Electrician Apprentice I (Recent Graduate)

Company: Bonneville Power Administration

Open: 2020-04-08T00:00:00

Close: 2020-04-17T00:00:00

Status: ft

Compensation: $34.35


The Electrician Apprenticeship program is a formal 4-year program consisting of eight steps of 6 months each. The apprentice must pass an end-of-step review following each 6-month step to remain in this program. Apprentices will be promoted to journeyman after successfully passing the eighth step review.

The apprentice is expected to gain knowledge of various work processes with progressively difficult assignments throughout their apprenticeship.


A successful candidate in the position of Electrician Apprentice I, under direct supervision of a Journeyman Electrician or Electrician Foreman, performs tasks which typically involve installation and adjustment (Construction) or maintenance and repair (Maintenance) of electrical equipment in Substations. The construction tasks include erection of new facilities or removal of old facilities. The maintenance tasks include routine inspection, modification, troubleshooting, and repair of facilities. Equipment serviced may be electrical, hydraulic, mechanical, pneumatic, and/or electronic.

An Electrician Apprentice I:

  • Installs and adjusts (construction) major electrical equipment such as power transformer and gas, oil, or air-insulated power circuit breakers; instrument and station service transformers, disconnect and circuit switches, protective devices, static capacitors, batteries and charges.
  • Maintains and repairs (maintenance) major electrical equipment in substations. When equipment fails, performs emergency repairs.
  • Performs diagnostic testing to inspect parts and equipment.
  • Performs work in shops on equipment components including bushings, motors, small power tools, etc. Assembles, installs, and modifies control and relay panels for substations.
  • Assembles and erects steel racks and towers to support equipment.
  • Installs and changes antennas, reflectors, transmitting or receiving devices, emergency power supplies, and other equipment located in microwave or radio stations.
  • Occasionally takes clearances and performs switching to isolate a piece of equipment for repair.
  • Conduit and trenches for equipment are installed under the service yard. Cables are pulled through the conduit.
  • Completes associated documentation required of the above listed tasks.
  • Drives 20-25% of the time in all weather conditions.

To be eligible for the Recent Graduate program you must be a:

  • Recent graduate who has completed, within the previous two years, a qualifying associates, bachelors, masters, professional, doctorate, vocational or technical degree or certificate from a qualifying educational institution. OR
  • Student who within nine months of the closing date of this announcement will meet the education requirements and will graduate with a qualifying associates, bachelors, masters, professional, doctorate, vocational or technical degree or certificate from a qualifying educational institution. A student may not be appointed to a position until they have graduated. OR
  • Preference eligible veteran who was precluded from applying due to their military service obligation beginning of their two-year eligibility period, upon release, or discharge from active duty. Eligibility for these veterans cannot exceed six years after degree or certificate completion.


Applicants must meet the requirements of the Office of Personnel Management (OPM) Job Qualification System for Trades and Labor Occupations (X-118C). Although a specific length of time and experience is not required for most trade and labor occupations, you must show through experience and training that you possess the quality level of knowledge and skill necessary to perform the duties of the position at the level for which you are applying. Qualification requirements emphasis is on the quality of experience, not necessarily the length of time.\

Your resume is the key means we have for evaluating your skills, knowledge, and abilities, as they relate to this position. Therefore, we encourage you to be clear and specific when describing your experience.

Candidates will be evaluated on the basis of a written examination, experience, education, training, supervisory appraisal and/or potential on the following job elements to determine those who are minimally qualified and those who are best qualified.

  1. Ability to follow directions.
  2. Reliability and Dependability
  3. Dexterity and Safety.
  4. Ability to use prints and drawings.
  5. Experience and Interest.

In addition to meeting the minimum qualifications for this position, you must pass a written aptitude examination demonstrating your potential for learning and advancing in a Electrician Apprentice position. The Office of Personnel Management (OPM) Trades Apprenticeship Test takes approximately 3-4 hours of time and will cover the following areas: high school level algebra and geometry; dexterity; arithmetic computations; ability to follow instructions and mechanical aptitude. You must take the test with Bonneville Power Administration in Portland, OR in order to continue to receive consideration, failure to do so will result in disqualification from this position. Failure to pass the examination will result in an ineligible rating. Only those applicants who attend a testing session and pass the written aptitude examination, prepared by the U.S. Office of Personnel Management, will receive further consideration for the position.

Testing sessions will be held June 26th and 27th 2020 in Portland, Oregon. The next Electrician Apprentice class is scheduled to begin in January 2021.

"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.

You must meet all qualifications and eligibility requirements by the closing date of this announcement.



Shaunna Young
Phone 503-230-4018
Fax 100-000-0000
Email sxyoung@bpa.gov

Bonneville Power Administration
P.O. Box 3621
Portland, Oregon 97208-3621
United States

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