Interior, Bureau of Indian Affairs Electrical Engineer, GS-0850-12 (MP) in Coolidge, Arizona

Interior, Bureau of Indian Affairs
1 vacancy in the following location:
  • Coolidge, AZ
Work Schedule is Full Time - Permanent

Opened Thursday 10/6/2016 (14 day(s) ago)

** Closes Friday 10/21/2016 (1 day(s) away)

Job Overview


The Bureau of Indian Affairs is the lead agency for the United States in carrying on a government-to-government relationship with the tribal nations. A challenging and dynamic place to work, it enhances the quality of life, promotes economic opportunity, and carries out the responsibility to protect and improve the trust assets of American Indians, Indian Tribes and Alaska Natives.

This position is located in the Bureau of Indian Affairs, Western Region; San Carlos Irrigation Project SCIP; and you can find more information specific to our organization at U.S. Department of the Interior, Indian Affairs.

FORMER FEDERAL EMPLOYEES: Former federal employees are required to indicate whether they received a Voluntary Separation Incentive Payment (VSIP) buyout in their previous employment with the Federal government, and are required to submit a copy of the applicable Notification of Personnel Action (SF-50) regarding the VSIP. The majority of individuals, who accept reemployment with the Federal government within 5 years of receiving the VSIP amount, must repay the gross amount of the separation pay prior to reemployment.

Additional selections may be made from this announcement if identical vacancies occur within 90 days from the closing date.**


Develop technical provisions of contracts for engineering and management consultant services related to the operation of an electric utility.

Perform original design and prepares plans and specifications related to additions, alterations and improvements to existing generation, transmission and distribution facilities including switch yards, switch stations, power plants, substations, power lines and relay and controls systems.

Responsible for a system protection program which encompasses all generation, transmission and distribution facilities.

Evaluate proposals for material and equipment contracts and recommends the best for approval, reviews proposals for engineering services contracts.

Coordinate the acquisition of rights-of-way for electrical facilities of the project.

Travel Required
  • Occasional Travel
  • Travel to field for assignments and training.
Relocation Authorized
  • Yes
  • Travel and Relocation expenses authorized in accordance with the Federal Travel Regulations.
Job Requirements
Key Requirements
  • U.S. Citizenship required.
  • Selectee must be determined suitable for federal employment.
  • Selectee may be required to serve a probationary period.
  • Be sure to read the "How to Apply" and "Required Documents" sections.
  • A valid driver's license is required.
  • Applicants must meet the basic requirement for this occupational series.
  • Indian Preference Applies.
  • Vacancy ID Number: 1694523

Basic Requirements for all Grades:

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:

  1. 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.

  2. Written Test -- Evidence of having succesfully 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.

Because of the diversity in kind and quality of BET programs, graduates of other BET programs are required to complete at least 1 year of additional education or highly technical work experience of such nature as to provide reasonable assurance of the possession of the knowledge, skills, and abilities required for professional engineering competence. The adequacy of this background must be demonstrated by passing the EIT examination.

  1. 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.

  2. 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.)

The quality of the combination of education and experience must be sufficient to demonstrate that the applicant possesses the knowledge, skills, and abilities required to perform work in the occupation, and is comparable to that normally acquired through the successful completion of a full 4-year course of study with a major in the appropriate field. In addition to courses in the major and related fields, a typical college degree would have included courses that involved analysis, writing, critical thinking, research, etc. These courses would have provided an applicant with skills and abilities sufficient to perform progressively more responsible work in the occupation. Therefore, creditable experience should have demonstrated similarly appropriate skills or abilities needed to perform the work of the occupation.

ADDITIONAL EXPERIENCE REQUIRED*:* In addition to meeting the basic entry level qualification requirements, applicants must have the following:

GS-12*:* 1 year of specialized experience equivalent to the GS-11 grade level.

SPECIALIZED EXPERIENCE*:* Experience that equipped the applicant with the particular knowledge, skills, and abilities (KSA's) to perform successfully the duties of the position, and is typically in or related to the position to be filled. Examples of specialized experience include, but not limited to the following that involved developing technical provisions of contracts for engineering and management consultant services related to the operation of an electric utility; original design and prepare plans and specifications related to additions, alterations and improvements to existing generation, transmission and distribution facilities; development and maintenance of an inspection and maintenance program; development of maps, drawings and diagrams of the electric power system; Coordinating the acquisition of rights-of-way for electrical facilities of a project. (Not all duties listed are inclusive, refer to major duties for other specialized experience.)

NOTE: If you are not in the series for which applying, your application package must show evidence of meeting the OPM Qualification Standards; i.e., required course work (transcript/listing of courses); specialized experience; etc.

Part-Time or Unpaid Experience: Credit will be given for all appropriate qualifying experience regardless of whether compensation was received or whether the experience was gained in a part-time or full-time occupation. Full-time work is generally considered to be 35 to 40 hours of work per week. Part-time experience will be credited on the basis of time actually spent in appropriate activities. Applicants wishing to receive credit for such experience must indicate clearly the nature of their duties and responsibilities in each position and the number of hours a week spent in such employment.

This position has a mandatory education requirement; you must furnish a copy of your transcript of college work completed (unofficial copy is acceptable). Transcripts must include the name of the college or university and date the degree was conferred. To qualify based on education, you must submit a legible copy of transcripts, if transcripts are not included in your application package, education will not be credited. Non-submission will result in you being rated not qualified for the position.

Evaluation of Foreign Education: Qualifying education from colleges and universities in foreign countries must be evaluated in terms of equivalency to that acquired in U.S. colleges and universities. Applicants educated in whole or in part in foreign countries must submit sufficient evidence, including transcripts, to an accredited private organization for an equivalency evaluation of course work and degree. You must provide a copy of the letter containing the results of the equivalency evaluation upon request. Failure to provide such documentation when requested will result in lost consideration.

NOTE: This position is designated as a NON SENSITIVE Public Trust position. It requires a fully completed and favorably adjudicated Public Trust Suitability Background Investigation. This is a condition of employment.

OTHER: Incumbent is required, as an incidental duty, to operate a government-owned or leased motor vehicle, in the performance of duties, therefore, a valid driver’s license is required. Incumbent must have a safe driving record within the three-year period immediately preceding submittal of GSA Form 3607 and be able to meet the safe driving requirements of the Bureau of Indian Affairs.

To qualify for this position, applicants must meet all requirements by the closing date of this announcement

*Time-in-grade: * Current career or career-conditional employees of the Federal government, or former career or career-conditional employees, who have a break in service of less than one year, are required to meet the time-in-grade restriction of one year of Federal experience at the next lower grade, with few exceptions outlined in 5 CFR 300.603(b).

Security Clearance

Public Trust - Background Investigation

Additional Information
What To Expect Next

The questionnaire will assess your qualifications for the job, and will be used to identify the best qualified applicants to be referred to the hiring manager for further consideration and possible interviews. Your ratings in this Assessment Questionnaire are subject to evaluation and verification based on the documents and references you submit. Later steps in the selection process are specifically designed to verify your ratings. Deliberate attempts to falsify information may be grounds for not selecting you or for dismissing you from the position/agency during the probationary period.

After making a tentative job offer, we will conduct a suitability/security background investigation.


The Bureau of Indian Affairs offers a comprehensive benefits package. This Benefits link provides an overview of the benefits currently offered; Additional links provided for benefits information.

In addition to the Federal benefits offered to all employees, we also offer:

  • Additional fitness subsidy to reimburse 50% of membership fees up to $275 per year, if applicable.

  • Transportation subsidy program which reimburses up to $130 per month for mass transportation expenses.

This position is eligible for Telework.

The Pay flexibilities of the Recruitment bonus, relocation bonus, and student loan repayment may be authorized by the Manager.

Other Information


CTAP: Current Department of the Interior employees who have not yet been separated but are identified as surplus or displaced due to reduction-in-force, transfer of function, or directed reassignment to a new commuting area may be eligible for priority selection for this vacancy under CTAP.

ICTAP: Competitive service employees from a Federal agency (either within or outside of Interior) who have already been involuntarily separated due to one of the reasons identified here may be eligible for priority consideration under ICTAP.

In order to receive priority consideration, you must submit proof of eligibility (Certificate of expected separation, proposed removal for failure to relocate, RIF Notice, SF-50 documenting your RIF or removal for failure to relocate, notice of disability annuity determination, etc.) with your application package. In addition, you must be rated at 85 or above or placed into at least the "well qualified" category under category rating procedures. For complete information about CTAP and ICTAP, click here.


Certain veterans may be eligible to apply for this position under the Veterans Employment Opportunities Act. For information about this program and determine whether you are eligible, click here:

If you are applying as a VEOA candidate, you must submit a copy of your DD-214 which shows an honorable discharge and that you either completed three years of active duty service or are a preference eligible.


Certain candidates may be eligible to apply under a special hiring authority. Common authorities include those for disabled individuals, Peace Corps employees, Foreign Service employees, and the authorities listed here:

You must submit appropriate documentation with your application package to verify eligibility. If you are unsure of what to submit, contact the email provided on this announcement.


This position is subject to the Indian Preference Act of 1934 (25 U.S.C. 472), which affords employment preference to qualified Native American candidates. BIA Form 4432 must be provided with your application by the closing date.

It is the policy of the Government not to deny employment simply because an individual has been unemployed or has had financial difficulties that have arisen through no fault of the individual. Information about an individual's employment experience will be used only to determine the person's qualifications and to assess his or her relative level of knowledge, skills and abilities. Although an individual's personal conduct may be relevant in any employment decision, including conduct during periods of unemployment or evidence of dishonesty in handling financial matters, financial difficulty that has arisen through no fault of the individual will generally not itself be the basis of an unfavorable suitability or fitness determination.

Salary Range: $72,733.00 to $94,552.00 / Per Year

Series & Grade: GS-0850-12/12

Supervisory Status: No

Who May Apply: Nationwide/Indian Preference eligibles, current status (Career or Career-Conditional) or former employees with Reinstatement Eligibility

Control Number: 437800800

Job Announcement Number: WRO-16-80 Re-Ad1