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Electrical Engineer

Bonneville Power Administration (BONNEVILLE POWER ADMINISTRATION)


Location:
Vancouver, Washington 98665
Date:
11/21/2017
2017-11-212017-12-21
Job Type:
Employee
Job Status:
Full Time
Categories:
  • Energy
  • Design/Development Engineering
Bonneville Power Administration (BONNEVILLE POWER ADMINISTRATION)
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Job Details

Job Title:  Electrical Engineer

Hiring Organization: Bonneville Power Administration

Job Announcement Number: DOE-BPA-17-12448-DE/MP

SALARY RANGE:  

Grade 09: $56,229.00 to $69,207.00 

Grade 11: $61,049.00 to $82,956.00 

Grade 12: $72,168.00 to $99,439.00

OPEN PERIOD:  11/21/2017 to 12/05/2017

POSITION INFORMATION: Full-Time Permanent

DUTY LOCATIONS: Vancouver, WA and/or Spokane, WA

WHO MAY APPLY: All US Citizens

 JOB DESCRIPTION:

This position is located in Real Time Study Desk (TORS) of Real Time Operations (TOR), System Operations (TO), Transmission Services (T), Bonneville Power Administration (BPA). Real Time Study Desk provides specialized power system analysis technical support for real-time transmission system operations by performing next-day studies and providing real-time power analysis including timely assessment of the current electrical system configuration, flows, generation and loads to determine electrical security of the BPA transmission grid and our interconnections.  This analysis provides direction/guidance to System Dispatchers as they manage and operate the transmission grid. 

DUTIES:

As an Electrical Engineer, you will:

  • Perform real-time, current day, and next day Operations Studies/Analysis in 12 hour rotating shifts to provide specialized power system analysis technical support for real-time transmission system operations including timely assessment of the current electrical system configuration, flows, generation and loads to determine electrical security of the BPA transmission grid and our interconnections. 
  • Independently perform atypical or highly difficult professional engineering studies and assignments; e.g., unusual problems that arise during the rework of major systems for which the employee has technical responsibility.  
  • Perform preliminary engineering analyses on large and complicated projects, incorporating knowledge of research and development activities and technological advances.
  • Evaluate the various alternatives for meeting the objectives of the assignment, considering peripheral as well as technical factors in recommending the best.
  • Develop and compare alternative layouts or designs which use equipment of various kinds and capabilities in diverse physical arrangements.
  • Coordinate with related groups, and integrate design changes or major equipment alterations.
  • Develop or adapt approaches and procedures which are followed by less experienced engineers on subsequent assignments of a similar nature.

KEY REQUIREMENTS:          

  • You must be a United States Citizen
  • New appointees must successfully complete a 1 year probationary period

 

OTHER REQUIREMENTS:

  • Work performed seven days per week, 365 days a year, in 12 Hour Rotating Shifts.
  • Work is performed in a time sensitive environment.  The position requires the ability to multi task, perform analytical work quickly, and make quick decisions.  Violations of national standards may result in financial penalties to BPA.  This work environment may be stressful at times.
  • The incumbent is required to obtain NERC System Operator certification by the end of the initial training period.  Maintaining NERC certification is a requirement of this position.
  • Continuing training at the Vancouver, WA, site will be required each subsequent year to maintain qualifications and meet regulatory compliance requirements.  Travel is required for 2-5 days on a quarterly basis.
  • The position is identified as a BPA Transmission Function employee under the FERC SOC non-discrimination rules and is required to complete BPA’s mandatory Standards of Conduct (SOC) training.
  • The position is identified as one of the DOE Mission Essential Functions (MEFs) responsible for providing continued operation of a safe and reliable transmission system under altered or degraded operating conditions. During an event, the incumbent is required to report to a remotely located facility when the primary duty station is not available. As a designated MEF the incumbent must provide accurate and up-to-date contact information, and must sign the Emergency Relocation Group (ERG) memorandum acknowledging the designation as an ERG member
  • Work is usually performed in an office setting.  However, there may be regular and recurring exposure to moderate discomforts and unpleasantness adverse weather conditions at sites.
  • 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.
  • 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.

QUALIFICATIONS:

BASIC REQUIREMENTS:

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:

1.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—

2.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—

3.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—

4.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.)

NOTE:  Please refer to complete vacancy announcement at: https://www.usajobs.gov/GetJob/ViewDetails/484949900 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.

 

Requirements

 

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

GS-09: You must have one year of specialized experience equivalent to the next lower grade (GS-07). Specialized experience is defined as: Experience conducting routine engineering studies, analyses and tests for electrical power systems.

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 (i.e., credit hours beyond the first year of full-time study may be credited). One academic year of graduate education is considered to be the number of credits hours the school has determined to represent one year of full-time study. If the school's definition of one year of graduate study is not available, 18 semester hours (or 27 quarter hours) is used. When crediting education that requires specific course work the number of hours of related courses required, as a proportion of the total education, is prorated.

 GS-11: You must have one year of specialized experience equivalent to the next lower grade (GS-09). Specialized experience is defined as: Experience independently performing routine engineering studies, analysis, and tests to solve problems associated with the operation and dispatch of a distribution or transmission system with regionally interconnected generation. 

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 (i.e., credit hours beyond the first two years of full-time study may be credited). One academic year of graduate education is considered to be the number of credits hours the school has determined to represent one year of full-time study. If the school's definition of one year of graduate study is not available, 18 semester hours (or 27 quarter hours) is used. When crediting education that requires specific course work the number of hours of related courses required, as a proportion of the total education, is prorated.

GS-12: You must have one year of specialized experience equivalent to the next lower grade (GS-11). Specialized experience is defined as: Experience independently performing engineering studies and analyses, including contingency, voltage stability, or transient stability analysis, to solve unique problems associated with the real-time operation and dispatch of a regional transmission system with interconnected generation.  There is no substitution of education at the GS-12 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.