U.S. Department of Energy, Bonneville Power Administration
$61,218.00 to $95,388.00
Open & closing dates
$61,218 to $95,388 per year
Pay scale & grade
GS 11 - 12
Full-Time - Full Time
1 vacancy in the following location:
Relocation expenses reimbursed
This job is open to
U.S. citizens, nationals or those who owe allegiance to the U.S., and excepted service employees.
***Relocation (PCS) is not authorized for this vacancy; however, relocation/recruitment incentive may be paid in accordance with federal regulations and in consideration of budget availability for a highly qualified candidate; determined upon selection***
This announcement is also being advertised under Merit Promotion as announcement DOE-BPA-18-12640-MP. If you intend to apply under a Special Hiring Authority (e.g. Schedule A, VRA, VEOA, etc.), please apply under the Merit Promotion announcement as well.
This position is located in the Energy Management Systems (TTSE) organization of Application Services, Transmission Technology Services, Transmission Services, Bonneville Power Administration (BPA). TTSE provides life-cycle support for Energy Management Systems (EMS) used in support of BPA’s Control Centers. This includes engineering, design, operations and maintenance support and technical leadership for systems such as Supervisory Control and Data Acquisition (SCADA), Automatic Generation Control (AGC), on-line power flow and state estimation, systems which provide real-time operational data and dispatcher training environments which simulate the real world. Responsibility also includes applicable cyber security functions and supplemental project support. This position provides support for mission critical and mission essential transmission grid operations, 24x7, real-time control systems, data acquisition systems and Dispatcher decision-making support systems.
A successful candidate in this position will serve as the technical specialist responsible for assigned elements of Energy Management Systems and applications to provide expert advice to senior colleqgues and BPA officials responsible for broad program operations. The incumbent is responsible for the preventive, corrective and emergency maintenance of the Supervisory Control and Data Acquisition at the control center which allows monitoring and control of substation and transmission line components. The incubments provides support to the Automatic Generation Control systems to control generation on the power system to maintain frequency and stability.
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As an Electrical Engineer, at the full performance level, you will:
Provide support for mission critical and mission essential transmission grid operations, 24x7, real-time control systems, data acquisition systems and Dispatcher decision-making support systems located at the system control centers; primarily in Emergency Management Systems and applications.
Perform hardware, software, and security (physical and cyber) activities required to plan, research, engineer, design, implement (install, test, and energize) and maintain high-availability systems and supporting environmental infrastructure. Activities include hardware/system design and engineering, software application development and integration of new systems; system management, monitoring, operations and maintenance engineering; and development of equipment/system standards, policies, procedures, and maintenance programs.
Perform project management duties and activities to implement new systems in an on-line, operational environment.
Provide troubleshooting and engineering analysis on control center systems to monitor performance and determine if problems or instabilities exist.
Determine how to correct problems and initiate operations/maintenance activities to modify or redesign the system; or recommend and initiate project planning activities to replace obsolete or poor functioning equipment/systems/software.
Provide cyber security function for the control center including supporting the certification and accreditation processes, application of cyber policies and practices in the design, implementation and maintenance of control center systems, patching software and operating systems to minimize vulnerabilities; design and implement intrusion detection and protection systems to assure a hardened electronic perimeter.
Analyze and implement standards and policies imposed by Federal laws or regulatory entities (e.g., WECC, NERC, FISMA).
Occasional travel - Occasional travel may be required
Who May Apply
This job is open to…
ALL U.S. CITIZENS MAY APPLY
Questions? This job is open to 1 group.
Job family (Series)
0850 Electrical Engineering
Electrical And Electronics Engineers
Electrical Systems Engineers
Engineers, Electrical Systems
Engineers, Power Distribution
Conditions of Employment
You must be a United States Citizen.
This employer participates in the e-Verify program.
See Other Information section regarding Selective Service requirements.
Candidates selected under this announcement will be placed in the BPA Consecutive Accelerated Training and Promotion Plan (CATPP), which is an accelerated training program designed to accelerate their ability to assume higher-level duties and responsibilities by allowing training to be substituted for experience required in the position. The candidate may be eligible for a maximum of two (2) consecutive promotions up to the GS-12 grade-level, based on training completed as part of the program. If selected for this position you will be required to sign a memorandum of agreement before entry into the position as a condition of appointment. Promotions are not guaranteed and will depend on successful completion of the 6-month training plan; acceptable performance in the position; and availability of higher-level work. Current federal employees may be entitled to pay retention.
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.
The work is normally sedentary. However, there may be regular and recurring site visits during which there is a considerable amount of walking, stooping, bending and climbing.
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.
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.)
For more information on how to meet the Basic Requirements please visit: https://www.opm.gov/policy-data-oversight/classification-qualifications/general-schedule-qualification-standards/0800/files/all-professional-engineering-positions-0800.pdf
SPECIALIZED EXPERIENCE REQUIREMENTS
In addition to meeting the Basic 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.
GS-11: You must have one year of specialized experience equivalent to the next lower grade (GS-09). Specialized experience is defined as: Experience applying professional electrical engineering knowledge, principles, and practices to solve problems related to the development or maintenance and operation of software applications and the analysis of electric circuits. This experience should have included: performing assignments in which complex features occur infrequently or in isolated, single units; making minor deviations to previous work; 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). Specialized Experience is defined as: Experience planning and conducting professional electrical engineering studies, analyses, and tests to solve problems related to the design, development, maintenance and operation of software applications and the analysis of electric circuits. 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 level; you must meet the experience requirements.
Your application and resume should demonstrate that you possess the following knowledge, skills, abilities and/or 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.
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.
Software Development: Knowledge of the principles, methods, and tools for designing, developing, and testing software in a given environment.
Problem Solving: Identifies problems; determines accuracy and relevance of information; uses sound judgment to generate and evaluate alternatives, and to make recommendations.
Oral Communication: Expresses information to individuals or groups effectively, taking into account the audience and nature of the information; makes clear and convincing oral presentations; listens to others, attends to nonverbal cues, and responds appropriately.
Information Assurance: Knowledge of methods and procedures to protect information systems and data by ensuring their availability, authentication, confidentiality, and integrity.
Experience refers to paid and unpaid experience. Examples include: volunteer with Peace Corps and AmeriCorps; or community-based philanthropic and social organizations. 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.
This vacancy specifically has positive education requirements. In order to be rated as qualified for this position, you must first 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.
How to combine education and experience to meet the specialized experience requirements (GS-11 grade level):
One academic year of graduate education is considered to be the number of credits hours the graduate school has determined to represent one academic year of full-time study. If the graduate 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.
To compute the percentages: (1) divide the total months of qualifying specialized experience by 12; then (2) divide qualifying completed graduate education by the total number of credit hours required by the school (for one academic year of full-time study) or by 18; and lastly (3) add the two percentages together. The total percentage must equal at least 100 percent to qualify. For example, 6 months of specialized experience meets 50% of the experience requirement (6 ÷ 12); 9 semester hours of qualifying graduate level education meets 50% of the education requirement (9 ÷ 18); when combined the percentages total 100%.
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How You Will Be Evaluated
You will be evaluated for this job based on how well you meet the qualifications above.
The Department of Energy uses an application tracking system to evaluate the responses you provide in the applicant assessment questionnaire to place you into an initial quality category via OPM's Category Rating procedures. These categories are Best Qualified, Well Qualified, and Qualified. Then, the HR Office and/or Subject Matter Expert (SME) will conduct a quality review of your application and supporting documentation to ensure you have been placed into the appropriate quality category.
Your application is rated based on the extent and quality of your experience, education (when applicable), and training as described in your resume and applicant assessment. Your credentials are measured against the established duties of the position at the grade level(s) being advertised.
If you are eligible for career transition assistance plans such as ICTAP or CTAP, you must meet the definition of well qualified.
If you are a Veteran Preference eligible candidate, you will be listed at the top of whichever quality category your rating places you in. CP/CPS veterans are placed at the top of the highest category for all positions except professional and scientific positions at GS-9 and higher.
If your resume is incomplete or does not support the responses you provided in your online questionnaire, or if you fail to submit all required documentation before the vacancy closes, you may be rated 'ineligible', 'not qualified', or your score may be adjusted accordingly
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Background checks and security clearance
Please carefully review the following list to determine what documentation you need to submit. Some documents may not apply to all applicants.
If you are unsure, click the link for each document type to read more.
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supporting your specialized experience and responses to the online questionnaire.
Your resume should list all work experience (paid and unpaid); you must list the full name and address of the each employer.
For all types of work experience, you should indicate the start and end dates (include month, day, and year); you must also list the average number of hours per week that you worked.
For paid work experience, please indicate your starting salary for each position and the highest salary you earned (if different).
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, please view this USAJOBS Resume Tutorial video
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 one specific format. You will be notified at the time you click 'Apply Online' which type of resume is acceptable. It is important that you are complete and thorough in your resume. If any of the above information is not included in your resume, we may not be able to fully credit you for your experience.
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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.
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How to Apply
How to Apply
To be considered for this position, you must submit your complete application no later than 11:59pm U.S. Eastern Time on the closing date of this announcement. If you do not submit a complete application prior to the closing time (regardless of when you started) the online 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 online application system displays a countdown timer at the top 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:
Click the Apply Online button. If you are not already logged in, you will need to do so.
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 the Resume Builder
You will be prompted to select a resume and any documentation you have attached to your USAJOBS account before you are transferred to the Department of Energy's online application system. Please be aware that any document you select before being transferred to our system will not automatically be received. You must take steps to download your documents from USAJOBS during the Documents step within our online application system (see Step 6).
If you are a first-time applicant to the Department of Energy, you'll be asked to register an account first. If you are a returning applicant, you will skip this step and go straight to the application portion.
You must respond to all applicant assessment questions, carefully following all instructions provided.
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 3), 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.
After reviewing your submission in the final step, you must click Submit Application at the bottom of the page. If you leave the application before clicking Submit, 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.
If you experience any difficulties with the online application process (anything after you have clicked the 'Apply Online' button): 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 necessary, we will put you in touch with the technical support number if we are unable to assist you personally.
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Agency contact information
Bonneville Power Administration
P.O. Box 3621
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