Student Trainee (Electrical Engineering)
Are you seeking challenging assignments working for a dynamic agency while gaining real-world experience? We are looking for the best and brightest to help us shape the future of the energy industry. Come make a difference at the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC)!
We’re an independent agency that regulates the interstate transmission of electricity, natural gas and oil. Ranked number one in the 5 Best Places to Work in the Federal Government rankings, our team of engineers, scientists, analysts and attorneys work collaboratively to ensure that the industry delivers reliable, efficient and sustainable energy, impacting the daily lives of all Americans.
Our internship program provides students the opportunity to gain first-hand experience in a federal agency while learning more about the energy industry and gaining exposure to the Commission’s work. Students have the opportunity to attend networking events, visits to regulated hydropower dams, seminars with career advice and tips and enjoy lunch with FERC’s top officials. Apply now for an opportunity you don’t want to miss!
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These positions are located in the Office of Energy Policy and Innovation (OEPI) in either the Division of Policy Development or Division of Economic and Technical Analysis. The Office of Energy Policy and Innovation (OEPI) provides leadership in the formulation of policies to ensure the efficient development and use of transmission, generation and demand-side resources, remove barriers to the participation of emerging technologies and resources, and create a platform for innovation in wholesale energy markets.
At time of application, applicant must submit proof of current enrollment in a degree-seeking program. If selected, applicant must provide proof of continuing education through either the Summer or Fall 2018 semesters.
These positions are temporary, they may be converted to a full time, career-conditional position. Any conversions to full time or career-conditional status is neither implied nor guaranteed.
Major duties of the position include:
Analyze and manage data in power modeling software or spreadsheet/database software.
Provide assistance in performing studies related to electricity markets, and researching various energy economic and policy issues.
Assisting in reviewing data, investigating and resolving basic technical issues.
Occasional travel - Some travel required.
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Conditions of Employment
Successfully complete a background investigation.
Applicants must submit transcripts at time of application.
Must be enrolled in summer and/or fall 2018 semester.
List of Department of Education accredited institutions:
Specialized experience is defined as experience in assisting with analysis on teams conducting research on electricity issues.
Specialized experience is defined as experience in applying electricity concepts, principles, and practices to the regulation of the electricity industry.
CANDIDATES MUST PROVIDE TRANSCRIPTS IN ORDER FOR COURSE WORK TO BE VERIFIED; FAILURE TO INCLUDE TRANSCRIPTS WILL RESULT IN CANDIDATES NOT BEING CONSIDERED; TRANSCRIPTS MUST BE SUBMITTED AT TIME OF APPLICATION.
**Each grade is listed at its full performance level.**
Full performance GS-05 is the GS-05.
Full performance GS-07 is the GS-07
At time of appointment candidates must meet the qualification requirements.
You must be enrolled in a degree-seeking Engineering program or have completed an Engineering degree.
Please visit the OPM Qualification standard for:
You must submit all required information by the closing date. If materials are not received, your resume will be evaluated solely on the information available and you may not receive full consideration or may not be considered eligible. The materials you send with your resume will not be returned. If you are selected at a grade lower than the highest shown in this listing, you will be placed under a career development plan and can be non-competitively promoted when you successfully complete the requirements for the higher grade. Relocation expenses will not be paid.
**Telework is NOT authorized for this position. Incumbent will be required to physically report to FERC Headquaters in Washington, DC.
It is the policy of the Government not to deny employment simply because an individual has been unemployed or has had financial difficulties that have arisen through no fault of the individual. Information about an individual’s employment experience will be used only to determine the person’s qualifications and to assess his or her relative level of knowledge, skills, and abilities. Although an individual’s personal conduct may be relevant in any employment decision, including conduct during periods of unemployment or evidence of dishonesty in handling financial matters, financial difficulty that has arisen through no fault of the individual will generally not itself be the basis of an unfavorable suitability or fitness determination. Please use the following link for additional information:
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How You Will Be Evaluated
You will be evaluated for this job based on how well you meet the qualifications above.
CANDIDATES MUST PROVIDE TRANSCRIPTS IN ORDER FOR COURSEWORK TO BE VERIFIED; FAILURE TO INCLUDE TRANSCRIPTS WILL RESULT IN CANDIDATES NOT BEING CONSIDERED; TRANSCRIPTS MUST BE SUBMITTED AT TIME OF APPLICATION.
- SELF-PREPARED TRANSCRIPTS WILL NOT BE ACCEPTED.
We will review your resume to ensure you meet the basic qualification requirements. Your resume must address the knowledge, skills, and abilities listed in the Qualifications Section. Your resume should clearly show possession of these competencies. The ideal candidate will possess the following:
Ability to interpret policy/regulations and apply them to analyses of specific issues arising in the regulation of the energy industry or on policies affecting the energy industry.
Ability to review and analyze data and documents on matters related to the energy industry.
Ability to manage large datasets and conduct analysis using statistical software.
Ability to interpret policies and regulations.
Ability to effectively communicate technical information orally and in writing.
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Background checks and security clearance
Please note that if you do not provide all required information, as specified in this announcement, you will not be considered for this position (or will not receive the special consideration, e.g. Vet's Preference, for which you may be eligible). CURRENT FERC EMPLOYEES -- Documentation Relating to Your Federal Employment Submit an SF-50, Notification of Personnel Action, which shows your current (or most recent) grade and competitive service status. If you are currently on a Veterans Recruitment Appointment (VRA), submit an SF-50 showing that. Indicate on your application the highest permanent grade you have held; if this grade is different from your current grade, you must submit an additional SF-50 showing this grade in order to receive credit. (FERC EMPLOYEES ARE ALSO REQUIRED to submit any SF-50 which documents the experience with another organization other than FERC). CTAP/ICTAP: If you are a displaced or surplus Federal employee eligible for consideration under the Career Transition Assistance Plan (CTAP) or Interagency Career Transition Assistance Plan (ICTAP), you must submit proof of eligibility. For a detailed list of documents, click here. SPECIAL HIRING AUTHORITIES DOCUMENTATION If you are applying under a special hiring authority, submit a copy of proof of your eligibility. VETERANS EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITIES ACT (VEOA) DOCUMENTATION If you are applying under the Veterans Employment Opportunities Act (VEOA), you must submit a copy of your Certificate of Release or Discharge from Active Duty, DD-214 (Member 4 copy), or other official documentation from a branch of the Armed Forces or the Department of Veterans Affairs showing dates of service and type of discharge. Ten-point preference eligibles must also submit an Application for 10-Point Veteran Preference, SF-15, along with required documentation listed on the back of the SF-15 form. An SF-15 may be found at http://www.opm.gov/forms/pdf_fill/SF15.pdf.
If you are relying on your education to meet qualification requirements:
Education must be accredited by an accrediting institution recognized by the U.S. Department of Education in order for it to be credited towards qualifications. Therefore, provide only the attendance and/or degrees from
schools accredited by accrediting institutions recognized by the U.S. Department of Education
Failure to provide all of the required information as stated in this vacancy announcement may result in an ineligible rating or may affect the overall rating.
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