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Electrical Engineer

Full Time • Posted May 17

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Company Description

We're one of four power marketing administrations within the U.S. Department of Energy whose role is to market and transmit wholesale electricity from multi-use water projects. Our service area encompasses a 15-state region of the central and western U.S. where our more than 17,000 circuit mile transmission system carries electricity from 57 hydropower plants operated by the Bureau of ReclamationU.S. Army Corps of Engineers and the International Boundary and Water Commission. We also market power from the Navajo Generating Station coal-fired plant near Page, Ariz. Together, these plants have an installed capacity of 10,504 megawatts. We sell our power to preference customers such as Federal and state agencies, cities and towns, rural electric cooperatives, public utility districts, irrigation districts and Native American tribes. They, in turn, provide retail electric service to millions of consumers in the West.

Job Description

  • This position is being hired at grades GS-9 and GS-11, with full performance level to GS-12.

  • The position assists with power resources modeling for the evaluation of power resource requirements, scheduling, and portfolio management to serve Sierra Nevada Region's customers and the Federal load obligations in the Western Area Power Administration. 

  • For the GS-9 - Utilizing a professional background knowledge of electrical engineering, engineering planning, engineering economics, power resource planning, and computer-related skills, the position has the responsibility to assist with duties related to load forecasting, resource allocation and exchange, and developing and providing information on short-term and long-term generation resource forecasts. The position also performs power operations studies to determine the magnitude or level of power resources available for marketing from existing Central Valley Project facilities and potential power resources from proposed or planned facilities or contracts.  

  • For the GS-11 - This position performs power resources modeling activities for the evaluation of power resource requirements, scheduling, and portfolio management to serve Sierra Nevada Region's customers and the Federal load obligations. The position provides support to technical experts in the development, maintenance, and application of the computational models by collecting, identifying, and analyzing data and issues and maintaining records of power resources modeling activities.  

Qualifications

You must meet all the qualification and eligibility requirements for the position by the closing date of the announcement. 

To be rated qualified for this position, you MUST meet the basic education requirements below for the series to which you are applying.

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.)

For more information please visit: https://www.opm.gov/policy-data-oversight/classification-qualifications/general-schedule-qualification-standards/0800/files/all-professional-engineering-positions-0800.pdf

IN addition to the above requirement you must meet the requirements below

For the GS-9 - 2 years of progressively higher level graduate education leading to a master's degree or master's or equivalent graduate degree  or 1 year equivalent to at least GS-7 performing professional engineering work in power system engineering with an emphasis on power system analysis, OR power system economics, OR power resources planning, OR network analysis. This experience may have been gained through assisting such activities as developing load and generation forecasts, resource planning studies, and development and maintenance of computer systems for resource planning and scheduling, where professional knowledge of basic electrical engineering theories, concepts, and principles, and skill in using various types of computer hardware and software are required to assist higher-graded engineers in analyzing engineering technical requirements; performing routine calculations; and gathering, preparing, and presenting data.

For the GS-11 - 3 years of progressively higher level graduate education leading to a Ph.D. degree or Ph.D. or equivalent doctoral degree or 1 year equivalent to at least GS-9 performing professional engineering work in power resources modeling to evaluate power resource requirements, scheduling, or portfolio management.  This experience should support the development, maintenance, and application of computational models by collecting, identifying, and analyzing data and issues and documenting power resources modeling activities.  Examples of work could include working with power system analysis, power system economics, power resources planning, network analysis, production cost studies, or cost-benefit analyses. 

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 computer programming languages and database management systems.
  2. Knowledge of power system engineering with an emphasis on power system analysis, power system economics, power resources planning, network analysis, and computer programming.
  3. Knowledge of cost/benefit analytical and comparative economic methods.
  4. Knowledge of power system concepts and techniques related to optimizing hydropower systems in order to assess the effects on reservoir operations and resulting power generation.
  5. Knowledge of power system engineering with an emphasis on power system analysis, power system economics, power resources planning, network analysis, and computer programming.
  6. Knowledge of Western Electricity Coordinating Council Prescheduling protocols. (GS-11 only)
  7. Knowledge of production cost studies and analyses.

"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.

Apply NOW to one or both of the following advertisements: 

Open to ALL U.S. Citizens: PMA-19-WN-239-DE https://www.usajobs.gov/GetJob/ViewDetails/533487500

Open to Current Federal Employees and those under Special Hiring Authorities: PMA-19-WN-239-MP https://www.usajobs.gov/GetJob/ViewDetails/533488200

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