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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.


Grade: All Grades
* 1.Select the one response that best describes how you resolve engineering or other problems in a work environment.
  1. I independently resolve engineering problems without advice.
  2. I often consult with supervisors, subordinates and/or others outside the organization when analyzing and implementing solutions to problems.
  3. I often consult with peers when analyzing and implementing solutions to technical problems.
  4. When problems arise, I promptly bring them to my supervisor’s attention.
  5. None of the above.


* 2.Select all responses that best describe how your written reports, briefing papers, issue papers, memos or letters have documented your research, analysis, or evaluation findings, and how those documents have been used.
  1. I have written reports, briefing papers, issue papers, memos or letters based upon research, analysis or evaluation that documented my findings in a non-technical area, which were used by others for information or instruction.
  2. I have written reports, briefing papers, issue papers, memos or letters based upon research, analysis or evaluation that documented my findings in a technical area, which served to inform or guide others in my organization.
  3. I have written reports, briefing papers, issue papers, memos or letters based upon research, analysis or evaluation that documented my findings in a technical area, which were used by upper management to plan for broad organizational resources (e.g., budget, staff, facilities, contracts).
  4. I have written reports, briefing papers, issue papers, memos or letters based upon research, analysis or evaluation that documented my findings in a technical area, which were used by higher authorities as a basis for policy in the technical area.
  5. None of the above.


* 3.Select all responses that best describe your experience interacting with people in various work situations to achieve effective solutions.
  1. I have served as a spokesperson for an organization.
  2. I have facilitated communications and activities between organizational entities.
  3. I have mediated or facilitated problem resolution.
  4. I have presented, defended, or negotiated program specific mission goals, needs, or problems with senior management and/or contract representatives.
  5. I have independently planned and conducted meetings.
  6. I have served on panels, committees, or task forces on technical or programmatic issues.
  7. I regularly serve as a consultant to peers, other agencies, or private industry on technical, programmatic, or professional issues.
  8. None of the above.


* 4.Select all responses that best describe the individuals you have interacted with on a regular and recurring basis.
  1. Senior managers or officials from WITHIN my own agency or office.
  2. Senior managers or officials from OUTSIDE my own agency or office.
  3. Supervisors from OUTSIDE my own agency or office.
  4. Supervisors from WITHIN my own agency or office.
  5. Support personnel and staff WITHIN my own agency or office.
  6. Support personnel and staff OUTSIDE my own agency or office.
  7. None of the above.


* 5.Please select the one response that describes your knowledge and experience operating and maintaining a variety of mechanical and electrical systems and equipment for a hydro-electric power system, pumping plants and/or civil works associated with water storage and conveyance facilities.
  1. I have professional engineering experience in the operation, maintenance, and troubleshooting of a variety of major mechanical and electrical equipment and systems at a dam and/or pumping plant, including items such as rehabilitation of large gates and valves.
  2. I have experience as a field engineer in the operation, maintenance, and troubleshooting of a variety of major mechanical and electrical equipment at a dam and/or pumping plant.
  3. I have experience as a field engineer in the operation and maintenance of a variety of major mechanical and electrical equipment at a large power generation plant.
  4. I have experience in the operation and maintenance of auxiliary mechanical and electrical systems at a large hydro-generation plant, including items such as compressors, pumps, valves, and piping.
  5. I have experience in the operation and maintenance of auxiliary mechanical and electrical systems at a large power generation plant, including items such as compressors, pumps, valves, and piping.
  6. I have experience in the operation and maintenance of auxiliary mechanical and electrical systems at a dam, including items such as compressors, pumps, valves, and piping.
  7. I have experience in the operation and maintenance of major mechanical or electrical equipment and systems at a large industrial plant.
  8. I have education and/or training in operation and maintenance of mechanical or electrical systems, but have not yet performed this task on the job.
  9. None of the above.


* 6.Select the following construction projects you have overseen (inspecting and managing).
  1. Buildings
  2. Water Conveyance (Canals etc.)
  3. Embankment (Earthen dams)
  4. Security Systems
  5. SCADA/PLC/DCS Systems
  6. Roads/Bridges
  7. Hydroelectric Powerplant
  8. Paint/Coatings
  9. Industrial Plants
  10. Utilities
  11. Recreation Facilities
  12. Environmental Restoration
  13. None of the above


* 7.Select the one response that best describes your experience developing and/or reviewing policies, directives, and standards.
  1. I have experience developing, reviewing and commenting on policies, directives and standards for the operation and maintenance of hydropower facilities.
  2. I have experience reviewing and commenting on policies, directives and standards for the operation and maintenance of hydropower facilities.
  3. I have experience developing, reviewing and commenting on policies, directives and standards for the operation and maintenance of facilities other than hydropower facilities.
  4. I have experience reviewing and commenting on policies, directives and standards for the operation and maintenance of facilities other than hydropower facilities.
  5. None of the above.


* 8.Select the one response that best describes your experience in applying engineering standards, principles and practices related to design, specification, construction, operation and maintenance related to hydroelectric development.
  1. I have served as the senior engineer for operation and maintenance of multiple hydroelectric power facilities.
  2. I have professional engineering experience associated with operation and maintenance of a hydroelectric power facility.
  3. I have served as the senior engineer or have professional engineering experience associated with operation and maintenance of facilities similar to a hydroelectric power facility.
  4. I have experience associated with operation and maintenance functions of large process control or electric transmission and distribution facilities using electrical, mechanical, or hydraulic equipment.
  5. I have education and training in operation and maintenance of hydroelectric power facilities.
  6. None of the above.


* 9.Select the response that best describes your experience applying engineering concepts, principles and practices to the design, construction and rehabilitation of structures and facilities related to water resources (e.g., powerplants, pumping plants, roads, bridges, fish hatcheries, recreation facilities, water and power conveyance and control facilities, dams, canals, tunnels, pipelines, distribution systems and drainage facilities).
  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.


* 10.Select the types of reports, plans, specifications, and modifications you have prepared:
  1. Quality Assurance Plan
  2. Safety Plan
  3. Independent Cost Estimate
  4. Source Selection/Acquisition Plan
  5. Final Construction Report
  6. Technical Report or Paper
  7. Contract Specifications
  8. Contract Modifications
  9. None of the above


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


* 12.Select the one response that best describes how you resolve engineering or other problems in a work environment.
  1. I independently resolve engineering problems without advice.
  2. I often consult with supervisors, subordinates and/or others outside the organization when analyzing and implementing solutions to problems.
  3. I often consult with peers when analyzing and implementing solutions to technical problems.
  4. When problems arise, I promptly bring them to my supervisor’s attention.
  5. None of the above.


* 13.Select the one response that best describes your experience developing and/or reviewing quality assurance plans, procedures, specifications, production methods, processes, and equipment relating to quality, reliability, and public safety to ensure their adequacy.
  1. I have professional general engineering experience in developing and/or reviewing quality assurance plans, procedures, specifications, production methods, processes, and equipment relating to quality, reliability, and public safety at water treatment facilities, in a research production, and analytical lab environment.
  2. I have professional engineering experience in developing and/or reviewing quality assurance plans, procedures, specifications, production methods, processes, and equipment relating to quality, reliability, and public safety, as a team leader or senior member of a team.
  3. I have experience as an engineer developing and/or reviewing quality assurance plans, procedures, specifications, production methods, processes, and equipment relating to quality, reliability, and public safety at an industrial plant (i.e. water treatment, food/beverage/chemical processing, or power generation).
  4. I have experience as a general engineer as part of a team overseeing quality assurance plans and procedures at an industrial plant (i.e. water treatment, food/beverage/chemical processing, or power generation).
  5. I have education and/or training in quality assurance relating to quality, reliability, and public safety of waste water treatment facilities in a research production, or analytical lab environment, but have not yet performed this task on-the-job.
  6. None of the above.


* 14.Choose the one answer that best describes your experience developing risk management and process safety program goals, objectives, and timelines to effectively convey performance expectations to management, contractors, and/or subcontractors.
  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.


* 15.Select the one response that best describes your experience in applying engineering standards, principles and practices related to design, specification, construction, operation and maintenance related to water resource projects.
  1. I have experience applying engineering standards, principles and practices related to design, specification, construction, and operation and maintenance for multiple large scale water resource projects that include dams, hydroelectric power facilities, and associated distribution systems.
  2. I have experience applying engineering standards, principles and practices related to design, specification, construction, and operation and maintenance for a water resource project.
  3. I have experience applying engineering standards, principles and practices related to design, specification, construction, and operation and maintenance for major public works facilities.
  4. I have education and training in the operation and maintenance of water resource projects.
  5. None of the above.


* 16.Select the answer that best describes the level of your experience in applying survey procedures as part of a job.
  1. I have not had education, training or experience in this field.
  2. I have completed at least two courses in this field but have not yet applied this education or training on the job.
  3. I have completed education or training in this field, but have not yet applied this education or training on the job.
  4. I have on-the-job experience in this field. My work was closely monitored/supervised to ensure compliance with proper procedures.
  5. I have performed work in this field as a regular part of a job. I have performed it independently and without more than normal review by a supervisor or senior employee.
  6. Work in this field has been a central or major part of my job. I have routinely performed the work and have trained others in performing these duties and/or others have consulted me as an expert for assistance in performing this work.


* 17.Select the response that best describes your experience in developing continuity of operation (COO) plans for organizations responsible for the operation and maintenance of large multipurpose civil works including dams and powerplants.
  1. I have developed COO plans and/or am normally consulted by others as an expert for assistance in developing COO plans.
  2. I have developed COO plans as a regular part of the job, independently and usually without direction from supervisor or senior employee.
  3. I have assisted in development of COO plans, with close supervision from supervisor or senior employee.
  4. I have had education or training in developing COO plans or reviewed COO plans, but have not yet written a COO plan.
  5. I have not had education, training or experience in developing COO plans.


18.Select the response that best describes your experience in planning, coordinating, facilitating, organizing, and arranging a tabletop and/or functional exercise as it relates to an Emergency Action Plan:
  1. I have experience in planning, coordinating, facilitating, organizing, and arranging tabletop and/or functional exercises of Emergency Action Plans.
  2. I have experience in planning, coordinating, organizing, and arranging tabletop and/or functional exercises of Emergency Action Plans.
  3. I have experience in facilitating tabletop and/or functional exercises as related to dam Emergency Action Plans.
  4. I have experience in facilitating tabletop and/or functional exercises as related to other types of Emergency Action Plans.
  5. I have experience in planning, coordinating, organizing, and arranging exercises other than dam safety.
  6. None of the above.


* 19.Select all responses that best describe how your written reports, briefing papers, issue papers, memos or letters have documented your research, analysis, or evaluation findings, and how those documents have been used.
  1. I have written reports, briefing papers, issue papers, memos or letters based upon research, analysis or evaluation that documented my findings in a non-technical area, which were used by others for information or instruction.
  2. I have written reports, briefing papers, issue papers, memos or letters based upon research, analysis or evaluation that documented my findings in a technical area, which served to inform or guide others in my organization.
  3. I have written reports, briefing papers, issue papers, memos or letters based upon research, analysis or evaluation that documented my findings in a technical area, which were used by upper management to plan for broad organizational resources (e.g., budget, staff, facilities, contracts).
  4. I have written reports, briefing papers, issue papers, memos or letters based upon research, analysis or evaluation that documented my findings in a technical area, which were used by higher authorities as a basis for policy in the technical area.
  5. None of the above.


* 20.Select the response(s) that describe your experience with safety of dams programs, including standing operating procedures, instrumentation, emergency action plans, and risk analysis related to hydrologic, static, dynamic, and seismic loading of earthen and concrete storage dams.
  1. I have served as the lead or senior engineer responsible for evaluation of static, dynamic, hydrologic of seismic risk analysis studies performed by civil, hydraulic, and geotechnical engineers and geologists as they relate to operation and maintenance of earthen and concrete dams.
  2. I have evaluated safety of dams risk analysis studies performed by civil, hydraulic, and geotechnical engineers and geologists as they relate to operation and maintenance of earthen and concrete dams.
  3. I have written or revised standing operating procedures for dam outlet works, spillways, and electrical, hydraulic, or mechanical equipment.
  4. I have written or revised Emergency Action Plans (EAP) for dams.
  5. I have worked with state and local disaster emergency services personnel to exercise the EAP and determine the effectiveness in communicating emergency conditions that may exist at the dam and appropriate response measures.
  6. I have operated and maintained instrumentation equipment used to monitor structural performance of earthen and concrete dams.
  7. I have reviewed instrumentation data for earthen and concrete dams and compared to historic data to evaluate the performance of the structure.
  8. I have general education and some training in the area of dam safety.
  9. None of the above


* 21.Select the responses that describe 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 more than one year of experience as the lead or senior engineer responsible for field examinations of earthen or concrete storage dams, including written reports summarizing findings and recommendations.
  2. I have more than one year of experience as the lead or senior engineer responsible for field examinations of diversion dams, pumping plants, earthen canals, or concrete canals, including written reports summarizing findings and recommendations.
  3. I have more than one year of experience as a member of a field examination team for earthen or concrete dams, with responsibility to provide input to the lead or senior engineer, or to prepare a portion of the concluding report.
  4. I have education or training in field examination techniques of civil structures.
  5. None of the above.


* 22.From the following choices, please select the statement(s) that describes your proficiency in planning and scheduling tasks that directly support maintenance activities and engineering projects, with a primary goal of optimizing maintenance efficiencies.
  1. I have performed planning and scheduling tasks that directly support maintenance activities and engineering projects, with a primary goal of optimizing maintenance efficiencies.
  2. I have identified potential and real work backlogs and suggested improvements to work practices, such as simplifying maintenance work scheduling, cutting costs, improving the budgetary process, and the reporting of maintenance activities.
  3. I have determined the expected short- and long-term scheduling effectiveness of various maintenance jobs. I shared the results with maintenance supervisors.
  4. I have compared work order estimates to actual costs, and scheduled work assignments to completed work.
  5. I have taken a lead role in ensuring multi-craft maintenance jobs are planned prior to the start of work. I ensured job plans are in place, materials are on site, engineering is complete, drawings are completed, resources have been identified, and sub-tasks are defined and sequenced.
  6. I have coordinated operational outages, and optimized work by ensuring resources are available, timing is appropriate, and operational impact is minimized.
  7. I have not performed these tasks.


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


24.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 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 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.
  3. I have 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.
  4. I have education or training in field examination techniques of civil structures.
  5. None of the above.


25.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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