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Vacancy Questions Preview

Grade: 08

Carefully read each question and all possible answers before selecting a response. Some questions will be used to screen out ineligible applicants. Applicant errors in responses will not be corrected. You are responsible for the accuracy of your application.



* 1.You must have experience of sufficient scope and quality to do the work of the position. Your application must show that you have sufficient training and experience to perform the duties of the position as described in the VACANCY ANNOUNCEMENT. Do you meet the requirements for this position?
  1. Yes
  2. No


NOTE: Your resume must clearly document in detail how you possess the qualifications to successfully perform the duties of this position at the journeyman level. Failure to specifically identify skills equivalent to a journeyman may result in your being found ineligible. This information along with your responses to the assessment questions will be used to determine your qualifications for the position.

* 2.Applicants applying for this position, MUST also possess the following Selective Factor. In the event you do not possess the Selective Factor, you will be found ineligible for the position.

Selective Factor:

  • Applicants must have an Illinois Class A Water Operators Certification or the equivalent certification from another state which has reciprocity with Illinois.
Do you meet the selective factor for this position?
  1. Yes, I meet the Selective Factor requirement for this position.

    NOTE: All applicants must clearly address this experience in their resume to be found qualified and provide a copy of their certification.
  2. No, I do not possess the Selective Factor for this position.


ASSESSMENT QUESTIONS

LISTED BELOW ARE GROUPED STATEMENTS RELATING TO THE ASSESSMENTS/COMPETENCIES NECESSARY FOR THE POSITION. Read each question carefully and select the answer choice that best describes your experience.

* 3.Water Treatment Plant Supervisors must be able to lead other workers or supervise subordinates, to deal objectively and harmoniously with others, and to render sound decisions. From the choices below, please select the one that best describes your experience.
  1. I have experience as a foreman supervising small groups of workers; and/or I have estimated time and material needs; and/or I have trained new workers.
  2. I have experience in leading workers as a regular assignment; and/or I have the ability to organize material, tools and equipment common to the trade; and/or I have assisted with the training of new workers; and/or I have supervised inmates in a correctional setting; and/or I have assisted in organizing work assignments and materials; and/or I have interpreted oral and written instructions for workers.
  3. I have experience as a foreman supervising journeyman workers in the line of work; and/or I have been responsible for estimating material, equipment and manpower needs; and/or I have scheduled workflow or work assignments; and/or I have trained helpers, apprentices or intermediate workers.
  4. I have supervised small groups of inmates in a correctional setting; and/or I have organized work assignments and estimated time and material needs; and/or I have evaluated performance and provided training to new workers.
  5. I have supervised an inmate crew in the line of work, in a correctional setting; and/or I have made work assignments according to individual abilities; and/or I have scheduled workflow in compliance with security needs; and/or I have provided formal and informal training to members of the crew.
  6. None of the above.


* 4.In a correctional setting, Water Treatment Plant Supervisors must demonstrate an aptitude for work with prisoners in the accomplishment of trades and labor functions. From the choices below, please select the one that best describes your experience.
  1. I have experience in community crime or delinquency prevention programs; and/or I have done recreation work in a police boys club; and/or I have experience in giving vocational training in a correctional or rehabilitative organization; and/or I have a strong interest in corrections as evidenced by training or education in correctional work, criminology, sociology, penology, and/or law.
  2. I am willing to work with prisoners in confined areas; and/or I have the capacity for using good judgment such as determining the necessary action in unusual circumstances that might arise in a correctional institution.
  3. I have experience as a foreman or correctional officer supervising an inmate crew on a daily basis in a correctional institution; and/or I have demonstrated the ability to stimulate the interest of inmates who are reluctant to learn trade work; and/or I have demonstrated the ability to observe the principles and practices of prison security (i.e. safeguard shop tools and materials and report attitudes and actions indicative of potential security problems).
  4. None of the above.


5.Water Treatment Plant Supervisors must have the ability to assemble, install, and repair components, assemblies, and systems of a water treatment plant. From the choices below, please select the one that best describes your experience.
  1. I have completed a trade school program in water treatment procedures; and/or I have dissembled, cleaned, adjusted, and replaced defective parts in motors, pumps, and other elements on my own; and/or I have performed routine maintenance; and/or I have painted water pumping equipment and pipes; and/or I have assisted higher graded operators in performing operational repairs.
  2. I have performed chemical and other tests related to the operation of the Water Treatment Plant; and/or I have worked on a wide range of water treatment related equipment with assistance on only a few types of equipment of when encountering unusual problems; and/or I have adjusted packing glands and repacked valves.
  3. I have instructed subordinates how to repair meters, pumps, and gauges in a filtration plant; and/or I have detailed knowledge of an entire system and the working relationships of its components in order to make repairs; and/or I have assembled and installed pumps and other major items; and/or I have diagnosed and overhauled valves, pumps, conveyors, and other equipment related to water treatment plant operations.
  4. None of the above.


6.Water Treatment Plant Supervisors must have the ability to operate such equipment as pumps, conveyors, feeders, meters, and other equipment related to water treatment operations. From the choices below, please select the one that best describes your experience.
  1. I have experience in most phases of water treatment operations; and/or I have performed non filtration processes to change taste, odor, or chemical content; and/or I have added silicates and chemical agents, such as chlorine and fluoride, into the water; and/or I have made checks on more complicated equipment such as chemical feeders, auxiliary generators, etc.
  2. I have worked in an extensive water treatment operation such as a large city, municipality, or industrial plant; and/or I have extensive practical experience in all phases of water treatment operations; and/or I have operated settling tanks, filter beds, hydrochlorinators, or similar types of equipment.
  3. I have monitored pumping equipment and gauges according to prescribed schedules; and/or I have performed routine operator maintenance; and/or I have added chemicals to soften water.
  4. None of the above.


7.Water Treatment Plant Supervisors must be knowledgeable of new and up-to-date practices in the water treatment field, and have the ability to use trade theory in doing more demanding or precise tasks or in designing new ways to do tasks that cannot be done by equipment at hand or readily available. From the choices below, please select the one that best describes your experience.
  1. I have diagnosed complex repair and maintenance problems which couldn't be solved by lower graded workers; and/or I have worked from diagrams and schematics; and/or I have worked as a shift engineer in a city water system.
  2. I have diagnosed installation and repair problems; and/or I have performed jobs common to a water treatment system; and/or I have maintained quality of potable water by the adjustment of chemical treatment.
  3. I have made adjustments to valves and pumps to control and aerate water flow; and/or I have regulated proper amount of water through filtration systems; and/or I have recorded readings and consolidated data into reports.
  4. None of the above.


8.Water Treatment Plant Supervisors must have the ability to use measuring instruments connected with performing chemical and other tests relating to water treatment operations. From the choices below, please select the one that best describes your experience.
  1. I have collected water samples; and/or I have conducted and recorded basic water sampling tests such as fluoride or chloride content; and/or I have used basic equipment such as color wheels and pH level detection kits and meters.
  2. I have used ethylometers and pH meters to take measurements; and/or I have recorded water treatments according to established methods and regulations; and/or I have performed tests on water supply to ensure conformance with all EPA standards for a potable water supply.
  3. I have measured and introduced chemicals and compounds into the water system; and/or I have performed microbiological tests such as inoculations and incubation of outgoing water samples to verify the elimination of treated microorganisms; and/or I have performed water treatment tests and measurements that required a working knowledge of various microbiological organisms.
  4. None of the above.


9.Water Treatment Plant Supervisors must have the ability to respond to instructions and specifications such as manuals, sketches, and work orders. From the choices below, please select the one that best describes your experience.
  1. I have conducted tests and measurements within prescribed State and Federal standards; and/or I have worked under general instruction from supervisor; and/or I have added chemical agents and compounds to maintain water quality in accordance with established methods and procedures.
  2. I have checked equipment operations; and/or I have maintained proper water levels in storage tanks; and/or I have performed basic tests and measurements in accordance with instructions in printed procedural pamphlets.
  3. I have been responsible for tests and measurements in accordance with formulas established by State and Federal agencies; and/or I have instructed new employees how to read gauges, meters, and recording and control devices; and/or I have expert knowledge on the individual and combined effects of chemicals and compounds such as lime, ash, fluorides, and polyphosphates used in filtration procedures.
  4. None of the above.


10.Water Treatment Plant Supervisors must maintain a safe work environment as well as appropriate speed and quality of work levels, safety training, etc. From the choices below, please select the one that best describes your experience.
  1. I have ensured in-line water pressure didn't exceed safety limits at terminal points in the systems; and/or I have used moderate physical effort to turn valves and controls; and/or I have worked outside for short periods of time subject to adverse weather conditions.
  2. I have worked as an alternate safety manager in a water treatment plant; and/or I have used proper safety equipment when working around hazardous chemicals; and/or I have lifted and carried heavy equipment.
  3. I have taught proper procedures to new employees on the use of chemicals during the water treatment process; and/or I have taught safety procedures to subordinates; and/or I have performed maintenance on valves and pumps in confined areas of the plant.
  4. None of the above.


Grade: All Grades
1.How did you hear about this employment opportunity with the Bureau of Prisons (BOP)?
  1. Private information service
  2. Magazine
  3. Newspaper
  4. Radio
  5. Television
  6. Poster/Flyer
  7. Private employment office
  8. State Employment/Unemployment Office or Career Service Center
  9. State or local Job Information Center
  10. BOP Employee Services Department (bulletin board or other form announcement)
  11. School or college counselor or other official
  12. Agency or other Federal government recruitment at school or college
  13. Recruitment event (other than school or college)
  14. Friend or relative working for the BOP
  15. Friend or relative not working for the BOP
  16. Religious organization
  17. USAJOBS, the official job site of the US Federal Government
  18. BOP Website
  19. Internet job site
  20. Contacted the BOP on my own
  21. Military publication
  22. Military Separation Center
  23. Professional Organization
  24. Federal Job Publication (i.e., Federal Jobs Digest, etc)
  25. Discover Corrections
  26. Other


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