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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.Utility Systems Repairer 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 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.In a correctional setting, an Utility Systems Repairer Operator Supervisor must demonstrate an 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 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.
  2. 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; and/or 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.
  3. 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.
  4. None of the above.


4.Functioning at the journeyman level of the trade, Utility Systems Repairer Operator Supervisors must supervise inmate crews responsible for the repair and operation of utility systems and equipment. Systems which may include but are not limited to; steam producing boilers, condensate return systems, fire pumps, feedwater systems and sewage filtering and monitoring systems. From the choices below, please select the one that best describes your experience.
  1. I have worked as a journey level stationary engineer, waste water plant operator or as a heating, ventilation and air conditioning mechanic; and/or I have organized work assignments regarding utility systems such as air conditioning, heating, water supply, sewage, and electrical systems; and/or I have documented formal training on these systems.
  2. I have worked as an apprentice in a steam boiler plant, co-generation plant, or as a heating, ventilation and air conditioning mechanic; and/or I have repaired and operate utility systems using own judgment; and/or I have made estimates of labor, costs and materials to complete repairs; and/or I have inspected and reported on routine contract repair work with supervision.
  3. I have performed routine maintenance; and/or I have operated utility systems equipment but needed assistance for jobs that required the application of new knowledge; and/or I have prepared estimates for routine repairs.
  4. None of the above.


5.Utility Systems Repairer Operator Supervisors must have the ability to do the theoretical, precise, and/or artistic work of the trades. From the choices below, please select the one that best describes your experience.
  1. I have monitored utility systems equipment for proper operation; and/or I have prepared simple sketches for repairs; and/or I have performed tasks as assigned.
  2. I have worked from prints, plans, sketches, specifications, and oral instructions; and/or I have prepared tools and fixtures or materials to facilitate work; and/or I have placed new ideas into practice; and/or I have adhered to trade standards; and/or I have experience starting and stopping utility systems equipment according to proper procedures; and/or I have scheduled appropriate maintenance associated with utility systems.
  3. I have planned, laid out, set up, and carried through all phases of complete jobs which are rated as difficult in the trade; and/or I am knowledgeable and have applied new development in trade practices; and/or I have experience in properly sizing pump equipment; and/or I have installed utility systems equipment in compliance with state codes.
  4. None of the above.


6.Utility Systems Repairer Operator Supervisors must have the ability to use the measuring instruments of the trades, heating, ventilation, and air conditioning, plumbing carpentry, concrete, masonry and miscellaneous construction trades. From the choices below, please select the one that best describes your experience.
  1. I have used instruments to make adjustments to the operating parameters to improve operation of steam producing boilers, chillers, domestic water pumps without assistance from others; and/or I am skilled in operating a boiler plant and all related equipment including routine start-up procedures on refrigerator equipment.
  2. I have used instruments; and/or I have solved difficult problems related to the trades; and/or I have used instruments requiring precision to maintain or repair utility equipment.
  3. I have needed assistance with the more complex instruments used in the various trades; and/or I have used basic measuring instruments but need assistance using more complex ones; and/or I have used pumps, valves, regulators, gauges, etc. for a boiler operation.
  4. None of the above.


7.Utility Systems Repairer Operator Supervisors must have the ability to respond to instructions/interpret specifications such as blueprints, manuals, sketches and work orders. From the choices below, please select the one that best describes your experience.
  1. Under supervision, I have used manuals, blueprints, and drawings; and/or I have prepared simple blueprints and rough sketches under close supervision; and/or I have interpreted work orders and completed common repairs.
  2. I have provided training to others on proper procedures on changes in manuals and complex blueprints and drawings; and/or I have experience preparing detailed blueprints; and/or I have determined materials for complicated repairs.
  3. I have read, interpreted, and followed manuals that are used to operate and repair utility systems; and/or I have prepared blueprints and estimates with occasional supervision; and/or I have determined kind and quality of materials to be used in repairs.
  4. None of the above.


8.Utility Systems Repairer Operator Supervisors must have the ability to use and maintain an assortment of tools, instruments, and equipment in the performance of task related to several task in this job. They should be familiar with tools and have the ability to recognize unsafe or abnormal tool usage. From the choices below, please select the one that best describes your experience.
  1. I have independently performed repairs on utility systems, air conditioning systems, boilers and or maintained water treatment plants; and/or I have selected tools/equipment in order to perform preventive maintenance on auxiliary equipment.
  2. I have experience as a trades person in the daily use of common hand and power tools in the performance of maintenance and repair jobs; and/or I have used a variety of tools (choosing the right tool for the job) to complete assignments without supervision; and/or I have referred to manufacture instructions to ensure tools were used properly and safely.
  3. I have used standard tools under close supervision to maintain utility systems; and/or I have operated and/or performed minor repairs on utility systems; and/or I have determined appropriate tools for common repair jobs; and/or I have supervised special work details of inmates utilizing tools.
  4. None of the above.


9.Utility Systems Repairer Operator Supervisors work assignments include corrective and preventive maintenance of boilers, chillers, feed water pumps, cooling towers, well water pumps, auxiliary steam systems emergency generators and repair/replacement of gauges and meters. They are responsible for the ordering and purchasing of all material/equipment needed to perform assigned projects. From the choices below, please select the one that best describes your experience.
  1. When necessary, I have chosen acceptable substitutions for material, etc.; and/or I have chosen and worked with a wide range of materials commonly used in construction; and/or I have assessed and chosen adequate substitutions for materials not readily available.
  2. I have interpreted specifications; and/or I have provided expertise in the materials used in construction, repair, and maintenance work; and/or I have defined specific technical properties of materials needed; and/or I have made substitutions of material as needed without sacrificing quality.
  3. I have needed assistance in choosing certain proper material or making substitutions; and/or I have worked with the more common materials used in construction or maintenance repair; and/or I have chosen common materials and made substitutions.
  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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