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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 describe the types of plants with which you have experience.
  1. Industrial plants or switchyards
  2. Electric power substations
  3. Electric power generating systems
  4. Hydropower generating systems
  5. Water storage, conveyance or treatment facility
  6. None of the above


4.Select the one response that best describes your experience in applying engineering standards, principles, and practices related to design, specifications, construction, operations, and maintenance.
  1. I have professional engineering experience providing technical support to maintenance offices by analyzing and resolving operational and maintenance problems of electrical equipment for two or more power generating facilities.
  2. I have professional engineering experience providing technical support to maintenance offices by analyzing and resolving operational and maintenance problems of electrical equipment for two or more industrial facilities.
  3. I have professional engineering experience associated with the operation and maintenance of a power generating facility.
  4. I have served as the senior engineer or have professional engineering experience associated with operation and maintenance of an industrial plant or switchyard.
  5. I have experience providing technical support to maintenance offices by analyzing and resolving operational and maintenance problems of electrical equipment.
  6. I have education and training in operation and maintenance of a power or industrial facility.
  7. None of the above.


5.Select the response that describes your experience writing technical specifications, providing layout/arrangement drawings, and performing technical submittal reviews for transformer installations at powerplants, pumping plants, switchyards, or substations.
  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.


6.Select the responses that best describe your experience in preparing and analyzing cost estimates for electrical systems and equipment.
  1. I developed criteria and procedures for maintaining current bid price data.
  2. I substantiated unit prices obtained by independent analysis.
  3. I prepared cost estimates or checked estimates prepared by others.
  4. I reviewed cost estimates for sufficiency of quantities, omission of pay items, and adequacy of unit prices.
  5. I prepared and analyzed data of bids on solicitations, cost trends, and related information.
  6. I prepared Engineer's Estimate of cost for constructing a particular structure.
  7. I prepared Engineer's Estimate of costs for specified equipment or materials to be purchased.
  8. I estimated cost for project planning uses.
  9. I prepared estimates for comparison with prices submitted by contractors for changes to existing contracts.
  10. I prepared breakdowns of bid items by property class and plant account.
  11. 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 describe the types of plants with which you have experience.
  1. Industrial plants or switchyards
  2. Electric power substations
  3. Electric power generating systems
  4. Hydropower generating systems
  5. Water storage, conveyance or treatment facility
  6. None of the above


4.Select the one response that best describes your experience in applying engineering standards, principles, and practices related to design, specifications, construction, operations, and maintenance.
  1. I have professional engineering experience providing technical support to maintenance offices by analyzing and resolving operational and maintenance problems of electrical equipment for two or more power generating facilities.
  2. I have professional engineering experience providing technical support to maintenance offices by analyzing and resolving operational and maintenance problems of electrical equipment for two or more industrial facilities.
  3. I have professional engineering experience associated with the operation and maintenance of a power generating facility.
  4. I have served as the senior engineer or have professional engineering experience associated with operation and maintenance of an industrial plant or switchyard.
  5. I have experience providing technical support to maintenance offices by analyzing and resolving operational and maintenance problems of electrical equipment.
  6. I have education and training in operation and maintenance of a power or industrial facility.
  7. None of the above.


5.Select the response that describes your experience writing technical specifications, providing layout/arrangement drawings, and performing technical submittal reviews for transformer installations at powerplants, pumping plants, switchyards, or substations.
  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.


6.Select the one response that best describes your experience reviewing supply and construction contracts for compliance with engineering specifications and designs related to pumping and power plants, switchyards and substations.
  1. I have overseen the work of contractors to ensure that their work is in compliance with engineering specifications and designs as a central or major part of my work, and I have trained others in the performance of this work, and/or others have consulted me as an expert.
  2. I have overseen the work of contractors to ensure that their work is in compliance with engineering specifications and designs on a regular basis, independently and usually without review by a supervisor.
  3. I have monitored the work of contractors to ensure that their work is in compliance with engineering specifications and designs under close supervision by a senior employee, supervisor, or manager.
  4. I have received education or training in this type of work, but have yet to fully apply this knowledge in a work situation.
  5. I have not had experience, education or training in reviewing contracts for compliance.


7.Select the responses that best describe your experience in preparing and analyzing cost estimates for electrical systems and equipment.
  1. I developed criteria and procedures for maintaining current bid price data.
  2. I substantiated unit prices obtained by independent analysis.
  3. I prepared cost estimates or checked estimates prepared by others.
  4. I reviewed cost estimates for sufficiency of quantities, omission of pay items, and adequacy of unit prices.
  5. I prepared and analyzed data of bids on solicitations, cost trends, and related information.
  6. I prepared Engineer's Estimate of cost for constructing a particular structure.
  7. I prepared Engineer's Estimate of costs for specified equipment or materials to be purchased.
  8. I estimated cost for project planning uses.
  9. I prepared estimates for comparison with prices submitted by contractors for changes to existing contracts.
  10. I prepared breakdowns of bid items by property class and plant account.
  11. None of the above.


8.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.


9.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.


Grade: All Grades
1.Select the one response that best describes your experience in preparing designs and design data packages for use by other engineers, planners, contracting personnel, or craft personnel; including technical specifications, scheduling, project cost projections, economic analysis, and budget planning in order to design, issue contracts, maintain, or repair electrical systems and equipment.
  1. I am highly skilled at performing these functions. I have performed them routinely and have carried them out successfully.
  2. I have performed these functions independently as a regular part of jobs that I have held.
  3. I have performed similar or directly related job functions and my experience and training have prepared me to perform these functions.
  4. I have received post high school education or formal training in these functions, but I have not performed them on the job.
  5. None of the above.


2.Select the response(s) that describes your experience in preparing electrical designs or electrical design data for use by other engineers, planners, contracting personnel, or craft personnel; including technical drawings or specifications, task scheduling, project cost projections, economic cost/benefit analysis, or budget planning in order to design, issue contracts, maintain, or repair electrical systems and equipment.
  1. I have had responsibility for engineering project management including all of the duties listed above.
  2. I have supervised engineers with technical responsibility for an engineering project.
  3. I have prepared engineering designs including electrical drawings and schematics that were reviewed and approved by supervisory engineers.
  4. I have drafted project plans including cost estimates used by my supervisor or management.
  5. I have used engineering design documents including electrical drawings and schematics to install, test, and commission new equipment.
  6. I have performed engineering data collection and analysis to assist other engineers with engineering designs.
  7. I have had technical responsibility for contracts used to procure engineering services of plant equipment.
  8. I have an engineering degree that prepares me to perform electrical engineering assignments, but I have not performed them on the job.
  9. I do not have an engineering degree and have not performed any of the tasks listed above.


3.Select the one response that best describes your level of experience in preparing and modifying electrical equipment drawings.
  1. I have no experience or training with preparing and modifying electrical equipment drawings.
  2. I have training with preparing and modifying electrical equipment drawings.
  3. I have experience in preparing and modifying electrical equipment drawings.
  4. I have field experience with marking up electrical drawings to reflect actual conditions.
  5. I have field experience with making corrections to electrical drawings.
  6. I have field experience with preparing new electrical drawings for powerplant equipment drawings.


4.Select the following statement that best represent your electrical engineering experience.
  1. I have experience in applying electrical engineering theory, principles, and practices to practical operational problems.
  2. I have experience collecting data or preparing documents and drawings to assist senior engineers.
  3. I have tracked and analyzed operational and maintenance performance of power generating equipment and systems.
  4. I have experience working on a team that has solved electrical problems.
  5. I have provided guidance to maintenance personnel in identifying and correcting electrical wiring or equipment operation problems.
  6. I have used electrical test equipment to compare electrical circuit values with expected or design values.
  7. I have developed standard procedures for plant operation and/or maintenance.
  8. I have designed protective relay installations.
  9. I have tested protective relay operations
  10. I have identified and corrected relay protection problems
  11. I have conducted analysis following incorrect plant operation to determine and correct the operational problem
  12. I have participated in the installation, testing, and commissioning of new plant equipment
  13. I have analyzed complex electrical/electronic schematics and detailed wiring
  14. None of the above


5.Identify the task(s) you have performed to accomplish or support electrical engineering design or plant operation and maintenance.
  1. Data collection, processing, and analysis
  2. Physical layout drawings of facilities or equipment.
  3. Electrical wiring diagrams
  4. system block diagrams
  5. Equipment schematic drawings
  6. Data and/or drawing review and correction
  7. Preparation of specifications of equipment to be procured
  8. Engineering cost estimates and schedules
  9. Installation cost estimates and schedules
  10. Maintenance cost estimates and schedules
  11. Generating unit control design engineering
  12. Generating unit control automation and instrumentation
  13. Power generation plant automation design engineering
  14. Industrial automation or control system design
  15. Unit control firmware or software design
  16. Software coding, testing and integration
  17. Communication protocol implementation and testing
  18. Automation system problem identification and correction
  19. Power generation facility operation and maintenance
  20. I have an engineering degree that prepares me to perform electrical engineering assignments, but I have not performed any of these tasks on the job.
  21. None of the above


6.Select the responses that describe your experience in designing schematic wiring diagrams for monitoring and/or apparatus control for the following types of electrical equipment.
  1. Low voltage circuit breakers (less than 600v)
  2. Switchgear or medium voltage circuit breakers (above 600v to 34.5-kV)
  3. Power circuit breakers (above 34.5-kV - 535-kV for air, vacuum, oil, or SF6)
  4. Transformers (10 MVA and larger oil filled)
  5. Transformers (smaller than 10 MVA)
  6. Surge protection equipment for generators, power transformers and power cabling systems
  7. Large Pumps (50 cfs or more)
  8. Large Motors (500 horsepower or more)
  9. Current and Potential Transformers
  10. None of the above


7.Select the responses that best describe the types of electrical systems and equipment you have experience designing.
  1. AC and DC unit controls
  2. Motor Control Centers
  3. Unit protection application - includes protective relaying
  4. Schematic diagrams for electrical systems
  5. Low, medium and/or high voltage transformers – including station service/distribution (600V – 25,000V) transformers (smaller than 500kVA)
  6. Low, medium and/or high voltage circuit breakers – includes air, vacuum, oil and/or SF6
  7. Electrical distribution, grounding and/or bonding systems – includes pumping/power plant grounding
  8. Programmable logic controllers
  9. Lighting systems
  10. Governors in hydroelectric power facilities
  11. Generators - rewinds, testing and portable generators for hydroelectric facilities
  12. Voltage Regulators
  13. Excitation Systems
  14. 125 Vdc Battery Systems and/or 48Vdc Battery Systems
  15. Supervisory Control and Data Acquisition (SCADA) Control Systems
  16. Small, medium and/or large pumps
  17. Small, medium and/or large motors
  18. HVAC
  19. Elevator Controls
  20. Disconnect/Ground Switches
  21. Alarm Systems
  22. Fire Suppressant systems; CO2, Inergen, Halon
  23. Energy Conservation Systems
  24. Computer data systems and/or Telephone (voice) systems
  25. None of the above


8.Select the responses that describe your experience with designing and/or specifying the installation of the following electrical systems and equipment.
  1. Digital Governors
  2. Mechanical-Hydraulic Governors
  3. Generators (Fixed - 20 MW or larger)
  4. Generators (Fixed - less than 20 MW)
  5. Portable Generators (100-KVA or larger)
  6. Analog Voltage Regulators
  7. Digital Voltage Regulators
  8. Excitation Systems
  9. Electro Mechanical Protective Relaying
  10. Digital Protective Relaying
  11. None of the above


9.Select the responses that best describe your experience designing electrical systems including; selection, specification and placement/arrangement for medium (1000v-34.5kV) and high voltage equipment (34.5kV-525kV).
  1. Power circuit breakers
  2. Switchgear
  3. Transformers (single or 3-phase); includes current and/or potential transformers
  4. Disconnect Switches
  5. Buswork; Non-segregated, isolated phase, strain or pipe
  6. Sizing ground systems and bonding
  7. Power and distribution power cables; includes sizing cables, conductors and corresponding conduit
  8. Surge arresters
  9. None of the above


10.Select the responses that best describe your experience performing electrical analysis to determine sizing calculations and applications and to develop technical recommendations for the following types of electrical equipment.
  1. Voltage drop calculations
  2. Conduit/cable sizing
  3. Circuit breaker sizing/application; less than 600 V, 600V – 15,000V and/or 15,000V – 2.4kV
  4. Transformers; less than or greater than 20 MVA, includes current and/or potential transformers
  5. Power fuses
  6. Insulation Coordination (Basic Impulse Level)
  7. Surge protection equipment for Generator, Power Transformer and Power Cabling Systems
  8. Pumps; less than or greater than 50cfs
  9. Motors; less than or greater than 500 horsepower
  10. None of the above


11.Do you have experience in designing, implementing, and testing relay protection schemes for power and pumping plants?
  1. Yes
  2. No


12.I have knowledge of and experience in using the following standards and codes in performance of electrical design.
  1. National Electrical Code (NEC)
  2. American Society for Testing and Materials (ASTM)
  3. Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers (IEEE)
  4. National Fire Protection Association (NFPA)
  5. American National Standards Institute (ANSI)
  6. National Electrical Safety Code (NESC)
  7. National Electrical Manufacturer's Association(NEMA)
  8. None of the above


13.Select the types of documents you have experience preparing for the maintenance, repair or installation of electrical systems and equipment.
  1. Feasibility Report
  2. Preliminary Design
  3. Independent Cost Estimate
  4. Final Construction Report
  5. Technical Report or Paper
  6. Contract Specifications
  7. Contract Modifications
  8. None of the above


14.Select the responses that describe your experience in written communication.
  1. I have experience writing technical reports, letters, and memorandums.
  2. I have experience writing non-technical reports, letters, and routine office memorandums.
  3. I have experience writing reports, letters, and memorandums in draft for review.
  4. I have experience developing and writing guidebooks, instructions, and procedures for use by others.
  5. I have experience developing and writing formal reports that contain technical and timely information, such as recommendations to implement corrective actions found during analysis of incidents or troubleshooting activities.
  6. I have experience gathering and evaluating complex technical information and preparing written reports and documents with recommendations to management for solving issues or problems.
  7. I have completed course work or formal training in written communications.
  8. None of the above.


15.Select the one response that best describes your decision making ability to identify and evaluate alternatives, and make sound and timely decisions, even in uncertain situations.
  1. I have independently identified alternatives and made sound and timely decisions in non-routine situations impacting the work and outcomes of an organization.
  2. I have independently made decisions involving issues in routine situations impacting the work and outcomes of an organization.
  3. I have made decisions with supervisory review only at the final stage.
  4. I have made decisions with supervisor review and approval at predetermined stages in project development.
  5. I have made decisions involving simple or routine situations with frequent peer review and interaction with my supervisor.
  6. None of the above.


16.Select all responses that reflect your experience to orally communicate technical and non-technical information.
  1. I have explained and/or defended higher level management policies.
  2. I have facilitated/chaired various types of organizational meetings.
  3. I have given presentations to large groups (20 or more) within and/or outside my organization.
  4. I have given presentations to senior management for purposes of obtaining decisions.
  5. I have given presentations to small groups (less than 20) within and/or outside my organization.
  6. I have led group discussions or Question and Answer sessions.
  7. I have participated in panel or group presentations.
  8. I have participated/presented at conferences.
  9. I have presented decisions, conclusions, findings or recommendations of projects to senior officials.
  10. I have provided testimony or briefings to elected officials.
  11. I have served as a negotiator.
  12. I have taught or lectured at the postgraduate level.
  13. None of the above.


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

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

       Maximum length of 250 characters.
  2. No


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

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

       Maximum length of 250 characters.
  2. No


19.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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