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The position is located in PSC Technical Services (TTCT), Controls & Communications (TTC), Transmission Technology (TT), Transmission Services (T), Bonneville Power Administration.
A successful candidate will serve as a technical authority on critical PSC equipment and systems of Dial Automatic Trunking Systems (DATS), TCP/IP, KTS, TCP/IP Private Branch Exchange (PBX), Public Switched Telephone Network (PSTN), voice carrier and trunking protocols (PBX, POTS, 2-wire, 4-wire, T1, T1 PRI , SIP)
As a Electronics Engineer, you will:
Serve as a technical specialist and lead on all PSC aspects of the transmission grid.
Provide expert analysis, troubleshooting & support of complex problems, creation & updates of PSC policies, standards & guides, coordination & acquisition of test equipment & spare parts, emergency telecommunications corrective work & restoration, technical training and acceptance testing on both new and existing PSC program communications equipment.
Serve as recognized expert and technical authority on the critical PSC equipment and systems of Dial Automatic Trunking Systems (DATS) internal grid operations telephone system, analog, digital, and Transmission Control Protocol/Internet Protocol (TCP/IP) Key Telephone Systems (KTS), digital and TCP/IP Private Branch Exchange (PBX) telephone systems, Public Switched Telephone Network (PSTN) interface equipment, voice carrier interface and trunking protocols (POTS, 2-wire, 4-wire, T1, T1 PRI , SIP, etc. ), Ground Potential Rise (GPR) high voltage protection equipment, isolation & avoidance practices, and other systems as assigned.
Provide technical leadership to the field, operations, maintenance, management and engineering groups within BPA as well as agencies, customers and senior management of other entities outside of BPA.
Apply new applications or developments to extend or modify theories, concepts & assumptions; resolve unique or novel problems, conditions or issues; significantly alters standard practices, equipment, devices, processes and known techniques; and provides significant and innovative recommendations for advancing programs and/or methods.
Develop and prepare maintenance policies, standards and guides covering methods and techniques to be followed by operations, maintenance, management and engineering groups concerned with PSC equipment and systems.
Provide expert and authoritative technical consultation, leadership and direction within PSC Technical Serves as well as support for Engineering, Planning, Construction, Testing & Control (SPC) functions, BPA internal & external customers and other regional organizations on projects involving PSC equipment and systems.
Initiate and coordinate system wide tests and studies of PSC equipment and systems relative to their capabilities and needed modifications or adjustments to improve the 'reliability and security' of the equipment/systems.
Develop repair procedures for highly complex modules in communication and control system equipment. Consults manufacturers, internal & external engineers and others, as necessary to develop repair procedures. Performs and oversees repairs as needed both on site in field and at the central laboratory/repair facility.
Prepare and conduct on-the-job technical training of technician and engineers to prepare them to perform difficult and complex maintenance work on various types of highly sophisticated electronic communication and control systems.
Performs Contracting Officer Technical Representative (COTR) duties for assigned projects, insuring the contract receives material necessary for the project, providing guidance to the Contracting Officer for contract modifications or close outs, and creating detailed construction statements of work for the bid process.
Operate a government owned or leased vehicle to perform emergency telecommunications corrective work and restoration at field locations.
All males born after December 31st 1959 must abide by laws regarding Selective Service registration. To learn more about this law, visit the Selective Service web page, Who Must Register. If you are not registered and don't have an approved exemption, you will not be eligible for employment with the Federal government. When you apply you will be asked a series of questions to determine your eligibility for employment and your qualification for this position specifically. You must answer all of these questions completely and truthfully.
A preliminary background check must be completed before a new employee can begin work. Current Federal employees or other individuals with an existing background investigation may not be required to undergo another background check.
Selectee may be subject to a 1 year probationary period.
This position has been designated as requiring a PUBLIC TRUST background. A preliminary background check must be completed before a new employee can begin work. Current Federal employees or other individuals with an existing completed background investigation may not be required to undergo another background check.
May be required to serve as Contracting Officers Representative for BPA grants and agreements.
Selectee will be required to complete the Office of Government Ethics Standard of Confidential Financial Disclosure Report (OFGE450e) within 30 days of employment and annually.
This position requires a valid driver's license as a condition of employment.
This position requires an initial drug test prior to appointment and random drug or drug and alcohol testing thereafter. Failure to test or a positive result on random drug or drug and alcohol tests conducted after appointment may result in removal from Federal employment.
The employee is required to be able to report their duty station from home within one hour during normal commuting conditions.
A. Degree in 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. —OR— 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; or
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; or
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 as described in paragraph A; or
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.
A qualified candidate's resume must demonstrate at least one year of specialized experience equivalent to the next lower grade level (GS-12) in the Federal service.
Specialized experience for this position is defined as: Experience applying electronic engineering theories, principles, concepts, standards and methods to Power System Controls (PSC) on transmission grid (or similar network systems/equipment) to include the operational communication system (including but not limited to AC and DC Power Systems, Analog Multiplex and Baseband, Audio Annun/Distribute Systems, Communications Alarm Systems, Communications Facilities, AGC, PMU, Data Communications Networks, Digital Mux, Fiber, UHF & MW radios, VHF radios, SCADA, Telemetering, Telephone Systems, Timing Systems, TT and RAS Systems), substation control, and protection equipment.