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Grade: 07
* 1.GS-7 - Choose one answer that best describes your experience, education or combination of education and experience as related to the basic qualification requirements for this position.
  1. I have at least 1 year of specialized experience that has provided the knowledge, skills and abilities to perform the duties of this position. This experience is related to the work of the position and equivalent to at least the GS-06 level in the Federal service as described in the vacancy announcement.
  2. I have successfully completed one year of graduate level education in an appropriate field of engineering, engineering or industrial technology, construction, physics, drafting, surveying, physical science, or mathematics.
  3. I have a combination of graduate level education and specialized experience as described above that together meet the qualification requirements for this position.
  4. I do not meet any of the requirements described above.


* 2.Select the response that best describes your experience using drawing management/drafting programs.
  1. I have not had education, training or experience using drawing management/drafting programs.
  2. I have completed education or training using drawing management/drafting programs, but have not yet applied this education or training on the job.
  3. I have experience in an industrial facility using drawing management/drafting programs.
  4. I have experience in a large powerplant (greater than 5 MW) using drawing management/drafting programs.
  5. I have experience working in a hydroelectric powerplant (greater than 5 MW) using drawing management/drafting programs.


* 3.Select the response that best describes your highest level of experience, education or training in using blueprints, drawings and manufacturer's instructions for point to point testing of equipment prior to energizing initial start up.
  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 as to conduct start testing of equipment electrical equipment in power pumping plant facility.
  4. I have used blueprint, drawing and manufacturer's instructions as to train others in testing start up procedures.
  5. None of the above


* 4.Select the one response that best describes your highest level of experience working on civil engineering drawings.
  1. I have independently produced final specifications drawings showing general structure and site arrangements, concrete and steel details, and process diagrams with limited direction provided by others.
  2. I have independently produced appraisal-level and feasibility-level drawings showing general structure and site arrangements, concrete and steel details, and process diagrams with limited direction provided by others.
  3. I have produced final specifications drawings showing general structure and site arrangements, concrete and steel details, and process diagrams with significant direction provided by others.
  4. I have provided appraisal-level and feasibility-level drawings showing general structure and site arrangements, concrete and steel details, and process diagrams with significant direction provided by others.
  5. I have translated civil and structural engineering details produced by others into final engineering drawings.
  6. None of the above


* 5.Which of the following features have you prepared design layouts and drawings? Select all that apply.
  1. Hydroelectric powerplants
  2. Pumping plants
  3. Water treatment plants
  4. Wastewater treatment plants
  5. Desalting plants
  6. Switchyards
  7. Selective withdrawal structures
  8. Visitor centers
  9. None of the above


* 6.Select the engineering formulas and measurement systems you have routinely applied in your work.
  1. Basic arithmetic
  2. Algebra
  3. Geometry
  4. Trigonometry
  5. Calculus
  6. None of the above


* 7.Select the response(s) which indicate the types of related engineering disciplines you have working knowledge in.
  1. Mechanical
  2. Electrical
  3. Civil
  4. Architectural
  5. Structural
  6. Environmental
  7. General
  8. Landscape Architect
  9. Industrial
  10. Materials
  11. None of the above


* 8.Select the response that best describes your experience reading and interpreting engineering drawings and specifications.
  1. I have experience utilizing engineering drawings and specifications to inspect work on dams, pumping plants, power-houses, or other similar type water projects features, as well as the ability to provide guidance to the contractor and/or field construction personnel on what he/she is required to accomplish.
  2. I have work experience, which has required me to be able to read and interpret specifications and basic engineering drawings, so as to be able to exchange information with co-workers and/or field personnel to solve simple problems.
  3. I am familiar with shop drawings, building blueprints, and construction drawings used for construction projects in general.
  4. I have not had experience, education, or training performing this task.


* 9.Do you have experience working with the earth and concrete materials testing procedures related to design and construction?
  1. Yes
  2. No


* 10.Select the response that best describes your experience computing material quantities for specification level engineering projects.
  1. I have not had education, training or experience in performing this task.
  2. I have performed formal education or training in performing this task but have not yet performed it on the job.
  3. I have performed this task on the job under close supervision by a supervisor manager or senior employee to ensure compliance with correct procedures.
  4. I have performed this task as a regular part of a job, independently and usually without review by a supervisor, manager or senior manager.
  5. This task has been a central or major part of my work. I have performed it myself routinely, and I have trained others in performance of this task and/or others have consulted me as an expert for assistance in performing this task.


* 11.Select the response that best describes your understanding of the Bureau of Reclamation?s roles, responsibilities, and involvement with managing entities (water user groups):
  1. I understand the difference between reserved works and transferred works, and have had five or more years of Bureau of Reclamation experience dealing with issues related to repayment and/or operation and maintenance contracts.
  2. I understand the difference between reserved works and transferred works, and have had five or more years experience working with Bureau of Reclamation projects dealing with issues related to repayment and/or operation and maintenance contracts.
  3. I am familiar with Bureau of Reclamation repayment and/or operation and maintenance contracts.
  4. I am not familiar with Bureau of Reclamation repayment and/or operation and maintenance contracts.


* 12.Select the response(s) below which indicate your familiarity with instrumentation for monitoring dams and appurtenant structures.
  1. I have designed instrumentation for monitoring dams and appurtenant structures.
  2. I have calibrated instrumentation for monitoring dams and appurtenant structures.
  3. I have installed instrumentation for monitoring dams and appurtenant structures.
  4. I have performed troubleshooting of instrumentation for monitoring dams and appurtenant structures.
  5. I have experience interpreting data from geotechnical and structural instrumentation systems in dams.
  6. I have no experience working with instrumentation for monitoring dams and appurtenant structures.


* 13.I have reviewed instrumentation data for earthen and concrete dams and compared it to historic data to evaluate performance of the structure.
  1. Yes
  2. No


* 14.Select the response that best describes your experience in engineering, dam operation and maintenance, and/or emergency management principles and practices for dams:
  1. I have served as the lead for operation and maintenance and/or emergency management activities pertaining to large dams (active capacity greater than 10,000 acre feet) that provide storage for hydropower, irrigation, municipal and industrial water, flood control, or recreation, with mechanical, electrical, and hydraulic operating systems.
  2. I have engineering technical experience in operation and maintenance and/or emergency management activities pertaining to large dams (active capacity greater than 10,000 acre feet) that provide storage for irrigation, municipal and industrial water, flood control, or recreation, with mechanical, electrical, and hydraulic operating systems.
  3. I have engineering technical experience in operation and maintenance and/or emergency management activities pertaining to structures that impound water, such as small dams and reservoirs (active capacity less than 10,000 acre feet).
  4. I have engineering technical experience in operation and maintenance and/or emergency management activities pertaining to large facilities, such as buildings, factories, and municipalities.
  5. I have education and/or some training in operation and maintenance and emergency management of storage dams.
  6. I have had no education, training, or experience in operations & maintenance and emergency management of storage dams.


* 15.Select the response that best describes your knowledge of physical security of project facilities and any security issues and/or vulnerabilities related to the facilities:
  1. I have five or more years experience as a Bureau of Reclamation security coordinator and was responsible for administering the security program and implementing security policy on projects which include facilities such
  2. I have five or more years experience writing security plans for Bureau of Reclamation project dams and related facilities.
  3. I have experience implementing security recommendations which were identified through the Bureau of Reclamation?s security risk assessment process.
  4. I have five or more year?s experience administering security programs and implementing security policy on projects owned either privately or by other governmental entities which include earthen dams, water conveyance systems, and appurtenant structures.
  5. I have five or more years experience writing security plans for project facilities owned privately or by other governmental entities.
  6. I have education or training in the field of physical security related to civil structures.
  7. None of the above.


* 16.Select the types of technical documents that you have developed or modified:
  1. Standing Operating Procedures
  2. Emergency Action Plans
  3. Communication Directories
  4. Security Plans
  5. Key Control Plans
  6. Designers Operating Criteria
  7. Continuity of Operations Plans
  8. Spill Prevention, Control, and Countermeasures Plans
  9. Confined Space Plans
  10. Control of Hazardous Energy Plans
  11. Pandemic Plans
  12. Annual Reports
  13. Research Reports
  14. Electronic Data Reports
  15. Other technical documents
  16. None of the above


* 17.Select the response which indicates your familiarity with dam instrumentation reporting and analysis software.
  1. I have not had education, training or experience in performing this task.
  2. I have completed formal education or training in performing this task but have not yet performed it on the job.
  3. I have performed this task on the job under close supervision by a supervisor manager or senior employee to ensure compliance with correct procedures.
  4. I have performed this task as a regular part of a job, independently and usually without review by a supervisor, manager or senior employee.
  5. This task has been a central or major part of my work. I have performed it myself routinely, and I have trained others in performance of this task and/or others have consulted me as an expert for assistance in performing this task.


* 18.Select the response that closely reflects how you deal with abrasive type personalities in work situations?
  1. I prefer to avoid them all together.
  2. I defer the problem to my supervisor.
  3. I talk/argue with them until my point is made and accepted.
  4. I diffuse the situation by walking away giving each party time to 'cool off' before trying to workout a solution.
  5. I listen to what their point is and re-evaluate my options and come to an agreeable solution to the problem.
  6. I don't care if they like it or not -- we are the owners and they will do it my way.


* 19.Which of the following scenarios best represents how you typically approach a situation where you have received directions from a higher level to perform work in a manner which runs counter to your local procedures and which you do not agree with.
  1. I generally recommend ignoring the directives and continuing to conduct business as usual.
  2. I generally follow the directions given.
  3. I generally incorporate those portions of the directive which I believe can be accomplished without undue interruption to our local function.
  4. I call the higher level entity and explain why we may have difficulty implementing their directive. I do my best to try to negotiate a change to address our concern or, at a minimum, a compromise.
  5. I call the higher level entity and explain why we may have difficulty implementing their directive. I do my best to try to negotiate a change to address our concern or, at a minimum, a compromise. If that fails, I follow the direction given.
  6. None of the above


* 20.I have worked, cooperated, and developed professional relationships with others, including decision makers and their staff, supervisors, managers, specialists, colleagues, and customers to achieve goals and resolve problems and issues related to program objectives. This included actively seeking others' input and contributing expertise, experiences, and capabilities through the following.
  1. Actively collaborated with persons from multiple disciplines and work groups inside an organization/agency to complete moderately complex activities.
  2. Actively collaborated with persons in your work unit, to complete moderately complex activities.
  3. Actively collaborated with persons from multiple disciplines and work groups inside and outside the organization/agency to accomplish highly complex, mission-critical activities.
  4. None of the above.


* 21.Have you had a situation where you had to work with an uncooperative and/or combative manager, co-worker, contractor, designer etc., regarding your decisions?
  1. Yes
  2. No


* 22.Select the response(s) that best describe(s) your ability in preparing oral and written reports.
  1. I have been trained on how reports should be written, but have not had to perform this task as part of my normal duties.
  2. I have had to prepare written reports as a normal part of my job.
  3. I have written daily reports on progress of work being accomplished by others.
  4. I have written highly technical reports dealing with complex issues outlining detailed options to solve various problems and have come to a satisfactory conclusion.
  5. I have prepared both written and oral reports as a part of my regular duties and presented facts and findings on highly technical issues to supervisors and upper management defending actions taken.
  6. None of the above


* 23.Select from the following the types of report (s) you have routinely written or prepared.
  1. Write technical data reports for recommendations
  2. Develop construction progress inspection reports
  3. Prepare safety reports
  4. Develop written materials for briefings and meetings for a varied audience
  5. Prepare written daily construction reports
  6. None of the above


* 24.Please select all of the tasks you have performed as regular and recurring part of your job assignments. Check all that apply
  1. Search files, documents or other sources for informational materials.
  2. Search for and locate records presumed lost or misplaced.
  3. Conduct personal inquiries or searches to obtain information from a number of different offices and personnel.
  4. Interpret and apply regulations dealing with records maintenance, storage, retrieval, retirement and destruction.
  5. Plan, coordinate, and establish work-tracking systems to monitor action items and deadlines.
  6. Design and implement new or revised administrative procedures to meet organizational needs.
  7. Analyze proposed and existing processes and methods, identify problems or issues, devise options, and recommend solutions.
  8. Review existing processes and procedures for compliance with existing laws, regulations or program compliance requirements.
  9. Monitor office budgets and/or allocated funds.
  10. Maintaining, coordinating and prioritizing supervisor’s calendar.
  11. Planning, organizing, and coordinating travel arrangements.
  12. Planning, organizing, and coordinating meetings.
  13. Planning, organizing, and coordinating conferences.
  14. Establishing and maintaining office files.
  15. Organizing the flow of clerical work processes in the office.
  16. Designs and implements new or revised correspondence procedures to meet organizational needs.
  17. Coordinate work schedules to ensure adequate office coverage.
  18. Sets workload priorities for subordinate staff.
  19. None of the above.


* 25.Select the computer software applications that you are proficient in (proficient means you understand and utilize a major part of the systems functionality/capabilities).
  1. Microsoft Word
  2. WordPerfect
  3. Microsoft Excel
  4. Lotus
  5. Microsoft Access
  6. GroupWise
  7. Computerized plant information management system, (e.g., PI System)
  8. Internet search engines
  9. AutoCad
  10. PowerPoint
  11. Outlook
  12. GIS ArcInfo
  13. Quattro
  14. Primavera
  15. 3-D modeling
  16. Land Development Desktop
  17. Terrain Modeling software
  18. Other surveying software
  19. Microsoft Project
  20. Other scheduling software
  21. None of the above


* 26.Select the response that best describes your experience using Excel or other spreadsheet programs.
  1. I have not had education, training or experience in performing this task.
  2. I have had education or training in performing this task, but have not yet performed it on the job.
  3. I have performed this task on the job by entering data into spreadsheets and have created simple spreadsheets with close supervision from supervisor or senior employee.
  4. I have performed this task as a regular part of the job by independently creating, modifying and troubleshooting spreadsheets with standard formulae and some advanced features (e.g., nested functions) and producing data in the form of tables, charts or graphs usually without review by supervisor or senior employee.
  5. I have performed this task as a regular part of the job by independently creating, modifying and troubleshooting multi-layered spreadsheets/workbooks with complex formulae and statistical functions that required me to write macros for specific analytical functions.


* 27.Select the function(s) that describe(s) your experience with safety issues.
  1. I have training in safety but as of yet have not had to use it in a work environment.
  2. I have attended OSHA training as a regular part of my job.
  3. I have been required to address safety issues on the job site and sought solutions to problems encountered.
  4. I have been responsible for incorporating safety programs on the job and assuring that others followed safety procedures.
  5. I have developed safety programs and implemented their use on construction sites.
  6. I have been required, as a normal part of my duties, to know and follow multiple safety programs with oversight ability to recommend changes in practices and procedures to better the programs and maintain a 'safe' working environment.
  7. None of the above


* 28.Select the safety and occupational health guideline(s) you interpret and apply as a regular part of your job. (Regular means on a recurring basis.)
  1. Occupational Safety and Health Administration regulations
  2. National Fire Protection Association codes
  3. American National Standards Institute standards
  4. American Society of Mechanical Engineers standards
  5. National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health recommendations
  6. American Conference of Governmental Industrial Hygienists guidelines
  7. Reclamation Safety & Health Standards
  8. Facilities Instructions, Standards and Techniques
  9. US Army Corps of Engineers Safety and Health Requirements manual (EMS385-1-1)
  10. Association of Diving Contractors International Consensus standards
  11. Department of Transportation regulations
  12. Reclamation General Design Standards
  13. State safety laws
  14. None of the above


* 29.Select the types of construction activities for which you have been responsible for completing the inspection work for compliance to the contract specifications.
  1. Road Construction
  2. Building
  3. Housing
  4. Dam Construction
  5. Power Houses
  6. Pumping Plants
  7. Earth Work
  8. Electrical Systems
  9. Mechanical Systems
  10. Roads/Bridges
  11. Water or Wastewater Pipe Installation
  12. Blasting
  13. Grouting
  14. Excavation Backfill
  15. Compaction
  16. Pumps
  17. Motors
  18. Generators
  19. Lighting
  20. Conduit
  21. None of the above


* 30.Select the types of construction positions, other than inspector, you have worked in.
  1. Civil Engineering Technician
  2. Construction Foreman
  3. Materials Engineering Technician
  4. Materials Lab Technician
  5. Cement Mason
  6. Carpenter
  7. Operator
  8. Laborer
  9. Millwright
  10. Electrician
  11. Welder
  12. Mechanic
  13. Boilermaker
  14. Ironworker
  15. None of the above


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


* 32.Select the response that best describes your experience applying inspection principles and practices related to construction features on pumping plants/powerhouse and/or dams for construction. (Please ensure that your resume contains sufficient data to validate your selection.)
  1. I have extensive experience performing inspections methods involved in construction projects of pumping plants, powerhouse, dams, water treatment plans, pumping stations, foundations, such as excavation, blasting, reinforcements, concrete, pumps, motors, generators, switchyards, foundations for transmission line towers, substations, heavy civil construction activities, etc.
  2. I have experience performing general inspections using methods and practices related to commercial type construction projects features such as foundation work for medium to small sized buildings, small diameter water lines, sewer lines, utility structures, etc.
  3. I have experience performing general inspections using methods, practices and principals associated with construction features of residential home construction activities such as foundations, concrete, reinforcement, etc.
  4. I have experience performing inspections using methods and procedures normally associated with roadway construction, canals, or other similar type construction projects features of inspection.
  5. I have experience performing construction inspections using methods and procedures associated with the layout, excavation, installation and backfill of various sized piping features.
  6. I have assisted with inspection of simple construction projects.
  7. I have not had experience, education, or training performing this task.


* 33.Select the response that best describes your experience in applying inspection principles and practices related to civil construction activities.
  1. I have extensive experience performing inspections using methods and practices related to heavy civil construction projects such as pumping plants, power plants, dams, water treatments plants, etc.
  2. I have experience performing inspections using methods and procedures normally associated with roadway construction, canals, large diameter pipelines, or other similar type construction projects.
  3. I have experience performing general inspections using methods and practices related to commercial type construction project features such as foundation work for medium to small sized buildings, small diameter water and sewer lines, utility structures, etc.
  4. I have experience in performing general inspections using methods, practices and principals associated with construction features of residential home construction activities such as foundation, concrete reinforcement, etc.
  5. I have assisted with the inspection of simple construction projects.
  6. I have not had any experience, education, or training performing this task.


* 34.Select the responses that best describe the equipment and/or systems that you have inspected:
  1. Rehabilitation of previously installed mechanical equipment such as hydraulic valves and gates, HVAC equipment, pumps, piping systems, hoists, compressed air systems, etc
  2. Rehabilitation of previously installed electrical equipment such as motors, generators, relays, circuit breakers, control panels and enclosures, switchgear, transformers, control and monitoring systems, etc.
  3. Application of new paint systems.
  4. Removal of existing paint systems.
  5. Installation of conduit.
  6. Pulling of conductors.
  7. Termination of conductors on terminal boards.
  8. None of the above.


Grade: 08
* 1.GS-8 - Choose one answer that best describes your experience, education or combination of education and experience as related to the basic qualification requirements for this position.
  1. I have at least 1 year of specialized experience that has provided the knowledge, skills and abilities to perform the duties of this position. This experience is related to the work of the position and equivalent to at least the GS-07 level in the Federal service as described in the vacancy announcement.
  2. I do not meet any of the requirements described above.


* 2.Select the response that best describes your experience using drawing management/drafting programs.
  1. I have not had education, training or experience using drawing management/drafting programs.
  2. I have completed education or training using drawing management/drafting programs, but have not yet applied this education or training on the job.
  3. I have experience in an industrial facility using drawing management/drafting programs.
  4. I have experience in a large powerplant (greater than 5 MW) using drawing management/drafting programs.
  5. I have experience working in a hydroelectric powerplant (greater than 5 MW) using drawing management/drafting programs.


* 3.Select the response that best describes your highest level of experience, education or training in using blueprints, drawings and manufacturer's instructions for point to point testing of equipment prior to energizing initial start up.
  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 as to conduct start testing of equipment electrical equipment in power pumping plant facility.
  4. I have used blueprint, drawing and manufacturer's instructions as to train others in testing start up procedures.
  5. None of the above


* 4.Select the one response that best describes your highest level of experience working on civil engineering drawings.
  1. I have independently produced final specifications drawings showing general structure and site arrangements, concrete and steel details, and process diagrams with limited direction provided by others.
  2. I have independently produced appraisal-level and feasibility-level drawings showing general structure and site arrangements, concrete and steel details, and process diagrams with limited direction provided by others.
  3. I have produced final specifications drawings showing general structure and site arrangements, concrete and steel details, and process diagrams with significant direction provided by others.
  4. I have provided appraisal-level and feasibility-level drawings showing general structure and site arrangements, concrete and steel details, and process diagrams with significant direction provided by others.
  5. I have translated civil and structural engineering details produced by others into final engineering drawings.
  6. None of the above


* 5.Which of the following features have you prepared design layouts and drawings? Select all that apply.
  1. Hydroelectric powerplants
  2. Pumping plants
  3. Water treatment plants
  4. Wastewater treatment plants
  5. Desalting plants
  6. Switchyards
  7. Selective withdrawal structures
  8. Visitor centers
  9. None of the above


* 6.Select the engineering formulas and measurement systems you have routinely applied in your work.
  1. Basic arithmetic
  2. Algebra
  3. Geometry
  4. Trigonometry
  5. Calculus
  6. None of the above


* 7.Select the response(s) which indicate the types of related engineering disciplines you have working knowledge in.
  1. Mechanical
  2. Electrical
  3. Civil
  4. Architectural
  5. Structural
  6. Environmental
  7. General
  8. Landscape Architect
  9. Industrial
  10. Materials
  11. None of the above


* 8.Select the response that best describes your experience reading and interpreting engineering drawings and specifications.
  1. I have experience utilizing engineering drawings and specifications to inspect work on dams, pumping plants, power-houses, or other similar type water projects features, as well as the ability to provide guidance to the contractor and/or field construction personnel on what he/she is required to accomplish.
  2. I have work experience, which has required me to be able to read and interpret specifications and basic engineering drawings, so as to be able to exchange information with co-workers and/or field personnel to solve simple problems.
  3. I am familiar with shop drawings, building blueprints, and construction drawings used for construction projects in general.
  4. I have not had experience, education, or training performing this task.


* 9.Do you have experience working with the earth and concrete materials testing procedures related to design and construction?
  1. Yes
  2. No


* 10.Select the response that best describes your experience computing material quantities for specification level engineering projects.
  1. I have not had education, training or experience in performing this task.
  2. I have performed formal education or training in performing this task but have not yet performed it on the job.
  3. I have performed this task on the job under close supervision by a supervisor manager or senior employee to ensure compliance with correct procedures.
  4. I have performed this task as a regular part of a job, independently and usually without review by a supervisor, manager or senior manager.
  5. This task has been a central or major part of my work. I have performed it myself routinely, and I have trained others in performance of this task and/or others have consulted me as an expert for assistance in performing this task.


* 11.Select the response that best describes your understanding of the Bureau of Reclamation?s roles, responsibilities, and involvement with managing entities (water user groups):
  1. I understand the difference between reserved works and transferred works, and have had five or more years of Bureau of Reclamation experience dealing with issues related to repayment and/or operation and maintenance contracts.
  2. I understand the difference between reserved works and transferred works, and have had five or more years experience working with Bureau of Reclamation projects dealing with issues related to repayment and/or operation and maintenance contracts.
  3. I am familiar with Bureau of Reclamation repayment and/or operation and maintenance contracts.
  4. I am not familiar with Bureau of Reclamation repayment and/or operation and maintenance contracts.


* 12.Select the response(s) below which indicate your familiarity with instrumentation for monitoring dams and appurtenant structures.
  1. I have designed instrumentation for monitoring dams and appurtenant structures.
  2. I have calibrated instrumentation for monitoring dams and appurtenant structures.
  3. I have installed instrumentation for monitoring dams and appurtenant structures.
  4. I have performed troubleshooting of instrumentation for monitoring dams and appurtenant structures.
  5. I have experience interpreting data from geotechnical and structural instrumentation systems in dams.
  6. I have no experience working with instrumentation for monitoring dams and appurtenant structures.


* 13.I have reviewed instrumentation data for earthen and concrete dams and compared it to historic data to evaluate performance of the structure.
  1. Yes
  2. No


* 14.Select the response that best describes your experience in engineering, dam operation and maintenance, and/or emergency management principles and practices for dams:
  1. I have served as the lead for operation and maintenance and/or emergency management activities pertaining to large dams (active capacity greater than 10,000 acre feet) that provide storage for hydropower, irrigation, municipal and industrial water, flood control, or recreation, with mechanical, electrical, and hydraulic operating systems.
  2. I have engineering technical experience in operation and maintenance and/or emergency management activities pertaining to large dams (active capacity greater than 10,000 acre feet) that provide storage for irrigation, municipal and industrial water, flood control, or recreation, with mechanical, electrical, and hydraulic operating systems.
  3. I have engineering technical experience in operation and maintenance and/or emergency management activities pertaining to structures that impound water, such as small dams and reservoirs (active capacity less than 10,000 acre feet).
  4. I have engineering technical experience in operation and maintenance and/or emergency management activities pertaining to large facilities, such as buildings, factories, and municipalities.
  5. I have education and/or some training in operation and maintenance and emergency management of storage dams.
  6. I have had no education, training, or experience in operations & maintenance and emergency management of storage dams.


* 15.Select the response that best describes your knowledge of physical security of project facilities and any security issues and/or vulnerabilities related to the facilities:
  1. I have five or more years experience as a Bureau of Reclamation security coordinator and was responsible for administering the security program and implementing security policy on projects which include facilities such
  2. I have five or more years experience writing security plans for Bureau of Reclamation project dams and related facilities.
  3. I have experience implementing security recommendations which were identified through the Bureau of Reclamation?s security risk assessment process.
  4. I have five or more year?s experience administering security programs and implementing security policy on projects owned either privately or by other governmental entities which include earthen dams, water conveyance systems, and appurtenant structures.
  5. I have five or more years experience writing security plans for project facilities owned privately or by other governmental entities.
  6. I have education or training in the field of physical security related to civil structures.
  7. None of the above.


* 16.Select the types of technical documents that you have developed or modified:
  1. Standing Operating Procedures
  2. Emergency Action Plans
  3. Communication Directories
  4. Security Plans
  5. Key Control Plans
  6. Designers Operating Criteria
  7. Continuity of Operations Plans
  8. Spill Prevention, Control, and Countermeasures Plans
  9. Confined Space Plans
  10. Control of Hazardous Energy Plans
  11. Pandemic Plans
  12. Annual Reports
  13. Research Reports
  14. Electronic Data Reports
  15. Other technical documents
  16. None of the above


* 17.Select the response which indicates your familiarity with dam instrumentation reporting and analysis software.
  1. I have not had education, training or experience in performing this task.
  2. I have completed formal education or training in performing this task but have not yet performed it on the job.
  3. I have performed this task on the job under close supervision by a supervisor manager or senior employee to ensure compliance with correct procedures.
  4. I have performed this task as a regular part of a job, independently and usually without review by a supervisor, manager or senior employee.
  5. This task has been a central or major part of my work. I have performed it myself routinely, and I have trained others in performance of this task and/or others have consulted me as an expert for assistance in performing this task.


* 18.Select the response that closely reflects how you deal with abrasive type personalities in work situations?
  1. I prefer to avoid them all together.
  2. I defer the problem to my supervisor.
  3. I talk/argue with them until my point is made and accepted.
  4. I diffuse the situation by walking away giving each party time to 'cool off' before trying to workout a solution.
  5. I listen to what their point is and re-evaluate my options and come to an agreeable solution to the problem.
  6. I don't care if they like it or not -- we are the owners and they will do it my way.


* 19.Which of the following scenarios best represents how you typically approach a situation where you have received directions from a higher level to perform work in a manner which runs counter to your local procedures and which you do not agree with.
  1. I generally recommend ignoring the directives and continuing to conduct business as usual.
  2. I generally follow the directions given.
  3. I generally incorporate those portions of the directive which I believe can be accomplished without undue interruption to our local function.
  4. I call the higher level entity and explain why we may have difficulty implementing their directive. I do my best to try to negotiate a change to address our concern or, at a minimum, a compromise.
  5. I call the higher level entity and explain why we may have difficulty implementing their directive. I do my best to try to negotiate a change to address our concern or, at a minimum, a compromise. If that fails, I follow the direction given.
  6. None of the above


* 20.I have worked, cooperated, and developed professional relationships with others, including decision makers and their staff, supervisors, managers, specialists, colleagues, and customers to achieve goals and resolve problems and issues related to program objectives. This included actively seeking others' input and contributing expertise, experiences, and capabilities through the following.
  1. Actively collaborated with persons from multiple disciplines and work groups inside an organization/agency to complete moderately complex activities.
  2. Actively collaborated with persons in your work unit, to complete moderately complex activities.
  3. Actively collaborated with persons from multiple disciplines and work groups inside and outside the organization/agency to accomplish highly complex, mission-critical activities.
  4. None of the above.


* 21.Have you had a situation where you had to work with an uncooperative and/or combative manager, co-worker, contractor, designer etc., regarding your decisions?
  1. Yes
  2. No


* 22.Select the response(s) that best describe(s) your ability in preparing oral and written reports.
  1. I have been trained on how reports should be written, but have not had to perform this task as part of my normal duties.
  2. I have had to prepare written reports as a normal part of my job.
  3. I have written daily reports on progress of work being accomplished by others.
  4. I have written highly technical reports dealing with complex issues outlining detailed options to solve various problems and have come to a satisfactory conclusion.
  5. I have prepared both written and oral reports as a part of my regular duties and presented facts and findings on highly technical issues to supervisors and upper management defending actions taken.
  6. None of the above


* 23.Select from the following the types of report (s) you have routinely written or prepared.
  1. Write technical data reports for recommendations
  2. Develop construction progress inspection reports
  3. Prepare safety reports
  4. Develop written materials for briefings and meetings for a varied audience
  5. Prepare written daily construction reports
  6. None of the above


* 24.Please select all of the tasks you have performed as regular and recurring part of your job assignments. Check all that apply
  1. Search files, documents or other sources for informational materials.
  2. Search for and locate records presumed lost or misplaced.
  3. Conduct personal inquiries or searches to obtain information from a number of different offices and personnel.
  4. Interpret and apply regulations dealing with records maintenance, storage, retrieval, retirement and destruction.
  5. Plan, coordinate, and establish work-tracking systems to monitor action items and deadlines.
  6. Design and implement new or revised administrative procedures to meet organizational needs.
  7. Analyze proposed and existing processes and methods, identify problems or issues, devise options, and recommend solutions.
  8. Review existing processes and procedures for compliance with existing laws, regulations or program compliance requirements.
  9. Monitor office budgets and/or allocated funds.
  10. Maintaining, coordinating and prioritizing supervisor’s calendar.
  11. Planning, organizing, and coordinating travel arrangements.
  12. Planning, organizing, and coordinating meetings.
  13. Planning, organizing, and coordinating conferences.
  14. Establishing and maintaining office files.
  15. Organizing the flow of clerical work processes in the office.
  16. Designs and implements new or revised correspondence procedures to meet organizational needs.
  17. Coordinate work schedules to ensure adequate office coverage.
  18. Sets workload priorities for subordinate staff.
  19. None of the above.


* 25.Select the computer software applications that you are proficient in (proficient means you understand and utilize a major part of the systems functionality/capabilities).
  1. Microsoft Word
  2. WordPerfect
  3. Microsoft Excel
  4. Lotus
  5. Microsoft Access
  6. GroupWise
  7. Computerized plant information management system, (e.g., PI System)
  8. Internet search engines
  9. AutoCad
  10. PowerPoint
  11. Outlook
  12. GIS ArcInfo
  13. Quattro
  14. Primavera
  15. 3-D modeling
  16. Land Development Desktop
  17. Terrain Modeling software
  18. Other surveying software
  19. Microsoft Project
  20. Other scheduling software
  21. None of the above


* 26.Select the response that best describes your experience using Excel or other spreadsheet programs.
  1. I have not had education, training or experience in performing this task.
  2. I have had education or training in performing this task, but have not yet performed it on the job.
  3. I have performed this task on the job by entering data into spreadsheets and have created simple spreadsheets with close supervision from supervisor or senior employee.
  4. I have performed this task as a regular part of the job by independently creating, modifying and troubleshooting spreadsheets with standard formulae and some advanced features (e.g., nested functions) and producing data in the form of tables, charts or graphs usually without review by supervisor or senior employee.
  5. I have performed this task as a regular part of the job by independently creating, modifying and troubleshooting multi-layered spreadsheets/workbooks with complex formulae and statistical functions that required me to write macros for specific analytical functions.


* 27.Select the function(s) that describe(s) your experience with safety issues.
  1. I have training in safety but as of yet have not had to use it in a work environment.
  2. I have attended OSHA training as a regular part of my job.
  3. I have been required to address safety issues on the job site and sought solutions to problems encountered.
  4. I have been responsible for incorporating safety programs on the job and assuring that others followed safety procedures.
  5. I have developed safety programs and implemented their use on construction sites.
  6. I have been required, as a normal part of my duties, to know and follow multiple safety programs with oversight ability to recommend changes in practices and procedures to better the programs and maintain a 'safe' working environment.
  7. None of the above


* 28.Select the safety and occupational health guideline(s) you interpret and apply as a regular part of your job. (Regular means on a recurring basis.)
  1. Occupational Safety and Health Administration regulations
  2. National Fire Protection Association codes
  3. American National Standards Institute standards
  4. American Society of Mechanical Engineers standards
  5. National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health recommendations
  6. American Conference of Governmental Industrial Hygienists guidelines
  7. Reclamation Safety & Health Standards
  8. Facilities Instructions, Standards and Techniques
  9. US Army Corps of Engineers Safety and Health Requirements manual (EMS385-1-1)
  10. Association of Diving Contractors International Consensus standards
  11. Department of Transportation regulations
  12. Reclamation General Design Standards
  13. State safety laws
  14. None of the above


* 29.Select the types of construction activities for which you have been responsible for completing the inspection work for compliance to the contract specifications.
  1. Road Construction
  2. Building
  3. Housing
  4. Dam Construction
  5. Power Houses
  6. Pumping Plants
  7. Earth Work
  8. Electrical Systems
  9. Mechanical Systems
  10. Roads/Bridges
  11. Water or Wastewater Pipe Installation
  12. Blasting
  13. Grouting
  14. Excavation Backfill
  15. Compaction
  16. Pumps
  17. Motors
  18. Generators
  19. Lighting
  20. Conduit
  21. None of the above


* 30.Select the types of construction positions, other than inspector, you have worked in.
  1. Civil Engineering Technician
  2. Construction Foreman
  3. Materials Engineering Technician
  4. Materials Lab Technician
  5. Cement Mason
  6. Carpenter
  7. Operator
  8. Laborer
  9. Millwright
  10. Electrician
  11. Welder
  12. Mechanic
  13. Boilermaker
  14. Ironworker
  15. None of the above


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


* 32.Select the response that best describes your experience applying inspection principles and practices related to construction features on pumping plants/powerhouse and/or dams for construction. (Please ensure that your resume contains sufficient data to validate your selection.)
  1. I have extensive experience performing inspections methods involved in construction projects of pumping plants, powerhouse, dams, water treatment plans, pumping stations, foundations, such as excavation, blasting, reinforcements, concrete, pumps, motors, generators, switchyards, foundations for transmission line towers, substations, heavy civil construction activities, etc.
  2. I have experience performing general inspections using methods and practices related to commercial type construction projects features such as foundation work for medium to small sized buildings, small diameter water lines, sewer lines, utility structures, etc.
  3. I have experience performing general inspections using methods, practices and principals associated with construction features of residential home construction activities such as foundations, concrete, reinforcement, etc.
  4. I have experience performing inspections using methods and procedures normally associated with roadway construction, canals, or other similar type construction projects features of inspection.
  5. I have experience performing construction inspections using methods and procedures associated with the layout, excavation, installation and backfill of various sized piping features.
  6. I have assisted with inspection of simple construction projects.
  7. I have not had experience, education, or training performing this task.


* 33.Select the response that best describes your experience in applying inspection principles and practices related to civil construction activities.
  1. I have extensive experience performing inspections using methods and practices related to heavy civil construction projects such as pumping plants, power plants, dams, water treatments plants, etc.
  2. I have experience performing inspections using methods and procedures normally associated with roadway construction, canals, large diameter pipelines, or other similar type construction projects.
  3. I have experience performing general inspections using methods and practices related to commercial type construction project features such as foundation work for medium to small sized buildings, small diameter water and sewer lines, utility structures, etc.
  4. I have experience in performing general inspections using methods, practices and principals associated with construction features of residential home construction activities such as foundation, concrete reinforcement, etc.
  5. I have assisted with the inspection of simple construction projects.
  6. I have not had any experience, education, or training performing this task.


* 34.Select the responses that best describe the equipment and/or systems that you have inspected:
  1. Rehabilitation of previously installed mechanical equipment such as hydraulic valves and gates, HVAC equipment, pumps, piping systems, hoists, compressed air systems, etc
  2. Rehabilitation of previously installed electrical equipment such as motors, generators, relays, circuit breakers, control panels and enclosures, switchgear, transformers, control and monitoring systems, etc.
  3. Application of new paint systems.
  4. Removal of existing paint systems.
  5. Installation of conduit.
  6. Pulling of conductors.
  7. Termination of conductors on terminal boards.
  8. None of the above.


Grade: All Grades
* 1.Do you understand that you must submit a COMPLETE and DETAILED on-line resume for this announcement and that failure to submit a complete and detailed on-line resume will result in you not being considered for this position? The on-line resume is completed during the registration process and is separate from your answers to vacancy announcement-specific questions.
  1. Yes
  2. No


Your complete and detailed on-line resume MUST include, at a minimum, the following information for each work experience, including military service (prepare a separate entry for each job): 1) Job Title (including series and grade if Federal job); 2) Hours per week; 3) Salary; 4) Starting and ending dates (month and year); 5) Employer's name and address; 6) Supervisor's name and phone number and whether we may contact your current supervisor; 7) Duties and accomplishments. Also include: 1) High School name, city, state, zip code if known, and date of diploma or GED; 2) College or university names, city, state, and zip code if known, majors and type and year of any degrees received (if no degree, show total credits earned and indicate whether semester or quarter hours); 3) list of job related training courses, skills, certificates and licenses, honors, awards, special accomplishments, membership in professional or honor societies, etc. Please make sure you read the vacancy announcement thoroughly to see if there is any additional supporting documentation required.

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

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.

You are applying under the Delegated Examining announcement. If you want to be considered under the concurrent Merit Promotion announcement, you must submit a separate application under that announcement. For more information, see "Who May Apply" section of the vacancy announcement. Please call the Human Resources Office phone number listed on this announcement for clarification or further information.

* 2.VETERANS: Do you know that if you are eligible for consideration as a 30% or more Disabled Veteran or under Veterans Employment Opportunity Act-VEOA (5 or 10-point preference eligible OR veteran with 3 or more years of active duty and honorable discharge), you can also be considered under the concurrent merit promotion announcement stated in JOB SUMMARY section of announcement by submitting a separate application and all required documentation under the concurrent merit promotion announcement.
  1. Yes
  2. Not Applicable


* 3.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


* 4.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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