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* 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.

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.


* 5.Select the response that best describes your experience performing the work of a hydro repairperson without more than normal supervision.
  1. I have performed 6 or more of the following duties on a regular basis: carpentry, welding, plumbing or pipe fitting, concrete finishing and repair, mechanic work (inspecting, repairing, lubricating and testing), electrical maintenance work, plant operator (meter reading, inspecting plant equipment) equipment operator (such as graders, backhoes, motor vehicles, forklifts).
  2. I have performed 4-5 of the following duties on a regular basis: carpentry, welding, plumbing or pipe fitting, concrete finishing and repair, mechanic work (inspecting, repairing, lubricating and testing), electrical maintenance work, plant operator (meter reading, inspecting plant equipment), equipment operator (such as graders, backhoes, motor vehicles, forklifts).
  3. I have performed 3 of the following duties on a regular basis: carpentry, welding, plumbing or pipe fitting, contrete finishing and repair, mechanic work (inspecting, repairing, lubricating and testing), electrical maintenance work, plant operator (meter reading, inspecting plant equipment), equipment operator (such as graders, backhoes, motor vehicles, forklifts).
  4. I have performed 2 of the following duties on a regular basis: carpentry, welding, plumbing or pipe fitting, concrete finishing and repair, mechanic work (inspecting, repairing, lubricating and testing), electrical maintenance work, plant operator (meter reading, inspecting plant equipment), equipment operator (such as graders, backhoes, motor vehicles, forklifts).
  5. I have performed 1 or less of the following duties on a regular basis: carpentry, welding, plumbing or pipe fitting, concrete finishing and repair, mechanic work (inspecting, repairing, lubricating and testing), electrical maintenance work, plant operator (meter reading, inspecting plant equipment), equipment operator (such as graders, backhoes, motor vehicles, forklifts).


* 6.From the following list, indicate which of the duties you have performed.
  1. Carpentry
  2. Welding
  3. Plumbing or pipe fitting
  4. Concrete finishing and repair
  5. Mechanic work (inspecting repairing, lubricating and testing)
  6. Electrical maintenance work
  7. Plant operator (meter reading, inspecting plant equipment)
  8. Equipment operator (graders, backhoes, motor vehicles, forklifts
  9. None of the above


* 7.Select the response that describes your experience in applying safety procedures when using tools and equipment.
  1. I have not had education, training, or experience in this function.
  2. I have on-the-job experience in this function. My work was closely monitored/supervised to ensure compliance with proper safety procedures.
  3. I have performed work safely as a regular part of a job. I have worked independently and without more than normal review by a supervisor or team leader and without injury.
  4. I have experience with using and following hazardous energy control (lockout/tagout) procedures as part of a job.
  5. Working safely has been an integral or major part of my job. I have routinely operated tools and equipment safely and/or others have consulted me as an expert for assistance in safely operating tools and equipment.


* 8.Choose one answer that best describes your experience with safe clearance (lockout/tagout) procedures.
  1. I have accepted/held clearances in a large hydroelectric powerplant (greater than 1MW capacity) or large pumping plant (greater than 200CFS capacity), and verified the clearance boundary.
  2. I have experience working under a clearance in an industrial maintenance facility following safe clearance and switching procedures.
  3. I have experience working under a clearance in an industrial maintenance facility and have followed safety procedures.
  4. I have no experience with safe clearance procedures.


* 9.Select the response that defines how long it has been since you have had an at-fault accident (personal injury to self or others or property damage) at work.
  1. More than 5 years
  2. More than 3 years and less than 5 years
  3. More than 2 years and less than 3 years
  4. More than 1 year and less than 2 years
  5. Less than 1 year
  6. I have never had an at-fault accident


* 10.From the following list, select all of the safety standards, guidelines, and/or procedures for which you have received education or training AND have utilized in a work environment.
  1. Job Hazard Analysis (JHA)
  2. Hazardous Energy Control Program (HECP)
  3. Switchman or Authorized Personnel Certification
  4. Basic Electrical Safety 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. Construction Safety
  22. Defensive Driving
  23. None of the above


* 11.From the following list, select all of the safety equipment you were required to wear at your present job or your last job.
  1. Safety shoes
  2. Hard hat
  3. Ear protection
  4. Harness
  5. Gloves
  6. Fire retardant clothing
  7. Pager
  8. Cell phone
  9. None of the above


* 12.Select the machine and hand tools you have operated or used in a commercial or industrial work environment.
  1. Large Pneumatic-driven Wrenches
  2. Large Pneumatic-driven Hammers
  3. Torque Wrenches
  4. Power-driven Pipe Threading Equipment
  5. Power-driven Cutting Equipment
  6. None of the above


* 13.Select the smaller mechanical maintenance equipment you have operated or used in a commercial or industrial work environment.
  1. Drill Presses
  2. Specialized Shop Tool Bench Grinders
  3. Thread Gauges
  4. Calipers
  5. None of the above


* 14.Select the mechanical maintenance equipment on which you have performed preventative maintenance in a commercial or industrial work environment.
  1. Radial Drill Presses
  2. Lathes
  3. Precision Grinders
  4. Milling Machines
  5. Metal Saws
  6. None of the above


* 15.Select the machine and hand tools on which you have performed preventative maintenance in a commercial or industrial work environment.
  1. Large Pneumatic-driven Wrenches
  2. Large Pneumatic-driven Hammers
  3. Torque Wrenches
  4. Power-driven Pipe Threading Equipment
  5. Power-driven Cutting Equipment
  6. None of the above.


* 16.Select the powerplant equipment that you have assisted in the inspection of, for service or faulty operation.
  1. Generators
  2. Exciters
  3. Voltage regulators
  4. Circuit breakers
  5. Power transformers
  6. Pumps
  7. Motors
  8. Air tuggers
  9. Compressors
  10. Governors
  11. Auxiliary electrical and or mechanical equipment
  12. Safety rescue equipment
  13. Motor generator sets
  14. Emergency diesel generators
  15. Hydraulic gates or valves
  16. Staff gauges
  17. Bearing oil levels
  18. First aid kits
  19. Emergency spill kits
  20. None of the above


* 17.Choose one answer that best describes your level of experience in operating overhead bridge or gantry cranes.
  1. I have not performed this job function.
  2. I have received post high school education or formal training in this function, but I have not performed this on the job.
  3. I have performed similar or directly related job functions and my experience and training have prepared me to perform this function.
  4. I have performed this function independently as a regular part of jobs that I have held.
  5. I am highly skilled at performing this function. I have performed this independently and routinely and have carried this out successfully and safely.


* 18.Have you had experience rigging loads for cableway hoists, overhead mobile, bridge and/or gantry cranes?
  1. Yes
  2. No


* 19.Select the types of rigging equipment you have used in operating cableway hoists, overhead mobile, bridge and/or gantry cranes in a commercial or industrial work environment.
  1. Wire rope slings
  2. Synthetic webbing slings
  3. Chain slings
  4. Lifting yokes and spreader beams
  5. Wire mesh slings
  6. None of the above


* 20.Choose one answer that best describes your highest level of experience in rigging loads over 50 tons (such as turbines, head covers, rotors, and transformers for repair or replacement) with overhead and/or gantry cranes.
  1. I have not performed these job functions.
  2. I have received post high school education or formal training in these functions, but I have not performed them on the job.
  3. I have performed similar or directly related job functions and my experience and training have prepared me to perform these functions.
  4. I have performed these functions independently as a regular part of jobs that I have held.
  5. I am highly skilled at performing these functions. I have independently and routinely performed these duties and have carried them out successfully.


* 21.I have experience using industry standard hand signals for crane operation.
  1. Yes
  2. No


* 22.Select the response that best describes your level of experience in operating wheel tractors, front end loaders, backhoes, mowers, dump trucks, forklifts or towing equipment.
  1. I have not performed this job function.
  2. I have operated some of the listed equipment.
  3. I have performed similar or directly related job functions and my experience and training have prepared me to perform this function.
  4. I have performed this function independently as a regular part of jobs that I have held.
  5. I am highly skilled at performing this function. I have performed this independently and routinely and have carried this out successfully and safely.


* 23.Select the response that best describes your level of experience, education or training in reading and interpreting blueprints or as-built drawings to maintain and repair equipment associated with a water conveyance facility.
  1. I have not performed these job functions.
  2. I have received post high school education or formal training in these functions, but I have not performed them on the job.
  3. I have performed similar or directly related job functions and my experience and training have prepared me to perform these functions.
  4. I have performed these functions independently as a regular part of maintaining an industrial facility.
  5. I am highly skilled at performing these functions. I have performed them independently and routinely and have carried them out successfully.


* 24.Select the response that best describes your level of experience, education or training in reading and interpreting manufacturer's instructions or other technical manuals to maintain and repair equipment associated with water storage and conveyance facilities.
  1. I have not performed these job functions.
  2. I have received post high school education or formal training in these functions, but I have not performed them on the job.
  3. I have performed similar or directly related job functions and my experience and training have prepared me to perform these functions.
  4. I have performed these functions independently as a regular part of maintaining an industrial facility.
  5. I am highly skilled at performing these functions. I have performed them independently and routinely and have carried them out successfully.


* 25.Which of the following activities have you performed which required you to read and interpret blueprints, drawings, and manufacturer's instructions?
  1. I have experience fabricating parts using blueprints or drawings.
  2. I have experience performing major repairs on power system equipment or any type of hydraulic/mechanical equipment using blueprints, drawings, and/or manufacturer's instructions.
  3. I have experience using construction or electrical blueprints, drawings, or instructions.
  4. I have taken technical coursework in blueprint reading, drafting, etc.
  5. I have used manufacturer's instructions to develop specifications for the acquisition of equipment or parts.
  6. I have used equipment maintenance manuals to develop preventative maintenance procedures and schedules.
  7. I have used blueprints to troubleshoot and perform major repairs on equipment.
  8. I have used drawings to troubleshoot and perform major repairs on equipment.
  9. I have used manufacturer's instructions to troubleshoot and perform major repairs on equipment.
  10. None of the above


* 26.Select the response that best describes your level of experience, education or training in using equipment maintenance manuals and other technical data to develop preventative maintenance procedures and schedules for mechanical equipment.
  1. I have not performed these job functions.
  2. I have received post high school education or formal training in these functions, but I have not performed them on the job.
  3. I have used equipment maintenance manuals and other technical data to develop preventative maintenance procedures and schedules for mechanical equipment in an industrial maintenance facility.
  4. I have used equipment maintenance manuals and other technical data to develop preventative maintenance procedures and schedules for mechanical equipment in a powerplant facility.
  5. I have used equipment maintenance manuals and other technical data to develop preventative maintenance procedures and schedules for mechanical equipment in a hydropower facility. I am highly skilled at performing these functions. I have performed them independently and routinely.


* 27.Select the response that best describes your skill in using standing operating procedures.
  1. I have used these procedures but would need help or close supervision.
  2. I have used these procedures to perform common and simple tasks with limited supervision.
  3. I have used these procedures to diagnose routine problems and perform common tasks without supervision.
  4. I have used these procedures to diagnose complex problems and perform complex tasks.
  5. I have used these diagrams to diagnose complex problems and perform complex tasks and I have used these diagrams to instruct others in their use.
  6. None of the above.


* 28.Select the response that best describes your skill in using agency specific technical manuals.
  1. I have used these manuals but would need help or close supervision.
  2. I have used these manuals to perform common and simple tasks with limited supervision.
  3. I have used these manuals to diagnose routine problems and perform common tasks without supervision.
  4. I have used these manuals to diagnose complex problems and perform complex tasks.
  5. I have used these manuals to diagnose complex problems and perform complex tasks and I have used these manuals to instruct others in their use.
  6. None of the above.


* 29.Select the types of plumbing/pipefitting systems you have installed or repaired in a commercial or industrial work environment.
  1. Water
  2. Air
  3. Oil
  4. Sewage
  5. Gas
  6. Steam
  7. LPG
  8. Natural gas
  9. None of the above


* 30.Select the types of concrete, plumbing/pipefitting or building repair or construction you have performed in a professional (commercial or industrial) work environment.
  1. Concrete placement or repair
  2. Concrete finishing and protective coatings for concrete
  3. Constructing forms
  4. Storage buildings, garages, or warehouses
  5. Hydraulic lines
  6. Water lines
  7. Sprinkler Systems
  8. Sewage Lines
  9. Replace Plumbing Fittings and Valves
  10. Painting (Indoor/Outdoor)
  11. Carpentry (Framing)
  12. Carpentry (Finishing)
  13. Building Repair
  14. None of the above


* 31.Which of the following materials have you welded or cut in a commercial or industrial work environment?
  1. Steel (cast)
  2. Steel (stainless)
  3. Steel (mild)
  4. Aluminum
  5. Bronze
  6. Cast Iron
  7. None of the above


* 32.Which of the following materials have you used in a commercial or industrial work environment?
  1. Lumber
  2. Cement
  3. Metals
  4. Paints
  5. Glass
  6. Wiring
  7. Pipe
  8. Plumbing fixtures
  9. Welding
  10. Machining
  11. Chemicals
  12. None of the above


* 33.Select the equipment you have operated as a regular part of your job.
  1. Semi-tractor and trailers over 26,000 GVW
  2. Dump trucks
  3. Vehicle(s) with multi-gears, manual transmissions
  4. Bulldozer D-3 or larger
  5. Backhoe
  6. Crane(s)-gantry or bridge
  7. Mobile crane
  8. Hydraulic boom truck
  9. Man-lifts
  10. Road grader
  11. Forklift
  12. Front end loader
  13. Skid Steer Front End Loader (Bob Cat)
  14. 4-Wheel Drive Vehicles, 1/2 ton or larger, Off Road
  15. None of the above






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