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Grade: 15
* 1.You must meet the minimum basic education and/or experience requirements for professional engineer positions in the Federal government. Select the response that best describes your education and/or experience.
  1. Bachelor's or higher degree in professional engineering where the completed professional engineering curriculum was from a school of engineering with at least one curriculum accredited by the Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology.
  2. Bachelor's degree in professional engineering where the completed curriculum included differential and integral calculus and courses in five of the following seven areas of engineering science or physics: statics, dynamics; strength of materials; fluid mechanics, hydraulics; thermodynamics; electrical fields and circuits; nature and properties of materials; and any other comparable area of fundamental engineering science or physics, such as optics, heat transfer, soil mechanics, or electronics.
  3. Combination of relevant professional engineering education and experience as evidenced by current registration as a professional engineer by any State, the District of Columbia, Guam, or Puerto Rico.
  4. Combination of relevant professional engineering education and experience as evidenced by having successfully passed the Engineering-in-Training (EIT) examination, or the written test required for professional registration as administered by the Board of Engineering Examiners in any State, the District of Columbia, Guam, and Puerto Rico.
  5. Combination of relevant professional engineering education and experience as evidenced by having successfully completed 60 semester hours of courses in the physical, mathematical, and engineering sciences and in engineering that included the specified courses as listed above.
  6. Combination of relevant professional engineering education and experience as evidenced by having successfully completed a curriculum leading to a bachelor's degree in engineering technology or in an appropriate professional field (e.g., physics, chemistry, architecture, computer science, mathematics, hydrology, or geology), PLUS at least one year of professional engineering experience acquired under professional engineering supervision and guidance.
  7. I do not meet any of the education and/or combination of education and experience under any of the choices above.


* 2.GS-15 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.


Grade: All Grades
* 1.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


* 2.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


* 3.Do you have dual citizenship with the United States and another country?
  1. Yes

        BRANCHED: * 1.Please list the country(ies), other than the United States, with which you possess citizenship.

       Maximum length of 250 characters.
  2. No


* 4.Ability to participate and perform evaluations of impacts of new technologies, systems, and policies of engineering analyses projects using standard techniques.
  1. I have not had education, training or experience in performing this task.
  2. I have had 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, with close supervision from supervisor or senior employee.
  4. I have performed this task as a regular part of the job, independently and usually without review by supervisor or senior employee.
  5. I have supervised performance of this task and/or I have trained others in performance and/or am normally consulted by others as an expert for assistance in performing this task.


* 5.Analyze complex issues, identify problems, evaluate alternatives and make recommendations that lead to the resolution of complex technical issues
  1. I do not have training or experience in performing this task.
  2. I have analyzed complex issues and identified problems that assisted in the resolution of complex technical issues.
  3. I have analyzed complex issues, identified problems, and evaluated alternatives that lead to the resolution of complex technical issues.
  4. I have analyzed complex issues, identified problems, evaluated alternatives and made recommendations that lead to the resolution of complex technical issues. Other individuals in my field consult me for my expertise on this subject matter.


* 6.Which of the following program management duties have you performed?
  1. Policy development.
  2. Strategic plan development.
  3. Program budget development.
  4. Program performance metrics development.
  5. Assessment of program performance.
  6. None of the above.


* 7.Do you have skill developing and implementing multi-year operating program plans including strategic and budget preparation, financial and market analyses?
  1. Yes
  2. No


* 8.Which of the following areas have you conducted reviews?
  1. cost-effectiveness
  2. budget
  3. strategic planning
  4. contracts
  5. regulatory agreements
  6. none or the above


* 9.Of the following duties, which do you have experience performing on a regular, recurring basis?
  1. I have experience maintaining liaison with internal staff members and managers to keep abreast of current events, potential news items, changes in legislation and regulations.
  2. I have experience maintaining contact and building partnerships with Federal, State, and local government officials.
  3. I have experience maintaining contact and building partnerships with members of professional, business, civic and other public interest organizations.
  4. I have experience participating with, and assisting local, state, and/or federal officials in developing workable solutions to highly complex problems involving issues of concurrent or overlapping jurisdiction.
  5. I have experience dealing with high level management officials, employees, clients or the public on non-routine matters of a very sensitive, controversial or operationally important nature.
  6. None of the above


* 10.Concerning your leadership experience, select those duties that you have experience performing on a regular, recurring basis.
  1. I have facilitated collaboration, coordination, and communication between staff members and others.
  2. I have coached staff members in problem solving methods.
  3. I have identified and balanced workload and tasks among employees in accordance with established skill levels.
  4. I have trained and mentored employees.
  5. I have led and motivated others to accomplish mission goals.
  6. I have devised and implemented organizational plans and procedures.
  7. I have provided advice on work methods, practices, and procedures.
  8. I have established performance standards and counseled employees on performance plans.
  9. I have taken necessary action in cases of poor performance or misconduct.
  10. None of the above.


* 11.Have you participated the planning, development and implementation of projects involving the deployment of new technology in scientific and engineering R&D Programs.
  1. Yes
  2. No


* 12.This position requires the incumbent to interact, communicate, and/or collaborate with specialists, scientists, and/or analysts from various federal and state agencies and the private sector on critical energy related programs and issues. Choose one statement below that best describes your most substantive experience in this area.
  1. I have had extensive experience establishing effective working relationships and collaborations with specialists, scientists, and/or analysts from various federal and state agencies and the private sector on critical energy related programs and issues and using these relationships and collaborations to advance programs or projects.
  2. I have had extensive experience interacting, communicating, and collaborating with specialists, scientists, and/or analysts from various federal and state agencies and/or the private sector on critical energy related programs and issues.
  3. I have interacted, communicated, and/or collaborated with specialists, scientists, and/or analysts from various federal and state agencies and/or the private sector on energy related programs and issues.
  4. I have interacted, communicated, and/or collaborated with specialists, scientists, and/or analysts from various federal and state agencies and/or the private sector on programs and issues that are not directly related to energy.
  5. I have attended meetings with representatives from government and/or the private sector but have not had any substantive interactions with them on programs and issues.
  6. I have little or no experience interacting, communicating, and/or collaborating with specialists, scientists, and/or analysts from various federal and state agencies and/or the private sector.


* 13.Which of the following best describes your knowledge of and experience with Federal regulations governing natural gas, petroleum and electricity?
  1. I have a comprehensive knowledge of Federal regulations governing natural gas, petroleum and electricity (including regulations administered by other Federal agencies), and have had extensive experience participating in and/or leading task forces with industry representatives on national energy infrastructure regulatory issues.
  2. I have a broad knowledge of Federal regulations governing natural gas, petroleum and electricity, and have had experience participating on task forces with industry representatives on national energy infrastructure regulatory issues.
  3. I have a familiarity with Federal regulations governing natural gas, petroleum and/or electricity, and have had limited or no experience participating on task forces with industry representatives on national energy infrastructure regulatory issues.
  4. I have an academic knowledge, familiarity, or awareness of Federal regulations governing natural gas, petroleum and/or electricity, and have had some opportunity to interact with industry representatives on national energy infrastructure regulatory issues.
  5. I do not have knowledge or experience as described above.


* 14.Select the statement(s) that best describes your work experience.
  1. I have served as project manager /leader for a national energy technology projects.
  2. I have managed the development of project definition, technical scope, and budget to support mission need.
  3. I have developed strategies to redirect project activities to respond to evolving mission need.
  4. I have developed project performance measures.
  5. I have monitored and evaluated project performance.
  6. None of the above


* 15.Concerning your experience, indicate which of the responses best describes your involvement in activities examining and ascertaining the development needs of a research program. Check all that apply.
  1. Established strategies, technical goals, performance specifications and objectives for an industrial energy efficiency R&D program.
  2. Provided oversight of R&D programs that involved multiple performing organizations and multiple projects.
  3. Managed a research or engineering group comprised of technical experts from a variety of engineering disciplines, e.g., electrical, mechanical, chemical, material science, etc., as well as scientific fields.
  4. Directed advanced manufacturing processes or energy technology R&D activities as project leader or program manager.
  5. Reviewed and evaluated proposals for new or continuing R&D projects related to innovative manufacturing processes and materials of clean energy technologies.
  6. Served as principal investigator or engineering lead on original scientific research project(s).
  7. None of the above.


* 16.I have performed the following leadership functions in a project or program:
  1. Served formally as a supervisor or team leader for at least 3 years (or in an acting capacity for more than 6 months)
  2. Coached, guided, and mentored staff to achieve desired results.
  3. Evaluated the effectiveness of a completed project or program goal
  4. Followed up with colleagues, team members, and others to ensure timeliness in meeting milestones
  5. Implemented work to be completed
  6. Planned work assignments to be assigned to colleagues, team members, and others
  7. Reported progress to senior management
  8. Resolved conflicts, differences, or problems among colleagues, team members, and others
  9. Reviewed completed work for technical adequacy and timeliness
  10. Fostered commitment, team spirit, pride and trust in others
  11. None of the above