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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.

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.Plumbing 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 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, Plumbing Worker 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.


4.Plumbing Worker Supervisors must have knowledge of the overall repair and installation of complex valves and steam traps; the installation, prefabrication and assembly of pipe systems of various pipe materials and equipment; and the operation of shop machinery and test equipment. From the choices below, please select the one that best describes your experience.
  1. I have assembled and set in place various piping fixtures; and/or I have opened plugged drains by flooding vent pipes, reaming, drilling, etc.; and/or I have repaired malfunctioning commodes, simple valves, etc.
  2. I have installed various kinds of pre-fabricated pipe systems involving clay pipe, copper, cast iron, plastic, etc.; and/or I have used heating torches, solders, fluxes, special glues; and/or I have installed sewer and drainage systems, pipe systems for garden sprinklers and overhead fire sprinklers; and/or I have experience with roughing in for fixtures.
  3. I have designed and assembled drainage systems; and/or I have repaired modulating or power driven valves; and/or I have worked on street sewer and drainage systems for cities; and/or I have been responsible for ensuring installations met the applicable building codes; and/or I have assigned and installed complete residential heating or boiler systems; and/or I possess certification in the installation and inspections of backflow prevention systems.
  4. None of the above.


5.Plumbing Worker Supervisors must have knowledge of functions performed in the shop and in the field under different work situations. They must have knowledge in using alternative methods and/or tricks of the trade and latest developments. From the choices below, please select the one that best describes your experience.
  1. I have supervised a crew working on high rise structures, high pressure lines, large pumps, etc.; and/or I have knowledge of and used latest developments such as unusual piping materials as glass, special plastics, etc.; and/or I have worked on piping systems in connection with nuclear power plants; and/or I have installed and operated backflow prevention systems.
  2. I have completed a formal apprenticeship program; and/or I have experience with roughing in for various types of plumbing fixtures; and/or I have knowledge of various municipal codes and ordinances; and/or I am familiar with the various methods of tunneling underground pipe.
  3. As a helper, I have assisted journeymen who were employing trade skills and methods in unstopping drains in preparation for copper pipe sweating, etc; and/or I have roughed in basic in fixtures; and/or I have assisted in the tunneling of underground pipe.
  4. None of the above.


6.Plumbing Worker Supervisors must 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 worked from blueprints, specifications, work orders, etc.; and/or I have experience as an independent plumber, planner, and/or estimator for residential projects; and/or I have successfully completed a formal apprenticeship program.
  2. I am currently an apprentice or learner pipe fitter; and/or I have performed plumbing finishing work as directed by supervisor; and/or I have completed tasks by interpreting simple manufacturer drawings.
  3. I have planned, estimated and contracted for work on difficult and involved projects such as large restaurants, hospitals, laundries, etc.; and/or I have interpreted and applied complex drawings and blue-prints to plan installation of plumbing works in a large facility; and/or I have guided lower level plumbers in new installation procedures and techniques.
  4. None of the above.


7.Plumbing Worker Supervisors must have the ability to lay out work from blueprints, and utilize tools common to the trade. From the choices below, please select the one that best describes your experience.
  1. I have installed and layed out simple pipe systems; and/or I have installed basic drain systems from job orders, sketches, or verbal instructions; and/or I have sought assistance from foreman in performing new tasks.
  2. I have interpreted specifications from blueprints and drawings; and/or I have determined exact material needs; and/or I have layed out individual work to be completed.
  3. I have experience as an estimator or a planner; and/or I have performed extensive remodeling as an independent contractor or sub-contractor; and/or I have experience in constructing schools, hospitals, etc.
  4. None of the above.


8.Plumbing Worker Supervisors must have 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 have used a hydraulic cast iron pipe cutter, burning torch, tapping machine, tunneling equipment, etc.; and/or I have used pipe wedging and seating tools; and/or I have used various piping materials, such as terra cotta, various types of plastic, wrought iron, cast iron, copper and glass.
  2. I have worked with plastic glues, dissimilar metals, cement, etc.; and/or I have used special tools designed for the use on a particular job; and/or I possess a well grounded knowledge of hand and power tools relevant to the plumbing trade; and/or I have knowledge of and the ability to use power and hand tools as intended.
  3. I have used wrenches, a soldering torch, rodding tools, stocks and dies; and/or I have the ability to use tools to perform common tasks.
  4. None of the above.


9.Plumbing Worker Supervisors must have the ability to independently diagnose problems, determine methods of repair, and recommend alternatives and solutions relative to the plumbing trade. From the choices below, please select the one that best describes your experience.
  1. I have diagnosed and determined remedy for common troubles; and/or I have troubleshooted with instruments common to the trade; and/or I have troubleshooted problems which were easily determined and located.
  2. I am considered an expert troubleshooter; and/or I have been called upon to diagnose trouble and determined remedy when other workers could not find the source of the problem; and/or I have diagnosed trouble and determined remedy in complicated systems where knowledge in other lines of work is required.
  3. I have discovered simple malfunctions when troubleshooting that involved making decisions such as locating and repairing a leaky valve in a water main; and/or I have discovered malfunctions where the source of trouble was betrayed by appearance, sound or response; and/or I have discovered malfunctions by direct observation.
  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. Washington DC Diversity
  27. 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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