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Grade: 07
* 1.MC- 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 one year of specialized experience that has equipped me with the particular knowledge, skills and abilities to successfully 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 at least one full year of graduate level education directly related to the work of this position such as drafting, surveying, mathematics, physical science, industrial technology, industrial arts, or technical subjects pertinent to construction; or engineering technician work such as electricity, material testing, or engineering mechanics.
  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 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


* 3.Select the ONE response(s) that best describe how you resolve construction inspection or other problems in a work environment.
  1. I independently resolve complex inspection 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 technical problems.
  4. When problems arise, I promptly bring them to my supervisor’s attention.
  5. None of the above.


Grade: 08
* 1.MC- 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 one year of specialized experience that has equipped me with the particular knowledge, skills and abilities to successfully 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 all statements that best describe how your written report(s)were utilized.
  1. Developed technical report(s) supporting decisions on issues affecting contracts.
  2. Prepared responses to routine or general informational inquiries from customers/clients.
  3. Prepared technical reports for supervisors/co-workers or the records file.
  4. Written report(s) on construction inspections and daily progress reports for contractor accomplishments.
  5. None of the above


* 3.Select the response(s) that describe your communication skills.
  1. I have dealt with contractor’s personnel, subcontractor personnel, co-workers and officials from local, state and Federal agencies on topics related to work methods and workmanship.
  2. I have delivered information to contractor and representatives on situations where construction safety was in question or unexpected events arise, or work assignments.
  3. I have briefed contractor staff on construction practices, procedures or techniques for daily construction activities.
  4. I have imposed consequences and held others accountable to meet construction requirements, policies and/or standards.
  5. I have made informal briefings to co-workers on adopting new methods, procedures or techniques to improve operations or to meet new standards.
  6. I have no experience performing this task.


* 4.Select the responses that describe your ability to communicate orally with others on construction related topics.
  1. I have spoken with contractor personnel on topics related to construction practices, techniques, and workmanship.
  2. I have spoken with contractor personnel on situations where construction safety was in question or unexpected events developed.
  3. I have spoken with co-workers on topics related to construction practices, techniques, and workmanship.
  4. I have made informal briefings to co-workers on adopting new methods, practices, or techniques to improve operating procedures.
  5. I have no experience performing this task.


Grade: 09
* 1.MC- GS-9 - 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 one year of specialized experience that has equipped me with the particular knowledge, skills and abilities to successfully perform the duties of this position. This experience is related to the work of the position and equivalent to at least the GS-08 level in the Federal service as described in the vacancy announcement.
  2. I have successfully completed at least two full years of graduate level education directly related to the work of this position such as drafting, surveying, mathematics, physical science, industrial technology, industrial arts, or technical subjects pertinent to construction; or engineering technician work such as electricity, material testing, or engineering mechanics.
  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(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.


* 3.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.


* 4.Select the response(s) that indicate the equipment you have maintained or troubleshot using test equipment or precision measuring instruments.
  1. Turbine machinery such as wicket gates, shear pins, and linkages
  2. Large gates and valves
  3. Hydrodynamic bearings
  4. Cabinet actuator and gateshaft governors
  5. Overhead traveling cranes
  6. Hydraulic systems
  7. Air compressors and air systems
  8. Pumps and water piping systems
  9. None of the above


Grade: All Grades
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.

* 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


Ensure that your resume thoroughly supports your answers to the questions. Your answers will be reviewed. If your answers are not supported by information in your resume, this may prevent you from being found qualified, in which case your application will NOT be referred to the selecting official.

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 statement that best describes your experience inspecting materials for construction projects to determine compliance with plans and contract specifications.
  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.


* 4.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


* 5.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.


* 6.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.


* 7.Select all primary functions that describes your construction safety practices.
  1. Formal Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) Training
  2. Provide guidance on safety issues for contractors.
  3. Safety training
  4. Conduct safety meetings
  5. Perform safety inspections
  6. Instruct others in safety programs
  7. None of the above


* 8.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


9.Select the response that best describes how you resolve construction inspection or other problems in a work environment.
  1. I independently resolve inspection or other problems in a work environment.
  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 technical problems.
  4. When problems arise, I promptly bring them to my supervisor's attention.
  5. None of the above.


10.Select the responses that best describe the equipment that you have inspected/witnessed the functional testing of:
  1. Newly installed or rehabilitated electrical equipment.
  2. Newly installed or rehabilitated mechanical equipment.
  3. None of the above.


11.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.


12.Select the response that best describes your past or present experience with coordinating and overseeing the work of private contractors.
  1. I have coordinated and overseen the work of private contractors 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 coordinated and overseen the work of private contractors on a regular basis, independently and usually without review by a supervisor.
  3. I have coordinated and overseen the work of private contractors under close supervision by a supervisor, manager or senior employee to ensure compliance with contract requirements.
  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 coordinating or overseeing the work of private contractors.
  6. No experience; however, I have worked as a private contractor and understand the requirements expected by a Federal Agency.


13.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


14.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.


15.Select the response that best describes 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.


16.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.


17.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


* 18.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


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


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.





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