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Grade: 04

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.Laundry Machine Operator 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 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.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  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.


* 3.In a correctional setting, Laundry Machine Operator 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 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.
  2. 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.
  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.Laundry Machine Operator Supervisors must have knowledge of and the ability to use various laundry machinery and equipment. From the choices below, please select the one that best describes your experience.
  1. I have used, at the journeyman level, the following equipment: finishing lathe, embroiderer, 250 lb. washer, 125 lb dryer, presses of various types, folding machine, 5000 rpm extractor, stamping machine, sewing machines of various types, grinder, sander, sole stitcher, sole trimmer, and stitch machine.
  2. I have been a technical advisor to management in the field of laundry operations; and/or I have supervised the operation of large, multi-faceted laundry operations (regular, dry, steam cleaning, etc); and/or I have trained others in the use of complex laundry operating equipment .
  3. I have completed a Senior Apprenticeship under a journeyman supervisor; and/or I have performed duties with washers and dryers, seeking guidance when needed on new or unusual tasks; and/or I have performed work using instructions from manufacturers, journey level employees or foreman instructions.
  4. None of the above.


5.Laundry Machine Operator Supervisors must be knowledgeable of the practices required by the position to ensure laundry plant machinery, area and equipment is kept neat, clean and in order. They must maintain correct and precise logs, records, etc., and meet deadlines. They must be knowledgeable of laundry handling and loading procedures. From the choices below, please select the one that best describes your experience.
  1. I have performed full laundry functions on my own initiative; and/or I have maintained required daily/weekly logs for the workstation; and/or I have ensured safety and cleanliness requirements are maintained for work area.
  2. I have performed general tasks under supervision in a laundry plant; and/or I have utilized established checklists to maintain work area safety and sanitation requirements; and/or I have recorded supplies used in a manual log/tracking system; and/or I have notified higher level workers when additional supplies were needed, or equipment malfunctioned.
  3. I have supervised and managed a laundry plant operation with little or no direct supervision; and/or I have implemented and maintained daily/weekly/monthly logs which tracked laundry operations, manpower requirements, supplies used/required, etc.; and/or I have re-prioritized current operation to meet the needs of a "rush" order or operation.
  4. None of the above.


6.Laundry Machine Operator Supervisors must be knowledgeable of new and up-to-date practices in laundry plant operations and machinery. They must have the ability to accomplish demanding tasks and invent new ways to accomplish tasks that cannot be done by established procedures. From the choices below, please select the one that best describes your experience.
  1. I have accomplished routine cleaning and laundry plant tasks following standard manuals and instructions.
  2. I have diagnosed difficult cleaning assignments and determined proper cleaning methods through my knowledge of trade practices.
  3. I have performed tasks independently and have handled complex cleaning assignments on a routine basis.
  4. None of the above.


7.Laundry Machine Operator Supervisors must have the ability to interpret laundry machine instructions, manufacturers specifications, policy and program statements, etc. From the choices below, please select the one that best describes your experience.
  1. I have accomplished tasks through routine instructions.
  2. I have been a shop foreman of a laundry plant and have interpreted various complex guidelines to accomplish tasks.
  3. I have responded to instructions and directions in a laundry plant, under close supervision.
  4. None of the above.


8.Laundry Machine Operator Supervisors must be knowledgeable of the materials used in the operation of a laundry plant. From the choices below, please select the one that best describes your experience.
  1. I have performed routine tasks associated with laundry plant operations.
  2. I have performed routine tasks associated with laundry plant operations under close supervision.
  3. I have served as a technical expert in matters related to laundry plant operations.
  4. None of the above.


9.Laundry Machine Operator Supervisors must have the ability to operate with dexterity and safety. This includes consideration of speed and quality of laundry operations, coordination of hand, foot, and body movement. It also includes training obtained and actual safety record. From the choices below, please select the one that best describes your experience.
  1. I have performed in a superior manner while working in a laundry facility and have not had any accidents on record for failing to follow safety procedures.
  2. I have performed in a satisfactory manner in a laundry plant or similar operations; and/or I have followed safety procedures.
  3. I have performed routine tasks associated with laundry plant operations under close supervision.
  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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