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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 best response that describes your experience applying the theories, principles, concepts, and design fundamentals of civil engineering to determine plans and designs for conventional and routine projects.
  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.


4.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. Participated as a technical expert in the formal process for bid evaluation and vendor/contractor selection.
  8. Review of draft design, specifications and contracts with written comments
  9. Collection of design data
  10. Evaluated design, construction, and installation 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. None of the above


5.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.


6.Select the structures for which you have had some experience, either in design or analysis.
  1. Earthen dams
  2. Concrete storage dams
  3. Diversion dams
  4. Pumping plants
  5. Water control structures
  6. Water conveyance structures
  7. Buildings
  8. Roads or highways
  9. Foundations
  10. Canals
  11. Fish facilities
  12. Pipelines
  13. None of the above


7.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.


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 best describes your experience applying engineering concepts and principles to analyze preliminary and final designs and specifications for technical adequacy in meeting construction requirements and project objectives.
  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 your highest 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 technical engineering situations impacting the work and outcomes of an organization.
  2. I have independently made decisions involving issues in routine technical engineering situations impacting the work and outcomes of an organization.
  3. I have made most technical engineering decisions with supervisory review only at the final stage.
  4. I have made decisions within the scope of my responsibilities to accomplish program objectives, with supervisor review and approval at predetermined stages in project development.
  5. I have made technical engineering decisions involving simple or routine situations impacting one's own work with frequent peer review and interaction with my supervisor.
  6. None of the above.


11.Select the response(s) that best describe your experience delivering oral presentations covering work related topics.
  1. I have made informational only formal presentations to co-workers on various work related topics.
  2. I have made informational only formal presentations to co-workers or officials outside my employing agency using briefing slides, graphics, hand-outs or other visual materials.
  3. I have delivered informational briefings to officials outside my employing organization using Power Point or other software applications.
  4. I have made formal presentations to officials outside my employing organization for purposes of persuading them to take action, revise procedures, or expend resources.
  5. I have delivered formal courses of training or instruction using a variety of media.
  6. None of the above.


12.Select the response(s) that describe(s) your experience preparing written material.
  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 are, 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 received and edited technical and non-technical reports prepared by others.
  7. None of the above.


13.Select the response that best describes your experience with teamwork.
  1. I work independently and have no team experience.
  2. I have worked on team projects assigned as part of coursework or academic studies.
  3. I have worked on teams composed of my peers and have served as a technical expert.
  4. I have worked on multi-disciplinary teams.
  5. I have served as a Project Manager/Team Leader on multi-disciplinary teams.
  6. I have worked on multi-disciplinary teams for a large water project.
  7. I have served as a Project Manager/Team Leader on a multi-disciplinary team for a large water project.


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(s) that best describe your experience in the design of water storage and conveyance projects such as dams, rural or municipal water supply systems.
  1. I have been the lead design engineer responsible for design of water storage and conveyance systems.
  2. I have been the lead design engineer for design of water storage and conveyance systems.
  3. I have developed final designs for water storage and conveyance systems.
  4. I have assisted in developing final designs for water storage and conveyance systems.
  5. I have devleoped conceptual designs and cost estimates in the planning stages for water storage and conveyance systems.
  6. I have assisted in developing conceptual designs and cost estimates in the planning stages for water storage and conveyance systems.
  7. None of the above.


4.Select the one response that best describes your highest level of engineering experience with appraisal and feasibility designs, cost estimates and summary reports.
  1. I have been the supervisor in charge of an organizational design group with responsibility to accomplish appraisal and/or feasibility designs, cost estimates, and summary reports. 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 appraisal and/or feasibility designs, cost estimates and summary reports for an entire project. I have overseen the work of one or more engineers charged with the development of one or more parts of appraisal and feasibility designs, cost estimates, and summary reports.
  3. I have been the engineer in charge of one or more parts of appraisal and/or feasibility designs, cost estimates, and summary reports. I have performed the work or overseen lower graded engineers in the development of these products.
  4. I have prepared appraisal and/or feasibility designs, cost estimates and summary reports for part of an overall project under the direction of a senior engineer.
  5. I have education and training in preparing appraisal and/or feasibility designs, cost estimates, and summary reports for water resource facilities, but have not performed this function.
  6. None of the above.


5.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.


6.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


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


8.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


9.Select the response that best describes your experience applying engineering concepts and principles to analyze preliminary and final designs and specifications for technical adequacy in meeting construction requirements and project objectives.
  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 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.


11.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


12.Select the response(s) that describe your ability to identify alternatives and make recommendations for solving highly complex engineering problems.
  1. I have developed alternatives requiring considerable independent research to identify sources of information, collect and analyze data, and determine applicability to complex engineering problems where precedents do not exist.
  2. I have provided recommendations for solutions to engineering problems that required a working knowledge of more than one engineering discipline (e.g. civil, mechanical, hydraulic, or electrical engineering).
  3. I have provided recommendations for solutions to civil engineering problems that could be resolved by engineering calculations typical of the specialization or area of assignment.
  4. I have interacted with and exchanged factual and technical information with co-workers who were performing related work in order to resolve common or recurring issues and problems.
  5. I have served as team leader for brainstorming sessions or value engineering studies to identify potential solutions for complex engineering problems.
  6. I have participated in brainstorming sessions or value engineering studies to identify potential solutions for complex engineering problems.
  7. I have provided advice and guidance on general engineering problems that could be solved by applying proven theory or by conventional engineering applications or approaches.
  8. I have prepared basic information for use by engineers such as standard calculations, graphs, curves, or tables. Recorded factual data for tests and observation studies or searched reports to obtain information.
  9. I have education or training in problem solving processes, but limited experience in application of techniques.
  10. None of the above.


13.Select the response(s) that describe(s) your experience(s) in written communication.
  1. I have been the sole or primary author of comprehensive reports to clients on the work performed on civil engineering projects including inspection, data collection, analyses, and design reports or memoranda.
  2. I have been the sole or primary author of internal documents or the secondary writer of more comprehensive civil engineering reports to clients
  3. I have been the writer of memoranda describing a specific analysis and results.
  4. I have provided peer review (ensuring technical adequacy) on other's writing including providing the final edits to documents that are transmitted to clients or higher management.
  5. None of the above


14.Please select the one response that best describes your highest level of experience presenting project information to others.
  1. I have prepared and presented formal presentations and/or informational briefings to present project information on the overall status of projects.
  2. I have prepared and presented formal presentations to senior management officials and stakeholders to gain understanding and support for projects.
  3. I have prepared and presented formal presentations to officials inside or outside my employing organization to resolve differences of opinion and persuade or motivate them to take or accept a course of action, revise procedures or expend resources.
  4. I have prepared and presented formal presentations and briefings to diverse audiences to negotiate, justify, defend, and resolve complex or controversial project issues. Audiences include senior level management from within the organization and from other Federal and state agencies, major stakeholders/customers, private industry representatives, and the general public.
  5. None of the above


15.Select the response that best describes your experience working in a team environment.
  1. I have experience working on team projects as part of my academic studies and/or coursework.
  2. I have experience working on teams comprised of civil engineers, where I served as a technical engineering specialist.
  3. I have experience working on multi-disciplinary teams comprised of engineers, geologists, natural resources specialists, etc., where I served as a technical engineering specialist.
  4. I have experience working on a team project that received special recognition - an academic award, publication of an article in a professional academic or technical journal, or a presentation before a professional, academic or technical society.
  5. I have experience as a facilitator, guiding teams in the completion of complex or technical engineering or scientific assignments.
  6. I have experience as a team leader, or a lead or senior engineer, responsible for completion of complex or technical multi-disciplinary team assignments.
  7. None of the above.


Grade: All Grades
* 1.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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