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Bonneville Power Administration

Lead Electrical Engineer, GS-0850-13/14

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Vancouver, Washington
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US Citizens
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Permanent - No time limit
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Full Time

Agency Marketing Statement:

  • BPA has been powering people and careers for 75 years. We provide clean, emissions-free electricity to the Pacific Northwest and maintain a high voltage transmission system to deliver that electricity. We are a leader in sustainability and environmental stewardship, promoting energy efficiency, renewable wind and hydropower, the smart grid, fish and wildlife protection and initiatives to address climate change. We are a visionary and innovative agency that values diversity and creativity and encourages continuous learning. We are located throughout the Pacific Northwest with opportunities in cities, smaller communities and in the field.

    BPA is a not-for-profit federal electric utility. Our high-voltage transmission grid comprises more than 15,000 miles of lines and associated substations in Washington, Oregon, Idaho and Montana. BPA markets more than a third of the electricity consumed in the Pacific Northwest. The power is produced at 31 federal dams operated by the Army Corps of Engineers and Bureau of Reclamation and one nuclear plant in the Northwest and is sold to more than 140 Northwest utilities. BPA purchases power from seven wind projects and has more than 4,700 megawatts of wind interconnected to its transmission system.


  • Please note: This vacancy is also being announced as a Lead Mechanical Engineer, GS-0830-13/14, announcement number 200194. This vacancy can be filled by a candidate from either announcement.

    About the Technical Operations Organization. (Org Code: TOT)
    This position reports directly to the Manager for Technical Operations.

    Functional Statement:
    Technical Operations provides products and specialized technical and operational support for real-time dispatch of the transmission system, including coordination with other internal groups, public utility customers and constituents, western interconnection utilities, and regional and national reliability entities. They develop and manage all near-term operational transfer capabilities, including the Total Transfer Capabilities for the Open Access Same-Time Information System. They provide outage coordination support, which includes an outage coordinator, tasked with facilitating and planning for complex outages with the requesting entities. They develop control center automation requirements or provide primary technical oversight for Automatic Generation Control, protection Under-frequency Load Shedding, Under-voltage Load Shedding and reactive switching scheme settings, SCADA, Remedial Action Schemes (RAS), automatic voltage control schedules, disturbance monitoring and reporting systems. They provide operating information necessary for other BPA functions such as Dispatch, to carry out their duties and directly support the development of standards, guides, procedures and agreements for safe and reliable interconnected electric utility operations within the western interconnection. They provide system modeling analyses of operational conditions for daily, weekly, monthly and seasonal operating conditions, create operational nomograms and provide specialized operational studies to support BPA, regional or national reliability compliance activities. They manage and distribute data generated in real-time and develop statistical and other analyses of power system data, including transmission system performance indices for use in operations and maintenance by other internal and external customers, regulatory entities such as NERC, FERC and/or WECC. They plan and develop the Operations Standards and Reliability Criteria and review and prepare responses to project requirements and contracts. They manage and support power system automation efforts, as well as provide operating information and data to support specialized research and development projects, capital and expense projects and Agency Asset Management and Asset Investment processes.

    This position is designated as Transmission Function Employee (TFE) per FERC Standards of Conduct, FERC order 717.

    Applicants are responsible for reviewing the OTHER SIGNIFICANT FACTS section of the vacancy announcement. This section can be viewed by navigating to the Public Notice Vacancy Announcement link after you have logged in to the system.



  • Leads a team of employees. Articulates and communicates to the team assignments, projects, problems to be solved, actionable events, milestones, and/or program issues under review, and deadlines and time frames for completion.
  • Provides expert consultation on issues pertaining to the Balancing Authority Area (BAA) and Automatic Generation Control (AGC), and prepares authoritative summaries of the regulatory issues.

    Provides technical expertise, guidance and instruction to BPA dispatch, power business line staff, and external customers regarding specific actions required to ensure the AGC is running correctly and that power generation is controlled and adjusted to meet system performance criteria. Stays informed on progress, proposed modifications, validity of claims, for highly complex BAA and AGC issues that require versatility and innovation, and the development of alternate solutions to reduce risks.

    Advises on and resolves unusual demands and problems caused by extraordinary urgency, safety, technical, or economic restraints.
  • Enforces compliance to industry, federal, state, and local policies, regulations, methods, and/or procedures. Monitors the application and interpretation of regulations. In cases of violations, initiates corrective and legal actions.

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Human Resources NHQ-1
503-230-3230 or 877-975-4275
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