Electrical Engineer

Department Of The Interior Montrose, CO
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Reclamation is a contemporary water management agency. Reclamation is best known for Hoover Dam on the Colorado River, Grand Coulee Dam on the Columbia River and Folsom Dam on the American River. Today we are the largest wholesaler of water in the country and the second largest producer of hydroelectric power in the Western United States. View our video titled "Traditions, Talent and Teamwork" here.

Reclamation is seeking a career professional looking for an opportunity to capitalize on his/her expertise in electrical engineering associated with hydro-power operations and maintenance and an opportunity to become an integral part of a team and grow in a hydropower environment. You can make a difference in the West by assisting in meeting increasing water demands while protecting the environment.

Would you enjoy ensuring the safe and efficient operation of Government facilities? The incumbent serves as the technical expert for electrical engineering and performs specialized electrical and general engineering work.

Location: This position is located in the Curecanti Field Division within the Upper Colorado Region Power Office, duty stationed in Montrose, Colorado. For information about this location please visit Montrose, Colorado.

Additional vacancies may be filled from this vacancy announcement.

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Performs original engineering design work relating to the modernization of the power plants, dams, auxiliary equipment and facilities. Solves unique problems associated with the modernization of equipment, controls, instrumentation and relaying.

Serves as a technical expert in electrical engineering. Prepares and reviews designs for plant and/or equipment modifications, replacements, control or power circuit structures, etc. Performs economic analysis, develops work plans, initiates work orders to complete design projects, and initiates purchase request for equipment and materials needed. Oversees tests of new equipment and verifies that installation work done by project personnel or contractors are satisfactory. Uses fundamental and advanced engineering theories and practices in locating potential or actual problems, analyzing the problem and taking corrective action. Inspects work in progress and prepares completion reports.

Serves as contacting officer's representative on local contracts. Prepares technical specifications and reviews contracts to obtain services and supplies of special and unique nature as may be needed for repair or modification of facilities and extraordinary maintenance work. Performs inspections of work in progress and prepares completion reports.

Uses computer-aided drafting for new designs, modifications and for drawing changes to reflect actual field conditions.

Collaborates with other offices and groups to solve unusual or special technical problems related to operations and maintenance such as adequacy of equipment maintenance, maintenance schedules, and budgets, adequacy of materials and applicable work procedures and practices.

Maintains close surveillance over major electrical systems and conducts special investigations of equipment failures and malfunctions which interrupt or impair service and/or endanger equipment. Performs or oversees tests and inspections of electrical facilities and equipment, including DC ramp testing, doble power factor testing, CT and PT analysis testing, AC high pot testing, resistance and polarity index testing and periodic testing of all controls and protections systems. Analyzes test results and recommends or makes necessary adjustments and/or equipment modifications to restore equipment and facilities to normal. Performs technical analysis to ensure proper relay settings for protection of the generating units and related equipment.

Develops and /or interprets/reviews standing operating procedures, work plans, safety regulations, job hazard analyses and other standards and regulations that apply to electrical systems.

Travel Required

Occasional travel - Occasional overnight travel for training, meetings, and site visits.

Supervisory status


Promotion Potential


Who May Apply This job is open to…

Current and former Federal employees serving under competitive service career or career-conditional appointments; current or former time-limited employees eligible under the Land Management Workforce Flexibility Act (LMWFA); Career Transition Assistance Program; CTAP; Interagency Career Transition Assistance Program; ICTAP; VEOA; 30% Disabled; Military Spouses; Schedule A; Individuals with Disabilities; Peace Corps; AmeriCorps; Vista.

Questions? This job is open to 7 groups.

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Help Requirements Conditions of Employment

* U.S. Citizenship or U.S. National

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

* You must meet specialized experience requirements; (See Qualifications)

* This position has positive education requirements MUST SUBMIT TRANSCRIPTS

* Suitable for Federal employment, determined by a background investigation

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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). Applicants eligible under the Land Management Workforce Flexibility Act (LMWFA) are not required to meet time-in-grade restrictions in order to be considered.


Basic Requirement: You must meet at least one of the following basic requirements:

A. Degree: professional engineering. To be acceptable, the curriculum must: (1) be in a school of engineering with at least one curriculum accredited by the Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology (ABET) as a professional engineering curriculum; 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 professional 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 - Current registration as a professional engineer by any State, the District of Columbia, Guam, or Puerto Rico. Absent any 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 rate eligible only for manufacturing engineering positions.

2. Written Test - Evidence of having successfully passed the Engineer-in-Training (EIT) examination, or the written test required for professional registration, which is administered by the Boards of Engineering Examiners in the various States, the District of Columbia, Guam and Puerto Rico.

Applicants who have passed the EIT examination and have completed all the requirements for either (a) a bachelor's degree in engineering technology (BET) from an accredited college or university that included 60 semester hours or courses in the physical, mathematical, and engineering sciences, or (b) a BET from a program accredited by the Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology (ABET) may be rated eligible for certain engineering positions at GS-5. Eligibility is limited to positions that are within or closely related to the specialty field of the engineering technology program. Applicants for positions that involve highly technical research, development, or similar functions requiring an advanced level of competence in basic science must meet the basic requirements in paragraph A. Because of the diversity in kind and quality of BET programs, graduates of other BET programs are required to complete at least one year of additional education or highly technical work experience of such nature as to provide reasonable assurance of the possession of the knowledge, skills and abilities required for professional engineering competence. The adequacy of this background must be demonstated by passing the EIT examination.

3. Specified academic courses - Successful completion of at least 60 semester hours of courses in the physical, mathematical, and engineering sciences and in engineering that included the courses specified in the basic requirements. The courses must be fully acceptable toward meeting the requirements of a professional engineering curriculum as described in paragraph A.

4. Related curriculum - Successful completion of a curricum leading to a bachelor's degree in engineering technology or in an appropriate professional field, e.g. physics, chemistry, architecture, computer science, mathematics, hydrology or geology, may be accepted in lieu of a 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).

In addition to meeting the basic education qualification requirement described above, applicants must possess the following:

Specialized Experience: At least one year of specialized experience (described below) equivalent in difficulty and complexity to the next lower level in Federal service. Specialized experience must demonstrate the applicant has been equipped with the particular knowledge, skills and abilities to successfully perform the duties of the position, and that is directly related to the work to be performed.

Specialized experience can be further defined as follows: Experience working on electrical/mechanical equipment associated with a hydroelectric power facility or similar facility that generates power through alternate sources and experience in operation and maintenance practices associated with major electrical apparatus, protective relays, transformers, metering equipment, programmable logic controllers, and communication systems.

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.


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