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Vacancy Questions Preview

Grade: 09

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.

* 2.Applicants applying for this position, MUST also possess the following Selective Factor. In the event you do not possess the Selective Factor, you will be found ineligible for the position.

Selective Factor:
  • Applicants must possess an EPA approved refrigerant recovery certification for Ozone Depleting Substances (ODS Class I and Class II).
Do you meet the selective factor for this position?
  1. Yes, I have an EPA approved refrigerant recovery certification for Ozone Depleting Substances (ODS Class I and Class II).
  2. No, I do not possess the Selective Factor for this position.


NOTE: ALL applicants MUST submit a copy of their certification. This documentation MUST be received in the announcing office by the closing date of the vacancy announcement.

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.

* 3.HVAC Foreman 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; and/or I have experience in supervising small groups of inmates in a correctional setting; and/or I have experience in organizing work assignments; and/or I have experience in evaluating performance and providing training to 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 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.
  4. I have experience as a supervisor of an inmate crew in the line of work, in a correctional setting; and/or; I have been responsible for estimating material, equipment and manpower needs; 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.
  5. None of the above.


* 4.In a correctional setting, HVAC Foreman 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 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.
  3. 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.
  4. I have demonstrated the ability to observe the principles and practices of prison security (i.e. to safeguard 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).
  5. None of the above.


5.HVAC Foreman must have the ability to assemble, install and repair components, assemblies and systems of heating, refrigeration and air conditioning systems. From the choices below, please select the one that best describes your experience.
  1. I have been considered an expert level tradesman with the ability to assemble and install HVAC equipment; and/or I have diagnosed and overhauled air-conditioners and all components; and/or I have the knowledge and ability to teach the HVAC trade; and/or I am knowledgeable and experienced in computerized energy management systems; and/or I have sized and specified a variety of HVAC systems for cooling and heating capacity; and/or I possess national HVAC certification.
  2. I have the ability to work on air-conditioning or refrigeration equipment seeking assistance only when encountering unusual problems; and/or I have been nationally certified for the removal/storage/reporting of refrigerants.
  3. I have assisted other mechanics in working on air-conditioning or refrigeration equipment; and/or I have acquired the knowledge to work on air-conditioning or refrigeration equipment through classroom training in trades school AND I have the ability, on my own initiative, to disassemble, clean, adjust and replace defective parts in motors, pumps and other elements of the system.
  4. None of the above.


6.HVAC Foreman must have knowledge of and the ability to follow refrigeration and air-conditioning 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 as an assistant to a self-employed refrigeration or air-conditioning individual; and/or I have performed all kinds of refrigeration or air-conditioning jobs as instructed.
  2. While employed, I have performed all types of refrigeration and air-conditioning work; and/or I have converted ideas of builders into drawings and specifications; and/or I have been the sole refrigeration or air-conditioning person in a small plant; and/or I have repaired, altered and erected equipment, per specifications and drawings.
  3. I have worked as a refrigeration or air-conditioning person for buildings; and/or as a crew member, I have performed assigned tasks under the supervision of the section foreman; and/or I have been a sub-contractor for refrigeration or air-conditioning work in new construction; and/or I have independently performed the tasks of the trade involved.
  4. None of the above.


7.HVAC Foreman 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 refrigeration and air-conditioning tasks; and/or I have used technical manuals for specifications; and/or I have made my own drawings; and/or I have followed work orders, sketches and instructions from the section foreman to perform all types of refrigeration and air-conditioning 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 while employed, I have converted ideas into drawings and specifications; and/or I have prepared my 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.


8.HVAC Foreman 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 instructed operators or other journeyman level workers in some phases of the operation, repair and maintenance; and/or I have performed diagnostic tests on various energy management systems; and/or I am knowledgeable and experienced in the use of Program Logic Controllers.
  2. I have had shift responsibility, with assistance available for unusual conditions; and/or I have independently performed major repairs with only occasional assistance; and/or I have adjusted energy management systems.
  3. 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 trade (gages, charging hoses, etc.); and/or I have completed trade school or a correspondence course, but lack actual work experience.
  4. I have used and maintained refrigerate recycling equipment and refrigerate reclaim equipment; and/or I have experience in troubleshooting or as a consultant for refrigeration or air-conditioning equipment.
  5. None of the above.


9.HVAC Foreman must have knowledge of the properties, purpose and use of the refrigeration and air-conditioning trades materials. From the choices below, please select the one that best describes your experience.
  1. While employed as a refrigerator or air-conditioning person, I have determined the types of materials to be used for different jobs; and/or I have inspected material to guarantee quality; and/or from specifications, I have ordered and inspected the quality of materials used; and/or I have identified and selected proper equipment and oils for the systems I was working on.
  2. For each job, I have determined the type of materials from specifications and knowledge of the materials; and/or I have rejected inferior parts; and/or I have identified appropriate replacement parts; and/or as a sub-contractor, I have been required to determine the proper material for various types of work performed.
  3. As a refrigeration or air-conditioning worker in a plant, I was required to determine the types of materials needed; and/or I have independently estimated and ordered all materials necessary to perform a wide variety of refrigeration or air-conditioning jobs.
  4. I have worked with all types of materials used in refrigeration and air-conditioning; and/or I have assembled, as instructed, using proper size and types of equipment involved; and/or as a crew member, I have become familiar with various materials used in refrigeration and air-conditioning work.
  5. None of the above.


10.HVAC Foreman must be able to locate system troubles, to determine the method of repair, and to use test instruments and methods. From the choices below, please select the one that best describes your experience.
  1. I have been able to correct simple system failures independently; and/or I have been capable of troubleshooting and repairing residential systems.
  2. I have worked as a journeyman in a variety of repair work on refrigeration or air-conditioning equipment with independent responsibility; and/or I have been able to troubleshoot and recommend methods of resolving problems encountered; and/or I have repaired average sized systems, such as a walk in cooler.
  3. I have served as troubleshooter for a complex utilities plant; and/or I have used a computer program (laptop) to diagnose complex repairs needed on large commercial chillers; and/or I have implemented cost effective schedules to maintain/calibrate complex heating and cooling systems.
  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


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