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Electrician (Construction)

  • Full Time
  • Vancouver, Wash.
  • Salary: $53.06 an hour
  • Posting End Date: December 1, 2021

Website Bonneville Power Administration

Wage or Salary:
$53.06 an hour

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A successful candidate in this position will perform installation and adjustment (construction) of electrical equipment in Substations. The construction aspects of a High Voltage Electrician task include erection of new facilities or removal of old facilities. Equipment serviced may be electrical, hydraulic, mechanical, pneumatic, and/or electronic.

As an Electrician you will:

  • Install and adjust major electrical equipment such as power transformer and gas, oil, or air-insulated power circuit breakers; instrument and station service transformers, disconnect and circuit switches, protective devices, static capacitors, batteries and charges.
  • 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.
  • Takes clearances, hold orders and work permits in high voltage substations.
    Install Conduit and trenches, pull cable and terminate. Complete associated documentation required for the above listed tasks.
  • Drive 20-25% of the time in all weather conditions.

As required by Executive Order 14043, Federal employees are required to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 regardless of the employee’s duty location or work arrangement (e.g., telework, remote work), subject to such exceptions as required by law. If you are selected for this position, you will be required to be vaccinated against COVID-19 by November 22, 2021, or prior to onboarding, if hired after November 22, unless you request a legally required exception from this requirement.

As part of onboarding, you will need to submit DOE’s Certification of COVID-19 Vaccination for Prospective Federal Employees attesting to truthfulness that you are fully vaccinated by November 22, 2021, or prior to onboarding, if hired after November 22, 2021. Once onboard, you will then be required to provide proof of vaccination in DOE’s MyEnergy system and certify the documentation you provide is true and correct under penalty of perjury. Providing a knowing and willful false statement on either DOE’s COVID-19 Vaccination Form prior to starting or when providing proof of vaccination in DOE’s MyEnergy system once onboard is punishable by fine and/or imprisonment (18 U.S.C. 1001) and will result in termination from Federal service.

Conditions of Employment:

  • Must be a U.S. Citizen or National.
  • This employer participates in the e-Verify program.
  • Males born after 12/31/1959 must be registered for Selective Service.
  • Suitable for Federal employment, as determined by a background investigation.
  • May be required to successfully complete a probationary period.
  • After employment, this position may be subject to periodic physical examinations, as prescribed by competent medical authority and at BPA expense, if exposed to health hazards.
  • This position requires a pre-employment medical exam, at BPA expense, prior to appointment due to the physical requirements of the position.
  • This position requires an initial drug test prior to appointment and random drug or drug and alcohol testing thereafter.
  • 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. Traffic citations indicating poor driving habits may disqualify applicants.
  • Once employed must provide proof of a valid commercial driver’s license (CDL) with all endorsements that are required to operate required equipment within 120 days after appointment.
  • 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. Your resume should demonstrate that you possess these elements and screen out. Do not provide a separate narrative written statement. Rather, you must describe in your resume how your past work experience demonstrates that you possess the elements and screen out identified 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:

Element 1: (SCREEN-OUT ELEMENT) for the Electrician BB-2810-00 position is: Ability to do the work of the position without normal supervision performing the majority of the High Voltage Electrician duties, including maintaining, installing, modifying, calibrating, repairing of electrical sub-stations, power generation/transmission/distribution equipment, and systems at 11,000 to 500,000 volts, and climbing, maintaining and repairing electrical sub-stations, and 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)

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.

Physical effort: Work is physically demanding, may require working under stress in hazardous situations, may need to climb poles (average 40 feet, maximum 110 feet) such as on steel framework, platforms and ladders adjacent to high-voltage equipment in all weather conditions; lifts tools and equipment that weighs about 10-20 pounds; Pushing/pulling while assembling bolts and parts. Moves and positions equipment and materials weighing from 100-200 pounds such as nitrogen and oxygen bottles, SF6 cylinders, and capacitors; Ability to raise, lower and maneuver up to 30 pounds utilizing a pole 20 feet or more in length; extends arms frequently overhead and reaching to perform repairs; may crouch for long periods when working in confined spaces or while wiring or working on pumps; provide clear, accurate communication, receive verbal directions/ use/hear telephone & warning devices & abnormal noises; able to detect various gases by smell; and have spatial ability/depth perception/night vision/color discrimination/distant binocular acuity of 20/40 or better.

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. When assigned to Construction the Electrician may be in continuous travel status.

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