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Grade: 10
* 1.GS-10 - 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-09 level in the Federal service as described in the vacancy announcement.
  2. I do not meet any of the requirements described 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.

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 one statement that best describes your experience in communicating within a team and an organization with people of varying work backgrounds and attitudes.
  1. I have successfully led or managed one to two teams of three or more participants with diverse backgrounds and interests to produce civil engineering project documents.
  2. I have directly and successfully participated in three or more teams of three or more participants with diverse backgrounds and interests to produce civil engineering project documents.
  3. I have directly and successfully participated in at least one team of three or more participants with diverse backgrounds and interests to produce civil engineering project documents.
  4. I have limited to no experience in working on a team comprised of participants with diverse interests engaged in product development.


* 2.Select the one response that best describes the working circumstances in which you feel most comfortable and perform at your best.
  1. I have worked alone and believe my ability to maintain a clear focus on the work at hand permitted me to achieve consistently excellent results.
  2. I have worked in small, close-knit groups having common interests and goals, and contributed to the accomplishment of assigned tasks.
  3. I have worked in large complex groups where my facilitation skills contributed directly to successful completion of assigned tasks.
  4. I have led small, close-knit groups where I ensured that everyone in the group was doing his or her fair share of the work, thereby contributing to successful completion of the assigned task.
  5. I have led large, complex groups where my management skills ensured that the work was coordinated sufficiently well to ensure successful and timely completion of assigned tasks.
  6. None of the above.


* 3.Please choose those answers that best describe your experience working on a team or as a team leader.
  1. Experience leading a multi-disciplinary team on projects or studies.
  2. Experience as a team leader responsible for planning, organizing, and coordinating work tasks.
  3. Experience as a team leader responsible for setting work priorities and defining critical work paths.
  4. Experience as a team leader responsible for monitoring performance and implementation to meet goals and objectives related to the organization's mission.
  5. Experience as a team member with some responsibility for planning performance and implementation of projects and studies to meet goals and objectives related to the organization’s mission.
  6. None of the above.


* 4.From the following list, please select all statements that represent the type of leadership you have routinely provided in a work situation.
  1. I have set goals, milestones and expectations.
  2. I have planned work assignments and assigned the work to team members.
  3. I have followed-up with team members to assure timeliness in meeting milestones.
  4. I have reviewed completed work for technical adequacy and timeliness.
  5. I have evaluated the effectiveness of a complete project or program goal.
  6. I have reported progress to senior management.
  7. I have coached and mentored staff to achieve desired results.
  8. I have resolved conflicts, differences or problems among team members.
  9. None of the above.


* 5.From the functions listed below, select the supervisory/team lead functions that you have regularly performed
  1. Approving leave requests
  2. Assigning work
  3. Disciplining employees
  4. Evaluating employee performance
  5. Evaluating training needs
  6. Providing on-the-job training
  7. Recruiting, interviewing and/or selecting
  8. Rewarding employees
  9. Coaching, mentoring and modeling
  10. None of the above


* 6.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.


* 7.Select the response that best describes your highest level of experience, education or training in reading and interpreting blueprints and drawings.
  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 blueprints and drawings related to electrical equipment in an industrial maintenance facility.


* 8.Select the answer below that best describes your experience in engineering drafting.
  1. I have no knowledge 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, with close review from a supervisor or senior employee.
  4. I have performed this task as a regular part of the job, independently and usually without review by a supervisor or senior employee.
  5. In addition to independently performing this task as a regular part of my job, I have supervised the performance of this task and/or I have trained others in the performance and/or am normally consulted by others as an expert for assistance.


* 9.Select the response(s) that you have performed as a regular part of your job.
  1. I have prepared drawings using pencil, straight edge and drafting machines.
  2. I have prepared drawings using Computer Aided Design and Drafting (CADD) system.
  3. I have prepared mathematical computations using standardized tables and formulas.
  4. I have conducted field surveys to gather and verify design data for drawings.
  5. I have participated, as a team member, in site visits to aid in visualizing plans and to help gather pertinent technical information.
  6. I have interpreted symbols, terminology, and standards used in engineering drawings.
  7. I have reviewed drawings for appropriate dimensions and proper notes.
  8. I have been responsible for the proper scaling, labeling, dimensioning, shading and crosshatching for designs.
  9. None of the above


* 10.Select the response(s) for which you have drafting or drawing revision experience.
  1. Buildings
  2. Miscellaneous structures
  3. Roadways
  4. Parking areas
  5. Topographic maps
  6. Pipelines
  7. Canal and canal structures
  8. Dams
  9. Bridges
  10. Cartographic
  11. Land Development
  12. Plumbing
  13. Heating, ventilation and air conditioning systems
  14. Mechanical systems
  15. Machines
  16. Electrical Systems
  17. Electrical Schematics
  18. Wiring Diagrams
  19. Pumping Plants
  20. Powerplants
  21. Other
  22. None of the Above


* 11.Select all responses that best describe your experience interacting with people in various work situations to achieve effective solutions.
  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 independently planned and conducted meetings.
  6. I have served on panels, committees, or task forces on technical or programmatic issues.
  7. I regularly serve as a consultant to peers, other agencies, or private industry on technical, programmatic, or professional issues.
  8. None of the above.


* 12.Which of the following types of interpersonal communication duties have you performed as a regular part of a job (check all that apply).
  1. Negotiate policy changes
  2. Mediate or facilitate problem resolution
  3. Brief managers on organizational issues or similar topics
  4. Communicate controversial or sensitive issues to contract staff
  5. Negotiate performance improvements
  6. Defend recommendations on controversial issues to top managers
  7. Interview individuals to obtain study data
  8. None of the above.


* 13.Select the one response that best describes your ability to complete tasks within approved schedules and budgets while working to meet competing priorities.
  1. I routinely complete accurate designs and drawings ahead of schedule and under budget while working on concurrent projects.
  2. I have completed accurate designs and drawings within schedule and budget constraints while working on concurrent projects.
  3. I have completed accurate designs and drawings within schedule and budget constraints while working on one project at one time.
  4. None of the above


* 14.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.


* 15.Select the answer that best describes your ability to organize work and set priorities while performing a variety of assignments.
  1. I have no experience in performing this task.
  2. I have performed this task on the job, with close review from a supervisor or senior employee.
  3. I have performed this task as a regular part of the job, independently and usually without review by a supervisor or senior employee.
  4. In addition to independently performing this task as a regular part of my job, I have supervised or assisted other individuals in setting their priorities.


* 16.Select the response(s) that describes your interpersonal communication skills that you have routinely and successfully applied at work.
  1. I have facilitated the resolution of competing or conflicting interests among parties whose cooperation is needed in order to meet program objectives.
  2. I have interacted effectively in situations where frequent changes, delays, or unexpected events arise that cause major shifts in priorities, timetables, or work assignments.
  3. I have provided direction, guidance or instruction to support staff or co-workers.
  4. I have imposed consequences and held others accountable to meet program requirements, policies and/or standards.
  5. I have persuaded others to adopt new methods, procedures or techniques in order to improve operations or to meet new standards.
  6. I have diffused confrontational contacts with people who are difficult, hostile or distressed.
  7. None of the above.






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