Electrician Apprentice II (JOA NUMBER: DOE-BPA-21-14361-RG) - 8 positions available at 6 different locations

Employer: DEPARTMENT OF ENERGY Bonneville Power Administration

Job Description:
8 vacancies in the following locations:
- Redmond, OR
- The Dalles, OR
- Umatilla, OR
- East Wenatchee, WA
- Kent, WA
- Olympia, WA
- Pasco, WA
- Snohomish, WA
- Spokane, WA
- Vancouver, WA

No relocation expenses reimbursed
No telework eligible

- This job is open to recent graduates.
- Individuals who have graduated from an accredited educational institute or certificate program within the last 2 years or 6 years for Veterans.
- The public:
U.S. citizens, nationals or those who owe allegiance to the U.S.

Announcement number: DOE-BPA-21-14361-RG
Control number: 589394100

The Electrician Apprenticeship program is a formal 4-year program consisting of eight steps of 6 months each. The apprentice must pass an end-of-step review following each 6-month step to remain in this program. Apprentices will be promoted to journeyman after successfully passing the eighth step review.

A successful candidate will serve as an apprentice, expected to gain knowledge of various work processes with progressively difficult assignments throughout their apprenticeship.

This announcement is also being advertised under Merit Promotion as announcement DOE-BPA-21-14361-MP. If you are a status candidate or intend to apply under a Special Hiring Authority (e.g. Schedule A, VEOA, etc.), please apply under the Merit Promotion announcement.

A successful candidate in the position of an Electrician Apprentice II, under direct supervision of an Journeyman Electrician or Electrician Foreman, performs tasks which typically involve installation and adjustment (Construction) or maintenance and repair (Maintenance) of electrical equipment in Substations. The construction tasks include erection of new facilities or removal of old facilities. The maintenance tasks include routine inspection, modification, troubleshooting, and repair of facilities. Equipment serviced may be electrical, hydraulic, mechanical, pneumatic, and/or electronic.

An Electrician Apprentice II:
- Installs and adjusts (construction) 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
- Maintains and repairs (maintenance) major electrical equipment in substations. When equipment fails, performs emergency repairs.
- Performs diagnostic testing to inspect parts and equipment.
- Performs work in shops on equipment components including bushings, motors, small power tools, etc. Assembles, installs, and modifies control and relay panels for substations.
- Assembles and erects steel racks and towers to support equipment.
- Installs and changes antennas, reflectors, transmitting or receiving devices, emergency power supplies, and other equipment located in microwave or radio stations.
- Occasionally takes clearances and performs switching to isolate a piece of equipment for repair.
- Conduit and trenches for equipment are installed under the service yard. Cables are pulled through the conduit.
- Completes associated documentation required of the above listed tasks.
- Drives 20-25% of the time in all weather conditions.

To be eligible for the Recent Graduate program you must be a:
Recent graduate who has completed, within the previous two years, a qualifying associates, bachelors, masters, professional, doctorate, vocational or technical degree or
certificate from a qualifying educational institution.
Student who within nine months of the closing date of this announcement will meet the education requirements and will graduate with a qualifying associates, bachelors, masters,
professional, doctorate, vocational or technical degree or certificate from a qualifying educational institution. A student may not be appointed to a position until they have
Preference eligible veteran who was precluded from applying due to their military service obligation beginning of their two-year eligibility period, upon release, or discharge from active duty.

Eligibility for these veterans cannot exceed six years after degree or certificate completion.

Travel Required
25% or less - Drives 20-25% of the time in all weather conditions.

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.
- Selectee must be able to meet the physical requirements of the job.
- Selectee may be required to successfully complete a probationary period.
- Position Subject to Initial Drug testing & random drug testing thereafter.

When you apply you will be asked a series of questions to determine your eligibility for employment and your qualification for this position specifically.
A preliminary background check must be completed before a new employee can begin work.
Selectee may be subject to a 1 year probationary period.
Become fully knowledgeable of and follow the safety practices of the BPA Accident Prevention Manual.
Establish a residence in accordance with negotiated requirement, that is within one hour or less commuting time under normal weather and road conditions to the duty station headquarters.
Possess or obtain a valid commercial drivers’ license (CDL) with all endorsements required for operation of substation maintenance and construction equipment from state of residence within the first year of employment and maintain continuously thereafter.
Possess a U.S. Motor Vehicle Operator Authorization or obtain within 30 days after appointment.
Become certified on aerial lift equipment or other equipment if assigned to use or operate.
Take First Aid training to obtain a valid First Aid Card and CPR Card within the first month of employment and maintain continuously thereafter.
Subject to call for emergency work at any time.
Participate in all training activities such as training related to hazardous waste handling, oil spill containment and cleanup, and other environmental activities.
Be able to wear protective apparel such as respirators when required for worker safety.
In addition to successful evaluation of the final review, the Apprentice must pass the current year’s Standard Clearance Certification Examination. Satisfactory completion of the clearance certification examination is a mandatory requirement for graduation to the journeyman level.
The positions at Ashe (Richland) require 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 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.

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 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 be clear and specific when describing your experience.

Candidates will be evaluated on the basis of a written examination, experience, education, training, supervisory appraisal and/or potential on the following job elements to determine those who are minimally qualified and those who are best qualified.
- Ability to do the work of the position without more than normal supervision. (Screen-out)
- Ability to follow directions in a shop.
- Knowledge of Shop Practices

The next Electrician Apprentice class is scheduled to begin in July 2021.

"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.

In order to be rated as eligible, you must provide copies of your transcripts from a qualifying associates, bachelors, masters, professional, doctorate, vocational or technical degree or certificate. Failure to provide copies of your transcripts MAY result in a rating of "Ineligible".

Your transcripts must reflect your degree title and degree conferred/awarded date. But, if you are graduating within the next nine months, transcript must reflect the degree you are seeking and resume to state expected graduation date.

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.

DO NOT email or mail in any of your application documents. Documents will not be accepted outside of the online application system.


Contact Person:
Location: 6 different locations
Application Method: Online: https://www.usajobs.gov/GetJob/ViewDetails/589394100#
Base Pay: $37.21 to $48.06 HR

Posted on January 14, 2021

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