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Electrical Engineer (Recent Graduate)
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Department of Energy | Phoenix, AZ
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This career developmental position will develop into that of an Electrical Engineer. The employee may be noncompetitively promoted when qualified and recommended by management, however, promotions are not guaranteed. The full performance level of this position is GS-9. Recent Graduates Program affords developmental experiences in the Federal Government intended to promote possible careers in the civil service to individuals who have recently graduated from qualifying educational institutions or programs. To be eligible, applicants must apply within two years of degree or certificate completion (except for veterans precluded from doing so due to their military service obligation, who will have up to six years after degree completion to apply). Successful applicants are placed in a one-year Excepted service, career developmental program which may include specialized training, formal rotational assignments, and other developmental activities. Under the formal training program applicants will be provided a mentor and execute an Individual Development Plan outlining training requirements and program expectations. Participants who successfully complete the program may be converted to term or permanent positions.To be eligible for conversion to a permanent or term position, Recent Graduates must:

1)Have successfully completed at least 1-year of continuous service in addition to all requirements of the Program.

2)Demonstrate successful job performance.

3)Meet the Office of Personnel Management's qualifications for the position to which the Recent Graduate will be converted.

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Incumbent serves in an Advanced Trainee capacity with greater supervision to learn the following duties. The incumbent serves as an operations support engineer by providing electrical engineering expertise in all areas regarding technical issues associated with the operations of the transmission system and impacted facilities owned, operated by, or interconnected in the WALC and W ACM Balancing Authorities. Power system applications include (but are not limited to) managing special projects, consulting on electrical metering activities, and performing operational studies, including current day, next day and seasonal studies, to develop and maintain reliable grid operations. The incumbent is responsible for the timely completion of these and other program activities while meeting applicable FERC rules and regulations, NERC/WECC Standards, and Western and DOE policies, procedures, and guidelines. Analysis, problem solving, implementing, and reporting of issues related to the Western Area Colorado Missouri (W ACM) or the Western Area Lower Colorado (WALC) Balancing Authorities (BA) for both normal and abnormal operations are of primary importance.

Travel Required

Occasional travel - Travel may be required 3 to 5 days per month.

Supervisory status


Promotion Potential


Who May Apply This job is open to… Recent graduates from a qualifying educational institution having completed an academic program within the preceding two years. Note: Veterans who were precluded by their military service obligation from meeting this requirement will have up to six years from date of graduation and two years from date of separation from the military to apply.

Applicants are eligible to apply if they are within 9 months of graduation.

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0850 Electrical Engineering

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* Requirements

Help Requirements Conditions of Employment

* You must be a United States Citizen.
* This employer participates in the e-Verify program.
* See "Other Information" section regarding Selective Service requirements.

To be considered for this Recent Graduate Electrical Engineer position you must:

* Be a U.S. Citizen
* Meet the Basic Education Requirements.
* Transcripts MUST be submitted and GPA must be included or you will not be considered for this position.


Recent Graduate candidates must meet the qualification requirements consistent with OPM qualification standards applicable to the position being filled by the closing date of the announcement.

For the GS-9 level, you must have completed all requirements for a master's degree or equivalent degree

OR a bachelor's degree and 1 year specialized experience; adapting practices and techniques to specific situations; adjusting and correlating data; recognizing discrepancies and deviations in results; following operations through a series of related detailed steps or processes; making tentative and preliminary selections; adapting engineering alternatives and/or after approval by the supervisor, carrying out a sequence of details; has had formal training in power flow and stability software program utilization.


An academic year of undergraduate education is defined as 30 semester hours, 45-quarter hours, or the equivalent in an accredited college or university or 36 weeks at an accredited business, technical, vocational, or qualifying educational institution for at least 20 classroom hours per week.

An academic year of graduate education is defined as 18 semester hours or 27 quarter hours should be considered as satisfying the 1 year of full-time study requirement or the number of credit hours that the school attended has determined to represent 1 academic year of full-time study.

"Experience" refers to paid and unpaid experience. Examples of qualifying unpaid experience may include: volunteer work done through National Service programs (such as Peace Corps and AmeriCorps); as well as work for other community-based philanthropic and social organizations. Volunteer work helps build critical competencies, knowledge, and skills; and can provide valuable training and experience that translates directly to paid employment. You will receive credit for all qualifying experience, including volunteer experience.

You must meet all qualifications and eligibility requirements by the closing date of this announcement.


Basic Education Requirements

Degree: professional engineering. To be acceptable, the curriculum must:

* be in a school of engineering with at least one curriculum accredited by the Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology (ABET) as a professional engineering curriculum; or
* include differential and integral calculus and courses (more advanced than first-year physics and chemistry) in five of the following seven areas of engineering science or physics: (a) statics, dynamics; (b) strength of materials (stress-strain relationships); (c) fluid mechanics, hydraulics; (d) thermodynamics; (e) electrical fields and circuits; (f) nature and properties of materials (relating particle and aggregate structure to properties); and (g) any other comparable area of fundamental engineering science or physics, such as optics, heat transfer, soil mechanics, or electronics.

You must submit transcripts to support your completion of a degree or certificate from a qualifying educational institution. Transcripts must include school name, students name, GPA or academic standing, degree program and/or major field of study/concentration.

Transcript MUST be submitted to be considered for this position. (A copy of your degree will not be accepted- unofficial transcripts are acceptable).

Education must be obtained from an accredited institution recognized by the U.S. Department of Education.

Foreign education must be reviewed by an organization recognized by the U.S. Department of Education. For special instructions pertaining to foreign education and a list of organizations that can evaluate foreign education, see the Department of Education website.

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