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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.Which of the following engineering functions have you performed as a regular part of your job? Check all that apply.
  1. Development of engineering alternatives
  2. Cost estimating
  3. Analysis of engineering alternatives
  4. Participation in Value Engineering Studies
  5. Development of specifications for construction
  6. Development of Construction Contract Documents
  7. Administration of Construction Contracts
  8. Review of draft design, specifications and contracts with written comments
  9. Collection of design data
  10. Evaluated structural problems and outlined possible corrective actions
  11. Established guidelines and technical requirements for design specifications
  12. Construction Management
  13. Construction Inspection
  14. Environmental and Cultural Resource Compliance
  15. Project operation and maintenance
  16. None of the above


* 4.Select the response that describes your experience in preparing and reviewing specifications.
  1. I have not had education, training or experience in performing this task.
  2. I have had education or training in performing this task, but have not yet performed it on the job.
  3. I have performed this task on the job, with close supervision from supervisor or senior employee.
  4. I have performed this task as a regular part of the job, independently and usually without review by supervisor or senior employee.
  5. I have supervised performance of this task and/or I have trained others in performance and/or am normally consulted by others as an expert for assistance in performing this task.


* 5.Select the one response that best describes your experience reading and interpreting engineering drawings.
  1. I have experience utilizing engineering drawings to prepare construction specification for work on dams, pumping plants, power-houses, or other similar type water projects features.
  2. I have work experience, which has required me to be able to read and interpret basic engineering drawings.
  3. I am familiar with shop and construction drawings used for construction projects.
  4. I have not had experience, education, or training performing this task.


* 6.Please choose those types of construction specifications you have written or prepared.
  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 facilities
  9. Pipelines
  10. Roadways
  11. Bridges
  12. Commercial buildings
  13. Homes
  14. Hazardous waste/Environmental remediation
  15. Heavy Civil
  16. None of the above


* 7.Have you been certified as a specifier by any societies, associations, or institutes?
  1. Yes
  2. No


* 8.Select the one response that best describes your primary responsibilities in past work experiences.
  1. Design engineer or architect
  2. Specifications writer
  3. Field engineer/inspector
  4. None of the above


* 9.Select the answers that best describe the types of procurement laws, regulations, guidance, and standards you use (or have used) within a work environment.
  1. Federal Acquisition Regulations
  2. Reclamation Acquisition Regulations
  3. Acquistion Regulations
  4. American Institute of Architects (A1A) Document A201
  5. Engineers Joint Contract Documents Committee (EJCDC) General Conditions
  6. Uniform Building Code (UBC)
  7. International Building Code (IBC)
  8. None of the above


* 10.Select the one response that describes your highest level of proficiency reading and interpreting engineering drawings, plans and specifications for construction activities.
  1. I have experience conducting biddability, constructability and operability (BCO) reviews of plans and specifications for water resources construction projects, such as dams, pumping plants, powerplants, canals, or other similar types of water resources projects.
  2. I have experience reading and interpreting engineering drawings, plans and specifications to determine and ensure compliance with various phases of construction activities performed on dams, pumping plants, powerplants, canals or other similar types of water resources projects.
  3. I have experience conducting biddability, constructability and operability (BCO) reviews on plans and specifications for construction projects.
  4. I have experience reading and interpreting engineering drawings, plans, and specifications to determine and ensure compliance with various phases of construction activities.
  5. I am familiar with shop drawings, building blueprints, and construction drawings used for construction projects in general.
  6. I have not had experience, education, or training performing this task.


* 11.Select the following civil works structures, systems or features in which you have experience in performing engineering design reviews of construction drawings and specifications.
  1. sewer mains
  2. storm and sanitary sewer lines
  3. sanitary lift stations
  4. parking lot and road repaving
  5. small office buildings
  6. bridges
  7. earth retaining walls and slope stabilization
  8. roofing systems
  9. power plants
  10. pumping plants
  11. dams/embankments/levees
  12. switchyards
  13. canals/water distribution systems
  14. pipelines
  15. land development
  16. utilities
  17. none of the above


* 12.I have a basic knowledge of the Federal Acquisition Regulations that would allow me to provide general information to others on contracting requirements and procedures in both the supply and construction areas.
  1. Yes
  2. No


* 13.Select the contracting procedures with which you are familiar.
  1. Award procedures
  2. Contract amendment and modification procedures
  3. Cost estimating
  4. Final specification issuance
  5. Pre-issue procedures
  6. Post-award processes
  7. Supply acquisition
  8. None of the above


* 14.Select the types of construction-related documents you have edited.
  1. Construction histories/completion reports
  2. Construction specifications
  3. Contracting documents
  4. Cost and budget tracking
  5. Design summaries
  6. Designer's operating criteria
  7. Pre-design memoranda
  8. Project scheduling
  9. Other
  10. 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.Which of the following engineering functions have you performed as a regular part of your job? Check all that apply.
  1. Development of engineering alternatives
  2. Cost estimating
  3. Analysis of engineering alternatives
  4. Participation in Value Engineering Studies
  5. Development of specifications for construction
  6. Development of Construction Contract Documents
  7. Administration of Construction Contracts
  8. Review of draft design, specifications and contracts with written comments
  9. Collection of design data
  10. Evaluated structural problems and outlined possible corrective actions
  11. Established guidelines and technical requirements for design specifications
  12. Construction Management
  13. Construction Inspection
  14. Environmental and Cultural Resource Compliance
  15. Project operation and maintenance
  16. None of the above


* 4.Select the response that describes your experience in preparing and reviewing specifications.
  1. I have not had education, training or experience in performing this task.
  2. I have had education or training in performing this task, but have not yet performed it on the job.
  3. I have performed this task on the job, with close supervision from supervisor or senior employee.
  4. I have performed this task as a regular part of the job, independently and usually without review by supervisor or senior employee.
  5. I have supervised performance of this task and/or I have trained others in performance and/or am normally consulted by others as an expert for assistance in performing this task.


* 5.Select the one response that best describes your experience reading and interpreting engineering drawings.
  1. I have experience utilizing engineering drawings to prepare construction specification for work on dams, pumping plants, power-houses, or other similar type water projects features.
  2. I have work experience, which has required me to be able to read and interpret basic engineering drawings.
  3. I am familiar with shop and construction drawings used for construction projects.
  4. I have not had experience, education, or training performing this task.


* 6.Please choose those types of construction specifications you have written or prepared.
  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 facilities
  9. Pipelines
  10. Roadways
  11. Bridges
  12. Commercial buildings
  13. Homes
  14. Hazardous waste/Environmental remediation
  15. Heavy Civil
  16. None of the above


* 7.Have you been certified as a specifier by any societies, associations, or institutes?
  1. Yes
  2. No


* 8.Select all of the divisions for which you routinely prepare construction specifications.
  1. General Requirements
  2. Existing Conditions
  3. Concrete
  4. Masonry
  5. Metals
  6. Wood, Plastics, Composites
  7. Thermal and Moisture Protection
  8. Openings
  9. Earthwork
  10. Exterior Improvements
  11. Utilities
  12. Transportation
  13. Waterway and Marine Construction
  14. Pollution Control Equipment
  15. Water and Wastewater Equipment
  16. Electrical Power Generation
  17. None of the above


* 9.Select the one response that best describes your primary responsibilities in past work experiences.
  1. Design engineer or architect
  2. Specifications writer
  3. Field engineer/inspector
  4. None of the above


* 10.Select the answers that best describe the types of procurement laws, regulations, guidance, and standards you use (or have used) within a work environment.
  1. Federal Acquisition Regulations
  2. Reclamation Acquisition Regulations
  3. Acquistion Regulations
  4. American Institute of Architects (A1A) Document A201
  5. Engineers Joint Contract Documents Committee (EJCDC) General Conditions
  6. Uniform Building Code (UBC)
  7. International Building Code (IBC)
  8. None of the above


* 11.Select the one response that describes your highest level of proficiency reading and interpreting engineering drawings, plans and specifications for construction activities.
  1. I have experience conducting biddability, constructability and operability (BCO) reviews of plans and specifications for water resources construction projects, such as dams, pumping plants, powerplants, canals, or other similar types of water resources projects.
  2. I have experience reading and interpreting engineering drawings, plans and specifications to determine and ensure compliance with various phases of construction activities performed on dams, pumping plants, powerplants, canals or other similar types of water resources projects.
  3. I have experience conducting biddability, constructability and operability (BCO) reviews on plans and specifications for construction projects.
  4. I have experience reading and interpreting engineering drawings, plans, and specifications to determine and ensure compliance with various phases of construction activities.
  5. I am familiar with shop drawings, building blueprints, and construction drawings used for construction projects in general.
  6. I have not had experience, education, or training performing this task.


* 12.Select the following civil works structures, systems or features in which you have experience in performing engineering design reviews of construction drawings and specifications.
  1. sewer mains
  2. storm and sanitary sewer lines
  3. sanitary lift stations
  4. parking lot and road repaving
  5. small office buildings
  6. bridges
  7. earth retaining walls and slope stabilization
  8. roofing systems
  9. power plants
  10. pumping plants
  11. dams/embankments/levees
  12. switchyards
  13. canals/water distribution systems
  14. pipelines
  15. land development
  16. utilities
  17. none of the above


* 13.I have a basic knowledge of the Federal Acquisition Regulations that would allow me to provide general information to others on contracting requirements and procedures in both the supply and construction areas.
  1. Yes
  2. No


* 14.Select the contracting procedures with which you are familiar.
  1. Award procedures
  2. Contract amendment and modification procedures
  3. Cost estimating
  4. Final specification issuance
  5. Pre-issue procedures
  6. Post-award processes
  7. Supply acquisition
  8. None of the above


* 15.Select the types of construction-related documents you have edited.
  1. Construction histories/completion reports
  2. Construction specifications
  3. Contracting documents
  4. Cost and budget tracking
  5. Design summaries
  6. Designer's operating criteria
  7. Pre-design memoranda
  8. Project scheduling
  9. Other
  10. None of the above


Grade: All Grades
* 1.Are you applying under one (or more) of the special hiring authorities listed below? You must provide proof of eligibility with your application.
  1. Schedule A
  2. Schedule B
  3. Schedule C
  4. Veterans Recruitment Appointment
  5. 30% or More Disabled Veteran
  6. Returning Peace Corps Member
  7. VISTA Volunteer
  8. Student Career Experience Program
  9. Severely Disabled
  10. Presidential Management Intern Program
  11. Career Intern Program
  12. Other
  13. Not applicable


* 2.If you selected Schedule A, B, C, or “Other” please describe the specific special hiring authority for which you are claiming eligibility. You must provide proof of eligibility with your application as instructed in the vacancy announcement.
Maximum length of 8000 characters.


* 3.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


* 4.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


* 5.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.

* 6.Are you a disabled veteran with a 30% or more service-connected disability? You must provide proof of eligibility with your application as instructed in the vacancy announcement.
  1. Yes
  2. No


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.

* 7.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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