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Student Trainee Electrical Engineer

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U.S. Department of Energy, Bonneville Power Administration

$29,847.00 to $41,206.00

Spokane, WA

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$29,847 to $41,206 per year

Pay scale & grade

GS 04

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Part-Time - Full-time or Part-time

Appointment type

Internships - Excepted Appointment


6 vacancies in the following locations:

The Dalles, OR

The Dalles, OR

Spokane, WA

Spokane, WA

Vancouver, WA

Vancouver, WA

Relocation expenses reimbursed


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U.S. citizens, nationals or those who owe allegiance to the U.S.


Current students enrolled in accredited educational institutions from high school to graduate level. Includes internships, pathways and other student programs.

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This position is located in Transmission Services (T) of the Bonneville Power Administration (BPA). The position involves periods of pertinent formal education and periods of employment in the electrical engineering occupational field as a part of a formal student employment program. The incumbent will participate in the BPA engineering program and will complete rotational assignments in various organizations.

This Pathways Internship will have a tentative start date of July 9 or 23, 2018.

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As a Student Trainee in the Electrical Engineering occupational field, you will complete periods of pertinent formal education and periods of employment as part of a formal student employment program. Work assignments during periods of employment include tasks which involve a varied and complex sequence of standardized or prescribed operations. Typical tasks may include you to assist with:

Perform a variety of tests in accordance with established methods.

Adjust and operate test equipment of proven reliability.

Apply standardized test procedures.

Record instrument readings.

Determine whether the test data fall within normal limits.

Determines the apparent causes of deviations in the test data resulting from equipment malfunctions, observational errors, and other causes.

Analyze and present data in accordance with established methods.

Extract data from a variety of prescribed but non-standardized sources.

Recognize errors which are readily apparent (e.g., misplaced decimal points and reversal of algebraic sign) but which require a limited knowledge of the subject matter.

Process the data according to well-defined methods and designated formulas using elementary algebra and geometry in addition to arithmetic.

Assemble, install, and maintain instruments and equipment.

Participate with engineers in meetings relating to the review of engineering elements of assigned projects.

Accompany engineers on field inspections of in-process and completed work.

Travel Required

Occasional travel - Occasional travel, including overnight travel is required to various BPA locations for training. Travel will not exceed 30 days.

Supervisory status


Promotion Potential


Who May Apply

This job is open to…

Students who are currently enrolled or have been accepted for enrollment in a degree seeking program (diploma, certificate, 4 year college or university, graduate, professional school, etc).

All U.S. Citizens, Nationals, and Foreign Nationals who meet both Immigration Laws and Annual Appropriations Laws.

Questions? This job is open to 2 groups.

Job family (Series)

0899 Engineering And Architecture Student Trainee



Conditions of Employment

This employer participates in the e-Verify program.

See Other Information section regarding Selective Service requirements.


Must be at least 16 years old.

Must be in good academic standing (GPA of a 2.0 or higher).

Must be enrolled in at least a half-time course load, as defined by your educational institution.

Must submit a copy of your current transcripts and/or letter of acceptance as proof of your enrollment. If selected, official transcripts/proof of enrollment must be submitted prior to establishing a start date.

Your entire time as a Pathways Intern will be considered your probationary/trial period.

As a Pathways Intern you may have rotational assignments in various organizations.

As a Pathways Intern you are expected to work during your summer, winter and spring breaks unless otherwise coordinated with your manager.


BPA has the option to convert an intern to a permanent position upon program completion. This is not automatic nor guaranteed. It is at the discretion of the employing office. Interns may be converted to the General Schedule (GS) level qualified for at the time of conversion. To be eligible for conversion, an intern must:

Must be a U.S. Citizen.

Complete at least 640 hours of work experience acquired through the internship program before completion of their educational program/degree.

Meet the Office of Personnel Management's qualification standards for the position to which the intern will be converted Electrical Engineering Series, 0850

Meet requirements as specified in the Participant's Agreement.

Perform their job successfully and be recommended by the organization to a permanent position.

Relocation may be authorized after completion of degree program and IF recommended for conversion.


GS-04: To qualify, you must have completed 2 full academic years of post-high school study OR an associate's degree. (1 full academic year is equivalent to 30 semester hours or 45 quarter hours.)

You must meet all qualifications and eligibility requirements by the closing date of this announcement.

Although not required your application and resume should demonstrate that you possess the following knowledge, skills, abilities and competencies (KSACs). Do not provide a separate narrative written statement. Rather, you should describe in your application how your past work experience or educational course work demonstrates that you possess the KSACs identified below.

(A) 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.

(B) Attention to Detail: Is thorough when performing work and conscientious about attention to detail.

(C) Computer Skills: Uses computers, software applications, databases, and automated systems to accomplish work.

(D) Knowledge of Standards: Knowledge of standards that either are compliant with or derived from established standards or guidelines.

(E) Technical Competence: Uses knowledge that is acquired through formal training or extensive on-the-job experience to perform one's job; works with, understands, and evaluates technical information related to the job; advises others on technical issues.

(F) Teamwork: Fosters commitment and team spirit; encourages and facilitates cooperation, pride, trust, and group identity; manages group processes; works with others to achieve goals.

(G) Reading: Understands and interprets written material, including technical material, rules, regulations, instructions, reports, charts, graphs, or tables; applies what is learned from written material to specific situations.


Your educational goals must include obtaining a professional degree in Electrical Engineering.

You must submit a copy of your current transcripts if you are currently enrolled or letter of acceptance with your application for proof of education and/or enrollment.

PLEASE NOTE: This internship will start in July/August 2018 and you must be a current student at that time. If you graduate before July/August 2018 you will not be eligible for this Pathways Internship, unless you are pursuing further education in which you will need to provide proof of enrollment or acceptance into a degree or certificate seeking program with 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.

DO NOT email or mail in any of your application documents. Documents will not be accepted outside of the online application system.

Additional information

The U.S. Department of Energy fosters a diverse and inclusive workplace and is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

Veterans and persons with disabilities are encouraged to apply. For more information, please visit the links at the bottom of this page or visit the information about Veteran hiring programs you may qualify for. href= target=_blank rel=noopener noreferrer>FedsHireVets


More than one selection may be made from this vacancy announcement.

Many positions require successful completion of a background investigation.

All males born after December 31st 1959 must abide by laws regarding Selective Service registration. To learn more about this law, visit the Selective Service web page, with the Selective Service System. href= target=_blank rel=noopener noreferrer>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.

EEO Policy:

Reasonable Accommodation Policy:

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Selective Service Registration:

How You Will Be Evaluated

You will be evaluated for this job based on how well you meet the qualifications above.

Applicants will be reviewed to determine if they meet minimum qualifications, as described above. All applicants who meet the minimum qualifications will be forwarded to the hiring manager for review and consideration. Veterans preference does apply and preference eligibles will be placed ahead of non-preference eligibles when referred to hiring managers.

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.

To preview questions please click here

Background checks and security clearance

Security clearance

Not Applicable

Required Documents

Required Documents

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.

ALL APPLICANTS: You must submit documentation supporting your educational claims 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

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 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.

If specific educational requirements are indicated for this vacancy: experience. href= target=_blank rel=noopener noreferrer>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.

Veterans: authorities and the documentation you need to submit href= target=_blank rel=noopener noreferrer>veteran eligibility documentation

(DD-214 Member #4 Copy, 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 to receive Veterans Preference under the VOW (Veterans Opportunity to Work) to Hire Heroes Act of 2011.

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.



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

Academic Degree Training Program: Transmission Services Student Board has identified an academic degree training program plan for Pathways Engineering Interns as a part of BPA's overall coordinated program to provide employees effective education and training to improve performance and accomplish strategic goals. Transmission may pay up to $8,000 per academic year for approved undergraduate interns and up to $10,000 per year for approved graduate interns as reimbursement for courses covered under the program leading to a degree. Prior to beginning training, candidates selected to participate will be required to sign a service agreement to continue working with BPA upon conversion. The length of the service agreement is contingent upon the length of the training period and the total amount of reimbursed tuition, fees and books.

Consecutive Accelerated Training and Promotion: If you are converted to a career-conditional position upon successful completion of the Pathways Internship Program you may be eligible for the Consecutive Accelerated Training and Promotion program as an Electrical Engineer.

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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

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 neccessary, we will put you in touch with the technical support number if we are unable to assist you personally.

If you need help with USAJOBS (searching for jobs, account password/profile issues, or Resume Builder): please visit the here to visit the USAJOBS Resource Center. href= target=_blank rel=noopener noreferrer>USAJOBS Resource Center

and select a topic of inquiry. Or, you may reach out to USAJOBS directly for support, by visiting the USAJOBS Contact Us

page. We regret that we are unable to support any issues with USAJOBS, as this service is not maintained by the Department of Energy.

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.

Agency contact information

Pearl Phadungcharoen Pearl Phadungcharoen







Bonneville Power Administration


P.O. Box 3621

Portland, Oregon

United States

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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.

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

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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Financial suitability

Social security number request

Privacy Act

Signature and false statements

Selective Service

New employee probationary period

Note: We cannot accept applications on behalf of Federal Agencies. Application instructions are listed within the Job Description.

Company info

U.S. Department of Energy, Bonneville Power Administration
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