Meter and Relay Craftsman – Electronic Integrated Systems Mechanic

Company Name: Western Area Power Administration - Desert Southwest Region
City: Phoenix
State/Provence: Arizona
Zip: 85009
Job Title: Meter and Relay Craftsman – Electronic Integrated Systems Mechanic
Number of Openings: 5
Position Type: Mechanics
Posting Start Date: February 16, 2018
Salary: $48.35 - $50.36
Salary Per: Per Hour
Work Time: 40
Work Time Type: Hours
Duties:

Overview

Open & closing dates

02/15/2018 to 05/10/2018

Salary

$48.35 to $50.36 per hour

Pay scale & grade

WB 00

Work schedule

Full-Time – Permanent

Appointment type

Permanent – Full-Time

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Locations

5 vacancies in the following locations:

  • Phoenix, AZ 1 vacancy
  • Yuma, AZ 2 vacancies
  • Parker Dam, CA 1 vacancy
  • Boulder City, NV 1 vacancy

Relocation expenses reimbursed

Yes Relocation will be paid.

This job is open to 

Federal employees

Current or former competitive service employees, including:

  • Merit promotion
  • Career Transition (CTAP, ICTAP, RPL)
  • Transfer
  • Veterans

Where would I be working?

Western Area Power Administration
Desert Southwest Region, Maintenance,
Protection & Communication Maintenance, Protection & Control (G5300

Multiple Duty Location(s):

(1 vacancy)
615 S. 43rd Avenue
Phoenix, AZ 85009

(1 vacancy)
Parker Dam Substation
Hwy 95
Parker Dam, CA 92267

(2 vacancies)
Gila Substation
P.O.Box 2795
Yuma, AZ 85366

(1 vacancy)
Mead Substation
P.O. Box 1120
2051 S. Buchanan Blvd.
Boulder City, NV 89005

Where will I be on the pay scale?

If you are not currently a Western journeyman in the occupation advertised, you will receive entry-level pay with the possibility of promotion to full journeyman status after meeting certification and performance requirements (generally within 3-6 months).

Responsibilities

Maintain, repair, modify, program, install and commission power system substation protection control, monitoring and metering equipment. Maintain, repair, install, program, and test revenue metering equipment, including electronic and microprocessor based kilowatthour meters, digital demand recorders, panel meters, transducers, and instrument transformers. Maintain, repair, install, program, and test control equipment used in controlling substation equipment.

Travel Required

50% or less – 11 or more days of overnight travel per month.

Supervisory status

No

Promotion Potential

00

Experience Required:

Requirements

Conditions Of Employment

  • You must be a United States Citizen
  • This employer participates in the e-Verify program
  • See “Other Information” section regarding Selective Service requirements

Qualifications

You must have journeyman-level ability in the duties of a Meter and Relay Craftsman as described in KSA #1.

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

ADDITIONAL QUALIFICATIONS REQUIREMENTS

Your application and resume should demonstrate that you possess the following abilities. You are NOT required to provide a separate narrative written response. Rather, you must describe in your application how your past work experience demonstrates that you possess those described below.

1. Ability to do the work of a Meter and Relay Craftsman without greater than normal supervision (install and commission, or maintain and repair, protective relay equipment and/or polyphase revenue metering equipment associated with power system distribution or transmission systems.)

2. Knowledge and ability to use tools and specialized equipment and procedures to maintain and test power system metering, control, and protective relay equipment.

3. Knowledge of electrical theory and instruments and ability to do troubleshooting.

4. Ability to read and understand electrical drawings and instruction manuals.

CTAP/ICTAP candidates: To be considered “well qualified” you must meet all of the requirements as described in this section and score 80 or above.

“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.

You must meet all qualifications and eligibility requirements by the closing date of this announcement.

Education

For this position, education cannot be substituted for experience.

Additional information

  • More than one selection may be made from this vacancy announcement.
  • Some positions may require completion of a probationary period of up to 1 (one) year.
  • All males born after December 31st 1959 must abide by laws regarding Selective Service registration. To learn more about this law, visit the Selective Service web page, Who Must Register. If you are not registered and don’t have an approved exemption, you will not be eligible for employment with the Federal government.
  • If selected for this position, your appointment is contingent upon completion of OF-306, Declaration for Federal Employment, during the pre-employment process.
  • If selected, you will be required to complete a questionnaire and are subject to a criminal background check to determine suitability for Federal employment before appointment.
  • If you are tentatively selected for this position, you will be required to have a physical examination that will determine whether you are qualified to perform the duties of the position. An offer of employment will depend upon your successfully passing the physical examination.
  • This position requires completion of an annual medical examination at Federal expense.
  • You must test negative for illegal drugs before placement in the position, and will be subject to random drug testing thereafter. If a determination of the use of illegal drugs is confirmed, non-selection or disciplinary action, up to and including removal from Federal service, may result.
  • The selectee for this position may be eligible to receive a recruitment or relocation incentive of up to 25% of the base salary. You will need to sign an employment agreement to be eligible for this incentive.
  • This position may require overnight travel of (11+) days per month
  • If selected for this position, you must live no more than 60 minutes away from the duty station in case of call-out.
  • This position is subject to overtime work.

How You Will Be Evaluated

The Department of Energy uses an application tracking system to evaluate the responses you provide in the applicant assessment questionnaire to determine if you meet the minimum qualifications necessary for this position. Then, the HR Office and/or Subject Matter Expert (SME) will conduct a quality review of your application and supporting documentation to determine if your qualifications meet the criteria for referral to the selecting official.

If your resume is incomplete or does not support the responses you provided in your online questionnaire, or if you fail to submit all required documentation before the vacancy closes, you may be rated ‘ineligible’, ‘not qualified’, or your score may be adjusted accordingly.

Selecting Official may check references on those applicants referred for consideration.

To preview questions please click here.

Background checks and security clearance

Security clearance

Public Trust – Background Investigation

Required Documents

Please carefully review the following list to determine what documentation you need to submit. Some documents may not apply to all applicants. If you are unsure, click the link for each document type to read more.

ALL APPLICANTS: You must submit a resume supporting your specialized experience and responses to the online questionnaire.

  • Your resume should list all work experience (paid and unpaid); you must list the full name and address of the each employer.
  • For all types of work experience, you should indicate the start and end dates (include month, day, and year); you must also list the average number of hours per week that you worked.
  • For paid work experience, please indicate your starting grade/salary for each position and the highest grade/salary you earned (if different).
  • Your resume should also include any education and training you have completed (list the program title, subject area, number of hours completed, and completion date).
  • For more information about what to include in your resume, please view this USAJOBS Resume Tutorial video on YouTube.

Most DOE offices will allow you to submit a resume in the format of your choice (as an attached document or as a USAJOBS Resume Builder format). However, some offices may require one specific format. You will be notified at the time you click ‘Apply Online’ which type of resume is acceptable. It is important that you are complete and thorough in your resume. If any of the above information is not included in your resume, we may not be able to fully credit you for your experience.

Current and former Federal employees: Most recent SF-50 (Standard Form 50 – Notice of Personnel Action).

To properly verify status eligibility, your SF-50 must show the following. If you do not submit an appropriate SF-50, we cannot verify your status eligibility!

  1. Full position title;
  2. appointment type;
  3. occupational series;
  4. pay plan, grade, and step;
  5. tenure code; and
  6. service computation date (SCD).

If specific educational requirements are indicated for this vacancy: Documentation verifying your educational claims which can include unofficial transcripts or any report listing institution, course title, credits earned and final grade. Please see the Education section for more information.

Veterans: veteran eligibility documentation (DD-214 Member #4 Copy, VA Letter, Standard Form (SF) 15 as applicable). Please note: If you are a veteran who has not yet been discharged, you may provide a statement of intent to discharge from your agency to receive Veterans Preference under the VOW (Veterans Opportunity to Work) to Hire Heroes Act of 2011.

Persons with Disabilities: Individuals with intellectual disabilities, severe physical disabilities, or psychiatric disabilities may apply for appointment through the Schedule A hiring authority. Certified verification of a disability from a licensed medical professional; a licensed vocational rehabilitation specialist; or any Federal, state, or District of Columbia agency or U.S. territory that issues or provides disability benefits will be required.

Displaced Federal employees who qualify for CTAP/ICTAP: If you are a former Federal employee who was displaced due to a Reduction-in-Force (RIF) or surplused by some other means, please submit a copy of the separation letter or RIF notice from your agency. To be selected under I/CTAP, you must still be found well-qualified for this position. Please see the OPM Guide to Career Transition for more information.

If you are relying on your education to meet qualification requirements:

You MUST submit a copy of your transcript if you want to substitute your education for experience. If you claim qualifications based on education, and do not submit a transcript, your education will not be used in making a qualification determination and you may be found “not qualified“.

Education must be accredited by an accrediting institution recognized by the U.S. Department of Education in order for it to be credited towards qualifications. Therefore, provide only the attendance and/or degrees from schools accredited by accrediting institutions recognized by the U.S. Department of Education.

Failure to provide all of the required information as stated in this vacancy announcement may result in an ineligible rating or may affect the overall rating.

How to Apply:

To be considered for this position, you must submit your complete application no later than 11:59 pm U.S. Eastern Time on the closing date of this announcement. If you fail to submit a complete application prior to the closing time (regardless of when you started) the application system will not allow you to finish! Requests for extensions will not be granted, so please begin the application process allowing yourself enough time to finish before the deadline. Our application system displays a countdown timer in the top-left corner of the screen for your reference.

For your security, your session in our online application system will “time-out” if you are inactive for a certain period of time. We recommend that you preview the assessment questions before you apply and prepare all of your information prior to beginning the application. If you do get “timed-out” you will have to log back in to USAJOBS and re-visit the vacancy announcement, you can then click “Update Application” to finish where you left off.

Steps to submit a complete application:

  1. You must have an active USAJOBS account and be logged in.
  2. You must have a complete resume associated with your USAJOBS account. Please note that some DOE offices do not accept uploaded resumes and instead require that you submit a USAJOBS-formatted resume using theResume Builder.
  3. Once you are logged in and all of your application materials are ready, click on the ‘Apply Online’ button to get started.
  4. You will be given the option to include your resume, documents, and demographic information from your USAJOBS profile. You will then be transferred to the Department of Energy’s application tracking system. If you select documents from your USAJOBS account, you MUST complete the download process in a later step or your USAJOBS documentation WILL NOT be transferred! See Step 6.
  5. You must respond to all applicant assessment questions, carefully following all instructions provided.
  6. You will then be asked to upload additional supporting documentation. If you selected documents from USAJOBS prior to being transferred to our application system (Step 4), you will need to click the “USAJOBS” link to complete the transfer process. These documents ARE NOT automatically transferred!It is ultimately your responsibility to make sure all required documents are either faxed, uploaded, or transferred from USAJOBS successfully. If you are unsure that your documents went through, please contact the HR Specialist listed on the announcement BEFORE the vacancy closes.
  7. IMPORTANT: In the final step of the application process you will be shown a copy of your resume and all the information you entered during the application process. You must click the ‘Finish’ button at the bottom of this final page and receive confirmation that your application has been received. If you do not click ‘Finish’, your application will not be received!

If your resume does not support the responses in your application questionnaire, or if you fail to submit required documentation before the vacancy closes, you may be rated ‘ineligible’, ‘not qualified’, or your score may be adjusted accordingly.

Steps to modify or withdraw your application:

  1. Return to USAJOBS and log in to your account.
  2. In the “My Account” screen, click “Application Status” in the left-hand column.
  3. You will see a table list of all the jobs you’ve applied to, click on the title of the application you want to modify.
  4. If the announcement is still open the button which normally says “Apply Online” will instead say “Edit Application”, click that button. (If you want to withdraw your application from consideration after the closing date, contact the HR Specialist listed on the announcement.)
  5. You will be directed back to DOE’s application tracking system where you can make changes, or you can click “Withdraw Application” to remove your application from being considered.

NEED HELP?

  • If you experience any difficulties with the application process (anything after you have clicked the ‘Apply Online’ button), please contact the HR Office listed on this announcement between normal business hours. If you are receiving any kind of error message, please be ready to provide a screenshot or at a minimum, the error message text and number.
  • If you are having trouble with USAJOBS (searching for jobs, account password/profile issues, or Resume Builder help, please visit the USAJOBS Resource Center or e-mail USAJOBS3.0@opm.gov. Regretfully, DOE cannot resolve issues with your USAJOBS account. We regret that we are unable to support any issue with USAJOBS, as this service is maintained by the Office of Personnel Management exclusively.
  • If you are experiencing a significant hardship which hinders your ability to apply online please contact the HR Office listed on this announcement during normal business hours to discuss your situation.

Please click on the links below to apply:

PMA-18-WG-77-MP – https://www.usajobs.gov/GetJob/ViewDetails/491561600

PMA-18-WG-77-DE – https://www.usajobs.gov/GetJob/ViewDetails/491562100

Posting End Date: May 10, 2018