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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. 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 that has equipped me to perform the duties of this position.
  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 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.


* 2.Select the response that best describes your experience scheduling and planning for major industrial, utility, or heavy construction-type projects that incorporate operations, maintenance-skilled craft work, and engineering activities.
  1. I have not had education, training or experience in scheduling or planning these types of activities
  2. I have completed education or training in scheduling and planning these types of activities, but have not yet applied this education or training on the job.
  3. I have experience with planning and scheduling these types of activities. My work was closely monitored by a supervisor or a senior employee to ensure compliance of proper procedures and practices.
  4. I have experience with planning and scheduling these types of activities as regular part of my job. I have applied my abilities independently and normally without review by a supervisor or senior employee.
  5. I am considered an expert in scheduling and planning these types of activities. I have supervised other employees engaged in scheduling and planning OR I am considered an expert who is consulted by other workers to assist or train them with complicated scheduling and planning of these types of activities.


* 3.Select the response that best describes your experience using project planning programs.
  1. I have not had education or experience using project planning programs.
  2. I have had education or training in using project planning programs, but have not yet applied this education or training on the job.
  3. I have experience using project planning programs on the job. My work was closely monitored by a supervisor or a senior employee to ensure compliance of proper procedures and practices.
  4. I have experience using project planning programs as a regular part of my job. I have applied my abilities independently and normally without review by a supervisor or senior employee.
  5. I am considered an expert in using project planning programs. I have supervised other employees engaged in using these programs OR I am considered an expert who is consulted by other workers to assist or train them with using project planning programs.


* 4.Select the response that describes your experience utilizing safety operating documentation, procedures, rules, guidance, and standards to determine methods to resolve conflicting or unclear requirements.
  1. I have not performed this task and I have not had education or training in performing this task.
  2. I have had training or education above high school in performing this task, but have not yet performed it on the job.
  3. I have performed this task on the job at some point in my career.
  4. I currently perform this task on the job, and it has been a regular and recurring duty for at least 12 consecutive months.
  5. I currently perform this task on the job, it has been a regular and recurring duty for at least 12 consecutive months, and I have provided advice or input to other operators.


* 5.From the following list, select all of the safety standards, guidelines, or procedures that you have received education or training AND have used in an industrial environment.
  1. Job Hazard Analysis (JHA)
  2. Hazardous Energy Control Program (Lockout/Tagout)
  3. Switchman & Authorized Personnel Certification
  4. Basic Electricity in the Workplace
  5. Hearing Conservation
  6. Personal Protective Equipment (PPE)
  7. Respiratory Protection
  8. Confined Space
  9. Hazardous Communications/MSDS
  10. Spill Prevention
  11. Fire Extinguishers
  12. Infectious Control (Bloodborne Pathogens)
  13. Emergency Response Planning
  14. Personal Fall Protection
  15. Cardio-Pulmonary Resuscitation (CPR)
  16. First Aid
  17. Hazardous Waste
  18. Asbestos Awareness
  19. Workplace Safety and Health Inspections
  20. Reclamation Safety & Health Standards (RSHS)
  21. Defensive Driving
  22. Construction Safety
  23. Electrical Safety, including National Electric Code
  24. Hazard Identification
  25. None of the above


* 6.Select the response that best describes your highest level of experience in preparing written documents in a work situation.
  1. I have education or training in written communications, but limited experience.
  2. I have written business letters to other organizations or customers to inform them of routine program activities or transmit documents.
  3. I have written business letters to other organizations or customers to communicate information of a complex or controversial nature.
  4. I have written technical reports or manuals to provide instructions for proper operation or maintenance of equipment.
  5. I have written technical reports based upon research, analysis, and data collection that summarize findings and make recommendations to inform or guide others in my organization.
  6. I have prepared written documents that summarize review comments on draft policy, technical papers, or complex reports.
  7. I have written briefing papers that clearly and concisely summarize important points and contain recommendations for consideration by managers in my organization.
  8. I have written documents that serve as policy or formal guidelines for my organization.
  9. None of the above.


* 7.Select the responses that describe your writing experience with developing and/or updating the following documents.
  1. Operating procedures.
  2. Technical specifications.
  3. Formal instructions or directives.
  4. Technical documentation describing the design of equipment.
  5. Published articles in technical journals.
  6. Correspondence outside my organization.
  7. Documents describing the behavior of electrical, mechanical, or hydraulic equipment to be understood by non-engineers.
  8. None of the above


* 8.Select the response(s) that describe your experience analyzing maintenance of power facilities and making recommendations for maintenance improvements.
  1. I have tracked maintenance performance of hydroelectric powerplants.
  2. I have tracked maintenance performance of power operations systems other than hydroelectric plants.
  3. I have performed maintenance reviews of hydroelectric power plants
  4. I have performed maintenance reviews of power operations systems other than hydroelectric plant systems.
  5. I have made recommendations concerning the improvement to maintenance of hydroelectric powerplants.
  6. I have made recommendations concerning the improvement to maintenance on power operations systems other than hydroelectric powerplant systems.
  7. I have analyzed maintenance performance of hydroelectric facility equipment, i.e., turbines, governors, voltage regulators.
  8. None of the above.


* 9.Select the one response that best reflects your experience in generating and delivering quality work products that satisfy client or organizational priorities and deadlines.
  1. I normally assist others with aspects or elements of work products in order to meet a designated deadline.
  2. I normally work on individual projects or assignments that are of high priority to the client/organization. My work assignments are generally completed within assigned deadlines and milestones. When additional time is needed, I am normally able to obtain it from my team leader or supervisor.
  3. I manage multiple tasks or assignments within a common time period. I am skilled at adjusting my use of time to meet changes in priorities and meet the requirements of new and/or unexpected work. When priorities conflict, I am normally capable of resolving the conflicts independently or by involving my team leader or supervisor.
  4. In addition to managing multiple tasks and assignments within a common time period, I negotiate deadlines, changes, and adjustments in priorities with clients and organizational officials on my own behalf as well as that of my work group. I have assisted others to determine how best to use their time and how to re-prioritize their work when situations warrant.
  5. None of the above


* 10.Select the computer applications and software you have used as a regular part of your job.
  1. Microsoft Project
  2. Gantt charts
  3. Microsoft Powerpoint
  4. Microsoft Word
  5. GIS based systems
  6. Financial management system
  7. Microsoft Excel
  8. Microsoft Access
  9. None of the above


* 11.Select the one response that best describes your experience with MAXIMO or another computerized maintenance management system.
  1. I have no experience with MAXIMO or another computerized maintenance management system.
  2. I have experience working with MAXIMO (e.g., developing job plans, writing preventive maintenance schedules, using MAXIMO for planning/scheduling of work, using MAXIMO for reporting/work load analysis, etc.).
  3. I have experience with working with another computerized maintenance management system (e.g., developing job plans, writing preventive maintenance schedules, planning/scheduling of work, reporting/work load analysis, etc.).
  4. I have participated in the development of MAXIMO business practices, or the configuration of MAXIMO, to support facility asset/maintenance management.
  5. I have participated in the development of another computerized maintenance management business practices, or configuration of another computerized maintenance management system, to support facility asset/maintenance management.
  6. I have led the development of MAXIMO business practices, or configuration of MAXIMO, to support facility asset/maintenance management.
  7. I have led the development of another computerized maintenance management system business practices or configuration of another computerized maintenance management system to support facility asset/maintenance management.


* 12.Select the response(s) that describe your experience with budget formulation and/or execution.
  1. I have experience formulating budgets for operation and maintenance of powerplants, dams, or pumping plants that include employee salaries, travel, transportation, equipment, materials and supplies, contract costs, and overhead costs.
  2. I have experience in monitoring, tracking, and reporting of monthly costs for operation and maintenance of powerplants, dams, or pumping plants that include employee salaries, travel, transportation, equipment, materials and supplies, contract costs, and overhead costs.
  3. I have experience in preparing written work plans, activity plans, justifications, and detailed budgets for powerplants and/or civil infrastructure.
  4. I have experience in evaluating resources required to accomplish tasks and estimating corresponding costs for staff, contract costs, equipment, permits, indirect costs, overhead, etc.
  5. I have education or training in budget and cost tracking processes.
  6. None of the above.


* 13.Please select the one statement that best describes your highest level of experience in preparing contract documents used to procure services and products.
  1. I have had education or training in the preparation of contract documents, but have not performed the associate tasks in a work situation.
  2. I have obtained vendor and cost information on services and/or products for use by my supervisor (or others) in developing contract documents.
  3. I have independently identified a service or product requirement, obtained price quotes, and procured the service or product through informal purchase (e.g., credit card).
  4. I have identified a service or product requirement, researched market availability and potential suppliers, conducted cost analysis, prepared scopes of work or official task orders, prepared formal requests and contract documents, and followed official procedures to procure the service or product.
  5. I have reviewed contract and related documents prepared by others (e.g., subordinates) to procure services and products; resolved issues to ensure documents were complete and accurate; recommended or approved the purchase; and monitored the procurement process to ensure timely delivery.
  6. I have not had experience or training in preparing contract documents.


* 14.Select the response that best describes your level of experience in reading and interpreting owner's manuals, manufacturer's instructions, and/or applicable drawings to develop a preventative maintenance plan.
  1. I have not performed this task.
  2. I have received training in this task but have not performed it on the job.
  3. I have read manuals, manufacturer's instructions and/or applicable drawings but have not developed a preventative maintenance plan.
  4. I have read and interpreted owner's manuals, manufacturer's instructions, and/or applicable drawings, and developed a preventative maintenance plan using a preventative maintenance software program.
  5. I have independently developed preventative maintenance plans in various industrial settings, some of which included unique or highly specialized maintenance requirements.
  6. I have independently developed preventative maintenance plans using a preventative maintenance software program in various industrial settings, some of which included unique or highly specialized maintenance requirements. I am considered an expert in this function and am often consulted by others or have trained others to develop maintenance plans.


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. 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 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 post high school education and experience that together meet the qualification requirements for this position.
  4. I do not meet any of the requirements as described above.


* 2.Select the response that best describes your experience scheduling and planning for major industrial, utility, or heavy construction-type projects that incorporate operations, maintenance-skilled craft work, and engineering activities.
  1. I have not had education, training or experience in scheduling or planning these types of activities
  2. I have completed education or training in scheduling and planning these types of activities, but have not yet applied this education or training on the job.
  3. I have experience with planning and scheduling these types of activities. My work was closely monitored by a supervisor or a senior employee to ensure compliance of proper procedures and practices.
  4. I have experience with planning and scheduling these types of activities as regular part of my job. I have applied my abilities independently and normally without review by a supervisor or senior employee.
  5. I am considered an expert in scheduling and planning these types of activities. I have supervised other employees engaged in scheduling and planning OR I am considered an expert who is consulted by other workers to assist or train them with complicated scheduling and planning of these types of activities.


* 3.Select the response that best describes your experience using project planning programs.
  1. I have not had education or experience using project planning programs.
  2. I have had education or training in using project planning programs, but have not yet applied this education or training on the job.
  3. I have experience using project planning programs on the job. My work was closely monitored by a supervisor or a senior employee to ensure compliance of proper procedures and practices.
  4. I have experience using project planning programs as a regular part of my job. I have applied my abilities independently and normally without review by a supervisor or senior employee.
  5. I am considered an expert in using project planning programs. I have supervised other employees engaged in using these programs OR I am considered an expert who is consulted by other workers to assist or train them with using project planning programs.


* 4.Select the response that describes your experience utilizing safety operating documentation, procedures, rules, guidance, and standards to determine methods to resolve conflicting or unclear requirements.
  1. I have not performed this task and I have not had education or training in performing this task.
  2. I have had training or education above high school in performing this task, but have not yet performed it on the job.
  3. I have performed this task on the job at some point in my career.
  4. I currently perform this task on the job, and it has been a regular and recurring duty for at least 12 consecutive months.
  5. I currently perform this task on the job, it has been a regular and recurring duty for at least 12 consecutive months, and I have provided advice or input to other operators.


* 5.From the following list, select all of the safety standards, guidelines, or procedures that you have received education or training AND have used in an industrial environment.
  1. Job Hazard Analysis (JHA)
  2. Hazardous Energy Control Program (Lockout/Tagout)
  3. Switchman & Authorized Personnel Certification
  4. Basic Electricity in the Workplace
  5. Hearing Conservation
  6. Personal Protective Equipment (PPE)
  7. Respiratory Protection
  8. Confined Space
  9. Hazardous Communications/MSDS
  10. Spill Prevention
  11. Fire Extinguishers
  12. Infectious Control (Bloodborne Pathogens)
  13. Emergency Response Planning
  14. Personal Fall Protection
  15. Cardio-Pulmonary Resuscitation (CPR)
  16. First Aid
  17. Hazardous Waste
  18. Asbestos Awareness
  19. Workplace Safety and Health Inspections
  20. Reclamation Safety & Health Standards (RSHS)
  21. Defensive Driving
  22. Construction Safety
  23. Electrical Safety, including National Electric Code
  24. Hazard Identification
  25. None of the above


* 6.Select the response that best describes your highest level of experience in preparing written documents in a work situation.
  1. I have education or training in written communications, but limited experience.
  2. I have written business letters to other organizations or customers to inform them of routine program activities or transmit documents.
  3. I have written business letters to other organizations or customers to communicate information of a complex or controversial nature.
  4. I have written technical reports or manuals to provide instructions for proper operation or maintenance of equipment.
  5. I have written technical reports based upon research, analysis, and data collection that summarize findings and make recommendations to inform or guide others in my organization.
  6. I have prepared written documents that summarize review comments on draft policy, technical papers, or complex reports.
  7. I have written briefing papers that clearly and concisely summarize important points and contain recommendations for consideration by managers in my organization.
  8. I have written documents that serve as policy or formal guidelines for my organization.
  9. None of the above.


* 7.Select the responses that describe your writing experience with developing and/or updating the following documents.
  1. Operating procedures.
  2. Technical specifications.
  3. Formal instructions or directives.
  4. Technical documentation describing the design of equipment.
  5. Published articles in technical journals.
  6. Correspondence outside my organization.
  7. Documents describing the behavior of electrical, mechanical, or hydraulic equipment to be understood by non-engineers.
  8. None of the above


* 8.Select the response(s) that describe your experience analyzing maintenance of power facilities and making recommendations for maintenance improvements.
  1. I have tracked maintenance performance of hydroelectric powerplants.
  2. I have tracked maintenance performance of power operations systems other than hydroelectric plants.
  3. I have performed maintenance reviews of hydroelectric power plants
  4. I have performed maintenance reviews of power operations systems other than hydroelectric plant systems.
  5. I have made recommendations concerning the improvement to maintenance of hydroelectric powerplants.
  6. I have made recommendations concerning the improvement to maintenance on power operations systems other than hydroelectric powerplant systems.
  7. I have analyzed maintenance performance of hydroelectric facility equipment, i.e., turbines, governors, voltage regulators.
  8. None of the above.


* 9.Select the one response that best reflects your experience in generating and delivering quality work products that satisfy client or organizational priorities and deadlines.
  1. I normally assist others with aspects or elements of work products in order to meet a designated deadline.
  2. I normally work on individual projects or assignments that are of high priority to the client/organization. My work assignments are generally completed within assigned deadlines and milestones. When additional time is needed, I am normally able to obtain it from my team leader or supervisor.
  3. I manage multiple tasks or assignments within a common time period. I am skilled at adjusting my use of time to meet changes in priorities and meet the requirements of new and/or unexpected work. When priorities conflict, I am normally capable of resolving the conflicts independently or by involving my team leader or supervisor.
  4. In addition to managing multiple tasks and assignments within a common time period, I negotiate deadlines, changes, and adjustments in priorities with clients and organizational officials on my own behalf as well as that of my work group. I have assisted others to determine how best to use their time and how to re-prioritize their work when situations warrant.
  5. None of the above


* 10.Select the computer applications and software you have used as a regular part of your job.
  1. Microsoft Project
  2. Gantt charts
  3. Microsoft Powerpoint
  4. Microsoft Word
  5. GIS based systems
  6. Financial management system
  7. Microsoft Excel
  8. Microsoft Access
  9. None of the above


* 11.Select the one response that best describes your experience with MAXIMO or another computerized maintenance management system.
  1. I have no experience with MAXIMO or another computerized maintenance management system.
  2. I have experience working with MAXIMO (e.g., developing job plans, writing preventive maintenance schedules, using MAXIMO for planning/scheduling of work, using MAXIMO for reporting/work load analysis, etc.).
  3. I have experience with working with another computerized maintenance management system (e.g., developing job plans, writing preventive maintenance schedules, planning/scheduling of work, reporting/work load analysis, etc.).
  4. I have participated in the development of MAXIMO business practices, or the configuration of MAXIMO, to support facility asset/maintenance management.
  5. I have participated in the development of another computerized maintenance management business practices, or configuration of another computerized maintenance management system, to support facility asset/maintenance management.
  6. I have led the development of MAXIMO business practices, or configuration of MAXIMO, to support facility asset/maintenance management.
  7. I have led the development of another computerized maintenance management system business practices or configuration of another computerized maintenance management system to support facility asset/maintenance management.


* 12.Select the response(s) that describe your experience with budget formulation and/or execution.
  1. I have experience formulating budgets for operation and maintenance of powerplants, dams, or pumping plants that include employee salaries, travel, transportation, equipment, materials and supplies, contract costs, and overhead costs.
  2. I have experience in monitoring, tracking, and reporting of monthly costs for operation and maintenance of powerplants, dams, or pumping plants that include employee salaries, travel, transportation, equipment, materials and supplies, contract costs, and overhead costs.
  3. I have experience in preparing written work plans, activity plans, justifications, and detailed budgets for powerplants and/or civil infrastructure.
  4. I have experience in evaluating resources required to accomplish tasks and estimating corresponding costs for staff, contract costs, equipment, permits, indirect costs, overhead, etc.
  5. I have education or training in budget and cost tracking processes.
  6. None of the above.


* 13.Please select the one statement that best describes your highest level of experience in preparing contract documents used to procure services and products.
  1. I have had education or training in the preparation of contract documents, but have not performed the associate tasks in a work situation.
  2. I have obtained vendor and cost information on services and/or products for use by my supervisor (or others) in developing contract documents.
  3. I have independently identified a service or product requirement, obtained price quotes, and procured the service or product through informal purchase (e.g., credit card).
  4. I have identified a service or product requirement, researched market availability and potential suppliers, conducted cost analysis, prepared scopes of work or official task orders, prepared formal requests and contract documents, and followed official procedures to procure the service or product.
  5. I have reviewed contract and related documents prepared by others (e.g., subordinates) to procure services and products; resolved issues to ensure documents were complete and accurate; recommended or approved the purchase; and monitored the procurement process to ensure timely delivery.
  6. I have not had experience or training in preparing contract documents.


* 14.Select the response that best describes your level of experience in reading and interpreting owner's manuals, manufacturer's instructions, and/or applicable drawings to develop a preventative maintenance plan.
  1. I have not performed this task.
  2. I have received training in this task but have not performed it on the job.
  3. I have read manuals, manufacturer's instructions and/or applicable drawings but have not developed a preventative maintenance plan.
  4. I have read and interpreted owner's manuals, manufacturer's instructions, and/or applicable drawings, and developed a preventative maintenance plan using a preventative maintenance software program.
  5. I have independently developed preventative maintenance plans in various industrial settings, some of which included unique or highly specialized maintenance requirements.
  6. I have independently developed preventative maintenance plans using a preventative maintenance software program in various industrial settings, some of which included unique or highly specialized maintenance requirements. I am considered an expert in this function and am often consulted by others or have trained others to develop maintenance plans.


Grade: 11
* 1.GS-11 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. 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 possess a PH.D. or equivalent doctoral degree OR three full years of progressively higher level graduate education leading to such a degree OR LL.M. if related.
  3. I possess a combination of graduate level education and experience that together meet the qualification requirements for this position.
  4. I do not meet any of the requirements as described above.


* 2.Select the response that best describes your experience scheduling and planning for major industrial, utility, or heavy construction-type projects that incorporate operations, maintenance-skilled craft work, and engineering activities.
  1. I have not had education, training or experience in scheduling or planning these types of activities
  2. I have completed education or training in scheduling and planning these types of activities, but have not yet applied this education or training on the job.
  3. I have experience with planning and scheduling these types of activities. My work was closely monitored by a supervisor or a senior employee to ensure compliance of proper procedures and practices.
  4. I have experience with planning and scheduling these types of activities as regular part of my job. I have applied my abilities independently and normally without review by a supervisor or senior employee.
  5. I am considered an expert in scheduling and planning these types of activities. I have supervised other employees engaged in scheduling and planning OR I am considered an expert who is consulted by other workers to assist or train them with complicated scheduling and planning of these types of activities.


* 3.Select the response that best describes your experience using project planning programs.
  1. I have not had education or experience using project planning programs.
  2. I have had education or training in using project planning programs, but have not yet applied this education or training on the job.
  3. I have experience using project planning programs on the job. My work was closely monitored by a supervisor or a senior employee to ensure compliance of proper procedures and practices.
  4. I have experience using project planning programs as a regular part of my job. I have applied my abilities independently and normally without review by a supervisor or senior employee.
  5. I am considered an expert in using project planning programs. I have supervised other employees engaged in using these programs OR I am considered an expert who is consulted by other workers to assist or train them with using project planning programs.


* 4.Select the response that describes your experience utilizing safety operating documentation, procedures, rules, guidance, and standards to determine methods to resolve conflicting or unclear requirements.
  1. I have not performed this task and I have not had education or training in performing this task.
  2. I have had training or education above high school in performing this task, but have not yet performed it on the job.
  3. I have performed this task on the job at some point in my career.
  4. I currently perform this task on the job, and it has been a regular and recurring duty for at least 12 consecutive months.
  5. I currently perform this task on the job, it has been a regular and recurring duty for at least 12 consecutive months, and I have provided advice or input to other operators.


* 5.From the following list, select all of the safety standards, guidelines, or procedures that you have received education or training AND have used in an industrial environment.
  1. Job Hazard Analysis (JHA)
  2. Hazardous Energy Control Program (Lockout/Tagout)
  3. Switchman & Authorized Personnel Certification
  4. Basic Electricity in the Workplace
  5. Hearing Conservation
  6. Personal Protective Equipment (PPE)
  7. Respiratory Protection
  8. Confined Space
  9. Hazardous Communications/MSDS
  10. Spill Prevention
  11. Fire Extinguishers
  12. Infectious Control (Bloodborne Pathogens)
  13. Emergency Response Planning
  14. Personal Fall Protection
  15. Cardio-Pulmonary Resuscitation (CPR)
  16. First Aid
  17. Hazardous Waste
  18. Asbestos Awareness
  19. Workplace Safety and Health Inspections
  20. Reclamation Safety & Health Standards (RSHS)
  21. Defensive Driving
  22. Construction Safety
  23. Electrical Safety, including National Electric Code
  24. Hazard Identification
  25. None of the above


* 6.Select the response that best describes your highest level of experience in preparing written documents in a work situation.
  1. I have education or training in written communications, but limited experience.
  2. I have written business letters to other organizations or customers to inform them of routine program activities or transmit documents.
  3. I have written business letters to other organizations or customers to communicate information of a complex or controversial nature.
  4. I have written technical reports or manuals to provide instructions for proper operation or maintenance of equipment.
  5. I have written technical reports based upon research, analysis, and data collection that summarize findings and make recommendations to inform or guide others in my organization.
  6. I have prepared written documents that summarize review comments on draft policy, technical papers, or complex reports.
  7. I have written briefing papers that clearly and concisely summarize important points and contain recommendations for consideration by managers in my organization.
  8. I have written documents that serve as policy or formal guidelines for my organization.
  9. None of the above.


* 7.Select the responses that describe your writing experience with developing and/or updating the following documents.
  1. Operating procedures.
  2. Technical specifications.
  3. Formal instructions or directives.
  4. Technical documentation describing the design of equipment.
  5. Published articles in technical journals.
  6. Correspondence outside my organization.
  7. Documents describing the behavior of electrical, mechanical, or hydraulic equipment to be understood by non-engineers.
  8. None of the above


* 8.Select the response(s) that describe your experience analyzing maintenance of power facilities and making recommendations for maintenance improvements.
  1. I have tracked maintenance performance of hydroelectric powerplants.
  2. I have tracked maintenance performance of power operations systems other than hydroelectric plants.
  3. I have performed maintenance reviews of hydroelectric power plants
  4. I have performed maintenance reviews of power operations systems other than hydroelectric plant systems.
  5. I have made recommendations concerning the improvement to maintenance of hydroelectric powerplants.
  6. I have made recommendations concerning the improvement to maintenance on power operations systems other than hydroelectric powerplant systems.
  7. I have analyzed maintenance performance of hydroelectric facility equipment, i.e., turbines, governors, voltage regulators.
  8. None of the above.


* 9.Select the one response that best reflects your experience in generating and delivering quality work products that satisfy client or organizational priorities and deadlines.
  1. I normally assist others with aspects or elements of work products in order to meet a designated deadline.
  2. I normally work on individual projects or assignments that are of high priority to the client/organization. My work assignments are generally completed within assigned deadlines and milestones. When additional time is needed, I am normally able to obtain it from my team leader or supervisor.
  3. I manage multiple tasks or assignments within a common time period. I am skilled at adjusting my use of time to meet changes in priorities and meet the requirements of new and/or unexpected work. When priorities conflict, I am normally capable of resolving the conflicts independently or by involving my team leader or supervisor.
  4. In addition to managing multiple tasks and assignments within a common time period, I negotiate deadlines, changes, and adjustments in priorities with clients and organizational officials on my own behalf as well as that of my work group. I have assisted others to determine how best to use their time and how to re-prioritize their work when situations warrant.
  5. None of the above


* 10.Select the computer applications and software you have used as a regular part of your job.
  1. Microsoft Project
  2. Gantt charts
  3. Microsoft Powerpoint
  4. Microsoft Word
  5. GIS based systems
  6. Financial management system
  7. Microsoft Excel
  8. Microsoft Access
  9. None of the above


* 11.Select the one response that best describes your experience with MAXIMO or another computerized maintenance management system.
  1. I have no experience with MAXIMO or another computerized maintenance management system.
  2. I have experience working with MAXIMO (e.g., developing job plans, writing preventive maintenance schedules, using MAXIMO for planning/scheduling of work, using MAXIMO for reporting/work load analysis, etc.).
  3. I have experience with working with another computerized maintenance management system (e.g., developing job plans, writing preventive maintenance schedules, planning/scheduling of work, reporting/work load analysis, etc.).
  4. I have participated in the development of MAXIMO business practices, or the configuration of MAXIMO, to support facility asset/maintenance management.
  5. I have participated in the development of another computerized maintenance management business practices, or configuration of another computerized maintenance management system, to support facility asset/maintenance management.
  6. I have led the development of MAXIMO business practices, or configuration of MAXIMO, to support facility asset/maintenance management.
  7. I have led the development of another computerized maintenance management system business practices or configuration of another computerized maintenance management system to support facility asset/maintenance management.


* 12.Select the response(s) that describe your experience with budget formulation and/or execution.
  1. I have experience formulating budgets for operation and maintenance of powerplants, dams, or pumping plants that include employee salaries, travel, transportation, equipment, materials and supplies, contract costs, and overhead costs.
  2. I have experience in monitoring, tracking, and reporting of monthly costs for operation and maintenance of powerplants, dams, or pumping plants that include employee salaries, travel, transportation, equipment, materials and supplies, contract costs, and overhead costs.
  3. I have experience in preparing written work plans, activity plans, justifications, and detailed budgets for powerplants and/or civil infrastructure.
  4. I have experience in evaluating resources required to accomplish tasks and estimating corresponding costs for staff, contract costs, equipment, permits, indirect costs, overhead, etc.
  5. I have education or training in budget and cost tracking processes.
  6. None of the above.


* 13.Please select the one statement that best describes your highest level of experience in preparing contract documents used to procure services and products.
  1. I have had education or training in the preparation of contract documents, but have not performed the associate tasks in a work situation.
  2. I have obtained vendor and cost information on services and/or products for use by my supervisor (or others) in developing contract documents.
  3. I have independently identified a service or product requirement, obtained price quotes, and procured the service or product through informal purchase (e.g., credit card).
  4. I have identified a service or product requirement, researched market availability and potential suppliers, conducted cost analysis, prepared scopes of work or official task orders, prepared formal requests and contract documents, and followed official procedures to procure the service or product.
  5. I have reviewed contract and related documents prepared by others (e.g., subordinates) to procure services and products; resolved issues to ensure documents were complete and accurate; recommended or approved the purchase; and monitored the procurement process to ensure timely delivery.
  6. I have not had experience or training in preparing contract documents.


* 14.Select the response that best describes your level of experience in reading and interpreting owner's manuals, manufacturer's instructions, and/or applicable drawings to develop a preventative maintenance plan.
  1. I have not performed this task.
  2. I have received training in this task but have not performed it on the job.
  3. I have read manuals, manufacturer's instructions and/or applicable drawings but have not developed a preventative maintenance plan.
  4. I have read and interpreted owner's manuals, manufacturer's instructions, and/or applicable drawings, and developed a preventative maintenance plan using a preventative maintenance software program.
  5. I have independently developed preventative maintenance plans in various industrial settings, some of which included unique or highly specialized maintenance requirements.
  6. I have independently developed preventative maintenance plans using a preventative maintenance software program in various industrial settings, some of which included unique or highly specialized maintenance requirements. I am considered an expert in this function and am often consulted by others or have trained others to develop maintenance plans.


Grade: 12
* 1.GS-12 Choose one answer that best describes your specialized experience as related to the qualification requirements for this position.
  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. This experience is related to the work of the position and equivalent to at least the GS-11 level in the Federal service as described in the vacancy announcement.
  2. I do not meet any of the requirements as described above.


* 2.Select the response that best describes your experience scheduling and planning for major industrial, utility, or heavy construction-type projects that incorporate operations, maintenance-skilled craft work, and engineering activities.
  1. I have not had education, training or experience in scheduling or planning these types of activities
  2. I have completed education or training in scheduling and planning these types of activities, but have not yet applied this education or training on the job.
  3. I have experience with planning and scheduling these types of activities. My work was closely monitored by a supervisor or a senior employee to ensure compliance of proper procedures and practices.
  4. I have experience with planning and scheduling these types of activities as regular part of my job. I have applied my abilities independently and normally without review by a supervisor or senior employee.
  5. I am considered an expert in scheduling and planning these types of activities. I have supervised other employees engaged in scheduling and planning OR I am considered an expert who is consulted by other workers to assist or train them with complicated scheduling and planning of these types of activities.


* 3.Select the response that best describes your experience using project planning programs.
  1. I have not had education or experience using project planning programs.
  2. I have had education or training in using project planning programs, but have not yet applied this education or training on the job.
  3. I have experience using project planning programs on the job. My work was closely monitored by a supervisor or a senior employee to ensure compliance of proper procedures and practices.
  4. I have experience using project planning programs as a regular part of my job. I have applied my abilities independently and normally without review by a supervisor or senior employee.
  5. I am considered an expert in using project planning programs. I have supervised other employees engaged in using these programs OR I am considered an expert who is consulted by other workers to assist or train them with using project planning programs.


* 4.Select the response that describes your experience utilizing safety operating documentation, procedures, rules, guidance, and standards to determine methods to resolve conflicting or unclear requirements.
  1. I have not performed this task and I have not had education or training in performing this task.
  2. I have had training or education above high school in performing this task, but have not yet performed it on the job.
  3. I have performed this task on the job at some point in my career.
  4. I currently perform this task on the job, and it has been a regular and recurring duty for at least 12 consecutive months.
  5. I currently perform this task on the job, it has been a regular and recurring duty for at least 12 consecutive months, and I have provided advice or input to other operators.


* 5.From the following list, select all of the safety standards, guidelines, or procedures that you have received education or training AND have used in an industrial environment.
  1. Job Hazard Analysis (JHA)
  2. Hazardous Energy Control Program (Lockout/Tagout)
  3. Switchman & Authorized Personnel Certification
  4. Basic Electricity in the Workplace
  5. Hearing Conservation
  6. Personal Protective Equipment (PPE)
  7. Respiratory Protection
  8. Confined Space
  9. Hazardous Communications/MSDS
  10. Spill Prevention
  11. Fire Extinguishers
  12. Infectious Control (Bloodborne Pathogens)
  13. Emergency Response Planning
  14. Personal Fall Protection
  15. Cardio-Pulmonary Resuscitation (CPR)
  16. First Aid
  17. Hazardous Waste
  18. Asbestos Awareness
  19. Workplace Safety and Health Inspections
  20. Reclamation Safety & Health Standards (RSHS)
  21. Defensive Driving
  22. Construction Safety
  23. Electrical Safety, including National Electric Code
  24. Hazard Identification
  25. None of the above


* 6.Select the response that best describes your highest level of experience in preparing written documents in a work situation.
  1. I have education or training in written communications, but limited experience.
  2. I have written business letters to other organizations or customers to inform them of routine program activities or transmit documents.
  3. I have written business letters to other organizations or customers to communicate information of a complex or controversial nature.
  4. I have written technical reports or manuals to provide instructions for proper operation or maintenance of equipment.
  5. I have written technical reports based upon research, analysis, and data collection that summarize findings and make recommendations to inform or guide others in my organization.
  6. I have prepared written documents that summarize review comments on draft policy, technical papers, or complex reports.
  7. I have written briefing papers that clearly and concisely summarize important points and contain recommendations for consideration by managers in my organization.
  8. I have written documents that serve as policy or formal guidelines for my organization.
  9. None of the above.


* 7.Select the responses that describe your writing experience with developing and/or updating the following documents.
  1. Operating procedures.
  2. Technical specifications.
  3. Formal instructions or directives.
  4. Technical documentation describing the design of equipment.
  5. Published articles in technical journals.
  6. Correspondence outside my organization.
  7. Documents describing the behavior of electrical, mechanical, or hydraulic equipment to be understood by non-engineers.
  8. None of the above


* 8.Select the response(s) that describe your experience analyzing maintenance of power facilities and making recommendations for maintenance improvements.
  1. I have tracked maintenance performance of hydroelectric powerplants.
  2. I have tracked maintenance performance of power operations systems other than hydroelectric plants.
  3. I have performed maintenance reviews of hydroelectric power plants
  4. I have performed maintenance reviews of power operations systems other than hydroelectric plant systems.
  5. I have made recommendations concerning the improvement to maintenance of hydroelectric powerplants.
  6. I have made recommendations concerning the improvement to maintenance on power operations systems other than hydroelectric powerplant systems.
  7. I have analyzed maintenance performance of hydroelectric facility equipment, i.e., turbines, governors, voltage regulators.
  8. None of the above.


* 9.Select the one response that best reflects your experience in generating and delivering quality work products that satisfy client or organizational priorities and deadlines.
  1. I normally assist others with aspects or elements of work products in order to meet a designated deadline.
  2. I normally work on individual projects or assignments that are of high priority to the client/organization. My work assignments are generally completed within assigned deadlines and milestones. When additional time is needed, I am normally able to obtain it from my team leader or supervisor.
  3. I manage multiple tasks or assignments within a common time period. I am skilled at adjusting my use of time to meet changes in priorities and meet the requirements of new and/or unexpected work. When priorities conflict, I am normally capable of resolving the conflicts independently or by involving my team leader or supervisor.
  4. In addition to managing multiple tasks and assignments within a common time period, I negotiate deadlines, changes, and adjustments in priorities with clients and organizational officials on my own behalf as well as that of my work group. I have assisted others to determine how best to use their time and how to re-prioritize their work when situations warrant.
  5. None of the above


* 10.Select the computer applications and software you have used as a regular part of your job.
  1. Microsoft Project
  2. Gantt charts
  3. Microsoft Powerpoint
  4. Microsoft Word
  5. GIS based systems
  6. Financial management system
  7. Microsoft Excel
  8. Microsoft Access
  9. None of the above


* 11.Select the one response that best describes your experience with MAXIMO or another computerized maintenance management system.
  1. I have no experience with MAXIMO or another computerized maintenance management system.
  2. I have experience working with MAXIMO (e.g., developing job plans, writing preventive maintenance schedules, using MAXIMO for planning/scheduling of work, using MAXIMO for reporting/work load analysis, etc.).
  3. I have experience with working with another computerized maintenance management system (e.g., developing job plans, writing preventive maintenance schedules, planning/scheduling of work, reporting/work load analysis, etc.).
  4. I have participated in the development of MAXIMO business practices, or the configuration of MAXIMO, to support facility asset/maintenance management.
  5. I have participated in the development of another computerized maintenance management business practices, or configuration of another computerized maintenance management system, to support facility asset/maintenance management.
  6. I have led the development of MAXIMO business practices, or configuration of MAXIMO, to support facility asset/maintenance management.
  7. I have led the development of another computerized maintenance management system business practices or configuration of another computerized maintenance management system to support facility asset/maintenance management.


* 12.Select the response(s) that describe your experience with budget formulation and/or execution.
  1. I have experience formulating budgets for operation and maintenance of powerplants, dams, or pumping plants that include employee salaries, travel, transportation, equipment, materials and supplies, contract costs, and overhead costs.
  2. I have experience in monitoring, tracking, and reporting of monthly costs for operation and maintenance of powerplants, dams, or pumping plants that include employee salaries, travel, transportation, equipment, materials and supplies, contract costs, and overhead costs.
  3. I have experience in preparing written work plans, activity plans, justifications, and detailed budgets for powerplants and/or civil infrastructure.
  4. I have experience in evaluating resources required to accomplish tasks and estimating corresponding costs for staff, contract costs, equipment, permits, indirect costs, overhead, etc.
  5. I have education or training in budget and cost tracking processes.
  6. None of the above.


* 13.Please select the one statement that best describes your highest level of experience in preparing contract documents used to procure services and products.
  1. I have had education or training in the preparation of contract documents, but have not performed the associate tasks in a work situation.
  2. I have obtained vendor and cost information on services and/or products for use by my supervisor (or others) in developing contract documents.
  3. I have independently identified a service or product requirement, obtained price quotes, and procured the service or product through informal purchase (e.g., credit card).
  4. I have identified a service or product requirement, researched market availability and potential suppliers, conducted cost analysis, prepared scopes of work or official task orders, prepared formal requests and contract documents, and followed official procedures to procure the service or product.
  5. I have reviewed contract and related documents prepared by others (e.g., subordinates) to procure services and products; resolved issues to ensure documents were complete and accurate; recommended or approved the purchase; and monitored the procurement process to ensure timely delivery.
  6. I have not had experience or training in preparing contract documents.


* 14.Select the response that best describes your level of experience in reading and interpreting owner's manuals, manufacturer's instructions, and/or applicable drawings to develop a preventative maintenance plan.
  1. I have not performed this task.
  2. I have received training in this task but have not performed it on the job.
  3. I have read manuals, manufacturer's instructions and/or applicable drawings but have not developed a preventative maintenance plan.
  4. I have read and interpreted owner's manuals, manufacturer's instructions, and/or applicable drawings, and developed a preventative maintenance plan using a preventative maintenance software program.
  5. I have independently developed preventative maintenance plans in various industrial settings, some of which included unique or highly specialized maintenance requirements.
  6. I have independently developed preventative maintenance plans using a preventative maintenance software program in various industrial settings, some of which included unique or highly specialized maintenance requirements. I am considered an expert in this function and am often consulted by others or have trained others to develop maintenance plans.


Grade: All Grades
* 1.Do you understand that you must submit a COMPLETE and DETAILED on-line resume for this announcement and that failure to submit a complete and detailed on-line resume will result in you not being considered for this position? The on-line resume is completed during the registration process and is separate from your answers to vacancy announcement-specific questions.
  1. Yes
  2. No


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.

I will provide a copy of my college transcripts or equivalent document by the closing date of this announcement to validate my successful completion of the education requirements as described in the vacancy announcement.

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.

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.

* 2.VETERANS: Do you know that if you are eligible for consideration as a 30% or more Disabled Veteran or under Veterans Employment Opportunity Act-VEOA (5 or 10-point preference eligible OR veteran with 3 or more years of active duty and honorable discharge), you can also be considered under the concurrent merit promotion announcement stated in JOB SUMMARY section of announcement by submitting a separate application and all required documentation under the concurrent merit promotion announcement.
  1. Yes
  2. Not Applicable


* 3.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


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






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