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  • Full Time
  • Multiple
  • Salary: $53.06 an hour
  • Posting End Date: December 14, 2021

Website Bonneville Power Administration

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$53.06 an hour

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This position is located with Bonneville Power Administration, located in multiple locations in Washington, Oregon, Idaho and Montana.

Hiring incentives including up to 25% of annualized salary or repayment of qualifying federal student loans are authorized for highly qualified applicants.

As an Electrician you will:

  • Maintain and repair (maintenance) major electrical equipment in substations. When equipment fails, perform emergency repairs.
  • Perform diagnostic testing to inspect parts and equipment.
  • Perform work in shops on equipment components including bushings, motors, small power tools, etc. Assemble, install, and modify control and relay panels for substations.
  • Assemble and erect steel racks and towers to support equipment.
  • Install and change antennas, reflectors, transmitting or receiving devices, emergency power supplies, and other equipment located in microwave or radio stations.
  • Take clearances and perform switching to isolate a piece of equipment for repair.- Install ground mats, conduit, duct, and trench systems.

Conditions of Employment:

  • When you apply you will be asked a series of questions to determine your eligibility for employment and your qualification for this position specifically.
  • May be required to successfully complete a probationary period.
  • Suitable for Federal employment, as determined by a background investigation.
  • Males born after 12/31/1959 must be registered for Selective Service.
  • Must be a U.S. Citizen or National.
  • This position requires an initial drug test prior to appointment and random drug or drug and alcohol testing thereafter. Failure to test or a positive result on random drug or drug and alcohol tests conducted after appointment may result in removal from Federal employment.
  • This position requires a pre-employment medical exam, at BPA expense, prior to appointment due to the physical requirements of the position.
  • If exposed to health hazards, have periodic physical examinations as prescribed by competent medical authority at BPA expense.
  • Become fully knowledgeable of and follow the safety practices of the BPA Accident Prevention Manual.
  • Establish a residence in accordance with negotiated requirements, that is within one hour or less commuting time under normal weather and road conditions, to the duty station headquarters.
  • Possess within 1 year after appointment, and maintain continuously thereafter, a First Aid Card and a CPR card.
  • Possess a clearance certificate and an electrical worker’s permit or obtain them within 1 year of appointment and maintain continuously thereafter.
  • Possess a valid state driver’s license at the time of employment. Once employed the incumbent will also be required to provide proof of a valid commercial driver’s license (CDL) with all endorsements that are required to operate substation maintenance and construction equipment from the state of residence within 120 days after appointment. Traffic citations indicating poor driving habits may disqualify applicants.
  • Be certified on aerial lift or other equipment if assigned to use or operate.
  • Subject to call for emergency work at any time.
  • Be able to wear protective apparel such as respirators when required for worker safety.
  • During the first year, new hires will be required to successfully complete the Power System Electrician orientation training. This includes evaluating employees on both written and performance tests.


Additional Information:

Your qualifications will be evaluated on the basis of your level of knowledge, skills, abilities and/or competencies in the job elements and screen out listed below. This job has a screen-out factors which will be used to determine minimum eligibility for this job. Applicants who do not receive a minimum of two points on this screen-out element(s) or who do not score at least half of the total points possible across all elements will be found ineligible.

The screen-out element for this position is: Ability to do the work of a Electrician without more than normal supervision to include maintaining, installing, modifying, calibrating, repairing of; electrical sub-stations, power generation/transmission/distribution equipment and systems at 11,000 to 500,000 volts; climbing, maintaining and repairing electrical sub-stations; transformer banks. Failure to meet this Screen out Element will result in an ineligible rating.

  • Ability To Do The Work Of The Position Without More Than Normal Supervision
  • Ability To Use and Maintain Hand Tools (Electrical Work)
  • Ability To Use Electrical Drawings
  • Knowledge of Electrical Equipment
  • Technical Practices (theoretical, precise, artistic)
  • Theory and Instruments (Electrical, Electronic) Used in Shop and Trade Practices
    Trouble shooting (electrical)

"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.

This position has a selective placement factor, failure to meet this requirement(s) will result in an ineligible rating.

Must possess a current valid U.S. motor vehicle operator's license from state of residence.

Working Conditions: Working conditions vary depending on tasks. Most work is performed outside in all weather conditions, but some work is done inside under normal shop conditions. Work is performed around energized equipment, such as switchboards containing critical control circuits where carelessness could cause a serious system disturbance or outage. Work is done in energized Substations at various heights in excess of 100 feet, such as on steel framework, platforms, and ladders adjacent to energized high-voltage equipment. The Electrician must frequently work on surfaces which are slippery due to insulating oil or ice. Installing conduit, pulling cable, working in oil circuit breaker (OCB) tanks, etc., involves working in restricted and cramped quarters. Approved respiratory and safety equipment shall be worn when hazardous substances are being handled (oil, acid, and solvent fumes, etc.). At times, work may be physically demanding. The work environment will occasionally include high noise levels or exposure to hazardous substances (i.e., mercury, acids, solvents, PCB's, etc.) that could, if precautions are not followed, pose a health risk. Potential exposure to radiation could occur if assigned to work at the WNP2 plant (Ashe and Hanford). Emergencies, critical system conditions, or outage limitations may require that work be systemwide, done at night or under serious time pressures. System priorities may require extended periods of overtime including working weekends and holidays.

Physical Effort: Able to climb and work at various heights, averaging 40 feet, rarely to 100 feet, such as on steel framework, platforms and ladders adjacent to high-voltage equipment. Requires good balance while climbing ladders and structures such as transformers to perform repair duties and while hanging grounds. Balancing required on narrow and slippery surfaces at heights and in varied weather conditions, as well as on uneven terrain. To operate trucks and equipment and to climb ladders. Must be able to work from ladders and other aerial equipment. Ability to stand an average of 2 hours, with a maximum of 3-4 hours uninterrupted. Walks an average of 2 hours; alternate standing/walking up to a maximum of 8 hours, some of which may be on uneven, slippery, surfaces and rough terrain. Lifts tools and equipment. Average is10-20 lbs. Positions 100-110 pound nitrogen and oxygen bottles and 200-pound SF6 gas cylinders from rack to cart (usually two persons assist with this) on daily basis. Ability to raise, lower and maneuver up to 30 pounds utilizing a pole 20 feet or more in length. Installs conduit and pulls cable. Pushing/pulling while assembling bolts and parts. Works in cramped, awkward positions while working from buckets, in manholes or confined spaces, etc. Works with arms overhead or occasionally outstretched for extended periods of time. May crouch for long periods when working in confined spaces or while wiring or working on pumps. Frequent kneeling to access and test equipment and wire. Tasks vary based upon whether position is engaged in maintenance or construction activities. As part of the application process, you must complete and submit an online occupational questionnaire. If your resume is incomplete or does not support the responses you provide in your online questionnaire, or if you fail to submit all required documentation before each cut-off date, you may be rated 'ineligible', 'not qualified', or your score may be adjusted accordingly.

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