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Employment Type:
Full time
Job Category:
Electric Power Controller
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Department of defense | Walla Walla, WA
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Job Description

* Duties

Help Duties Summary

About the Position: Employees occupying these positions will provide emergency support to disaster stricken areas throughout the US. Employee must pass a stringent medical screening and be prepared to live and work in extremely austere conditions. Work schedule will initially be arduous, with much overtime. Sleeping arrangements may be limited to using a sleeping bag or in the vehicle used to move from location to location. The duty station for pay purposes for these positions is Kennewick, WA.

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* Responsible for distributing and controlling electrical energy through the primary electrical distribution system.
* Determine the breakdown or malfunction of equipment, its cause and seriousness, and decide whether to shut down the operation, or attempt to bypass the trouble until maintenance can be performed.
* Responsible for recurring maintenance and repair on electrical generations? systems.
* Operate AC switchboards to control and distribute electrical power through the primary distribution system.
* Operate controls to actuate remotely controlled circuit breakers, transformers, and switches in order to regulate and maintain proper voltage on the feeders.
* Closely monitor load indicator gauges to detect large changes in load.
* Utilize complex troubleshooting testing and repairing equipment for mechanical and electrical systems, such as dynamometers. Load banks, multi-meters etc.

Travel Required

75% or less - Business Travel up to 75% of the time is required for this position.

Supervisory status


Promotion Potential


* Job family (Series)

5407 Electrical Power Controlling

* Requirements

Help Requirements Conditions of Employment

* Appointment may be subject to a suitability or fitness determination, as determined by a completed background investigation.
* This position requires you to satisfactorily complete a medical examination.
* This position requires 75% or greater Business Travel in various locations throughout the United States.
* This position is a Temporary Position; that may be extended up to a maximum of four years TERM Position.
* This position requires the incumbent to drive 3/4 ton truck and have a local driver's license.
* This position requires a Financial Management Certification Level 1. Failure to obtain this certification within the required time may subject the incumbent to adverse action.


Who May Apply: Only applicants who meet one of the employment authority categories below are eligible to apply for this job. You will be asked to identify which category or categories you meet, and to provide documents which prove you meet the category or categories you selected. See Proof of Eligibility for an extensive list of document requirements for all employment authorities.

* Interagency Career Transition Assistance Plan

Experience refers to paid and unpaid experience, including volunteer work done through National Service programs (e.g., Peace Corps, AmeriCorps) and other organizations (e.g., professional; philanthropic; religious; spiritual; community; student; social). You will receive credit for all qualifying experience, including volunteer experience.

There is no specific length of training or experience required. However, you must be able to demonstrate, through experience shown in your written application materials that you possess the sufficient knowledge, skills, and abilities to successfully perform the work of this position without more than normal supervision.

Minimum Qualifications (Screen Out Element): Ability to do the work of an ELECTRIC POWER CONTROLLER without more than normal supervision. - Failure to meet this Screen Out Element will result in an ineligible rating.


Knowledge of power distribution system characterized by a wide variety of users, including industrial operations which have large load changes, reactive loads requiring control of the power factor, and some peak loads which require setting up parallel networks.

Ability to plan and control power distribution and to operate control boards, generators, and remote and manually controlled transformers, switches, and circuit breakers.

Ability to analyze a variety of interrelated meter indications to detect abnormal conditions such as circuit overloads, improper line voltages, or equipment temperature. Ability to determine the cause and make necessary corrections by adjusting controls, such as balancing loads by adjusting phase relationships to improve power factor, or changing transformer taps to regulate feeder voltage, switching to other equipment, or isolating the circuits affected and dispatching repair crews.

Knowledge of power plant operation and ability to manipulate controls in order to start and stop the generator, synchronize it with the system and pick up the load, paralleling it on the bus or control generator output to clip the peak load draw from commercial system and keep a close relationship between peak power drawn and normal commercial purchases.

Knowledge of electricity including voltage regulation, frequency control devices, theories of high voltage transmission, and corona loss.

Knowledge of electrical theory and trade mathematics to calculate amount of resistive and reactive loads, phases relationship of loads, etc., in order to identify unbalanced, low efficiency loads , circulating currents, or other undesirable conditions. Knowledge of the effects of reactive load and steps to take to compensate for them.

Ability to interpret priority lists to plan load-shedding schedules. Ability to interpret load requests in order to schedule blocks of power requested by users, balance capacitance and reactive loads to achieve a good power factor, and make maximum use of purchased power, including what local generating capacity will be necessary to clip peak demands.

Skill in troubleshooting and repairing some of the following: diesel, gasoline, and/or multi-fuel engines; gearing and governing components for controlling, changing, or transferring speed and power; hydraulic and pneumatic system and controls; conditioning systems; turbine engines; combustion powered generators and compressors.

Ability to read and use technical manuals, illustrations, diagrams, schematics, and similar guides covering the complete assembly, troubleshooting, and layout of powered support systems.

* PHYSICAL EFFORTS: Mechanics perform work which involves frequent bending, reaching, couching, standing and arm movement. They sometimes must work in awkward positions or cramped areas. They frequently lift and carry items weighing up to 40 pounds, and lift heavy items using jacks, hoists, or helpers.
* WORKING CONDITIONS: Incumbent is required to work inside or outside. Working inside is frequently exposed to drafts, changing temperature, and loud noise. Outside work may involve working in inclement weather such as rain or snow, or in wet or dry areas. Subject to frequent exposure to dust, heat, fumes, and hard damp floors or surfaces. Work on parts and systems which are dirty and greasy and which may be dangerous to operate or repair because of defects. May receive cuts, burns, bruises, and electrical shock while repairing, positioning, adjusting, and moving equipment and is exposed to the possibility of receiving burns and skin irritations from acids, fluids, and lubricants. Some danger from carbon monoxide fumes.


About Department of defense

The Department of Defense, for one, has made considerable progress since receiving its barely passing grade. MITRE, a Massachusetts-based technology think tank, has completed an evaluation of Defense systems and made a series of recommendations. And according to the Defense Department's Year 2000 program coordinator Carla von Bernewitz, the department is now well into the assessment stage, with "pockets of the DOD already involved in testing." One move toward a more unified federal response has been the establishment of a General Services Administration Web site. The site operates as the government's Year 2000 clearinghouse, with background information, contact names, vendor/contract data and conference schedules available for department and agency use.