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Grade: 07
* 1.GS-7 Choose one answer that best describes your education, experience or combination of education and experience.
  1. I possess at least one year of specialized experience that has equipped me with the particular knowledge, skills, and abilities to successfully perform the duties of the position as described below. This experience is related to the work of the position and equivalent to at least the GS-5 level in the Federal service as described in the vacancy announcement.
  2. I possess at least one full year of graduate level education with a major field of study in engineering, industrial arts, property management, or business administration.
  3. Superior Academic Achievement- I meet 1 of the following: In the upper one-third of my graduating class; OR a GPA of 3.0 or higher out of 4.0, as recorded on official transcript, or as computed based on 4 years of education, or based on courses completed during final 2 years of curriculum; OR a GPA of 3.5 or higher out of 4.0, based on average of required courses completed in major or required courses in major completed during the final 2 years of curriculum.
  4. I possess a combination of post high school education and experience that together meet the qualification requirements for this position.
  5. I do not meet any of the requirements as described above.


Examples of qualifying specialized experience include: Managing a maintenance program for office or apartment building complexes, hospitals, recreation facilities, military, other special-purpose installations, including planning maintenance activities, and developing preventive maintenance programs OR Conducting surveillance activities over construction and maintenance operations performed by a variety of private contractors, including reviewing project plans and specifications for workability, informing contractors of construction and reporting requirements, and supervising operations for conformance with project plans OR Performing maintenance or construction work, including estimating material and labor costs for a variety of construction or maintenance projects (such as construction or maintenance of brick, frame, structural steel, reinforced concrete, and other type structures ranging from one or two story buildings to larger structures), directing actual work operations, and maintaining appropriate contacts with the organization funding the project.

Grade: 09
* 1.GS-9 Choose one answer that best describes your education, experience or combination of education and experience.
  1. I possess at least one year of specialized experience that has equipped me with the particular knowledge, skills, and abilities to successfully perform the duties of the position as described below. This experience is related to the work of the position and equivalent to at least the GS-7 level in the Federal service as described in the vacancy announcement.
  2. I possess a Master's or equivalent graduate degree with a major field of study in engineering, industrial arts, property management, or business administration; OR two full years of progressively higher level graduate education leading to such a degree; OR LL.B. OR J.D., if related.
  3. I possess a combination of appropriate graduate level education (as identified above) and experience that together meet the qualification requirements for this position.
  4. I do not meet any of the requirements as described above.


Examples of qualifying specialized experience include: Managing a maintenance program for office or apartment building complexes, hospitals, recreation facilities, military, other special-purpose installations, including planning maintenance activities, and developing preventive maintenance programs OR Conducting surveillance activities over construction and maintenance operations performed by a variety of private contractors, including reviewing project plans and specifications for workability, informing contractors of construction and reporting requirements, and supervising operations for conformance with project plans OR Performing maintenance or construction work, including estimating material and labor costs for a variety of construction or maintenance projects (such as construction or maintenance of brick, frame, structural steel, reinforced concrete, and other type structures ranging from one or two story buildings to larger structures), directing actual work operations, and maintaining appropriate contacts with the organization funding the project.

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.

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.

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.

You WILL NOT be considered for this announcement if you fail to submit ALL of the applicable required documentation listed under the "How to Apply" tab of the vacancy announcement.

* 1.Select the response that best describes your experience using scheduling software.
  1. I have used scheduling software to manage large ($500,000 and above) construction or maintenance type projects.
  2. I have had experience using scheduling software to manage smaller (below $500,000) projects of any kind.
  3. I have had training in using scheduling software.
  4. I have no experience or training with scheduling software.


* 2.Select the response that best describes your experience using computerized preventative maintenance management programs to review, analyze, and document maintenance activities.
  1. I have experience using computerized preventative maintenance management programs to review, analyze and document maintenance activities. My work was closely monitored by a supervisor or a senior employee to ensure quality.
  2. I have experience using computerized preventative maintenance management programs to review, analyze and document maintenance activities as a regular part of my job. I have applied my abilities independently and normally without review by a supervisor or senior employee.
  3. I am considered an expert in using computerized preventative maintenance management programs to review, analyze and document maintenance activities.
  4. I have supervised other employees engaged in using computerized preventative maintenance management programs to review, analyze and document maintenance activities, OR I am considered an expert who is consulted by other workers to assist or train them with using computerized preventative maintenance management programs for complicated review, analysis and documentation of maintenance activities.


* 3.Select the responses that reflect your experience and proficiency using the following software applications.
  1. MS Word
  2. MS Excel
  3. MS Project
  4. MS Access
  5. MS Powerpoint
  6. Maximo
  7. Software applications to create ad hoc reports (e.g., Discoverer or Crystal Reports)
  8. None of the above


* 4.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


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


* 6.Select the responses that reflect the type of documents you have experience working with.
  1. Acquisition Contracts
  2. Union Labor Contracts
  3. Memorandums of Understanding or Agreement
  4. Reimbursable Work Authorizations
  5. Requistions
  6. Purchase Orders
  7. Travel Authorizations
  8. Travel Vouchers
  9. Funding Authorizations, Obligations, or Expenditures
  10. Cooperative Agreements
  11. Grants
  12. None of the above


* 7.Select the response that best describes your highest level of experience or training in reading and interpreting blueprints, drawings, technical instructions and manuals.
  1. I have not performed this job function.
  2. I have post high school education and/or formal training in these functions, but have not performed these on the job.
  3. I have used blueprints, drawings, technical instructions and manuals professionally, but under supervision.
  4. I am highly skilled at performing these functions. I routinely use blueprints, drawings, technical instructions and manuals.


* 8.Select the types of facilities and/or supporting infrastructure in which you have proficient experience in providing facility management services. This experience must be reflected in your resume.
  1. Administrative office building
  2. Residential dormitory
  3. Maintenance shop facility
  4. Water treatment plant
  5. Sewage system
  6. Public restrooms, showers
  7. Recreation, picnic shelters, swim areas
  8. Boat docks and launches
  9. Floating buoys (hazard markers)
  10. Campgrounds
  11. Marina facilities
  12. Interpretive facilities
  13. None of the above


* 9.Do you have experience in inventory management control of equipment, materials, and supplies, including reviewing and approving requests for orders, monitoring usage, and establishing controls?
  1. Yes
  2. No


* 10.Select not more than 3 of the types of facilities and/or supporting infrastructure in which you are proficient in providing facility management services. This experience must be reflected in your resume.
  1. Adminstrative office building
  2. Residential dormitory
  3. Maintenance shop facility
  4. Water treatment plant
  5. Desalination facility
  6. Sewage system
  7. Public restrooms, showers
  8. Recreation, picnic shelters, swim areas
  9. Boat docks and launches
  10. Floating buoys (hazard markers)
  11. Campgrounds
  12. Marina facilities
  13. Interpretive facilities
  14. None of the above


* 11.Select the response that best describes your ability to retain composure under stressful situations when dealing with a variety of people.
  1. My previous position(s) have not required me to deal with a variety of people in stressful situations.
  2. I have had limited experience in handling stressful situations which dealt with a variety of people. When such situations have occurred, I received assistance by a senior employee or my supervisor.
  3. I have served in a position that required me to remain calm when dealing with people whose viewpoints or objectives differed from mine (or my organization). I was able to respond successfully without intervention or review by my supervisor.
  4. I have served in a various positions that required me to maintain composure and diplomacy in stressful situations dealing with a variety of people who were disgruntled, expressed opposing viewpoints and objectives, and/or was aggressive or hostile.
  5. I have independently and successfully diffused such situations in order to convey information, clarify concerns, and gain agreement or understanding of issues that enabled further discussion or action.


* 12.Select the following responses that demonstrate your highest level of experience interacting with people in various work situations to achieve results.
  1. I have served as a spokesperson for an organization.
  2. I have facilitated communications and activities between organizational entities.
  3. I have mediated or facilitated problem resolution.
  4. I have presented, defended, or negotiated program specific mission goals, needs, or problems with senior management and/or contract representatives.
  5. I have briefed senior management on organizational issues or similar topics.
  6. I have defended recommendations on controversial issues to senior management or the public.
  7. I have independently planned and conducted meetings.
  8. I have served on panels, committees, or task forces formed to specifically address technical or programmatic issues.
  9. I regularly serve as a consultant to peers, other agencies, or private industry on technical, programmatic, or professional issues on a regular basis.
  10. I have facilitated communications and activities between internal organizational entities.
  11. None of the above


* 13.Select the responses that best describe your work experience dealing with special projects and short deadlines.
  1. I have experience rearranging workload priorities to accommodate special projects and short turnaround assignments while maintaining timely high-level performance on other assigned actions.
  2. I have experience dealing with "out of the ordinary" assignments that oftentimes include program personnel that have no prior experience.
  3. I have experience completing projects under a great deal of pressure and extremely short deadlines while dealing with demands for action that may be unfeasible.
  4. I have experience in initiating emergency work and emergency procurement actions.
  5. I have experience in planning, establishing priorities, and organizing multiple O&M project workloads.
  6. I have served on teams to plan, establish priorities, and organize O&M tasks or activities.
  7. None of the above.






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