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Western Area Power Administration Supervisory Electrical Engineer in Loveland, Colorado


This position is responsible for regional transmission planning in the planning horizon, system reliability studies and analysis, as well as coordinating with Operations Engineering on operating studies in the operating horizon and real time studies. Develops and analyzes planning and operations horizon transmission, sub-transmission and generation studies to evaluate the impacts of various system changes on power operation and reliability.


Incumbent will serve as the Transmission Services Planning Manager for the Rocky Mountain Region. Duties include managing Engineering staff in the development of studies and reporting on regional transmission issues. Provides technical analyses, advice, and recommendations as part of power repayment studies, associated rate adjustments, and contracts. Coordinates with customers on regionally-driven transmission initiatives and ensures compliance with North American Electric Reliability Corporation (NERC) compliance standards related to Transmission Services.


Conditions of Employment

U.S. Citizenship

This employer participates in the e-Verify program

See "Other Information" section regarding Selective Service requirements



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 in the development/analysis of generation and transmission planning studies including system loading, protection, and transfer capability. Analyzing complex contractual and operating agreements for interconnected operation.

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 and skill in applying, a wide range of Electronic Engineering theories, concepts, principles, standards, and methods, as follows, for a wide range of power system equipment used in the electric utility industry.

Knowledge of NERC/WECC standards and associated documentation/evidence to demonstrate compliance.

Skill in reviewing transmission related contracts or operating agreements to ensure compliance with statutory requirements, transmission tariff, and other related policies. Ability to interpret contract wording and negotiate changes to represent the organization’s interests.

Knowledge of transmission planning and operating studies and analysis, such as, power flow studies, transient stability studies, and fault study models with the ability to recommend the necessary equipment modifications and/or additions necessary to maintain system reliability under varying load/generation conditions.

Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with all levels of personnel in Federal, State, and local governments as well as other utilities.

Skill in supervising a diverse staff to include assigning work, providing guidance, evaluating results, and promoting team cohesion and effectiveness. "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.


Basic Requirements:A. Degree: Engineering. To be acceptable, the program must: (1) lead to a bachelor’sdegree 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-yearphysics and chemistry) in five of the following seven areas of engineering science orphysics: (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 asoptics, heat transfer, soil mechanics, or electronics.


B. Combination of education and experience -- college-level education, training, and/ortechnical experience that furnished (1) a thorough knowledge of the physical andmathematical sciences underlying engineering, and (2) a good understanding, boththeoretical and practical, of the engineering sciences and techniques and theirapplications to one of the branches of engineering. The adequacy of such backgroundmust be demonstrated by one of the following:

  1. Professional registration or licensure -- Current registration as an Engineer Intern(EI), Engineer in Training (EIT)1, or licensure as a Professional Engineer (PE) by anyState, the District of Columbia, Guam, or Puerto Rico. Absent other means ofqualifying under this standard, those applicants who achieved such registration bymeans other than written test (e.g., State grandfather or eminence provisions) areeligible only for positions that are within or closely related to the specialty field oftheir registration. For example, an applicant who attains registration through a StateBoard's eminence provision as a manufacturing engineer typically would be ratedeligible only for manufacturing engineering positions.

  2. Written Test -- Evidence of having successfully passed the Fundamentals ofEngineering (FE)2examination or any other written test required for professionalregistration by an engineering licensure board in the various States, the District ofColumbia, Guam, and Puerto Rico.

  3. Specified academic courses -- Successful completion of at least 60 semester hours ofcourses in the physical, mathematical, and engineering sciences and that included thecourses specified in the basic requirements under paragraph A. The courses must befully acceptable toward meeting the requirements of an engineering program asdescribed in paragraph A.

  4. Related curriculum -- Successful completion of a curriculum leading to a bachelor'sdegree in an appropriate scientific field, e.g., engineering technology, physics,chemistry, architecture, computer science, mathematics, hydrology, or geology, maybe accepted in lieu of a bachelor’s degree in engineering, provided the applicant hashad at least 1 year of professional engineering experience acquired under professionalengineering supervision and guidance. Ordinarily there should be either anestablished plan of intensive training to develop professional engineeringcompetence, or several years of prior professional engineering-type experience, e.g.,in interdisciplinary positions. (The above examples of related curricula are not all inclusive.)

More information on what documentation is required to meet this requirement can be found here:

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 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.

If selected, you may be required to complete a one-year supervisory probation period.

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.