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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: All Grades
1.Select the response that best represents your experience inspecting electrical equipment to determine compliance with contract specifications, building codes and standards.
  1. I have formal education or training in electrical inspection procedures but have no on-the-job work experience.
  2. I have inspected electrical features of construction projects associated with residential, small retail structures or similar projects.
  3. I have inspected routine or standard electrical features of construction projects associated with commercial or industrial facilities (e.g., in multi-story office buildings, power or production plants).
  4. I have inspected major electrical systems with complex and/or sophisticated electrical components associated with commercial or industrial facilities (e.g., multi-story office buildings, power or production plants).
  5. I have served as the senior inspector on major construction projects to direct all electrical inspection activities, advise other inspectors and resolve complex problems.
  6. None of the above.


2.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.
  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. I have received education or training in this type of work, but have yet to fully apply this knowledge in a work situation.
  5. I have not had experience, education or training in reviewing contracts for compliance.


3.Select the response(s) that best describe(s) your experience using various types of electrical drawings or blueprints to verify work being completed by contractors.
  1. I am familiar with electrical drawings and schematics, but have never used them to check work.
  2. I have created electrical design drawings and schematics.
  3. I have reviewed electrical drawings submitted by contractors against design drawings to determine if errors or omissions exist.
  4. I have used complex electrical drawings and schematics to check work being done by contractors to insure systems will perform as designed and a quality product is obtained.
  5. I have been responsible for oversight and review of complex drawing created by others co-workers and/or subordinates as to verify field work and to insure proper techniques are being followed.
  6. None of the above


4.Select the electrical drawings you have used to verify contractors installation of electrical equipment associated with large power and pumping station facilities.
  1. I have experience using detailed wiring diagrams.
  2. I have experience using detailed schematic diagrams.
  3. I have experience using manufacturer's drawings.
  4. I have experience using electrical control diagrams.
  5. I have experience using detailed block diagrams for circuit analysis.
  6. I have experience using simple wiring diagrams.
  7. I have experience using simple block diagrams.
  8. I have experience using single-line diagrams.
  9. I have experience using 3-line diagrams.
  10. I have experience using ladder logic diagrams.
  11. I have experience using step-by-step manufacturer's instructions.
  12. None of the above.


5.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


6.Select the responses that best describe your experience in preparing and analyzing cost estimates for electrical systems and equipment.
  1. I developed criteria and procedures for maintaining current bid price data.
  2. I substantiated unit prices obtained by independent analysis.
  3. I prepared cost estimates or checked estimates prepared by others.
  4. I reviewed cost estimates for sufficiency of quantities, omission of pay items, and adequacy of unit prices.
  5. I prepared and analyzed data of bids on solicitations, cost trends, and related information.
  6. I prepared Engineer's Estimate of cost for constructing a particular structure.
  7. I prepared Engineer's Estimate of costs for specified equipment or materials to be purchased.
  8. I estimated cost for project planning uses.
  9. I prepared estimates for comparison with prices submitted by contractors for changes to existing contracts.
  10. I prepared breakdowns of bid items by property class and plant account.
  11. None of the above.


7.Select the response that best describes your experience witnessing the testing of electrical systems and equipment for conformance to performance requirements.
  1. I have experience witnessing the testing of low to medium voltage electrical systems and equipment.
  2. I have experience witnessing the ground testing of switchyards and industrial ground systems.
  3. I have experience witnessing the testing of high and low voltage electrical power distribution systems for large installations or buildings such as hospitals, industrial shops, airfields, technical laboratories.
  4. I have experience witnessing the start-up testing and operational testing of large pump/ motor units and various control equipment associated with large pumping plant facilities.
  5. I have experience with start-up testing and operational testing of high voltage electrical systems and various control equipment associated with dam complexes or hydroelectric power plants.
  6. None of the above


8.Select the one response that best describes your experience inspecting work performed on high-voltage equipment to assure proper installation or repair and conformance with electrical standards and contract requirements.
  1. I have experience inspecting work performed on high-voltage equipment (above 600 volts) in a power generation plant or switchyard.
  2. I have experience inspecting work performed on high-voltage equipment (above 600 volts) in an industrial plant.
  3. I have experience inspecting work performed on high-voltage equipment (above 600 volts) in a water storage facility, water conveyance system, or military installation.
  4. I have experience inspecting work performed on low-voltage equipment (less than 600 volts) in a military installation.
  5. I have high-voltage training, but have not yet performed this task on the job.
  6. None of the above


9.Select the electrical equipment and systems you have experience inspecting the installation or repair to assure proper installation, acceptable performance and compliance with engineering specifications.
  1. Governors
  2. Hydroelectric Governors
  3. Generators (Fixed - 5 MW or larger)
  4. Generators (Fixed - less than 5 MW)
  5. Portable Generators (50-KVA or larger)
  6. Voltage Regulators
  7. Excitation Systems
  8. Protective Relaying
  9. 125 Vdc Battery Systems
  10. 48 Vdc Battery Systems
  11. Circuit Breakers (less than 600-Volt)
  12. Circuit Breakers (600-Volt to 24-kVolt)
  13. Power Circuit Breakers (air, vacuum, oil, or SF6)
  14. Transformers (10 MVA and larger)
  15. Transformers (smaller than 10 MVA)
  16. Auxiliary Equipment Controls, Power, and Indicators
  17. Supervisory Control and Data Acquisition (SCADA) Control System
  18. Large Pumps (50 cfs or more)
  19. Large Motors (500 horsepower or more)
  20. HVAC
  21. Current and Potential Transformers
  22. Elevator Controls
  23. Disconnect Ground Switches
  24. Programmable Logic Controllers
  25. Alarm Systems
  26. None of the above


10.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 equipment drawings.
  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.
  6. I have field experience with preparing new electrical drawings for powerplant equipment drawings.


11.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


12.Select the following safety related areas in which you have had experience with.
  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


13.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


14.Select the one response that describes your knowledge, experience, and training in administering contracts.
  1. I have not had education, training, or experience in administering contracts.
  2. I have had education or training in administering contracts, but have not yet performed it on the job.
  3. I have administered contracts on the job, with close supervision from supervisor or senior employee.
  4. I have administered contracts as a regular part of the job, independently and usually without review by supervisor or senior employee.
  5. I am normally consulted by others for expertise and assistance with administering contracts and/or I have trained or supervised others in administering contracts.


15.Select the response(s) which indicate the experience you have had with general construction contract administration tasks.
  1. Reviewed representative correspondence with contractors.
  2. Reviewed solicitation packages for completeness and accuracy.
  3. Prepared independent government cost estimates.
  4. Reviewed technical submittals.
  5. Drafted letters to contractors for Contracting Officer Representative or Contracting Officer approval.
  6. Reviewed site survey field data.
  7. Reviewed as-built drawings.
  8. Drafted as-built drawings.
  9. Ensured contractor compliance.
  10. Resolved minor disputes.
  11. Closed-out contract files.
  12. Reviewed progress schedules for completeness and accuracy.
  13. Prepared contract changes.
  14. Negotiated contract changes.
  15. Performed other contract administration tasks.
  16. None of the above.


16.Select the experience that best describes your ability to meet and deal effectively with officials and staff, both internal and external to the organization.
  1. I have extensive experience holding meetings with contractors and outside personnel in the field for the purpose of resolving complex issues arising in the field during construction.
  2. I have experience holding meetings with contractor personnel for the purpose of clarifying construction and safety issues, making recommendations, and devising remedies or solutions.
  3. I have experience dealing with employees at all levels in the organization and with contractors for the purpose of gathering and exchanging information.
  4. I do not have experience performing this task.


17.Select the response(s) that best describe(s) how you resolve electrical or other problems in a work environment.
  1. I independently resolve complex electrical problems without advice.
  2. I often consult with supervisors, subordinates and/or others outside the organization when analyzing and implementing solutions to problems.
  3. I often consult with peers when analyzing and implementing solutions to electrical or technical problems.
  4. When problems arise, I promptly bring them to my supervisor's attention.
  5. None of the above.


18.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.


19.Select the types of documents you have experience preparing for the maintenance, repair or installation of electrical systems and equipment.
  1. Feasibility Report
  2. Preliminary Design
  3. Independent Cost Estimate
  4. Final Construction Report
  5. Technical Report or Paper
  6. Contract Specifications
  7. Contract Modifications
  8. None of the above


* 20.Do you currently possess a valid driver’s license?
  1. Yes

        BRANCHED: 1.Provide your driver’s license number, state in which issued, and expiration date of license.

       Maximum length of 250 characters.
  2. No


* 21.Are you physically able to perform work involving confined space entry and working in confined quarters?
  1. Yes
  2. No


* 22.This position requires considerable physical effort in walking, climbing, stooping, and bending; work in temperatures that fluctuate from extreme cold to extreme heat, and in wet and or windy conditions. Are you able to work under these conditions?
  1. Yes
  2. No


* 23.Are you able to distinguish and identify shades of colors, which may be similar, as to verify accuracy of electrical wiring being performed by contractors?
  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






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