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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. Answer to this question is required
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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. Answer to this question is required
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • I do not meet or exceed the education or experience requirements as described above.
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. Answer to this question is required
  • I am highly skilled at performing these functions. I have performed them routinely and have carried them out successfully.
  • I have performed these functions independently as a regular part of jobs that I have held.
  • I have performed similar or directly related job functions and my experience and training have prepared me to perform these functions.
  • I have received post high school education or formal training in these functions, but I have not performed them on the job.
  • None of the above.
4 I have knowledge of and experience in using the following standards and codes in performance of electrical design. Answer to this question is required
  • National Electrical Code (NEC)
  • American Society for Testing and Materials (ASTM)
  • Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers (IEEE)
  • National Fire Protection Association (NFPA)
  • American National Standards Institute (ANSI)
  • National Electrical Safety Code (NESC)
  • National Electrical Manufacturer's Association(NEMA)
  • None of the above
5 Select the responses that describe your experience in designing switchyard or substation electrical systems including; selection, specification and placement/arrangement for medium (1000v-34.5kV) and high voltage equipment (34.5kV-525kV). Answer to this question is required
  • Switchyard (high voltage) power circuit breakers
  • Medium voltage switchgear
  • Medium voltage circuit breakers
  • Transformers (3-phase, 10-MVA or larger oil filled)
  • Disconnect Switches
  • Non-segregated phase buss, strain buss or pipe buss
  • Power and disbribution power cables
  • Surge arresters
  • Metering current and potential transformers
  • Switchyard ground mat sizing and layout
  • None of the above
6 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. Answer to this question is required
  • I have not performed these job functions.
  • I have received formal training in these functions, but have not performed them on the job.
  • I have used blueprints, drawings, and manufacturers instructions to troubleshoot and repair power system equipment in an industrial maintenance facility.
  • I have used blueprints, drawings, and manufacturers instructions to troubleshoot and repair power system equipment in an power generation facility.
  • 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.
7 Identify the task(s) you have performed to accomplish or support electrical engineering design or plant operation and maintenance. Answer to this question is required
  • Data collection, processing, and analysis
  • Physical layout drawings of facilities or equipment.
  • Electrical wiring diagrams
  • system block diagrams
  • Equipment schematic drawings
  • Data and/or drawing review and correction
  • Preparation of specifications of equipment to be procured
  • Engineering cost estimates and schedules
  • Installation cost estimates and schedules
  • Maintenance cost estimates and schedules
  • Generating unit control design engineering
  • Generating unit control automation and instrumentation
  • Power generation plant automation design engineering
  • Industrial automation or control system design
  • Unit control firmware or software design
  • Software coding, testing and integration
  • Communication protocol implementation and testing
  • Automation system problem identification and correction
  • Power generation facility operation and maintenance
  • I have an engineering degree that prepares me to perform electrical engineering assignments, but I have not performed any of these tasks on the job.
  • None of the above
8 Select the responses that describe your experience with designing the installation of the following electrical systems and equipment. Answer to this question is required
  • Governors
  • Hydroelectric Governors
  • Generators (Fixed - 5 MW or larger)
  • Generators (Fixed - less than 5 MW)
  • Portable Generators (50-KVA or larger)
  • Voltage Regulators
  • Excitation Systems
  • Protective Relaying
  • 125 Vdc Battery Systems
  • 48 Vdc Battery Systems
  • Circuit Breakers (less than 600-Volt)
  • Circuit Breakers (600-Volt to 24-k Volt)
  • Power Circuit Breakers (air, vacuum, oil, or SF6)
  • Transformers (10 MVA and larger)
  • Transformers (smaller than 10 MVA)
  • Auxiliary Equipment Controls, Power, and Indicators
  • Supervisory Control and Data Acquisition (SCADA) Control System
  • Large Pumps (50 cfs or more)
  • Large Motors (500 horsepower or more)
  • HVAC
  • Current and Potential Transformers
  • Elevator Controls
  • Disconnect/Ground Switches
  • Programmable Logic Controllers
  • Alarm Systems
  • Lighting Systems
  • Grounding Systems
  • Energy Conservation Systems
  • None of the above
9 Select the one response that best describes your knowledge and experience in the design, layout, and testing of a variety of electrical systems and equipment. Answer to this question is required
  • I have professional electrical engineering experience in the design, layout and testing of a variety of major electrical equipment and systems installed in a power generating plant.
  • I have professional electrical engineering experience in the design, layout, and testing of a variety of major electrical equipment and systems installed in an industrial plant, switchyard, or water storage facility.
  • I have professional electrical engineering experience in design and layout of a variety of major electrical equipment and systems installed in power generating and pumping plants.
  • I have professional engineering experience in the design, layout and testing of a variety of major electrical equipment and systems installed in an industrial plant, switchyard, or water storage facility.
  • I have professional engineering experience as a field engineer in the testing of various major electrical equipment installed in a power generating plant, industrial plant, switchyard, water storage facility, or water conveyance system.
  • I have professional engineering experience assisting in the design or modification of electrical installations in a power generating plant, industrial plant, switchyard, water storage facility, or water conveyance system.
  • None of the above
10 Select the responses that best describe the types of electrical systems and equipment you have experience designing. Answer to this question is required
  • AC and DC unit controls
  • Motor Control Centers
  • Unit protection application - includes protective relaying
  • Schematic diagrams for electrical systems
  • Low, medium and/or high voltage transformers – including station service/distribution (600V – 25,000V) transformers (smaller than 500kVA)
  • Low, medium and/or high voltage circuit breakers – includes air, vacuum, oil and/or SF6
  • Electrical distribution, grounding and/or bonding systems – includes pumping/power plant grounding
  • Programmable logic controllers
  • Lighting systems
  • Governors in hydroelectric power facilities
  • Generators - rewinds, testing and portable generators for hydroelectric facilities
  • Voltage Regulators
  • Excitation Systems
  • 125 Vdc Battery Systems and/or 48Vdc Battery Systems
  • Supervisory Control and Data Acquisition (SCADA) Control Systems
  • Small, medium and/or large pumps
  • Small, medium and/or large motors
  • HVAC
  • Elevator Controls
  • Disconnect/Ground Switches
  • Alarm Systems
  • Fire Suppressant systems; CO2, Inergen, Halon
  • Energy Conservation Systems
  • Computer data systems and/or Telephone (voice) systems
  • None of the above
11 Select the responses that best describe your experience performing electrical analysis to determine sizing calculations and applications and to develop technical recommendations for the following types of electrical equipment. Answer to this question is required
  • Voltage drop calculations
  • Conduit/cable sizing
  • Circuit breaker sizing/application; less than 600 V, 600V – 15,000V and/or 15,000V – 2.4kV
  • Transformers; less than or greater than 20 MVA, includes current and/or potential transformers
  • Power fuses
  • Insulation Coordination (Basic Impulse Level)
  • Surge protection equipment for Generator, Power Transformer and Power Cabling Systems
  • Pumps; less than or greater than 50cfs
  • Motors; less than or greater than 500 horsepower
  • None of the above
12 Select the response(s) that describes your experience in preparing electrical designs or electrical design data for use by other engineers, planners, contracting personnel, or craft personnel; including technical drawings or specifications, task scheduling, project cost projections, economic cost/benefit analysis, or budget planning in order to design, issue contracts, maintain, or repair electrical systems and equipment. Answer to this question is required
  • I have had responsibility for engineering project management including all of the duties listed above.
  • I have supervised engineers with technical responsibility for an engineering project.
  • I have prepared engineering designs including electrical drawings and schematics that were reviewed and approved by supervisory engineers.
  • I have drafted project plans including cost estimates used by my supervisor or management.
  • I have used engineering design documents including electrical drawings and schematics to install, test, and commission new equipment.
  • I have performed engineering data collection and analysis to assist other engineers with engineering designs.
  • I have had technical responsibility for contracts used to procure engineering services of plant equipment.
  • I have an engineering degree that prepares me to perform electrical engineering assignments, but I have not performed them on the job.
  • I do not have an engineering degree and have not performed any of the tasks listed above.
13 Select the one response that best describes your knowledge and experience in testing power system equipment. Answer to this question is required
  • I have experience using electrical test equipment such as a power factor test set, hipot test set, insulation resistance tester, dielectric test set, ground resistance tester, megaohmmeter, phase sequence meter, phase angle meter, strip chart recorder, infrared scanner, thumper cable fault locator, and oscilloscope to troubleshoot power system electrical/electronic problems in a power generation plant.
  • I have experience using electrical test equipment such as a power factor test set, hipot test set, insulation resistance tester, dielectric test set, ground resistance tester, megaohmmeter, phase sequence meter, phase angle meter, strip chart recorder, infrared scanner, thumper cable fault locator, and oscilloscope to troubleshoot power system electrical/electronic problems in an industrial plant or switchyard.
  • I have experience designating what tests need to be conducted and coordinating the execution of these tests by other employees.
  • I have experience assisting in troubleshooting circuits using electrical test equipment such as a digital volt meter, high potential test set, infrared scanner, strip chart recorder, etc., in a power generation plant, industrial plant, or switchyard.
  • I have experience assisting in troubleshooting circuits using electrical test equipment such as a digital volt meter, high potential test set, infrared scanner, strip chart recorder, etc., in a water storage facility, water conveyance system, or military installation.
  • None of the above.
14 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. Answer to this question is required
  • I have not performed these job functions.
  • I have received formal training in these functions, but I have not performed them on the job.
  • I have used blueprints, drawings, and manufacturers instructions to troubleshoot and repair power system equipment in an industrial maintenance facility.
  • I have used blueprints, drawings, and manufacturers instructions to troubleshoot and repair power system equipment in a power generation facility.
  • 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.
15 Select the one response that best describes your level of experience in preparing and modifying electrical drawings for a variety of powerplant equipment and layouts. Answer to this question is required
  • I have no experience or training with preparing and modifying powerplant electrical equipment drawings.
  • I have training with preparing and modifying electrical equipment drawings.
  • I have experience in preparing and modifying electrical drawings using a computer aided drafting program (such as AutoCAD).
  • I have field experience with marking up electrical drawings to reflect actual conditions.
  • I have field experience with making drawing corrections and then updating the changes using computer aided drafting and design programs (such as AutoCAD).
  • I have field experience with making drawing corrections, updating the changes, and preparing design drawings using computer aided drafting and design programs (such as AutoCAD).
16 Select the one response that best describes your experience in analyzing and designing protective relaying schemes for power generation equipment and electrical transmission systems. Answer to this question is required
  • I have education and training in designing or testing relay protection schemes for a power-generating or industrial facility.
  • I have professional engineering experience in performing load flow/short circuit studies for protective relaying and fuse schemes used in power generation and power transmission systems.
  • 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 plant, transmission/distribution system, switchyard, water storage facility, or water conveyance system.
  • I have professional engineering experience assisting in the development of all aspects of protective schemes for power generation or power transmission/distribution line protection, to include calculating relay or fuse settings and analyzing relay operations.
  • I have professional electrical engineering experience in consulting on and establishing policies, standards and criteria for system-wide relay protection schemes that protect, control and assure the safe operating limits of several hydroelectric power facilities in a large geographic region.
  • None of the above.
17 Select the responses that describe your experience in repairing and replacing electrical/electronic equipment in power generation plants. Answer to this question is required
  • I have experience analyzing complex electrical/electronic equipment and detailed diagrams identifying and recommending appropriate corrective actions to prevent failures and malfunctions of specific electrical problems.
  • I have used electrical test equipment to compare electrical circuit values with expected or design values.
  • I have worked on a team in solving and correcting specific problems in testing electrical equipment.
  • I have experience using test equipment for testing new or overhauled electrical equipment.
  • I have used computer models to compare measured electric values with expected values.
  • I have experience using Doble or DC ramp test equipment for testing power transformers and generators.
  • None of the above.
18 Select the responses that reflect your experience with setting priorities, organizing workloads, and handling multiple power engineering assignments. Answer to this question is required
  • I have planned and executed several power engineering tasks or activities.
  • I have completed power engineering tasks within tight and changing deadlines.
  • I have established priorities and organized multiple power engineering project workloads.
  • I have completed non-routine power engineering tasks within established deadlines.
  • I have served on teams in planning and executing power engineering tasks or activities.
  • I have worked independently in executing power engineering tasks or activities.
  • I have lead teams in planning and executing power engineering tasks or activities.
  • None of the above.
19 Select the one response that best describes your experience in applying engineering standards, principles, and practices related to design, specifications, construction, operations, and maintenance. Answer to this question is required
  • I have professional engineering experience providing technical support to maintenance offices by analyzing and resolving operational and maintenance problems of electrical equipment for two or more power generating facilities.
  • I have professional engineering experience providing technical support to maintenance offices by analyzing and resolving operational and maintenance problems of electrical equipment for two or more industrial facilities.
  • I have professional engineering experience associated with the operation and maintenance of a power generating facility.
  • I have served as the senior engineer or have professional engineering experience associated with operation and maintenance of an industrial plant or switchyard.
  • I have experience providing technical support to maintenance offices by analyzing and resolving operational and maintenance problems of electrical equipment.
  • I have education and training in operation and maintenance of a power or industrial facility.
  • None of the above.
20 Select the responses that describe your work experience with writing the following. Answer to this question is required
  • Operating procedures
  • Technical specifications
  • Formal instructions or directives
  • Technical documentation describing the design of equipment
  • Published articles in technical journals
  • Correspondence outside my organization
  • Documents describing the behavior of electrical circuits to be understood by non-engineers
  • None of the above
21 Select the one response that best describes your experience reviewing supply and construction contracts for compliance with engineering specifications and designs related to pumping and power plants, switchyards and substations. Answer to this question is required
  • I have overseen the work of contractors to ensure that their work is in compliance with engineering specifications and designs as a central or major part of my work, and I have trained others in the performance of this work, and/or others have consulted me as an expert.
  • I have overseen the work of contractors to ensure that their work is in compliance with engineering specifications and designs on a regular basis, independently and usually without review by a supervisor.
  • I have monitored the work of contractors to ensure that their work is in compliance with engineering specifications and designs under close supervision by a senior employee, supervisor, or manager.
  • I have received education or training in this type of work, but have yet to fully apply this knowledge in a work situation.
  • I have not had experience, education or training in reviewing contracts for compliance.
22 Select the responses that best describe your experience in preparing and analyzing cost estimates for electrical systems and equipment. Answer to this question is required
  • I developed criteria and procedures for maintaining current bid price data.
  • I substantiated unit prices obtained by independent analysis.
  • I prepared cost estimates or checked estimates prepared by others.
  • I reviewed cost estimates for sufficiency of quantities, omission of pay items, and adequacy of unit prices.
  • I prepared and analyzed data of bids on solicitations, cost trends, and related information.
  • I prepared Engineer's Estimate of cost for constructing a particular structure.
  • I prepared Engineer's Estimate of costs for specified equipment or materials to be purchased.
  • I estimated cost for project planning uses.
  • I prepared estimates for comparison with prices submitted by contractors for changes to existing contracts.
  • I prepared breakdowns of bid items by property class and plant account.
  • None of the above.
23 Select the one response that best describes your knowledge and experience working on and around high-voltage equipment in a power generation plant, industrial plant, water storage facility, water conveyance system, or military installation. Answer to this question is required
  • I have experience working on/around high-voltage equipment (above 600 volts) in a power generation plant or switchyard.
  • I have experience working on/around high-voltage equipment (above 600 volts) in an industrial plant.
  • I have experience working on/around high-voltage equipment (above 600 volts) in a water storage facility, water conveyance system, or military installation.
  • I have experience working on/around low-voltage equipment (less than 600 volts) in a military installation.
  • I have high-voltage training, but have not yet performed this task on the job.
  • None of the above
24 Please select the responses that describe your safety experience working on/around high-voltage equipment. Answer to this question is required
  • I have experience following specific safety and clearance procedures.
  • I have experience participating in safety meetings relating to working on and around high-voltage equipment.
  • I have had the responsibility for ensuring that safe work procedures are followed when working on and around high-voltage circuits (above 600 volts).
  • I have had the responsibility of conducting toolbox safety meetings.
  • I have experience with inspecting the work area for safety hazards.
  • I have experience working on or near low voltage circuits (below 600 volts).
  • I have experience working in hazardous work areas other than that involving electrical power circuits.
  • None of the above
25 Select the responses that describe your knowledge and experience working with the following. Answer to this question is required
  • Power Safety Standards
  • Safe Clearance Procedures
  • Hazardous Energy Control Program
  • Job Hazard Analysis
  • Hazard Communications/Material Safety Data Sheets
  • OSHA requirements for high voltage safety
  • Conducting or assisting in presenting periodic safety meetings
  • None of the above

Grade: 12

1 GS-12 Choose one answer which best describes your education and/or experience in accordance with requirements for engineering positions at this level. Answer to this question is required
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • I do not meet or exceed the education or experience requirement as described.
2 GS-12 In addition to meeting basic requirements for engineering positions, choose one answer which best describes your experience in accordance with requirements for engineering positions at this level. Answer to this question is required
  • I have one full year of specialized experience equivalent in responsibility and scope to the GS-11 level as described in the vacancy announcement under specialized experience.
  • I do not meet the 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. Answer to this question is required
  • I am highly skilled at performing these functions. I have performed them routinely and have carried them out successfully.
  • I have performed these functions independently as a regular part of jobs that I have held.
  • I have performed similar or directly related job functions and my experience and training have prepared me to perform these functions.
  • I have received post high school education or formal training in these functions, but I have not performed them on the job.
  • None of the above.
4 I have knowledge of and experience in using the following standards and codes in performance of electrical design. Answer to this question is required
  • National Electrical Code (NEC)
  • American Society for Testing and Materials (ASTM)
  • Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers (IEEE)
  • National Fire Protection Association (NFPA)
  • American National Standards Institute (ANSI)
  • National Electrical Safety Code (NESC)
  • National Electrical Manufacturer's Association(NEMA)
  • None of the above
5 Select the responses that describe your experience in designing switchyard or substation electrical systems including; selection, specification and placement/arrangement for medium (1000v-34.5kV) and high voltage equipment (34.5kV-525kV). Answer to this question is required
  • Switchyard (high voltage) power circuit breakers
  • Medium voltage switchgear
  • Medium voltage circuit breakers
  • Transformers (3-phase, 10-MVA or larger oil filled)
  • Disconnect Switches
  • Non-segregated phase buss, strain buss or pipe buss
  • Power and disbribution power cables
  • Surge arresters
  • Metering current and potential transformers
  • Switchyard ground mat sizing and layout
  • None of the above
6 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. Answer to this question is required
  • I have not performed these job functions.
  • I have received formal training in these functions, but have not performed them on the job.
  • I have used blueprints, drawings, and manufacturers instructions to troubleshoot and repair power system equipment in an industrial maintenance facility.
  • I have used blueprints, drawings, and manufacturers instructions to troubleshoot and repair power system equipment in an power generation facility.
  • 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.
7 Identify the task(s) you have performed to accomplish or support electrical engineering design or plant operation and maintenance. Answer to this question is required
  • Data collection, processing, and analysis
  • Physical layout drawings of facilities or equipment.
  • Electrical wiring diagrams
  • system block diagrams
  • Equipment schematic drawings
  • Data and/or drawing review and correction
  • Preparation of specifications of equipment to be procured
  • Engineering cost estimates and schedules
  • Installation cost estimates and schedules
  • Maintenance cost estimates and schedules
  • Generating unit control design engineering
  • Generating unit control automation and instrumentation
  • Power generation plant automation design engineering
  • Industrial automation or control system design
  • Unit control firmware or software design
  • Software coding, testing and integration
  • Communication protocol implementation and testing
  • Automation system problem identification and correction
  • Power generation facility operation and maintenance
  • I have an engineering degree that prepares me to perform electrical engineering assignments, but I have not performed any of these tasks on the job.
  • None of the above
8 Select the responses that describe your experience with designing the installation of the following electrical systems and equipment. Answer to this question is required
  • Governors
  • Hydroelectric Governors
  • Generators (Fixed - 5 MW or larger)
  • Generators (Fixed - less than 5 MW)
  • Portable Generators (50-KVA or larger)
  • Voltage Regulators
  • Excitation Systems
  • Protective Relaying
  • 125 Vdc Battery Systems
  • 48 Vdc Battery Systems
  • Circuit Breakers (less than 600-Volt)
  • Circuit Breakers (600-Volt to 24-k Volt)
  • Power Circuit Breakers (air, vacuum, oil, or SF6)
  • Transformers (10 MVA and larger)
  • Transformers (smaller than 10 MVA)
  • Auxiliary Equipment Controls, Power, and Indicators
  • Supervisory Control and Data Acquisition (SCADA) Control System
  • Large Pumps (50 cfs or more)
  • Large Motors (500 horsepower or more)
  • HVAC
  • Current and Potential Transformers
  • Elevator Controls
  • Disconnect/Ground Switches
  • Programmable Logic Controllers
  • Alarm Systems
  • Lighting Systems
  • Grounding Systems
  • Energy Conservation Systems
  • None of the above
9 Select the one response that best describes your knowledge and experience in the design, layout, and testing of a variety of electrical systems and equipment. Answer to this question is required
  • I have professional electrical engineering experience in the design, layout and testing of a variety of major electrical equipment and systems installed in a power generating plant.
  • I have professional electrical engineering experience in the design, layout, and testing of a variety of major electrical equipment and systems installed in an industrial plant, switchyard, or water storage facility.
  • I have professional electrical engineering experience in design and layout of a variety of major electrical equipment and systems installed in power generating and pumping plants.
  • I have professional engineering experience in the design, layout and testing of a variety of major electrical equipment and systems installed in an industrial plant, switchyard, or water storage facility.
  • I have professional engineering experience as a field engineer in the testing of various major electrical equipment installed in a power generating plant, industrial plant, switchyard, water storage facility, or water conveyance system.
  • I have professional engineering experience assisting in the design or modification of electrical installations in a power generating plant, industrial plant, switchyard, water storage facility, or water conveyance system.
  • None of the above
10 Select the responses that best describe the types of electrical systems and equipment you have experience designing. Answer to this question is required
  • AC and DC unit controls
  • Motor Control Centers
  • Unit protection application - includes protective relaying
  • Schematic diagrams for electrical systems
  • Low, medium and/or high voltage transformers – including station service/distribution (600V – 25,000V) transformers (smaller than 500kVA)
  • Low, medium and/or high voltage circuit breakers – includes air, vacuum, oil and/or SF6
  • Electrical distribution, grounding and/or bonding systems – includes pumping/power plant grounding
  • Programmable logic controllers
  • Lighting systems
  • Governors in hydroelectric power facilities
  • Generators - rewinds, testing and portable generators for hydroelectric facilities
  • Voltage Regulators
  • Excitation Systems
  • 125 Vdc Battery Systems and/or 48Vdc Battery Systems
  • Supervisory Control and Data Acquisition (SCADA) Control Systems
  • Small, medium and/or large pumps
  • Small, medium and/or large motors
  • HVAC
  • Elevator Controls
  • Disconnect/Ground Switches
  • Alarm Systems
  • Fire Suppressant systems; CO2, Inergen, Halon
  • Energy Conservation Systems
  • Computer data systems and/or Telephone (voice) systems
  • None of the above
11 Select the responses that best describe your experience performing electrical analysis to determine sizing calculations and applications and to develop technical recommendations for the following types of electrical equipment. Answer to this question is required
  • Voltage drop calculations
  • Conduit/cable sizing
  • Circuit breaker sizing/application; less than 600 V, 600V – 15,000V and/or 15,000V – 2.4kV
  • Transformers; less than or greater than 20 MVA, includes current and/or potential transformers
  • Power fuses
  • Insulation Coordination (Basic Impulse Level)
  • Surge protection equipment for Generator, Power Transformer and Power Cabling Systems
  • Pumps; less than or greater than 50cfs
  • Motors; less than or greater than 500 horsepower
  • None of the above
12 Select the response(s) that describes your experience in preparing electrical designs or electrical design data for use by other engineers, planners, contracting personnel, or craft personnel; including technical drawings or specifications, task scheduling, project cost projections, economic cost/benefit analysis, or budget planning in order to design, issue contracts, maintain, or repair electrical systems and equipment. Answer to this question is required
  • I have had responsibility for engineering project management including all of the duties listed above.
  • I have supervised engineers with technical responsibility for an engineering project.
  • I have prepared engineering designs including electrical drawings and schematics that were reviewed and approved by supervisory engineers.
  • I have drafted project plans including cost estimates used by my supervisor or management.
  • I have used engineering design documents including electrical drawings and schematics to install, test, and commission new equipment.
  • I have performed engineering data collection and analysis to assist other engineers with engineering designs.
  • I have had technical responsibility for contracts used to procure engineering services of plant equipment.
  • I have an engineering degree that prepares me to perform electrical engineering assignments, but I have not performed them on the job.
  • I do not have an engineering degree and have not performed any of the tasks listed above.
13 Select the one response that best describes your knowledge and experience in testing power system equipment. Answer to this question is required
  • I have experience using electrical test equipment such as a power factor test set, hipot test set, insulation resistance tester, dielectric test set, ground resistance tester, megaohmmeter, phase sequence meter, phase angle meter, strip chart recorder, infrared scanner, thumper cable fault locator, and oscilloscope to troubleshoot power system electrical/electronic problems in a power generation plant.
  • I have experience using electrical test equipment such as a power factor test set, hipot test set, insulation resistance tester, dielectric test set, ground resistance tester, megaohmmeter, phase sequence meter, phase angle meter, strip chart recorder, infrared scanner, thumper cable fault locator, and oscilloscope to troubleshoot power system electrical/electronic problems in an industrial plant or switchyard.
  • I have experience designating what tests need to be conducted and coordinating the execution of these tests by other employees.
  • I have experience assisting in troubleshooting circuits using electrical test equipment such as a digital volt meter, high potential test set, infrared scanner, strip chart recorder, etc., in a power generation plant, industrial plant, or switchyard.
  • I have experience assisting in troubleshooting circuits using electrical test equipment such as a digital volt meter, high potential test set, infrared scanner, strip chart recorder, etc., in a water storage facility, water conveyance system, or military installation.
  • None of the above.
14 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. Answer to this question is required
  • I have not performed these job functions.
  • I have received formal training in these functions, but I have not performed them on the job.
  • I have used blueprints, drawings, and manufacturers instructions to troubleshoot and repair power system equipment in an industrial maintenance facility.
  • I have used blueprints, drawings, and manufacturers instructions to troubleshoot and repair power system equipment in a power generation facility.
  • 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.
15 Select the one response that best describes your level of experience in preparing and modifying electrical drawings for a variety of powerplant equipment and layouts. Answer to this question is required
  • I have no experience or training with preparing and modifying powerplant electrical equipment drawings.
  • I have training with preparing and modifying electrical equipment drawings.
  • I have experience in preparing and modifying electrical drawings using a computer aided drafting program (such as AutoCAD).
  • I have field experience with marking up electrical drawings to reflect actual conditions.
  • I have field experience with making drawing corrections and then updating the changes using computer aided drafting and design programs (such as AutoCAD).
  • I have field experience with making drawing corrections, updating the changes, and preparing design drawings using computer aided drafting and design programs (such as AutoCAD).
16 Select the one response that best describes your experience in analyzing and designing protective relaying schemes for power generation equipment and electrical transmission systems. Answer to this question is required
  • I have education and training in designing or testing relay protection schemes for a power-generating or industrial facility.
  • I have professional engineering experience in performing load flow/short circuit studies for protective relaying and fuse schemes used in power generation and power transmission systems.
  • 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 plant, transmission/distribution system, switchyard, water storage facility, or water conveyance system.
  • I have professional engineering experience assisting in the development of all aspects of protective schemes for power generation or power transmission/distribution line protection, to include calculating relay or fuse settings and analyzing relay operations.
  • I have professional electrical engineering experience in consulting on and establishing policies, standards and criteria for system-wide relay protection schemes that protect, control and assure the safe operating limits of several hydroelectric power facilities in a large geographic region.
  • None of the above.
17 Select the responses that describe your experience in repairing and replacing electrical/electronic equipment in power generation plants. Answer to this question is required
  • I have experience analyzing complex electrical/electronic equipment and detailed diagrams identifying and recommending appropriate corrective actions to prevent failures and malfunctions of specific electrical problems.
  • I have used electrical test equipment to compare electrical circuit values with expected or design values.
  • I have worked on a team in solving and correcting specific problems in testing electrical equipment.
  • I have experience using test equipment for testing new or overhauled electrical equipment.
  • I have used computer models to compare measured electric values with expected values.
  • I have experience using Doble or DC ramp test equipment for testing power transformers and generators.
  • None of the above.
18 Select the responses that reflect your experience with setting priorities, organizing workloads, and handling multiple power engineering assignments. Answer to this question is required
  • I have planned and executed several power engineering tasks or activities.
  • I have completed power engineering tasks within tight and changing deadlines.
  • I have established priorities and organized multiple power engineering project workloads.
  • I have completed non-routine power engineering tasks within established deadlines.
  • I have served on teams in planning and executing power engineering tasks or activities.
  • I have worked independently in executing power engineering tasks or activities.
  • I have lead teams in planning and executing power engineering tasks or activities.
  • None of the above.
19 Select the one response that best describes your experience in applying engineering standards, principles, and practices related to design, specifications, construction, operations, and maintenance. Answer to this question is required
  • I have professional engineering experience providing technical support to maintenance offices by analyzing and resolving operational and maintenance problems of electrical equipment for two or more power generating facilities.
  • I have professional engineering experience providing technical support to maintenance offices by analyzing and resolving operational and maintenance problems of electrical equipment for two or more industrial facilities.
  • I have professional engineering experience associated with the operation and maintenance of a power generating facility.
  • I have served as the senior engineer or have professional engineering experience associated with operation and maintenance of an industrial plant or switchyard.
  • I have experience providing technical support to maintenance offices by analyzing and resolving operational and maintenance problems of electrical equipment.
  • I have education and training in operation and maintenance of a power or industrial facility.
  • None of the above.
20 Select the responses that describe your work experience with writing the following. Answer to this question is required
  • Operating procedures
  • Technical specifications
  • Formal instructions or directives
  • Technical documentation describing the design of equipment
  • Published articles in technical journals
  • Correspondence outside my organization
  • Documents describing the behavior of electrical circuits to be understood by non-engineers
  • None of the above
21 Select the one response that best describes your experience reviewing supply and construction contracts for compliance with engineering specifications and designs related to pumping and power plants, switchyards and substations. Answer to this question is required
  • I have overseen the work of contractors to ensure that their work is in compliance with engineering specifications and designs as a central or major part of my work, and I have trained others in the performance of this work, and/or others have consulted me as an expert.
  • I have overseen the work of contractors to ensure that their work is in compliance with engineering specifications and designs on a regular basis, independently and usually without review by a supervisor.
  • I have monitored the work of contractors to ensure that their work is in compliance with engineering specifications and designs under close supervision by a senior employee, supervisor, or manager.
  • I have received education or training in this type of work, but have yet to fully apply this knowledge in a work situation.
  • I have not had experience, education or training in reviewing contracts for compliance.
22 Select the responses that best describe your experience in preparing and analyzing cost estimates for electrical systems and equipment. Answer to this question is required
  • I developed criteria and procedures for maintaining current bid price data.
  • I substantiated unit prices obtained by independent analysis.
  • I prepared cost estimates or checked estimates prepared by others.
  • I reviewed cost estimates for sufficiency of quantities, omission of pay items, and adequacy of unit prices.
  • I prepared and analyzed data of bids on solicitations, cost trends, and related information.
  • I prepared Engineer's Estimate of cost for constructing a particular structure.
  • I prepared Engineer's Estimate of costs for specified equipment or materials to be purchased.
  • I estimated cost for project planning uses.
  • I prepared estimates for comparison with prices submitted by contractors for changes to existing contracts.
  • I prepared breakdowns of bid items by property class and plant account.
  • None of the above.
23 Select the one response that best describes your knowledge and experience working on and around high-voltage equipment in a power generation plant, industrial plant, water storage facility, water conveyance system, or military installation. Answer to this question is required
  • I have experience working on/around high-voltage equipment (above 600 volts) in a power generation plant or switchyard.
  • I have experience working on/around high-voltage equipment (above 600 volts) in an industrial plant.
  • I have experience working on/around high-voltage equipment (above 600 volts) in a water storage facility, water conveyance system, or military installation.
  • I have experience working on/around low-voltage equipment (less than 600 volts) in a military installation.
  • I have high-voltage training, but have not yet performed this task on the job.
  • None of the above
24 Please select the responses that describe your safety experience working on/around high-voltage equipment. Answer to this question is required
  • I have experience following specific safety and clearance procedures.
  • I have experience participating in safety meetings relating to working on and around high-voltage equipment.
  • I have had the responsibility for ensuring that safe work procedures are followed when working on and around high-voltage circuits (above 600 volts).
  • I have had the responsibility of conducting toolbox safety meetings.
  • I have experience with inspecting the work area for safety hazards.
  • I have experience working on or near low voltage circuits (below 600 volts).
  • I have experience working in hazardous work areas other than that involving electrical power circuits.
  • None of the above
25 Select the responses that describe your knowledge and experience working with the following. Answer to this question is required
  • Power Safety Standards
  • Safe Clearance Procedures
  • Hazardous Energy Control Program
  • Job Hazard Analysis
  • Hazard Communications/Material Safety Data Sheets
  • OSHA requirements for high voltage safety
  • Conducting or assisting in presenting periodic safety meetings
  • None of the above

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