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Reclamation is seeking a Recent Graduate in the field of Electrical Engineering who is looking for an opportunity to capitalize on his/her expertise in electrical engineering as a entry level Electrical Engineer. Responsibilities include providing research and development, engineering, technical, and other specialized consulting and field services concerned with water and power projects, structures, and facilities. Would you enjoy working on power plants, motors and generators at Reclamation?

Candidates with a degree in the field of Electrical Engineering (850), Electronics Engineering (855) or Computer Engineering (854) with course work in the following areas are highly encouraged to apply: Control systems (analog/digital), micro-controller/microprocessor programing, electronic PCB layout, fabrication and prototype development of electronic devices; Matlab, Simulink, and C++ programming along with power and power systems course work.

This is a career development opportunity in the excepted service under the Bureau of Reclamation Pathways Recent Graduate Program. The position may be filled at the GS-05, GS-07 or GS-09 grade level. After completion of the required training period, meeting all of the requirements of a specialized participant agreement, meeting all of the OPM qualification requirements for the position, and receiving a favorable recommendation from management, the individual selected for this position may be converted to a term, career or career conditional appointment in the competitive service. Conversion is not promised or guaranteed.

The entire period served as a Recent Graduate is considered a Trial Period.

LOCATION: Technical Service Center, Infrastructure Services Division, Power Systems Analysis and Control Group; Denver, CO.

Travel and relocation expenses will not be paid by the Department of the Interior. Any travel, transportation and relocation expenses associated with reporting for duty at the location designated will be the responsibility of the selected employee.

Relocation expenses are NOT authorized for this position. However, the possibility exists that a recruitment incentive may be paid to a selectee.

TRAVEL REQUIRED 25% or Greater Travel of up to 25% or more is required.
KEY REQUIREMENTS U.S. Citizenship or U.S. National; Suitable for Federal employment, determined by a background investigation; A driver's license is required for this position; You must submit a resume, transcripts, and supporting documentation; For veterans consideration, submit document(s) under "Required Documents"; Must sign a Pathways Recent Graduate Participant Agreement.

DUTIES: Back to top -Performs duties on electrical power projects in the areas of power apparatus evaluation, diagnostics, field testing, research, and operation and maintenance associated with large motors and generators, power plant and switchyard equipment, and associated control systems.

-Work under the technical supervision of team leaders to plan, construct, test, analyze, and report on prototype and feasibility related research efforts.

-Prepares test equipment, procedures, and schedules, for performance of laboratory and field testing.

QUALIFICATIONS REQUIRED: Back to top All applicants must possess a degree in order to qualify for this position.
A. Degree: Professional Engineering. To be acceptable, the curriculum must: (1) 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 (2) 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.
B. Combination of education and experience -- college-level education, training, and/or technical experience that furnished (1) a thorough knowledge of the physical and mathematical sciences underlying professional engineering, and (2) a good understanding, both theoretical and practical, of the engineering sciences and techniques and their applications to one of the branches of engineering. The adequacy of such background must be demonstrated by one of the following:
Professional registration -- Current registration as a professional engineer by any State, the District of Columbia, Guam, or Puerto Rico. Absent other means of qualifying under this standard, those applicants who achieved such registration by means other than written test (e.g., State grandfather or eminence provisions) are eligible only for positions that are within or closely related to the specialty field of their registration. For example, an applicant who attains registration through a State Board's eminence provision as a manufacturing engineer typically would be rated eligible only for manufacturing engineering positions.
Written Test -- Evidence of having successfully passed the Engineer-in-Training (EIT) examination, or the written test required for professional registration, which is administered by the Boards of Engineering Examiners in the various States, the District of Columbia, Guam, and Puerto Rico.

Applicants who have passed the EIT examination and have completed all the requirements for either (a) a bachelor's degree in engineering technology (BET) from an accredited college of university that included 60 semester hours of courses in the physical, mathematical, and engineering sciences, or (b) a BET from a program accredited by the Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology (ABET) may be rated eligible for certain engineering positions at GS-5. Eligibility is limited to positions that are within or closely related to the specialty field of the engineering technology program. Applicants for positions that involve highly technical research, development, or similar functions requiring an advanced level of competence in basic science must meet the basic requirements in paragraph A.

Specified academic courses -- Successful completion of at least 60 semester hours of courses in the physical, mathematical, and engineering sciences and in engineering that included the courses specified in the basic requirements. The courses must be fully acceptable toward meeting the requirements of a professional engineering curriculum.

Related curriculum -- Successful completion of a curriculum leading to a bachelor's degree in engineering technology or in an appropriate professional field, e.g., physics, chemistry, architecture, computer science, mathematics, hydrology, or geology, may be accepted in lieu of a degree in engineering, provided the applicant has had at least 1 year of professional engineering experience acquired under professional engineering supervision and guidance. Ordinarily there should be either an established plan of intensive training to develop professional engineering competence, or several years of prior professional engineering-type experience, e.g., in interdisciplinary positions. (The above examples of related curricula are not all-inclusive.)

ADDITIONAL REQUIREMENT: In addition to meeting the Basic Education Qualification Requirements, applicants must have additional specialized experience as defined below at the GS-07 and GS-09 level:

DEFINITION OF SPECIALIZED EXPERIENCE: To meet specialized experience, your resume must describe experience that demonstrates the particular knowledge, skills, and abilities as follows:

GS-7: One year of specialized experience equivalent in difficulty and complexity to at least the GS-05 grade level in the Federal service performing the following:
Assists with applying basic principles, theories, or established practices in the areas related to power apparatus evaluation, diagnostics, field testing, research, or operation or maintenance associated with large motors, generators, power plant or switchyard equipment, or associated control systems. GS-9: One year of specialized experience equivalent in difficulty and complexity to at least the GS-07 grade level in the Federal service performing the following:
Applies basic principles, theories, or established practices in the areas related to power apparatus evaluation, diagnostics, field testing, research, or operation or maintenance associated with large motors, generators, power plant or switchyard equipment, or associated control systems.
AND Identifies problems and recommends corrective action to electrical engineering systems. SUBSTITUTION OF EDUCATION FOR EXPERIENCE:
Applicants may also qualify on the basis of education as follows:

GS-7: One year of graduate level education or Superior Academic Achievement (SAA) at the baccalaureate level in a professional engineering curriculum is qualifying for GS-7.

GS-9: Two years of progressively higher level graduate education leading to a master's degree or master's or equivalent graduate degree.

Superior Academic Achievement: The superior academic achievement provision is to be used to determine eligibility for applicable GS-7 positions of persons who have completed (or expect to complete within 9 months) all the requirements for a bachelor's honor society. For more information please visit http://www.opm.gov/policy-data-oversight/classification-qualifications/general-schedule-qualification-policies/#url=General-Policies.(e4f)

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 (please but sure to include number of hours worked for each experience listed on your resume).

Accreditation : Only education from an accredited college or university recognized by the Department of Education is acceptable to meet education requirements or to substitute for experience, if applicable. For additional information, please go to the Office of Personnel Management at http://www.opm.gov/qualifications / and U.S. Department of Education websites at http://www2.ed.gov/admins/finaid/accred/index.html websites.

Foreign Education : If your education was completed or is from foreign colleges or universities to meet the qualification requirements, you must show that the education credentials have been evaluated by a private organization that specializes in interpretation of foreign education programs and such education has been deemed equivalent to that gained in an accredited U.S. education program; or full credit has been given for the courses at a U.S. accredited college or university. For further information, visit: http://www2.ed.gov/about/offices/list/ous/international/usnei/us/edlite-visitus-forrecog.html
Applicants must be recent graduates who have completed, within the previous two years, a qualifying associates, bachelors, masters, professional, doctorate, vocational or technical degree or certificate from a qualifying educational institution. Veterans (as defined in 5 USC 2108) who, due to military service obligation, were precluded from applying to the Recent Graduates Program during any portion of the 2-year eligibility period described above have a full 2-year period of eligibility upon their release or discharge from active duty; however, this eligibility period cannot extend beyond 6 years from the date of completion of the requirements of an academic course of study .

Throughout the program, individuals will participate in job assignments to develop competencies and to enhance their career goals.

All eligibility and qualification requirements for the position and the Pathways Recent Graduate program must be met by the closing date of the announcement.

If the position is filled at the GS-07/09 grade level, subsequent promotion to the next higher grade level is permissible without further competition. Promotion is not guaranteed or promised but dependent upon administrative approval and the agency's continuing need for an actual assignment and performance at the higher level duties.

After successful completion of all program requirements, the Recent Graduates MAY be converted to a permanent or term position in the competitive service but conversion is neither guaranteed or promised.
To be eligible for conversion, Recent Graduates must:
--Successfully complete at least 1-year of continuous service in addition to all requirements of the Program.
--Demonstrate successful job performance.
--Meet the Office of Personnel Management's qualifications for the position to which the Recent Graduate may be converted; and
--Be recommended for conversion by their supervisor.

For more information on the Pathways Programs, please visit: http://www.opm.gov/HiringReform/Pathways/
HOW YOU WILL BE EVALUATED: After the vacancy announcement closes, a review of your application/resume will be made to ensure you meet the basic eligibility and minimum qualification requirements of the job. Your eligibility and qualification status will be based on an assessment conducted using qualification standards, your responses to job-related questions, information provided in your resume, and required supporting documents, if applicable (see the Required Documents section). Veterans' preference applies to the selection for positions in the Pathways Program. The examination and selection of applicants will be made in accordance with the requirements of 5 CFR 302.

Category rating and selection procedures will be used for evaluating this position. If you meet the basic qualification requirements, your on-line responses to the vacancy assessment questionnaire will be used to determine the quality and extent of your experience, education, training, etc., for placement in one of the following categories: 1) Best Qualified and 2) Well Qualified. Veterans with preference will be placed at the top of their respective category. The assessment questionnaire will take you approximately 25 minutes to complete.

Interviews may be conducted for this position. Applicants will be further evaluated on the following "Knowledge, Skills and Abilities (KSAs)" through their resume and responses to the online questions:
1. Knowledge of professional electrical engineering work and related course work.
2. Skill in applying electrical engineering principles, practices, and methods to relevant test/examinations.
3. Ability to clearly communicate verbally and to prepare well-written, clear, and concise technical analysis reports and related correspondence.

Applicant's answers to assessment 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.
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OTHER INFORMATION: --Selective Service: If you are a male applicant born after December 31, 1959, you must certify that you have registered with the Selective Service System, or are exempt from having to do so under the Selective Service Law. For more information visit: www.sss.gov
--Equal Employment Opportunity: The United States Government does not discriminate in employment on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, political affiliation, sexual orientation, gender identity, marital status, disability and genetic information, age, membership in an employee organization, or other non-merit factor.
--This position requires a favorably adjudicated Low-Risk SF-85 background investigation and is a condition of employment.
--Telework Determination: The Bureau of Reclamation has determined that the duties of this position are suitable for telework and the selectee may be allowed to telework with supervisor approval.

--Driver's License: This position requires a valid driver's license. This is a condition of employment.

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 www.dhs.gov/E-Verify.

HOW TO APPLY: Back to top This vacancy is being announced through Bureau of Reclamation's Hiring System--HireMe. For more information about the HireMe system and the registration process, go to: http://www.usbr.gov/hr/hireme.html

Applications (resume and application questions) for this vacancy MUST be received online BEFORE midnight Eastern Time (Washington, DC time) on the closing date of this announcement. When you're ready to apply, click the blue APPLY ONLINE button to the side of any page.

As part of the on-line application process, applicants will also be required to submit supporting documents. Failure to submit the requested supporting documents may result in your not being considered for this position.

Auto-Requested Fax is a feature for submitting these supporting documents. Instructions appear automatically when you apply online. For more information about auto-requested Fax, go to: http://www.usbr.gov/pmts/hr/fax.html

OTHER OPTIONS to submit documentation (Include your name and vacancy number on the document(s): E-mail to CODO@usbr.gov., Fax directly to our HR Office at 303-445-6349, Mail to PO Box 25007, Denver, CO 80225-0007 -or- Hand-deliver to Denver Federal Center, Building 67, Room 348, Denver, Colorado.

This agency provides reasonable accommodation to applicants with disabilities. If you need a reasonable accommodation for any part of the application and hiring process, please notify us at the phone number shown at the bottom of this page. The decision on granting reasonable accommodation will be on a case-by-case basis.

REQUIRED DOCUMENTS: To be considered for this position, applicants are required to submit the following documents:

1. A resume (with dates of employment, i.e. years and months; if applicable, include relevant academic course work). Your resume may be submitted in any format. If you submit more than one copy of your resume, only the most recent version will be reviewed. The latest timestamp will be used to determine which version of your resume is "most recent." It is your responsibility to check the status and timestamp of all documents you submit as part of your application. For qualifications determinations your resume must contain hours worked per week and the dates of employment (i.e., HRS per week and month/year to month/year or month/year to present). If your resume does not contain this information, your application will be marked as incomplete and you will not receive consideration for this position.
2. Answers to the on-line assessment questionnaire.
3. Transcripts: You MUST submit your unofficial college transcripts with your application to include transfer courses and grades to calculate GPA, along with your graduation date. If you have graduated within the past 30 days and your transcripts have not yet been updated to include your graduation date, you must also include your graduation date, to include both month and year, on your resume, or provide a letter from your college or university with your graduation date. Applicants who fail to provide transcripts AND degree completion information (if degree date is not yet shown on the transcripts) will be marked as insufficient and will not receive consideration for this position. If selected, you will be required to provide official college transcripts to verify your educational qualifications prior to reporting for work.
4. DD-214, CERTIFICATE OF RELEASE FROM ACTIVE DUTY (member 4 copy) , if applicable : If you are entitled to veterans' preference, you must provide a copy of your DD-214, and the type of preference you are claiming should be included on your resume. Your veterans' preference entitlement will be verified by the employing agency. If you are claiming that veteran service made it impossible to apply within 2 years of having graduated from an eligible educational institution, be sure that you provide sufficient documentation (more than 1 DD-214) to support your claim.
-- For 5-point veterans' preference, submit a copy of your DD-214 (Member 4 Copy), or an official statement of service from your command if you are currently on active duty, or other official documentation (e.g., documentation of receipt of a campaign badge or expeditionary medal) that proves your military service was performed under honorable conditions.
-- For 10-point veterans' preference, please submit a Standard Form (SF) 15, Application for 10-Point Veteran Preference, DD-214, and the required documentation requested by this form.
--For information on veteran's eligibility visit: http://www.opm.gov/policy-data-oversight/veterans-services/vet-guide/


Phone: 303-445-2684

Fax: 303-445-6349

Email: codo@usbr.gov

Agency Information:
P.O. Box 25007
DFC, Bldg. 67
Attn: 84-52200

Fax: 303-445-6349

WHAT TO EXPECT NEXT: After all application packages have been received, resumes and transcripts will be reviewed to ensure applicants meet the basic qualification requirements. Each applicant who meets the basic qualifications will be further evaluated on the information provided in the Assessment Questionnaire. Best-qualified applicants will be referred to the selecting official. After making a tentative job offer, a suitability and/or security background investigation will be conducted. A final job offer is typically made within 40 days after the deadline for applications. Applicants should monitor their status for positions with the Bureau of Reclamation, by regularly checking their public status notifications in their USAJOBS profile.

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