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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 that best describes your experience and education in geotechnical engineering.
  1. I do not have experience or education in this field.
  2. I have a bachelor's degree in geotechnical engineering or geological engineering.
  3. I have a master's degree in geotechnical engineering or geological engineering.
  4. I have a Ph.D. in geotechnical engineering or geological engineering.


* 4.Select the responses that best describe your experience performing geotechnical testing and research.
  1. I have performed soils or rock testing as part of my undergraduate education.
  2. I have performed soils or rock testing for a commercial geotechnical lab.
  3. I have performed soil and rock investigations in the field.
  4. I have performed construction field quality testing.
  5. I have experience as a construction inspector on geotechnical construction projects.
  6. I have performed testing and research on geotechnical problems.
  7. I have been the principal investigator for a geotechnical research project.
  8. I have performed testing and research as part of my graduate education.
  9. None of the above.


* 5.Select the responses that best describe your experience in the application of testing standards for soils or rock.
  1. I have been involved in the writing of national standards for ASTM.
  2. I have conducted formal presentation at either ASTM or ASCE.
  3. I have provided technical advice to others on the proper use of design standards.
  4. I have used ASTM standards.
  5. None of the above.


* 6.Select the response(s) that describe(s) your experience giving oral presentations.
  1. I have taught a semester long class on geotechnical engineering at a university/college.
  2. I have taught a short course on geotechnical engineering.
  3. I have given lectures on geotechnical engineering.
  4. I have given presentations on aspects of geotechnical engineering at a symposium or conference.
  5. I have taken classes on professional presentations.
  6. None of the above.


* 7.Select the statement below that best describes your writing ability.
  1. I have written non-technical reports that have been reviewed and edited by others.
  2. I have written technical reports that have been reviewed and edited by others.
  3. I have written reports based upon research, analysis or evaluation that documented my findings in a technical area, and that report served to inform or guide others in my organization.
  4. I have written reports based upon research, analysis or evaluation that documented my findings in a technical area, and that report was used by upper management to help resolve organizational issues.
  5. I have published technical papers in a professional academic or technical journal related to my field of study.
  6. I have authored original reports as well as reviewed and edited technical and non-technical reports prepared by others.
  7. None of the above.


* 8.Select all responses that describe your experience with budget processing and budget formulation.
  1. I have formulated and tracked budgets, monitored expenditures, and tracked accomplishments for the design and construction of large and or complex water projects.
  2. I have formulated and tracked budgets,monitored expenditures, and tracked accomplishments for projects.
  3. I have evaluated resources requiring task accomplishment and estimated corresponding costs for staff, contract costs, equipment, permits, overhead, etc.
  4. I have developed and used work plans and activity plans using budget processes.
  5. I have monitored expenditures and tracked accomplishments.
  6. I am familiar with budget processes or work plans.
  7. None of the above


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 that best describes your experience and education in geotechnical engineering.
  1. I do not have experience or education in this field.
  2. I have a bachelor's degree in geotechnical engineering or geological engineering.
  3. I have a master's degree in geotechnical engineering or geological engineering.
  4. I have a Ph.D. in geotechnical engineering or geological engineering.


* 4.Select the responses that best describe your experience performing geotechnical testing and research.
  1. I have performed soils or rock testing as part of my undergraduate education.
  2. I have performed soils or rock testing for a commercial geotechnical lab.
  3. I have performed soil and rock investigations in the field.
  4. I have performed construction field quality testing.
  5. I have experience as a construction inspector on geotechnical construction projects.
  6. I have performed testing and research on geotechnical problems.
  7. I have been the principal investigator for a geotechnical research project.
  8. I have performed testing and research as part of my graduate education.
  9. None of the above.


* 5.Select the responses that best describe your experience in the application of testing standards for soils or rock.
  1. I have been involved in the writing of national standards for ASTM.
  2. I have conducted formal presentation at either ASTM or ASCE.
  3. I have provided technical advice to others on the proper use of design standards.
  4. I have used ASTM standards.
  5. None of the above.


* 6.Select the response(s) that describe(s) your experience giving oral presentations.
  1. I have taught a semester long class on geotechnical engineering at a university/college.
  2. I have taught a short course on geotechnical engineering.
  3. I have given lectures on geotechnical engineering.
  4. I have given presentations on aspects of geotechnical engineering at a symposium or conference.
  5. I have taken classes on professional presentations.
  6. None of the above.


* 7.Select the statement below that best describes your writing ability.
  1. I have written non-technical reports that have been reviewed and edited by others.
  2. I have written technical reports that have been reviewed and edited by others.
  3. I have written reports based upon research, analysis or evaluation that documented my findings in a technical area, and that report served to inform or guide others in my organization.
  4. I have written reports based upon research, analysis or evaluation that documented my findings in a technical area, and that report was used by upper management to help resolve organizational issues.
  5. I have published technical papers in a professional academic or technical journal related to my field of study.
  6. I have authored original reports as well as reviewed and edited technical and non-technical reports prepared by others.
  7. None of the above.


* 8.Select all responses that describe your experience with budget processing and budget formulation.
  1. I have formulated and tracked budgets, monitored expenditures, and tracked accomplishments for the design and construction of large and or complex water projects.
  2. I have formulated and tracked budgets,monitored expenditures, and tracked accomplishments for projects.
  3. I have evaluated resources requiring task accomplishment and estimated corresponding costs for staff, contract costs, equipment, permits, overhead, etc.
  4. I have developed and used work plans and activity plans using budget processes.
  5. I have monitored expenditures and tracked accomplishments.
  6. I am familiar with budget processes or work plans.
  7. 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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