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* 1.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


* 2.If you selected OTHER as your response to the question above, please elaborate on your answer.
Maximum length of 250 characters.


* 3.Select the response(s) that describe your ability to communicate in writing as it relates to the preparation of contract documents, specifications, correspondence, study review comments and technical report preparations.
  1. I have written technical documents and made recommendations on implementing, interpreting, applying or complying with laws and guidelines.
  2. I have provided written analysis to management or staff on implementing, interpreting, applying or complying with laws and guidelines.
  3. I have prepared construction specifications and other related contract documents.
  4. I have written technical reviews of designs prepared by other engineers or contractors.
  5. I have written technical or non-technical reports, memoranda, summaries or other documents demonstrating the ability to synthesize a variety of information into a readable product.
  6. I have written draft sections of technical reports under the supervision of more experienced staff.
  7. I have provided written comments on technical or non-technical reports.
  8. None of the above.


* 4.Select all responses that best describe your written report(s) that documented your research, analysis, or evaluation findings.
  1. I have written report(s) based upon research, analysis or evaluation that documented my findings in a non-technical area, and that report was used by others for information or instruction.
  2. I have written report(s) based upon research, analysis or evaluation that documented my findings in a technical area, and that report served to inform or guide others in my organization.
  3. I have written report(s) based upon research, analysis or evaluation that documented my findings in a technical area, and that report was used by upper management to plan for broad organizational resources (e.g., budget, staff, facilities, contracts).
  4. I have written report(s) based upon research, analysis or evaluation that documented my findings in a technical area, and that report was used by higher authorities as a basis for policy in the technical area.
  5. None of the above


* 5.Select the response that best describes your experience applying engineering concepts and principles to analyze preliminary and final designs and specifications for technical adequacy in meeting construction requirements and project objectives.
  1. I have not had education, training or experience in performing this task.
  2. I have completed formal 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 under close supervision by a supervisor manager or senior employee to ensure compliance with correct procedures.
  4. I have performed this task as a regular part of a job, independently and usually without review by a supervisor, manager or senior employee.
  5. This task has been a central or major part of my work. I have performed it myself routinely, and I have trained others in performance of this task and/or others have consulted me as an expert for assistance in performing this task.


* 6.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.


* 7.Select the response(s) that describe your ability to identify alternatives and make recommendations for solving highly complex engineering problems.
  1. I have developed alternatives requiring considerable independent research to identify sources of information, collect and analyze data, and determine applicability to complex engineering problems where precedents do not exist.
  2. I have provided recommendations for solutions to engineering problems that required a working knowledge of more than one engineering discipline (e.g. civil, mechanical, hydraulic, or electrical engineering).
  3. I have provided recommendations for solutions to civil engineering problems that could be resolved by engineering calculations typical of the specialization or area of assignment.
  4. I have interacted with and exchanged factual and technical information with co-workers who were performing related work in order to resolve common or recurring issues and problems.
  5. I have served as team leader for brainstorming sessions or value engineering studies to identify potential solutions for complex engineering problems.
  6. I have participated in brainstorming sessions or value engineering studies to identify potential solutions for complex engineering problems.
  7. I have provided advice and guidance on general engineering problems that could be solved by applying proven theory or by conventional engineering applications or approaches.
  8. I have prepared basic information for use by engineers such as standard calculations, graphs, curves, or tables. Recorded factual data for tests and observation studies or searched reports to obtain information.
  9. I have education or training in problem solving processes, but limited experience in application of techniques.
  10. None of the above.


* 8.Select the response that describes your experience in preparing and reviewing specifications.
  1. I have not had education, training 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 supervision from supervisor or senior employee.
  4. I have performed this task as a regular part of the job, independently and usually without review by supervisor or senior employee.
  5. I have supervised performance of this task and/or I have trained others in performance and/or am normally consulted by others as an expert for assistance in performing this task.


* 9.Select the one response that best describes your experience reading and interpreting engineering drawings.
  1. I have experience utilizing engineering drawings to prepare construction specification for work on dams, pumping plants, power-houses, or other similar type water projects features.
  2. I have work experience, which has required me to be able to read and interpret basic engineering drawings.
  3. I am familiar with shop and construction drawings used for construction projects.
  4. I have not had experience, education, or training performing this task.


* 10.Select the response(s) that describe your ability to effectively communicate orally in a variety of settings with professional staff, internal and external customers, consultants and the public on technical and non-technical project issues.
  1. I have experience meeting and dealing with a wide variety of disciplines such as federal agencies, private organizations, special interest groups and the general public.
  2. I have participated in meetings to discuss strategies, requirements, project needs, schedules, budgets, and other criteria required to accomplish project requirements or tasks, and/or for developing understanding and consensus.
  3. I have experience meeting and dealing with customers and/or other organizations through formal presentations, technical briefings and public forums.
  4. I have facilitated technical discussions or controversial issues to reach consensus.
  5. I have experience meeting with internal and/or external customers to discuss program needs and issues as a member of a presentation group or formal work team.
  6. I have experience in oral communication primarily through involvement in community and/or public service organizations, committee memberships, and/or other organizational membership or involvement.
  7. My communication skills have been developed primarily through training or course work in areas such as public speaking and/or membership on professional or technical committees or organizations.
  8. None of the above.


* 11.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.


* 12.Select the one response that best describes your ability to handle major problems in your work environment.
  1. I independently resolve most major problems without advice.
  2. Most problems I have experienced are of a minor nature and are easily resolved.
  3. I often consult with peers, supervisors, subordinates, and/or others outside the work group when analyzing and implementing solutions to major problems.
  4. I often consult with peers when analyzing and implementing solutions to major problems.
  5. When major problems arise, I promptly bring them to my supervisor’s attention.
  6. None of the above.


* 13.Select the one response that best describes the working circumstances in which you feel most comfortable and perform at your best.
  1. I have worked alone and believe my ability to maintain a clear focus on the work at hand permitted me to achieve consistently excellent results.
  2. I have worked in small, close-knit groups having common interests and goals, and contributed to the accomplishment of assigned tasks.
  3. I have worked in large complex groups where my facilitation skills contributed directly to successful completion of assigned tasks.
  4. I have led small, close-knit groups where I ensured that everyone in the group was doing his or her fair share of the work, thereby contributing to successful completion of the assigned task.
  5. I have led large, complex groups where my management skills ensured that the work was coordinated sufficiently well to ensure successful and timely completion of assigned tasks.
  6. None of the above.


* 14.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.


* 15.Select the response(s) that describe your ability to interact effectively and tactfully within a multi-disciplinary team.
  1. I have experience working in a group or as a team leader on multi-disciplinary teams dealing with design and construction on various types of projects.
  2. I have experience using a variety of facilitation, mediation, conflict management, or consensus-building skills.
  3. I have experience as a supervisor or working as a team member on multi-disciplinary teams dealing with design and construction projects
  4. I am familiar with teamwork only through training or course work related to teams and/or team concepts.
  5. None of the above.


I will provide a copy of my college transcripts or equivalent document by the closing date of this announcement to validate my successful completion of the education requirements as described in the vacancy announcement.

* 16.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


* 17.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


* 18.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.
  1. Yes
  2. No


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.


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 response that best describes your experience or training in applying concepts, principles and practices of engineering as related to the design of water resource related facilities.
  1. I have served as the lead design engineer or project leader for multi-disciplined teams engaged in the design (including major modifications) of large water storage projects, power plants, or major water conveyance facilities to provide hydropower, irrigation, municipal and industrial water, or flood control.
  2. I have experience as the lead design engineer (including major modifications) of a significant component (embankment or concrete dams, spillways or outlet works, temperature control devises, canals, pumping plants, hydroelectric turbines, switch yards, fish passage, water treatment plants, etc.) of large water storage projects, power plants, or major water conveyance facilities to provides hydropower, irrigation, municipal and industrial water, or flood control.
  3. I have experience in the design of one or more of the following: dams, spillways, outlet works, temperature control devises, canals, pumping plants, power plants, fish passage, buildings, bridges, water treatment plants or other significant components of facilities to provide hydropower, irrigation, municipal and industrial water, or flood control.
  4. I have training applicable to the design of dams, spillways, outlet works, temperature control devises, canals, pumping plants, power plants, fish passage, building, bridges or other components of facilities to provided hydropower, irrigation, municipal and industrial water, or flood control.
  5. None of the above.


* 4.Select the engineering functions you have performed as a regular part of your job.
  1. Developing engineering alternatives
  2. Cost estimating for planning projects
  3. Cost estimating for construction projects
  4. Analyzing engineering alternatives
  5. Participating in value engineering studies
  6. Developing final designs and construction specifications
  7. Developing construction contract documents
  8. Developing Statements of Work
  9. Administrating construction contracts
  10. Accepting/rejecting work performed by contractors
  11. Participating on Technical Proposal Evaluation Committees (TPEC) responsible for technical recommendations toward selection of a construction contractor
  12. Participating in formal negotiations with Architect and Engineering (A&E) or construction contractors
  13. Functioning as a Contracting Officer's Representative (COR) for an A&E or construction contract
  14. Reviewing draft designs, specifications and contracts with written comments
  15. Collecting design data
  16. Evaluating structural problems and outlining possible corrective actions
  17. Establishing guidelines and technical requirements for design specifications
  18. Project management
  19. Construction management
  20. Construction inspection
  21. Environmental and cultural resource compliance
  22. Site surveys
  23. Project operation and maintenance
  24. None of the above


5.Select the response(s) that describe your professional knowledge of civil or hydraulic engineering theories, concepts, practices, and methods to conduct engineering designs, planning, and hydraulic studies for project features.
  1. I have professional civil engineering experience that includes having Responsible Charge for the design of facilities for water conveyance and/or storage.
  2. I have professional civil engineering experience that has involved work on hydraulic engineering and/or water resource projects or investigations. Such experience includes work on a design team for management, construction, or repair of water conveyance systems, collection and analysis of hydrologic and water resources data to be used in sizing channels, managing watersheds, or determining water releases from storage facilities.
  3. I have professional civil engineering experience that has provided exposure to working on issues or projects related to hydraulic engineering or water resources such as design of site drainage facilities or roadways. Illustrative of this is work on investigations or studies having a principal focus on issues other than water resources or hydraulic engineering.
  4. I have civil engineering experience that has involved work on various types of projects or investigations. Such experience includes work on a design team for management, construction or repair activities, collection and analysis of field data to be used in preparing designs and specifications, development of cost estimates for contract change orders, and construction contract administration.
  5. I have performed general engineering work on design or construction projects under the direct supervision of higher graded engineers.
  6. I have Civil Engineering education but no work experience in civil engineering.
  7. None of the above.






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