POWER PLANT TRAINEE (Direct Hire Authority)

U.S. Army Corps of Engineers - Department of the Army

Who May Apply: US Citizens In order to qualify, you must meet the education and/or experience requirements described below. Experience refers to paid and unpaid experience, including volunteer work done through National Service programs (e.g., Peace Corps, AmeriCorps) and other organizations (e.g., professional; philanthropic; religious; spiritual; community; student; social). You will receive credit for all qualifying experience, including volunteer experience. Your resume must clearly describe your relevant experience; if qualifying based on education, your transcripts will be required as part of your application. Additional information about transcripts is in this document. Experience refers to paid and unpaid experience, including volunteer work done through National Service programs (e.g., Peace Corps, AmeriCorps) and other organizations (e.g., professional; philanthropic; religious; spiritual; community; student; social). You will receive credit for all qualifying experience, including volunteer experience. There is no specific length of training or experience required. However, you must be able to demonstrate, through experience shown in your written application materials that you possess the sufficient knowledge, skills, and abilities to successfully perform the work of this position without more than normal supervision. Minimum Qualifications (Screen Out Element): Ability to full possess the aptitude and interest for learning trade theory and practice to successfully perform the duties of a Power Plant Trainee Electrician Trainee. To qualify, you must have taken and passed the Office of Personnel Management Wage Grade Performance Potential Assessment, commonly referred to as the Power Plant Trainee Test, within the last five years. (Note: You must attach a copy of your dated passing test score.) -or- You must have taken college math courses equivalent to MTH65 with a grade of ‘B’ or better and have taken and passed college-level courses equivalent to WR115 and RD115. (Note: You must attach a copy of your transcripts.) -or- You must have the ability to take and pass a college placement test, such as the ACCUPLACER or ALEKS. Failure to meet this Screen Out Element will result in an ineligible rating. PHYSICAL EFFORT: Work requires extensive walking, standing, and climbing vertical and inclined ladders and stairs; and some stooping, bending, kneeling, and crawling. Work may be done in awkward and cramped positions which may require the physical endurance to work under poor conditions for prolonged periods of time. Requires lifting, carrying, pushing, pulling, and twisting objects frequently weighing up to, and occasionally over, 45 pounds. Required to operate large valves, apply servolocks, lift deck hatches, and perform other tasks requiring pulling or turning force. Must have good distant vision in each eye and be able to read fine calibrations; glasses permitted. Ability to distinguish basic colors is required. Ability to hear the conversational voice, with or without a hearing aid, is required. An amputation of arm, hand, leg or foot will normally disqualify an applicant for appointment. Any physical condition which would cause the applicant to be a hazard to his/herself or to others is disqualifying. WORKING CONDITIONS: The principal assignment is to the powerhouse; however the work area may include navigation lock, fish facilities, intake structures, and spillway areas. Work is principally indoors in a well heated, lighted and ventilated environment, but occasional outdoor work exposes employee to usual climate extremes. Exposed to equipment and machinery noises, heights, oils, greases, confined areas, dust, dirt, water, heat and cold, odors, fumes, and moving and/or energized equipment. Occasionally works in proximity to high voltages and currents. Is subject to the discomfort of safety equipment required such as hard-hats and ear plugs. Must wear appropriate safety equipment and protective clothing, and successfully complete and maintain all occupational health requirements.
About the Position: This is an entry level position into the first year of the Power Plant Trainee Program. The first year consists of on-the-job training in the operation and maintenance of hydroelectric power plants plus the first year of instruction, tests, and assignments. The Training Program will consist of a combination of academic, plant equipment study, and on-the job training. Trainees will be hired to meet the projected future needs of the project.