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* 1.Select the one statement that best characterizes your level of performance and supervision received as a Water Treatment Plant Operator and Wastewater Treatment Plant Operator.
  1. I have not had education, training or experience in this task.
  2. I have completed education or training in this task, but have not yet applied this education or training on the job.
  3. I have experience assisting in basic maintenance duties in water treatment plants and at sewage lifts stations and oxidation ponds under close supervision.
  4. I have maintained water treatment plants and wastewater treatment plants, sewage lift stations and oxidations ponds. I can perform maintenance work on equipment such as pumps, motors, and chemical feeders to ensure proper operation with little guidance from my supervisor.
  5. I have two + years experience maintaining water treatment plants, wastewater treatment plants, sewage lift stations and oxidation ponds. I can independently handle complex mechanical problems associated with water & wastewater treatment plant equipment such as pumps, motors, and chemical feeders to ensure proper operation.


* 2.Do you currently possess a valid driver’s license?
  1. Yes
  2. No


* 3.Select all of the following certifications you currently possess:
  1. State of Nevada Water Treatment Plant Operator Certification at the Grade II Level or higher
  2. State of Nevada Water Distribution Operator Certification at the Grade II Level or higher
  3. Arizona Wastewater Treatment Plant Operator's Certification at the Grade II Level or higher
  4. Arizona Wastewater Collections Certification at the Grade II Level or higher
  5. Other Water Treatment Plant Operator Certification at the Grade II Level or higher
  6. Other Wastewater Treatment Operator Certification at the Grade II Level or higher
  7. Other Wastewater collections certificate at the Grade II Level or higher
  8. Other Water Distribution Operator Certification Grade II Level or higher
  9. None of the above


* 4.Select the following research activities in which you have experience:
  1. Water Chemistry
  2. Environmental Science
  3. Enviornmental Organic Chemistry
  4. Water Quality
  5. Clean Water Act
  6. None of the above


* 5.Indicate which of the following types of water treatment systems you have operated or assisted in operating.
  1. 1 MGD or greater conventional water treatment facility
  2. 1 MGD or greater direct filtration water treatment facility
  3. 30 gpm membrane filtration system with ultra-violet disinfection unit and P.L.C. controls
  4. Other
  5. None of the above


* 6.Indicate which of the following types of wastewater treatment systems you have operated or assisted in operating.
  1. .5 MGD or greater BNR Wastewater Treatment Facility with Tertiary Treatment
  2. .5 MGD or greater Extended Aeration Wastewater Treatment Facility
  3. .5 MGD or greater Tertiary Treatment Plant with effluent filtration and P.L.C. controls
  4. Other
  5. None of the above


* 7.Have you operated and/or assisted with the operation of the Supervisory Control and Data Acquisition (SCADA) system for Water and Waste-Water (W/WW) operations.
  1. Yes
  2. No


* 8.Have you as a certified operator collected samples of Wastewater influent and effluent and treated drinking water from treatment plants, distribution systems, or as a water quality researcher working on water quality standards?
  1. Yes
  2. No


* 9.I have been the direct responsible operator in charge of a drinking water facility.
  1. Yes
  2. No


* 10.I have been the direct responsible operator in charge of a NPDES permit relating to the wastewater effluent discharge of a wastewater treatment facility OR to state water ways.
  1. Yes
  2. No


* 11.Select the task(s) in which you are proficient and have routinely performed in a water/wastewater treatment plant work environment (commercial or industrial).
  1. Handling chemicals
  2. Collecting data
  3. Maintaining records
  4. Performing mathematical calculations
  5. Performing lab analysis of treatment processes
  6. Inspecting machinery and equipment
  7. Monitoring sewage lift stations
  8. Monitoring oxidation ponds
  9. Monitoring aeration tanks
  10. Regulating and monitoring flows
  11. Monitoring backflow filtration system
  12. None of the above


* 12.Select the electrical task(s) you have performed as a regular part of your job.
  1. Replace electrical switches and fuses
  2. Replace wall receptacles
  3. Repair power tool cords
  4. Pull wire cables
  5. Form and install conduit
  6. Check circuit voltages
  7. None of the above


* 13.Select the plumbing task(s) you have performed as a regular part of your job.
  1. Solder copper pipe
  2. Cut and thread galvanized pipe
  3. Install plumbing fixtures
  4. Install PEX pipe
  5. Install submersible well pumps
  6. Repair sewer lines
  7. Repair lift station pumps
  8. Determine the tools and the supplies needed to complete a project
  9. None of the above


* 14.I have operated and read the following water/wastewater measurement devices associated with water storage and conveyance systems.
  1. Flumes
  2. V-notch weirs
  3. Staff gauges
  4. Strip chart recorders
  5. Current meters
  6. Magnetic & Sonic Flow meters
  7. Mechanical Flow meters
  8. None of the above


* 15.Select the task(s) in which you are proficient and have routinely performed either with minimal or no direct supervision.
  1. I have been responsible for assessing water demands within a service area and adjusting plant production operations to meet the anticipated demands.
  2. I have performed chemical and physical field tests of both treated and raw water. I have logged these test results along with flow rates, consumption and other appropriate data to meet reporting mandates and other reports.
  3. I have calculated dosages and operated metering systems to adjust feed rates for such chemicals as chlorine, ferric chloride and soda ash.
  4. I have performed decontamination, disinfection, and cleansing procedures to collect "clean" water samples.
  5. I have collected water and/or wastewater samples, labeled, completed a chain of custody, and packaged the samples for transportation to a laboratory for analytical analysis.
  6. I have been responsible for assessing wastewater treatment facility daily process control requirements including making necessary adjusts to the wasting and return activated sludge cycles to meet the anticipated BOD demands.
  7. I have performed chemical and physical field tests of both raw sewage and activated sludge process. I have logged these test results including samples for nitrogen, ammonia, dissolved oxygen, pH, flow rates, consumption and other appropriate data to meet reporting mandates and making process control changes.
  8. I have reviewed plant operating data and have made the necessary adjustments to the process control system.
  9. I have performed BOD, Total Suspended Solids, Total Dissolved Solids, Ammonia, Nitrogen, TKN, pH, temperature, fecal & e-coli sampling procedures to collect for monitoring samples.
  10. None of the above.


* 16.Select the mechanical maintenance equipment you have operated or used in a professional (commercial or industrial) work environment.
  1. Metering equipment (turbidity, chlorine analyzer, meters)
  2. Analytical equipment (dissolved oxygen, pH, ORP, TSS meters)
  3. Calibration equipment
  4. Hand and power tools
  5. Pipe threading machine
  6. Pipe cutters
  7. Pressure and feeder gauges
  8. Soldering equipment
  9. Lab equipment (scales, beakers, particle counters)
  10. Pipe fittings
  11. Flow regulators
  12. Pumps and motors
  13. Backflow prevention devices
  14. Anti-siphon valves
  15. None of the above


* 17.Select the material(s) which you are proficient in using and have routinely used in a water and/or wastewater treatment plant work environment (commercial or industrial).
  1. Plastic pipes
  2. Solvents
  3. Chemicals (chlorine, etc.)
  4. Plumbing fixtures
  5. Electrical supplies
  6. Metal pipe
  7. Sealers and glue
  8. None of the above


* 18.Select the answer(s) that represent the equipment maintenance tasks that you have independently performed related to a water/wastewater treatment plant/facility OR as a water quality researcher.
  1. Calibrate water quality meters and analytical equipment
  2. Disassemble and clean gauges, meters, valves, switches, metering units and supporting structures
  3. Install, maintain and service metering, sensing, monitoring, recording and communications equipment associated with water quality
  4. Perform backwash and flushing of filtration equipment including sedimentation basins and filters
  5. Perform process control tests including SVI, TSS, DO, pH, sludge depth, sludge age, disinfection demands.
  6. None of the above


* 19.Select the response that best describes your level of experience, education or training in using blueprints, drawings and manufacturer's instructions to troubleshoot and repair mechanical and electrical equipment.
  1. I have not performed these job functions.
  2. I have received post high school education or formal training in these functions, but I have not performed them on the job.
  3. I have used blueprints, drawings and manufacturer's instructions to troubleshoot and repair mechanical and electrical equipment in a water and/or wastewater treatment facility.
  4. I have used blueprints, drawings and manufacturer's instructions to troubleshoot and repair mechanical and electrical equipment in a water and/or wastewater facility. I am highly skilled in performing these functions. I have performed them independently and routinely.
  5. I have used blueprints, drawings and manufacturer's instructions to troubleshoot and repair mechanical and electrical equipment. I am highly skilled at performing these functions and have performed them independently on a routine basis. I have made corrections to blueprints and drawings to reflect actual conditions.
  6. I have used blueprints, drawings and manufacturer's instructions to troubleshoot and repair mechanical and electrical equipment. I am highly skilled at performing these functions and have performed them on an independent and routine basis. I have trained and/or supervised others to interpret and understand blueprints, drawings and manufacturer's instructions for the purpose of troubleshooting and repairing mechanical and electrical equipment.


* 20.Select the response that defines how long it has been since you have had an at-fault accident (personal injury to self or others or property damage) at work.
  1. Greater than 5 years
  2. Greater than 3 years and less than 5 years
  3. Greater than 2 years and less than 3 years
  4. Greater than 1 year and less than 2 years
  5. Less than 1 year
  6. I have never had an at-fault accident


* 21.Select the response that best describes your experience in applying safety procedures when using tools and equipment.
  1. I have not had education, training, or experience in this function.
  2. I have on-the-job experience in this function. My work was closely monitored/supervised to ensure compliance with proper safety procedures.
  3. I have performed work safely as a regular part of a job. I have worked independently and without more than normal review by a supervisor or team leader and without injury.
  4. I have experience with using and following hazardous energy control procedures as part of a job.
  5. Working safely has been an integral or major part of my job. I have routinely operated tools and equipment safely and/or others have consulted me as an expert for assistance in safely operating tools and equipment.


* 22.I have worked independently in remote field sites.
  1. True
  2. False


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* 23.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


* 24.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


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






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