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Apprenticeships
​Who Can Apply
  • US citizenship required
  • Career and career-conditional employees of the Bonneville Power Administration
  • Status Applicants (applicants who are current Federal employees with competitive status)
  • Career Transition Assistance Program Eligibles.
  • VEOA, Veterans eligible to apply under the Veterans Employment Opportunity Act of 1998.
  • Disabled Veterans - NOTE: Must provide SF 15, current supporting documentation from VA, DD 214. NOTE: Applicants who are requesting consideration based on veteran's preference must submit proof of eligibility at the time of application. In general, proof is a Standard Form DD-214, Certification of Discharge, or other documentation that provides proof of service
  • NOTE: Reasonable accommodation may be made for qualified applicants or employees with disabilities, except when doing so would pose an undue hardship on BPA.

    *This position is not open to STUDENTS unless you also meet the eligibility requirements listed in the vacancy announcement. You must be available to begin full time employment in June 2017.
Qualifications
​Candidates must be physically and mentally able to efficiently perform the duties of the position. Since most work will be performed outside in all weather conditions and around various types of energized equipment, apprentices must meet some or all of the special conditions for employment outlined below:

Health Hazards
If exposed to health hazards, you must have periodic health examinations as prescribed by competent medical authority at BPA expense. Hazards include working in close proximity to substances such as mercury, acids, solvents or PCBs.

BPA Accident Prevention Manual
Become familiar and follow the safety practices outlined in the BPA Accident Prevention Manual

Residence
Establish a residence in accordance with negotiated requirements that is within one hour or less commuting time under normal weather and road conditions. Be subject for emergency work at any time.

Restricted Electrical Workers' Permit
Obtain a Restricted Electrical Workers' Permit within the first two weeks of your start date and maintain thereafter for the duration of the apprenticeship program.

Commercial Driver's License
This position requires you to obtain within the 1st year after hire and maintain thereafter, a valid Commercial Driver’s License (CDL) with all endorsements required by the state in order to operate substation maintenance and construction equipment from the state of residence.  I am able and willing to obtain a CDL with required endorsements, within one year after hire and maintain thereafter.

U.S. Motor Vehicle Operator Authorization
Applicants must possess at time appointment, and maintain thereafter, a valid U.S. State issued Driver's License in order to drive and operate U.S. government owned and leased vehicles and equipment. (Traffic citations indicating poor driving habits may disqualify applicants).

Equipment Certification
Become certified on aerial lift equipment or other equipment assigned to operate.

First Aid Training
Complete First Aid training and obtain a valid First Aid card and CPR certification within the first month of employment and maintain continuously thereafter.

Application Process
​Please view the vacancy announcement and follow all instructions on how to apply:
Apprenticeship Announcement

If you are scheduled to take the apprentice exam here is a sample:
Apprentice Sample Exam

Job Standard for this position:
Substation Operator
About the Technical Training Center
The Technical Training Center has one of the most highly acclaimed high-voltage electrical apprentice programs in the world. The program consists classroom study, homework, work process hours (on-the-job training), progress reviews, and craft-specific training.