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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.Electrical Equipment 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 estimated time and material needs; and/or I have trained 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 supervised small groups of inmates in a correctional setting; and/or I have organized work assignments and evaluated performance; and/or I have provided 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 crews.
  6. None of the above.


* 3.In a correctional setting, Electrical Equipment 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 with correctional administration, criminology, penology or a related field; 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.Electrical Equipment Worker Supervisors must have the knowledge and ability to set up, lay out, and perform tests on cable harness using theory and instrument knowledge and must be able to train and supervise an inmate crew in making cable harnesses. From the choices below, please select the one that best describes your experience.
  1. I have the ability to work with different types of cable assemblies and harnesses while working as a member of a crew; and/or I have used basic electronic equipment while under the supervision of a higher-rated technician.
  2. I have experience in laying out common cable assembly or harness from start to finish, to include all normal testing; and/or I have worked with regular testing equipment to check out a cable assembly or a piece of test equipment.
  3. I have built from "scratch" an amplifier, power supply, or other equivalent piece of electronic equipment, to include testing for operation when completed; and/or I have experience in designing and assembling a cable harness job from start to finish.
  4. None of the above.


5.Electrical Equipment Worker Supervisors must be able to operate and repair all types of electronic test equipment such as calibration equipment, amp meters, volt meters, resistance meters, continuity meters and oscilloscopes. From the choices below, please select the one that best describes your experience.
  1. I have performed all tasks of a journeyman technician with regard to electronic equipment; and/or I have worked as a technician or equivalent where standard test equipment was used.
  2. I have worked in a factory where I instructed other employees in the fabrication of electrical harnesses or cable assemblies; and/or I have worked in a research lab where difficult types of equipment were used and I instructed others as to proper procedures.
  3. I have experience as a Television repair technician where common measuring instruments were used; and/or I have followed blueprints and drawings in repairing items such as televisions.
  4. I have worked in an electronic factory where I used volt meters, continuity testers, and other test instruments while under supervision; and/or while in the military service, I was assigned to signal corps where I worked with common test instruments.
  5. None of the above.


6.Electrical Equipment Worker Supervisors must be able to apply knowledge of theory and instruments in setting up new production runs, and adjust and operate complex test equipment. From the choices below, please select the one that best describes your experience.
  1. I have inspected components used in making electronic equipment; and/or I have laid out and determined materials needed for a common piece of electronic equipment; and/or I am able to put most new ideas into practice with minimum supervision.
  2. I have worked as a junior engineer or technician where the knowledge of theory and instruments was used in resolving problems and researching new items; and/or I have worked in a test department checking out electronic equipment manufacturing.
  3. I have worked with resistors, wire, television tubes, capacitors, and other basic electronic components; and/or I have worked and become familiar with most basic electronic equipment.
  4. I have worked in an electronic factory which manufactured electronic equipment and was responsible to verify drawings and prints to make sure equipment was accurately produced; and/or I have operated a new piece of test equipment, making adjustments to settings as necessary.
  5. None of the above.


7.Electrical Equipment Worker Supervisors must be able to utilize blueprints, manuals, sketches, wiring diagrams, schematics, and color codes. From the choices below, please select the one that best describes your experience.
  1. I have followed instructions, work-orders, and sketches to perform all necessary operations in making a cable harness; and/or I have followed all types of drawings for electronic equipment, harnesses, and cable assemblies.
  2. I have used blueprints in the manufacture of electronic equipment and harnesses and have translated for material requirements; and/or I have worked as a self-employed radio and television technician where I had to use all types of drawings to make necessary repairs and tests.
  3. I have followed instructions as to how to set up a piece of test equipment for a specific test; and/or I have followed drawings in preparing materials for a job.
  4. None of the above.


8.Electrical Equipment Worker Supervisors must be able to use and maintain such tools as pliers, files, wire pulling and stretching tools, torches and lead working tools, conduit bending tools, etc. From the choices below, please select the one that best describes your experience.
  1. I have used most common tools such as wire cutters, pliers, wrenches, etc., and I have performed preventive maintenance on such tools under close supervision.
  2. I have performed all necessary maintenance work on tools assigned to me; and/or I have used all types of measuring tools to perform tests on electronic equipment
  3. I have used and performed normal preventive maintenance on all common tools to perform the duties of a journeyman technician; and/or I have attended and graduated from a four-year trade high school.
  4. None of the above.


9.Electrical Equipment Worker Supervisors must be able to apply theory and use instruments in solving problems in electrical or electronic equipment. From the choices below, please select the one that best describes your experience.
  1. I have experience in troubleshooting relatively simple circuits; and/or I have experience of diagnosing problems associated with the journeyman level of work.
  2. I have experience in simple troubleshooting at the journeyman level with the help of a supervisor; and/or I have experience in finding simple malfunctions when troubleshooting.
  3. I have experience troubleshooting relatively complex circuits; and/or I have experience diagnosing the problem and determining the remedy in complex electronic circuits.
  4. None of the above.


10.Electrical Equipment Worker Supervisors must be able to interpret and use manuals, military specifications, and manufacturer's specifications in the fabrication and repair of electronic harness and equipment. From the choices below, please select the one that best describes your experience.
  1. I have followed sketches in preparing materials for a specific job, with a supervisor's help; and/or I have followed blueprints in making cable assemblies, with a supervisor's help.
  2. I have used various technical manuals to check specifications; and/or I have made rough drawings with little help from a supervisor.
  3. I have made sketches for different crews, departments or sections and have checked the work for compliance; and/or I have made drawings and estimates for materials from specifications.
  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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