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Grade: 09
* 1.GS-9 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-9 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-7 level as described in the vacancy announcement under specialized experience.
  2. I have 2 years of progressively higher level graduate education leading to a master’s degree or equivalent graduate degree or I have a master’s degree or equivalent graduate degree in engineering or a related field which provided the knowledge, skills and abilities for the position.
  3. I have a combination of graduate level education beyond the first year of progressive graduate study and appropriate specialized experience that together meet the qualification requirements for this position.
  4. I completed requirements of a 5-year program of study of at least 160 semester hours leading to a bachelor’s degree in engineering and have 1 year of appropriate professional experience which provided the knowledge, skills and abilities for this position.
  5. I do not meet or exceed the education or experience requirement as described.


* 3.Select the response(s) that describes your experience in contracting for engineering services.
  1. I have written scopes of work.
  2. I have prepared the cost estimate.
  3. I have performed site surveys.
  4. I have been responsible for contractor selection.
  5. I have conducted formal negotiations with contractors.
  6. I have monitored contractor performance.
  7. I have conducted project or design reviews.
  8. I have evaluated contractor bids.
  9. I have performed inspection work and have accepted or rejected work performed by contractors.
  10. I do not have experience in contracting for engineering services.


4.Select the response that best describes your experience reading and interpreting engineering drawings and specifications.
  1. I have experience utilizing engineering drawings and specification drawings to prepare construction cost estimates 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 specifications and basic engineering drawings so as to be able to prepare take off quantities necessary for preparation of construction cost estimates.
  3. I am familiar with shop drawings, building blueprints, and construction drawings used for construction projects in general.
  4. I have not had experience, education, or training performing this task.


5.Select the response that best describes your experience or training in applying concepts, principles and practices of engineering as related to the design of water resource related facilities.
  1. I have served as the lead design engineer or project leader for multi-disciplined teams engaged in the design (including major modifications) of large water storage projects, power plants, or major water conveyance facilities to provide hydropower, irrigation, municipal and industrial water, or flood control.
  2. I have experience as the lead design engineer (including major modifications) of a significant component (embankment or concrete dams, spillways or outlet works, temperature control devises, canals, pumping plants, hydroelectric turbines, switch yards, fish passage, water treatment plants, etc.) of large water storage projects, power plants, or major water conveyance facilities to provides hydropower, irrigation, municipal and industrial water, or flood control.
  3. I have experience in the design of one or more of the following: dams, spillways, outlet works, temperature control devises, canals, pumping plants, power plants, fish passage, buildings, bridges, water treatment plants or other significant components of facilities to provide hydropower, irrigation, municipal and industrial water, or flood control.
  4. I have training applicable to the design of dams, spillways, outlet works, temperature control devises, canals, pumping plants, power plants, fish passage, building, bridges or other components of facilities to provided hydropower, irrigation, municipal and industrial water, or flood control.
  5. None of the above.


6.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


7.Select the response(s) that describe your experience in providing technical engineering advice for multipurpose water and power projects.
  1. I have collected design data and prepared complete design data packages and statements of work for design engineers.
  2. I have performed appraisal level engineering design work and preparation of written statements of work for design and specifications by design engineer or team.
  3. I have performed feasibility level engineering design work and preparation of written specifications.
  4. I have reviewed draft designs, specifications, and construction contracts and prepared written comments for consideration by the design engineer.
  5. I have participated in Value Engineering Studies as a team leader.
  6. I have participated in Value Engineering Studies as a team member.
  7. I have performed analysis of engineering alternatives and calculation of quantities and cost estimates.
  8. I have performed analysis of economic benefit/cost and prepared written justifications in support of engineering projects.
  9. I have education in these areas, but no experience in application of concepts.
  10. None of the above.


8.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.


9.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.


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 engineering functions you have performed as a regular part of your job.
  1. Developing engineering alternatives
  2. Cost estimating for planning projects
  3. Cost estimating for construction projects
  4. Analyzing engineering alternatives
  5. Participating in value engineering studies
  6. Developing final designs and construction specifications
  7. Developing construction contract documents
  8. Developing Statements of Work
  9. Administrating construction contracts
  10. Accepting/rejecting work performed by contractors
  11. Participating on Technical Proposal Evaluation Committees (TPEC) responsible for technical recommendations toward selection of a construction contractor
  12. Participating in formal negotiations with Architect and Engineering (A&E) or construction contractors
  13. Functioning as a Contracting Officer's Representative (COR) for an A&E or construction contract
  14. Reviewing draft designs, specifications and contracts with written comments
  15. Collecting design data
  16. Evaluating structural problems and outlining possible corrective actions
  17. Establishing guidelines and technical requirements for design specifications
  18. Project management
  19. Construction management
  20. Construction inspection
  21. Environmental and cultural resource compliance
  22. Site surveys
  23. Project operation and maintenance
  24. None of the above


4.Select the responses that describe 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 cost estimates.
  5. I have reviewed engineering designs and bid proposals.
  6. None of the above.


5.Select the one response that best describes your experience in applying concepts, principles and practices of civil engineering as related to design and construction of diversion dams, pumping plants, power plants, canals, and water delivery related equipment and facilities.
  1. I have served as an engineer responsible for performing design and/or construction of diversion dams, pumping plants, canals, and pipelines that utilize electrical, mechanical, or hydraulic equipment to operate pumps, gates, or valves to lift, convey, and transport water at high rates of delivery and large volumes. (Diversion Dams, pumping plants, powerplants and canals with capacity of 250 cubic feet per second (CFS) or larger).
  2. I have engineering experience in performing design and/or construction of diversion dams, pumping plants, canals, and pipelines that utilize electrical, mechanical, or hydraulic equipment to operate pumps, gates, and valves to lift, convey, and transport water at high rates of delivery and large volumes. (Diversion Dams, pumping plants, and canals with capacity of 250 cfs or larger).
  3. I have served as an engineer responsible for performing design and construction of similar facilities that are smaller in scale in terms of rate of delivery and volume. (Capacity less than 250 cfs)
  4. I have performed design and/or construction of facilities that transport water or other fluids through open or closed systems using electrical, mechanical, or hydraulic equipment.
  5. I have performed design and/or construction of power plant facilities using electrical, mechanical and/or hydraulic equipment.
  6. I have education and training in design and construction of water conveyance facilities.
  7. I have education in design and construction, but have not performed this function.
  8. None of the above


6.Select the one response that best describes your experience designing irrigation and municipal water systems. (Please ensure that your resume contains sufficient data to validate your selection).
  1. I have served as an engineer responsible for the design of irrigation or municipal water supply systems.
  2. I have designed irrigation or municipal water supply systems.
  3. I have assisted in the design of irrigation or municipal water supply systems.
  4. I have education and training in designing irrigation or municipal water supply systems but have not performed this function.
  5. None of the above


7.Select the response(s) that describe your experience in providing technical engineering advice for multipurpose water and power projects.
  1. I have collected design data and prepared complete design data packages and statements of work for design engineers.
  2. I have performed appraisal level engineering design work and preparation of written statements of work for design and specifications by design engineer or team.
  3. I have performed feasibility level engineering design work and preparation of written specifications.
  4. I have reviewed draft designs, specifications, and construction contracts and prepared written comments for consideration by the design engineer.
  5. I have participated in Value Engineering Studies as a team leader.
  6. I have participated in Value Engineering Studies as a team member.
  7. I have performed analysis of engineering alternatives and calculation of quantities and cost estimates.
  8. I have performed analysis of economic benefit/cost and prepared written justifications in support of engineering projects.
  9. I have education in these areas, but no experience in application of concepts.
  10. None of the above.


8.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.


9.Select the answer that best describes your experience with procurement instruments (contracts, grants, and interagency agreements), associated with implementation of water resource management activities?
  1. I have been designated Grants and Cooperative Agreement Officer's Representative (GCAOR), Contract Officer Representative (COR), and Interagency Agreements Officers Representative (IAOR) on multiple water resource management agreements.
  2. I have been designated GCAOR on multiple water resource management agreements.
  3. I have been designated COR on multiple water resource management agreements.
  4. I have been designated IAOR on multiple water resource management agreements
  5. I have had no experience with procurement instruments associated with implementation of water resource management activities.


10.Select the one response that best describes your highest level of engineering experience with preliminary and final designs and specifications for construction.
  1. I have been the supervisor in charge of an organizational design group with responsibility to accomplish preliminary and final design work and develop specifications for multiple projects. I have overseen one or more engineers-in-responsible charge working on these projects.
  2. I have been the engineer-in-responsible charge of developing preliminary and final designs and specifications for construction of an entire project. I have overseen the work of one or more engineers charged with the development of one or more parts of a final design and specifications product.
  3. I have been the engineer in charge of one or more parts of final design and specifications products. I have performed the work or overseen lower graded engineers in the development of these products.
  4. I have been an engineer working under the direction of a senior engineer preparing preliminary and/or final designs and specifications for part of an overall project.
  5. None of the above.


Grade: All Grades
1.Select the response(s) that describe your ability to effectively communicate orally in a variety of settings with professional staff, internal and external customers, consultants and the public on technical and non-technical project issues.
  1. I have experience meeting and dealing with a wide variety of disciplines such as federal agencies, private organizations, special interest groups and the general public.
  2. I have participated in meetings to discuss strategies, requirements, project needs, schedules, budgets, and other criteria required to accomplish project requirements or tasks, and/or for developing understanding and consensus.
  3. I have experience meeting and dealing with customers and/or other organizations through formal presentations, technical briefings and public forums.
  4. I have facilitated technical discussions or controversial issues to reach consensus.
  5. I have experience meeting with internal and/or external customers to discuss program needs and issues as a member of a presentation group or formal work team.
  6. I have experience in oral communication primarily through involvement in community and/or public service organizations, committee memberships, and/or other organizational membership or involvement.
  7. My communication skills have been developed primarily through training or course work in areas such as public speaking and/or membership on professional or technical committees or organizations.
  8. None of the above.


2.Select the response(s) below which describe the computer software with which you have experience and a working knowledge.
  1. AutoCad
  2. Civil3D
  3. Structural Analysis Software (Staad, SAP, or similar)
  4. Hydraulic Design Software (WaterCad or similar)
  5. None of the above


3.Select the types of reports, plans, specifications, and modifications you have prepared:
  1. Feasibility Report
  2. Preliminary and Final Designs
  3. Independent Cost Estimate
  4. Geotechnical Assessment Analysis Report
  5. Final Construction Report
  6. Technical Report or Paper
  7. Contract Specifications
  8. Contract Modifications
  9. Earthwork/Grading Plans and Specifications
  10. None of the above


4.Select the response(s) that describe your ability to communicate in writing as it relates to the preparation of contract documents, specifications, correspondence, study review comments and technical report preparations.
  1. I have written technical documents and made recommendations on implementing, interpreting, applying or complying with laws and guidelines.
  2. I have provided written analysis to management or staff on implementing, interpreting, applying or complying with laws and guidelines.
  3. I have prepared construction specifications and other related contract documents.
  4. I have written technical reviews of designs prepared by other engineers or contractors.
  5. I have written technical or non-technical reports, memoranda, summaries or other documents demonstrating the ability to synthesize a variety of information into a readable product.
  6. I have written draft sections of technical reports under the supervision of more experienced staff.
  7. I have provided written comments on technical or non-technical reports.
  8. None of the above.


5.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


6.Select the response(s) that describe your professional knowledge of civil or hydraulic engineering theories, concepts, practices, and methods to conduct engineering designs, planning, and hydraulic studies for project features.
  1. I have professional civil engineering experience that includes having Responsible Charge for the design of facilities for water conveyance and/or storage.
  2. I have professional civil engineering experience that has involved work on hydraulic engineering and/or water resource projects or investigations. Such experience includes work on a design team for management, construction, or repair of water conveyance systems, collection and analysis of hydrologic and water resources data to be used in sizing channels, managing watersheds, or determining water releases from storage facilities.
  3. I have professional civil engineering experience that has provided exposure to working on issues or projects related to hydraulic engineering or water resources such as design of site drainage facilities or roadways. Illustrative of this is work on investigations or studies having a principal focus on issues other than water resources or hydraulic engineering.
  4. I have civil engineering experience that has involved work on various types of projects or investigations. Such experience includes work on a design team for management, construction or repair activities, collection and analysis of field data to be used in preparing designs and specifications, development of cost estimates for contract change orders, and construction contract administration.
  5. I have performed general engineering work on design or construction projects under the direct supervision of higher graded engineers.
  6. I have Civil Engineering education but no work experience in civil engineering.
  7. None of the above.


7.Select the structures on which you have developed design and specification products.
  1. Earthen dams
  2. Concrete dams
  3. Diversion dams
  4. Pumping plants and power plants
  5. Water control structures
  6. Water conveyance structures
  7. Pipelines
  8. Canals
  9. Roads or highways
  10. Buildings
  11. Foundations
  12. Fish passage and screening facilities
  13. River channel restoration
  14. Flood control levees
  15. None of the above


8.Select the response that best describes your experience in conducting examinations and inspections of civil structures to determine the condition of the facilities and make recommendations related to operation and maintenance to ensure the facilities are performing as designed and in accordance with established standards for safety and reliability.
  1. I have five or more years experience as the senior engineer responsible for field examinations of earthen or concrete storage dams, including written reports summarizing findings and recommendations.
  2. I have less than five years experience as the senior engineer responsible for field examinations of earthen or concrete storage dams, with written reports summarizing findings and recommendations.
  3. I have five or more years experience as the senior engineer responsible for field examinations of diversion dams, pumping plants, earthen canals, or concrete canals, with written reports summarizing findings and recommendations.
  4. I have less than five years experience as the senior engineer responsible for field examinations of diversion dams, pumping plants, earthen canals, or concrete canals, with written reports summarizing findings and recommendations.
  5. I have five or more years experience as a member of a field examination team for earthen or concrete dams, with responsibility to provide input to the senior engineer or prepare a portion of the concluding report.
  6. I have less than five years experience as a member of a field examination team for earthen or concrete dams, with responsibility to provide input to the senior engineer or prepare a portion of the concluding report.
  7. I have education or training in field examination techniques of civil structures.
  8. None of the above.


9.Please select the one response that most accurately reflects your highest level of involvement in Safety of Dams inspections.
  1. I have served as the primary geologist responsible for performing Safety of Dams inspections to evaluate foundation conditions of dams.
  2. I have participated as a team member in Safety of Dams inspections to evaluate foundation conditions.
  3. I have limited experience in Safety of Dams inspections.
  4. I have no experience associated with Safety of Dams inspections.


* 10.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


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






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