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Student Trainee (Civil Engineering)

This position is part of the Transmission Services (T) or Power Services (P) Bonneville Power Administration, Department of Energy. As a Student Trainee (Civil Engineering), you will be involved in periods of pertinent formal education and periods of employment in an occupational engineering field as a part of a formal student employment program. The incumbent will participate in the BPA engineering rotation program and complete assignments in at least two functional areas.

To be eligible for the Pathways Internship Program you must be currently enrolled in an accredited college (including 4-year colleges/universities, community colleges, and junior colleges); professional, technical, vocational, and trade school; advanced degree programs; or other qualifying educational institution pursuing a qualifying degree or certificate on at least a half a half-time basis.

Travel Required
25% or less - You may be expected to travel for this position.

As a Student Trainee (Civil Engineering), you will:
  • Perform a variety of tests in accordance with established methods. Adjust and operate test equipment of proven reliability. Apply standardized test procedures. Record instrument readings. Determine whether the test data fall within normal limits. Determine the apparent causes of deviations in the test data resulting from equipment malfunctions, observational errors, and other causes.
  • Analyze and present data in accordance with established methods. Extract data from a variety of prescribed but non-standardized sources. Recognize errors which are readily apparent (e.g., misplaced decimal points and reversal of algebraic sign) but which require a limited knowledge of the subject matter. Process the data according to well-defined methods and designated formulas using elementary algebra and geometry in addition to arithmetic.
  • Assemble, install, and maintain instruments and equipment.
  • Participate with engineers and other professionals in meetings relating to the review of engineering elements of assigned projects.
  • Accompany engineers and other professionals on field inspections of in-process and completed work.


GS-04: To qualify, you must have completed 2 full academic years of post-high school study OR an associate degree. (1 full academic year is equivalent to 30 semester hours or 45 quarter hours.)

You must meet all qualifications and eligibility requirements by the closing date of this announcement.

Your educational goals must include obtaining a professional degree in Civil Engineering.

You must submit a copy of your current transcripts with major being pursued for proof of education and enrollment. If you are not currently enrolled but have been accepted for future enrollment, you must submit a copy of your acceptance letter with your application.

DO NOT email or mail in any of your application documents. Documents will not be accepted outside of the online application system.

NOTE: This Pathways Internship will have a tentative start date in May/June of 2023. If you graduate before October 2023, you will not be eligible for this Pathways Internship Program.

This vacancy has a positive education requirement. In order to be rated as qualified, you must provide copies of your college transcripts. Failure to provide copies of your college transcripts may result in a rating of "Ineligible".