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Electrical Engineer

Bonneville Power Administration

Vancouver, Washington 98665
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Job Title:   Electrical Engineer

Hiring Organization: Bonneville Power Administration


Job Announcement Number: DOE-BPA-18-12449-DE


SALARY RANGE: $85816.00 - $118,240.00


OPEN PERIOD: 11/120/2017 – 12/05/2017 

POSITION INFORMATION: Full-time - Permanent  


DUTY LOCATIONS: Vancouver, WA or Spokane, WA 


WHO MAY APPLY: Open to all US Citizens


JOB DESCRIPTION:            

This position is located in Real Time Study Desk (TORS) organization of Real Time Operations, Transmission System Operations, Transmission Services, and Bonneville Power Administration (BPA). Real Time Operations operates and controls the BPA transmission system and federal generation. It operates two Control Centers, Dittmer Dispatch and Munro Dispatch. It provides the NERC defined Transmission Operator (TOP) and Balancing Authority (BA) roles for BPA. It provides an electrically safe work environment for field crews; controls voltage on the transmission system; directs and controls power system stability controls; and arranges transmission and communication system outages for the BPA transmission system to allow the construction, maintenance, and repair of facilities. Determines the priorities and directs field crews in the emergency restoration of electric service, authorizes and provides emergency assistance, authorizes and requests emergency assistance, and coordinates BPA system operation with interconnected utilities. During transmission system emergencies, this function exercises broad authority to arrange for purchases, hires, or loans of equipment, materials, and resources as needed or arranges for the delivery or receipt of power or energy to prevent disruption of services or to restore interrupted service. It provides operational expertise for NERC and WECC Compliance standards, including the development of standards, documentation of compliance, and identification of potential standard violations.



As the Electrical Engineer you will:    

  • Conduct engineering studies for electrical power systems.

  • Observe system conditions in a real-time simulator environment in order to analyze current-day and next-day operations under normal or emergency conditions.

  • Perform contingency, voltage stability, and transient stability analysis to inform and support BPA Dispatcher operations.

  • Review and validate unusual real-time contingency analysis results, such as unsolved contingencies, excessive limit exceedences, or islanding contingencies.

  • Use existing power flow models or develops new algorithms to test system performance and determines whether systems anomalies are the result of an actual problem or faulty data models.

  • Design or direct the development of unique or leading-edge technology for the study of the Electrical Power System.

  • Work with other engineering groups and serves as subject-matter expert to develop improved tools to support real-time analysis capability.

  • Develop algorithms and specifications for technology innovation projects that are ultimately contracted out to a vendor for implementation.

  • Analyze and interpret real-time, current-day, and next-day analysis results; make decisions based on limited information and provides actionable information based on knowledge of existing operating instructions, study results, and expert judgment.

  • Provide real-time guidance to BPA Dispatch on system operating limits and actions necessary to ensure reliable operation of the FCRTS following unplanned events.




    • You must be a United States Citizen

    • New appointees must successfully complete a 1 year probationary period


In addition to the Basic Requirements, a qualified candidate's application and resume must demonstrate at least one year of specialized experience.


GS-13: You must have one year of specialized experience equivalent to the next lower grade (GS-12). Specialized experience is defined as:  Experience applying advanced theories, concepts, and methods to plan and conduct engineering studies and analyses for an electrical transmission system in order to analyze current-day and next-day operations under real-time conditions.  There is no substitution of education at the GS-13 level.

Your application and resume should demonstrate that you possess the following knowledge, skills, abilities and competencies (KSACs). You do not need to provide a separate narrative written statement. Instead, 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.

  1. 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.                                                            
  2. Problem Solving- Identifies problems; determines accuracy and relevance of information; uses sound judgment to generate and evaluate alternatives, and to make recommendations.
  3. Reasoning-Identifies rules, principles, or relationships that explain facts, data, or other information; analyzes information and makes correct inferences or draws accurate conclusions.
  4. 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.
  5. Written Communication-Writes in a clear, concise, organized, and convincing manner for the intended audience.
  6. Modeling and Simulation-Knowledge of the tools and techniques used to develop functional, physical, or prototype models and simulations for test and evaluation programs, the prediction of behavior and phenomena, and to visually communicate concepts.

 NOTE: Please refer to complete vacancy announcement at: to view qualification requirements, guidelines on how to apply, and detailed information on this position.

To be considered for this position, you must submit a complete application no later than 11:59pm (Eastern Time) on 12/05/2017.  

Contact information:

Diane Golden

Phone: 503-230-5836
Fax: 000-000-0000