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Western Area Power Administration Power System Dispatcher in Loveland, Colorado


Where would I be working?Western Area Power Administration,Rocky Mountain Region, Power System Operations, Loveland, CO (J4800).


The Western Area Power Administration (WAPA) Interchange power system dispatcher is responsible for real-time management of reliability activities. The incumbent executes the activities of administering Open Access Same-Time Information (OASIS) and energy tagging programs; monitoring system voltages and power flows; reacting to changing system configurations; maintaining system security and reliability. The incumbent must have the ability to communicate effectively with both internal and external personnel in both written and oral fashion. The incumbent is responsible for meeting applicable North American Electric Reliability Corporation (NERC) Standards; Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) Orders; and Department of Energy (DOE)/Western policies, procedures, and guidelines.


Conditions of Employment

You must be a United States Citizen.

This employer participates in the e-Verify program.

Males must abide by Selective Service registration requirements.



SPECIALIZED EXPERIENCE REQUIREMENTSA qualified candidate's online application and resume must demonstrate at least one year of specialized experience equivalent to the next lower grade level in the Federal service. Specialized experience for this position is defined as: This experience is progressively responsible and concerned primarily with system operations of a large power system (100-kV or above).Specialized Experience Requirements for the AD-3 Level To qualify for the AD-3 level, you must have 1 year of: 1) Power system operator experience equivalent to the AD-2 level (advanced trainee), with centralized SCADA/EMS control of power system equipment with 100-kV or higher voltage transmission lines and substations; or 2) Operations or maintenance experience in writing or issuing switching for clearances or similar protective actions on power system equipment at 100-kV or above voltage level; or 3) Energy merchant or North American Electric Reliability Corporation (NERC) balancing authority/interchange authority experience, equivalent to the AD-2 level with responsibility for matching generation and energy purchases/sales to real-time total load requirements via Automatic Generation Control (AGC); or 4) Engineering experience (with engineering degree, or certification as either EI (Engineering Intern), EIT (Engineer in Training), or PE (Professional Engineer), equivalent to the GS-7 level or higher in power system design, planning, maintenance, construction, or operations; or 5) Power plant or control center operator experience, equivalent to the AD-2 level, where normal duties include direct SCADA control over multiple, remotely operated power plants.Specialized Experience Requirements for the AD-4 LevelTo qualify for the AD-4 level, you must have 1 year of: 1) Power system operator experience, equivalent to the AD-3 level, with centralized SCADA/EMS control and decision-making responsibilities to maintain adherence to NERC reliability standards of a power system with 100-kV or higher voltage transmission lines, substations, and interconnections to other utilities.Your application and resume should demonstrate that you possess the following knowledge, skills and abilities (KSAs). Do not provide a separate narrative written statement. Rather, you must describe in your application how your past work experience demonstrates that you possess the KSAs identified below. Cite specific examples of employment or experience contained in your resume and describe how this experience has prepared you to successfully perform the duties of this position. DO NOT write "see resume" in your application! Knowledge of interconnected power systems

Knowledge of safe switching procedures

Knowledge of power system Supervisory Control and Data Acquisition-type equipment (SCADA), Automatic Generation Control (AGC), Energy Management System (EMS), power scheduling programs, power system tagging programs, Open Access Same-time Information System (OASIS)

Knowledge of power system generation (power plant operator) and characteristics

Knowledge of power system equipment; and/or knowledge of balancing authority energy scheduling "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.CTAP/ICTAP candidates: To be considered "well qualified" you must meet all of the requirements as described in this section.You must meet all qualifications and eligibility requirements by the closing date of this announcement.


For this position, education cannot be substituted for experience.

Additional Information

If selection is made at a lower grade, promotion up to the full performance level may be made without further competition. However, promotion(s) will depend on the performance of the incumbent and are not guaranteed.

You must test negative for illegal drugs before placement in the position, and will be subject to random drug testing thereafter. If a determination of the use of illegal drugs is confirmed, non-selection or disciplinary action, up to and including removal from Federal service, may result.

This position requires completion of an annual medical examination at Federal expense. Failure to pass subsequent tests could result in disciplinary action, up to and including removal from the Federal service.

If selected for this position, you must be able to report to the duty station within 60 minutes in case of call-out.

You must become certified as a power system operator by the North American Reliability Council (NERC) within the first 11 months after appointment, and maintain appropriate certification during your employment. This is a condition of employment.

If you are tentatively selected for this position, you will be required to have a physical examination that will determine whether you are qualified to perform the duties of the position. An offer of employment will depend upon your successfully passing the physical examination. You would be assigned rotating shifts, since the power system operates 24 hours a day. Your workweek may include weekends and holidays

If selected for this position, your appointment is contingent upon completion of OF-306, Declaration for Federal Employment, during the pre-employment process. If selected, you will be required to complete a questionnaire and are subject to a criminal background check to determine suitability for Federal employment before appointment.

If you believe that you are eligible for the Interagency Career Transition Assistance Program (ICTAP), please visit the OPM ICTAP/CTAP website for more information. In order to be considered under the ICTAP program, your application must score within the pre-established "well qualified" category as stated in the Qualifications section.

More than one selection may be made from this vacancy announcement.

Some positions may require completion of a probationary period of up to 1 (one) year.

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.

The selectee for this position may be eligible to receive a recruitment or relocation incentive. You will need to sign an employment agreement to be eligible for this incentive. Veterans Information: Service Registration: U.S. Department of Energy fosters a diverse and inclusive workplace and is an Equal Opportunity Employer.