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Grade: 11
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. Your application must describe your work and experience, in your own words. If you fail to provide requested information, or the information submitted is insufficient, you may lose consideration for the position.

* 1.You must have one year of specialized experience at, or equivalent to, the GS-10 grade level as described in the VACANCY ANNOUNCEMENT. Do you meet the experience requirements for this position?
  1. Yes
  2. No


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.The Electronics Technician has direct and frequent contact with institutional staff, the regional and Central Office, manufacturers, contractors, distributors and research organizations. Effective oral and written communication skills are required to effectively provide technical assistance, obtain needed information and stay abreast of new equipment/techniques used in electronics and telecommunication systems. From the choices below, please select the one that best describes your experience.
  1. I have, with supervision, prepared a Statement of Work for projects/tasks assigned; and/or I have, with supervision, evaluated bids and submittals from contractors to ensure compliance with regulations and specifications; and/or I have, with supervision, analyzed information and prepared reports and justifications of bids and specifications.
  2. I have prepared and presented technical reports/correspondence for presentation to non-technical personnel which resulted in improved electronics processes being implemented; and/or I have managed a new project by preparing time schedules, progress reports, and procurement documents; and/or I have prepared technical responses to contractor disputes, or Requests for Information, which justified agency/organizations position and resulted in the resolution of issues encountered.
  3. I have, with supervision, developed and facilitated training courses on a variety of new telecommunication systems being implemented for use; and/or I have, with supervision, coordinated with external personnel to resolve telecommunications issues.
  4. I have prepared a Statement of Work for projects/tasks assigned; and/or I have evaluated bids and submittals from contractors to ensure compliance with regulations and specifications; and/or I have analyzed information and prepared reports and justifications of bids and specifications; and/or I have developed and facilitated a training course on a telecommunications system being implemented for use; and/or I have coordinated with external personnel to resolve critical telecommunication issues.
  5. None of the above.


3.The Electronics Technician must apply their knowledge of the theory and principles of electronics to perform the duties involved in the installation, maintenance, modification, trouble diagnosis, and subsequent repair of a wide variety of sophisticated and complex electronic and electro-mechanical equipment and systems. From the choices below, please select the one that best describes your experience.
  1. I have planned and implemented the installation of complex electronics systems (i.e., PABX telephone systems, Programmable Logic Controller Systems, Trunked Radio Systems, Networked Fire Alarm Systems, Fiber Optic Multiplex Systems); and/or I have taught/instructed an advance level course on electronics theories and principles.
  2. I have assisted in the installation of a limited number of complex electronics systems (i.e., Key telephone systems, Relay Control Logic, Basic Radio Systems, Stand alone Fire Alarm Systems, etc); and/or I have maintained/repaired non-complex electronics systems, such as consumer electronics, home alarms, master antenna systems, CCTV systems, camera systems, etc.
  3. I have completed educational requirements for an associates level or equivalent technical degree (secondary level technical school, military, etc.) in electronics principles and theory; and/or I have completed certification requirements for various systems manufacturers certification.
  4. I have assisted in the planning and implementation of the installation of complex electronics systems (software and hardware) (PABX telephone systems, Programmable Logic Controller Systems, Radio Systems, Fire Alarm Systems); and/or I have supervised lower level employees in completing technical electronics related assignments (e.g., performed routine electronics functions (diagnosed, replaced, changed defective printed circuit PC boards, etc.).
  5. I have performed routine electronics functions (i.e., replaced and/or changed defective printed circuit PC boards, etc.); and/or I have completed a Vocational training course in electronics; and/or I have completed a manufacturer's required training course that did not result in or require certification.
  6. I have completed some formal educational requirements for an associates level or equivalent technical degree (secondary level technical school, military, etc.) in electronics principles and theory; and/or I have completed certification requirements for at least one systems manufacturers certification).
  7. None of the above.


4.The Electronics Technician is considered the institution's technical expert in the areas of electronics and telecommunications systems utilized in a correctional environment. He/she is required to perform trouble diagnosis on equipment covering a broad spectrum of technologies and ranging in complexity from the relatively simple to the highly complex. From the choices below, please select the one that best describes your experience.
  1. I have performed complex trouble diagnostics (software/hardware) and repairs on a variety of sophisticated and complex electronic and electro-mechanical equipment and systems, (PABX Systems) checking with multimeters (voltage levels/drops, resistance, polarity, continuity), OTDRs (breaks, light loss, microbends), and oscilloscopes (digital and analog signal strength, amplitude, polarity, wave forms, multipath, harmonics) and the use of system specific diagnostic equipment.
  2. I have performed complex trouble diagnostics (software/hardware) and repairs on a general variety of electronic and electro-mechanical equipment and systems, (PABX Telephone Systems) checking with multimeters (voltage levels, drops, resistance, polarity, continuity), OTDRs (light loss, breaks, light loss due to microbends), and oscilloscopes (digital and analog signal strength, amplitude, polarity, wave forms, multipath).
  3. I have performed complex trouble diagnostics (software/hardware) and repairs on a variety of sophisticated and complex electronic and electro-mechanical equipment and systems, (redundant networked PLC Systems) checking with multimeters (voltage levels/drops, resistance, polarity, continuity), OTDRs (breaks, light loss, microbends), and oscilloscopes (digital and analog signal strength, amplitude, polarity, wave forms, multipath, harmonics) and the use of system specific diagnostic equipment.
  4. I have performed complex trouble diagnostics (software/hardware) and repairs on a general variety of electronic and electro-mechanical equipment and systems, (stand alone PLC System) checking with multimeters (voltage levels, drops, resistance, polarity, continuity), OTDRs (light loss, breaks, light loss due to microbends), and oscilloscopes (digital and analog signal strength, amplitude, polarity, wave forms, multipath).
  5. I have performed complex trouble diagnostics (software/hardware) and repairs on a variety of sophisticated and complex electronic and electro-mechanical equipment and systems, (Trunked Radio Systems) checking with multimeters (voltage levels/drops, resistance, polarity, continuity), OTDRs (breaks, light loss, microbends), and oscilloscopes (digital and analog signal strength, amplitude, polarity, wave forms, multipath, harmonics) and the use of system specific diagnostic equipment.
  6. I have performed complex trouble diagnostics (software/hardware) and repairs on a wide variety of complex electronic and electro-mechanical equipment and systems, (PABX Telephone System) checking with multimeters (voltage levels, drops, resistance, polarity, continuity), OTDR's (light strength, breaks in fiber optic material, light loss due to microbends, verify connector integrity), and oscilloscopes (digital and analog signal strength, amplitude, polarity, wave forms, multipath).
  7. I have performed complex trouble diagnostics (software/hardware) and repairs on a general variety of electronic and electro-mechanical equipment and systems, (Base Radio Systems) checking with multimeters (voltage levels, drops, resistance, polarity, continuity), OTDRs (light loss, breaks, light loss due to microbends), and oscilloscopes (digital and analog signal strength, amplitude, polarity, wave forms, multipath).
  8. I have performed complex trouble diagnostics (software/hardware) and repairs on a wide variety of complex electronic and electro-mechanical equipment and systems, (non-redundant networked PLC System) checking with multimeters (voltage levels, drops, resistance, polarity, continuity), OTDR's (light strength, breaks in fiber optic material, light loss due to microbends, verify connector integrity), and oscilloscopes (digital and analog signal strength, amplitude, polarity, wave forms, multipath).
  9. I have performed complex trouble diagnostics (software/hardware) and repairs on a variety of sophisticated and complex electronic and electro-mechanical equipment and systems, (networked digital Fire Alarm Systems) checking with multimeters (voltage levels/drops, resistance, polarity, continuity), OTDRs (breaks, light loss, microbends), and oscilloscopes (digital/analog signal strength, amplitude, polarity, wave forms, multipath, harmonics) and the use of system specific diagnostic equipment.
  10. I have performed complex trouble diagnostics (software/hardware) and repairs on a wide variety of complex electronic and electro-mechanical equipment and systems, (Radio Repeater Systems) checking with multimeters (voltage levels, drops, resistance, polarity, continuity), OTDR's (light strength, breaks in fiber optic material, light loss due to microbends, verify connector integrity), and oscilloscopes (digital and analog signal strength, amplitude, polarity, wave forms, multipath).
  11. I have performed complex trouble diagnostics (software/hardware) and repairs on a general variety of electronic and electro-mechanical equipment and systems, (stand alone mechanical Fire Alarm Systems) checking with multimeters (voltage levels, drops, resistance, polarity, continuity), OTDRs (light loss, breaks, light loss due to microbends), and oscilloscopes (digital and analog signal strength, amplitude, polarity, wave forms, multipath).
  12. I have performed complex trouble diagnostics (software/hardware) and repairs on a wide variety of complex electronic/electro-mechanical equipment and systems, (stand alone digital Fire Alarm Systems) checking with multimeters (voltage levels, drops, resistance, polarity, continuity), OTDR's (light strength, breaks in fiber optic material, light loss due to microbends, verify connector integrity), and oscilloscopes (digital and analog signal strength, amplitude, polarity, wave forms, multipath).
  13. None of the above.


5.The Electronics Technician must possess current knowledge of regulations, laws, policies, standards and procedures related to electronics and telecommunications systems. He/she must be able to interpret and locally apply policies to effectively maintain, diagnose and repair electronic and telecommunications systems in a Bureau of Prisons correctional facility. From the choices below, please select the one that best describes your experience.
  1. I have researched and applied National Fire Protection Association (NFPA), National Electric Code (NEC), Uniform Building Codes, etc., to plan and implement the installation of complex electronics systems, such as PABX telephone systems, Programmable Logic Controller (PLC) Systems, Radio Systems, Fire Alarm Systems, etc.
  2. I have assisted in the installation of complex electronics systems (i.e., PABX Phone Systems, PLC Systems, Radio Systems, Fire Alarms, etc.); and/or I have maintained/repaired non-complex electronics systems, such as consumer electronics, home alarms, master antenna systems, CCTV systems, camera systems, fiber optics, etc.); and/or I have attended informal seminars for Code updates and procedures (i.e.,. NEC-70, ETC.)
  3. I have assisted in the planning and implementation of the installation of complex electronics systems (i.e., PABX Telephone Systems, PLC Systems, Radio Systems, Fire Alarms, etc.); and/or I have supervised lower level employees in completing technical electronics related assignments (i.e., diagnosed, replaced, changed defective printed circuit boards, etc.).
  4. I have taught or instructed an advanced level course on electronics theories and principles; and/or I have performed inspections of systems to ensure continued compliance with governing regulations; and/or I have participated in a program review or comparable external audit of electronics and telecommunications systems operations.
  5. I have provided management with technical electronics/telecommunications information; and/or I have participated on an operational review or comparable internal audit covering the electronics and telecommunication systems area.
  6. 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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