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Energy Management and Marketing Specialist (EMMS), AD-301

Education and Experience Requirements

The following table shows the amounts of education and/or experience required to qualify for positions covered by this standard. To be considered for this position, an individual shall clearly demonstrate via their resume and answers to the application questions that they possess the necessary qualifications.

Grade

Education xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx OR Experience

 

 

General

 

Specialized

 

AD-1

4-year course of study in an accredited college or university leading to a bachelor's degree as described below,

OR

Successful completion, in an accredited college or university, of a technical program consisting of at least 60 semester hours with classes including, but not limited to: power industry concepts, power system mathematics application, ac and dc fundamentals, electrical generation, power system equipment, interconnected system operations, protective relaying, power systems standards requirements, and communication.

3 years, 1 year of which was equivalent to at least GS-4 (see description below)

None

AD-2

1 full year of graduate level education.

None

1 year equivalent to at least AD-1

AD-3

None

None

1 year equivalent to at least AD-2

AD-4

None

None

1 year equivalent to at least AD-3
 

AD-5

None

None

1 year equivalent to at least AD-4
 

AD-6

None

None

1 year equivalent to at least AD-5

Equivalent combinations of education and experience are qualifying for all grade levels for which both education and experience are acceptable.

 

Undergraduate Education: Successful completion in an accredited college or university of a full 4-year course of study in the following fields: accounting, finance, business, hydrology, information technology/computer science, or engineering/engineering technology leading to a bachelor's degree, in an accredited college or university, meets the AD-1 level requirement. Successful completion of a specialized 2-year course of study in power or transmission system operation or technology, meets the AD-1 level requirement. Course work in fields closely related to those specified may be accepted if it clearly provides applicants with the background of knowledge and skills necessary for successful job performance. One year of full-time undergraduate study is defined as 30 semester hours or 45 quarter hours.

OR

Successful completion, in an accredited college or university, of a technical program consisting of at least 60 semester hours with classes including, but not limited to: power industry concepts, power system mathematics application, ac and dc fundamentals, electrical generation, power system equipment, interconnected system operations, protective relaying, power systems standards requirements, and communication.

Graduate Education: Education at the graduate level in an accredited college or university in the amounts shown in the table meets the requirements for positions at AD-1 through AD-2. Such education must demonstrate the knowledge, skills, and abilities necessary to do the work.

One year of full-time graduate education is considered to be the number of credit hours that the school attended has determined to represent 1 year of full-time study. If that information cannot be obtained from the school, 18 semester hours should be considered as satisfying the 1 year of full-time study requirement.

Part-time graduate education is creditable in accordance with its relationship to a year of full-time study at the school attended.

General Experience: General experience is 3 years of progressively responsible experience, 1 year of which was equivalent to at least GS-4, which demonstrates the ability to:

1. Analyze problems to identify significant factors, gather pertinent data, and recognize solutions;
2. Plan and organize work; and
3. Communicate effectively orally and in writing.

Such experience may have been gained in administrative, professional, technical, investigative, or other responsible work. Experience in substantive and relevant secretarial, clerical, or other responsible work may be qualifying as long as it provided evidence of the knowledge, skills, and abilities (KSAs) necessary to perform the duties of the position to be filled. Experience of a general clerical nature (typing, filing, routine procedural processing, maintaining records, or other non-specialized tasks) is not creditable. Trades or crafts experience appropriate to the position to be filled may be creditable for some positions.

Specialized Experience: 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. To be creditable, specialized experience must have been equivalent to at least the next lower level in the normal line of progression for the occupation in the organization. Applicants, who have the 1 year of appropriate specialized experience, as indicated in the table, are not required by this standard to have general experience, education above the high school level, or any additional specialized experience to meet the minimum qualification requirements.

This is the listing of qualifying specialized experience for EMMS positions:

For AD-2. Experience that demonstrates the ability to make basic decisions, perform basic negotiation, and analyze basic problems in a high stress environment. This experience should demonstrate some exposure to electric power system load and resource management and marketing techniques. Examples of qualifying experience include:

• Engineering experience equivalent to a GS-5 level in operations, resource/energy management, electrical engineering, or transmission studies; or
• Energy Management & Marketing Specialist, or Power System Dispatcher experience equivalent to AD-1; or
• Public Utilities Specialist experience equivalent to the GS-5 in one or more of the following area(s): settlements, electronic NERC tag creation or revision, after-the-fact energy accounting, power banking, electric power pre-scheduling, power rates, or electric power contracts or electric power resource planning/optimization; or
• Trainee Power Plant Operator; or
• Public Utilities Technician experience equivalent to at least the GS-5 level in one or more of the following area(s): settlements, electronic NERC tag creation or revision, after-the-fact energy accounting, power banking, power pre-scheduling, power rates, or electric power contracts or electric power resource planning/optimization.
• Information Technology experience equivalent to at least the GS-5 level in modeling or programming systems for energy management, risk analysis, or load forecasting; or
• Experience in a natural gas trading environment equivalent to the GS-5 performing physical trading, transportation & exchange, nominations using electronic bulletin boards, settlements, energy accounting, or gas contract administration; or
• Financial Analyst/Accounting experience equivalent to at least the GS-5 level performing entry-level work such as obtaining, compiling, and summarizing information and data in one or more of the following area(s): settlements, after-the-fact energy accounting, power banking, power rates, electric power contracts or electric power resource planning/optimization.

For AD-3: Experience demonstrates general knowledge of electric power system load and resource management and marketing techniques. It must also demonstrate the ability to make decisions, negotiate, and analyze problems in a high stress environment. It is highly desirable to have at least one year of specialized experience in the Electric Utility Industry within the past 3 years - for some positions, this may be mandatory. Please check the vacancy announcement for more information. Examples of qualifying experience include:
• Engineering experience equivalent to at least a GS-7 level in operations, resource/energy management, electrical engineering, or transmission studies; or
• Power System Dispatcher experience equivalent to AD-2; or
• Public Utilities Specialist experience equivalent to the GS-7 level in one or more of the following area(s): settlements, electronic NERC tag creation or revision, after-the-fact energy accounting, power banking, electric power pre-scheduling, power rates, submittal & adjustment, or electric power contracts or electric power resource planning/optimization; or
• Journeyman Power Plant Operator; or
• Energy Management & Marketing Specialist experience equivalent to the AD-2 AND demonstrated experience in at least one of the following: 1) physical real-time electrical energy trading, 2) marketing in order to balance loads to resources, or 3) day ahead or monthly physical electrical energy trading.

For AD-4: Experience that demonstrates in-depth knowledge of electric power system load and resource management and marketing techniques. It must also demonstrate the ability to make quick decisions, negotiate price and quantity of energy products, and analyze complex problems in a high stress environment. It is highly desirable to have at least one year of specialized experience in the Electric Utility Industry within the past 3 years - for some positions, this may be mandatory. Please check the vacancy announcement for more information. Examples of qualifying experience include:

• Engineering experience equivalent to at least a GS-11 level in operations, resource/energy management, electrical engineering, or transmission studies; or
• Power System Dispatcher experience equivalent to the AD-3. Must include EITHER real-time electrical system operations in a control area/control area member, or independent system operator, or security coordinator environment, with detailed regional transmission knowledge necessary to administer NERC e-tags (similar to Transmission Scheduling and Security dispatcher duties), OR real-time Automatic Generation Control (AGC) in the electric utility industry with direct dispatch of thermo or hydro generation; or
• Public Utilities Specialist experience equivalent to at least the GS-11 in one or more of the following area(s): settlements, electronic NERC tag creation or revision, after-the-fact energy accounting, power banking, electric power pre-scheduling, power rates, submittal & adjustment, or electric power contracts or electric power resource planning/optimization; or
• Energy Management & Marketing Specialist experience equivalent to the AD-3 AND demonstrated experience in at least one of the following: 1) physical real-time electrical energy trading, 2) marketing in order to balance loads to resources, 3) day ahead or monthly physical electrical energy trading.

For AD-5: Experience that demonstrates in-depth knowledge of electric power system load and resource management and marketing techniques. It is highly desirable to have at least one year of specialized experience in the Electric Utility Industry within the past 3 years - for some positions, this may be mandatory. Please check the vacancy announcement for more information. Examples of qualifying experience include:

• Engineering experience equivalent to at least a GS-12 level demonstrating experience in one or more of the following: 1) generation and transmission facilities & operations, OASIS, and Electronic NERC Tags, 2) control area operation responsibilities with an understanding of power procedures, 3) current energy, resource, or load management techniques, or 4) a practical understanding of the electrical concepts, principles, and practices related to the efficient, economical and sound scheduling and marketing of electric power resources; or
• Energy Management & Marketing Specialist experience equivalent to the AD-4 AND demonstrated experience in at least one of the following: 1) physical real-time electrical energy trading, 2) marketing in order to balance loads to resources, or 3) day ahead or monthly physical electrical energy trading; or
• Public Utilities Specialist experience equivalent to at least the GS-12 level in marketing of power, balancing loads and resources, scheduling of generation and interchange energy, and energy accounting reporting relative to power contracts; or
• Power System Dispatcher experience equivalent to the AD-5, AND demonstrated experience with one or more of the following: 1) electric service contracts, 2) load forecasting, 3) power scheduling, 4) obtaining transmission reservations using the OASIS system, 5) creation, submittal, and revision of Electronic NERC tags.

For AD-6: Experience that demonstrates in-depth knowledge of electric power system load and resource management and marketing techniques and supervisory/leadership abilities. It is highly desirable to have at least one year of specialized experience in the Electric Utility Industry within the past 3 years - for some positions, this may be mandatory. Please check the vacancy announcement for more information. Examples of qualifying experience include:

• Engineering experience equivalent to at least a GS-13 level demonstrating experience in one or more of the following: 1) generation and transmission facilities & operations and an understanding of OASIS and Electronic NERC Tags, 2) control area operation responsibilities with an understanding of power procedures, 3) current energy, resource, or load management techniques, or 4) a practical understanding of the electrical concepts, principles, and practices related to the efficient, economical and sound scheduling and marketing of electric power resources; or
• Energy Management & Marketing Specialist experience equivalent to the AD-5 AND demonstrated experience in at least one of the following: 1) physical real-time electrical energy trading, 2) marketing in order to balance loads to resources, 3) day ahead or monthly physical electrical energy trading; or
• Public Utilities Specialist experience equivalent to at least the GS-13 level in marketing of power, balancing loads and resources, scheduling of generation and interchange energy, and energy accounting reporting relative to power contracts; or
• Power System Dispatcher experience equivalent to the AD-6, AND demonstrated experience with one or more of the following: 1) electric service contracts, 2) load forecasting, 3) power scheduling, 4) obtaining transmission reservations using the OASIS system, 5) creation, submittal, and revision of Electronic NERC tags.

Combining Education and Experience: Combinations of successfully completed post-high school education and experience may be used to meet total qualification requirements for the grade levels specified in the table, and may be computed by first determining the applicant's total qualifying experience as a percentage of the experience required for the grade level; then determining the applicant's education as a percentage of the education required for the grade level; and then adding the two percentages. The total percentages must equal at least 100 percent to qualify an applicant for that grade level.

For instance, if you have completed the first 2 years of a bachelor’s degree in a qualifying curriculum, this equals 50% of the education requirement. Combined with 50% of the experience requirement (18 months of general experience), this equals 100% of the total requirement and is therefore qualifying for the AD-1 level.

Likewise, if you have completed the first year of a specialized 2-year curriculum in power or transmission system operation or technology operations, this equals 50% of the education requirement. Combined with 50% of the experience requirement (18 months of specialized experience), this equals 100% of the total requirement and is therefore qualifying for the AD-1 level.

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11/27/07

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