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* 1.Select the response that best describes your level of experience in performing mechanic work to overhaul (disassemble, repair, assemble) and maintain heavy mobile equipment, such as backhoes, bulldozers, cranes, crawlers, excavators, graders, loaders, tractors.
  1. I have completed education or training in this function, but have not yet applied the education or training on the job.
  2. I have experience in an industrial setting or commercial garage that demonstrates my ability to perform a specific service on mobile equipment, such as repairing or replacing brakes, tires, radiators, or mufflers.
  3. I have worked as a helper to journeylevel mechanics who overhaul and maintain heavy mobile equipment. I performed routine tasks independently (e.g., replaced fluids, lubricants, filters, tires, belts, hoses, seals), and assisted with adjustments to standard components, diagnosing routine problems, and/or replacing worn or defective parts (e.g., starters, water pumps, bearings, radiators).
  4. I have performed most of the following on the job under close supervision to ensure compliance with correct procedures: routine servicing or preventative maintenance on heavy mobile equipment; used diagnostic instruments and equipment to troubleshoot and isolate problems; adjusted or replaced defective parts and components; assisted journeylevel mechanics in the complete overhaul and repair of major systems (e.g., engines, transmission, hydraulic systems).
  5. I have journeylevel skill and experience in this function and have performed it independently as a regular part of the job, usually without review by a supervisor or senior employee. My experience includes troubleshooting, diagnosing, repairing and testing a range of systems, or overhauling a major system (e.g., engine, transmission), on several types of heavy mobile equipment.
  6. I have extensive experience and expertise in this function on a variety of heavy mobile equipment. I have overhauled and maintained heavy mobile equipment with highly complex and interconnected mechanical and nonmechanical systems and assemblies; and I have trained others in the performance of this function, and/or have been consulted as an expert in performing this function.
  7. None of the above.


2.Select the one response that represents the apprenticeship or technical degree program you have completed in a trade or craft directly related to the position to be filled.
  1. I have completed a formal apprenticeship program (approximately 8,000 hours) recognized by the Department of Labor. The program was comprised of systematic on the job training supplemented with classroom instruction and correspondence courses at progressively increased levels of both practical and theoretical complexity.
  2. I have completed a technical degree program from an accredited college or vocational technical school (two year program or 60 credit units minimum) in a trade or craft that included courses on theoretical principles and practical workshop experience.
  3. I have completed an employer or military sponsored technical training program comprised of progressively increased levels of on-the job training, formal classroom or correspondence coursework and I have applied these skills in the positions I have held.
  4. I have participated in a formal apprenticeship or technical training program but have yet to complete it.
  5. I have completed a formal apprenticeship program or a technical training program but in a trade or craft not related to the position being filled.
  6. None of the above.


3.Select the equipment you have repaired and/or performed maintenance on as a regular part of your job.
  1. Trucks and trailers over 26,000 GVW
  2. Vehicles under 26,000 GVW
  3. Vehicle(s) with multi-gears, manual transmissions
  4. Bulldozer
  5. Backhoe
  6. Cranes
  7. Hydraulic boom truck
  8. Road grader
  9. Forklift
  10. Front end loader
  11. Small gasoline engines
  12. Skid Steer Front End Loader (Bob Cat)
  13. None of the above


4.Select the general vehicle mechanics task(s) you have performed as a regular part of your job.
  1. Preventative maintenance - Changed vehicle fluids, filters, and lubricate
  2. Replace drum brakes
  3. Replace disk brakes
  4. Replace water pump
  5. Replace starter
  6. Troubleshoot electrical system
  7. Change batteries
  8. Change belts
  9. None of the above


5.Select the responses that describe the types of equipment on which you have experience performing mechanical overhaul work, including disassembling, repairing, and assembling.
  1. Inboard boats with gas or diesel engines
  2. Outboard boats with 200 HP Engines or below
  3. Small engines under 25 HP
  4. Electric carts
  5. Air conditioner
  6. None of the above


6.I have maintained or repaired the following plant and mobile equipment:
  1. Gasoline or diesel engines
  2. Heating systems
  3. Air compressors
  4. Ventilation systems
  5. Hydraulic systems
  6. Slide gates
  7. Radial gates
  8. Butterfly valves
  9. Large pumps (400 gallon per minute and larger)
  10. None of the above


7.I have experience troubleshooting electrical problems on the following equipment:
  1. Excavator
  2. Forklift
  3. Front end loader
  4. Hydraulic crane
  5. Mobile Drill Rig
  6. Motor vehicle (over 24,000 lbs)
  7. Motor vehicle (under 24,000 lbs)
  8. Skid Steer loader (bobcat)
  9. None of the above


8.I have experience troubleshooting hydraulic problems on the following equipment:
  1. Bulldozer/Crawler
  2. Excavator
  3. Forklift
  4. Front end loader
  5. Hydraulic Crane
  6. Mobile drill rig
  7. Motor grader
  8. Skid steer loader (bobcat)
  9. None of the above


9.Select the electrical test equipment you have operated or used in a powerplant or commercial/industrial work environment.
  1. Voltmeter
  2. Recording voltmeters
  3. Ammeters
  4. Ohmmeters
  5. Clamp-on ammeters
  6. Potentiometers
  7. Frequency meters
  8. Phase sequence testers
  9. Infrared gun or camera
  10. Megger
  11. Doble
  12. AC and DC High Potential (Hi-Pot) test equipment
  13. High current test set
  14. Resistance bridges
  15. Oscilloscopes
  16. Oscillographs
  17. Wheatstone-bridge
  18. Time-travel analyzer
  19. VAR meter
  20. Wattmeter
  21. Signal generator
  22. Fiber optical test equipment (fault locating, certification, losses, etc.)
  23. Frequency counters
  24. Insulation tester
  25. Logic analyzer
  26. Phase Shifter
  27. Spectrum Analyzer
  28. Phase angle meter
  29. Protective relaying test set
  30. Transducer (pressure, voltage, current, watt, vars)
  31. PC diagnostic equipment
  32. None of the above


10.Select the machine and hand tools you have operated or used in a commercial or industrial work environment.
  1. Large Pneumatic-driven Wrenches
  2. Large Pneumatic-driven Hammers
  3. Torque Wrenches
  4. Power-driven Pipe Threading Equipment
  5. Power-driven Cutting Equipment
  6. Torque Multipliers
  7. Hy-Torc Equipment
  8. Hydraulic Jacking Equipment
  9. None of the above


11.Which of the following materials have you welded or cut in a commercial or industrial work environment?
  1. Steel (cast)
  2. Steel (stainless)
  3. Steel (mild)
  4. Aluminum
  5. Bronze
  6. Cast iron
  7. None of the above


12.Select the response that best reflects your experience operating a gantry or mobile crane, and/or an industrial hoist (e.g., monorail type).
  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.


13.Select the response that best describes your level of experience, education or training in using blueprints, drawings and manufacturer's instructions to troubleshoot and repair mechanical equipment.
  1. I have not performed these job functions.
  2. I have received post high school education or formal training in these functions, but I have not performed them on the job.
  3. I have used blueprints, drawings and manufacturer’s instructions to troubleshoot and repair mechanical equipment in an industrial maintenance facility.
  4. I have used blueprints, drawings and manufacturer’s instructions to troubleshoot and repair mechanical equipment in a powerplant facility.
  5. I have used blueprints, drawings and manufacturer's instructions to troubleshoot and repair mechanical equipment in a hydropower facility or heavy industrial facility. I am highly skilled at performing these functions. I have performed them independently and routinely and I have made corrections to blueprints and drawings to reflect actual conditions.


14.Which of the following activities have you performed which required you to read and interpret blueprints, drawings, and manufacturer's instructions?
  1. I have experience fabricating parts using blueprints or drawings.
  2. I have experience performing major repairs on power system equipment or any type of hydraulic/mechanical equipment using blueprints, drawings, and/or manufacturer's instructions.
  3. I have experience using construction or electrical blueprints, drawings, or instructions.
  4. I have taken technical coursework in blueprint reading, drafting, etc.
  5. I have used manufacturer's instructions to develop specifications for the acquisition of equipment or parts.
  6. I have used equipment maintenance manuals to develop preventative maintenance procedures and schedules.
  7. I have used blueprints to troubleshoot and perform major repairs on equipment.
  8. I have used drawings to troubleshoot and perform major repairs on equipment.
  9. I have used manufacturer's instructions to troubleshoot and perform major repairs on equipment.
  10. None of the above


15.Select the response that best describes your level of experience, education or training in using equipment maintenance manuals and other technical data to develop preventative maintenance procedures and schedules for mechanical equipment.
  1. I have not performed these job functions.
  2. I have received post high school education or formal training in these functions, but I have not performed them on the job.
  3. I have used equipment maintenance manuals and other technical data to develop preventative maintenance procedures and schedules for mechanical equipment in an industrial maintenance facility.
  4. I have used equipment maintenance manuals and other technical data to develop preventative maintenance procedures and schedules for mechanical equipment in a powerplant facility.
  5. I have used equipment maintenance manuals and other technical data to develop preventative maintenance procedures and schedules for mechanical equipment in a hydropower facility or heavy industrial facility. I am highly skilled at performing these functions. I have performed them independently and routinely.


16.Select the response that best describes your skill in using standing operating procedures.
  1. I have used these procedures but would need help or close supervision.
  2. I have used these procedures to perform common and simple tasks with limited supervision.
  3. I have used these procedures to diagnose routine problems and perform common tasks without supervision.
  4. I have used these procedures to diagnose complex problems and perform complex tasks.
  5. I have used these diagrams to diagnose complex problems and perform complex tasks and I have used these diagrams to instruct others in their use.
  6. None of the above.


17.Select the response that best describes your skill in using agency specific technical manuals.
  1. I have used these manuals but would need help or close supervision.
  2. I have used these manuals to perform common and simple tasks with limited supervision.
  3. I have used these manuals to diagnose routine problems and perform common tasks without supervision.
  4. I have used these manuals to diagnose complex problems and perform complex tasks.
  5. I have used these manuals to diagnose complex problems and perform complex tasks and I have used these manuals to instruct others in their use.
  6. None of the above.


* 18.Select the answer that defines your ability to independently lift and carry, load and unload heavy objects.
  1. Less than 25 pounds
  2. 25-49 pounds
  3. 50-74 pounds
  4. 75 pounds or over
  5. None of the above


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


20.Provide your driver’s license number, state in which issued, and expiration date of license.
Maximum length of 250 characters.


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


* 22.Have you received an employee performance appraisal rating in the previous 12 months?
  1. Yes

        BRANCHED: 1.Indicate who officially rated your performance (e.g., immediate supervisor, 2nd level supervisor, acting supervisor, etc.). Also, indicate your rating in terms of the performance system (e.g., 3 level rating out of a 5-tier system; 2 level rating out of a 3-tier system; Pass rating out of a Pass/Fail system).

       Maximum length of 250 characters.
  2. No


* 23.In the last three years, have you been recognized for your performance, accomplishments, and/or contributions at work?
  1. Yes

        BRANCHED: 1.Indicate the type of recognition received (e.g., monetary award, time off award, safety award, plaque, etc.), for what purpose, and from whom (e.g., supervisor, co-worker, community or government official).

       Maximum length of 250 characters.
  2. No


24.Where did you learn about this vacancy?
  1. Asianlife.com
  2. Diversenote.com
  3. NativeAmericanJobs.com
  4. WorkplaceDiversity.com
  5. Department of Veterans Affairs/Vocational Rehabilitation and Employment
  6. Division of Vocational Rehabilitation (DVR)
  7. National Society of Black Engineers (NSBE)
  8. Hispanic Association of Colleges and Universities (HACU)
  9. Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCU)
  10. Tribal Colleges and Universities (TCU)
  11. Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers (SHPE)
  12. Referral from a Professor or Academic Advisor
  13. Referral from a College/University Career Placement Office
  14. Referral from a Professional Organization
  15. Job/Career Fair
  16. Referral from a friend or family member
  17. Reclamation Employee
  18. Reclamation Internet Site
  19. Referral from a State or Local government
  20. Referral from another Federal Agency/employee
  21. OPM USAJOBS Internet Site
  22. Other Internet Site
  23. Other






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