Bureau of Reclamation Electrician (Power Systems)(Maintenance) Apprentice in Grand Coulee, Washington
Summary Reclamation is seeking a career professional looking for an opportunity to capitalize on their expertise as a Electrician (Power Systems)(Maintenance) Apprentice. You can make a difference in the West by assisting in meeting increasing water demands while protecting the environment. Duty Location: Grand Coulee, Washington https://www.usbr.gov/pn/about/hr/area-information.html Responsibilities Upon completion of the apprentice program, performs the full range of Electrician (PS)(M) duties in a hydroelectric power plant, dam and related facilities as follows: Works under the guidance of a journeyman Electrician to locate troubleshoot and maintain electrical equipment and circuits in high voltage switchyards, hydroelectric generating stations and associated buildings and facilities. Accomplishes on the job training and formal training as outlined in the Electrician Apprenticeship Program. Assists in the installation, modification, repair and testing of new and existing electrical circuits, systems, fixtures, controls and equipment using specialized tools and vehicles. Installs and maintains electrical equipment including; station batteries, lighting, power circuits, cable trays, conduit, wiring, control devices, annunciator panels, circuitry devices and makes terminations in accordance with electrical drawings and under direct supervision. Tests the installed systems and makes modifications, adjustments and settings as needed. Terminates cable and wiring in accordance with electrical drawings. Incumbent will actively participate in training specific programs including formal on-site classroom training, college courses outside regularly scheduled work hours, correspondence courses, self-study, computer based training, and formal and informal on-the-job-training (OJT). Incumbent will work effectively with craftsmen to obtain a broad perspective of power plant operations and maintenance. Apprenticeship Program: Selection of applicants from this vacancy announcement will be made in accordance with the Bureau of Reclamation's Apprenticeship program. The training portion of this program will be in accordance with the Standards of Apprenticeship approved by the Washington State Apprenticeship and Training Council for the positions at the Grand Coulee Power Office. The apprenticeship program for Electrician (PS)(M), BB-2810-00 positions consists of a 4-year training program composed of eight 6- month segments. Upon successful completion of each 6-month segment of training and approval of the Joint Apprenticeship Committee, pay increases will be granted in accordance with negotiated wage schedule. In addition to satisfactorily completing the on-the-job training, apprentices are required to complete related formal training courses which may entail 10 to 15 hours or more each week on their own time. Failure to perform satisfactorily in either phase of the training may be cause for removal from the program. Upon satisfactory completion of the apprenticeship, the employee(s) may be placed in a journey-worker Electrician (PS)(M) position. This placement is expected to be at the Grand Coulee Power Office; however, depending upon Reclamation needs, the graduate may be assigned anywhere within the Pacific Northwest Region. Training Agreement: A signed training agreement (Employee's Agreement to Continue in Service) will be required of the selected candidates. The agreement requires that an employee remain in the Agency for a period equal to three times the length of training. Voluntary departures before completing the period of service may result in reimbursement to the Bureau of Reclamation for the tuition and related fees, travel, and other special expenses paid in connection with the training. Requirements Conditions of Employment You must be a U.S. Citizen or U.S. National. You must be suitable for federal employment, determined by a background investigation. You must submit a resume and supporting documentation (see Required Documents). You must submit eligibility documents for veterans consideration (see Required Documents). You will be required to obtain a successful pre-employment physical examination by a licensed physician certifying your ability to perform the duties of this position. A physical exam may not be required if a comparable agency approved examination was performed within the last 12 months. The cost of the exam will be reimbursed by the agency. Who May Apply: 30% or More Disabled VeteransCareer Transition Assistance Plan (CTAP)Department of the Interior Employees (Competitive)Department of the Interior Employees (Non-Competitive)Federal Employees (Competitive Transfer)Federal Employees (Non-Competitive Transfer)Former Federal Employees (Competitive Reinstatement)Former Federal Employees (Non-Competitive Reinstatement)Individuals with Disabilities (Schedule A)Interagency Career Transition Assistance Plan (ICTAP)Land Management Workforce Flexibility Act (LMWFA)Military SpousesMiscellaneous Appointing AuthoritiesPeace Corps & AmeriCorps VISTA VolunteersPublic Lands Corps (PLC) Hiring AuthoritySpecial Hiring AuthoritiesVeterans Employment Opportunities Act (VEOA)Veterans Recruitment Authority (VRA) Qualifications Your application materials must demonstrate sufficient experience and training to perform the duties of this position without more than normal supervision. Qualifications will be determined on the basis of information submitted within your resume and responses to the assessment questions. For information about qualifications for Federal Wage System positions please, visit OPM. Minimum qualifications for trades and labor positions are determined by evaluation of job elements. You must meet at least 2 points on the screen-out element(s) and obtain an average of at least 2 points on all of the job elements in order to be considered qualified for this position. 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. You must meet all Eligibility and Qualification requirements by 10/27/2021. Education Additional Information Position is being advertised concurrently under vacancy announcement BOR-22-DE-11263097-HD. Applicants interested in applying under both announcement numbers, must submit application packages for each. You may be required to serve an initial probationary period. Reclamation has determined that the duties of this position are suitable for telework only during an emergency or natural disaster. DOI uses E-Verify to confirm the employment eligibility of all newly hired employees. To learn more about E-Verify, including applicant rights and responsibilities, please visit https://www.e-verify.gov/ This position is designated as a LOW RISK position. It requires a fully completed and favorably adjudicated SF85 Background Investigation (T1 or equivalent) that is current (within the last 5 years). This is a condition of employment. Male applicants born after December 31, 1959 must certify registration with the Selective Service System or that the applicant is exempt from having to do so under the Selective Service Law. Go to: https://www.sss.gov Additional vacancies may be filled using this job announcement. Work Schedule: Monday - Thursday, 6:30am-5:00pm This position is an apprentice position which involves eight steps through which a selected candidate will be required to work before they are successfully promoted to the Journeyman level. Each step is six months in duration. All candidates selected for an Electrician, Apprentice will be placed at the entry level rate (1st 6 months at 30.92 per hour) in the program, regardless of other applicable experience or training. No credit will be granted to any candidate for training or experience for the purpose of advancement in steps of the program. The candidate begins at the entry step (1st 6 months) pay level and pay progression only comes after successful completion of time, work experience, demonstration of knowledge and skills, and accomplishment of requisite study in each step of the program. Progression is neither guaranteed nor automatic and is based on supervisory initiation. This is NOT a virtual position.