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Vacancy Questions Preview

Grade: 10

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.General Maintenance Mechanics must have the ability to lead contractors, 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 the ability to lead other contractors as a regular assignment; and/or I have the ability to organize tools and materials; and/or I have the ability to interpret blueprints, sketches and work orders.
  2. I have the ability to organize assignments for contractors where judgment as to individual abilities is involved; and/or I have the ability to explain manuals and work procedures.
  3. I have the ability to organize work assignments; and/or I have the ability to estimate material and manpower needs; and/or I have the ability to explain work procedures.
  4. None of the above.


3.General Maintenance Mechanics must have the ability to assemble, make, install, test, repair and perform the tasks of the position. From the choices below, please select the one that best describes your experience.
  1. I have the ability to perform any of the common jobs on my own initiative.
  2. I have the ability to provide expert level, technical advice and direction to workers even when difficult or questionable issues are encountered; and/or I have knowledge level, which is equal to that of an instructor in a formal program.
  3. I have the ability to perform simple tasks using own judgment.
  4. None of the above.


4.General Maintenance Mechanics must have the knowledge and ability of the functions performed in the shop and in the field under different work situations; such as precise taking measurements and keeping strict tolerances, conserving materials, applying new developments, and other practices used in construction and maintenance activities. From the choices below, please select the one that best describes your experience.
  1. I have the ability to perform the more difficult duties, including finishing work, adhering to close tolerances, devising new methods when required, using alternative methods when necessitated, and conserving materials.
  2. I have adhered to standard maintenance and construction procedures which indicates resourcefulness or familiarization with methods or practices by inventive of skillful means.
  3. I have followed standard procedures and shop practices in working close tolerances; and/or I have knowledge in the theory of gravity and forced flows in the installation of sewer and drainage systems.
  4. None of the above.


5.General Maintenance Mechanics must have the ability to respond to instructions and specifications, such as blueprints, manuals, sketches and work orders, well enough to understand dimensions, shapes, materials and finishing. From the choices below, please select the one that best describes your experience.
  1. I have experience with plans, estimates and contracts for own work on difficult and involved projects.
  2. I have experience as an independent tradesman, planner and estimator with occasional supervision.
  3. I have experience as an independent tradesman, planner and estimator with occasional supervision.
  4. None of the above.


6.General Maintenance Mechanics must have knowledge of and ability to use a variety of hand and power tools and equipment of several trades, including assembly, installation and maintenance. From the choices below, please select the one that best describes your experience.
  1. I have the ability to use various hand and power tools and equipment needed to perform common tasks of the journey man level.; and/or I have the ability to perform maintenance work on tools and equipment ; and/or I have worked with plastic glues, dissimilar metals, cement, ect.
  2. I have the ability as an expert to select and use all types of hand and power tools and equipment needed to perform complex tasks associated with the building trades under both shop and field conditions.
  3. I have the ability to use hand tools to perform common building tasks.
  4. None of the above.


7.General Maintenance Mechanics must have knowledge of properties, purposes and uses of the various materials used in the general building trades. From the choices below, please select the one that best describes your experience.
  1. I have the expert level ability to select the proper material for particular purposes based on knowledge of their properties and technical specifications; and/or I have the ability to substitute materials when required or necessitated by cost or security restrictions; and/or I have the ability to clearly distinguish between gradations of material according to quality, specific needs, etc.
  2. I have the ability to use common building materials under supervision.
  3. I have the ability to select proper materials according to given specifications; and/or I have the ability to identify defective material.
  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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