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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.Welding 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 been 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 led 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.


* 3.In a correctional setting, Welding 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 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 given 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.Welding Worker Supervisors must have the knowledge and ability required to follow welding practices such as precise measurements and keeping tolerances, conserving materials, applying new developments, and other welding practices. From the choices below, please select the one that best describes your experience.
  1. I have followed standard procedures and shop practices in working to close tolerances and make precise joints; and/or I have worked as a sub-contractor for finishing work in metal fabrication; and/or I have used blueprints and proper tools for the trade.
  2. I have worked as a self-employed welder for all types of welding; and/or I have constructed or fabricated metal buildings, farm equipment, pipeline welding, etc.; and/or I have remodeled interiors of metal buildings.
  3. I have adhered to standard welding practices; and/or I have worked as assistant to a self-employed welder; and/or I have completed welding jobs as instructed; and/or most of the work I completed was inside shops; and/or I have used power tools, sanders, hacksaws, etc.
  4. None of the above.


5.Welding Worker Supervisors must have the ability to use measuring instruments connected with performing welding and other related operations. From the choices below, please select the one that best describes your experience.
  1. I have solved problems too difficult for capable journeyman in the trade; and/or I have expert knowledge in measurements of metallurgy and heat stress; and/or I have the capability to solve difficult problems in the trade.
  2. I have used instruments and followed related practices that are common to the trade; and/or I have used templates in measuring, marking, scribing, and cutting; and/or I have the ability to control the arc, positioning, and feeding of the welding rod, with moderate supervision.
  3. With help, I have used more complex instruments used in the various trades; and/or I have used instruments for routine purposes, but needed assistance with the more complex ones; and/or I have knowledge of one or two related trade processes such as flame cutting when close tolerances did not have to be met.
  4. None of the above.


6.Welding 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 followed blueprints and drawings of metal fabrication to assemble prepared metals and materials; and/or I have performed welding operations on the basis of instructions from the supervisor; and/or I have followed blueprints, sketches, and work orders which were very specific.
  2. I have followed blueprints and drawings for all types of welding tasks; and/or I have used technical manuals for specifications; and/or I have made my own rough drawings.
  3. I have used engineer's blueprints for metal fabrication and translated for material requirements; and/or I have made sketches for crew members for various sections; and/or I have checked work to ensure strict compliance with blueprint specifications.
  4. None of the above.


7.Welding 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 all hand and power tools for maintaining inside of shop; and/or I have set up and operated a power saw; and/or I have used standard measuring tools such as rules, tapes, try square, etc.; and/or I have used power drills on occasion.
  2. I have used power equipment under supervision; and/or I have used a variety of hand tools in metal and welding sections; and/or I have used power saw set up by a crew leader.
  3. I have instructed apprentices in the use of various hand tools used in metal fabrication and finishing of projects; and/or I have set up and operated portable power saws, power sanders, levels, plumb bobs, and fine measurement tools; and/or I have modified details for shielding procedures.
  4. None of the above.


8.Welding Worker Supervisors must be knowledgeable of the metals used in the trade. From the choices below, please select the one that best describes your experience.
  1. I have experience with mild steel, angle, tube, extruded and aluminum sheet steel; and/or I have welded metal parts and structures that vary in size and shape; and/or I have made welds that required complete penetration and fusion of base and filler metals.
  2. I have served as a technical expert for competent employees at a lower level; and/or I have knowledge of characteristics of metals; and/or I have a thorough working knowledge of the metals used in a welding environment; and/or I have the ability to make modifications to the weld.
  3. I am familiar with metal materials and can recognize metals; and/or I have the ability to assure proper spacing, pressures, and heat cycles; and/or I have worked with metals such as mild steel, tubing, aluminum sheet metal, etc., under close supervision.
  4. None of the above.


9.Welding Worker Supervisors must maintain a safe work environment while maintaining an 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 directed others in tasks involving potential safety hazards; and/or I have taught welding safety courses; and/or I have worked on jobs which required a high degree of visual and physical coordination.
  2. I have worked with a number of hazards in the trade without serious accidents during the last two years; and/or I have applied a variety of manual welding processes to make difficult welds; and/or I have completed difficult welds in awkward positions.
  3. I have not had any accidents resulting from poor judgment or negligence; and/or I have worked with common safety hazards in the last two years without any accidents; and/or I have taken a safety course; and/or I have worked in awkward and cramped positions.
  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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