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* 1.Select the response that best describes your experience performing the work of a journey level C&I Mechanic without more than normal supervision.
  1. I have not had education, training or experience in this task.
  2. I have completed education or training in this task, but have not yet applied this education or training on the job.
  3. I have experience in an industrial setting which demonstrates my skill to perform work on electronic equipment which involved, installing, testing, maintaining, repairing and/or troubleshooting of electronic equipment such as, SCADA systems, VHF and microwave radios, protective relays, programmable logic controllers, metering, and integrated electrical communications equipment, with no more than normal supervision.
  4. I have experience working in a powerplant (other than a hydroelectric plant) or large industrial plant, which demonstrates my skill to perform complex work on electronic equipment which includes, installation, testing, maintenance, repair and troubleshooting of electronic equipment such as, SCADA systems, VHF and microwave radios, protective relays, programmable logic controllers, metering, and integrated electrical communications equipment, with limited or no supervision.
  5. I have experience working in a hydroelectric powerplant which demonstrates my skill to independently handle complex problems on electronic equipment which includes, independently installing, maintaining, testing, repairing and troubleshooting electronic equipment such as, SCADA systems, VHF and microwave radios, protective relays, programmable logic controllers, metering, and integrated electrical communications equipment.


* 2.Select the response which best describes your knowledge of electrical industry compliance responsibilities.
  1. I am considered an expert in my knowledge of these policies, responsibilities, standards and requirements and have been required to analyze and interpret these as they apply to specific projects related to power generation.
  2. I have a thorough knowledge of these policies, responsibilities, standards and requirements and have been required to research and interpret these on an as needed basis.
  3. I have a general knowledge of these policies, responsibilities, standards and requirements and have been required to interpret these on an infrequent basis.
  4. I have a general awareness of these policies, responsibilities, standards and requirements, but have not needed to interpret them.
  5. I have limited knowledge of these policies, responsibilities, standards and requirements.


* 3.Select the response that best describes your level of experience, education or training in troubleshooting and diagnosing technical problems of electronic-electrical equipment installed in a hydroelectric powerplant, large steam or nuclear powerplant, or large commercial/industrial communications environment.
  1. I have not had education, training or experience in this task.
  2. I have completed education or training in this task, but have not yet applied this education or training on the job.
  3. I have journeyman-level experience in performing these tasks on the job. My work was monitored closely by a supervisor or senior journeyman employee to ensure compliance with proper procedures.
  4. I have journeyman-level experience in performing these tasks and have performed these tasks as a regular part of my job. I have performed these tasks independently and normally without review by a supervisor or senior journeyman employee.
  5. I have journeyman-level experience performing these tasks and these tasks were a central or major part of my job. I have routinely performed and have trained others in the performance of these tasks and/or others have consulted me as an expert for assistance in performing these tasks.


* 4.I have diagnosed and repaired the following powerplant electronic-electrical equipment.
  1. Fixed and Mobile voice and data communications equipment.
  2. Supervisory control and telemetering equipment (SCADA)
  3. Analog voltage regulator controls
  4. Digital voltage regulator controls
  5. Fire suppression systems and controls
  6. Power generators and generator control circuits
  7. Governor controls
  8. Water flow measuring equipment
  9. Computers (standalone desktp and laptop)
  10. Circuit breakers (low voltage)
  11. Electrical power system and generator protection relays (electromechanical)
  12. Electrical power system and generator protection relays (solid state)
  13. Electrical power system and generator protection relays (digital/micro processor based)
  14. Power and distribution type tranformers
  15. PABX telephone equipment and coordinated systems
  16. Fiber optical cable and equipment installation, terminations, testing and certification
  17. Battery systems (125 Vdc, 400 amphour or greater)
  18. Fluid flow meters
  19. Watt hour meters
  20. Crane control circuits
  21. Dam gate and valve control circuits
  22. Electrical meters and recorders
  23. Programmable logic controllers (PLC)
  24. Remote terminal units (RTU)
  25. Battery chargers and Uninterruptible power supplies (UPS)
  26. Instrument transformers - Current (CT's) and potential (PT's)
  27. Elevator controls and/or drives
  28. Controls, power and indication for auxiliary equipment
  29. None of the above


* 5.Select not more than three (3) of the following tasks that represent your strongest capabilities.
  1. Calibration and maintenance of metering and indication equipment
  2. Maintaining and testing battery chargers and systems
  3. Wiring electrical circuits
  4. Troubleshooting electrical control circuits
  5. Programming and troubleshooting programmable logic controllers(PLC's)
  6. Repair office equipment (faxes, copiers, etc.)
  7. Troubleshooting voltage regulators and Diesel start systems
  8. Installation of new equipment or systems
  9. None of the above


* 6.I have completed an apprenticeship in an electrical-electronic trade.
  1. Yes
  2. No


* 7.Select the electrical and electronic equipment you have diagnosed and repaired in a powerplant or commercial/industrial work environment.
  1. Solid state (digital) exciters.
  2. Electro-mechanical exciters.
  3. Solid state elevator controls.
  4. Electro-mechanical elevator controls.
  5. Alarm systems (Annunciator boards and controls).
  6. Generator controls.
  7. Generator protection.
  8. Electrical control circuits in powerplants.
  9. Electrical control circuits in pumping plants.
  10. Electrical control circuits in switchyards.
  11. Power transformers (10,000 KVA or larger).
  12. Transformers (less than 10,000 KVA)
  13. Circuit breakers (greater than 100 KV).
  14. Circuit breakers (less than 100 KV but greater than 1.0 KV).
  15. Circuit breakers (less than 1.0 KV).
  16. Power disconnect switches.
  17. Residential lighting switches.
  18. Motor disconnect switches.
  19. DC switches.
  20. Telephone switches and equipment.
  21. Electro-mechanical governors.
  22. Digital governors.
  23. AC motors.
  24. DC motors.
  25. Solenoid valves.
  26. Motor controllers.
  27. Metering equipment.
  28. Motor operated valves.
  29. Synchronizing equipment.
  30. Refrigeration equipment.
  31. Rectifiers.
  32. Programmable logic control (PLC) equipment.
  33. Remote terminal unit (RTU) equipment.
  34. Sonic liquid devices.
  35. Communications cable.
  36. Capacitors.
  37. Inductors.
  38. Fiber optical cable.
  39. Potential transformers.
  40. Current transformers.
  41. SCADA equipment.
  42. Fire protection and suppression systems.
  43. DC battery systems (including charging equipment).
  44. AC UPS systems.
  45. None of the above.


* 8.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. Microwave link analyzer.
  25. Insulation tester.
  26. Logic analyzer.
  27. Phase shifter.
  28. Spectrum analyzer.
  29. Phase angle meter.
  30. Protective relaying test set.
  31. Data breakout box.
  32. RF frequency generator.
  33. Transducer (MLA).
  34. PC diagnostic equipment.
  35. Transmission impairment measuring set.
  36. Protocol analyzer.
  37. RF monitors.
  38. Signal tracers.
  39. Data analyzers.
  40. Wattmeter RF.
  41. Process meter (pressure, temp, ma, etc.)
  42. CT/PT tester.
  43. Chart recorders (e.g. strip recorders, etc.).
  44. None of the above.


* 9.Select the response that best describes your experience with safe clearance (lock out/tag out) procedures.
  1. I have no experience with safe clearance procedures.
  2. I have experience working under a clearance in an commercial/industrial maintenance facility with a fully established safety program.
  3. I have experience working under a clearance in a hydroelectric powerplant with a fully established safety program.
  4. I have experience placing/receiving clearances in an commercial/industrial maintenance facility with a fully established safety program, and have followed the facilities safety program guidelines on safe clearance and switching procedures.
  5. I have experience placing/receiving clearances in a hydroelectric powerplant or pumping plant with a fully established safety program, and have followed the facilities safety program guidelines on safe clearance and switching procedures.


* 10.Select the response that best describes your highest level of experience, education or training in reading and interpreting wiring diagrams and schematic drawings to maintain and repair electronic equipment associated with a hydroelectric powerplant facility, large steam or nuclear powerplant, or commercial/industrial communications environment.
  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 read and interpreted wiring diagrams and schematic drawings to maintain and repair electrical equipment in an industrial maintenance facility.
  4. I have read and interpreted wiring diagrams and schematic drawings to maintain and repair electronic equipment in a powerplant facility.
  5. I have read and interpreted wiring diagrams and schematic drawings to maintain and repair electronic equipment in a hydroelectric powerplant. I am highly skilled at performing these functions. I have performed them independently and routinely and I have made corrections to drawings to reflect actual conditions.


* 11.Select the response that best describes your highest level of experience, education or training in using equipment maintenance manuals and other technical data to develop preventative maintenance procedures and schedules for electronic 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 electrical 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 electrical equipment in a powerplant facility.
  5. I have used equipment maintenance manuals and other technical data to develop preventative maintenance procedures and schedules for electrical equipment in a hydroelectric powerplant. I am highly skilled at performing these functions. I have performed them independently and routinely.


* 12.Which of the following activities have you performed which require you to read and interpret drawings, manufacturer's instructions and maintenance manuals.
  1. I have experience fabricating parts using blueprints or drawings.
  2. I have experience performing major repairs on solid state electronic instruments or any type of electro/mechanical equipment utilizing manufacturer's drawings and instructions.
  3. I have experience using construction or electrical drawings, or manufacturer's instructions.
  4. I have technical coursework on blueprint reading, drafting, etc.
  5. I have used manufacturer's instructions to develop specifications for the acquisition of equipment or spare parts.
  6. I have used equipment maintenance manuals to develop preventive maintenance procedures and schedules for electrical and/or electronic equipment.
  7. I have used complex wiring diagrams and schematic drawings to troubleshoot and perform major repairs on electrical and/or electronic equipment.
  8. I have used manufacturer's instructions to troubleshoot and perform major repairs on electrical and/or electronic equipment.
  9. None of the above.


* 13.Which of the following electrical drawings have you used to maintain or repair electrical/electronic equipment associated with a hydroelectric powerplant, large steam or nuclear powerplant, or commercial/industrial communications environment.
  1. Detailed wiring diagrams.
  2. Detailed schematic diagrams.
  3. Manufacturer's drawings.
  4. Complex synchronous control circuit drawings.
  5. Complex regulator control circuit drawings.
  6. Simple electrical control diagrams.
  7. Detailed electrical block diagrams for circuit analysis.
  8. Simple block diagrams.
  9. Simple wiring diagrams.
  10. Single-line diagrams.
  11. 3-Line diagrams.
  12. Ladder logic diagrams.
  13. Step-by-step manufacturer's instructions.
  14. None of the above.


* 14.Select the response that best describes your highest level of skill using troubleshooting techniques to troubleshoot a complex integrated system requiring knowledge of the interaction of several subsystems where a complex relationship exists among the interconnected systems.
  1. I have used some simple troubleshooting techniques but would need help on a complex system or closer supervision.
  2. I have used troubleshooting techniques on simple problems with normal supervision but would need closer supervision or help with a more complex system.
  3. I have used troubleshooting techniques to diagnose routine common problems with small systems with normal or minimal supervision, but would need closer supervision or more help with a more complex system.
  4. I have used troubleshooting techniques to diagnose complex problems and perform complex tasks on an interconnected system in a commercial/industrial environment with minimal supervision.
  5. I have used troubleshooting techniques to diagnose complex problems and perform complex tasks on interconnected systems with minimal or no supervision in a hydroelectric, nuclear, or steam powerplant.
  6. None of the above.


* 15.For the computer software program for SEL Protective Relay Testing (any version), select the answer that most closely represents your skill level with that program.
  1. No experience with this software.
  2. I am familiar with this software but rarely use it.
  3. I have used this software often and am comfortable using it.
  4. I am extremely efficient with this software and I assist others in using it.


* 16.For the computer software programs AVO or RTS Protective Relay Test Programs (any version), select the answer that most closely represents your skill level with that program.
  1. No experience with this software.
  2. I am familiar with this software but rarely use it.
  3. I have used this software often and am comfortable using it.
  4. I am extremely efficient with this software and I assist others in using it.


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.

* 17.In the last three years, have you been recognized for your performance, accomplishments, and/or contributions at work?
  1. Yes
  2. No


* 18.Have you received an employee performance appraisal rating in the previous 12 months?
  1. Yes
  2. No


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