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Grade: 11
* 1.To meet the Basic Qualifications Requirements for General Engineer, Nuclear Engineer or Physical Scientist Engineer select the option that best describes your education and/or experience background:
  1. GENERAL/NUCLEAR ENGINEER: I have a combination of EDUCATION and EXPERIENCE equivalent to a 4 year professional engineering degree in the ENGINEERING SPECIALTY FOR THIS POSITION and CURRENTLY REGISTERED as a PROFESSIONAL ENGINEER in the United States, District of Columbia, Guam, or Puerto Rico.
  2. GENERAL/NUCLEAR ENGINEER: I have a (BET) or BACHELOR'S DEGREE IN A PROFESSIONAL FIELD (e.g., physics, chemistry, architecture, computer science, mathematics, hydrology, geology, etc.) and at least ONE YEAR of PROFESSIONAL ENGINEERING EXPERIENCE acquired under PROFESSIONAL ENGINEERING SUPERVISION AND GUIDANCE.
  3. GENERAL/NUCLEAR ENGINEER: I have a combination of COLLEGE-LEVEL EDUCATION, TRAINING, AND/OR TECHNICAL EXPERIENCE equivalent to a 4 year professional engineering degree with at least 60 SEMESTER HOURS of courses in the physical, mathematical, and engineering sciences and in engineering as described in A above.
  4. GENERAL /NUCLEAR ENGINEER: I have passed the ENGINEER-IN-TRAINING (EIT) examination and have a combination of COLLEGE-LEVEL EDUCATION, TRAINING, AND/OR TECHNICAL EXPERIENCE related to THIS POSITION demonstrated by a BET from a program ACCREDITED by the ACCREDITATION BOARD FOR ENGINEERING AND TECHNOLOGY (ABET) related to THIS POSITION.
  5. GENERAL/NUCLEAR ENGINEER: I have a PROFESSIONAL ENGINEERING DEGREE from an accredited college or university under their school of engineering that included at least one curriculum that is recognized by the Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology (ABET) as a professional engineering curriculum obtained in the United States, District of Columbia, Guam, or Puerto Rico.
  6. GENERAL /NUCLEAR ENGINEER: I have passed the ENGINEER-IN-TRAINING (EIT) examination and have a combination of COLLEGE-LEVEL EDUCATION, TRAINING, AND/OR TECHNICAL EXPERIENCE related to THIS POSITION demonstrated by at least ONE YEAR of ADDITIONAL EDUCATION or HIGHLY TECHNICAL WORK experience applying knowledge, skills, and abilities needed for professional engineering competence
  7. GENERAL /NUCLEAR ENGINEER: I have passed the ENGINEER-IN-TRAINING (EIT) examination and have a combination of COLLEGE-LEVEL EDUCATION, TRAINING, AND/OR TECHNICAL EXPERIENCE related to THIS POSITION demonstrated by a BACHELOR'S DEGREE IN ENGINEERING TECHNOLOGY (BET) from an accredited college or university with 60 semester hours of courses in the physical, mathematical, and engineering sciences.
  8. GENERAL/NUCLEAR ENGINEER:I have a PROFESSIONAL ENGINEERING DEGREE that included DIFFERENTIAL and INTEGRAL CALCULUS AND COURSES (more advanced than first-year physics and chemistry) in FIVE OF THE FOLLOWING: a)statistics, dynamics; b)strength of materials; c)fluid mechanics, hydraulics; d)thermodynamics; e) electrical fields and circuits; f)nature and properties of materials; g)any other comparable engineering science or physics, such as optics, heat transfer, soil mechanics, or electronics.
  9. PHYSICAL SCIENTIST: I have a combination of EXPERIENCE appropriate for THIS POSITION and EDUCATION LEADING TO A BACHELOR'S DEGREE with courses equivalent to a major in PHYSICAL SCIENCE, ENGINEERING, OR MATHEMATICS that included at least 24 semester hours in physical science and/or related engineering science.
  10. My education and/or experience is not listed above.


* 2.GS-11 You must meet the basic qualifications for the GS-11 grade level. You may meet the basic qualifications for the GS-11 with a combination of education and/or experience. Select the choice which best describes your education and/or experience.
  1. I have a Ph. D or equivalent doctoral degree.
  2. I have three (3) years of progressively higher level graduate education leading to a Ph. D. degree or equivalent doctoral degree.
  3. I have a combination of post high school education and experience that together meet the qualification requirements for this position.
  4. I have one (1) full year of specialized experience at the next lower level as defined on the vacancy announcement.
  5. I do not meet any of the above statements.


* 3.Select the responses below that best demonstrate your experience evaluating the performance of base materials under a variety of temperature, pressure, gas environments, and vibration loads.
  1. Evaluate aspects of materials, engineering, or scientific activities associated with space or terrestrial radioisotope or reactor power system technology development and/or production.
  2. Recommend physical testing arrangements that can be used to model how dissimilar materials interact with each other.
  3. Evaluate potential materials for use in radioisotope power systems along with their compatibility with other candidate materials.
  4. None of the above.


* 4.Identify your experience in evaluating and measuring project performance.
  1. Provide progress reports to management and customers.
  2. Applied results of project performance measurement system to develop corrective actions.
  3. Reviewed and confirmed project schedules.
  4. Reviewed and confirmed project estimates.
  5. Reviewed and confirmed project technical requirements.
  6. Participated on independent reviews of project performance.
  7. None of the above.


Grade: 12
* 1.To meet the Basic Qualifications Requirements for General Engineer, Nuclear Engineer or Physical Scientist Engineer select the option that best describes your education and/or experience background:
  1. GENERAL/NUCLEAR ENGINEER: I have a combination of EDUCATION and EXPERIENCE equivalent to a 4 year professional engineering degree in the ENGINEERING SPECIALTY FOR THIS POSITION and CURRENTLY REGISTERED as a PROFESSIONAL ENGINEER in the United States, District of Columbia, Guam, or Puerto Rico.
  2. GENERAL/NUCLEAR ENGINEER: I have a (BET) or BACHELOR'S DEGREE IN A PROFESSIONAL FIELD (e.g., physics, chemistry, architecture, computer science, mathematics, hydrology, geology, etc.) and at least ONE YEAR of PROFESSIONAL ENGINEERING EXPERIENCE acquired under PROFESSIONAL ENGINEERING SUPERVISION AND GUIDANCE.
  3. GENERAL/NUCLEAR ENGINEER: I have a combination of COLLEGE-LEVEL EDUCATION, TRAINING, AND/OR TECHNICAL EXPERIENCE equivalent to a 4 year professional engineering degree with at least 60 SEMESTER HOURS of courses in the physical, mathematical, and engineering sciences and in engineering as described in A above.
  4. GENERAL /NUCLEAR ENGINEER: I have passed the ENGINEER-IN-TRAINING (EIT) examination and have a combination of COLLEGE-LEVEL EDUCATION, TRAINING, AND/OR TECHNICAL EXPERIENCE related to THIS POSITION demonstrated by a BET from a program ACCREDITED by the ACCREDITATION BOARD FOR ENGINEERING AND TECHNOLOGY (ABET) related to THIS POSITION.
  5. GENERAL/NUCLEAR ENGINEER: I have a PROFESSIONAL ENGINEERING DEGREE from an accredited college or university under their school of engineering that included at least one curriculum that is recognized by the Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology (ABET) as a professional engineering curriculum obtained in the United States, District of Columbia, Guam, or Puerto Rico.
  6. GENERAL /NUCLEAR ENGINEER: I have passed the ENGINEER-IN-TRAINING (EIT) examination and have a combination of COLLEGE-LEVEL EDUCATION, TRAINING, AND/OR TECHNICAL EXPERIENCE related to THIS POSITION demonstrated by at least ONE YEAR of ADDITIONAL EDUCATION or HIGHLY TECHNICAL WORK experience applying knowledge, skills, and abilities needed for professional engineering competence
  7. GENERAL /NUCLEAR ENGINEER: I have passed the ENGINEER-IN-TRAINING (EIT) examination and have a combination of COLLEGE-LEVEL EDUCATION, TRAINING, AND/OR TECHNICAL EXPERIENCE related to THIS POSITION demonstrated by a BACHELOR'S DEGREE IN ENGINEERING TECHNOLOGY (BET) from an accredited college or university with 60 semester hours of courses in the physical, mathematical, and engineering sciences.
  8. GENERAL/NUCLEAR ENGINEER:I have a PROFESSIONAL ENGINEERING DEGREE that included DIFFERENTIAL and INTEGRAL CALCULUS AND COURSES (more advanced than first-year physics and chemistry) in FIVE OF THE FOLLOWING: a)statistics, dynamics; b)strength of materials; c)fluid mechanics, hydraulics; d)thermodynamics; e) electrical fields and circuits; f)nature and properties of materials; g)any other comparable engineering science or physics, such as optics, heat transfer, soil mechanics, or electronics.
  9. PHYSICAL SCIENTIST: I have a combination of EXPERIENCE appropriate for THIS POSITION and EDUCATION LEADING TO A BACHELOR'S DEGREE with courses equivalent to a major in PHYSICAL SCIENCE, ENGINEERING, OR MATHEMATICS that included at least 24 semester hours in physical science and/or related engineering science.
  10. My education and/or experience is not listed above.


* 2.GS-12 You must have one year of specialized experience equivalent to the next lower grade in the federal service which has equipped you with the knowledge, skills, and abilities to perform successfully the duties of the position. Select the choice which best describes your specialized experience.
  1. I have one (1) full year of specialized experience equivalent in responsibility and scope to the next lower grade level as described in the vacancy announcement under the specialized experience requirements.
  2. I do not meet or exceed the 1 year of specialized experience as described in the vacancy announcement.


* 3.Select the responses below that best demonstrate your experience researching and predicting the performance of base materials under a variety of temperature, pressure, gas environments, and vibration loads.
  1. Recommend for test and evaluation aspects of a variety of complex materials, engineering or scientific activities associated with space or terrestrial radioisotope or reactor power system technology development and production.
  2. Design and recommend physical testing arrangements that can be used to model how dissimilar materials interact with each other.
  3. Recommend and evaluate potential candidate materials for use in radioisotope power systems along with their compatibility.
  4. Investigate potential interactions among candidate materials and recommend alternatives when adverse interactions are expected.
  5. None of the above.


* 4.Apply project management disciplines and techniques regarding cost, scope, schedule, and risk.
  1. I do not have training or experience in performing this task.
  2. I have reviewed project management disciplines and techniques involving cost, scope, schedule, and risk in the performance of my duties while under close supervision from a manager or senior employee.
  3. I have applied project management disciplines and techniques regarding cost, scope, schedule, and risk regularly and independently in the performance of my duties. I have flexibility and limited review of my work by my supervisor or a senior employee.
  4. I have applied project management disciplines and techniques regarding cost, scope, schedule, and risk in the performance of my duties. Other individuals in my field consult me for my expertise on this subject matter. I have trained others in my field.


Grade: 13
* 1.To meet the Basic Qualifications Requirements for General Engineer, Nuclear Engineer or Physical Scientist Engineer select the option that best describes your education and/or experience background:
  1. GENERAL/NUCLEAR ENGINEER: I have a combination of EDUCATION and EXPERIENCE equivalent to a 4 year professional engineering degree in the ENGINEERING SPECIALTY FOR THIS POSITION and CURRENTLY REGISTERED as a PROFESSIONAL ENGINEER in the United States, District of Columbia, Guam, or Puerto Rico.
  2. GENERAL/NUCLEAR ENGINEER: I have a (BET) or BACHELOR'S DEGREE IN A PROFESSIONAL FIELD (e.g., physics, chemistry, architecture, computer science, mathematics, hydrology, geology, etc.) and at least ONE YEAR of PROFESSIONAL ENGINEERING EXPERIENCE acquired under PROFESSIONAL ENGINEERING SUPERVISION AND GUIDANCE.
  3. GENERAL/NUCLEAR ENGINEER: I have a combination of COLLEGE-LEVEL EDUCATION, TRAINING, AND/OR TECHNICAL EXPERIENCE equivalent to a 4 year professional engineering degree with at least 60 SEMESTER HOURS of courses in the physical, mathematical, and engineering sciences and in engineering as described in A above.
  4. GENERAL /NUCLEAR ENGINEER: I have passed the ENGINEER-IN-TRAINING (EIT) examination and have a combination of COLLEGE-LEVEL EDUCATION, TRAINING, AND/OR TECHNICAL EXPERIENCE related to THIS POSITION demonstrated by a BET from a program ACCREDITED by the ACCREDITATION BOARD FOR ENGINEERING AND TECHNOLOGY (ABET) related to THIS POSITION.
  5. GENERAL/NUCLEAR ENGINEER: I have a PROFESSIONAL ENGINEERING DEGREE from an accredited college or university under their school of engineering that included at least one curriculum that is recognized by the Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology (ABET) as a professional engineering curriculum obtained in the United States, District of Columbia, Guam, or Puerto Rico.
  6. GENERAL /NUCLEAR ENGINEER: I have passed the ENGINEER-IN-TRAINING (EIT) examination and have a combination of COLLEGE-LEVEL EDUCATION, TRAINING, AND/OR TECHNICAL EXPERIENCE related to THIS POSITION demonstrated by at least ONE YEAR of ADDITIONAL EDUCATION or HIGHLY TECHNICAL WORK experience applying knowledge, skills, and abilities needed for professional engineering competence
  7. GENERAL /NUCLEAR ENGINEER: I have passed the ENGINEER-IN-TRAINING (EIT) examination and have a combination of COLLEGE-LEVEL EDUCATION, TRAINING, AND/OR TECHNICAL EXPERIENCE related to THIS POSITION demonstrated by a BACHELOR'S DEGREE IN ENGINEERING TECHNOLOGY (BET) from an accredited college or university with 60 semester hours of courses in the physical, mathematical, and engineering sciences.
  8. GENERAL/NUCLEAR ENGINEER:I have a PROFESSIONAL ENGINEERING DEGREE that included DIFFERENTIAL and INTEGRAL CALCULUS AND COURSES (more advanced than first-year physics and chemistry) in FIVE OF THE FOLLOWING: a)statistics, dynamics; b)strength of materials; c)fluid mechanics, hydraulics; d)thermodynamics; e) electrical fields and circuits; f)nature and properties of materials; g)any other comparable engineering science or physics, such as optics, heat transfer, soil mechanics, or electronics.
  9. PHYSICAL SCIENTIST: I have a combination of EXPERIENCE appropriate for THIS POSITION and EDUCATION LEADING TO A BACHELOR'S DEGREE with courses equivalent to a major in PHYSICAL SCIENCE, ENGINEERING, OR MATHEMATICS that included at least 24 semester hours in physical science and/or related engineering science.
  10. My education and/or experience is not listed above.


* 2.GS-13 You must have one year of specialized experience equivalent to the next lower grade in the federal service which has equipped you with the knowledge, skills, and abilities to perform successfully the duties of the position. Select the choice which best describes your specialized experience.
  1. I have one (1) full year of specialized experience equivalent in responsibility and scope to the next lower grade level as described in the vacancy announcement under the specialized experience requirements.
  2. I do not meet or exceed the 1 year of specialized experience as described in the vacancy announcement.


* 3.Select the responses below that best demonstrate your experience researching and predicting the secondary and tertiary performance effects of base materials under a variety of temperature, pressure, gas environments, and vibration loads.
  1. Research, identify, and recommend for test and evaluation a variety of complex and novel materials, engineering, or scientific activities associated with space or terrestrial radioisotope or reactor power system technology development and production.
  2. Design and recommend physical testing arrangements that can be used to model how several dissimilar materials interact with each other.
  3. Investigate advanced concepts such as catalytic behavior, Seebeck effect, and eutectic formation and performance.
  4. Identify, recommend and evaluate potential candidate materials for use in radioisotope power systems along with their compatibility with other candidate materials.
  5. Identify potential interactions among candidate materials and recommend alternatives with adverse interactions are expected.
  6. Investigate methods to improve performance of systems using replacement materials.
  7. None of the above.


* 4.Apply project management disciplines and techniques regarding cost, scope, schedule, and risk.
  1. I do not have training or experience in performing this task.
  2. I have reviewed project management disciplines and techniques involving cost, scope, schedule, and risk in the performance of my duties while under close supervision from a manager or senior employee.
  3. I have applied project management disciplines and techniques regarding cost, scope, schedule, and risk regularly and independently in the performance of my duties. I have flexibility and limited review of my work by my supervisor or a senior employee.
  4. I have applied project management disciplines and techniques regarding cost, scope, schedule, and risk in the performance of my duties. Other individuals in my field consult me for my expertise on this subject matter. I have trained others in my field.


Grade: All Grades
* 1.Are you currently serving or have served in the last five (5)years in a Political Appointment in the Federal Government?
  1. Yes

        BRANCHED: * 1.Please list the title, agency and dates of this appointment. Please note you will be required to provide proof to meet OPM Approval of your appointment if selected.

       Maximum length of 8000 characters.
  2. No


* 2.I understand that the responses provided in this questionnaire must be fully supported in my online resume. I further understand that my resume must provide detailed descriptions and/or examples of my knowledge, skill, and abilities as required in the vacancy announcement and that my failure to do so, may result in my being rated "Ineligible" or "Not Qualified" for this position.
  1. Yes
  2. No


* 3.Do you have experience providing guidance, coordination and/or review of project activities related to advanced reactor technology development?
  1. Yes

        BRANCHED: * 1.Where does this experience appear in your resume (provide position title(s) and dates)?

       Maximum length of 250 characters.
  2. No


* 4.Select the tasks you have performed in reviewing and evaluating an organization's program, project, and activity.
  1. Work scope
  2. Funding requests
  3. Performance schedules
  4. Milestones
  5. Deliverables
  6. Complex issues and difficulties of the program, project, and activity
  7. Ensured work is appropriate, well planned, and performed in a cost-effective manner.
  8. None of the above


* 5.What is your experience in tracking and managing budgets at the task/project level?
  1. I do not have training or experience in performing this task.
  2. I have tracked budgets at the task/project level for an organization.
  3. I have tracked, analyzed and provided input to budgets at the task/project level for a project.
  4. I have tracked, coordinated, and managed budgets at the task/project level for an organization?s major program.


* 6.Have you worked with teams of scientific, engineering, and program management staff in evaluating complex safety issues, and developing and implementing plans of action to resolve these issues?
  1. Yes
  2. No


* 7.Have you analyzed technical problems, which involved identifying and researching issues, determining causes and ways to resolve problems and make recommendations? Choose the statement from the list below that best describes your experience and/or training. Please select one:
  1. I have not had education, training or experience in performing this task.
  2. I have had education or training in performing the task, but have not yet performed it on the job.
  3. I have performed this task on the job. My work on this task was monitored closely by a supervisor or senior employee to ensure compliance with proper procedures.
  4. I have performed this task as a regular part of a job. I have performed it independently and normally without review by a supervisor or senior employee.
  5. I am considered an expert in performing this task. I have supervised performance of this task or am normally the person who is consulted by other workers to assist them in doing this task because of my expertise.


* 8.This position is responsible for communicating a variety of issues on an interpersonal level. Please indicate which of the following types of interpersonal communication duties you have performed as a regular part of a job. (Check all that apply).
  1. Negotiate policy changes
  2. Mediate or facilitate problem resolution
  3. Interview individuals to obtain study data
  4. Defend recommendations on controversial issues to top management
  5. Independently plan, host, and conduct meetings
  6. Act as management representative to sell complex issues to outside entities
  7. Serve on panels, committees, or task forces on technical, programmatic, and/or professional issues
  8. Invited to speak at organizational conferences
  9. None of the above


* 9.Indicate which of the following types of written products you have produced as a regular part of your job:
  1. Issue papers or summary reports which include analysis and recommendations.
  2. Position papers on controversial issues.
  3. Correspondence that includes input from a number of different resources (including contradictory viewpoints).
  4. Policy statements and guidance.
  5. Procedural guidance, including processes for program and project assessment.
  6. Recommendations for solutions to policy problems.
  7. None of the above.