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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.Sewing Machine Repairer 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 led co-workers as a regular assignment; and/or I have organized material, tools and equipment common to the trade; and/or I have assisted organizing work assignments and materials; and/or I have interpreted oral and written instructions for workers.
  2. I have supervised journeyman workers in the line of work; and/or I have estimated material, equipment and manpower needs; and/or I have scheduled workflow and work assignments; and/or I have trained helpers, apprentices or intermediate workers; and/or I have supervised an inmate crew in the line of work in a correctional setting.
  3. I have made work assignments according to individual abilities and scheduled workflow in keeping with security needs; and/or I have provided formal or informal training to members of the crew.
  4. I have supervised small groups of workers; and/or I have estimated time and materials; and/or I have provided training new workers; and/or I have supervised small groups of inmates in a correctional setting; and/or I have organized work assignments.
  5. None of the above.


* 3.In a correctional setting, Sewing Machine Repairer Supervisors must have the aptitude to 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 worked as a foreman or correctional officer supervising an inmate crew on a daily basis in a correctional institution; and/or I have demonstrated ability to stimulate interest of inmates who are reluctant to learn trade work; and/or I have observed the principles and practices of prison security to include safeguarding shop tools and materials that could be used to harm persons or effect escapes and to report attitudes and actions indicative of potential security problems.
  2. I have supervised individuals in a community crime or delinquency prevention program; and/or I have obtained a degree in criminology or other related area; and/or I have worked in a correctional facility; and/or I have performed law enforcement duties related to arrest, detention or incarceration of individuals; and/or I have presented vocational training in a correctional or rehabilitative organization.
  3. I have researched information related to possible careers in corrections or law enforcement; and/or I have completed the interview process for a position in corrections or law enforcement; and/or I have submitted an application to vacancy announcement for a position dealing with inmates at a correctional facility; and/or I have attended a law enforcement career fair; and/or I have completed a college course in corrections, law enforcement, or other related field.
  4. None of the above.


4.Sewing Machine Repairer Supervisors must have the ability to assemble, install and repair components, assemblies and systems of sewing machine equipment. From the choices below, please select the one that best describes your experience.
  1. I have directed lower graded workers in assembly, installation and repair of major items related to sewing machine equipment; and/or I have determined the type and extent of repairs required for the entire sewing machine and the working relationships of its components.
  2. I have worked on sewing machine equipment and sought assistance only when encountering unusual problems; and/or I have experienced in repairing and operating sewing machine equipment; and/or I have used written instructions to assemble sewing machine equipment.
  3. I have satisfactorily performed machine repair duties under supervision; and/or I have assisted other mechanics in machine repair duties; and/or I have acquired sewing machine repair knowledge through classroom training in a trade school; and/or I have disassembled, cleaned, adjusted, and replaced defective parts in sewing machines; and/or I have performed routine maintenance related to sewing machine equipment; and/or I have prepared estimates for routine repairs.
  4. I have assembled and installed sewing machine equipment; and/or I have diagnosed and overhauled sewing machines and components; and/or I have experienced as an instructor of sewing machine assembly, installation and repair.
  5. None of the above.


5.Sewing Machine Repairer Supervisors must have the knowledge and ability to follow sewing machine repair practices such as precise measurements and keeping tolerances, conserving materials, and applying new developments. From the choices below, please select the one that best describes your experience.
  1. I have worked from prints, plans, sketches, specifications, and oral instructions to lay out, set up, and perform common sewing machine repairs; and/or I have prepared tools and fixtures or materials to facilitate work related to sewing machine repair; and/or I have experienced in following proper sewing machine repair procedures; and/or I have scheduled appropriate maintenance associated with sewing machines operating manuals.
  2. I have planned, laid out, set up, and carried out all phases of a difficult or complex sewing machine repair job; and/or I have researched and applied new practices in the sewing machine repair trade; and/or I have performed all types of sewing machine repair work in an industrial setting.
  3. I have followed standard maintenance and repair practices related to sewing machines; and/or I have worked as an assistant to a sewing machine repairman; and/or I have performed routine scheduled maintenance on sewing machines.
  4. I have installed sewing machine equipment in compliance with regulatory codes; and/or I have worked as a sewing machine repairer in a small plant; and/or I have repaired, altered and erected sewing machine equipment, per specifications and drawings.
  5. None of the above.


6.Sewing Machine Repairer 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 for all types of sewing machine operating tasks; and/or I have used technical manuals for specifications; and/or I have made own drawings; and/or I have followed work orders, sketches and instructions from section foreman to perform all types of sewing machine repair work.
  2. I have used engineer's blueprints 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; and/or I have converted ideas into drawings and specifications; and/or I have prepared own drawings and estimated materials from specifications.
  3. I have followed blueprints and drawings to assemble prepared materials; and/or I have followed instructions from the crew leader in performing required tasks; and/or I have followed basic sketches to perform tasks.
  4. None of the above.


7.Sewing Machine Repairer Supervisors must have the knowledge and 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 standard tools under close supervision to maintain and repair sewing machines; and/or I have worked only as a helper or with direct supervision on a limited range of equipment; and/or I have used basic tools of the sewing machine repair trade; and/or I have completed a trade school or correspondence course related to the use of tools and equipment.
  2. I have served as an instructor in the use of tools, instruments, and related equipment necessary to maintain and operate sewing machines; and/or I have instructed operators or other journeyman level workers in some phases of the operation, repair and maintenance of sewing machines.
  3. I have used standard tools to maintain, operate, and repair sewing machines; and/or I have used common tools and equipment to troubleshot common reoccurring sewing machine conditions; and/or I have performed major sewing machine repairs with occasional assistance.
  4. I have performed diagnostic tests on various sewing machine equipment; and/or I have experienced in using tools and equipment to perform troubleshooting of sewing machine equipment; and/or I have served as a consultant for sewing machine equipment repair.
  5. None of the above.


8.Sewing Machine Repairer Supervisors must have knowledge of properties, purpose and use of the sewing machine repair trades materials. From the choices below, please select the one that best describes your experience.
  1. Under supervision, I have worked with all types of materials and parts used in sewing machine maintenance and repair; and/or, as instructed, I have assembled sewing machine using proper size and types of equipment; and/or, as a crew member, I have became familiar with various materials and parts used in sewing machine repairs.
  2. While employed as a sewing machine repairman, I have determined the types of materials to be used for different sewing machine repair jobs; and/or I have inspected material to guarantee quality of a sewing machine repair; and/or I have used specifications, ordered and inspected quality of materials used in a sewing machine repair; and/or I have identified and selected proper equipment and oils for sewing machines.
  3. I have determined type of materials from specifications for a sewing machine repair; and/or I have rejected inferior sewing machine parts; and/or I have identified appropriate replacement parts needed in a sewing machine repair.
  4. As a sewing machine repairman in a plant, I have been required to determine types of materials needed for a repair; and/or I have independently estimated and ordered all materials necessary to perform a wide variety of sewing machine repairs or assembly jobs.
  5. None of the above.


9.Sewing Machine Reparier Supervisors must have the ability to locate system troubles, to determine method of repair, and to use test instruments and methods. From the choices below, please select the one that best describes your experience.
  1. As a journeyman, I have independently performed a variety of repair work on sewing machines; and/or I have conducted sewing machine troubleshooting and recommended methods to resolve problems encountered; and/or I have repaired industrial sewing machines.
  2. I have independently corrected simple sewing machine failures; and/or I have performed troubleshooting and repairing of commercial sewing machines; and/or I have assisted a journeyman in conducting troubleshooting on a sewing machine.
  3. I have served as troubleshooter for a complex sewing machine repair; and/or I have used computer program to diagnose complex sewing machine repairs; and/or I have implemented cost effective schedule to maintain complex sewing machine repairs.
  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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