1+ months

Electronic Integrated Systems Mechanic (Protection and Communication)

Western Area Power Administration
Elverta, California
  • Job Code
  • Job Type
  • Job Status
    Full Time


  • Various locations in Arizona, California, and Nevada.


  • $56.37 to $71.68 per hour depending on duty location.
    • Sierra Nevada Region: $68.81 - $71.68 per hour
    • Desert Southwest Region: $56.37 - $58.72 per hour
  • Potential for annual Performance Cash Award or Time-Off Award, and annual Safety Incentive.
  • Overtime is paid at 1.5x - 2x straight pay.


  • The selectee for this position may be eligible for a recruitment or relocation bonus.


Join WAPA's team and "keep the lights on" for millions of Americans. Guided by our Strategic Roadmap, we market and deliver clean, renewable, reliable federal hydroelectric power, which enhances America's energy security and sustains its economic vitality. As part of the Department of Energy, WAPA provides premier power marketing and transmission services across 17,000+ miles of high-voltage transmission lines in 15 states. We operate and maintain the transmission system, providing energy to customers who then serve about 40 million people in the West. Our powerful partnerships help us deliver on our mission amid a dynamic energy landscape. Join us as we power the energy frontier!

WAPA is proud to be ranked as a Best Place to Work in the Federal Government.


Protection and Communication Craftsmen perform the following: Maintain, repair, modify, program, install and commission power system substation protection control, monitoring and metering equipment. Maintain, repair, install, program, and test polyphase revenue metering equipment, including electronic and microprocessor-based kilowatt hour meters, digital demand recorders, and instrument transformers. Maintain, repair, install, program, and test control equipment used in controlling substation equipment.


WAPA offers a competitive base pay and a comprehensive benefits package that includes:

Health and Life Insurance

Dental and Vision Insurance

Long Term Care Insurance

Flexible Spending Accounts 

Thrift Savings Plan (401(k) equivalent with up to 5% matching contributions)

Defined-Benefit Pension

Paid Annual Leave that increases with length of service

  • 13 days per year in the first 3 years of service
  • 20 days per year after 3 years of service
  • 26 days per year after 15 years of service

Creditable service for annual leave accrual for qualifying military service and federal civilian service

13 days of Paid Sick Leave per year

12 weeks of Paid Parental Leave under Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA)

11 Paid Federal Holidays

Tuition Assistance and Student Loan Repayment

Fitness Reimbursement 

Annual Performance-Based Awards Program

Referral Bonus Award Program

Pay and Leave Flexibilities

and so much more!


As required by Executive Order 14043, Federal employees are required to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 regardless of the employee's duty location or work arrangement (e.g., telework, remote work), subject to such exceptions as required by law. If you are selected for this position, you will be required to be vaccinated against COVID-19 prior to onboarding, unless you request a legally required exception from this requirement.


Western Area Power Administration (WAPA) is one of four power marketing administrations within the U.S. Department of Energy whose role is to market and transmit wholesale electricity from multi-use water projects. Our service area encompasses a 15-state region of the central and western U.S. where our more than 17,000 circuit mile transmission system carries electricity from 57 hydropower plants operated by the Bureau of ReclamationU.S. Army Corps of Engineers and the International Boundary and Water Commission. Together, these plants have an installed capacity of 10,504 megawatts. We sell our power to preference customers such as Federal and state agencies, cities and towns, rural electric cooperatives, public utility districts, irrigation districts and Native American tribes. They, in turn, provide retail electric service to millions of consumers in the West.



Posted: 2021-12-01 Expires: 2022-01-30

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