This is a permanent position with a full-time work schedule, located in the Transmission Field Services organization.
Vacancies currently exist in East Wenatchee and Kent, Washington; and North Bend, Redmond, and The Dalles, Oregon. Two additional ???Unassigned Trainee??? positions that will require a mobility agreement are available in Richland, WA and Snohomish WA. In the online applicant questionnaire you will asked to choose the location(s) for which you wish to be considered.
About the Transmission Field Services Organization
Transmission Field Services is responsible for managing field operations, maintenance and construction of BPAs high-voltage electrical transmission system and providing safe, reliable, and cost-effective service to customers. These responsibilities include physical field operations, maintenance, and construction of BPAs electric and non-electric plant facilities in the BPA service area.
The Vice President (VP) for Transmission Field Services reports to the Senior Vice President (SVP) of Transmission Services and provides advice and support to Transmission Field Services managers and employees. The Senior Operations and Maintenance Managers each have oversight for several Districts and are responsible for key policy formulation and decisions for long- and short-range strategic planning for the Transmission System. Through their own staffs and the Districts, the Senior Operations and Maintenance Managers assure that Transmission Field Services achieves the following overall results: safe power system for employees and the public; reliable electric service for customers; and cost effective operation, maintenance, and replacement of the BPA power system.
BPA is also announcing positions at the Journey level as System Protection Control (SPC) Craftsman I under vacancy announcement # 200244. You must submit a separate application for each announcement for which you would like to be considered.
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.
APPLICATIONS MUST BE COMPLETED IN THE AVUE SYSTEM BY 8:59 P.M. PT (11:59 ET) ON THE CLOSING DATE.
All United States citizens are eligible to apply. Candidates will be considered under a variety of appointing authorities including Delegated Examining, Merit Promotion, VRA, and VEOA (if applicable).
- The System Protection Control Craftsman Trainee position is NOT an apprenticeship position. This is an Advanced Trainee position requiring journeyman level technician experience, performing preventive, corrective and emergency maintenance on electrical and electronic equipment. The System Protection Control Craftsman Trainee completes a training program that orients them to the specific electrical equipment and systems utilized in the Bonneville Power Administration.
- Technical Interviews will be required for all candidates as part of the qualifications determination process.
- This position has a selective factor which will serve as a screen-out element. You must submit a complete copy of your Non-Employment driving record obtained from the Dept. of Motor Vehicles, covering the past three years and dated within the last 90 days. Failure to provide will result in a rating of not qualified. Applicants who do not possess a good driving record will receive no further consideration for this position (Details are provided in the Other Significant Facts section of the announcement, below.)
- If selected, you will be required to pass a pre-appointment background investigation and physical examination.
CONDITIONS OF EMPLOYMENT: Persons filling System Protection Control Craftsman Trainee positions will be required to meet some or all of the following conditions:
1. Work under varying climatic conditions.
2. Work at and travel to remote locations (may be alone).
3. Work with a team or crew.
4. Work around high voltage.
5. Be subject to call for emergency work at any time.
6. Work above ground (at heights up to 40 feet with appropriate safety equipment).
7. Work around high noise levels.
8. Work with a respirator or full face mask when required.
9. Work around moving machinery.
10. Lift, carry, pull, and place equipment and instruments weighing up to 50 pounds.
11. Work around toxic or hazardous materials.
12. 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.
13. Become familiar with and follow the safety practices of the BPA Accident Prevention Manual
14. If exposed to health hazards, have periodic physical examinations as prescribed by competent medical authority at BPA expense. (Employees may work in close proximity to substances, such as acids, PCB's, pesticides, asbestos, mercury, etc., which may have effects on health unless prescribed handling procedures are followed.)
15. Possess an electrical worker's permit or obtain one within 120 days after the requirement is established.
16. Possess a valid state driver's license. Possess a U.S. Government Motor Vehicle Authorization or obtain within 30 days after requirement is established and maintain continuously thereafter. Traffic citations indicating poor driving habits may disqualify applicants.
17. As circumstances dictate, or as required by management possess or obtain standard clearance certification.
18. Obtain within 1 year after appointment, and maintain continuously thereafter, a valid First Aid card, CPR card, or appropriate training.
19. Operate motor vehicles, including 1-1/2 ton pickups, sedans, van type trucks, forklifts, and 4x4s. Be certified to operate specialized equipment if assigned to use
WORKING CONDITIONS: Work is performed primarily indoors. Some work will involve travel to remote sites or substations, and may be performed in adverse weather conditions which include extreme temperatures. The employee may be exposed to electrical hazards of all voltages existing in the BPA system, and will be expected to work occasionally on substation equipment at heights 40 feet above the ground. The work environment will occasionally include high noise levels or exposure to toxic or hazardous substances (i.e., acids, solvents, PCB's, mercury, pesticides, etc.) that could, if precautions are not followed, pose a health risk. Proper respiratory and safety equipment shall be worn when hazardous substances are being handled.
PHYSICAL REQUIREMENTS: Incumbents must be physically and mentally able to efficiently perform the essential duties of the position, with or without reasonable accommodation, without hazard to themselves or others.