Bonneville Power Administration Power System Control Craftsman I & II in United States
Summary This position is located with Bonneville Power Administration(BPA), in Specialty Services (TETS), Engineering and Technical Services (TET) group of the Transmission Field Services (TE) organization within the Transmission Services (T) business line. The Power System Control Craftsman performs all duties without more than normal supervision and in compliance with government regulations, BPA safety rules, and the BPA-CPTC Collective Agreement. Responsibilities As a Testing and Energization Power System Control Craftsman I & II you will: Perform preventive, corrective, and emergency maintenance on power system control equipment, without immediate supervision, such as: AM and FM radios with frequencies up to 900 MHz. These consist of fixed, mobile, and portable stations used for voice communications, control, and telemetering circuits. Network Management System equipment, Field Intranet (FIN), and associated network routers and switches. Power line carrier current equipment using AM, SSB, FM, and FSK modulation for the transmission of voice communications, power line relaying signals, telemetering, and supervisory control Analog and Digital Microwave radio equipment operating at frequencies above 900 MHz with high density channel loading capability. High density and single channel analog microwave multiplex equipment which includes: Frequency generation equipment; Order wire equipment; Alignment tones Super-group and group windows Microwave Monitor equipment Fiber Optic Systems including fiber optic modems and patch panels. Digital multiplex equipment, both high density SONET multiplexors, JungleMux, DACS (Digital Access Cross-Connect System), and DS1 multiplexors. Timing systems including GPS receivers, antennas, Time-expanders, Time-Providers, and timing distribution equipment. Stratum Clock (CC) Power system control and protection equipment which includes: RAS (RAS MWTT equipment), SCADA, SCADA modems, Programmable Logic Controllers (PLC's), AGC, GEN ICCP Data acquisition systems including FLAR/SEMM, KWH, MWM, Badger MW Alarm System, and Open-I. Data communications interfaces such as general purpose modems, modem controllers, switching equipment and Data Above Voice (DAV). Telephone termination equipment, including: DATS, KTS, associated Network system (Routers/Switches) and service channel equipment. Various computer-based user interfaces to access, control, and trouble shoot radios, SONET equipment, digital multiplex channel banks, DACS, routers, MWTT, telephone, and other equipment. Miscellaneous equipment such as auxiliary power equipment, communication equipment associated with transfer switches, closed circuit television, and electronic test equipment. and other miscellaneous station equipment. Under supervision by District supervisor or supervising engineer, as necessary, performs the more difficult and nonroutine types of maintenance work on the above equipment. Makes approved field modifications on equipment, and performs subsequent tests for work involving unusual problems or requiring analysis by the engineer. Provide assistance and support in the installation of equipment. Assists in performing initial energization tests of new installations and obtains data which will permit the supervising engineer to make an engineering evaluation of the equipment performance in terms of the contract specifications. Install certain types of equipment, under general supervision, after the procedures have been previously established. A typical job is the installation of mobile radios. Update prints in accordance with BPA standards to reflect currently installed equipment, systems, and "as-builts" as well as any accompanying equipment software and associated databases. In connection with the above various types of work, prepares reports which in general are a collection of test data, instrument readings, and other pertinent information which can be used by the supervising engineer to make an engineering determination on the equipment operations. Perform miscellaneous duties related to maintenance of the communication system. Travel Required: Up to 100% continuous travel status. 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. Requirements 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. You must answer all of these questions completely and truthfully. This position requires a pre-employment medical exam, at BPA expense, prior to appointment due to the physical requirements of the position. 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. Become familiar with and follow the safety practices of the BPA Accident Prevention Manual. If exposed to health hazards, have periodic physical examinations as prescribed by competent medical authority at BPA expense. Possess a valid state drivers license. Additional endorsements on valid drivers license may be required to operate assigned vehicles. Traffic citations indicating poor driving habits may disqualify applicants. Obtain and maintain an electrical worker's permit. As circumstances dictate, or as required by management, possess or obtain standard clearance certification. Possess within one year, and maintain continuously, both a First Aid card and a CPR card. Overnight travel is required. Subject to call for emergency work at any time. Operate motor vehicles, including 1-1/2 ton pickups, sedans, van type trucks, 4 x 4's, and snowcats, as required by management. 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. The position at Ashe (Richland) requires unescorted access to a nuclear facility under the jurisdiction of the Nuclear Regulatory Commission. Final employee selection is subject to successfully completing a background investigation, medical and/or psychological evaluation and pre-employment drug and alcohol testing administered by the nuclear facility management. This position is also subject to random drug and alcohol testing by the nuclear facility management. The position at Ashe (Richland) will be required to take annual radiation training and pass a written exam. Travel Required: Up to 100% continuous travel status. Key Requirements: You must be a United States Citizen. This employer participates in the e-Verify program. Males must abide by Selective Service registration requirements. Qualifications In order to qualify for this position, your resume must provide sufficient experience and/or education, knowledge, skills, and abilities, to perform the duties of the specific position for which you are being considered. Your resume is the key means we have for evaluating your skills, knowledge, and abilities, as they relate to this position. Therefore, we encourage you to submit a thorough resume that directly relates to this position. Applicants must meet the requirements of the Office of Personnel Management (OPM) Job Qualification System for Trades and Labor Occupations (X-118C).Although a specific length of time and experience is not required for most trade and labor occupations, you must show through experience and training that you possess the quality level of knowledge and skill necessary to perform the duties of the position at the level for which you are applying. Qualification requirements emphasis is on the quality of experience, not necessarily the length of time. 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) will be found ineligible. The screen-out element for this position is defined as installing, maintaining, and repairing electronic and telecommunications equipment such as UHF, VHF, microwave, fiber optics, control, SONET and data and multiplex equipment without more than normal supervision. Select the one statement that best describes your level of experience. Experience reflected in this self-rating must be supported in your resume. Failure to meet this element results in an ineligible rating. In addition to the screen-out element you will be evaluated on the following Job Elements through your resume and responses to the on-line assessment questionnaire: Ability To Do The Work Of The Position Without More Than Normal SupervisionAbility To Use and Maintain Tools and EquipmentIngenuity (Ability To Suggest and Apply New Methods)Knowledge of Equipment Assembly, Installation, Repair, etc.Theory of ElectronicsTrouble shooting (Electronic Equipment)Use of Test Equipment: Electronics If your knowledge and ability in the SCREEN OUT factor above is not sufficient, you will receive no further consideration. In preparing your application, describe in detail the experience and training which you have had that specifically prepared you for this job and to perform the duties described for this job. Experience should be clearly described and documented in your resume. The qualifications reviewer will not assume performance of such duties by Job Titles alone. 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 your state of residence. Must able to operate motor vehicles, including 1-1/2 ton pickups, sedans, snowmobiles, or van-type trucks. WORKING CONDITIONS: Most of the work is indoors, although some of the power line carrier and mobile radio work is outside. Work may involve frequent travel to remote sites and exposure in all kinds of weather. Repair work or other emergency work may be required at any time of a 24-hour day. Voltages up to several thousand volts may be present in some types of equipment. Some of the work is performed around moving machinery in the auxiliary power equipment. The work may involve driving maintenance vehicles over steep and narrow mountain roads. Work may involve working alone and possibly in isolated locations. The work environment will occasionally include high noise levels, or exposure to toxic or hazardous substances (i.e., acids, solvents, etc.) that could, if precautions are not followed, pose a health risk. Proper personal protective equipment such as hard hats, safety glasses, arc and flash resistant clothing, respiratory and other safety equipment shall be worn when required. When assigned to testing and energization work unit, the Craftsman may be in continuous travel status. PHYSICAL CONDITIONS: Incumbents must be physically and mentally able to efficiently perform the essential duties of the position, with or without reasonable accommodation, without hazard to themselves or others. "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. Time-in-Grade: Current Federal employees must meet time-in-grade requirements by the closing date of this announcement to receive consideration. CTAP candidates: To be considered "well qualified" you must meet all of the requirements as described in this section. You must meet all qualifications and eligibility requirements by the closing date of this announcement. Education There are no specific education requirements or substitution of education for experience for this position. Additional Information The U.S. Department of Energy fosters a diverse and inclusive workplace and is an Equal Opportunity Employer. Veterans and persons with disabilities are encouraged to apply. For more information, please visit the links at the bottom of this page or visit the FedsHireVets website. 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. Many positions require successful completion of a background investigation. 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. This announcement has been amended as follows: The closing date has been extended to 26-OCT-2021. EEO Policy: http://www.usajobs.gov/eeo Reasonable Accommodation Policy: http://www.usajobs.gov/raps Veterans Information: http://www.usajobs.gov/vi Telework: www.telework.gov Selective Service Registration: http://www.sss.gov/ BPA strives to ensure a safe, positive, inclusive work environment, supported by Leadership Behaviors. For more information on Leadership Behaviors visit: www.bpa.gov/goto/LeadershipBehaviors We also understand the importance of work/life balance and offer a variety of programs and policies designed to create more flexible, responsive work environments supportive of commitments to community, home and family members. BPA also supports employees' overall wellness through its Be Well program, which helps employees adopt healthier lifestyles and feel better about their work/life balance. The program supports five key areas of life: career, community, financial, physical and social.