Power System Dispatcher

US Department of Energy - Phoenix, AZ4.1

Full-time
Duties
Summary
The Western power system dispatcher has the responsibility and authority to implement real-time actions that ensure the reliable operation of the Bulk Electric System (BES). This authority is implicit and allows the power system dispatcher to take or direct timely and appropriate real-time actions without obtaining prior approval from supervision/management.

Responsibilities
Serves as a power system dispatcher responsible for the real-time operation and management of all transmission switching reliability activities for the Western Area Power Administration (WAPA) - Rocky Mountain Region Phoenix Office EHV transmission system. The incumbent executes the activities of a real-time transmission switching dispatcher involving the maintaining of system security and reliability, and all switching activities related to planned and forced outages involving Clearances, Hot Line Orders, General Switching, Special Work Permits, and Authorizations to Work. The dispatcher is highly knowledgeable in all aspects of power system operations, works independently while on shift, and is responsible for ensuring adequate transmission facilities and the required voltage and supportive volt-amp reactive (VAR) levels are maintained, checking all scheduled and prepared switching programs, preparing requested emergency switching programs, issuing routine and emergency switching, coordinating the removal and return of protective relaying. In addition the incumbent is responsible for ensuring compliance with North American Electric Reliability Corporation (NERC) Reliability Standards and applicable regional reliability standards, Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) orders, and Department of Energy (DOE)/ WAPA policies, procedures, and guidelines monitoring and validating real-time data, maintaining system operator logs, responding to system contingencies, responding to changes in availability and capacity of assigned area transmission facilities.

Travel Required
Occasional travel - Overnight travel may be required one night per month.

Supervisory status
No

Promotion Potential
04

Job family (Series)
0303 Miscellaneous Clerk And Assistant

Requirements

Requirements
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.
Relocation or Recruitment Incentive may be available
N/A

Qualifications

S PECIALIZED EXPERIENCE REQUIREMENTS

A 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 Level

To 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.

Education

EDUCATION:
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.

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.
The employee is expected to be in an on-call status on a rotational basis. While in an on-call status, the employee is required to carry an electronic paging device and will remain within one-half hour travel time of their primary place of residence and will sustain themselves in an able- to- respond- and- perform- work condition.
If selected for this position, you must live no more than 60 minutes away from the duty station 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.
Veterans Information: https://help.usajobs.gov/index.php/Veterans_Information
Selective Service Registration: http://www.sss.gov/

The U.S. Department of Energy fosters a diverse and inclusive workplace and is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

How You Will Be Evaluated
You will be evaluated for this job based on how well you meet the qualifications above.

The Department of Energy uses an application tracking system to evaluate the responses you provide in the applicant assessment questionnaire to place you into an initial quality category via OPM's Category Rating procedures. Then, the HR Office and/or Subject Matter Expert (SME) will conduct a quality review of your application and supporting documentation to ensure you have been placed into the appropriate quality category.

Your application is rated based on the extent and quality of your experience, education (when applicable), and training as described in your resume and applicant assessment. Your credentials are measured against the established duties of the position at the grade level(s) being advertised.

The quality categories are usually defined as "Best Qualified", "Well Qualified", and "Qualified", although they may differ slightly based on individual agency policy.

If you are eligible for career transition assistance plans such as ICTAP or CTAP, you must meet the definition of "well qualified" which is defined as having a score of 85 or better.

If you are a Veteran Preference eligible candidate, you will be listed at the top of whichever quality category your rating places you in. CP/CPS veterans are placed at the top of the highest category for all positions except professional and scientific positions at GS-9 and higher.

If your resume is incomplete or does not support the responses you provided in your online questionnaire, or if you fail to submit all required documentation before the vacancy closes, you may be rated 'ineligible', 'not qualified', or your score may be adjusted accordingly.

Selecting Official may check references on those applicants referred for consideration.
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Background checks and security clearance
Security clearance
Other

Drug test required
Yes

Required Documents

Required Documents
ALL APPLICANTS: You must submit a resume supporting your specialized experience and responses to the online questionnaire.
Your resume should list all work experience (paid and unpaid); you should list the full name and address of the each employer.
Your experience listing should show the start and end dates (include month, day, and year); you must also list the average number of hours per week that you worked.
Your resume should also include any education and training you have completed (list the program title, subject area, number of hours completed, and completion date).
For more information about what to include in your resume, please view this USAJOBS Resume Tutorial video on YouTube.
Most DOE offices will allow you to submit a resume in the format of your choice (as an attached document or as a USAJOBS Resume Builder format). However, some offices may require the USAJOBS resume format. You will be notified at the time you click 'Apply Online' which is required.
It is important that you are complete and thorough in your resume. If any of the above information is not included in your resume, we may not be able to fully credit you for your experience.
If specific educational requirements are indicated for this vacancy: Documentation verifying your educational claims which can include unofficial transcripts or any report listing institution, course title, credits earned and final grade. Please see the Education section for more information.

Displaced Federal employees: You will need to submit documentation verifying your involuntary separation and CTAP/ICTAP status. Please see the OPM Guide to Career Transition for more information.

Veterans: veteran eligibility documentation (DD-214, VA Letter, Standard Form (SF) 15 as applicable). Please note: If you are a veteran who has not yet been discharged, you may provide a statement of intent to discharge from your agency which will allow you to apply under the (Veterans Opportunity to Work) VOW to Hire Heroes Act of 2011 .
If you are relying on your education to meet qualification requirements:
Education must be accredited by an accrediting institution recognized by the U.S. Department of Education in order for it to be credited towards qualifications. Therefore, provide only the attendance and/or degrees from schools accredited by accrediting institutions recognized by the U.S. Department of Education .

Failure to provide all of the required information as stated in this vacancy announcement may result in an ineligible rating or may affect the overall rating.

Benefits

Benefits
A career with the U.S. Government provides employees with a comprehensive benefits package. As a federal employee, you and your family will have access to a range of benefits that are designed to make your federal career very rewarding. Learn more about federal benefits .

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Eligibility for benefits depends on the type of position you hold and whether your position is full-time, part-time, or intermittent. Contact the hiring agency for more information on the specific benefits offered.