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


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


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.
  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-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.
  1. 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.
  2. I do not meet the experience requirement as described.


Grade: All Grades
* 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


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.Select the responses that describe your experience with designing and/or specifying the installation of the following electrical systems and equipment.
  1. Digital Governors
  2. Mechanical-Hydraulic Governors
  3. Generators (Fixed - 20 MW or larger)
  4. Generators (Fixed - less than 20 MW)
  5. Portable Generators (100-KVA or larger)
  6. Analogue Voltage Regulators
  7. Digital Voltage Regulators
  8. Excitation Systems
  9. Electro Mechanical Protective Relaying
  10. Digital Protective Relaying
  11. None of the above


* 4.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.
  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. 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.
  6. 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.
  7. None of the above


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


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


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


* 8.Select the response(s) that describe your experience installing and/or testing and/or commissioning the following electrical systems and equipment.
  1. Digital Governors
  2. Mechanical-Hydraulic Governors
  3. Generators (Fixed - 20 MW or larger)
  4. Generators (Fixed - less than 20 MW)
  5. Portable generators (100-KVA or larger)
  6. Analog Voltage Regulators
  7. Digital Voltage Regulators
  8. Excitation systems
  9. Electro Mechanical Protective Relaying
  10. Digital Protective Relaying
  11. 125 Vdc Battery Systems
  12. None of the above


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


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


* 11.Select the one response that best describes your knowledge and experience in testing power system equipment.
  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. I have experience designating what tests need to be conducted and coordinating the execution of these tests by other employees.
  4. 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.
  5. 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.
  6. None of the above.


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


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


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


* 15.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.


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


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






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