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Grade: 11
* 1.GS-11 Choose one answer which best describes your education and/or experience in accordance with requirements for engineering positions at this level.
  1. I have a professional engineering degree in a school of engineering with at least one curriculum accredited by the Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology (ABET) as a professional engineering curriculum.
  2. I have a professional engineering degree which included differential and integral calculus and courses (more advanced than 1st year physics/chemistry) in 5 of the following 7 areas of engineering science or physics: statics, dynamics, strength of materials, fluid mechanics, hydraulics, thermodynamics, electrical fields/circuits, nature and properties of materials, or comparable area of fundamental engineering science/physics such as optics, heat transfer, soil mechanics or electronics.
  3. I have a combination of education and experience equivalent to a bachelor`s degree in engineering, demonstrated by my current registration as a professional engineer by any state, District or Columbia, Guam or Puerto Rico.
  4. I have a combination of education and experience equivalent to a bachelor`s degree in engineering, demonstrated by passing the Engineer-in-training (EIT) exam or required written test for professional registration administered by Boards of Engineering Examiners in any state, District of Columbia, Guam or Puerto Rico.
  5. I have a combination of education and experience equivalent to a bachelor`s degree in engineering, demonstrated by completion of 60 semester hours of courses in physical, math, and engineering science and including engineering courses specified in Choice 2.
  6. I completed a bachelor`s degree in engineering technology or an appropriate professional field, e.g., physics, chemistry, architecture, computer science, math, hydrology or geology, and I have 1 year of professional engineering experience under professional engineering supervision.
  7. I do not meet or exceed the education or experience requirement as described.


* 2.GS-11 In addition to meeting the Basic Requirements, you must have professional experience, graduate education or a combination of professional experience and graduate education. Choose the one response that best describes your additional education or experience.
  1. I have at least one full-time year of specialized experience equivalent in responsibility and scope to the GS-9 level as described in the vacancy announcement under specialized experience.
  2. I have 3 years of progressively higher level graduate education leading to a Ph.D., or I have a Ph.D. or equivalent doctoral degree in engineering or a related field which provided the knowledge, skills and abilities for the position.
  3. I do not meet or exceed the education or experience requirements as described above.


* 3.Select the response(s) that best describes your professional knowledge of construction practices, methods, techniques, costs, materials, and equipment in order to evaluate and make comparative analyses of bids or modification proposals.
  1. I have professional engineering experience providing construction oversight activities such as field inspection, contract administration, cost tracking, and monthly payment voucher preparation.
  2. I have been involved in the preparation of bids, plans and specifications, solicitation of bids, and review of bid proposals for construction contracts.
  3. I have knowledge of construction trade practices, methods, techniques, and equipment necessary to determine the adequacy and economic feasibility of contractors proposals.
  4. I have experience, course work, or training in construction-related costs estimates.
  5. I have reviewed engineering designs and bid proposals.
  6. None of the above.


* 4.Select the responses that best describe your cost estimating experience.
  1. I have had education, training or experience in applying Federal Acquisition Regulations.
  2. I have worked with Contracting Officers evaluating offeror’s bids against the government cost estimate.
  3. I have evaluated contractors price proposals, supporting the Price Proposal Evaluation Committee Chair.
  4. I have participated in price negotiations between the owner and contractor.
  5. None of the above.


* 5.Select the response(s) that best reflect your level of responsibility on a negotiation team.
  1. I prepared the necessary cost estimates prior to negotiations.
  2. I assisted acquisition personnel on the team in determining the reasonableness of cost proposals submitted by contractors.
  3. I determined actions necessary for negotiating the differences in cost estimates submitted by the contractor and the engineer.
  4. I recommended to the contracting officer approval of unit prices and costs determined to be reasonable.
  5. None of the above.


* 6.Which of the following cost estimates have you prepared, check all that apply.
  1. Order of Magnitude
  2. Reconnaissance
  3. Conceptual
  4. Planning
  5. Appraisal
  6. Feasibility
  7. Percent Design
  8. Prevalidation
  9. Engineers Estimate
  10. Independent Government Cost Estimate
  11. None of the above


* 7.Select the statement that best describes your knowledge or experience in developing and preparing construction cost estimates.
  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.


* 8.Select all of the terms/statements of which you have specific knowledge, background, and understanding in the development of construction cost estimates.
  1. Labor Burden
  2. G & A
  3. Builders Risk Insurance
  4. Bid Bonds
  5. Unbalanced Bids
  6. Equipment Ownership Rates
  7. Cycle Times/Load Factors
  8. Shrink and swell factors
  9. Project Overhead
  10. Davis Bacon Wage Rates
  11. None of the above


* 9.Select the statement that best describes your knowledge or experience in overseeing, inspecting, or directing the construction of heavy civil works projects.
  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.


* 10.Select the software application(s) that you are proficient at using for construction cost estimation (proficient means you understand and utilize a major part of the systems functionality/capabilities).
  1. Timberline
  2. HCSS
  3. Hard$
  4. Means
  5. Racer
  6. Bid2Win
  7. Other


* 11.Select the response(s) that describe your experience in preparing and analyzing cost estimates.
  1. I analyzed bids received from contractors for heavy civil projects to determine reasons for variations.
  2. I developed criteria and procedures for maintaining current bid price data.
  3. I substantiated unit prices obtained by independent analysis.
  4. I prepared cost estimates or checked estimates prepared by others.
  5. I reviewed cost estimates for sufficiency of quantities, omission of pay items, and adequacy of unit prices.
  6. I prepared and analyzed data of bids on solicitations, cost trends, and related information.
  7. I prepared Engineer's Estimate of cost for constructing a particular structure.
  8. I prepared Engineer's Estimate of costs for specified equipment or materials to be purchased.
  9. I estimated cost for project planning uses.
  10. I prepared estimates for comparison with prices submitted by contractors for changes to existing contracts.
  11. I prepared/reviewed hazardous waste assessment (resource needs) and remedial action (remediation) estimates.
  12. I prepared breakdowns of bid items by property class and plant account.
  13. None of the above.


* 12.Select those type(s) of construction cost estimates for which you had a major portion of responsibility.
  1. Earth fill dams
  2. Concrete dams
  3. Canals
  4. Pumping Plants
  5. Power Plants
  6. Electrical generating facilities
  7. Electrical distribution facilities
  8. Fish Passage/screening facilities
  9. Pipelines
  10. Roadways
  11. Bridges
  12. Commercial buildings
  13. Homes
  14. Hazardous waste/Environmental remediation
  15. Heavy Civil
  16. Tunnels
  17. None of the above


Grade: 12
* 1.GS-12 Choose one answer which best describes your education and/or experience in accordance with requirements for engineering positions at this level.
  1. I have a professional engineering degree in a school of engineering with at least one curriculum accredited by the Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology (ABET) as a professional engineering curriculum.
  2. I have a professional engineering degree which included differential and integral calculus and courses (more advanced than 1st year physics/chemistry) in 5 of the following 7 areas of engineering science or physics: statics, dynamics, strength of materials, fluid mechanics, hydraulics, thermodynamics, electrical fields/circuits, nature and properties of materials, or comparable area of fundamental engineering science/physics such as optics, heat transfer, soil mechanics or electronics.
  3. I have a combination of education and experience equivalent to a bachelor`s degree in engineering, demonstrated by my current registration as a professional engineer by any state, District or Columbia, Guam or Puerto Rico.
  4. I have a combination of education and experience equivalent to a bachelor`s degree in engineering, demonstrated by passing the Engineer-in-training (EIT) exam or required written test for professional registration administered by Boards of Engineering Examiners in any state, District of Columbia, Guam or Puerto Rico.
  5. I have a combination of education and experience equivalent to a bachelor`s degree in engineering, demonstrated by completion of 60 semester hours of courses in physical, math, and engineering science and including engineering courses specified in Choice 2.
  6. I completed a bachelor`s degree in engineering technology or an appropriate professional field, e.g., physics, chemistry, architecture, computer science, math, hydrology or geology, and I have 1 year of professional engineering experience under professional engineering supervision.
  7. I do not meet or exceed the education or experience requirement as described.


* 2.GS-12 In addition to meeting basic requirements for engineering positions, choose one answer which best describes your experience in accordance with requirements for engineering positions at this level.
  1. I have one full year of specialized experience equivalent in responsibility and scope to the GS-11 level as described in the vacancy announcement under specialized experience.
  2. I do not meet the experience requirement as described.


* 3.Select the response(s) that best describes your professional knowledge of construction practices, methods, techniques, costs, materials, and equipment in order to evaluate and make comparative analyses of bids or modification proposals.
  1. I have professional engineering experience providing construction oversight activities such as field inspection, contract administration, cost tracking, and monthly payment voucher preparation.
  2. I have been involved in the preparation of bids, plans and specifications, solicitation of bids, and review of bid proposals for construction contracts.
  3. I have knowledge of construction trade practices, methods, techniques, and equipment necessary to determine the adequacy and economic feasibility of contractors proposals.
  4. I have experience, course work, or training in construction-related costs estimates.
  5. I have reviewed engineering designs and bid proposals.
  6. None of the above.


* 4.Select those type(s) of construction cost estimates for which you had a major portion of responsibility.
  1. Earth fill dams
  2. Concrete dams
  3. Canals
  4. Pumping Plants
  5. Power Plants
  6. Electrical generating facilities
  7. Electrical distribution facilities
  8. Fish Passage/screening facilities
  9. Pipelines
  10. Roadways
  11. Bridges
  12. Commercial buildings
  13. Homes
  14. Hazardous waste/Environmental remediation
  15. Heavy Civil
  16. Tunnels
  17. None of the above


* 5.Select the response(s) that best reflect your level of responsibility on a negotiation team.
  1. I prepared the necessary cost estimates prior to negotiations.
  2. I assisted acquisition personnel on the team in determining the reasonableness of cost proposals submitted by contractors.
  3. I determined actions necessary for negotiating the differences in cost estimates submitted by the contractor and the engineer.
  4. I recommended to the contracting officer approval of unit prices and costs determined to be reasonable.
  5. None of the above.


* 6.Which of the following cost estimates have you prepared, check all that apply.
  1. Order of Magnitude
  2. Reconnaissance
  3. Conceptual
  4. Planning
  5. Appraisal
  6. Feasibility
  7. Percent Design
  8. Prevalidation
  9. Engineers Estimate
  10. Independent Government Cost Estimate
  11. None of the above


* 7.Select the statement that best describes your knowledge or experience in developing and preparing construction cost estimates.
  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.


* 8.Choose the largest range of construction cost estimates you have been responsible for preparing.
  1. I have not been responsible for preparing construction cost estimates.
  2. I have prepared cost estimates on projects less than $100,000.
  3. I have prepared cost estimates on projects from $100,000 to $500,000.
  4. I have prepared cost estimates on projects from $500,000 to $1,000,000.
  5. I have prepared cost estimates on projects from $1,000,000 to $5,000,000.
  6. I have prepared cost estimates on projects from $5,000,000 to $10,00,000.
  7. I have prepared cost estimates on projects from $10,000,000 to $50,000,000.
  8. I have prepared cost estimates on projects from $50,000,000 to $100,000,000.
  9. I have prepared cost estimates on projects from $100,000,000 to $1,000,000,000.


* 9.Select all of the terms/statements of which you have specific knowledge, background, and understanding in the development of construction cost estimates.
  1. Labor Burden
  2. G & A
  3. Builders Risk Insurance
  4. Bid Bonds
  5. Unbalanced Bids
  6. Equipment Ownership Rates
  7. Cycle Times/Load Factors
  8. Shrink and swell factors
  9. Project Overhead
  10. Davis Bacon Wage Rates
  11. None of the above


* 10.Select the statement that best describes your knowledge or experience in overseeing, inspecting, or directing the construction of heavy civil works projects.
  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.


* 11.Select the software application(s) that you are proficient at using for construction cost estimation (proficient means you understand and utilize a major part of the systems functionality/capabilities).
  1. Timberline
  2. HCSS
  3. Hard$
  4. Means
  5. Racer
  6. Bid2Win
  7. Other


* 12.Select the response(s) that describe your experience in preparing and analyzing cost estimates.
  1. I analyzed bids received from contractors for heavy civil projects to determine reasons for variations.
  2. I developed criteria and procedures for maintaining current bid price data.
  3. I substantiated unit prices obtained by independent analysis.
  4. I prepared cost estimates or checked estimates prepared by others.
  5. I reviewed cost estimates for sufficiency of quantities, omission of pay items, and adequacy of unit prices.
  6. I prepared and analyzed data of bids on solicitations, cost trends, and related information.
  7. I prepared Engineer's Estimate of cost for constructing a particular structure.
  8. I prepared Engineer's Estimate of costs for specified equipment or materials to be purchased.
  9. I estimated cost for project planning uses.
  10. I prepared estimates for comparison with prices submitted by contractors for changes to existing contracts.
  11. I prepared/reviewed hazardous waste assessment (resource needs) and remedial action (remediation) estimates.
  12. I prepared breakdowns of bid items by property class and plant account.
  13. None of the above.


* 13.Select the responses that best describe your cost estimating experience.
  1. I have had education, training or experience in applying Federal Acquisition Regulations.
  2. I have worked with Contracting Officers evaluating offeror’s bids against the government cost estimate.
  3. I have evaluated contractors price proposals, supporting the Price Proposal Evaluation Committee Chair.
  4. I have participated in price negotiations between the owner and contractor.
  5. None of the above.


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


* 2.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.


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


* 4.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.


* 5.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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