Wednesday, December 29, 2010

Position opening at PNNL - need to fill immediately!

We have an opening at PNNL for recent BS or MS graduates majoring in
Engineering. The candidate is expected to work on novel separation and
reaction technolgies addressing energy and environmental problems. Details
about the job description and application process can be found on the web

Job Opening ID: 300450
Posting Title: Post Masters Research Associate - Engineering

Job Opening ID: 300449
Posting Title: Post Bachelors Research Associate - Engineering

The position needs to be filled immediately, so encourage applicants to apply!

Thursday, December 23, 2010

Laboratory Robotics Software Developer

Emerald BioSystems is a leading provider of sophisticated laboratory automation, software tools, protein crystallization matrices and consumable products for gene to protein crystal structure research; we manufacture liquid-handling robotics and protein crystallization reagents and supplies. We have an immediate opening for a Laboratory Robotics Software Developer.

The successful candidate will be responsible for:

• Improvements to legacy robotics hardware control software
• Development of new robotics software
• Authorship of software documentation/users guide

The successful candidate should posses the following skills/experiences or equivalents:

• C++, C #, Visual Basic, SQL procedure calls,, Windows Presentation Foundation (GUI)
• Hardware control, API, Unit/Integration testing
• Liquid-handling robotics experience a plus
• Related degree is required
• Strong customer service skills
• Detail oriented, organized and able to work on multiple projects simultaneously
• Ability to work in a highly technical and fast paced development environment
We offer a comprehensive benefit and salary package including health, flex plans and 401k. Ferry charges to Island will be reimbursed. Visit our website at

Emerald BioSystems does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, age, marital status, national origin, disability, or status as a disabled, Vietnam-era, or other eligible veteran. Qualified candidates should send a resume and cover letter to

Wednesday, December 22, 2010

Faculty Position at UC Riverside

The Department of Electrical Engineering at the University of California, Riverside invites applications for tenure-track faculty positions in the 2011/2012 academic year. A doctoral degree in the relevant engineering discipline or related field is required. Interdisciplinary candidates are sought in the following areas:

(1) Computer engineering, with emphasis on VLSI/CAD, SoC/RF/3D design, FPGA/embedded systems;
(2) Lab-on-a-chip systems, with emphasis on microfluidics, MEMS, medical/bio interface electronics;
(3) Distributed sensing and control, for applications on solid-state lighting, transportation systems, smart grids, solar energy, distributed imaging systems;
(4) Multi-transceiver sensing/imaging hardware and systems, with emphasis on ultrasound, RF, infrared, light, plasmonics, photonics and THz.

Junior candidates must show outstanding research, teaching and graduate student mentorship potential. Senior candidates may be considered with an exceptional research, teaching, and graduate student record. Salary level will be competitive and commensurate with qualifications and experience.

We anticipate that the successful candidate will complement the highly motivated and entrepreneurial spirit of the College faculty, contributing meaningfully to the success of future teaching, research, and service accomplishments. Faculty research activities are essential to the success of our program and as such new members are expected to initiate and sustain strong sponsored research and graduate training programs.

The Department of Electrical Engineering has 24 core faculty members with 7 Fellows of the IEEE and 4 Fellows of the AAAS. The faculty has high visibility and professional recognition. During the last two years our annual externally funded research expenditures averaged between $4M - $5M per year. Our graduate program ranked very high in the recent NRC rankings. A comparison of different UC and AAU EE Graduate Programs along with a summary of last year’s activities can be found in our newsletter1. Currently, we have 226 students in our ABET accredited Undergraduate Program, 156 students in our Graduate Program, and we share with the CSE Department the teaching of the 150 undergraduate Computer Engineering students.

The search committee will review received applications beginning on January 3, 2011 and will continue to receive applications until the positions are filled. To apply please register through the weblink at and submit the requested PDF files. For inquiries and questions, please contact us at

The University of California, Riverside is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer.

Monday, December 20, 2010

Full-time (after graduation) Opening at Grakon

Quality Engineer – Corporate
Grakon, LLC, a major supplier of lighting and engineered trim components to the global commercial vehicle industry, is searching for a Quality Engineer for the Corporate office in Seattle.

Position Summary
In support of customer desires and requirements for flawless new product launches, zero rejects, and zero warranty returns, the Quality Engineer will perform advanced quality functions required in new program development. This role will be the initial point of contact for resolution of all quality issues and warranty claims with assigned customers, responsible for driving to resolution as the voice of the customer. In fulfillment of advanced quality responsibilities, the Quality Engineer must be intimate with customer technical specifications and government compliance requirements. This detailed knowledge will be used for:
• participating in Product development/APQP teams;
• participating in FMEA’s;
• applying statistical methods;
• Design Validation Planning (DVP);
• design review;
• knowledge of gages and fixtures;
• following through the development phase to review all testing results and ensure successful PPAP submission and product launch.

The Quality Engineer will support the customer directly and hands-on. This includes ensuring analysis, containment and corrective action resolution response is carried out and is effective, whether related to any zero mile or warranty quality. The position may include occasional supplier or manufacturing plant location audits in the pursuit of excellence. Reports to the Corporate Director of Quality and Customer Service.

Desired Skill Set
The professional should have experience in APQP from award of program through AIAG PPAP (automotive). Must be able to read and interpret customer, industry (ASTM, SAE, ISO, etc.) technical specifications and translate them into actionable tests and validations. Must have a solid grasp of the quality tools including, FMEA, Control Plan, gage R&R, SPC and capability studies, DOE’s, corrective action, problem solving methods, and good project & time management skills. Must be comfortable working in a team environment with customers or suppliers in high stress situations if necessary. Successful experience participating in product launches as they transition into manufacturing required. Must have excellent written and oral communication skills, solid Microsoft office skills, and must be a self starter with a passion for quality. Six sigma, and quality auditing skills a plus. Experience specifically in automotive lighting and photometrics a plus but not required.

At least 5 years experience in quality, engineering, or manufacturing.
Bachelors degree in Engineering, Business, or a Science/technical field, or a commensurate level of experience or professional certification such as ASQ CQE, CRE, SSBB, etc. at a professional level.
ASQ Certifications a plus.
Must be willing and able to occasionally travel both nationally and internationally.

Interested applicants can email a resume to, or fax 206-824-6098, attn: HR Manager.

Professional portfolio workshops for engineering students

Would you like to have a professional communication portfolio to share with prospective employers or graduate schools?
Would you like to learn how to develop a portfolio that makes an argument about how prepared YOU are to communicate as a practicing engineer?
Would you like to work on this in a studio setting with a small group of your peers where you provide feedback and support to each other?
If so…. participate in our research study during Winter Quarter 2011.

It’s for a very good cause­we are seeking to improve the educational experience for engineering students here at the University of Washington and across the nation.

That is why it is so important to hear from you by January 10, 2011!

WHO: We are looking for students to participate in a portfolio development program that will complement their academic year at the UW.
WHAT: Participate in five 2-hour studio sessions.
During sessions: Learn how to create a portfolio and work with other study participants to further individual goals. Also, fill out short surveys designed to help the research team track the progress of the study.
Between sessions: Draw on your life-wide experiences to develop a professional communication portfolio that you can show prospective employers and use to further your professional goals. Also, participate in a one-on-one interview with a researcher, to help the research team track the progress of the study.
At the end of the quarter: Turn in a portfolio and receive feedback.
WHEN: During Winter Quarter 2011 you will attend studio sessions once per week for five weeks.
WHERE: On campus at the University of Washington.
You will receive up to $200 as compensation for your time and effort at the conclusion of the quarter.

This study is funded by the National Science Foundation and supported by the UW’s College of Engineering. Researchers are from the Department of Human Centered Design & Engineering.

To be considered for this research study, please visit by January 10, 2011, and fill out a short survey. Your answers will be kept confidential.

If you would like more information about the study, please contact Kate Mobrand, We cannot ensure the confidentiality of any email communication.

Global Opportunities Scholarship - Winter deadline

I am happy to announce that we will be offering a Global Opportunities Scholarship application process during Winter Quarter. Students planning to study abroad on programs beginning during Spring Quarter may apply. We will hold another review process in Spring Quarter for students going on Summer, Early Fall, and Fall programs.

The Global Opportunities Scholarship provides funding for Husky Promise & Pell Grant eligible students to study abroad. Awards range from $2,000 - $5,000.

Application instructions, eligibility requirements and other details are on our website at:

Students can apply directly through the website listed above.

The deadline is Thursday, January 27, 2011 at 5 pm.

FAA Design Competition for Universities for the 2010 ­ 2011

We are pleased that the FAA is continuing to offer a Design Competition
for Universities for the 2010 ­ 2011 academic year! The Competition has
added new design categories.

The Competition guidelines and many resources are posted at the Competition


The broad challenge categories of Airport Operations and Maintenance,
Runway Safety/Runway Incursions, Airport Environmental Interactions and
Airport Management and Planning embrace many engineering, science,
information technology, psychology and management disciplines. The
Competition is again open to individual and student teams at U.S. colleges
and universities (both undergraduate and graduate) working under the
mentorship of a faculty advisor. Winners can earn cash awards and first
place winners have the opportunity and travel funds to present their design
at a national aviation event summer 2011. A notice of
intent is strongly encouraged.

We hope you will participate in the Competition and make colleagues and students
aware of this as well. An electronic flyer is attached for your convenience in sharing
with your membership.

Please feel free to contact me or Debbie Ross ( if you have
any questions.

NASA Academy 2011 Application

The 2011 NASA Academy Application is now open!

The Academies are intensive educational programs emphasizing group
activities, teamwork, research, and creativity. The curriculum balances
direct contact with science and engineering R&D with an awareness of the
managerial, political, financial, social and human issues faced by aerospace
professionals. Included are seminars, informal discussions, evening
lectures, supervised research, visits to other NASA Centers and facilities,
group project/s, tours, posters/presentations, and assessment. Additionally,
most weekends are filled with group activities, team building and off-site
trips. One free weekend is scheduled.

The Academy is not a 9-5 summer research internship program. It is a
rigorous, immersive experience that will challenge you. The academy is a
space-themed program of high learning about NASA, its projects and
collaborations with aerospace industry and academia, with very little down
time, but a busy, exciting summer that you will not forget.

The Academies have separate focus areas of leadership (NASA Academy),
robotics, space and planetary science, and propulsion.

The deadline is January 18, 2011 at 5:00 p.m. EST.

You may access it at

This application serves the following programs:

- The NASA Academy at Ames Research Center (Mountain View, CA)
- The NASA Academy at Glenn Research Center (Cleveland, OH)
- The NASA Academy at Marshall Space Flight Center (Huntsville, AL)
- The NASA Aeronautics Academy at Glenn Research Center (Cleveland, OH)
- The NASA Aeronautics Academy at Langley Research Center (Hampton, VA)
- The NASA Lunar and Planetary Science Academy at Goddard Space Flight
(Greenbelt, MD)
- The NASA Propulsion Academy at Marshall Space Flight Center
(Huntsville, AL)
- The NASA Robotics Academy at Marshall Space Flight Center (Huntsville,

For information about other NASA opportunities, including the traditional
NASA Academy at Goddard Space Flight Center, please visit

If you have any questions regarding the application process, please email
Johnny Erickson at

Friday, December 17, 2010

Mary Gates Leadership Scholarships: Winter Quarter Deadline

We are happy to announce that we will be offering a Mary Gates Leadership Scholarship application process during Winter Quarter 2011. The deadline is Monday, January 24, 2011, 5pm.

Information sessions are scheduled for:

Friday, January 7, 1:00-2:00, 120 MGH

Wednesday, January 12, 4:00-5:00, 224 MGH

Thursday, January 13, 1:30-2:30, 120 MGH

Application instructions, eligibility requirements and other details are on our website at:

Thursday, December 16, 2010

Internship Opportunities with Apple

iPhone Camera Design Intern
The iPhone group is looking for a Camera Engineer Intern with responsibilities for evaluation, qualification, implementation and tuning of camera subsystems in iPhone products. Duties include research into both current and future camera technologies, working with both product design and electrical engineering to physically and electrically integrate the parts, tuning the solution for optimal image quality, and design of production line testing setups.

The applicant should be familiar with megapixel CMOS image sensor technology, lens selection and qualification, and implementation of camera systems in mobile products, and have expert knowledge of imaging algorithms (auto-exposure, auto white balance, etc). Experience with mobile communication products is an advantage.

Required Experience:
  • Pursuing a BS/MS EE or equivalent
  • Good fundamental EE skills
  • CMOS image sensor experience including interfacing and tuning
  • Knowledge of imaging algorithms (AE, AWB, etc)
  • Experience with prototyping solutions and camera bench testing methodology.
TO APPLY: Send resumes to

Antenna Intern

The iPod Engineering Division has a strong history of designing evolutionary consumer electronics that have touched millions and changed the way people listen to music. The iPhone is the next step in that evolutionary process.
This candidate will work closely with other RF and antenna design engineers, mechanical and industrial designers, and EMC engineers to integrate the antenna design in our products while focusing on the augmentation of some of their measurement systems. Specific responsibilities will include writing and verifying RF test and measurement software. Strong programming and communication skills are required.

  • BS/MS (in progress) in EE, focus in RF or Antenna a plus
  • Excellent communication skills required, both written & verbal.
  • Detail oriented - taking data, using Excel, and making meaningful tables/graphs/averages.
  • Programming experience with C, C++, ANSI C is a must
  • Experience with RF testing equipment is a huge plus

TO APPLY: Send resumes to

Wednesday, December 15, 2010

The 20th Annual Women in Science and Engineering (WiSE) Conference

“Two Decades of Progress in Stride”
Saturday, February 26, 2011
8:30am – 5:00pm
UW Campus – Mary Gates Hall and CSE Paul G. Allen Center

This will be a day devoted to celebrating women in engineering and science. To learn more about the UW WiSE program- visit

Employment Opportunity: Full Time or Co-­‐op Employment - Tethers Unlimited

Tethers Unlimited, Inc. is seeking to fill several openings for space technology engineers. Tethers Unlimited is an aerospace and defense R&D firm located in Bothell, WA. We are currently developing a number of advanced technologies for space and defense systems, including propulsion, power, deployable structures, on‐orbit manufacturing, and RF communications and sensing. Tethers Unlimited typically takes on projects that are out-of-the-box and extremely technically challenging, so to work here you must be creative, very hard working, and committed to producing the highest quality work. You also must be able to work efficiently both independently and as a part of an interdisciplinary team. Due to ITAR Laws, US Citizenship or permanent residency is required for these positions.
In particular, we are looking for engineers with experience in one or more of the following:
• Space mechanism design, prototyping, and testing.
• Aerospace composites design, fabrication, and testing.
• Additive manufacturing technologies and materials science.
• Design, construction, and testing of power and propulsion systems at scales relevant to small spacecraft. In particular, experience with fuel cell hardware is desired.
Proficiency with SolidWorks, Matlab, IDL, or RepRap software are desired. Simulation and analysis experience is a plus, but for these positions, aptitude for hands-on work with hardware is a must. For full-time positions, B.S. with 1+ years work experience or M.S. in ME, EE, Materials, Aerospace, or Physics. For Co-Op employment, in-progress advanced degree preferred, but truly exceptional 4th year undergraduates will be considered. Please send resume in PDF format (Resumes titled “Resume.pdf” will probably be lost in the shuffle. Put your name in the file name.) and cover letter to

Tuesday, December 14, 2010

Thiel Fellowship Announcement

I am writing on behalf of Peter Thiel and the Thiel Foundation, a non-profit devoted to promoting entrepreneurialism and innovation in science and technology. We recently announced a new fellowship called 20 under 20, in which we are giving 20 entrepreneurs under 20 years of age a $100,000 grant to not only explore their entrepreneurial ideas, but also to mentor with a wide range of companies, entrepreneurs, philanthropists, and more. The application is due December 31, and is free for students. The website is

Peter Thiel was one of the founders of PayPal and one of the initial investors in Facebook. However, he has many other ventures, ranging from bioengineering to space exploration technology. He is also a managing partner in the Founders Fund, which is his venture capital arm.

Monday, December 13, 2010

iSchool Employer Connections Fair

Wednesday, January 12, 2011, 1:30-4:30pm, Mary Gates Hall- The Commons

Come learn about internship, career, and research opportunities with great organizations, like Accenture, Microsoft, National Security Agency and many more! To see a complete current list of participating employers and their descriptions, go to, Take advantage of this opportunity to network with employers in the Information Science and IT-related fields. Hope to see you there!

A current list of participating employers –
Blink Interactive
Boeing Company
Booz Allen Hamilton
City of Seattle - Dept Info Technology
Groundspeak, Inc.
Liberty Mutual Group
Microsoft Corporation
NSA (National Security Agency)
Pariveda Solutions
PNL National Laboratory, Secure Cyber Systems Group
Sno-Isle Libraries
Vulcan Inc.
Web Collective

EE - Engineering Co-op Opportunities

The following are the EE co-op opportunities available to you this week.

There are still opportunities with start dates in January 2011, so be sure to apply ASAP! Many students tend to stop applying for jobs as finals approach. Don't be most students...apply now!

*NOTE: if you are scheduled to graduate anytime before March 2011, you are not eligible to apply for co-op positions. Sorry!

OPANGA NETWORKS has an upcoming application deadline of THURSDAY, 12/9/10.

PMC-SIERRA, INC. has an upcoming application deadline of FRIDAY, 12/17/10.

University of Washington - Engineering Co-op Program has sent you the following jobs. Click on a job title to view the details.

Opanga Networks - Software Developer Co-op | Opanga Networks, LLC

Product Design Engineer | PMC-Sierra, Inc.



Software Clinical Applications Developer Co-op | Philips

Aerospace Electrical Engineering Co-op | Triumph Aerospace Systems Seattle
Redmond,Washington | Redmond

Note: To view these jobs, login to your University of Washington - Engineering Co-op Program account at

If you have any questions, please contact University of Washington - Engineering Co-op Program at:
(206) 685-0385

Friday, December 10, 2010

Participating in research study: assessment of muscle fatigue using electrical stimulation

Currently, a study is being conducted at the University of Washington in
the Department of Environmental and Occupational Health Sciences
assessing muscle fatigue associated with computer use by using
electrical stimulation. We would like to invite you to participate in
the study. The study is expected to last about 1-2 hours on the
orientation day and 8 hours for the following four days. If you do
decide to participate, you will be compensated $15/hr for your time.

During this study, we will attach surface electrodes to your forearm. On
the orientation day, we will introduce you to the electrical stimulation
methods and the overall protocols. On the control day, you will be asked
to rest for the whole eight hours. On each day of the four experimental
days, you will be asked to perform four 75-min specific tasks using a
keyboard and mouse with three breaks: a 15-min morning and afternoon
break, and 30-min lunch break, respectively. Between the tasks,
electrical simulation and questionnaires will be use to assess your
muscle fatigue. The electrical stimulation may cause discomfort, similar

Thursday, December 9, 2010

Undergraduate Research Program Information Session, Today, 11:30am-12:30pm

December 9, 11:30am-12:30pm, OUGL 220

URP Information Sessions address how the Undergraduate Research Program can help students pursue her/his research interests. Primarily for undergraduates who have yet to begin research, the sessions provide research resources, information on funding, and suggestions for approaching faculty. Additionally, the sessions are highly student-driven, with an emphasis on student questions and concerns. Students interested in attending the UW, including community college transfer students, are welcome to the sessions.

To Register, visit:

Full-Time Positions with Bonneville Power Administration

Please note that if a person has one year of undergraduate course work performing power flow or stability studies for high voltage power systems, plus will obtain a Bachelor of Science Degree in Electric Engineering by Spring, 2011, then they can apply for this position.



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Bonneville Power Administration (BPA) is evolving our application process over the next several months to improve efficiency and effectiveness.

PLEASE READ THIS ANNOUNCEMENT IN ITS ENTIRETY. Be advised that the requested information in this job posting varies from previous announcements and from Merit Promotion announcements (for current or former federal employees).

* * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * B E G I N N I N G N O V E M B E R 1, 2 0 1 0 * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * *

Job Title & Series:

Electrical Engineer (Study Engineer), GS-850

Job Announcement Number:


Grade & Salary Range:

GS-09: $54,028 - $66,493

GS-11: $60,520 - $78,674

GS-12: $72,540 - $94,300

The full performance level of this position is GS-12.

This position may be filled at the GS-9, GS-11or GS-12 level.

Opens: 12/08/10


(Applications must be received by 11:59 p.m. Pacific Time (PT) to be accepted.)


Transmission Service/ Systems Operations/Technical Operations (TOT)


Vancouver, WA

Type of Position:

NOTES: This is a temporary promotion opportunity, not to exceed one year. Temporary promotions can be extended up to five years or made permanent without further competition. If this appointment is not made permanent, you will be returned to your original position of record, or to a different position of equivalent grade and pay. Temporary promotions may be terminated at any time based on the needs of management.

If you are currently employed at a grade equivalent to, or higher than, the advertised position, the action will be considered a detail for processing purposes, and no salary increase will be associated with accepting the position. Detailed employees will be returned to their original position of record. Details may also be terminated at any time based on the needs of management.

Anticipated number of positions to be filled: More than one position may be filled


Applications will be accepted from current BPA employees in the competitive service. Employees on Term appointments are not eligibile to apply.

About BPA:

The Bonneville Power Administration has been powering people and careers for nearly 75 years. We are a non-profit federal agency that provides clean, emissions-free electricity to the Pacific Northwest and maintains a high voltage transmission system to deliver that electricity. We are a leader in sustainability and environmental stewardship, promoting energy efficiency, renewable energy, the smart grid, fish and wildlife protection and initiatives to address climate change. We are a visionary and innovative agency that values diversity and creativity and encourages continuous learning. We are located throughout the Pacific Northwest with opportunities in cities, smaller communities and rural areas. You can learn more about BPA at .

Job Summary & Major Duties:

This Electrical Engineering position reports directly to the Manager for Technical Operations. This is a technical specialist position requiring broad technical and policy knowledge and experience in the development and application of transmission technologies sufficient to effectively guide agency and national research policy and project choices. Duties include:

  • Provides technical knowledge for running power flow and stability studies to determine system operating limits for critical and significant transmission paths

  • Provides technical knowledge for the definition, development, testing and deployment of Subgrid and/or Intertie or network operations for agency, regional or national level activities in the areas of constrained schedule management, curtailment procedures and processes, operational policy development and/or operational analyses.

Technical Operations provides products and specialized technical and operational support for real-time dispatch of the transmission system, including coordination with other internal groups, public utility customers and constituents, western interconnection utilities, and regional and national reliability entities. They develop and manage all near-term operational transfer capabilities, including the Total Transfer Capabilities for the Open Access Same-Time Information System. They provide outage coordination support, which includes an outage coordinator, tasked with facilitating and planning for complex outages with the requesting entities. They develop control center automation requirements or provide primary technical oversight for Automatic Generation Control, protection Under-frequency Load Shedding, Under-voltage Load Shedding and reactive switching scheme settings, SCADA, Remedial Action Schemes (RAS), automatic voltage control schedules, disturbance monitoring and reporting systems. They provide operating information necessary for other BPA functions such as Dispatch, to carry out their duties and directly support the development of standards, guides, procedures and agreements for safe and reliable interconnected electric utility operations within the western interconnection. They provide system modeling analyses of operational conditions for daily, weekly, monthly and seasonal operating conditions, create operational nomograms and provide specialized operational studies to support BPA, regional or national reliability compliance activities. They manage and distribute data generated in real-time and develop statistical and other analyses of power system data, including transmission system performance indices for use in operations and maintenance by other internal and external customers, regulatory entities such as NERC, FERC and/or WECC. They plan and develop the Operations Standards and Reliability Criteria and review and prepare responses to project requirements and contracts. They manage and support power system automation efforts, as well as provide operating information and data to support specialized research and development projects, capital and expense projects and Agency Asset Management and Asset Investment processes.

This position may be covered by the BPA Consecutive Accelerated Training and Promotion Plan (CATPP). Coverage is not guaranteed and the decision on individual coverage will be made by the selecting official. If covered, the following information is applicable.

This position is covered by Bonneville’s Consecutive Accelerated Training and Promotion Plan for Annual Positions (P.L. 335-06). Candidates selected under this announcement at grades GS-05 through GS-11 will be placed in an accelerated training program designed to accelerate his/her ability to assume higher-level duties and responsibilities by allowing training to be substituted for experience required in the position. A candidate entering the program is eligible for a maximum of three (3) consecutive promotions up to the GS-12 grade-level, based upon training received as part of the program. The individual(s) selected for this position will be required to enter into a training agreement prior to reporting for work. Although the intent of the program is to advance an employee, promotions are not guaranteed and will depend on acceptable performance as well as the availability of higher-level work.

Example of Plan Application: A candidate enters the program at the GS-07 grade level with promotion potential to the GS-12 grade level. The candidate is eligible for promotion to the GS-09 grade level after a six-month period provided all training requirements are met and performance is at an acceptable level. The candidate is eligible for subsequent promotions to the GS-11 and GS-12 grade levels after six-month periods, respectively, provided all training requirements are met and performance is at an acceptable level. Therefore, if the candidate successfully completes each phase of training, he/she may advance from GS-07 to GS-12 in 18 months rather than the standard 36 months it would take without the benefit of the accelerated training program.

Minimum Qualifications:

Specialized Experience

GS-09: One year of electrical engineering experience performing power flow or stability studies for high voltage power systems.

GS-11: One year of electrical utility engineering experience performing and analyzing power flow or stability studies for high voltage power systems.

GS-12: One year of electrical utility engineering experience performing power flow or stability studies for higher voltage power systems, along with the ability to provide power system analysis and recommendations

In order to be rated as meeting the minimum qualifications, we must be able to determine from your application that you have a minimum of one year of the specialized experience requirement described above. Applicants who have qualifying experience performed on less than a full-time basis must specify the percentage and length of time spent in performance of such duties.

NOTE: Minimum Qualifications and Time-in-Grade Requirements must be met within 60 calendar days of the closing date of this announcement. Applicants must have served 52 weeks at the next lower grade level in the Federal service. To be creditable, specialized experience must have been equivalent to the next lower grade of the position to be filled.


College transcripts are required. Failure to submit will result in a rating of not qualified.

A. Degree: professional engineering. To be acceptable, the curriculum must: (1) be in a school of engineering with at least one curriculum accredited by the Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology (ABET) as a professional engineering curriculum; or (2) include differential and integral calculus and courses (more advanced than first-year physics and chemistry) in five of the following seven areas of engineering science or physics: (a) statics, dynamics; (b) strength of materials (stress-strain relationships); (c) fluid mechanics, hydraulics; (d) thermodynamics; (e) electrical fields and circuits; (f) nature and properties of materials (relating particle and aggregate structure to properties); and (g) any other comparable area of fundamental engineering science or physics, such as optics, heat transfer, soil mechanics, or electronics.


B. Combination of education and experience – college-level education, training, and/or technical experience that furnished (1) a thorough knowledge of the physical and mathematical sciences underlying professional engineering, and (2) a good understanding; both theoretical and practical, of the engineering sciences and techniques and their applications to one of the branches of engineering. The adequacy of such background must be demonstrated by one of the following:

1. Professional Registration – Current registration as a professional engineer by any State, the District of Columbia, Guam, or Puerto Rico. Absent other means of qualifying under this standard, those applicants who achieved such registration by means other than written test are eligible only for positions that are within or closely related to the specialty field of their registration.

2. Written Test – Evidence of having successfully passed the Fundamentals-In-Engineering (FE) examination, or the written test required for professional registration, which is administered by the Boards of Engineering Examiners in the various States, the District of Columbia, Guam, and Puerto Rico. Applicants who have passed the examination and have completed all the requirements for either (a) a bachelor’s degree in engineering technology (BET) from an accredited college or university that included 60 semester hours of courses in the physical, mathematical, and engineering sciences, or (b) a BET from a program accredited by the Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology (ABET) may be rated eligible for certain engineering positions at the GS-5 level. Eligibility is limited to positions that are within or closely related to the specialty field of the engineering technology program.

3. Specified Academic Courses – Successful completion of at least 60 semester hours of courses in the physical, mathematical, and engineering sciences and in engineering that included the courses specified in the basic requirements. The courses must be fully acceptable toward meeting the requirements of a professional engineering curriculum as described in paragraph A.

Related Curriculum – Successful completion of a curriculum leading to a bachelor’s degree in engineering technology or in an appropriate professional field, e.g., physics, chemistry, architecture, computer science, mathematics, hydrology, or geology, may be accepted in lieu of a degree in engineering, provided the applicant has had at least 1 year of professional engineering experience acquired under professional engineering supervision and guidance.

NOTE: College transcripts are required (photocopies are acceptable). If you are not currently in a GS-800, professional engineering series, you must provide a copy of your college transcripts with your application. Failure to provide will result in a rating of not qualified.

Education obtained outside the United States: If your education has been obtained outside the U.S, you must submit proof with your application that your transcripts have been evaluated by a private organization that specializes in interpretation of foreign educational credentials and have been deemed at least equivalent to that gained in conventional U.S. education institutions.

Substitution of education for specialized experience: Completion of education in the amounts shown below is qualifying at grades, GS-09 and GS-11 if it provided the knowledge, skills and abilities necessary to do the work of the position.

GS-09: 2 years of progressively higher level graduate education leading to a master's degree or master's or equivalent graduate degree.

GS-11: 3 years of progressively higher level graduate education leading to a Ph.D. degree or Ph.D. or equivalent doctoral degree.

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities

Your application materials will also be reviewed against the knowledge, skills and abilities (KSAs) listed below to determine your qualifications

Please describe your experience and thoroughly address the statements below within your resume, cover letter, and/or other supporting material you choose to submit. We must be able to determine that you possess the following KSAs. Clearly articulating your experience possessing this knowledge, performing these skills or demonstrating these abilities is critical to determining your qualifications for this position. For more information on how to complete KSAs, please go to

From your application packet, we must be able to determine that you have direct experience meeting the following knowledge, skills and abilities (KSAs).

1. Ability to use power flow and stability modeling applications under various power system conditions. (Include:

· the problems you’ve encountered and resolved

· on- and off-line analyses tools you used or developed

2. Ability to provide electrical engineering support in the development, testing, and deployment of network operations. (Include:

· activities in the areas of constrained schedule management

· curtailment procedures and processes,

· operational policy development and analysis.

3. Ability to communicate effectively both orally and in writing. (Include:

  • Types of written communication used
  • Examples of negotiating or persuasion communications
  • Examples of conflict resolution

4. Ability to work as a part of a team. (Include:

  • identifying needs and addressing them;
  • learning and applying new techniques and solutions
  • assisting team members to achieve common goals

Additional Requirements

· Applicants must possess a current valid State’s Driver License to operate a government owned vehicle (GOV).

· 1 to 5 nights of overnight travel per month is a requirement of the position.

Security & Suitability

The sensitivity level of this position is designated as ‘Low Risk – Nonsensitive’, which requires that the selectee pass a National Agency Check with Inquiries (NACI) personnel investigation and receive a favorable suitability determination. Under existing OPM regulations, current Federal employees transferring from another department or agency who have successfully passed this level (or higher) personnel investigation will not be subject to re-investigation under OPM suitability regulations. Further, employees with unescorted access to facilities, systems, and equipment, which, if destroyed, degraded, or otherwise rendered unavailable, would affect the reliability or operability of the bulk electric system, or have access to critical cyber assets that are essential to the reliable operation of the bulk electric system will be required to undergo a Special Agency Check every seven years, thereafter (or sooner if for cause.)

Application Package Checklist:

Resume, cover letter, and/or other supporting material you choose to submit that fully describes your education and experience. Application must contain sufficient information to determine eligibility for the position. (The Optional Application for Federal Employment (OF-612) can be found at

Applications must include the following information:

    • Job Announcement number, title, and grade
    • Full legal name, mailing address, contact telephone number and email address
    • Country of citizenship
    • High school attended which includes name of high school and location.
    • Employment history [Unpaid experience (internships, volunteer work, etc.) related to the position may also be included]. Include job title (include series and grade if position was Federal), duties and accomplishments, employer's name and address, supervisor's name and phone number, starting and ending dates (month and year), salary, and hours worked per week. Explain any gaps in employment.
    • Indicate if we may contact your current supervisor.
    • A list of other job-related training, skills (i.e., languages, tools, machinery, typing speed, etc.), certificates and licenses, recognition, professional memberships, publications, leadership activities, etc.

Grade Information: You must indicate on your application the grade level(s) for which you are applying. Candidates hired at less than full-performance level may be promoted without further competition when assigned higher-level duties and meeting all qualification requirements.

College transcripts (photocopies are acceptable) for positions with education requirements.

If your resume or application does not provide all the information requested in the vacancy announcement, you may lose consideration. Material received after the closing date will not be accepted.

How To Submit Your Application:

Applications may be emailed, faxed or mailed. Due to security requirements, we only accept hand-delivered application from individuals who currently have badge access to the building. Applicants are responsible for ensuring materials are transmitted successfully.

Ø Via Email: Application materials may be emailed to with the Job Announcement Number in the subject line. If you send your application through multiple formats, please include your name and the Job Announcement Number on each page.

Ø Via Facsimile: Application materials may be faxed to 503-230-3149

Ø Via US Mail: Application materials may be mailed to Bonneville Power Administration, ATTN: Human Capital Management, NHQ-1, PO Box 3621, Portland, OR 97208-3621.

After You Apply:

You will be notified via email of receipt of your application package. Applicants should retain a copy of their application as BPA does not return applications or provide copies. For more information, please refer to:

Upon receipt of your complete application package, a review of your application materials will occur to ensure you meet the specialized experience (minimum qualification) requirements. Your application materials will then be reviewed against the knowledge, skills and abilities listed above to determine whether you qualifications.

Applications submitted by fax or e-mail must be time/date stamped or electronically postmarked at point of origin by the closing date. If all materials are not received by the closing date, your application will be evaluated solely on the information available.

Additional Information:


The Veterans Employment Opportunity Act (VEOA) gives veterans access to job vacancies that might otherwise be closed to them. The law allows eligible veterans to compete for vacancies advertised under agency’s promotion procedures when the agency is seeking applications from outside of its own workforce.

The Veterans Recruitment Appointment Authority (VRA) is a special authority by which agencies can appoint eligible veterans without competition to positions at any grade level through General Schedule (GS) 11 or equivalent. VRA appointees are hired under excepted appointments to positions that are otherwise in the competitive service.

For more information, please refer to the OPM VetGuide:

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

Individuals who have special priority selection rights under the Agency Career Transition Assistance Program (CTAP) or the Interagency Career Transition Assistance Program (ICTAP) must be well qualified for the position to receive consideration for special priority selection. ‘Well qualified’ for non-status applicants means an applicant who scores 85 points or higher prior to the addition of veteran's preference, if applicable.

Federal employees seeking CTAP/ICTAP eligibility must submit proof that they meet the requirements of 5 CFR 330.605 (a) for CTAP and 5 CFR 330.704 for ICTAP. This includes a copy of the agency notice, a copy of their most recent Performance Rating and a copy of their most recent SF-50 noting current position, grade level, and duty location. Please annotate your application to reflect that you are applying as a CTAP or ICTAP eligible.

For additional information please refer to


Information on BPA benefits can be found at:

Equal Employment Opportunity

The United States Government does not discriminate in employment on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, political affiliation, sexual orientation, marital status, disability, age, membership in an employee organization, or other non-merit factor.

Reasonable Accommodation

Federal agencies must provide reasonable accommodation to applicants with disabilities where appropriate. Applicants requiring reasonable accommodation for any part of the application and hiring process should contact the hiring agency directly. Determinations on requests for reasonable accommodation will be made on a case-by-case basis.

Legal and Regulatory Guidance

Privacy Act - Privacy Act Notice (PL 93-579): The information requested here is used to determine qualifications for employment and is authorized under Title 5 U.S.C. 3302 and 3361.

Signature - Before you are hired, you will be required to certify the accuracy of the information in your application.

False Statements - If you make a false statement in any part of your application, you may not be hired; you may be fired after you begin work; or you may be subject to fine, imprisonment, or other disciplinary action.

Selective Service - If you are a male applicant born after December 31, 1959, you must certify that you have registered with the Selective Service System, or are exempt from having to do so under the Selective Service Law. You may obtain your Selective Service Number at:

Forms Availability

All application materials may be obtained by calling 503-230-3230, or 1-877-975-4272. You may also download a copy of this announcement, including all forms, from our website at .