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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 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 a current certification reflecting completion of a minimum of 8,000 hours of technical instruction as a Machinist as recognized by a state or local industry or provide documented proof of on-the-job training in machining, fabrication and sheet metal work.
Do you meet the selective factor for this position?
  1. Yes, I have minimum of 8,000 hours of technical instruction or on-the-job training in machining, fabrication and sheet metal work and my resume clearly addresses this experience. NOTE: ALL applicants MUST submit a copy of their certification or documented proof of on-the-job training. This documentation MUST be received in the announcing office by the closing date of the vacancy announcement.
  2. No, I do not possess the Selective Factor for this 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.

* 3.Machine Tool Operator 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 supervised small groups of workers; and/or I have estimated time and materials; and/or I have provided training to new workers; and/or I have supervised small groups of inmates in a correctional setting; and/or I have organized work assignments.
  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.
  3. 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 in organizing work assignments and materials; and/or I have interpreted oral and written instructions for workers.
  4. I have supervised an inmate crew in the line of work in a correctional setting; and/or 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.
  5. None of the above.


* 4.Machine Tool Operator Supervisors must be able to work with prisoners in the accomplishment of trades and labor functions in a correctional setting/environment. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. None of the above.


5.Machine Tool Operator Supervisors must have the skill and knowledge needed to operate the tool and die/sheet metal shop and to design and produce hard press tooling. From the choices below, please select the one that best describes your experience.
  1. I have completed an apprenticeship in the machine tool operations; and/or I have developed a well rounded working experience in the machine tool shop; and/or I have experience in estimating costs and man-hours as they relate to bidding new work.
  2. I have worked as a set-up man and CNC operator in a large production shop; and/or I have served as an instructor in a formal training program for machinists; and/or I have provided assistance in solving highly technical layout problems.
  3. I have performed simple operations such as lathe or press brake work; and/or I have graduated from trade school; and/or I have assisted journeyman level machinists in project layout.
  4. None of the above.


6.Machine Tool Operator Supervisors must have the ability to do theoretical, precise and detailed work of the tool and die/sheet-metal fabrication trade. From the choices below, please select the one that best describes your experience.
  1. I graduated from a trade school with blueprint reading, tool & die fabrication, and/or sheet-metal fabrication course work; and/or I have developed basic experience in the set-ups or special machining techniques; and/or with proper supervision, I have accomplished more technical equipment set-ups.
  2. I have served as a journeyman in tool and die and sheet-metal fabrication; and/or I have effectively operated all standard and CNC machine shop equipment; and/or I have performed repairs of shop equipment and machinery.
  3. From manufacturer's or military blueprints, I have set up and operated machines and produced complex parts such as multi station hand press tooling; and/or I have performed troubleshooting including mechanical and electrical repairs of shop machines (lathes, grinders, etc.) to original specifications; and/or I have provided supervision and direction to lower grade machinists.
  4. None of the above.


7.Machine Tool Operator Supervisors must have the ability to analyze and interpret AutoCAD drawings and other drawings of mechanical objects well enough to understand dimensions, shapes, materials, finish, etc. They must supply missing computations and other details not furnished, and redline and correct drawings. From the choices below, please select the one that best describes your experience.
  1. I have performed machine shop work which involved simple drawings; and/or I have estimated costs of simple projects using shop drawings; and/or I have assisted journeyman in completing more technical cost estimating and job layouts.
  2. I have worked in an experimental shop where prototype models are produced; and/or I have utilized AutoCAD drawings for the development of CNC computer program; and/or I have made adjustments to shop drawings using AutoCAD.
  3. I have worked as a machinist or sheet-metal man in a shop producing a wide variety of commercial, industrial or government materials; and/or I have set up and adjusted lathes, punch presses, or other materials for semi-skilled machine or sheet-metal operations; and/or I have developed a working knowledge of AutoCAD.
  4. None of the above.


8.Machine Tool Operator Supervisors must have the ability to perform layout work from AutoCAD drawings, manufacturers specifications, military drawings or preliminary sketches and to operate/set-up machine operations to produce required items. From the choices below, please select the one that best describes your experience.
  1. Under supervision, I have completed simple tasks related to reading and interpreting AutoCAD drawings; and/or I have performed basic sheet-metal/tooling fabrication; and/or I have completed training or course work related to measurement and lay out.
  2. From AutoCAD drawings or material specifications, I have produced metal parts or assemblies such as dies and pouches, multi-station die sets, and prototype sheet-metal items requiring precision machining and/or forming; and/or I have performed transfer and CNC machine operations of detailed tooling drawings and/or design of conceptual tools; and/or I have performed technical review of detailed AutoCAD drawings for the purpose of contract award.
  3. I have interpreted specifications from AutoCAD drawings; and/or I have determined materials needed for a wide range of typical machine shop and sheet-metal jobs; and/or I have laid out work and carried it through completion, making adjustments and corrections without assistance; and/or from sketches and verbal instructions, I have made my own drawings, laid out and produced journeyman level work in sheet-metal or hard tooling form.
  4. None of the above.


9.Machine Tool Operator Supervisor must have the knowledge of and ability to use a variety of hand tools for various degrees of precision and difficulty in tooling and sheet-metal fabrication. From the choices below, please select the one that best describes your experience.
  1. I have used micrometers, dial calipers, depth gauges, CMM and other hand tools to produce metal articles with tolerances between .001 inch and 1/64th inch; and/or I have finished ground, heat treated, deburred ferrous and non-ferrous metal parts; and/or I have extracted broken studs from machine tools and dies.
  2. I have fabricated simple hard tooling, welding fixtures, and sheet-metal parts with detailed supervision; and/or I have performed basic welding repairs using mig or tig welding equipment; and/or I have assisted in the production of various work which required very close tolerances.
  3. I have performed precision work on tools, dies, or sheet-metal items with hand tools; and/or I have performed high precision fabrication or repaired critical metal articles involving skilled use of hand tools; and/or I have manufactured and assembled welding fixtures using build production parts.
  4. None of the above.


10.Machine Tool Operator Supervisors must have knowledge of the properties of the metals used in an advanced tooling design and sheet-metal proto-type shop. From the choices below, please select the one that best describes your experience.
  1. I have designed and fabricated parts which required CNC machining, surface hardness, annealing; and/or I have adjusted heat treatments and hardening processes according to ultimate use of metal parts; and/or I have used hardness testing equipment.
  2. I have worked in a CNC machine shop doing a variety of repair and maintenance on press tooling, using a wide range of ferrous and non-ferrous metals; and/or I have completed technical training in metallurgy; and/or I have assisted in the design and fabrication of parts requiring hardening.
  3. I have developed a familiarity with types of alloys; and/or I have developed a familiarity with fabrication processes of tool and die material selections; and/or I have tested surface hardness of machine tools and dies.
  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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