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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.

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.

* 2.Maintenance Worker 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 experience in estimating time and material needs; and/or I have experience in training 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 experience in supervising small groups of inmates in a correctional setting; and/or I have experience in organizing work assignments and estimating time and material needs; and/or I have experience in evaluating performance and providing training to new workers.
  5. I have experience as a supervisor of an inmate crew in the line of work, in a correctional setting; and/or I have estimated material, equipment and manpower needs; 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.


* 3.In a correctional setting, a Maintenance Worker Supervisor 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.


4.Maintenance Worker Supervisors must be knowledgeable of and have the ability to follow carpentry practices, such as taking precise measurements and keeping strict tolerances, conserving materials, applying new developments, and other practices used in construction and maintenance activities. From the choices below, please select the one that best describes your experience.
  1. I have worked as an assistant to a self-employed construction or maintenance man; and/or I have performed various types of construction or maintenance tasks as instructed; and/or I have worked as a crew member for a building contractor; and/or I have erected framework, laid sub-flooring and performed other tasks as directed.
  2. While self-employed, I have performed various types of construction and maintenance work such as: constructed garages and sheds, remodeled interiors of homes, converted basements into recreation rooms, etc.; and/or I have converted ideas of homeowners into drawings and specifications, including price estimates.
  3. I have worked as a carpenter, brick-mason, or other construction work for homebuilders; and/or I have performed assigned tasks under the supervision of a foreman; and/or as a sub-contractor, I have performed finish work in homes being constructed; and/or I have independently performed the tasks of the trade involved.
  4. I have performed as sole maintenance person for a small plant; and/or I have repaired or altered various articles and end equipment; and/or I have erected partitions and made alterations to rooms and offices.
  5. None of the above.


5.Maintenance Worker Supervisors must be knowledgeable of and have the ability to respond to instructions and specifications, such as blueprints, manuals, sketches and work orders. From the choices below, please select the one that best describes your experience.
  1. I have followed drawings and blueprints or all types of construction and maintenance tasks; and/or I have used technical manuals for specifications; and/or I have sketched rough drawings; and/or I have followed work orders, sketches and instructions from section foremen to perform all types of construction and maintenance work.
  2. I have followed blueprints and drawings to assemble prepared materials; and/or I have followed sketches and instructions from crew leaders in performing required tasks.
  3. I have used engineer's blueprints for model homes and translated for material requirements; and/or I have produced sketches for crew members for various sections; and/or I have checked work for strict compliance with blueprint specifications.
  4. Whie self employed, I have converted ideas of homeowners into drawings and specifications; and/or I have sketched drawings and estimated materials from specifications.
  5. None of the above.


6.Maintenance Worker Supervisors must have the ability to lay out work and structures from blueprints, and use measuring tools common to the carpentry trade. From the choices below, please select the one that best describes your experience.
  1. I have followed blueprints in laying out pre-ordered materials; and/or I have laid out portions of pre-fabricated buildings at the direction of a section foreman; and/or following directions and drawings of a crew leader, I have laid out sections, framework and some finishing work.
  2. I have interpreted specifications from blueprints and drawings; and/or I have determined the exact needs of material; and/or I have laid out work to be completed; and/or from work orders, sketches and/or instructions, I have laid out all types of finishing work for newly constructed homes.
  3. From complex blueprints, I have figured types of materials needed and planned the layout of entire buildings; and/or I have experience in using fine measurements in prescribing work to be done; and/or I have sketched drawings from blueprints for others to follow in laying out sections; and/or based on ideas from homeowners, I have developed plans, sketched drawings, performed all measurements, estimated materials needed, and laid out work and including finishing work.
  4. None of the above.


7.Maintenance Worker Supervisors must have knowledge of and the ability to use a variety of hand and power tools and equipment, including assembly, installation and maintenance. From the choices below, please select the one that best describes your experience.
  1. I possess a well grounded knowledge of hand and power tools relevant to the general building trade; and/or I have the knowledge of and the ability to use power and hand tools as intended.
  2. I have instructed and provided technical direction in the use of various hand tools and equipment required to perform tasks; and/or I have the ability to determine proper operations when difficult and questionable phases of malfunction are found; and/or while self-employed, I have instructed others in the use of all hand and power tools for the general building trade.
  3. I possess enough knowledge of equipment to use properly on routine tasks and seek assistance for more complex projects; and/or as a crew member, I have used hand tools and have limited experience using basic power tools.
  4. None of the above.


8.Maintenance Worker Supervisors must have knowledge of the properties, purposes and uses of the various materials used in the general building trades. From the choices below, please select the one that best describes your experience.
  1. I have experience in determining the type of materials needed from specifications, based on knowledge of materials; and/or, as a sub-contractor, I have determined the proper material for various types of finishing work performed.
  2. While self-employed, I have determined the type of materials to be used for jobs; and/or I have inspected, accepted and rejected material to guarantee quality and adherence; and/or from specifications, I have ordered and inspected quality of bricks, blocks, lumber, tile, etc.
  3. I have worked with all types of materials used in building housing framework; and/or I have assembled, as instructed, using proper size and type of nails, screws, bolts, etc.; and/or as a crew memeber, I am familiar with various materials used in the finish work of houses.
  4. As a maintenance worker in a plant or factory, I have determined the types of materials needed for alterations; and/or I have estimated and ordered all materials necessary to perform a wide variety of remodeling and alterations.
  5. None of the above.


9.Maintenance Worker Supervisors must have the ability to assemble, make, install, test, repair and perform the tasks of the position. From the choices below, please select the one that best describes your experience.
  1. I have the ability to perform any of the common jobs on my own initiative and apply judgement without advice of more experienced level co-workers.
  2. I have the ability to perform simple tasks using my own judgement; and/or I seek advice and guidance to solve issues/problems encountered.
  3. I have the ability to give expert level, technical advice and direction to workers even when difficult or questionable issues are encountered; and/or I have the knowledge level equal to that of an instructor in a formal program.
  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


Thank you for applying for a position with the Federal Bureau of Prisons. We appreciate you taking the time to complete this survey.





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