New job Student Trainee (High Voltage Electrician) in Arkansas

Student Trainee (High Voltage Electrician)

Company : US Department of Energy
Salary : $30.04 an hour
Location : Arkansas

Full Description



A successful candidate in this position will serve as a student trainee by assisting higher graded journeymen in High Voltage Electrician work. Assignments are aimed at developing the student’s skills and knowledge to perform progressively more difficult duties.


As a Student Trainee you will:

  • Assist with the erection of power lines consisting of supporting structures, conductors, insulators, and auxiliary equipment. Replace or install poles, cross arms, insulators, line hardware, guys and anchors, overhead ground wire, braces, dampers, lightning arrestors, transformers, and other auxiliary substation and transmission equipment.
  • Operate and maintain equipment common to the electric utility trade including, but not limited to, multiple-drive vehicles, bull dozers, cranes, man-lifts, truck-mounted augers, welders, compressors, boom trucks, winch trucks, and truck and trailer combinations.
  • String conductors from structure to structure, clamping or tying to insulators, with or without armor rod, in such a manner as to maintain proper sag.
  • Work on energized lines and equipment (up to 161-kV) requiring the use of safety devices such as hot line tools, rubber gloves, mats, etc.

Travel Required

76% or greater - Travel is required to offsite locations for maintenance and repair of transmission system facilities.

Supervisory status


Promotion Potential


  • Job family (Series)

    2801 Miscellaneous Electrical Installation and Maintenance

  • Requirements


    Conditions of Employment

    • You must be a United States Citizen.
    • This employer participates in the e-Verify program.
    • See "Other Information" section regarding Selective Service requirements.
    • Must be 18 years or older at the time of appointment.
    • Must maintain at least 2.0 GPA throughout the internship appointment.


    • Must remain enrolled at least half-time per semester to continue participation in the Pathways Internship Program and provide verification (transcripts) of successful completion of courses every semester.
    • You will be required to have an initial and annual physical examinations.
    • You must test negative for illegal drugs/alcohol before placement in the position, and will be subject to random drug testing thereafter.
    • This position may require frequent overnight travel.
    • This position is subject to overtime work.
    • You must have a valid Class A Commercial Driver’s License to operate vehicles of more than 26,000 pounds GVWR with no restrictions.
    • Signed Pathways Student Intern Agreement required.
    • This position requires extensive travel in the performance of official duties. As such, the incumbent is required to obtain, use, and maintain a government travel card for all official travel.
    • Direct Deposit of Pay is required.
    • This position requires you to be able to successfully complete a Public Trust Background Investigation prior to being able to start work.
    • You must be at least 18 years of age upon entrance into the position.
    • The position requires the incumbent to live within one hour of response time due to possible call-outs in emergency situations at all hours of the day and any day upon entrance into the position.


    Examples include: demonstrated ability to perform tasks associated with high voltage transmission line work; demonstrated experience of on the job training or formal apprentice program completing basic tasks under closer than normal supervision which would including using common transmission line tools and equipment common to the trade.

    Physical Demands: The work requires various degrees of physical exertion, such as:

    • Heavy lifting and carrying loads up to 100 pounds over rough terrain; i.e., one end of an assembled 34-foot cross-arm or a string of suspension insulators.
    • Frequent pulling or pushing, often from awkward positions; i.e., dinging and un-dinging suspension insulators while in hooks on a pole requiring the use of both legs.
    • Climbing wooden poles using climbers and steel towers with steps or step bolts while wearing gear weighing approximately 35 pounds, requiring the use of both legs.
    • Long periods of standing.
    • Walking and driving over rough terrain.
    • Repeated stooping and kneeling.
    • Frequent and repetitive use of both hands and fingers.
    • Exposure to outdoor temperature extremes while performing work.

    Working Conditions: The work environment involves high risks, with exposure to potentially dangerous situations or unusual environmental stress, such as working with high-voltage electrical equipment (.001 volts to 161,000 volts as general criteria), in remote, outdoor field locations with rough terrain; and exposure to various weather conditions, wind, dust, brush, insects, and occasionally poisonous snakes; and emergency situations at all hours of the day and any day. The general public will be encountered, who may object to aspects of the projects. Frequently travels and lodges at remote locations.

    Your application and resume should demonstrate that you possess the following knowledge, skills, and abilities (KSAs). You do not need to provide a separate narrative written statement. Instead, you must describe in your application how your past work experience/training demonstrates that you possess the KSAs identified below. You will be evaluated on the basis of your level of experience/training in the following factors:


    • Likelihood Of Success In Assignments Which Require Interest, Motivation, And Readiness To Do Simple Work (Screen-out Element)
    • Ability To Handle Weights and Loads
    • Ability To Follow Oral Directions
    • Dexterity and Safety

    "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.


    Education must be obtained from an accredited institution recognized by the U.S. Department of Education. Foreign education must be reviewed by an organization recognized by the U.S. Department of Education. For special instructions pertaining to foreign education and a list of organizations that can evaluate foreign education, see the Department of Education website.


    Additional information

    More than one selection may be made from this vacancy announcement.
    Some positions may require completion of a probationary period of up to 1 (one) year.
    Many positions require successful completion of a background investigation.

    All males born after December 31st 1959 must abide by laws regarding Selective Service registration. To learn more about this law, visit the Selective Service web page, Who Must Register. If you are not registered and don't have an approved exemption, you will not be eligible for employment with the Federal government.

    How You Will Be Evaluated

    You will be evaluated for this job based on how well you meet the qualifications above.

    Applicants will be evaluated based on information contained in their application/resume. Applicants should include all pertinent experience, awards, commendations, training, and other information in the application. Veterans' preference applies to all selections made under the Pathways authority in accordance with Part 302 of 5 CFR.

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    Background checks and security clearance

    Security clearance

    Not Required

    Drug test required


    Position sensitivity and risk

    Non-sensitive (NS)/Low Risk

    Trust determination process

    Credentialing, Suitability/Fitness

  • Required Documents

    Required Documents

    Please carefully review the following list to determine what documentation you need to submit. Some documents may not apply to all applicants.
    If you are unsure, click the link for each document type to read more.

    ALL APPLICANTS: You must submit a resume supporting your specialized experience and responses to the online questionnaire.

    • Your resume should list all work experience (paid and unpaid); you must list the full name and address of the each employer.
    • For all types of work experience, you should indicate the start and end dates (include month, day, and year); you must also list the average number of hours per week that you worked.
    • For paid work experience, please indicate your starting salary for each position and the highest salary you earned (if different).
    • Your resume should also include any education and training you have completed (list the program title, subject area, number of hours completed, and completion date).
    • For more information about what to include in your resume, please view this USAJOBS Resume Tutorial video on YouTube.

    It is important that you are complete and thorough in your resume. If any of the above information is not included in your resume, we may not be able to fully credit you for your experience.

    If specific educational requirements are indicated for this vacancy: Documentation verifying your educational claims which can include unofficial transcripts or any report listing institution, course title, credits earned and final grade. Please see the Education section for more information.

    Official documentation verifying current or projected enrollment as a student must be obtained from the school before the effective date of the appointment. Evidence of enrollment or accepted enrollment in a degree, diploma, or certificate program at an accredited school may include:

    • Official Transcript. An unofficial transcript maybe provided during the application process; however, students must provide the official transcript prior to the Enter-on-Duty date.
    • Letter from the Registrar’s or Dean’s office
    • Advanced Registration Schedule

    Evidence of good academic standing as determined by the academic institution (generally a GPA of 2.0 or higher).

    Interns and managers must complete, sign, and submit the required Pathways Program Participant Agreement to their servicing HR office.

    Veterans: veteran eligibility documentation (DD-214 Member #4 Copy, VA Letter, Standard Form (SF) 15 as applicable). Please note: If you are a veteran who has not yet been discharged, you may provide a statement of intent to discharge from your agency to receive Veterans Preference under the VOW (Veterans Opportunity to Work) to Hire Heroes Act of 2011.

    Persons with Disabilities: Individuals with intellectual disabilities, severe physical disabilities, or psychiatric disabilities may apply for appointment through the Schedule A hiring authority. Certified verification of a disability from a licensed medical professional; a licensed vocational rehabilitation specialist; or any Federal, state, or District of Columbia agency or U.S. territory that issues or provides disability benefits will be required.

    Displaced Federal employees who qualify for CTAP/ICTAP: If you are a former Federal employee who was displaced due to a Reduction-in-Force (RIF) or surplused by some other means, please submit a copy of the separation letter or RIF notice from your agency. To be selected under I/CTAP, you must still be found well-qualified for this position. Please see the OPM Guide to Career Transition for more information.

    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.

  • Benefits


    A career with the U.S. Government provides employees with a comprehensive benefits package. As a federal employee, you and your family will have access to a range of benefits that are designed to make your federal career very rewarding. Opens in a new windowLearn more about federal benefits.

    • The U.S. Department of Energy fosters a diverse and inclusive workplace and is an Equal Opportunity Employer.
    • Veterans and persons with disabilities are encouraged to apply. For more information, please visit the links at the bottom of this page or visit the FedsHireVets website.
    • If you believe that you are eligible for the Interagency Career Transition Assistance Program (ICTAP), please visit the OPM ICTAP/CTAP website for more information. In order to be considered under the ICTAP program, your application must score within the pre-established "well qualified" category as stated in the Qualifications section.
    EEO Policy: Accommodation Policy:


    Selective Service Registration:

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    Eligibility for benefits depends on the type of position you hold and whether your position is full-time, part-time, or intermittent. Contact the hiring agency for more information on the specific benefits offered.


This job is open to

  • Students

    Current students enrolled in accredited educational institutions from high school to graduate level. Includes internships, pathways and other student programs.

Clarification from the agency

Students accepted for enrollment or currently enrolled in a Degree seeking program (diploma, certificate, etc.) in an accredited/qualifying institution on a full or half time basis.

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