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Grade: 09
* 1.GS-9 Choose one answer which best describes your education and/or experience in accordance with requirements for engineering positions at this level.
  1. I have a professional engineering degree in a school of engineering with at least one curriculum accredited by the Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology (ABET) as a professional engineering curriculum.
  2. I have a professional engineering degree which included differential and integral calculus and courses (more advanced than 1st year physics/chemistry) in 5 of the following 7 areas of engineering science or physics: statics, dynamics, strength of materials, fluid mechanics, hydraulics, thermodynamics, electrical fields/circuits, nature and properties of materials, or comparable area of fundamental engineering science/physics such as optics, heat transfer, soil mechanics or electronics.
  3. I have a combination of education and experience equivalent to a bachelor`s degree in engineering, demonstrated by my current registration as a professional engineer by any state, District or Columbia, Guam or Puerto Rico.
  4. I have a combination of education and experience equivalent to a bachelor`s degree in engineering, demonstrated by passing the Engineer-in-training (EIT) exam or required written test for professional registration administered by Boards of Engineering Examiners in any state, District of Columbia, Guam or Puerto Rico.
  5. I have a combination of education and experience equivalent to a bachelor`s degree in engineering, demonstrated by completion of 60 semester hours of courses in physical, math, and engineering science and including engineering courses specified in Choice 2.
  6. I completed a bachelor`s degree in engineering technology or an appropriate professional field, e.g., physics, chemistry, architecture, computer science, math, hydrology or geology, and I have 1 year of professional engineering experience under professional engineering supervision.
  7. I do not meet or exceed the education or experience requirement as described.


* 2.GS-9 In addition to meeting the Basic Requirements, you must have professional experience, graduate education or a combination of professional experience and graduate education. Choose the one response that best describes your additional education or experience.
  1. I have at least one full-time year of specialized experience equivalent in responsibility and scope to the GS-7 level as described in the vacancy announcement under specialized experience.
  2. I have 2 years of progressively higher level graduate education leading to a master’s degree or equivalent graduate degree or I have a master’s degree or equivalent graduate degree in engineering or a related field which provided the knowledge, skills and abilities for the position.
  3. I have a combination of graduate level education beyond the first year of progressive graduate study and appropriate specialized experience that together meet the qualification requirements for this position.
  4. I completed requirements of a 5-year program of study of at least 160 semester hours leading to a bachelor’s degree in engineering and have 1 year of appropriate professional experience which provided the knowledge, skills and abilities for this position.
  5. I do not meet or exceed the education or experience requirement as described.


3.Select the statement below that best describes your verbal presentation experience.
  1. I have no experience speaking in front of groups or giving formal presentations.
  2. I often speak in front of small groups (less than 15).
  3. I often speak in front of large groups (more than 15).
  4. I have given presentations prepared by others to a variety of groups.
  5. I have prepared and presented verbal speeches to a variety of groups.
  6. I have prepared and given verbal presentations to a variety of groups on controversial subjects.


4.Select the response which best describes your written communication skills.
  1. I have written non-technical reports that have been reviewed and evaluated by others.
  2. I have written technical reports that have been reviewed and evaluated by others.
  3. I have written reports based upon research, analysis, or evaluation that documented my findings in a technical area.
  4. I have published technical papers in a professional academic or technical journal related to my field of study.
  5. None of the above.


5.Select the response that best describes your experience with teamwork.
  1. I work independently and have no team experience.
  2. I have worked on team projects assigned as part of coursework or academic studies.
  3. I have worked on teams composed of my peers and have served as a technical expert.
  4. I have worked on multi-disciplinary teams.
  5. I have served as a Project Manager/Team Leader on multi-disciplinary teams.
  6. I have worked on multi-disciplinary teams for a large water project.
  7. I have served as a Project Manager/Team Leader on a multi-disciplinary team for a large water project.


6.Select the software application(s) that you are proficient at using (proficient means you understand and utilize a major part of the system’s functionality/capabilities).
  1. AutoCAD
  2. Excel
  3. Other data management/spreadsheet software such as Lotus, Quattro Pro, Peach Tree, etc.
  4. Microsoft Word
  5. Other word processing software such as WordPerfect, WordPro, etc.
  6. Database software e.g. Microsoft Access
  7. GIS Software
  8. Microsoft Power Point
  9. Microsoft Project Scheduler
  10. Other presentation software such as CorelDraw, Freelance Graphic, etc.
  11. Other applications including Government systems and commercial off-the-shelf systems.
  12. None of the above.


7.Select the responses which describe your work experience related to construction.
  1. I have been an inspector on a construction site
  2. I have performed quality control testing on soil or concrete construction materials
  3. I have worked on a surveying crew
  4. I have quantified materials for payment
  5. I have utilized ACAD to generate quantities for payment
  6. I have been trained in construction safety
  7. I have worked on a drill rig logging soils and/or rock core
  8. I have observed construction as part of my work experience
  9. I have worked in a soils or rock testing laboratory and performed testing
  10. None of the above


8.Select the response that best describes your experience developing, reading, and interpreting engineering drawings and specifications.
  1. I have assisted in the preparation of engineering drawings and specifications in the design of a civil works project.
  2. I have experience utilizing engineering drawings and specification drawings in the inspection or construction of a civil works project.
  3. I have work experience, which has required me to be able to read and interpret specifications and basic engineering drawings.
  4. I am familiar with engineering and construction drawings and specifications used for construction projects in general.
  5. I have not had experience, education, or training performing this task.


9.Select the responses that describe the types of engineering functions that you have performed as a regular part of your job.
  1. Analysis of embankment dam performance.
  2. Analysis of geotechnical problems and possible corrective actions.
  3. Collection of design data.
  4. Development of drawings and specifications for design.
  5. Review of draft design drawings and specifications with written comments.
  6. Participation in Value Engineering Studies.
  7. Consultation on design, construction, and maintenance of embankment dams and their appurtenant structures.
  8. Establishing policies and technical requirements.
  9. None of above.


10.Select the responses below that describe your experience with geotechnical materials testing:
  1. Soils classification
  2. Soils sieve analysis including hydrometer testing
  3. Proctor compaction
  4. Unconsolidated-undrained unconfined triaxial strength
  5. Consolidated undrained triaxial
  6. Atterberg limits
  7. Falling head permeability
  8. Nuclear density field testing
  9. X-ray diffraction
  10. None of the above


11.Select the responses which describe the geotechnical engineering courses that you have successfully completed.
  1. Introduction to Geotechnical Engineering/Soil Mechanics
  2. Soil Mechanics Laboratory
  3. Foundations Engineering
  4. Introduction to Rock Mechanics
  5. Advanced Soil Mechanics/Geotechnical Engineering
  6. Geotechnical Earthquake Engineering
  7. Design of Embankment Dams
  8. Advanced Rock Mechanics
  9. Finite Element Methods
  10. Engineering Geology
  11. Groundwater Engineering/Groundwater and Seepage
  12. Tunneling
  13. Ground Modification Methods
  14. None of the above


12.Select the types of geotechnical engineering related software application(s) that you are experienced with as part of academic studies or job experience.
  1. Slope stability (for example, UTEXAS2/3, STAB, Slope/w, Slide, etc)
  2. Seepage analysis (for example, Modflow, Seep/w, etc)
  3. Finite Element/Finite Difference (for example, LSDYNA, FLAC, Plaxis, etc.)
  4. Rock Mechanics Applications (for example, DIPS, SWEDGE/UNWWEDGE)
  5. Pile Driving Analysis
  6. Retaining Wall Analysis
  7. Earthquake Ground motion Estimation Programs (EZrisk, Shake91, Quake/W, Quad4M, etc.)
  8. None of the above


13.Select the responses that describe the types of geotechnical analyses which you have performed as part of academic studies and/or as part of work experience.
  1. Slope stability
  2. Earth pressure or retaining wall
  3. Seepage
  4. Liquefaction
  5. Deep or shallow structural foundation
  6. Finite element/finite diference
  7. Deformation
  8. Settlement/consolidation analysis
  9. Soil structure interaction
  10. Rock mechanics
  11. Concrete dam foundation analysis
  12. Ground modification (vibro-replacement, grouting, deep dynamic compaction, etc.)
  13. Tunnel design
  14. None of the above


14.Select the responses that describe the types of dam design engineering or geotechnical analyses which you have performed as part of academic studies and/or as part of work experience.
  1. Embankment zoning
  2. Filters and drains
  3. Embankment drains
  4. Geosynthetics
  5. Foundation excavation
  6. Foundation preparation (cleaning, dental concrete, slush grouting, etc.)
  7. Ground modification of foundations
  8. Determining sufficient freeboard
  9. Erosion control
  10. Embankment armoring (i.e., riprap)
  11. Seepage control
  12. Dewatering
  13. Foundation drains
  14. Foundation analysis
  15. None of the above


15.Select the one response that best describes your highest level of experience in the analysis of embankment dams and/or concrete dam foundations.
  1. I am directly responsible for all of the analysis pertinent to every aspect of new and modified embankment dam and/or concrete dam foundation construction.
  2. I am directly responsible for most of the analysis pertinent to most aspects of new and modified dam construction.
  3. I am directly responsible for some dam analysis or design.
  4. I am performing geotechnical engineering in support of others who are directly responsible for a dam analysis or design.
  5. I have performed little or no dam analysis or design.


Grade: 11
1.GS-11 Choose one answer which best describes your education and/or experience in accordance with requirements for engineering positions at this level.
  1. I have a professional engineering degree in a school of engineering with at least one curriculum accredited by the Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology (ABET) as a professional engineering curriculum.
  2. I have a professional engineering degree which included differential and integral calculus and courses (more advanced than 1st year physics/chemistry) in 5 of the following 7 areas of engineering science or physics: statics, dynamics, strength of materials, fluid mechanics, hydraulics, thermodynamics, electrical fields/circuits, nature and properties of materials, or comparable area of fundamental engineering science/physics such as optics, heat transfer, soil mechanics or electronics.
  3. I have a combination of education and experience equivalent to a bachelor`s degree in engineering, demonstrated by my current registration as a professional engineer by any state, District or Columbia, Guam or Puerto Rico.
  4. I have a combination of education and experience equivalent to a bachelor`s degree in engineering, demonstrated by passing the Engineer-in-training (EIT) exam or required written test for professional registration administered by Boards of Engineering Examiners in any state, District of Columbia, Guam or Puerto Rico.
  5. I have a combination of education and experience equivalent to a bachelor`s degree in engineering, demonstrated by completion of 60 semester hours of courses in physical, math, and engineering science and including engineering courses specified in Choice 2.
  6. I completed a bachelor`s degree in engineering technology or an appropriate professional field, e.g., physics, chemistry, architecture, computer science, math, hydrology or geology, and I have 1 year of professional engineering experience under professional engineering supervision.
  7. I do not meet or exceed the education or experience requirement as described.


2.GS-11 In addition to meeting the Basic Requirements, you must have professional experience, graduate education or a combination of professional experience and graduate education. Choose the one response that best describes your additional education or experience.
  1. I have at least one full-time year of specialized experience equivalent in responsibility and scope to the GS-9 level as described in the vacancy announcement under specialized experience.
  2. I have 3 years of progressively higher level graduate education leading to a Ph.D., or I have a Ph.D. or equivalent doctoral degree in engineering or a related field which provided the knowledge, skills and abilities for the position.
  3. I do not meet or exceed the education or experience requirements as described above.


3.Select the statement below that best describes your verbal presentation experience.
  1. I have no experience speaking in front of groups or giving formal presentations.
  2. I often speak in front of small groups (less than 15).
  3. I often speak in front of large groups (more than 15).
  4. I have given presentations prepared by others to a variety of groups.
  5. I have prepared and presented verbal speeches to a variety of groups.
  6. I have prepared and given verbal presentations to a variety of groups on controversial subjects.


4.Select the response which best describes your written communication skills.
  1. I have written non-technical reports that have been reviewed and evaluated by others.
  2. I have written technical reports that have been reviewed and evaluated by others.
  3. I have written reports based upon research, analysis, or evaluation that documented my findings in a technical area.
  4. I have published technical papers in a professional academic or technical journal related to my field of study.
  5. None of the above.


5.Select the response that best describes your experience with teamwork.
  1. I work independently and have no team experience.
  2. I have worked on team projects assigned as part of coursework or academic studies.
  3. I have worked on teams composed of my peers and have served as a technical expert.
  4. I have worked on multi-disciplinary teams.
  5. I have served as a Project Manager/Team Leader on multi-disciplinary teams.
  6. I have worked on multi-disciplinary teams for a large water project.
  7. I have served as a Project Manager/Team Leader on a multi-disciplinary team for a large water project.


6.Select the software application(s) that you are proficient at using (proficient means you understand and utilize a major part of the system’s functionality/capabilities).
  1. AutoCAD
  2. Excel
  3. Other data management/spreadsheet software such as Lotus, Quattro Pro, Peach Tree, etc.
  4. Microsoft Word
  5. Other word processing software such as WordPerfect, WordPro, etc.
  6. Database software e.g. Microsoft Access
  7. GIS Software
  8. Microsoft Power Point
  9. Microsoft Project Scheduler
  10. Other presentation software such as CorelDraw, Freelance Graphic, etc.
  11. Other applications including Government systems and commercial off-the-shelf systems.
  12. None of the above.


7.Select the responses which describe your work experience related to construction.
  1. I have been an inspector on a construction site
  2. I have performed quality control testing on soil or concrete construction materials
  3. I have worked on a surveying crew
  4. I have quantified materials for payment
  5. I have utilized ACAD to generate quantities for payment
  6. I have been trained in construction safety
  7. I have worked on a drill rig logging soils and/or rock core
  8. I have observed construction as part of my work experience
  9. I have worked in a soils or rock testing laboratory and performed testing
  10. None of the above


8.Select the response that best describes your experience developing, reading, and interpreting engineering drawings and specifications.
  1. I have assisted in the preparation of engineering drawings and specifications in the design of a civil works project.
  2. I have experience utilizing engineering drawings and specification drawings in the inspection or construction of a civil works project.
  3. I have work experience, which has required me to be able to read and interpret specifications and basic engineering drawings.
  4. I am familiar with engineering and construction drawings and specifications used for construction projects in general.
  5. I have not had experience, education, or training performing this task.


9.Select the responses that describe the types of engineering functions that you have performed as a regular part of your job.
  1. Analysis of embankment dam performance.
  2. Analysis of geotechnical problems and possible corrective actions.
  3. Collection of design data.
  4. Development of drawings and specifications for design.
  5. Review of draft design drawings and specifications with written comments.
  6. Participation in Value Engineering Studies.
  7. Consultation on design, construction, and maintenance of embankment dams and their appurtenant structures.
  8. Establishing policies and technical requirements.
  9. None of above.


10.Select the responses below that describe your experience with geotechnical materials testing:
  1. Soils classification
  2. Soils sieve analysis including hydrometer testing
  3. Proctor compaction
  4. Unconsolidated-undrained unconfined triaxial strength
  5. Consolidated undrained triaxial
  6. Atterberg limits
  7. Falling head permeability
  8. Nuclear density field testing
  9. X-ray diffraction
  10. None of the above


11.Select the responses which describe the geotechnical engineering courses that you have successfully completed.
  1. Introduction to Geotechnical Engineering/Soil Mechanics
  2. Soil Mechanics Laboratory
  3. Foundations Engineering
  4. Introduction to Rock Mechanics
  5. Advanced Soil Mechanics/Geotechnical Engineering
  6. Geotechnical Earthquake Engineering
  7. Design of Embankment Dams
  8. Advanced Rock Mechanics
  9. Finite Element Methods
  10. Engineering Geology
  11. Groundwater Engineering/Groundwater and Seepage
  12. Tunneling
  13. Ground Modification Methods
  14. None of the above


12.Select the types of geotechnical engineering related software application(s) that you are experienced with as part of academic studies or job experience.
  1. Slope stability (for example, UTEXAS2/3, STAB, Slope/w, Slide, etc)
  2. Seepage analysis (for example, Modflow, Seep/w, etc)
  3. Finite Element/Finite Difference (for example, LSDYNA, FLAC, Plaxis, etc.)
  4. Rock Mechanics Applications (for example, DIPS, SWEDGE/UNWWEDGE)
  5. Pile Driving Analysis
  6. Retaining Wall Analysis
  7. Earthquake Ground motion Estimation Programs (EZrisk, Shake91, Quake/W, Quad4M, etc.)
  8. None of the above


13.Select the responses that describe the types of geotechnical analyses which you have performed as part of academic studies and/or as part of work experience.
  1. Slope stability
  2. Earth pressure or retaining wall
  3. Seepage
  4. Liquefaction
  5. Deep or shallow structural foundation
  6. Finite element/finite diference
  7. Deformation
  8. Settlement/consolidation analysis
  9. Soil structure interaction
  10. Rock mechanics
  11. Concrete dam foundation analysis
  12. Ground modification (vibro-replacement, grouting, deep dynamic compaction, etc.)
  13. Tunnel design
  14. None of the above


14.Select the responses that describe the types of dam design engineering or geotechnical analyses which you have performed as part of academic studies and/or as part of work experience.
  1. Embankment zoning
  2. Filters and drains
  3. Embankment drains
  4. Geosynthetics
  5. Foundation excavation
  6. Foundation preparation (cleaning, dental concrete, slush grouting, etc.)
  7. Ground modification of foundations
  8. Determining sufficient freeboard
  9. Erosion control
  10. Embankment armoring (i.e., riprap)
  11. Seepage control
  12. Dewatering
  13. Foundation drains
  14. Foundation analysis
  15. None of the above


15.Select the one response that best describes your highest level of experience in the analysis of embankment dams and/or concrete dam foundations.
  1. I am directly responsible for all of the analysis pertinent to every aspect of new and modified embankment dam and/or concrete dam foundation construction.
  2. I am directly responsible for most of the analysis pertinent to most aspects of new and modified dam construction.
  3. I am directly responsible for some dam analysis or design.
  4. I am performing geotechnical engineering in support of others who are directly responsible for a dam analysis or design.
  5. I have performed little or no dam analysis or design.


Grade: All Grades
1.Are you a disabled veteran with a 30% or more service-connected disability? You must provide proof of eligibility with your application as instructed in the vacancy announcement.
  1. Yes
  2. No


2.Have you ever permanently held the full performance GS grade level, or higher, as listed in this job vacancy? Do not include dates of temporary promotion(s).
  1. Yes
  2. No


3.Please list the dates that you permanently held the grade. (Example: From 10/01/2001 to 9/30/2003)
Maximum length of 250 characters.


4.Are you applying under one (or more) of the special hiring authorities listed below? You must provide proof of eligibility with your application.
  1. Schedule A
  2. Schedule B
  3. Schedule C
  4. Veterans Recruitment Appointment
  5. 30% or More Disabled Veteran
  6. Returning Peace Corps Member
  7. VISTA Volunteer
  8. Student Career Experience Program
  9. Severely Disabled
  10. Presidential Management Intern Program
  11. Career Intern Program
  12. Other
  13. Not applicable


5.If you selected Schedule A, B, C, or “Other” please describe the specific special hiring authority for which you are claiming eligibility. You must provide proof of eligibility with your application as instructed in the vacancy announcement.
Maximum length of 8000 characters.


6.Have you ever permanently held, as a Federal civilian employee, a per hour salary that is equal to or higher than the per hour salary listed in this vacancy? Do not include dates of temporary promotions(s).
  1. Yes
  2. No


7.Please list the position title, series, per hour salary, the organization, and the dates (mm/yy to mm/yy) you permanently held this position.
Maximum length of 250 characters.


8.Are you eligible for Indian preference? If "yes", be sure to provide Form BIA-4432, or other acceptable documentation, by the closing date of this vacancy.
  1. Yes
  2. No


9.Provide specific information about your response to the previous question (i.e. professor's name and place of employment; college or university name; job/career fair and location held; friend's name; etc.).
Maximum length of 250 characters.


10.Where did you learn about this vacancy?
  1. Asianlife.com
  2. Diversenote.com
  3. NativeAmericanJobs.com
  4. WorkplaceDiversity.com
  5. Department of Veterans Affairs/Vocational Rehabilitation and Employment
  6. Division of Vocational Rehabilitation (DVR)
  7. National Society of Black Engineers (NSBE)
  8. Hispanic Association of Colleges and Universities (HACU)
  9. Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCU)
  10. Tribal Colleges and Universities (TCU)
  11. Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers (SHPE)
  12. Referral from a Professor or Academic Advisor
  13. Referral from a College/University Career Placement Office
  14. Referral from a Professional Organization
  15. Job/Career Fair
  16. Referral from a friend or family member
  17. Reclamation Employee
  18. Reclamation Internet Site
  19. Referral from a State or Local government
  20. Referral from another Federal Agency/employee
  21. OPM USAJOBS Internet Site
  22. Other Internet Site
  23. Other


11.Have you recently been separated from Federal service after serving under a career or career-conditional appointment in the competitive service and are currently CTAP or ICTAP eligible?
  1. Yes
  2. No






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