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Western Area Power Administration Civil Engineer in Loveland, Colorado

Summary

Where would I be working?Western Area Power Administration; Rocky Mountain Region; Engineering and Construction; Office Engineering (J5600)

Responsibilities

The Office Engineer is responsible for the identification, development, design, construction, and commissioning of addition and alteration projects for the Region’s power transmission system and related facilities. This includes coordination and resolution of customer requests for interconnection, taps, transformer replacements, transmission line relocations, equipment installations, facility construction or repair, etc., to ensure that Western’s technical and contractual requirements are met. The position devises and recommends solutions for routine to complex program, engineering, project management, and maintenance problems.

Requirements

Conditions of Employment

U.S. Citizenship

This employer participates in the e-Verify program

See "Other Information" section regarding Selective Service requirements

N/A

Qualifications

BASIC REQUIREMENTS

This position has a positive education requirement. Failure to submit a copy of all college transcripts may result in your application being rated ineligible. To qualify you must possess the following education: 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— 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 visit: https://www.opm.gov/policy-data-oversight/classification-qualifications/general-schedule-qualification-standards/0800/files/all-professional-engineering-positions-0800.pdf You must meet all the qualification and eligibility requirements for the position by the closing date of the announcement.

SPECIALIZED EXPERIENCE REQUIREMENTSA 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:Experience which demonstrates knowledge of and skill in applying the concepts, principles, and practices pertaining to the development, design, and construction of civil construction such as building construction and renovations, concrete foundations, steel structures, asphalt, grading, and drainage.

Your application and resume should demonstrate that you possess the following knowledge, skills and abilities (KSAs). Do not provide a separate narrative written statement. Rather, you must describe in your application how your past work experience demonstrates that you possess the KSAs identified below. Cite specific examples of employment or experience contained in your resume and describe how this experience has prepared you to successfully perform the duties of this position. DO NOT write "see resume" in your application! Professional knowledge of civil engineering theories, principles, practices, and techniques associated with design and construction of high voltage power system facilities (transmission lines, substations, access road, multi use buildings, microwave towers, asphalt pavements, etc.), planning, design, construction, surveying, operations, and maintenance

Knowledge of and skill in applying the concepts, principles, and practicesof construction by contract sufficient to provide the technical guidance needed to oversee Western’s architect/engineer contractors in all phases of construction inspection, quality control and acceptance, along with understanding of contract administration.

Ability to communicate effectively, both orally and in writing "Experience" refers to paidandunpaid 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,includingvolunteer experience.Time-in-Grade:Current Federal employees must meet time-in-grade requirementsby the closing dateof this announcement to receive consideration.CTAP/ICTAP candidates:To be considered "well qualified" you must meet all of the requirements as described in this section.You must meetallqualifications and eligibility requirements by the closing date of this announcement.

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.Basic RequirementsDegree:Professional engineering. To be acceptable, the curriculum must: Be in a school of engineering with at least one curriculum accredited by the Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology (ABET) as a professional engineering curriculum; or

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. Foreign educationmust 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, seethe Department of Education website.

Additional Information

New employees to the Department of Energy will be required to successfully pass the E-Verify employment verification check.

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.

All males born after December 31, 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.

If selected for this position, your appointment is contingent upon completion of OF-306, Declaration for Federal Employment, during the pre-employment process.

If selected, you will be required to complete a questionnaire and are subject to a criminal background check to determine suitability for Federal employment before appointment.

The selectee for this position may be eligible to receive a recruitment or relocation incentive. You will need to sign an employment agreement to be eligible for this incentive.

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