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Bonneville Power Administration (best known as BPA) is headquartered in Portland, OR, and has been providing over a third of the electricity consumed in the Pacific Northwest for more than 70 years. While we take pride in helping to "keep the lights on" we also fund and manage one of the largest fish and wildlife programs in the world; invest in new renewable generating resources such as wind and geothermal projects; and are proud to be a leading partner in promoting energy conservation and efficiency programs.



Not only is BPA recognized as a world leader in transmission but BPA has received numerous awards including Oregon State's "Families in Good Company". How did we become a world leader? The answer is simple -- our people. And the best part of all, our employees get to work, live, and play in the great Pacific Northwest! You can learn more about BPA at www.bpa.gov.

Key Requirements:

The Power System Control Craftsman (Control Center) position requires journeyman level experience gained in the electronics field performing preventive, corrective and emergency maintenance on power system control equipment.

The agency is also announcing positions at the Advanced Trainee level as Power system Control Craftsman Trainee under Vacancy Announcement # 6860-10-DE "You must submit separate and complete application packages for each announcement for which you would like to be considered".


Major Duties: Control Center Hardware Design & Maintenance is responsible for the design, project management, implementation, monitoring, operation, regulatory compliance, and maintenance of BPA's Dittmer Control Center real-time control and data acquisition computers, control center network and infrastructure support equipment. They are responsible for implementing, monitoring, operating, and maintaining power system control telecommunications equipment located at the Control Centers.


Control Center Power System Control Maintenance team provides 24-hour telecommunications maintenance support for the Dittmer and Munro Control Center systems. This is a critical function that is responsible for implementing, monitoring, operating and maintaining power system control telecommunications equipment located at the Control Centers. They manage the digital telecommunications system Network Management System. They monitor the operational performance of the BPA microwave telecommunications system via the Badger and Microwave Monitor systems, they analyze and evaluate system performance data and outage time and determine the network availability. They initiate action necessary to preserve the integrity and availability of these systems.



1. Without immediate supervision, the Craftsman performs preventive, corrective, and emergency maintenance on power system control equipment


2. Under supervision of the Manager, Control Center Hardware Maintenance, and with technical guidance and assignments from assigned Electronics Engineers,, as necessary, performs the more difficult and non-routine types of maintenance work on the above equipment. Makes approved field modifications on equipment, and performs subsequent tests for work involving unusual problems or requiring analysis by the engineer.


3. Assists in performing initial energization tests of new installations and obtains data which will permit the supervising engineer to make an engineering evaluation of the equipment performance in terms of the contract specifications.


4. Installs certain types of equipment under general supervision after the procedures have been previously established. A typical job is the installation of mobile radios.


5. Measures and determines locations of radio and audible noise and power line interference and advises the supervising engineer of the source of the interference so that corrective action may be initiated.


6. In connection with the above various types of work, prepares reports which in general are a collection of test data, instrument readings, and other pertinent information which can be used by the supervising engineer to make an engineering determination on the equipment operations.


7. Performs miscellaneous duties related to maintenance of the communication system.





SELECTIVE PLACEMENT FACTOR (SCREEN-OUT ELEMENT): Applicants must submit a copy of their complete Non-Employment driving record (obtained from the Department of Motor Vehicles, covering the past 3 years and dated within the last 90 days). Candidates with a poor driving record and/or revocation of license will be immediately disqualified from consideration. For a complete list of see definition of disqualifying driving records, please visit www.jobs.bpa.gov/job_search and click on Announcement #6863-10-DE, Power System Control Craftsman I.

GENERAL EXPERIENCE: Applicants must have a minimum of three full years experience performing, corrective, and emergency maintenance in electronics.

SPECIALIZED EXPERIENCE: The Power System Control (PSC) Craftsman position requires specialized experience at the journeyman level in electronics performing preventive, corrective, and emergency maintenance on power system control equipment.


Applicants must have a minimum of two years formal education in electronics; i.e. an Associate of Applied Science Degree such as Electronic Engineering Technology, military electronics/communications schools, apprenticeship involving electronics/communications, an electronic technician trade school, etc. The applicant must have a total of 5 years combined education and experience in maintaining electronic equipment. In addition, the applicant must be willing and capable to work under the conditions detailed under element 1.



Element 1. ABILITY TO PERFORM THE WORK OF A POWER SYSTEM CONTROL CRAFTSMAN WITHOUT MORE THAN NORMAL SUPERVISION. (Failure to meet this requirement will result in a rating of not qualified.)





BPA was recently selected as one of the top companies and agencies in Oregon to receive the "Families in Good Company" award for demonstrating community leadership in assisting employees in balancing work and family responsibilities. For more detailed information on benefits please visit http://www.jobs.bpa.gov/Benefits/


Your application will initially be screened based only on the written material you provide in your application. At a minimum, a complete application includes your Resume; Completed supplemental questionnaire, 3 Year Driver's Record and college transcript as defined in Announcement #6863-10-DE, System Control Craftsman I available at www.jobs.bpa.gov/job_search or call (877) 975-4272 for a mailed copy. This announcement will provide you with specific application instructions and detailed qualification requirements. A pre-appointment background investigation is required. Only complete application packages submitted by the announcement deadline will receive consideration.


Applications will be accepted through October 29, 2009 from U.S. citizens only.


If you have any questions, please contact Chris, at 503-230-3302

Job Title Power System Control Craftsman I
Post Details
Posted By Bonneville Power Administration
Location Vancouver
Job Type Full-time

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