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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. 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-8 grade level, or meet the education requirements as described in the VACANCY ANNOUNCEMENT. Do you meet the experience and/or education requirements for this position?
  1. Yes
  2. No


NOTE: If you are using education to qualify, you must provide transcripts to receive consideration. Transcripts 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.

2.Engineering Technicians must be knowledgeable of elements and methods of various construction and utility disciplines, construction drawings, and specification writing. From the choices below, please select the one that best describes your experience.
  1. I have assisted in selecting parts of equipment needed to accomplish tasks; and/or I have, when a problem occurs, recommended alternate methods of known and accepted practices; and/or I have actively participated in programming of future work through conferences with Facilities Manager, General Foreman, Chief of Utilities, Shop Foremen.
  2. I have acted in the absence of the trades supervisor; and/or I have coordinated work for multiple trades at several job sites; and/or I have worked in an industry-related supervisory position where individual is exposed to construction-related work such as, lumber yard supervisor, concrete plant, architectural firm/group office manager.
  3. I have periodically participated in preparation of formulation of shop-drawings; and/or I have, with direction, determined appropriate equipment needed to accomplish renovation/construction tasks; and/or I have determined positive/negative (status) progress of construction renovations.
  4. None of the above.


3.Engineering Technicians must be able to work up sketches and drawings of existing structures, and rough drafts of proposed projects as a basis for production of finished drawings. From the choices below, please select the one that best describes your experience.
  1. I graduated from a trade school; and/or I have worked as an apprentice in a construction field such as an electrical or carpentry apprentice; and/or I have assisted in preparation of construction drawings/sketches.
  2. I have worked with computer drafting and applications; and/or I have, with supervision, produced specifications and simple drawings; and/or I possess basic knowledge of principles of drafting.
  3. I have extracted information from drawings and reconstructed measurements and designs in order to utilize space most effectively; and/or I have prepared detailed computer drafting and applications; and/or I have drafted and presented plans for institution renovation.
  4. None of the above.


4.Engineering Technicians must be proficient in working with computer programs and computerized maintenance software, specifically, Computerized Maintenance Management Software (CMMS), which is a program used facility-wide that handles minor work requests processed through the facility office. They must be able to organize and evaluate a variety of documents for the various construction/renovation projects. From the choices below, please select the one that best describes your experience.
  1. I have collected required data from the computer according to guidelines or procedures to be forwarded for action; and/or I have operated an automated maintenance program, such as Total Maintenance System (TMS); and/or I have developed presentations and graphics using software such as Corel presentations, Access, Quatropro.
  2. I have assisted in drafting specifications and estimates; and/or I have prepared requests for purchase; and/or I have assisted in use of AutoCAD computerized drafting software.
  3. I have keyed data into specific database; and/or I have maintained financial data on a software program; and/or I have entered data onto a spreadsheet using Excel or Lotus; and/or I have used a digital camera for security documentation; and/or I have drafted specifications and estimates; and/or I have used CAD computerized drafting software.
  4. None of the above.


5.Engineering technicians must be able to apply engineering fundamentals and applications. From the choices below, please select the one that best describes your experience.
  1. I have appropriately applied NFP 101 Life Safety as it pertains to building construction; and/or I have utilized project management principles as it relates to engineering and architectural functions; and/or I have documented daily activities on a Daily Construction Log; and/or I have served as a lead tradesman in construction/utility discipline.
  2. I am familiar with NFPA Codes; and/or I have utilized project management principles as it is required by policy; and/or I have demonstrated experience in use of specifications of blueprints and instructions in the construction field; and/or I am familiar with project management principles.
  3. I have performed/supervised residential construction or renovation work as a private general contractor; and/or I have inspected work for compliance with building codes and other applicable regulations; and/or I have assisted in managing/coordinating budgetary requirements; and/or I have completed life safety courses.
  4. None of the above.


6.Engineering Technicians must interact with various consultants, contractors, and officials in addition to co-workers and supervisors. From the choices below, please select the one that best describes your experience.
  1. I have communicated new office procedure/information to co-workers; and/or I have presented basic information during staff meeting or institution recall; and/or I have apprised supervisor of status of project.
  2. I have answered administrative or technical questions from management; and/or I have utilized an established tracking system to assist in completing projects in a timely manner; and/or I have coordinated efforts with internal and external offices to complete assignments; and/or I have assisted in resolving minor complaints impacting work area.
  3. I have observed an inspection of a phase of construction project and communicated results with project team and/or supervisor; and/or I have communicated construction security issues to the supervisor when needed; and/or I have contacted vendors for pricing information; and/or I have placed government purchase card orders via telephone.
  4. None of the above.


7.Engineering Technicians must be able to do cost estimating in order to properly monitor costs incurred during a construction project. From the choices below, please select the one that best describes your experience.
  1. I have compared past projects to current requirements; and/or I have assisted in ordering material and equipment; and/or I have reviewed cost estimates for equipment repair.
  2. I have interpreted drawings/sketches; and/or I have reviewed and estimated costs for single phase of construction project/trade; and/or I have reviewed costs for previous similar project.
  3. I have contacted vendors for detailed pricing information; and/or I have accessed the internet to obtain pricing information; and/or I have researched RS Means for current building construction information.
  4. None of the above.


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.Engineering Technicians must be knowledgeable of elements and methods of various construction and utility disciplines, construction drawings, and specification writing. From the choices below, please select the one that best describes your experience.
  1. I have prepared layouts; and/or I have interpreted regulations as written; and/or I have monitored progress of construction/renovation; and/or I have selected appropriate equipment for work site in order to accomplish construction tasks.
  2. I have periodically participated in preparation of formulation of shop-drawings; and/or I have, with direction, determined appropriate equipment needed to accomplish renovation/construction tasks; and/or I have determined positive/negative (status) progress of construction renovations.
  3. I have established lines of grades of buildings and utility lines; and/or I have assisted others in preparing layouts; and/or I have monitored and reported progress of construction/renovation; and/or I have independently advised institutions/field locations as to the equipment/materials that would be necessary to accomplish tasks.
  4. None of the above.


3.Engineering Technicians must be able to work up sketches and drawings of existing structures, and rough drafts of proposed projects as a basis for production of finished drawings. From the choices below, please select the one that best describes your experience.
  1. I have extracted information from drawings and reconstructed measurements and designs in order to utilize space most effectively; and/or I have prepared detailed computer drafting and applications; and/or I have drafted and presented plans for institution renovation.
  2. I have incorporated changes needed to overcome deficiencies; and/or I have developed new equipment, systems or techniques which were incorporated into the plans; and/or I have researched Building Code, ADA, seismic and other federal, state, and government regulations in relation to building and use condition.
  3. I have researched NFPA Guidelines, Building Code, and other sources of information to determine and evaluate possible deficiencies; and/or I have recommended changes to supervisor to overcome deficiencies; and/or I have recommended existing equipment, systems or techniques which were incorporated into previous plans; and/or I have photographed assigned areas during construction.
  4. None of the above.


4.Engineering Technicians must be proficient in working with computer programs and computerized maintenance software, specifically, Computerized Maintenance Management Software (CMMS), which is a program used facility-wide that handles minor work requests processed through the facility office. They must be able to organize and evaluate a variety of documents for the various construction/renovation projects. From the choices below, please select the one that best describes your experience.
  1. I have edited a report using word processing software; and/or I have instructed others in the use of AutoCAD and other computer programs; and/or I have developed spreadsheets using Excel or Lotus 123; and/or I have produced professional quality draft specifications and estimates.
  2. I have keyed data into specific database; and/or I have distributed reports using GroupWise; and/or I have edited letters or memoranda using word processing software; and/or I have entered data onto a spreadsheet using Excel or Lotus; and/or I have used a digital camera for security documentation; and/or I have drafted specifications and estimates; and/or I have used CAD computerized drafting software.
  3. I am highly proficient in the use of AutoCAD (automated drafting computer program) including use of digitizer, mouse, wand, and plotters; and/or I have utilized complex computer programs and automated maintenance software.
  4. I have, after completion of drawings on AutoCAD, plotted to obtain hard copy; and/or I have formulated construction documents from shop drawings; and/or I have set/used appropriate configuration of plotter to obtain proper/desired results used CAD computerized drafting software; and/or I have utilized Bureau Life Cycle Cost Analyst Software.
  5. I am highly efficient in the organization and evaluation of documents and specifications; and/or I have written specifications and estimates; and/or I have regularly produced (made) construction drawings from shop drawings in the use of Computerized Automated Drawing System (CADS).
  6. None of the above.


5.Engineering Technicians must be able to apply engineering fundamentals and applications. From the choices below, please select the one that best describes your experience.
  1. I have served as lead and coordinated work of other trade foremen; and/or I have led/assisted others in interpretation and application of the 101 Life Safety Codes as it pertains to building construction; and/or I have utilized practical experience in project management as it relates to engineering and architectural fundamentals; and/or I have documented construction/utility issues related to a specific construction phase and kept supervisor notified.
  2. I have appropriately applied NFP 101 Life Safety as it pertains to building construction; and/or I have utilized project management principles as it relates to engineering and architectural functions; and/or I have documented daily activities on a Daily Construction Log; and/or I have served as a lead tradesman in construction/utility discipline.
  3. I have worked in a specialized commercial building or project management; and/or I have taught classes in Life Safety Codes and assisted others in interpretation, etc.,; and/or I have researched seismic, ADA, life safety and other local, state and federal codes in relation to construction conditions; and/or I have managed project relating to engineering and architectural fundamentals; and/or I have interpreted and applied project management fundamentals.
  4. None of the above.


6.Engineering Technicians must interact with various consultants, contractors, and officials in addition to co-workers and supervisors. From the choices below, please select the one that best describes your experience.
  1. I have observed an inspection of a phase of construction project and communicated results with project team and/or supervisor; and/or I have communicated construction security issues to the supervisor when needed; and/or I have contacted vendors for pricing information; and/or I have placed government purchase card orders via telephone.
  2. I have participated in a construction conference; and/or I have participated in the selection process of construction management consultants and design/build construction contractors for a project; and/or I have communicated issues to the supervisor for the weekly Construction Progress Meeting; and/or I have provided options to technical issues involving construction means and methods to the site supervisor; and/or I have communicated to the supervisor any identified construction deficiencies.
  3. I have given a project update during a meeting with local Executive Staff; and/or I have interacted with contractors during an inspection of a project under construction; and/or I have conveyed the results of a design document review to a project manager; and/or I have discussed construction means and methods with the site supervisor.
  4. None of the above.


7.Engineering Technicians must be able to do cost estimating in order to properly monitor costs incurred during a construction project. From the choices below, please select the one that best describes your experience.
  1. I have developed cost estimates for only one phase of the project; and/or I have reviewed the Independent Government Estimate (IGE) related to a modification of a project for one trade; and/or I have consolidated data from previous projects to compare to bid proposals and IGE.
  2. I have determined cost estimates for various types of maintenance required; and/or I have prepared cost estimates and justifications for new projects (over $10,000,000) for submission to the regional office, which were approved; and/or I have determined various types and capacities of equipment required and determined cost of operation and maintenance, material types and quantities, tax and other costs; and/or I have estimated time required to complete each phase of project.
  3. I have contacted vendors for detailed pricing information; and/or I have accessed the internet to obtain pricing information; and/or I have researched RS Means for current building construction information.
  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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