to identify problems on an electrical power system. This experience should have included: adapting practices and techniques to specific situations; adjusting and correlating data; recognizing discrepancies and deviations in results; following operations through a series of related detailed steps or processes; making tentative and preliminary selections; adapting engineering alternatives and/or after approval by the supervisor, carrying out a sequence of details.
You may substitute education for specialized experience as follows: • Two years of progressively higher level graduate education leading to a master's degree, or master's, or equivalent graduate degree; your education must demonstrate the knowledge, skills, and abilities necessary to do the work. —OR— • Combination of education and experience as described above. Less than one year of specialized experience may be combined with graduate education in excess of the amount required for the next lower grade level (i.e., credit hours beyond the first year of full-time study may be credited).
GS-11: You must have one year of specialized experience equivalent to the next lower grade (GS-09): Experience participating in electrical engineering studies, analyses and tests to identify, analyze, and recommend solutions to problems related to the operation, maintenance or construction of a transmission or distribution power system. This experience should have included: performing assignments in which complex features occur infrequently or in isolated, single units; making minor deviations to previous work, such as sizes, dimensions, and relationships of details, which can be resolved by engineering calculations; investigating a limited number of variables; carrying out experiments in accordance with approaches which have been structured by others; planning project details on the basis of precedents established in related projects; recommending methods of standardized analysis as a basis for solving problems; and/or making only minor adaptations or modifications to well-established methods and techniques.
You may substitute education for specialized experience as follows: • Three years of progressively higher level graduate education leading to a Ph.D. degree, or Ph.D., or equivalent doctoral degree; your education must demonstrate the knowledge, skills, and abilities necessary to do the work. —OR— • Combination of education and experience as described above. Less than one year of specialized experience may be combined with graduate education in excess of the amount required for the next lower grade level (i.e., credit hours beyond the first two years of full-time study may be credited).
GS-12: You must have one year of specialized experience equivalent to the next lower grade (GS-11): Experience in planning and conducting electrical engineering studies, analyses, tests, and calculations to solve problems associated with the protective relaying, metering, telemetering, alarm, and data logging systems and control shcemes of a transmission or distribution power system. This experience should have included: performing assignments that involve combinations of complex features; planning and conducting work for which precedent data, criteria, methods, or techniques are inadequate in some respects, or contain narrow gaps; and/or completing work where the purpose is to improve, extend, or validate currently known precedents, data, methods, or techniques.
There is no substitution of education for experience at the GS-12 grade level.
Your application and 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 application how your past work experience demonstrates that you possess the KSACs identified below. Cite specific examples of employment or experience contained in your resume 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.
Electrical Engineering: 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.
Problem Solving: Identifies problems; determines accuracy and relevance of information; uses sound judgment to generate and evaluate alternatives, and to make recommendations.
Technical Documentation: Understands and appropriately applies principles, procedures, requirements, regulations, and policies related to specialized expertise.
Technology Application: Uses machines, tools, instruments, or equipment effectively; uses computers and computer applications to analyze and communicate information in the appropriate format.
Oral Communication: Expresses information (for example, ideas or facts) to individuals or groups effectively, taking into account the audience and nature of the information (for example, technical, sensitive, controversial); makes clear and convincing oral presentations; listens to others, attends to nonverbal cues, and responds appropriately.
"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.
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.
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.
This position requires a valid driver's license as a condition of employment.
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.
Additional Salary Information: The salary is based on a Special Rate Table, Number: 0755 https://apps.opm.gov/SpecialRates/2019/Table075501012019.aspx
Internal Number: DOE-BPA-21-14499-DE
About Department of Energy, Bonneville Power Administration
?The Bonneville Power Administration is a nonprofit federal power marketing administration based in the Pacific Northwest. Although BPA is part of the U.S. Department of Energy, it is self-funding and covers its costs by selling its products and services. BPA markets wholesale electrical power from 31 federal hydroelectric projects in the Northwest, one nonfederal nuclear plant and several small nonfederal power plants. The dams are operated by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and the Bureau of Reclamation. The nonfederal nuclear plant, Columbia Generating Station, is owned and operated by Energy Northwest, a joint operating agency of the state of Washington. BPA provides about 28 percent of the electric power used in the Northwest and its resources — primarily hydroelectric — make BPA power nearly carbon free.
BPA also operates and maintains about three-fourths of the high-voltage transmission in its service territory. BPA’s territory includes Idaho, Oregon, Washington, western Montana and small parts of eastern Montana, California, Nevada, Utah and Wyoming.
BPA promotes energy efficiency, renewable resources and new technologies that improve its ability to deliver on its mi...ssion. It also funds regional efforts to protect and rebuild fish and wildlife populations affected by hydropower development in the Columbia River Basin.
BPA is committed to public service and seeks to make its decisions in a manner that provides opportunities for input from all stakeholders. In its vision statement, BPA dedicates itself to providing high system reliability, low rates consistent with sound business principles, environmental stewardship and accountability.