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Electrical Engineer GS-0850-13 MPP-GEB

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Department Of The Interior Bureau of Reclamation

Lakewood, CO

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Job Title:Electrical Engineer, GS-0850-13 (MPP-GEB)

Description: * Duties


## Duties

### Summary

Reclamation is seeking a career professional looking for an opportunity to capitalize on his/her expertise as an Electrical Engineer. You can make a difference in the West by assisting in meeting increasing water demands while protecting the environment.

Would you enjoy providing technical expertise in Arc-Flash Analysis, protective relay settings and power system analysis. Responsibilities include designing protective relaying systems for switchyard, substation, and power plant electrical systems; performing technical studies with short-circuit, arc flash, harmonic, load flow modeling software.

Here is a great opportunity to join a great organization with excellent growth potential!

LOCATION: Technical Service Center, Electrical & Mechanical Engineering Division, Power Systems Analysis & Control Group, Lakewood, Colorado.

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### Responsibilities

* Designs protective relaying systems for switchyard, substation, and power plant electrical systems. Protective system design includes analysis and selection of protective relaying schemes and equipment for optimized protection of Reclamation electrical equipment. Makes comparative evaluations of different arrangements and ratings of major protective equipment and configuration to determine optimum selection and arrangement of equipment. Prepares complex technical reports and recommendations for power systems and associated correspondence. Provides consultation, installation, and participation in client-led engineering teams.

* Performs technical studies with short-circuit, arc flash, harmonic, load flow, and dynamic computer software models to make technical recommendations on type, size, capacity, rating, location, and connection of electrical equipment as required. Equipment will include: power transformers, circuit breakers, surge arresters, cables, and other equipment as required.

* Preparation of equipment technical recommendations as used by other engineering groups in design for switchyards, substations, power plants and pumping plants; including determinations of size. and arrangement of equipment such as power transformers, circuit breakers, disconnect switches, fuses and surge arresters.

### Travel Required

25% or less - Travel for powerplant work.

##### Supervisory status


##### Promotion Potential


### Who May Apply

#### This job is open to…

Current career or career-conditional competitive internal employees of the Bureau of Reclamation, Career Transition Assistance Program (CTAP) eligibles, and current or former time-limited employees under the Land Management Workforce Flexibility Act (LMWFA) in the local commuting area.

Questions? This job is open to 3 groups.

* #### Job family (Series)

0850 Electrical Engineering

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* Electrical And Electronics Engineers

* Electrical Engineers

* Electrical Systems Engineers

* Engineers, Electrical

* Engineers, Electrical Systems

* Requirements


## Requirements

### Conditions of Employment

* U.S. Citizenship or National

* Suitable for Federal employment, determined by a background investigation

* You must meet specialized experience requirements (See Qualifications)

* Submit transcript(s) to verify education requirements

* Must have a valid Professional Engineering license

* You must submit a resume and supporting documentation (See How to Apply)

You must meet all qualification requirements, including time-in-grade restrictions and any selective factors, by the closing date of this announcement.

TIME-IN-GRADE: Current career or career-conditional employees of the Federal government, or former career or career-conditional employees, who have a break in service of less than one year, are required to meet the time-in-grade restriction of one year of Federal experience at the next lower grade, with few exceptions outlined in 5 CFR 300.603(b).

### Qualifications

**SELECTIVE PLACEMENT FACTOR: This position requires a current, valid Professional Engineering License.** Failure to provide proof of such license will cause you to be rated ineligible for this position.

**MINIMUM QUALIFICATION REQUIREMENTS:** Applications must first meet the Basic Education Qualification Requirements listed below:


**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.


**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)1, or licensure as a Professional Engineer (PE) by any State, the District of Columbia, Guam, or Puerto Rico. Absent other means of qualifying under this standard, those applicants who achieved such registration by means other than written test (e.g., State grandfather or eminence provisions) are eligible only for positions that are within or closely related to the specialty field of their registration. For example, an applicant who attains registration through a State Board's eminence provision as a manufacturing engineer typically would be rated eligible only for manufacturing engineering positions.

2. Written Test-- Evidence of having successfully passed the Fundamentals of Engineering (FE)2 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.

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. 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.)

**ADDITIONAL REQUIREMENT**: In addition to meeting the Basic Education Qualification Requirements, applicants must have additional specialized experience as defined below:

GS-13: One year of specialized experience equivalent in difficulty and complexity to at least the GS-12 level in the Federal service.

**DEFINITION OF SPECIALIZED EXPERIENCE**: To meet specialized experience, your resume must describe experience that demonstrates the particular knowledge, skills, and abilities as follows: Specialized experience is required at the GS-13 level performing transient dynamic modeling; experience with protective relay settings; experience with Arc-Flash analysis; experience with power plant equipment technical recommendations; experience in power system analysis studies, and protective relaying.

Experience refers to paid and unpaid experience, including volunteer work done through National Service programs (e.g., Peace Corps, AmeriCorps) and other organizations (e.g., professional; philanthropic; religious; spiritual; community, student, social). 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.

### Education

This position has a mandatory education requirement; you must furnish a copy of your transcript of college work completed (unofficial copy is acceptable). Transcripts must include the name of the college or university and date the degree was conferred. Non-submission will result in you being rated not qualified for the position.

Foreign Education: To receive credit for education completed outside the United States, applicants must show proof that the education has been submitted to a private organization that specializes in interpretation of foreign educational credentials and such education has been deemed at least equivalent to that gained in conventional U.S. education programs.

### Additional information

* The Bureau of Reclamation has determined that the duties of this position are suitable for telework and the selectee may be allowed to telework with supervisor approval.

* Selective Service: If you are a male applicant born after December 31, 1959, you must certify that you have registered with the Selective Service System, or are exempt from having to do so under the Selective Service Law. For more information visit:

* Equal Employment Opportunity: The United States Government does not discriminate in employment on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, political affiliation, sexual orientation, gender identity, marital status, disability and genetic information, age, membership in an employee organization, or other non-merit factor.

* This position requires a successfully adjudicated Low-Risk SF-85 background investigation and is a condition of employment.

* May occasionally be required to operate a motor vehicle in connection with officially assigned duties.

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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.

Human Resources (HR) will review resumes and transcript(s) if applicable, to ensure applicants meet the basic qualification requirements. We will evaluate each applicant who meets the basic qualifications on the information provided in the assessment questionnaire. The assessment questionnaire will take approximately 30 minutes to complete. Applicants determined best qualified will be referred to the selecting official.

Applicants will be further evaluated on the following Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities (KSAs) through your resume and responses to the online questions.

1. Ability to design and develop new concepts, hypotheses and techniques in protective relay systems and power plant electrical systems.

2. Mastery of knowledge and skill in theories, concepts and principles of Arc Flash analysis and computer software models for power plants, pumping plants, substations and switch yards.

3. Knowledge of state-of-the-art electrical engineering equipment and principals.

Applicants must make a fair and accurate assessment of their qualifications. If a determination is made that you have rated yourself higher than is apparent in your description of experience, competencies, skills, and/or education/training OR that your resume/application is incomplete, you may be rated ineligible or your score may be lowered.

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### Background checks and security clearance

##### Security clearance


* Required Documents


## Required Documents

To be considered for this position, applicants are required to submit a resume (with dates of employment, i.e. years and months, schedule, i.e. hours worked, and grade if federal employment), an on-line assessment questionnaire, and the following supporting documents, as appropriate:

* TRANSCRIPT(S): All applicants MUST furnish a copy of your college transcript(s), if applicable. If selected, you will be required to provide official college transcripts to verify your educational qualifications prior to reporting for work.

* P.E. LICENSE: A current valid professional engineering license. Provide proof of license with your application.

* SF-50, NOTIFICATION OF PERSONNEL ACTION: Status applicants (transfer, reassignment, reinstatement, promotion, etc.) MUST submit a copy of their SF-50s), verifying all of the following: highest rate of pay held, the full performance grade level obtained or competed for, and documentation of your current career or career-conditional status in the competitive service (Tenure 1 or 2) for which you are claiming eligibility. This could result in more than one SF-50 to be submitted. **DO NOT SUBMIT AWARD SF-50s. FAILURE TO SUBMIT AN SF-50 VERIFYING STATUS WILL RESULT IN THE APPLICANT NOT BEING CONSIDERED FOR THIS POSITION.**

* CTAP provides placement assistance to permanent Federal employees who are surplus, displaced or involuntarily separated. Applicants claiming CTAP eligibility must submit a copy of their most recent performance appraisal, proof of eligibility and most current SF-50 noting position, grade level, and duty location with their application. To be considered under CTAP, applicants must be well-qualified, i.e. meet the minimum qualification requirements, including selective factors, education and experience requirements and score at least 90 on the assessment questionnaire as established, and be able to perform the duties of the position upon entry. For information on CTAP, visit:

#### 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


## 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.

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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


## How to Apply

Applications (resume and assessment questionnaire) for this vacancy MUST be received online BEFORE midnight Eastern Time (Washington D.C. time) on the closing date of this announcement. When you're ready to apply, click the blue APPLY ONLINE button at the side of the page.

This vacancy is being announced through Bureau of Reclamation's Hiring System--HireMe. For more information about the HireMe system and the registration process, visit: As part of the on-line application process, applicants may be required to submit supporting documents.

Failure to submit the requested supporting documents may result in your not being considered for this position. Options for submitting supporting documentation include Auto Requested Fax or uploading from your USAJOBS profile - instructions provided during the online application process. In addition, you may E-mail your supporting documentation to

, fax directly to the HR Office at 303-445-6349, mail to (DFC) 6th and Kipling Building 67, Rm 348, Denver, CO 80225, OR hand-deliver to HR Office: Denver Federal Center (DFC) 6th and Kipling, Bldg 67, Rm 348, Denver, CO 80225. Include your name and the vacancy number on the supporting document(s).

This agency provides reasonable accommodation to applicants with disabilities. If you need a reasonable accommodation for any part of the application and hiring process, please notify us at the phone number shown at the bottom of this page. The decision on granting reasonable accommodation will be on a case-by-case basis.

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### Agency contact information

### HR Service Center

##### Phone


##### Fax


##### Email

##### Address


P.O. Box 25007

DFC, Bldg. 67

Denver, Colorado

United States

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### Next steps

After all application packages have been received, resumes and transcripts will be reviewed to ensure applicants meet the basic qualification requirements. Each applicant who meets the basic qualifications will be further evaluated on the information provided in the Assessment Questionnaire. Best-qualified applicants will be referred to the selecting official. After making a tentative job offer, a suitability and/or security background investigation will be conducted. A final job offer is typically made within 40 days after the deadline for applications. Applicants should monitor their status for positions with the Bureau of Reclamation, by regularly checking their public status notifications in their USAJOBS profile.

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## 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

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### 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.

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#### 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:* 03/05/2018 to 03/12/2018

*Salary:* $94,890 to $123,358 per year

*Pay scale & grade:* GS 13

*Work schedule:* Full-time

*Appointment type:* Permanent

Jobid: scrape6639-492643000#BR##DO##2018##083

Company:Bureau of Reclamation


Lakewood, CO, 80232, USA



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