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Grade: 06
* 1.GS-6 - Choose one answer that best describes your experience, education or combination of education and experience as related to the basic qualification requirements for this position.
  1. I have at least 1 year of specialized experience that has provided the knowledge, skills and abilities to perform the duties of this position. This experience is related to the work of the position and equivalent to at least the GS-05 level in the Federal service as described in the vacancy announcement.
  2. I do not meet any of the requirements described above.


* 2.Select the types of technical documents that you have developed or modified:
  1. Standing Operating Procedures
  2. Emergency Action Plans
  3. Communication Directories
  4. Security Plans
  5. Key Control Plans
  6. Designers Operating Criteria
  7. Continuity of Operations Plans
  8. Spill Prevention, Control, and Countermeasures Plans
  9. Confined Space Plans
  10. Control of Hazardous Energy Plans
  11. Pandemic Plans
  12. Annual Reports
  13. Research Reports
  14. Electronic Data Reports
  15. Other technical documents
  16. None of the above


* 3.Select the response(s) that describe the computer programs you are capable of using on your own.
  1. Microsoft Word or other word processing software
  2. Computer Aided Drafting (CAD)
  3. CAD surveying software
  4. An electronic mail system
  5. Engineering software (structural, hydrology, hydraulics, road design, etc)
  6. Excel or any spreadsheet software
  7. Photo and graphic editing programs
  8. Cost estimating software
  9. Drawing Management Software
  10. Other
  11. None of the above


* 4.Select the answer that best describes your ability to prepare electrical engineering drawings.
  1. I have no knowledge or experience in performing this task.
  2. I have had education or training in performing this task, but have not yet performed it on the job.
  3. I have performed this task on the job, with close review from a supervisor or senior employee.
  4. I have performed this task as a regular part of the job, independently and usually without review by a supervisor or senior employee.
  5. In addition to independently performing this task as a regular part of my job, I have supervised the performance of this task and/or I have trained others in the performance and/or am normally consulted by others as an expert for assistance.


* 5.Select the answer below that best describes your ability to prepare mechanical engineering drawings.
  1. I have no knowledge or experience in performing this task.
  2. I have had education or training in performing this task, but have not yet performed it on the job.
  3. I have performed this task on the job, with close review from a supervisor or senior employee.
  4. I have performed this task as a regular part of the job, independently and usually without review by a supervisor or senior employee.
  5. In addition to independently performing this task as a regular part of my job, I have supervised the performance of this task and/or I have trained others in the performance and/or am normally consulted by others as an expert for assistance.


* 6.Select the answer that best describes your ability to prepare civil engineering drawings and cross sections.
  1. I have no knowledge or experience in performing this task.
  2. I have had education or training in performing this task, but have not yet performed it on the job.
  3. I have performed this task on the job, with close review from a supervisor or senior employee.
  4. I have performed this task as a regular part of the job, independently and usually without review by a supervisor or senior employee.
  5. In addition to independently performing this task as a regular part of my job, I have supervised the performance of this task and/or I have trained others in the performance and/or am normally consulted by others as an expert for assistance.


Grade: 07
* 1.GS-7 - Choose one answer that best describes your experience, education or combination of education and experience as related to the basic qualification requirements for this position.
  1. I have at least 1 year of specialized experience that has provided the knowledge, skills and abilities to perform the duties of this position. This experience is related to the work of the position and equivalent to at least the GS-06 level in the Federal service as described in the vacancy announcement.
  2. I have successfully completed one year of graduate level education in an appropriate field of engineering, engineering or industrial technology, construction, physics, drafting, surveying, physical science, or mathematics.
  3. I have a combination of graduate level education and specialized experience as described above that together meet the qualification requirements for this position.
  4. I do not meet any of the requirements described above.


* 2.Select the types of technical documents that you have developed or modified:
  1. Standing Operating Procedures
  2. Emergency Action Plans
  3. Communication Directories
  4. Security Plans
  5. Key Control Plans
  6. Designers Operating Criteria
  7. Continuity of Operations Plans
  8. Spill Prevention, Control, and Countermeasures Plans
  9. Confined Space Plans
  10. Control of Hazardous Energy Plans
  11. Pandemic Plans
  12. Annual Reports
  13. Research Reports
  14. Electronic Data Reports
  15. Other technical documents
  16. None of the above


* 3.Select the response(s) that describe the computer programs you are capable of using on your own.
  1. Microsoft Word or other word processing software
  2. Computer Aided Drafting (CAD)
  3. CAD surveying software
  4. An electronic mail system
  5. Engineering software (structural, hydrology, hydraulics, road design, etc)
  6. Excel or any spreadsheet software
  7. Photo and graphic editing programs
  8. Cost estimating software
  9. Drawing Management Software
  10. Other
  11. None of the above


* 4.Select the answer that best describes your ability to prepare electrical engineering drawings.
  1. I have no knowledge or experience in performing this task.
  2. I have had education or training in performing this task, but have not yet performed it on the job.
  3. I have performed this task on the job, with close review from a supervisor or senior employee.
  4. I have performed this task as a regular part of the job, independently and usually without review by a supervisor or senior employee.
  5. In addition to independently performing this task as a regular part of my job, I have supervised the performance of this task and/or I have trained others in the performance and/or am normally consulted by others as an expert for assistance.


* 5.Select the answer below that best describes your ability to prepare mechanical engineering drawings.
  1. I have no knowledge or experience in performing this task.
  2. I have had education or training in performing this task, but have not yet performed it on the job.
  3. I have performed this task on the job, with close review from a supervisor or senior employee.
  4. I have performed this task as a regular part of the job, independently and usually without review by a supervisor or senior employee.
  5. In addition to independently performing this task as a regular part of my job, I have supervised the performance of this task and/or I have trained others in the performance and/or am normally consulted by others as an expert for assistance.


* 6.Select the answer that best describes your ability to prepare civil engineering drawings and cross sections.
  1. I have no knowledge or experience in performing this task.
  2. I have had education or training in performing this task, but have not yet performed it on the job.
  3. I have performed this task on the job, with close review from a supervisor or senior employee.
  4. I have performed this task as a regular part of the job, independently and usually without review by a supervisor or senior employee.
  5. In addition to independently performing this task as a regular part of my job, I have supervised the performance of this task and/or I have trained others in the performance and/or am normally consulted by others as an expert for assistance.


Grade: All Grades
You are applying under the Delegated Examining announcement. If you want to be considered under the concurrent Merit Promotion announcement, you must submit a separate application under that announcement. For more information, see "Who May Apply" section of the vacancy announcement. Please call the Human Resources Office phone number listed on this announcement for clarification or further information.

* 1.I understand that by completing and submitting this application, I am certifying that, to the best of my knowledge and belief, all of the information provided is true, correct, complete, and made in good faith. I understand that a false or fraudulent answer to any question may be grounds for not hiring me, or for firing me after I begin work, and may be punishable by fine or imprisonment. I also understand that failure to respond to this question will disqualify me from consideration.
  1. Yes
  2. No


* 2.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


Ensure that your resume thoroughly supports your answers to the questions. Your answers will be reviewed. If your answers are not supported by information in your resume, this may prevent you from being found qualified, in which case your application will NOT be referred to the selecting official.

Your complete and detailed on-line resume MUST include, at a minimum, the following information for each work experience, including military service (prepare a separate entry for each job): 1) Job Title (including series and grade if Federal job); 2) Hours per week; 3) Salary; 4) Starting and ending dates (month and year); 5) Employer's name and address; 6) Supervisor's name and phone number and whether we may contact your current supervisor; 7) Duties and accomplishments. Also include: 1) High School name, city, state, zip code if known, and date of diploma or GED; 2) College or university names, city, state, and zip code if known, majors and type and year of any degrees received (if no degree, show total credits earned and indicate whether semester or quarter hours); 3) list of job related training courses, skills, certificates and licenses, honors, awards, special accomplishments, membership in professional or honor societies, etc. Please make sure you read the vacancy announcement thoroughly to see if there is any additional supporting documentation required.

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.

* 3.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


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


* 5.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


* 6.Select the response(s) for which you have drafting or drawing revision experience.
  1. Buildings
  2. Miscellaneous structures
  3. Roadways
  4. Parking areas
  5. Topographic maps
  6. Pipelines
  7. Canal and canal structures
  8. Dams
  9. Bridges
  10. Cartographic
  11. Land Development
  12. Plumbing
  13. Heating, ventilation and air conditioning systems
  14. Mechanical systems for pumps
  15. Machines
  16. Electrical Systems
  17. Electrical Schematics
  18. Wiring Diagrams
  19. Pumping Plants
  20. Powerplants
  21. Other
  22. None of the Above


* 7.Select the response(s) that you have performed as a regular part of your job.
  1. I have prepared drawings using pencil, straight edge and drafting machines.
  2. I have prepared drawings using Computer Aided Design and Drafting (CADD) system.
  3. I have prepared mathematical computations using standardized tables and formulas.
  4. I have conducted field surveys to gather and verify design data for drawings.
  5. I have participated, as a team member, in site visits to aid in visualizing plans and to help gather pertinent technical information.
  6. I have interpreted symbols, terminology, and standards used in engineering drawings.
  7. I have reviewed drawings for appropriate dimensions and proper notes.
  8. I have been responsible for the proper scaling, labeling, dimensioning, shading and crosshatching for designs.
  9. None of the above


* 8.Select the answer that best describes your ability to organize work and set priorities while performing a variety of assignments.
  1. I have no experience in performing this task.
  2. I have performed this task on the job, with close review from a supervisor or senior employee.
  3. I have performed this task as a regular part of the job, independently and usually without review by a supervisor or senior employee.
  4. In addition to independently performing this task as a regular part of my job, I have supervised or assisted other individuals in setting their priorities.


* 9.Select the answer that best describes the level of your experience in applying survey procedures as part of a job.
  1. I have not had education, training or experience in this field.
  2. I have completed at least two courses in this field but have not yet applied this education or training on the job.
  3. I have completed education or training in this field, but have not yet applied this education or training on the job.
  4. I have on-the-job experience in this field. My work was closely monitored/supervised to ensure compliance with proper procedures.
  5. I have performed work in this field as a regular part of a job. I have performed it independently and without more than normal review by a supervisor or senior employee.
  6. Work in this field has been a central or major part of my job. I have routinely performed the work and have trained others in performing these duties and/or others have consulted me as an expert for assistance in performing this work.


* 10.Select the resources you have used in writing and editing of documents.
  1. Current policies and guidelines
  2. Discipline-specific technical glossaries
  3. Engineer's drawings
  4. Existing agency files
  5. Federal policies, procedures, and guidelines
  6. Field investigations
  7. Industry standards
  8. Internet research
  9. Library literature research
  10. Manufacturer's data
  11. Personal contacts and discussions with others
  12. Planning reports
  13. Precedents and traditional practices
  14. Pre-design reports
  15. Style and language guides and manuals
  16. Other
  17. None of the above


* 11.Select the response that best describes your ability to retain composure under stressful situations when dealing with a variety of people.
  1. My previous position(s) have not required me to deal with a variety of people in stressful situations.
  2. I have had limited experience in handling stressful situations which dealt with a variety of people. When such situations have occurred, I received assistance by a senior employee or my supervisor.
  3. I have served in a position that required me to remain calm when dealing with people whose viewpoints or objectives differed from mine (or my organization). I was able to respond successfully without intervention or review by my supervisor.
  4. I have served in a various positions that required me to maintain composure and diplomacy in stressful situations dealing with a variety of people who were disgruntled, expressed opposing viewpoints and objectives, and/or was aggressive or hostile.
  5. I have independently and successfully diffused such situations in order to convey information, clarify concerns, and gain agreement or understanding of issues that enabled further discussion or action.


* 12.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


* 13.Select the response(s) that match your experience in oral communication/briefing skills that you use on a regular basis.
  1. I have regularly communicated organizational strategies, goals, objectives, and matters of policy in oral presentations.
  2. I have regularly briefed managers or senior administrators on program issues.
  3. I have participated on panels, committees, or as a consultant with peers regarding professional issues.
  4. I have used oral presentations to communicate issues, solutions, and build consensus.
  5. I have facilitated communications and activities between organizations.
  6. I have independently planned and coordinated meetings.
  7. I have made formal presentations using briefing slides, graphics, hand-outs or other visual materials.
  8. None of the above.


* 14.Select each area in which you have experience using ESRI products. Check all that apply.
  1. Georeferencing CAD data and images
  2. Using ArcHydro for hydrologic and hydraulic analysis
  3. Using ModelBuilder for analysis in ArcGIS
  4. Using and manipulating raster images, creating mosaics and raster catalogs
  5. Using scripting or programming languages for analysis and queries
  6. Using resources and tools to publish maps in ArcGIS Server for use on the Internet or Intranet
  7. Working with datums, projections and transformations
  8. None of the above






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