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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.Factory Foremen must have the ability 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 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.


* 3.Factory Foremen must have the aptitude for 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.


4.Factory Foremen must have the ability to assemble, install and repair components, assemblies and systems of woodworking machine equipment. From the choices below, please select the one that best describes your experience.
  1. I have worked on woodworking machine equipment and sought assistance only when encountering unusual problems; and/or I have experience in repairing and operating woodworking machine equipment; and/or I have used written instructions to assemble woodworking machine equipment.
  2. I have directed lower graded workers in assembly, installation and repair of major items related to woodworking equipment; and/or I have determined the type and extent of repairs required for the entire woodworking machine and the working relationships of its components.
  3. I have satisfactorily performed machine repair duties under supervision; and/or I have assisted other mechanics in machine repair duties; and/or I have acquired woodworking machine repair knowledge through classroom training in a trade school; and/or I have disassembled, cleaned, adjusted, and replaced defective parts in woodworking machines; and/or I have performed routine maintenance related to woodworking machine equipment; and/or I have prepared estimates for routine repairs.
  4. I have assembled and installed woodworking machine equipment; and/or I have diagnosed and overhauled woodworking machines and components; and/or I have experience as an instructor of woodworking machine assembly, installation and repair.
  5. None of the above.


5.Factory Foremen must have the knowledge and ability required to follow wood working practices such as precise measurements and keeping tolerances, conserving materials, applying new developments, and other woodworking practices. From the choices below, please select the one that best describes your experience.
  1. I have trained as worker on production equipment used in the industry; and/or I have experience as a worker in a small cabinet shop with production equipment; and/or I have made recommendations for manufacturing processes.
  2. I have experience in making "one of a kind" furniture pieces for profit and developed a familiarity with the processes and materials used in their production; and/or I have experience with assisting in making "one of a kind" furniture pieces for profit and developed a familiarity with the processes and materials used in their production; and/or I have followed instructions as provided by manufacturing software.
  3. I have experience as a foreman supervising workers in the furniture or Cabinet factory; and/or I have been held responsible for a section of the factories production process; and/or I have experience as a key worker in the furniture/cabinet industry with experience on essential equipment and accountability for its production.
  4. None of the above.


6.Factory Foremen 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 taken the furniture designers drawings and made shop drawings used on the factory floor to manufacture the furniture; and/or I have used engineers blueprints for making furniture and interpreted the materials and equipment needed to manufacture the item which was used to calculate the cost of manufacturing; and/or I have verified sales order instructions and specification met customer demand.
  2. I have experience in solving problems by interpreting drawings and specifications, and determining what errors were made in manufacturing; and/or I have made recommendations for improving manufacturing efficiency or quality that were implemented based on a review of the product drawings; and/or I have verified production orders met manufacturing specifications.
  3. I have set up a variety of shop equipment to make cabinet parts using shop drawings and/or instructions; and/or I have laid out a pattern of holes to be drilled; and/or I have marked parts to be cut using shop drawings.
  4. None of the above.


7.Factory Foremen must have the ability to lay out work and structures from blueprints, using measuring tools common to the woodworking trade. From the choices below, please select the one that best describes your experience.
  1. I have followed blueprints in laying out pre-cut cabinet parts; and/or I have laid out portions of cabinet patterns at the direction of section foreman; and/or I have followed directions and drawings of the crew leader, laid out sections, framework and some finish work.
  2. From complex blueprints, I have figured types of materials and planned layout of furniture parts needed; and/or I have used fine measurements in prescribing length to be cut; and/or I have made drawings from blueprints for others to follow in laying out sections; and/or from ideas of customers, I have developed plans and made drawings; and/or I have conducted all measurements, estimated materials from the measurements and laid out all work, including finish.
  3. I have interpreted specifications from blueprints and drawings; and/or I have determined exact quantities of materials and laid out parts to be machined; and/or from work orders, sketches and instructions, I have laid out all types of finished work for custom cabinets.
  4. None of the above.


8.Factory Foremen must have the knowledge of 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 used all hand and power tools for maintaining inside of shop; and/or I have set up and operated power saw, used standard measuring tools such as calipers, tapes, try square, etc.; and/or I have used heavier woodworking equipment; and/or as a finish woodworking foreman, I have used various common hand and power tools including circular saw, power sander, electric drill and radial saw.
  2. I have used all hand and power tools for making one of a kind furniture; and/or I have set up and operated a power saw and used standard measuring tools; and/or I have assisted in the making of furniture or cabinets as an employee, and used various tools in making cabinets or furniture for sale.
  3. I have instructed apprentices in use of various tools and equipment used in the manufacture of furniture or cabinets; and/or I have set up and operated saws, tenon machines, molders, boring machines, CNC routers and various measurement tools for fine measurement.
  4. As a self-employed woodworker or cabinet maker, I have used all common hand and powered equipment for the trade including planers, jointers, table saws as well as 32mm boring equipment; and/or I have made furniture and cabinetry and finished the items to the customer's specification using spray equipment.
  5. None of the above.


9.Factory Foremen must have the knowledge of the properties, purposes, and uses of the common woodworking materials. From the choices below, please select the one that best describes your experience.
  1. I have developed a knowledge of the materials used in the furniture industry and identified their proper application for their use; and/or I have experience in working with a variety of the common materials used in making furniture and selected the right tools and processes needed to work the material into the desired part; and/or I have identified defects and make adjustments as recommended.
  2. I have specified the quantity and quality of materials used in the manufacture of furniture or cabinets and insured the correct quality of the materials was received by inspecting the materials in accordance to industry standards; and/or I have made recommendations for the substitution of materials to correct ongoing quality problems in furniture or cabinet manufacturing; and/or I have worked with vendors to explain specifications and quality requirements.
  3. I have used Engineers blueprints and interpreted the materials needed to manufacture the furniture cost effectively using company or industry standards; and/or I have experience inspecting materials for adherence to set quality specifications and worked with vendor in resolving any problems; and/or I have followed predefined alternatives and substitutes for materials.
  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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