Western Area Power Administration Electrical Engineer (Protection) in United States
Summary This position is part of the WAPA-DSW-Desert Southwest, Department of Energy. As a Electrical Engineer (Protection), at full performance level of a GS-13, you will have the responsibility for electrical engineering associated with power system protection, equipment and facilities and providing highly specialized engineering and overall technical leadership within the Maintenance Office for projects and activities. Responsibilities As a Electrical Engineer (Protection), GS-12, you will: Develop relay settings for the system protection systems in the Region and review relay actions to determine if the protection systems work properly. Develop test and trouble-shooting procedures for protection equipment for use by craftsmen. For complex tests or trouble-shooting provide technical support to craftsmen at site. Design (or review designs of others), implement and commission major portions of, or a completely new protection and control system for a substation. Identify the testing/inspection/repair of malfunctions equipment. Recommend changes to equipment or system to prevent future failures or to improve the system. As a Electrical Engineer (Protection), GS-13, you will: Develop relay settings for the system protection systems in the Region and review relay actions to determine if the protection systems work properly. Oversee testing/inspection/repair of malfunctions equipment. Recommend changes to equipment or system to prevent future failures or to improve the system. Plan the work, prepare the schedule and budget, plan for materials, coordinate with others tests and documents the job. Provide on-site technical oversight of the work and/or guidance to other employees. Work closely with Maintenance employees and the Region's Compliance Manager to coordinate, implement, and assure Maintenance Engineering staff remains compliant with NERC, WECC, MRO and CIP reliability standards. Requirements 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. 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. May be required to successfully complete a probationary period. The incumbent is required to wear Personal Protective Equipment (PPE). The incumbent is required to wear a pair of fully-encased safety-toed footwear meeting the standard ASTM F 2413-05 when performing field work. The incumbent must wear Arc Rated protective clothing when in proximity to exposed energized circuits. Qualifications SPECIALIZED EXPERIENCE REQUIREMENTS: A qualified candidate's online application and resume must demonstrate at least one year of specialized experience equivalent to the next lower grade level in the Federal service. Specialized experience for this position is defined as:For the GS-12 level the specialized experience requirement is to include at least two of the following: Experience in: Processing of relay settings and/or drawings for development in transmission systems. Ability to identify corrective action for relay operations. Assist in the operation or maintenance work practices associated with major electrical apparatus, protective relays, and/or outdoor substation equipment, metering equipment, and communication systems. For the GS-13 level the specialized experience requirement is to include at least two of the following: Experience in: Calculating protective relay settings for high voltage transmission systems (up to 500 kV) and/or coordinating with utilities and/or performing event analysis. Analyze and recommend corrective action for relay operations. Serving as a project leader and technical expert on system protection and metering issues, including additions, replacements, and modifications to equipment and facilities. Compliance responsibility for the use of NERC, WECC/MRO reliability standards and/or CIP standards. Education This vacancy specifically states that certain educational requirements must be met (also known as a "positive educational requirement"), you must provide documentation supporting any education claims in your application. Education must be obtained from an accredited institution recognized by the U.S. Department of Education. Foreign education must be reviewed by an organization recognized by the U.S. Department of Education. For special instructions pertaining to foreign education and a list of organizations that can evaluate foreign education, see the Department of Education website. To be rated qualified for this position, you MUST meet the basic education requirements below for the series to which you are applying. 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: 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. -OR- 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.-OR- 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.-OR- 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.) For more information please visit: https://www.opm.gov/policy-data-oversight/classification-qualifications/general-schedule-qualification-standards/0800/files/all-professional-engineering-positions-0800.pd Additional Information The U.S. Department of Energy fosters a diverse and inclusive workplace and is an Equal Opportunity Employer. This job opportunity announcement may be used to fill additional similar vacancies across DOE.-For general information on government-wide Telework polices visit: www.telework.gov. The duties of this position may require the incumbent to be placed in a 24/7 on-call status during emergency situations. This position requires the ability to operate a Government vehicle. The incumbent must be at least 18 years of age, able to obtain and maintain Defensive Drivers certification and have a valid state driver's license. Defensive Driver's Training will be completed upon employment. The incumbent of this position is subject to inclement weather conditions such as high temperatures, rain, sleet, snow, and extreme cold. This position may require regular and recurring overtime. Overtime may be required on short notice to include nights, holidays and weekends in support of related mission requirements. Travel of up to 0-75% annually may be required. The selectee for this position may be eligible to receive a recruitment or relocation incentive. Inquiries must be made prior to accepting position. You will need to sign an employment agreement to be eligible for this incentive.