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* 1.Select the response that indicates the highest level of project management certification or equivalent training, experience, or education that you possess. If more than one response is applicable to you, select the higher ranking response (response #1 being the highest).
  1. FAC-P/PM Expert Level certification in accordance with Department of the Interior policy requirements
  2. FAC-P/PM JOURNEYMAN Level certification in accordance with Department of the Interior policy requirements
  3. FAC-P/PM ENTRY Level certification in accordance with Department of the Interior policy requirements.
  4. Project Management Professional (PMP) certification from the Project Management Institute.
  5. Prof Engineer registration AND a minimum of 4500 hours of project management experience that: Included experience leading/directing projects within the constraints of schedule, budget and scope; and Does not date back further than 8 years; and Occurred over a minimum period of 36 months (gaps and/or overlapping experience excluded); and Included experience in the process areas of initiating, planning, executing, monitoring and controlling, and closing, but not necessarily all on each project.
  6. None of the above.


* 2.Select the response which best reflects your overall experience in the electric power industry as related to hydropower power generation.
  1. I have provided technical support to a hydroelectric power generation facility.
  2. I have provided technical support to a hydroelectric power generation facility and have been a member of a team that provided technical support to a major design, construction, or rehabilitation of a major component of a hydroelectric power facility.
  3. I have provided technical support to a hydroelectric power generation facility and have been the team leader/project manager of a team that provided technical support to a major design, construction, or rehabilitation of a major component of a hydroelectric power facility.
  4. I have provided technical support to a hydroelectric power generation facility and I have supervised or managed an organization that provided technical support or operation and maintenance for a hydroelectric power facility.


* 3.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.


* 4.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.


* 5.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.


* 6.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.


* 7.Select all roles related to your team experience in which you have actively participated. (Please ensure that your resume contains sufficient data to validate your selection).
  1. Technical Team Member
  2. Technical Expert
  3. Facilitator
  4. Team Leader
  5. Supervision of team(s).
  6. Manager using team results
  7. None of the above


* 8.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.


* 9.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.


* 10. Select the response that reflects your experience in developing and/or managing budgets.
  1. I have not been assigned responsibility for formulating and/or managing budgets.
  2. I have assisted in formulating and/or managing budgets.
  3. I have been responsible for formulating and/or managing budgets for a project.
  4. I have been responsible for formulating and/or managing budgets for several projects at the same time.
  5. I have been responsible for formulating and/or managing a budget for a project with multiple funding sources.
  6. I have been responsible for formulating and/or managing budgets for several projects at the same time with at least one project that included multiple funding sources.


* 11.Select the response that best describe your work experience in applying engineering and project management principles to monitor and evaluate work sequences, costs, schedule performance, and project integration.
  1. I have served as the project manager responsible for all aspects of civil engineering design and construction projects, including development of detailed schedules, timelines, and cost estimates; periodic update of this information to reflect status or modifications; and frequent communication with staff and managers in my organization, and customers to keep them informed of progress or potential problems.
  2. I have served as the lead technical engineer responsible for a major component of civil engineering design or construction projects, including development of detailed schedules, timelines, and cost estimates; periodic update of this information to reflect status or modifications; and frequent communication to keep the project manager informed of progress or potential problems.
  3. I have served as a member of a team responsible for civil engineering design or construction projects. Responsibilities included development of detailed schedules, timelines, or cost estimates; periodic update of this information to reflect status or modifications; and periodic communication with the team for my area of responsibility.
  4. I have served in a technical capacity for engineering activities related to civil structures to schedule work activities, track accomplishments and costs, and prepare status reports.
  5. I have education, but no experience in project management processes and procedures.
  6. None of the above.


* 12.Select the response that best describe your work experience in applying engineering and project management principles to monitor and evaluate work sequences, costs, schedule performance, and project integration.
  1. I have served as the project manager responsible for all aspects of civil engineering design and construction of water supply or water conveyance projects, including development of detailed schedules, timelines, and cost estimates; periodic update of this information to reflect status or modifications; and frequent communication with staff and managers in my organization, and customers to keep them informed of progress or potential problems.
  2. I have served as the lead technical engineer responsible for a major component of civil engineering design or construction of water supply or water conveyance projects, including development of detailed schedules, timelines, and cost estimates; periodic update of this information to reflect status or modifications; and frequent communication to keep the project manager informed of progress or potential problems.
  3. .I have served as a member of a team responsible for civil engineering design or construction of water supply or water conveyance projects. Responsibilities included development of detailed schedules, timelines, or cost estimates; periodic update of this information to reflect status or modifications; and periodic communication with the team for my area of responsibility.
  4. I have served in a technical capacity for engineering activities related to civil structures to schedule work activities, track accomplishments and costs, and prepare status reports.
  5. .I have formal education/training in project management processes and procedures.
  6. None of the above.


* 13.Have you held or do you currently hold certification as a Contracting Officer’s Representative?
  1. Yes
  2. No


* 14.Select the response(s) that describe your ability to interact effectively and tactfully within a multi-disciplinary team.
  1. I have experience working in a group or as a team leader on multi-disciplinary teams dealing with design and construction on various types of projects.
  2. I have experience using a variety of facilitation, mediation, conflict management, or consensus-building skills.
  3. I have experience as a supervisor or working as a team member on multi-disciplinary teams dealing with design and construction projects
  4. I am familiar with teamwork only through training or course work related to teams and/or team concepts.
  5. None of the above.


* 15.Select the response(s) that describe your ability to effectively interact with customers, stakeholders, and interested parties.
  1. I have experience in presenting information on technical issues to employees of federal, state, local and tribal governments; water user groups; environmental groups; recreation groups, or the public in a manner that is understandable to people who may be unfamiliar with the issues.
  2. I have experience in working with irrigation district staff and board-of-directors, water user groups, farmers, or ranchers to gain an understanding of their position on technical or controversial issues and respond to their concerns in a non-threatening way.
  3. I have experience in considering differing points of view and accepting criticism in meetings with customers, stakeholders, and the public without becoming angry or antagonistic.
  4. I have experience in remaining calm and persuading others to consider the information I am presenting or the position I represent in situations where the audience may be difficult, hostile, or distressed.
  5. I have experience in conveying information to customers, stakeholders, and interested parties in an open, friendly, and honest manner to build trust and working relationships.
  6. None of the above.


Grade: 13
* 1.GS-13 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-13 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-12 level as described in the vacancy announcement under specialized experience.
  2. I do not meet the requirement as described.


* 3.Elaborate on your answer to the previous question. Also, indicate where this is reflected on your resume (i.e. identifying the specific experience, training and/or education), but do not paste your resume here.
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