Substation Operator Apprentice II (Recent Graduate)
DEPARTMENT OF ENERGY
Bonneville Power Administration
TF - Transmission Field Services
Open & closing dates: 01/14/2021 to 01/23/2021
Pay scale & grade: BB 00
Salary: $37.21 to $48.06 per hour
Recent Graduates - 1 Year, Excepted Appointment may be converted to Permanent.
Work schedule: Full-Time
8 vacancies in the following locations:
- Kalispell, MT
- Goshen, OR
- Keizer, OR
- The Dalles, OR
- Umatilla, OR
- Custer, WA
- East Wenatchee, WA
- Kent, WA
- Olympia, WA
- Pasco, WA
- Richland, WA
Relocation expenses reimbursed: No
Telework eligible: No
The Substation Operator Apprenticeship program is a formal 3 ½-year program consisting of seven steps (training periods). The apprentice must pass an oral review at the end of each step to remain in this program. Apprentices will be promoted to journeyman after successfully passing the seventh step examination.
The apprentice is 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-21-14364-MP. If you are a status candidate or intend to apply under a Special Hiring Authority, please apply under the Merit Promotion announcement.
A successful candidate in the position of Substation Operator Apprentice II will, under direct supervision of a journeyman Substation Operator or another journeyman Electrical Worker, operating high voltage electrical equipment in electrical power transmission system substations and on transmission lines. Specific tasks vary with the type of substation to be operated.
A Substation Operator Apprentice II:
- Operates energized high and low voltage electrical power transmission system substations following strict procedures and safety requirements.
- Checks and reviews station conditions. Responsible for station security and safety of others in the station.
- Performs inspections on all high and low voltage equipment in substations and keeps records. Periodically inspects station, including all components in the switchyard, outlying buildings, and the perimeter of the property.
- Monitors and operates various communications systems. All processes require clear oral communication.
- Completes associated documentation required of the above listed tasks.
- Drives 15-20% 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.
Occasional travel - Occasional travel - Drives 15-20% of the time in all weather conditions
Supervisory status: No
Promotion Potential: 00
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.
- Position subject to initial Drug testing and random drug testing.
- Selectee must be able to meet the physical requirements of the position.
- Selectee may be required to successfully complete a probationary period.
- 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.
- 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.
- Satisfactory completion of all aspects of each step including the correspondence course and classroom instruction is mandatory for advancement to the next step. - Failure to meet apprentice program requirements contained in the Standard of Apprenticeship will result in removal from the apprenticeship program.
- Become knowledgeable with and follow the safety practices of the BPA Accident Prevention Manual.
- 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.
- Possess at all time a valid state driver’s license.
- Obtain certification on the equipment associated with substation operations assigned to operate.
- Take First Aid training to obtain a First Aid and CPR Card within the first month of employment and maintain continuously thereafter.
- Subject to call for emergency work at any time.
- As part of the job requirements, and at the discretion of the Chief Substation Operator III, the Substation Operator - Apprentice shall be required to apply restricted use pesticides and may be required to obtain a pesticide applicator’s license.
- In addition to a successful evaluation on the final review, the Step 7 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 Apprentices may be selected for and relocated to their first assigned duty station during the last 6 months of their apprenticeship program in accordance with BPA-CPTC memorandum of understanding (MOU) applicable to apprentice placement.
- 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 Substation Operator 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.
Location: Multiple locations
Application Method: Online: https://www.usajobs.gov/GetJob/ViewDetails/589396600#
Base Pay: $37.21 to $48.06 HR