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Bonneville Power Administration

System Protection Control Craftsman I & II, BB-2606-00

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Vancouver, Washington
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Permanent - No time limit
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Full Time

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  • The Bonneville Power Administration has been powering people and careers for nearly 75 years. We are a non-profit federal agency that provides clean, emissions-free hydroelectricity to the Pacific Northwest and maintains 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. You can learn more about BPA at


  • This is a permanent position with a full-time work schedule, located in the Transmission Field Services organization. A System Protection Control (SPC) Craftsman I is paid $44.97 per hour, and a System Protection Control (SPC) Craftsman II is paid $46.77 per hour. Selection will be made at the Craftsman I level, and, upon meeting all job requirements including 156 weeks as a BPA Craftsman I, the selectee will be eligible to move to the Craftsman II level without further competition.

    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, and maintenance of BPAs electric and non-electric 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.

    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 will be accepted from current and former competitive service Federal employees, and those eligible under special hiring authorities such as VRA and VEOA.


    - The System Protection Control Craftsman position requires journeyman level experience performing preventive, corrective, and emergency maintenance on power system meter and relaying equipment. (See the Minimum Federal Qualification Requirements section below for information on combining or substituting education for experience.)

    - Technical Interviews will be required for all candidates as part of the qualifications determination.

    - 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 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.


  • The System Protection Control Craftsman (SPC Craftsman) performs preventive and corrective maintenance on protective relays, revenue meters, telemetering schemes, substation control systems and various kinds of substation monitoring and control equipment. The incumbent works under the general supervision of the SPC District Engineer or other SPC Engineer, who may or may not be present at the job site. The SPC Craftsman performs all duties without more than normal supervision and in compliance with government regulations, BPA safety rules, and the BPA-CPTC Agreement.

    Instruction and guidelines from the immediate supervisor will be written or oral. Written instructions will include manufacturers' instruction books and may include test standards, test circuits, diagrams, design prints, and test procedures. The nature of the work is such that continual exercise of extreme care is required to prevent error. The incumbent's work is generally reviewed for conformance to instructions, accuracy, completeness, and appropriateness of any actions taken. The System Protection Control Craftsman will provide technical direction and instructions to SPC personnel, trainees, and other crafts. SPC Craftsmen are accountable for government-owned assigned personal property. They are also responsible for the proper use of tools, vehicles, and other work equipment.

    A Craftsman must be able to work compatibly and effectively with workers of other crafts, engineers who test and energize new equipment, and customer and manufacturers' representatives. Since the work involves working in a team environment, ability to work cooperatively and harmoniously with others is essential.

  • Tasks
    1. Uses test equipment to determine response of meters, relays, telemetering and other equipment. Follows accepted procedures to install, calibrate, troubleshoot, and maintain equipment.
    2. As required, makes arrangements for equipment outages with Operations and customer utilities.
    3. Prepares data reports and keeps incidental records pertinent to the tests performed.
    4. Uses technical documentation as required, for maintenance and troubleshooting of equipment.
    5. Collects, scales and annotates power system event and fault records.
    6. Keeps test equipment in good safe working order.
    7. Under supervision, performs the more difficult and non-routine types of maintenance, installation, and troubleshooting work.
    8. Assists in training of System Protection Control Craftsman Trainees.
    9. Performs special assignments related to System Protection Control work such as developing test programs, developing, and assembling special test circuits, performing novel tests, and developing trouble-shooting instructions. Provides advice on problems.
    10. Drives approximately 25% of the time in all weather conditions.

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