Interior, Bureau of Indian Affairs Electrical Engineering Technician in Coolidge, Arizona

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

Opened Friday 10/14/2016 (9 day(s) ago)

** Closes Friday 10/28/2016 (5 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.


Management is willing to consider offering the incentives indicated below:

* * Recruitment Bonus

Relocation Bonus

Student Loan Repayment

NOTE: This position is also being advertised under the Delegated Examining Unit (DEU) under the following announcement number: WRO-16-D01 Vacancy ID# 1825040. Applicants who wish to be considered under both Merit Promotion and DEU procedures MUST submit a separate application to each announcement. Your application under this notice will be considered only for the Merit Promotion Vacancy Announcement.

The Bureau of Indian Affairs (BIA), in accordance with the Indian Reorganization Act of 1934 (25 USC 472), gives priority in selection to eligible Indian Preference candidates. The BIA is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

Who May Apply:

  • Merit Promotion Plan (MPP) - Current and former career-conditional or status employees.
  • Excepted Service (ESEP) - Indian Preference applicants.
  • Veterans Preference - Includes Veterans Employment Opportunity Act (VEOA) applicants.
  • Special Hiring Authorities - Common authorities include Schedule A, Peace Corps, Foreign Service employees, etc.

For additional information see the "Other Information" section.

  • Design power distribution facility line extensions and service drops for new customers, existing customer upgrades and power system improvements.
  • Interfaces with electrical utility customers in regard to SCIP policy including dispute/conflict resolution.
  • Provide utility designs relative to the customers electric service requirements.
  • Prepares complete and accurate job design/work order packets which includes cost estimates, design drawings, bills of material and all necessary documentation required for the construction of a project in accordance with SCIP and industry standards.
  • Facilitates meetings or communication between the customer, Systems Engineering, Construction, or other internal SCIP groups to aid in the development of the project scope and schedule.
  • Oversees construction projects from conception to completion, provides support and coordination to both customer and SCIP crews.
  • Initiates required actions in regard to right-of-way permits for customer service projects.
  • Ensure that information is submitted to Archeological/Environmental personnel who must provide proper clearances prior to construction.
  • Other duties as assigned may be used for tasks that are incidental or temporary in nature.
Travel Required
  • Occasional Travel
  • May be required to travel to sites
Relocation Authorized
  • Yes
  • Travel and Relocation expenses authorized in accordance with the Federal Travel Regulations
Job Requirements
Key Requirements
  • U.S. Citizenship is 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 Identifaction Number (VIN): 1761484

Applicants must meet the following requirements in order to be considered for this position.

Basic Requirements:

Specialized Experience:

Examples of qualifying specialized experience include technical work in: drafting, surveying, construction estimating, physical science, mathematics, aerospace, architecture, chemicals, electrical or mechanical systems, mining, petroleum, or nuclear systems. Experience in a trade or craft may be credited as specialized experience when the work provided intensive knowledge of engineering principles, techniques, methods, and precedents. Examples are trade positions with substantial developmental, test, or design responsibilities such as: Planner and estimator who analyzed designs for production purposes. Instrument maker or model maker who performed design or developmental work on devices fabricated.

Engineering technicians may be certified by the National Institute for Certification in Engineering Technologies, an organization sponsored by the National Society of Professions Engineers. Certification by the Institute will be helpful as a measure of the technician's quality of experience.

GS-11*: *1 year of specialized experience equivalent to the GS-9 grade level.

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.

To qualify based on education, you must submit a legible copy of transcripts with your name, school name, credit hours, major(s), and grade-point average or class ranking. If transcripts are not included in your application package, education will not be credited. Transcripts do not need to be official but if you are selected for this position and you used your education to qualify then you will need to provide official transcripts before you enter on duty.

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.

Conditions of Employment

  • Selectee may be subject to a 1-year trial period.
  • Males born after 12/31/59 will be required to complete a certification document to confirm their Selective Service registrationif selected for appointment.
  • Selectee must have a safe driving record within the 3-year period immediately preceding submittal of the GSA Form 3607 and be able to meet the safe driving requirements of the Agency.
  • Former Federal employees who received a Voluntary Separation Incentive Payment(VSIP) buy out in their previous Federal Employment are required to submit a copy of the application 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 payment prior to re-employment.

Background Check

  • Selectee must undergo a fingerprint check; results must be cleared prior to hire.
  • This position requires a background investigation. Continued employment is contingent upon the outcome of a complete background investigation. If found not suitable, you may be terminated after you begin work.
Security Clearance

Public Trust - Background Investigation

Additional Information
What To Expect Next

If you have properly submitted your online questionnaire, you will receive a confirmation message. You may want to check the spam folder for your email provider to ensure you receive our messages. A review of your application package will be made after the vacancy announcement closes. You will be notified by letter or email of your status. Please allow approximately 2 to 3 weeks for us to complete our review and notify you.


The Bureau of Indian Affairs offers a comprehensive benefits package: Benefits and additional resources.

Additional benefits information:

  • 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. Bicycle subsidy benefit program may be available, if applicable.
  • This position is not eligible for Telework.
Other Information

Additional selections of candidates may be possible within 90 days from the date the certificate of eligibles was issued for this announcement, for filling additional or similar positions.

Appointing Authority Information

The following links will provide additional information on how you may be eligible for the hiring authorities under this announcement.

Indian Preference

Special Hiring Authorities for Veterans

Schedule A

Career Transitional Assistance Program (CTAP)/Interagency Transitional Assistance Program (ICTAP)

Special Hiring Authorities

Salary Range: $60,681.00 to $78,885.00 / Per Year

Series & Grade: GS-0802-11/11

Supervisory Status: No

Who May Apply: See Who May Apply listed below

Control Number: 445827700

Job Announcement Number: WRO-16-103