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Department Of Energy Power System Dispatcher (Trainer) in Loveland, Colorado


(SeeFrequently Asked Questionsfor more information).Where would I be working?Western Area Power Administration,Rocky Mountain Region, Power System Operations, Transmission Switching Operations (J4100). Loveland, CO


The incumbent develops, coordinates, delivers, and facilitates training for WAPA and non-WAPA personnel in safe switching procedures. The incumbent is responsible for administration of the Dispatcher training and certification programs. The incumbent possesses knowledge of presentation methodologies on subjects of technical nature and is capable of presenting this information to audiences with diverse technical backgrounds. The incumbent is responsible for providing initial training to new power system dispatchers and trainees, and for providing established power system dispatchers with ongoing power system, switching, and tools training. Must possess a high degree of theoretical and practical knowledge of power system operations. The incumbent provides individual employee performance development to meet applicable NERC Standards; FERC Orders; and DOE/Western policies, procedures, and guidelines. The incumbent develops and maintains documentation for demonstrating power system dispatch compliance with NERC Standards.


Conditions of Employment

You must be a United States Citizen.

This employer participates in the e-Verify program.

Males must abide by Selective Service registration requirements.

This is position is not eligible for Telework.



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: This experience is progressively responsible and concerned primarily with system operations of a large power system (100-kV or above).Specialized Experience Requirements for the AD-5 LevelTo qualify for AD-5 level, you must have 1 year of: 1)Power system operator experience, equivalent to the AD-4 level (journey), with centralized SCADA/EMS control and decision-making responsibilities to maintain adherence to NERC reliability standards of a power system with 100-kV or higher voltage transmission lines, substations, and interconnections to other utilities; or 2) Engineering experience (with engineering degree, or certification as either EI, (Engineering Intern), EIT (Engineer in Training), or PE (Professional Engineer), equivalent to the GS-12 level or higher in power system design, planning, maintenance, construction, SCADA, EMS, or operations.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! Knowledge of interconnected power systems

Knowledge of safe switching procedures

Knowledge of power system Supervisory Control and Data Acquisition-type equipment (SCADA), Automatic Generation Control (AGC), Energy Management System (EMS), power scheduling programs, power system tagging programs, Open Access Same-time Information System (OASIS)

Knowledge of power system generation (power plant operator) and characteristics

Knowledge of power system equipment; and/or knowledge of balancing authority energy scheduling "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.CTAP/ICTAP candidates: To be considered "well qualified" you must meet all of the requirements as described in this section.You must meet all qualifications and eligibility requirements by the closing date of this announcement.


For this position, education cannot be substituted for experience.

Additional Information

You must test negative for illegal drugs before placement in the position, and will be subject to random drug testing thereafter. If a determination of the use of illegal drugs is confirmed, non-selection or disciplinary action, up to and including removal from Federal service, may result.

This position requires completion of an annual medical examination at Federal expense. Failure to pass subsequent tests could result in disciplinary action, up to and including removal from the Federal service.

You maybe eligible for a relocation or recruitment incentive.

You must become certified as a power system operator by the North American Reliability Council (NERC) within the first 11 months after appointment, and maintain appropriate certification during your employment. This is a condition of employment.

If you are tentatively selected for this position, you will be required to have a physical examination that will determine whether you are qualified to perform the duties of the position. An offer of employment will depend upon your successfully passing the physical examination. You would be assigned rotating shifts, since the power system operates 24 hours a day. Your workweek may include weekends and holidays

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.

If you believe that you are eligible for the Interagency Career Transition Assistance Program (ICTAP), please visit the OPM ICTAP/CTAP website for more information. In order to be considered under the ICTAP program, your application must score within the pre-established "well qualified" category as stated in the Qualifications section.

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. Veterans Information: Service Registration: U.S. Department of Energy fosters a diverse and inclusive workplace and is an Equal Opportunity Employer.