U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Electrical Engineer in Fort Thompson, South Dakota

Job Overview

Job Overview

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About the Position:The Big Bend Project is located in central South Dakota in a rural area along the Missouri River. The work is near Fort Thompson, SD between Crow Creek and Lower Brule Indian Reservations. The majority of our staff live in or near Chamberlain, SD with a commuting distance 20-30 miles. Other nearby communities include Highmore, Reliance, and Oacoma, SD

Who May Apply: U.S. Citizens


At the full performance level, incumbent will serve as an electrical engineer responsible for providing technical assistance and guidance for operations and maintenance of electrical and electronic equipment for the Project Office. Provide technical assistance to the plants in troubleshooting major plant electrical/electronic systems. Make recommendations regarding repair and replacement of electrical/electronic systems and project facilities. Responsible for development or modification of existing plant and facilities, electrical schematics, control, and wiring diagrams. Use existing Computer Aided Drafting (CAD) software programs to generate new plans or modify existing CAD plans. Assist Project Office in preparing preventive maintenance plans for plant and facilities systems and equipment. Review existing maintenance plans and procedures to determine if they are thorough and complete or in need of revision. Review plant and facilities equipment practices and procedures for adherence to National Fire Code, National Electrical Code, National Electrical Safety Code, and District and Industry Safety guidelines. Responsible for preparation of schedules and budgets. Monitor progress to assure that scheduled milestones are met and costs are not exceeded. Monitor contractors progress and make recommendations regarding contract payment or withholding of payments.

Travel Required
  • Occasional Travel
  • Temporary Travel Duty (TDY) up to 5%
Relocation Authorized
  • Yes
  • Permanent Change of Station (PCS) costs may be paid if the selecting official determines it to be in best interest of the government.

Job Requirements

Job Requirements
Key Requirements
  • Must obtain and maintain a valid State Issued Driver's License.

In order to qualify, you must meet the education and/or experience requirements described below. 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 required:

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 describe at least one year of specialized experience which prepared you to do the work in this job. Specialized experience is defined as:

GS-11:I have one year of specialized experience equivalent to the GS-09 in Federal service, which includes experience in the operation, maintenance, installation and repair of electrical/electronic systems.

GS-12: I have one year of specialized experience, equivalent to the GS-11 in Federal service. Specialized experience is defined as: 1.) Experience in the operation, maintenance, installation and repair of electrical/electronic systems; AND 2.) Experience designing electrical/electronic systems using applicable electrical codes.

You will be evaluated on the basis of your level of competency (knowledge, skills, abilities) in the following areas:

  • Skill in the design of electrical/electronic systems.
  • Ability to manage electrical projects from concept through sustainment.
  • Knowledge of operation and maintenance of electrical/electronic equipment.
  • Ability to communicate technical information orally.

In addition to meeting the specialized experience requirement above, you may qualify if your education meets the definitions below:

There is no educational substitute for GS-12 Level.

Education can be substituted for experience at the GS-11 level as follows:

  • Completed 3 years of progressively higher level graduate education leading to a Ph.D. degree or Ph.D. or equivalent doctoral degree (18 semester hours should be considered as 1 year of academic graduate study.


  • Combination of successfully completed education and specialized experience described above may be used to meet the total qualification requirements.

Additionally, applicants must meet the basic education requirements for the occupational series listed for this position. Please refer to the assessment questionnaire under Basic Education Requirements or Minimum Qualifications for the entire list of education and combination of education/experience requirements. (Transcripts are required at time of application)View Assessment Questions

Foreign education must be evaluated for U.S. equivalency in order to be considered for this position. You must include this information with your application package.

Only degrees from an accredited college or university recognized by the Department of Education are acceptable to meet positive education requirements or to substitute for experience. For additional information, please go to the Office of Personnel Management (OPM) and U.S. Department of Education websites at http://www.opm.gov/qualifications and http://www.ed.gov/admins/finaid/accred/index.html.

Other Requirements: Click here for expanded definitions.

  • Male applicants born after December 31, 1959 must complete a Pre-Employment Certification Statement for Selective Service Registration.
  • You will be required to provide proof of U.S. Citizenship.
  • Two year trial/probationary period may be required.
  • Direct Deposit of Pay is Required.
  • Personnel Security Investigation is required.
Security Clearance

Public Trust - Background Investigation

Additional Information

Additional Information
What To Expect Next

If you provided an email address, you will receive an email message acknowledging receipt of your application. Your application package will be used to determine your eligibility, qualifications, and quality ranking for this position.

If you are determined to be ineligible or not qualified, your application will receive no further consideration.

The documents you submit must support your responses to the online questionnaire. If your application contradicts or does not support your questionnaire responses, you will receive a rating of "not qualified" or "incomplete application" and you will not receive further consideration for this job.


You're making a great choice when you choose a career with the U.S. Government. In addition to your take-home pay, the comprehensive compensation/benefits package is highly attractive. As a federal employee, you and your family have access to a range of benefits that are designed to make your federal career very rewarding.

Eligibility for benefits depends on the type of position you hold and whether your position is full-time, part-time, or intermittent. Some of the most popular benefits include:

  • Health Insurance
  • Dental and Vision Insurance
  • Life Insurance
  • Flexible Spending Accounts
  • Long-Term Care Insurance
  • 10 Paid Federal holidays
  • Flexible Work Schedules
  • Vacation, Personal and Sick Time
  • Retirement Benefits and Pension Plan
  • Periodic Step Increases

Click below for more information: http://www.opm.gov/healthcare-insurance/Guide-Me/New-Prospective-Employees/ or https://help.usajobs.gov/index.php/PayandBenefits

Other Information
  • Selection is subject to restrictions resulting from Department of Defense referral system for displaced employees.
  • If you have retired from federal service and you are interested in employment as a reemployed annuitant, see the information in the Reemployed Annuitantinformation sheet.
  • You may claim military spouse preference, see the information in the Military Spouse Preference Under Delegated Examining Proceduresinformation sheet.
  • Multiple positions may be filled from this announcement.
  • Further certification from this announcement may take place up to 90 days beyond the closing of this announcement.
  • Management may select at either grade level announced.
  • This position has non-competitive promotion potential to the GS-12.
  • Salary includes applicable locality pay.
  • This is a Career Program (CP) 18 position.
  • Recruitment incentive may be authorized.
  • Relocation incentive may be authorized.

This job originated on www.usajobs.gov. For the full announcement and to apply, visit www.usajobs.gov/GetJob/ViewDetails/471982200. Only resumes submitted according to the instructions on the job announcement listed at www.usajobs.gov will be considered.

Salary Range: $61,049.00 to $93,812.00 / Per Year

Series & Grade: GS-0850-11/12

Promotion Potential: 12

Supervisory Status: No

Who May Apply: United States Citizens

Control Number: 471982200

Job Announcement Number: WTHI171157231970562D