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U.S Department Of Energy, Western Area Power Administration

Folsom, CA

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* Duties Help ## Duties ### Summary This position performs duties in operations planning and/or transmission planning. Learn more about this agency ### Responsibilities The incumbent serves as an operations support engineer by providing electrical engineering expertise in all areas regarding technical issues associated with the operations of the transmission system and impacted facilities owned, operated by, or interconnected in the WASN Sub-Balancing Authority. Power system applications include (but are not limited to) managing special projects, and performing operational studies, including current day, next day and seasonal studies, to develop and maintain reliable grid operations. The incumbent is responsible for the timely completion of these and other program activities while meeting applicable FERC rules and regulations, NERC/WECC Standards, and Western and DOE policies, procedures, and guidelines. Analysis, problem solving, implementing, and reporting of issues related to the Western Area Sierra Nevada Region (WASN) Sub-Balancing Authority (SBA) for both normal and abnormal operations are of primary importance. ### Travel Required Occasional travel - Up to 5 nights per month ##### Supervisory status No ##### Promotion Potential 13 ### Who May Apply #### This job is open to… Current DOE-WAPA-SNR agency employees only Questions? This job is open to 1 group. * #### Job family (Series) 0850 Electrical Engineering #### Similar jobs * Electrical Engineers

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* Engineers, Electrical Systems * Requirements Help ## Requirements ### Conditions of Employment * U.S. Citizenship

* This employer participates in the e-Verify program

* See Other Information section regarding Selective Service requirements (You must submit transcripts): 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 2. 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.

2. Written Test -- Evidence of having successfully passed the Fundamentals of Engineering examination or any other written test required for professional.

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.

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. ### Qualifications **SPECIALIZED EXPERIENCE REQUIREMENTS**

A qualified candidate's online application and resume must demonstrate at least one year of specialized experience equivalent to the next lower grade level in the Federal service. Specialized experience for this position is defined as:Specialized Experience:

GS-13 - Experience applying electrical engineering principles and practices applicable to the planning, deployment, and operation of high voltage (100kV or higher), interconnected electrical power system controls and components, including transmission, power generation, communications, and controls. Your application and resume should demonstrate that you possess the following knowledge, skills and abilities (KSAs). 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 KSAs 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. DO NOT write see resume in your application. 1. Knowledge of Power System Operations Planning to perform current/next day studies and seasonal studies; determine Operating Limits; and provide Electrical Engineering oversight for operating procedures.

2. Knowledge of Operations Support and Outages to perform studies for both planned and forced outages; provide Electrical Engineering technical assistance to switching, generation, scheduling dispatch desks and power system operations.

3. Ability to determine the adequacy of operating resources as identified by FERC, NERC & WECC.

4. Knowledge of and skill in Positive Sequence Load Flow Modeling, network modeling that supports the real time state estimator and development of tools to model operational scenarios for training.

5. Skill and ability to provide training, mentoring, and technical assistance to peers in the Operations and Planning horizon study period time frames as well as real-time operations.

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. **Time-in-Grade:** Current Federal employees must meet time-in-grade requirements by the closing date of this announcement to receive consideration. **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 the closing date of this announcement.** ### Education If this vacancy specifically states that certain educational requirements must be met (also known as a positive educational requirement), you must provide documentation supporting any education claims in your application. 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 * 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.

* All males born after December 31, 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.

* If selected for this position, your appointment is contingent upon completion of OF-306, Declaration for Federal Employment, during the pre-employment process.

* If selected, you will be required to complete a questionnaire and are subject to a criminal background check to determine suitability for Federal employment before appointment. Read more ### How You Will Be Evaluated You will be evaluated for this job based on how well you meet the qualifications above. We will review your application to ensure you meet the job requirements. If you meet the qualifications requirements and are found to be among the top candidates, your application will be referred to the selecting official for further review. *If your resume is incomplete or does not support the responses in your online questionnaire, or if you fail to submit required documentation BEFORE the vacancy closes, you may be rated 'ineligible', 'not qualified', or your score may be adjusted.* Selecting Official may check references on those applicants referred for consideration.

**To preview questions please click here.** Read more ### Background checks and security clearance ##### Security clearance Public Trust - Background Investigation * Required Documents Help ## Required Documents **ALL APPLICANTS:** **You must submit a****resume****supporting your specialized experience and responses to the online questionnaire.** * Your resume should list all work experience (paid and unpaid); you should list the full name and address of the each employer.

* Yourexperience listing shouldshowthe start and end dates (include month, day, and year); you must also list the average number of hours per week that you worked.

* Your resume should also include any education and training you have completed (list the program title, subject area, number of hours completed, and completion date).

* For more information about what to include in your resume, pleaseview this**USAJOBS Resume Tutorial video**on YouTube.

* Most DOE offices will allow you to submit a resume in the format of your choice (as an attached document or as a USAJOBS Resume Builder format). However, some offices may require the USAJOBS resume format. You will be notified at the time you click 'Apply Online' which is required.

* It is important that you are complete and thorough in your resume. If anyof the above information is not included in your resume, we may not be able to fully credit you for your experience.

**If specific educational requirements are indicated for this vacancy:****Documentation verifying your educational claims**which can include unofficial transcripts or any report listing institution, course title, credits earned and final grade. Please see the Education section for more information. **Current and former Federal employees:**SF-50 that reflects your title, series and grade - **Do not submit an award****SF-50.** (Standard Form 50 - Notice of Personnel Action). To properly verify status eligibility, your SF-50 must show the following. If you do not submit an appropriate SF-50, we cannot verify your status eligibility! 1. Full position title;

2. appointment type;

3. occupational series;

4. pay plan, grade, and step;

5. tenure code; and

6. service computation date (SCD).

**Displaced Federal employees:**You will need to submit documentation verifying your involuntary separation and CTAP/ICTAP status. Please see the**OPM Guide to Career Transition**for more information. **Veterans:****veteran eligibility documentation**(DD-214, VA Letter, Standard Form (SF) 15 as applicable). Please note: If you are a veteran who has not yet been discharged, you may provide a statement of intent to discharge from your agency which will allow you to applyunder the**(Veterans Opportunity to Work) VOW to Hire Heroes Act of 2011**. **Persons with Disabilities:**Individuals with intellectual disabilities, severe physical disabilities, or psychiatric disabilities may apply for appointment through the Schedule A hiring authority.**Certified verification of a disability**from a licensed medical professional; a licensed vocational rehabilitation specialist; or any Federal, state, or District of Columbia agency or U.S. territory that issues or provides disability benefits will be required. #### If you are relying on your education to meet qualification requirements: Education must be accredited by an accrediting institution recognized by the U.S. Department of Education in order for it to be credited towards qualifications. Therefore, provide only the attendance and/or degrees from schools accredited by accrediting institutions recognized by the U.S. Department of Education. Failure to provide all of the required information as stated in this vacancy announcement may result in an ineligible rating or may affect the overall rating. * Benefits Help ## Benefits A career with the U.S. Government provides employees with a comprehensive benefits package. As a federal employee, you and your family will have access to a range of benefits that are designed to make your federal career very rewarding. Learn more about federal benefits. Telework:

Selective Service Registration: **The U.S. Department of Energy fosters a diverse and inclusive workplace and is an Equal Opportunity Employer.** Review our benefits Eligibility for benefits depends on the type of position you hold and whether your position is full-time, part-time, or intermittent. Contact the hiring agency for more information on the specific benefits offered. * How to Apply Help ## How to Apply To be considered for this position, you must submit your complete application no later than 11:59 pm U.S. Eastern Time on the closing date of this announcement. If you fail to submit a complete application prior to the closing time (regardless of when you started) the application system will not allow you to finish! Requests for extensions will not be granted, so please begin the application process allowing yourself enough time to finish before the deadline. Our application system displays a countdown timer in the top-left corner of the screen for your reference. For your security, your session in our online application system will time-out if you are inactive for a certain period of time. We recommend that you preview the assessment questions before you apply and prepare all of your information prior to beginning the application. If you do get timed-out you will have to log back in to USAJOBS and re-visit the vacancy announcement, you can then click Update Application to finish where you left off. **Steps to submit a complete application:** 1. You must have an active USAJOBS account and be logged in.

2. You must have a complete resume associated with your USAJOBS account. Please note that some DOE offices do not accept uploaded resumes and instead require that you submit a USAJOBS-formatted resume using theResume Builder.

3. Once you are logged in and all of your application materials are ready, click on the 'Apply Online' button to get started.

4. You will be given the option to include your resume, documents, and demographic information from your USAJOBS profile. You will then be transferred to the Department of Energy's application tracking system. If you select documents from your USAJOBS account, you MUST complete the download process in a later step or your USAJOBS documentation WILL NOT be transferred! See Step 6.

5. You must respond to all applicant assessment questions, carefully following all instructions provided.

6. You will then be asked to upload additional supporting documentation. If you selected documents from USAJOBS prior to being transferred to our application system (Step 4), you will need to click the USAJOBS link to complete the transfer process. These documents ARE NOT automatically transferred!It is ultimately your responsibility to make sure all required documents are either faxed, uploaded, or transferred from USAJOBS successfully. If you are unsure that your documents went through, please contact the HR Specialist listed on the announcement BEFORE the vacancy closes.

7. **IMPORTANT:** In the final step of the application process you will be shown a copy of your resume and all the information you entered during the application process. You must click the 'Finish' button at the bottom of this final page and receive confirmation that your application has been received. If you do not click 'Finish', your application will not be received!

*If your resume does not support the responses in your application questionnaire, or if you fail to submit required documentation before the vacancy closes, you may be rated 'ineligible', 'not qualified', or your score may be adjusted accordingly.* **Steps to modify or withdraw your application:** 1. Return to USAJOBS and log in to your account.

2. In the My Account screen, click Application Status in the left-hand column.

3. You will see a table list of all the jobs you've applied to, click on the title of the application you want to modify.

4. **If the announcement is still open** the button which normally says Apply Online will instead say Edit Application, click that button. (If you want to withdraw your application from consideration after the closing date, contact the HR Specialist listed on the announcement.)

5. You will be directed back to DOE's application tracking system where you can make changes, or you can click Withdraw Application to remove your application from being considered.

**NEED HELP?** * If you experience any difficulties with the application process (anything after you have clicked the 'Apply Online' button), please contact the HR Office listed on this announcement between normal business hours. If you are receiving any kind of error message, please be ready to provide a screenshot or at a minimum, the error message text and number.

* If you are having trouble with USAJOBS (searching for jobs, account password/profile issues, or Resume Builder help, please visit the USAJOBS Resource Center or e-mail Regretfully, DOE cannot resolve issues with your USAJOBS account. We regret that we are unable to support any issue with USAJOBS, as this service is maintained by the Office of Personnel Management exclusively.

* If you are experiencing a significant hardship which hinders your ability to apply online please contact the HR Office listed on this announcement during normal business hours to discuss your situation. Read more ### Agency contact information ### Sandi Coate ##### Phone 720-962-7115 ##### Email ##### Address Western Area Power Administration

12155 W. Alameda Parkway

Lakewood, Colorado

United States Learn more about this agency ### Next steps After each step in the recruitment process, your status will be updated in our application tracking system. Once this happens, if you have elected to receive e-mail updates, you will be notified through your USAJOBS registered e-mail address. If you have not elected for e-mail updates, you can review your current application status in USAJOBS at any time. Please check that your USAJOBS profile contact information is current and correct each time you apply to a job--this will ensure we are able to contact you as quickly as possible. In addition to changing your status online, we will send you e-mail notifications at each major step in the process, to include: application received, eligible or not eligible, referred or not referred, selected or not selected. Read more * Fair & Transparent ## Fair & Transparent The Federal hiring process is setup to be fair and transparent. Please read the following guidance. ### Equal Employment Opportunity Policy The United States Government does not discriminate in employment on the basis of race, color, religion, sex (including pregnancy and gender identity), national origin, political affiliation, sexual orientation, marital status, disability, genetic information, age, membership in an employee organization, retaliation, parental status, military service, or other non-merit factor. * Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO) for federal employees & job applicants Read more ### Reasonable Accommodation Policy Federal agencies must provide reasonable accommodation to applicants with disabilities where appropriate. Applicants requiring reasonable accommodation for any part of the application and hiring process should contact the hiring agency directly. Determinations on requests for reasonable accommodation will be made on a case-by-case basis. A reasonable accommodation is any change to a job, the work environment, or the way things are usually done that enables an individual with a disability to apply for a job, perform job duties or receive equal access to job benefits. Under the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, federal agencies must provide reasonable accommodations when: * An applicant with a disability needs an accommodation to have an equal opportunity to apply for a job.

* An employee with a disability needs an accommodation to perform the essential job duties or to gain access to the workplace.

* An employee with a disability needs an accommodation to receive equal access to benefits, such as details, training, and office-sponsored events. You can request a reasonable accommodation at any time during the application or hiring process or while on the job. Requests are considered on a case-by-case basis. Learn more about disability employment and reasonable accommodations or how to contact an agency. Read more #### Legal and regulatory guidance * Financial suitability

* Social security number request

* Privacy Act

* Signature and false statements

* Selective Service

* New employee probationary period This job originated on For the full announcement and to apply, visit Only resumes submitted according to the instructions on the job announcement listed at will be considered. *Open & closing dates:* 02/01/2018 to 02/08/2018 *Salary:* $94,429 to $122,759 per year *Pay scale & grade:* GS 13 *Work schedule:* Full-Time - Full Time *Appointment type:* Permanent

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