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Bureau of Reclamation Electrical Engineer in Billings, Montana

Summary Reclamation is seeking a career professional looking for an opportunity to capitalize on their expertise as a Electrical Engineer. You can make a difference in the West by assisting in meeting increasing water demands while protecting the environment. Duty Location: Billings, Montana For living conditions go to: Responsibilities Serves as one of two of Missouri Basin Region's regional members on Reclamation's Compliance Audit and Incident Evaluation Program Team providing expert advice on the management, implementation, and assessment of Reclamation's Reliability Compliance Program's ability to meet NERC/WECC standards; and as a member of the Reclamation-wide team responsible for providing internal Western Electricity Coordinating Council (WECC) and North American Electric Reliability Corporation (NERC) performance auditing guidelines, development of Reclamation and Regional internal control standards, practices, and policies associated with the electric reliability compliance that are utilized by Reclamation's five regions. Duties include: Establishes and manages Reclamation-wide audits consistent with the Generally Accepted Government Auditing Standards, and DOI Internal Control Review processes, which provide an independent assessment of Reclamation's Power Program O&M compliance. Develop and continually refine an audit plan assessing Regional compliance with mandatory NERC/WECC electric reliability standards as well as Reclamation maintenance standards. Implement the audit plan and adjust in response to findings and feedback, including developing a cost estimate and acquiring technical support, if required. Ensures the audit plan addresses the audit risk allowed by the Compliance Audit and Incident Evaluation Program Manager. Serves as an expert advisor to MB Regional managers and the Reclamation Reliability Compliance Workgroup on all matters associated with the Region's and Reclamation's compliance program operations. Provides program oversight for ensuring that the MBRO's and Reclamation's generating transmission, cyber, and protective relaying equipment are in compliance with NERC/WECC standards. Performs extensive in-depth analysis of the power program to identify, develop and propose regional policy, requirements and guidelines, and provide technical solutions to important broad-based regional power management problems. Provides technical expertise in the operations and maintenance of power generating plants, pumping plants, substations, transmission systems, and dispatching facilities throughout the MBRO. Provides technical assistance to field offices on engineering problems and guidance in operations and maintenance programs as to methods, procedures, costs, and standards to be used. Provides engineering support and coordination for projects in the MBRO for design, fabrication, and installation of electrical equipment. Requirements Conditions of Employment You must be a U.S. Citizen or U.S. National. You must be suitable for federal employment, determined by a background investigation. You must submit a resume and supporting documentation (see Required Documents). You must submit eligibility documents for veterans consideration (see Required Documents). You must meet any minimum education and/or experience requirements (see Qualifications). You must submit transcript(s) to verify education requirements (see Qualifications/Education). You must maintain a valid State Driver's License at all times as the position requires operation of government vehicles on government and public roads. Failure to maintain a valid State Driver's License at all times will result in removal from the position. Who May Apply: Bureau of Reclamation Employees (Competitive)Bureau of Reclamation Employees (Non-Competitive)Career Transition Assistance Plan (CTAP) Qualifications Basic Education Requirements: Applicants must first meet the Basic Education Qualification Requirements listed below: A. Degree: Engineering. To be acceptable, the program must: (1) lead to a bachelor's degree in a school of engineering with at least one program accredited by ABET; 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 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 or licensure -- Current registration as an Engineer Intern (EI), Engineer in Training (EIT), or licensure as a Professional Engineer (PE) by any State, the District of Columbia, Guam, or Puerto Rico. Absent 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 rated eligible only for manufacturing engineering positions. 2. Written Test -- Evidence of having successfully passed the Fundamentals of Engineering (FE)* examination or any other written test required for professional registration by an engineering licensure board in the various States, the District of Columbia, Guam, and Puerto Rico.For more information about EI and EIT registration requirements, please visit the National Society of Professional Engineers website at: http://*The FE examination is not administered by the U.S. Office of Personnel Management. For more information, please visit: http:// 3. Specified academic courses -- Successful completion of at least 60 semester hours of courses in the physical, mathematical, and engineering sciences and that included the courses specified in the basic requirements under paragraph A. The courses must be fully acceptable toward meeting the requirements of an engineering program as described in paragraph A. 4. Related curriculum -- Successful completion of a curriculum leading to a bachelor's degree in an appropriate scientific field, e.g., engineering technology, physics, chemistry, architecture, computer science, mathematics, hydrology, or geology, may be accepted in lieu of a bachelor's 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.) Note: An applicant who meets the basic requirements as specified in A or B above, except as noted under B.1., may qualify for positions in any branch of engineering unless selective factors indicate otherwise. Specialized Experience Requirements: In addition to the basic education requirement, in order to be rated as qualified for this position, the HR Office must be able to determine that the applicant meets the specialized experience requirement - this information must be clearly supported in the resume. To qualify at the GS-13 level, applicants must possess one year of specialized experience equivalent to at least the GS-12 in Federal service. Specialized experience at this level is defined as: Experience in the power generation industry including applying North American Electric Reliability Corporation (NERC) and Western Electricity Coordination Council (WECC) compliance standards and their applicability and associated requirements; developing policy to meet mandated standards; providing technical assistance in analyzing and solving operation and maintenance problems for a power facility; and monitoring, auditing and reporting of power operational and maintenance activities such as relay protection schemes, control circuits, and sensing devices. 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. You must meet all Eligibility and Qualification requirements, including time-in-grade restrictions and any selective placement factors if applicable, by 07/30/2021. Education This position has a mandatory education requirement. You must submit a copy of college transcript(s) (unofficial copy is acceptable) to support claimed education if substituting education for experience. Transcripts must include the name of the college or university and date the degree was conferred. Non-submission will result in being rated not-qualified for the position. You will be required to provide official college transcripts to verify educational qualifications, if selected. An official transcript must be sent directly from the University's Registrar's office and must be provided from the institution awarding the degree. Academic transcripts certified by notary publics are NOT official. Official transcripts must be submitted prior to reporting to work as a condition of employment. Failure to submit official transcripts may be grounds for dismissal or rescission of the job offer. Accreditation: Only education from an accredited college or university recognized by the Department of Education is acceptable to meet education requirements or to substitute for experience, if applicable. For additional info, refer to the Office of Personnel Management and U.S. Department of Education. Foreign Education: To receive credit for education completed outside the United States, you must show proof that the education has been submitted to a private organization that specializes in interpretation of foreign educational credentials and such education has been deemed at least equivalent to that gained in conventional U.S. education programs. For additional info, refer to the U.S. Network for Education Information. Additional Information You may be required to serve an initial probationary period. Reclamation has determined that the duties of this position are suitable for telework and you may be allowed to telework with supervisory approval. DOI uses E-Verify to confirm the employment eligibility of all newly hired employees. To learn more about E-Verify, including applicant rights and responsibilities, please visit This position is designated as a HIGH RISK Public Trust position. It requires a fully completed and favorably adjudicated Public Trust Suitability Background Investigation (T4 or T4R or equivalent) that is current (within the last 5 years). This is a condition of employment. Male applicants born after December 31, 1959 must certify registration with the Selective Service System or that the applicant is exempt from having to do so under the Selective Service Law. Go to: Additional vacancies may be filled using this job announcement.