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Grade: 07
* 1.GS-7 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-7 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-5 level as described in the vacancy announcement under specialized experience.
  2. I have 1 year of graduate-level education in engineering or a related field which provided the knowledge, skills, and abilities for this position.
  3. I have a combination of graduate level education in engineering or a related field and appropriate specialized experience that together meet the qualifying requirements for this position.
  4. Superior Academic Achievement- I meet 1 of the following: Upper 1/3 of graduating class based on completed courses; 3.0 or higher out of a possible 4.0 based on 4 years of education, or based on final 2 years of curriculum; 3.5 out of a possible 4.0 based on average of required major courses or required major courses in final 2 years of curriculum; Member national scholastic honor society which meets requirements of Assoc. of College Honor Societies.
  5. I completed a 5-year program of study of at least 160 semester hours leading to a bachelor’s degree in engineering.
  6. I do not meet or exceed the education or experience requirement as described.


* 3.Select the one response that best describes your experience in preparing designs and design data packages for use by other engineers, planners, contracting personnel, or craft personnel; including technical specifications, scheduling, project cost projections, economic analysis, and budget planning in order to design, issue contracts, maintain, or repair electrical systems and equipment.
  1. I am highly skilled at performing these functions. I have performed them routinely and have carried them out successfully.
  2. I have performed these functions independently as a regular part of jobs that I have held.
  3. I have performed similar or directly related job functions and my experience and training have prepared me to perform these functions.
  4. I have received post high school education or formal training in these functions, but I have not performed them on the job.
  5. None of the above.


* 4.Select the responses that describes your knowledge and experience in repairing and replacing electrical/electronic equipment in a power generation plant, industrial plant, water storage, water conveyance system, or military installation.
  1. I have experience analyzing complex electrical/electronic schematics and detailed wiring diagrams to identify and recommend appropriate corrective actions to prevent failures and malfunctions of specific electrical problems.
  2. I have used electrical test equipment to compare electrical circuit values with expected or design values.
  3. I have worked on a team to solve and correct specific problems when testing electrical equipment.
  4. I have experience using test equipment for testing new or overhauled electrical equipment.
  5. I have academic training in testing new or overhauled electrical/electronic equipment, but have not yet performed this task on the job.
  6. None of the above.


* 5.Select the one response that best describes your level of experience or training in using blueprints, drawings, and manufacturers instructions to troubleshoot and repair power system equipment.
  1. I have not performed these job functions.
  2. I have received formal training in these functions, but I have not performed them on the job.
  3. I have used blueprints, drawings, and manufacturers instructions to troubleshoot and repair power system equipment in an industrial maintenance facility.
  4. I have used blueprints, drawings, and manufacturers instructions to troubleshoot and repair power system equipment in a power generation facility.
  5. I am highly skilled in using blueprints, drawings, and manufacturers instructions to troubleshoot and repair power system equipment in a power generation facility and I have used these independently and routinely.


* 6.Select the one response that best describes your experience in working on designing protective relaying systems for power generation equipment.
  1. I have education and training in designing, specifying or testing relay protection schemes for a power-generating plant or industrial facility.
  2. I have professional engineering experience in performing load flow and short circuit studies for protective relaying and fuse schemes used in a power generation plant or industrial facility.
  3. I have professional engineering experience as a field engineer in the setting and testing of relays used to protect various major electrical equipment installed in a power generating plan or industrial facility.
  4. None of the above


* 7.Select the one response that best describes your experience in solving operations and maintenance problems:
  1. I have engineering experience solving operations and maintenance problems with electrical equipment at a power generating facility.
  2. I have engineering experience solving operations and maintenance problems at an industrial plant.
  3. I have engineering experience associated with operation and maintenance of an industrial plant or switchyard.
  4. I have education and training in operation and maintenance of a power or industrial facility.
  5. None of the above


* 8.Select the one response that best describes your level of experience in preparing and modifying electrical equipment drawings.
  1. I have no experience or training with preparing and modifying electrical equipment drawings.
  2. I have training with preparing and modifying electrical equipment drawings.
  3. I have experience in preparing and modifying electrical drawings using a computer aided drafting program (such as AutoCAD).
  4. I have field experience with marking up electrical drawings to reflect actual conditions.
  5. I have field experience with making corrections to electrical drawings and using computer aided drafting and design programs (such as AutoCAD).
  6. I have field experience with making drawing corrections, and preparing new electrical drawings for powerplant equipment drawings.


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 one response that best describes your experience in preparing designs and design data packages for use by other engineers, planners, contracting personnel, or craft personnel; including technical specifications, scheduling, project cost projections, economic analysis, and budget planning in order to design, issue contracts, maintain, or repair electrical systems and equipment.
  1. I am highly skilled at performing these functions. I have performed them routinely and have carried them out successfully.
  2. I have performed these functions independently as a regular part of jobs that I have held.
  3. I have performed similar or directly related job functions and my experience and training have prepared me to perform these functions.
  4. I have received post high school education or formal training in these functions, but I have not performed them on the job.
  5. None of the above.


* 4.Select the responses that describes your knowledge and experience in repairing and replacing electrical/electronic equipment in a power generation plant, industrial plant, water storage, water conveyance system, or military installation.
  1. I have experience analyzing complex electrical/electronic schematics and detailed wiring diagrams to identify and recommend appropriate corrective actions to prevent failures and malfunctions of specific electrical problems.
  2. I have used electrical test equipment to compare electrical circuit values with expected or design values.
  3. I have worked on a team to solve and correct specific problems when testing electrical equipment.
  4. I have experience using test equipment for testing new or overhauled electrical equipment.
  5. I have academic training in testing new or overhauled electrical/electronic equipment, but have not yet performed this task on the job.
  6. None of the above.


* 5.Select the one response that best describes your level of experience or training in using blueprints, drawings, and manufacturers instructions to troubleshoot and repair power system equipment.
  1. I have not performed these job functions.
  2. I have received formal training in these functions, but I have not performed them on the job.
  3. I have used blueprints, drawings, and manufacturers instructions to troubleshoot and repair power system equipment in an industrial maintenance facility.
  4. I have used blueprints, drawings, and manufacturers instructions to troubleshoot and repair power system equipment in a power generation facility.
  5. I am highly skilled in using blueprints, drawings, and manufacturers instructions to troubleshoot and repair power system equipment in a power generation facility and I have used these independently and routinely.


* 6.Select the one response that best describes your experience in working on designing protective relaying systems for power generation equipment.
  1. I have education and training in designing, specifying or testing relay protection schemes for a power-generating plant or industrial facility.
  2. I have professional engineering experience in performing load flow and short circuit studies for protective relaying and fuse schemes used in a power generation plant or industrial facility.
  3. I have professional engineering experience as a field engineer in the setting and testing of relays used to protect various major electrical equipment installed in a power generating plan or industrial facility.
  4. None of the above


* 7.Select the one response that best describes your experience in solving operations and maintenance problems:
  1. I have engineering experience solving operations and maintenance problems with electrical equipment at a power generating facility.
  2. I have engineering experience solving operations and maintenance problems at an industrial plant.
  3. I have engineering experience associated with operation and maintenance of an industrial plant or switchyard.
  4. I have education and training in operation and maintenance of a power or industrial facility.
  5. None of the above


* 8.Select the one response that best describes your level of experience in preparing and modifying electrical equipment drawings.
  1. I have no experience or training with preparing and modifying electrical equipment drawings.
  2. I have training with preparing and modifying electrical equipment drawings.
  3. I have experience in preparing and modifying electrical drawings using a computer aided drafting program (such as AutoCAD).
  4. I have field experience with marking up electrical drawings to reflect actual conditions.
  5. I have field experience with making corrections to electrical drawings and using computer aided drafting and design programs (such as AutoCAD).
  6. I have field experience with making drawing corrections, and preparing new electrical drawings for powerplant equipment drawings.


Grade: All Grades
* 1.Please select the responses that describe your safety experience working on/around high-voltage equipment.
  1. I have experience following specific safety and clearance procedures.
  2. I have experience participating in safety meetings relating to working on and around high-voltage equipment.
  3. I have had the responsibility for ensuring that safe work procedures are followed when working on and around high-voltage circuits (above 600 volts).
  4. I have had the responsibility of conducting toolbox safety meetings.
  5. I have experience with inspecting the work area for safety hazards.
  6. I have experience working on or near low voltage circuits (below 600 volts).
  7. I have experience working in hazardous work areas other than that involving electrical power circuits.
  8. None of the above


* 2.Select the responses that describe your knowledge and experience working with the following.
  1. Power Safety Standards
  2. Safe Clearance Procedures
  3. Hazardous Energy Control Program
  4. Job Hazard Analysis
  5. Hazard Communications/Material Safety Data Sheets
  6. OSHA requirements for high voltage safety
  7. Conducting or assisting in presenting periodic safety meetings
  8. None of the above


* 3.Select the one response that best describes your ability to communicate technical and non-technical information orally.
  1. I have developed and presented non-technical information in an informal setting.
  2. I have developed and presented non-technical and technical information including established maintenance procedures, policies, and guidelines in an informal setting.
  3. I have developed and presented non-technical information including project or program accomplishments to groups, superiors, and co-workers in a formal setting.
  4. I have developed and presented non-technical and technical information to groups, superiors, and co-workers in a formal setting.
  5. None of the above.


* 4.Select the responses that describe your experience in written communication.
  1. I have experience writing technical reports, letters, and memorandums.
  2. I have experience writing non-technical reports, letters, and routine office memorandums.
  3. I have experience writing reports, letters, and memorandums in draft for review.
  4. I have experience developing and writing guidebooks, instructions, and procedures for use by others.
  5. I have experience developing and writing formal reports that contain technical and timely information, such as recommendations to implement corrective actions found during analysis of incidents or troubleshooting activities.
  6. I have experience gathering and evaluating complex technical information and preparing written reports and documents with recommendations to management for solving issues or problems.
  7. I have completed course work or formal training in written communications.
  8. None of the above.


* 5.I have knowledge of and experience in using the following standards and codes in performance of electrical design.
  1. National Electrical Code (NEC)
  2. American Society for Testing and Materials (ASTM)
  3. Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers (IEEE)
  4. National Fire Protection Association (NFPA)
  5. American National Standards Institute (ANSI)
  6. National Electrical Safety Code (NESC)
  7. National Electrical Manufacturer's Association(NEMA)
  8. None of the above


* 6.Select the responses that describe your work experience with writing the following.
  1. Operating procedures
  2. Technical specifications
  3. Formal instructions or directives
  4. Technical documentation describing the design of equipment
  5. Published articles in technical journals
  6. Correspondence outside my organization
  7. Documents describing the behavior of electrical circuits to be understood by non-engineers
  8. None of the above


* 7.VETERANS: Are you claiming veterans preference?
  1. Yes

        BRANCHED: * 1.Select the one response that reflect your veteran preference eligibility. (Additional information regarding veterans preference is available in the Vets Guide that can be found at http://www.opm.gov/veterans/html/vetguide.htm.)
    1. 5-point veteran. (Submit your Report of Separation form Active Duty DD-214.)
    2. 10-point compensable veteran.(Submit a copy of all DD-214, SF-15, and a letter from the Veterans Administration, dated 1991 or later, verifying disability.
    3. 30% or more compensably disabled veteran. (Submit a copy of DD-214, SF-15, and a letter from the Veterans Administration, dated 1991 or later, verifying disability.
    4. Other 10-point veteran. (Submit a copy of DD-214 and all required documentation as proof of eligibility.)
    5. Had active duty or reserve service which does NOT meet any of the above.
    6. Not a Veteran with Preference eligibility.
    7. Not a Veteran
  2. No


* 8.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


You WILL NOT be considered for this announcement if you fail to submit ALL the applicable required documentation listed under the "How To Apply" tab (i.e. transcripts,DD-214's, SF-15, VA letter, SF-50's, PE Registration, etc.) by the CLOSING DATE of this announcement. Please call the Human Resources Office phone number listed on this announcement for clarification or further information.

* 9.I understand that information I give may be investigated for purposes of determining eligibility. I consent to the release of information about my ability for Federal employment by employers, schools, law enforcement agencies, and other organizations to authorized representatives of the Federal Government. I understand that for financial institutions, medical institutions and other sources, a separate release may be needed, and I may be contacted for such a release at a later date.
  1. Yes
  2. No


* 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.If you selected "other" above, please tell us how you found out about these positions.
Maximum length of 250 characters.






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