Reclamation is a contemporary water management agency. Reclamation is best known for Hoover Dam on the Colorado River, Grand Coulee Dam on the Columbia River and Folsom Dam on the American River. Today we are the largest wholesaler of water in the country and the second largest producer of hydroelectric power in the western United States. View our video titled "Traditions, Talent, and Teamwork" . Responsibilities
These positions are located with the Bureau of Reclamation, Upper Colorado Region, Power Office. 1 vacancy in Glen Canyon Field Division, duty station: Page, AZ. For living conditions in Page, Arizona, please click . 1 vacancy in Flaming Gorge Field Division, duty station: Dutch John, UT. For living conditions in Dutch John, Utah, please click or . 1 vacancy in Curecanti Field Division, duty station: Montrose, CO. For living conditions in Montrose, Colorado, please click .
Selectee will be required to sign and be subject to a Mobility Agreement. Upon satisfactory completion of the apprenticeship, the apprentice may be placed in a journeyman position at any geographic location in the Colorado River Storage Project of the Upper Colorado Region.
Additional vacancies may be filled from this vacancy announcement.
Duties list are at the Journeyman level. Incumbent(s) will be expected to complete the 4 year Apprentice Program to perform the following: - Perform troubleshooting, assembling, maintaining, installing, adjusting, and repairing heavy industrial electrical equipment, including power, distribution, and instrument transformers, generators, switchboards, circuit breakers, HVAC systems, communication systems, and elevators. - Use personal computers and industry software applications, drawings, schematics, and piping and instrument diagrams in order to operate, test, troubleshoot, and repair equipment. - Apply test procedures. - Perform hydroelectric power plant operations including starting, stopping, switching, hazardous energy control, and load/voltage control. - Operate and use a variety of equipment, tools, and machinery such as, electrical analyzing equipment, conduit benders, pipe threaders, pneumatic tools, impact wrenches, forklifts, motorized man-lifts, a variety of cranes, boats, and light trucks.
Physical Effort: Exerts moderately heavy physical effort which includes lifting and carrying items weighing 50 pounds, with occasional lifting up to 100 pounds. Climbing ladders and stairs, walking, standing, kneeling, crawling, or bending for long periods of time may be required in performing duties. Duties may also involve working from suspended scaffolding and motorized man-lifts at substantial heights and working in closed restricted quarters and confined spaces.
Working Conditions: The work is accomplished in and around dams, power plants, and related facilities with exposure to high levels of noise, moving parts, hazardous materials, and electrical hazards. Work is also performed outside under prevailing weather and terrain conditions. Some work assignments are performed in confined spaces, closed and restricted quarters, and at substantial heights. Travel Required
Occasional travel - Occasional travel for site visits and training, with some overnight stays.
Conditions of Employment
Must apply online, submit resume & supporting documents (See ). Selectee is required to sign a 'Training Agreement' & 'Mobility Agreement'. Must lift/carry items to 50 pounds, occasionally lift up to 100 pounds. Subject to 1-year probationary period under the Apprentice Program. Suitable for Federal employment, determined by a background investigation. All qualification requirements must be met by the closing date of this announcement. Exclusion: Applicants determined qualified at a journey level electrician in a hydroelectric power plant are not eligible for consideration and will not be considered for this apprentice position. Qualifications
Minimum qualifications for trades and labor positions are determined by evaluation of job elements. You must meet at least 2 points on the screen-out element(s) and obtain an average of at least 2 points on all of the job elements in order to be considered qualified for this position.
Applicant's answers to questions will be verified against information provided in their online resume. Be sure that the resume clearly supports the responses to all the questions by addressing experience, education and/or training relevant to this position. Applicants must make a fair and accurate assessment of their qualifications. Applicants who exaggerate or falsify their experience and/or education may be removed from employment consideration. Education
Apprenticeship Program: The training portion of this program will be in accordance with the National Apprenticeship and Training Standards approved by the U.S. Department of Labor for the positions at the Colorado River Storage Project Power Office. The apprenticeship program for these positions consists of 8,000 hours in a 4-year training program composed of eight 6-month segments. Each 6-month segment consists of 1,000 hours in a combination of work experience and related theoretical instruction; any lost time during a segment must be made up before an Apprentice can be advanced to the next segment.
The apprentice will be enrolled in a course of related theoretical instruction as provided by the Joint Apprenticeship Training Committee and the employer, for not less than 144 hours a year for a total of 576 hours. The formal training courses may entail 10 to 15 hours or more each week on your personal time. Failure to perform satisfactorily in either phase of the training may be cause for removal from the program. Additional information
Promotions: All selectees will initially be placed at the step 1. Credit toward the 8,000 hours may be given by the Committee for previous experience and/or education and the apprentice may be granted an advanced apprenticeship. The wage scale is graduated to compensate the apprentice according to placement and advancement in the program. Eligibility for non-competitive promotion to the next apprenticeship step is achieved by successful completion of each 6-month segment; one accelerated promotion up to step 5 during the first year of the apprenticeship may be granted. Upon successful completion of each 6-month segment of training and approval of the Joint Apprenticeship Training Committee, pay increases will be granted in accordance with negotiated wage schedule. Training Agreement: A signed training agreement (Employee's Agreement to Continue in Service) will be required of the selected candidates. The agreement requires that an employee remain with Reclamation in their journeyman craft for a period equal to the length of the apprenticeship. Voluntary departures before completing the period of service or failure to comply fully with all conditions of the apprenticeship plan and the Training Agreement may require reimbursement to Reclamation for tuition and related fees, travel, and other expenses paid in connection with this training and be cause for termination of employment. Telework: Reclamation has determined that the duties of this position are suitable for telework only during an emergency or natural disaster. References: On your application, please include the names and current phone numbers for at least 3 supervisory references. If any individual is no longer available for contact, you are requested to provide the name and current phone number of another person with the company (team lead, acting supervisor, etc.) that would know your work history. Physical Examination (Medical Screening): This position MAY require periodic post-employment testing related to OSHA-mandated medical surveillance monitoring for occupational exposures, such as exposure to lead or heavy metals, hearing conservation, and/or use of a respirator. E-Verify: DOI uses E-Verify to confirm the employment eligibility of all newly hired employees. To learn more about E-Verify, including your rights and responsibilities, please visit . How You Will Be Evaluated
You will be evaluated for this job based on how well you meet the qualifications above. Human Resources (HR) will review resumes and transcript(s) if applicable, to ensure applicants meet the basic qualification requirements. We will evaluate each applicant who meets the basic qualifications on the information provided in the assessment questionnaire, which will take approximately 30 minutes. You will be assigned a numerical score on a scale of 70-100.
Applicants will be further evaluated on the following Job Elements through your resume and responses to the online questions: 1. Aptitude and interest for learning trade theory and practice (Screen-out); 2. Ability to follow directions in a power plant environment; 3. Reliability and dependability; 4. Ability to work safely and as a member of a team.
In addition to the above criteria, applicants will be required to take the Office of Personnel Management's Wage Grade Performance Potential Assessment (WGPPA) exam and receive at least a minimum score of 70 to be considered for selection for these positions. The WGPPA exam will be given at the following locations: Glen Canyon Field Division in Page, AZ; Flaming Gorge Field Division in Dutch John, UT; Curecanti Field Division in Montrose, CO; Albuquerque Area Office in Albuquerque, NM; and UC Regional Office in Salt Lake City, UT. Travel expenses to the test locations will be the responsibility of the applicant..... click apply for full job details