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Experience and Education Requirements

The following table shows the amounts of education and/or experience required to qualify for Public Utilities Technician positions:




OR Education







1 year


2 years above high school in an accredited college or university


2 years

1 year equivalent to at least GS-4

4 years above high school in an accredited college or university

GS-6 and above


1 year equivalent to at least next lower grade level

Generally, not applicable

Equivalent combinations of education and experience are qualifying for all grade levels and positions for which both education and experience are acceptable. Proficiency requirements are described below.


General Experience: Progressively responsible clerical, office, or other work that indicates ability to acquire the particular knowledge and skills needed to perform the duties of the position to be filled.

Specialized Experience: To be creditable, specialized experience must have been equivalent to at least the next lower grade level. Specialized experience is experience that equipped the applicant with the particular knowledge, skills, and abilities to perform successfully the duties of the position, and that is typically in or related to the work of the position to be filled, such as:

  • knowledge of marketing, statistics, or accounting as it relates to the electric utility industry
  • ability to operate computer systems and use spreadsheet programs
  • ability to research, compile, review, and prepare statistical reports
  • knowledge of negotiation and contracting principles
  • knowledge of spreadsheet and database programs

Education: Successfully completed education above the high school level in any field for which high school graduation or the equivalent is the normal prerequisite is creditable at grades GS-3 through GS-5. This education must have been obtained in an accredited business, secretarial or technical school, junior college, college or university. One year of full-time academic study is defined as 30 semester hours, 45 quarter hours, or the equivalent in a college or university, or at least 20 hours of classroom instruction per week for approximately 36 weeks in a business, secretarial, or technical school.

As a general rule, education is not creditable above GS-5 for most positions covered by this standard; however, graduate education may be credited in those few instances where the graduate education is directly related to the work of the position.

Intensive Short-Term Training: Completion of an intensive, specialized course of study of less than 1 year may meet in full the experience requirements for GS-3. Courses of this type normally require completion of up to 40 hours per week of instruction rather than the usual 20 hours per week, and are usually of at least 3 months duration. Such courses may have been obtained through a variety of programs such as those offered by business or technical schools, and through military training programs. To be creditable, such a course must have been designed specifically as career preparation for the work of the position being filled, and must have provided the applicant with the necessary knowledge, skills, and abilities to do the work.

Proficiency Requirements

Public Utilities Technicians positions with parenthetical titles of (Typing) or (Office Automation)): In addition to meeting experience or education requirements, applicants for these positions must the ability to type 40 words per minute

Examples of Specialized Experience:

To qualify for GS-5: Performing full range of assignments consisting of related steps, processes or methods; responses differ in nature and sequence; requires knowledge of an organization's programs and operations, rules and processes. Exercising initiative in completing recurring assignments; using judgment in selecting appropriate guidelines and procedures from among a number of specific references. Demonstrates some knowledge of contracts, accounting, or power marketing.

To qualify for GS-6: Performing standard and nonstandard assignments related to power marketing, contracts, or accounting, involving different and unrelated processes or methods in varying sequence; work requires extensive knowledge of rules, operations, or business practices. Following accepted practices in resolving nonrecurring problems and meeting deadlines; completed products are evaluated for effectiveness in meeting goals; extensive guidelines in the form of instructions, manuals, and regulations are applied.


To qualify for GS-7: 1) Processing a wide variety of transactions related to power marketing, contracts or accounting, subject to different sets of rules and regulations. Regarded as an expert source of information on processing transactions; completed work is reviewed for conformance with policy and regulatory requirements; numerous and varied guidelines are adapted and applied; 2) Performing a segment of the evaluative work of power marketing, contracts, or accounting; identifying issues or problems and seeking alternative solutions consistent with applicable regulations. Working independently in completing assignments; completed work is reviewed for effectiveness in meeting goals; guidelines such as regulations, evaluation criteria, and precedents have gaps in specificity.


To qualify for GS-8: Performing assignments that require initiative and resourcefulness in planning and/or execution. Independently select, interpret, and apply guidelines in situations where precedents are not fully applicable. Examples may include: gathering and compiling input for ongoing power repayment studies, including building and maintaining historical files and gathering data used for projecting costs for the next 5 years. The data provided by the incumbent is gathered from a variety of sources and is also used in the rate-setting process. Or, the development of details of a study according to established objectives and specifications, recognition of unexpected problems or variations in results, and the preparation of preliminary interpretations or tentative recommendations; developing reports that require general types of computations and compilations, and in addition require detailed scrutiny of the data and the characteristics of the subject-matter area.


To qualify for GS-9: Work consists of broader, more complex assignments which include significant responsibility for selecting from among a greater variety of alternatives based on analyses made by the technician. At the GS-9 level, in assigning work the supervisor outlines requirements, provides information on any related work being performed, and furnishes general instructions as to the scope of objectives, time limitations, priorities, and similar aspects.


To qualify for GS-10: work projects are characterized as involving numerous or unpredictable factors and require the setting up and carrying out of integrated procedures, as well as the adjustment and adaptation of established methods to problems. The supervisor indicates the scope and objectives of the assignments, advises on the more involved unique and critical technical implications, and reviews the work for feasibility and suitability.

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