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Grade: 12
* 1.[341] Choose the statement that best describes your specialized experience that qualifies you for this GS-12 position.
  1. I possess at least one year of specialized experience equivalent to the GS-11 as described in the vacancy announcement. This experience is well described in my application.
  2. I do not meet the one year specialized experience requirement as described in the vacancy announcement.


* 2.[15659] Do you have experience applying Federal railroad motive power and equipment safety standards/regulations for the purpose of providing maintenance, testing and inspection of rolling stock equipment?
  1. Yes
  2. No


* 3.[15358] Do you have experience in the railroad industry that has provided you with knowledge of general railroad safety health principles and practices; as well as railroad investigation and inspection techniques?
  1. Yes
  2. No


* 4.[26948] Do you have one year of experience equal or equivalent to design, maintenance, testing and inspection of various types of locomotives, passenger and freight cars currently in use and their capabilities and limitations, as well as safety appliances and power brakes?
  1. Yes
  2. No


* 5.[25454] Do you have one year of experience equal or equivalent to analyzing data that can be used during the course of conducting railroad inspections, or used to determine probable cause of railroad related collisions, derailments, or other accidents/incidents?
  1. Yes
  2. No


* 6.[25810] Do you have one year of experience equal or equivalent to writing reports and presenting information pertaining to Motive Power & Equipment?
  1. Yes
  2. No


* 7.[15661] Select the response(s) that demonstrate(s) your knowledge of the railroad industry including economic and operating considerations.
  1. Knowledge of both road and terminal operations.
  2. Knowledge of safety and health concerns in all areas of railroad industry.
  3. Extensive experience in developing or implementing motive power and/or equipment rules and maintenance practice.
  4. Knowledge of the design, construction, and maintenance of equipment.
  5. Is responsible for enforcement of or compliance with railroad operating rules and safety rules.
  6. None of the above.


* 8.[15662] Select the response which best describes your level of Mechanical passenger or freight experience.
  1. I have knowledge of the design, maintenance, testing, and inspection of various types of locomotives, passenger cars and freight cars currently in use and their capabilities and limitations.
  2. I have knowledge of installation, maintenance or testing of railroad safety appliances and power brakes, their capabilities and limitations.
  3. I have knowledge of the applicable Federal laws and regulations pertaining to the inspection and testing of locomotives and passenger and freight cars, safety appliances and power brakes.
  4. None of the above


* 9.[15663] Select the response(s) that describe(s) your experience with the operational characteristics of railroad motive power and equipment.
  1. Personally performs or directs the actions of others in existing or proposed design and testing of motive power and equipment and related components.
  2. Personally performs or directs the actions of others in construction or modification of motive power and equipment and related components.
  3. Personally performs or directs the actions of others in construction or modification of passenger equipment and related components.
  4. Personally performs or directs/instructs others in the component assembly and maintenance of motive power.
  5. Personally performs or directs/instructs others in the installation and/or modification of the various systems that are components of the diesel engine.
  6. Personally performs or directs/instructs others in the repair, overhaul, or building of various types or railroad cars.
  7. Performs the maintenance on diesel locomotive engines.
  8. Performs the maintenance on railroad freight equipment.
  9. Performs the maintenance on railroad passenger equipment.
  10. None of the above.


* 10.[15664] Select the response(s) that apply(ies) to your experience in the functionality of mechanical equipment in Motive Power and Equipment that pertains to the design, maintenance and inspection of various types of locomotives, passenger and freight cars currently in use and their capabilities and limitations as well as safety appliances and power brakes.
  1. Performs, observes or directs others in the inspection of railroad rolling stock and motive power, as well as related apparatus, at manufacturer’s plant or test site.
  2. Experience in the design and assembly of railroad rolling stock to determine whether such equipment is suitable for service intended.
  3. Experience in formulation or implementation of the inspection of all motive power on service tracks and equipment in railroad yards.
  4. Performs or directs the action of others in the inspection of equipment repair facilities to determine if brakes and other components are being tested and repaired properly by railroad employees.
  5. Instructs and directs subordinates or co-workers in follow up inspections of motive power and equipment at a railroad facility.
  6. Ability to conduct inspections and/or repairs of railroad motive power and equipment at a railroad facility.
  7. Ability to conduct follow up inspections of motive power and equipment to make sure that required repairs have been made.
  8. Ability to conduct inspection of equipment for compliance with safety appliance and equipment standards and the inspection of locomotives for safety defects.
  9. None of the above.


* 11.[25728] Select the response that best describes your highest level of experience with the inspection, testing, and maintenance of railroad rolling stock equipment.
  1. I have not performed this task.
  2. I have received education or training in this task, but have not performed it on the job.
  3. I am, or have been a railroad motive power & equipment (MP&E) employee or contractor with at least four years experience on MP&E construction crew, and my experience and training have prepared me to perform this task successfully.
  4. I am, or have been, a railroad MP&E employee or contractor and work independently and routinely on this task.
  5. I am or have been a railroad rolling stock equipment supervisor/manager/team lead, responsible for the oversight of railroad locomotive, freight cars, or passenger equipment systems.


* 12.[15666] Select the response(s) that apply(ies) to your experiences in analyzing and evaluating problems with railroad motive power and equipment.
  1. Uses logical decision-making process to develop various courses of action, evaluate those courses of action, and select the most appropriate and defensible solution to unique problems.
  2. Evaluates problems to determine root causes and implements or recommends resolutions to those problems.
  3. Resolves problems that are not routine and recommends action to prevent these problems from reoccurring.
  4. Has thorough knowledge of the economic as well as the practical operating considerations of motive power and equipment.
  5. Personally performs or directs the actions of others in the investigation of reportable accidents and incidents as well as developing a comprehensive report which outlines findings and recommendations.
  6. Diagnoses and evaluates motive power and equipment in order to correct problems.
  7. Prepares complete inspection and complaint reports or answers routine inquiries regarding safety regulations and reporting procedures.
  8. Knowledge of procedures for evaluating motive power and/or equipment reports.
  9. None of the above.


* 13.[8923] Do you have experience CONDUCTING railroad accident investigations pertaining to Motive Power & Equipment?
  1. Yes
  2. No


* 14.[15310] Select the statement(s) that describe your experience with investigative techniques used in a railroad environment.
  1. I have held a position or positions within the last five years where I have experience coordinating and/or directing the investigation of major derailments, collisions, or other accidents which have resulted in one or more of the following: serious injury to persons, catastrophic damage, release of multiple shipments of hazardous materials.
  2. I have held a position or positions within the last ten years where I have assisted or directed an investigation of major derailments, collisions, or other accidents which have resulted in one or more of the following: serious injury to persons, catastrophic damage, release of multiple shipments of hazardous materials.
  3. I have held a position or positions within the last five years where I have directed a team or been part of a team to evaluate the accident scene and determine the cause of the major derailment or accident.
  4. I have experience with the responsibility in determining and implementing corrective measures and preventative measures.
  5. I have experience assisting with the decision process to determine what corrective measures are to be taken, recommending the actions required to prevent reoccurrence.
  6. I have experience with the investigation of derailments, collisions, or other accidents excluding grade crossing which have resulted in a minor personnel injury or non-reportable damage.
  7. I have experience in determining the cause of a derailment or accident excluding grade crossing accidents.
  8. I have experience in assisting with the decision process to determine what corrective measures are to be taken to prevent reoccurrence.
  9. I do not have experience or knowledge of investigative techniques used in a railroad environment.


* 15.[15309] Select the statements) that describe(s)your experience in conducting complex analyses of facts and circumstances.
  1. I have identified the issues involved.
  2. I have developed methods and approaches for gathering data.
  3. I have developed analytical techniques to review and process the data.
  4. I have examined and reviewed various records and reports.
  5. I have observed various work methods.
  6. I have analyzed photographic evidence.
  7. I have analyzed incidents of probable cause(s) of accidents.
  8. I have identified, located, and evaluated technical guidance and regulatory documents.
  9. I have consulted with other occupational experts.
  10. I have conducted interviews.
  11. None of the above.


* 16.[24029] Choose the statements that describe how you have processed analytical data.
  1. Prepared and presented analytical information to management officials within the organization.
  2. Prepared and presented analytical information to an outside organization.
  3. Developed comprehensive materials of reports, briefings or meetings for management officials.
  4. Explained or justified decisions, conclusions, findings and recommendations to management officials within the organization.
  5. Interpreted and applied guidance and regulations to recommendations.
  6. None of the above.


* 17.[14478] Do you have experience conducting research, both electronic and manual (ex. Internet, library, regulations, standard) to obtain information and analyze the data that can be used during the course of conducting railroad inspections?
  1. Yes
  2. No


* 18.[6960] Do you have at least one year of experience writing narrative reports that describe mechanical issues related to non-compliance or safety concerns?
  1. Yes
  2. No


* 19.[24031] Select the types of written products you have produced as a regular part of your job.
  1. Reports identifying safety issues and trends that included analysis and recommendations
  2. Informal guidance regarding interpretations of regulations
  3. Correspondence to local, state, federal representatives, railroads/shippers, and individuals regarding sensitive matters such as complaints
  4. Recommendations for solutions to problems
  5. Routine investigative reports
  6. Complex (such as the involvement of multiple agencies and/or multiple issues) investigative reports
  7. Reports of investigation findings
  8. None of the above


* 20.[15667] Select the response(s) which best describe(s) written reports you have prepared, reviewed, or approved motive power & equipment.
  1. I have not written reports concerning motive power & equipment.
  2. I have prepared motive power & equipment inspection, administrative reports, and correspondence compliant with Federal regulations.
  3. I have reviewed / recommended motive power & equipment inspection, administrative reports, and correspondence compliant with Federal regulations.
  4. I have approved / authorized motive power & equipment inspection, administrative reports and correspondence compliant with Federal regulations.
  5. I have written technical papers and/or articles that are published by trade organizations, labor organizations, or trade magazines.
  6. I have prepared complete inspection and complaint reports or answer routine inquiries from employees and the general public regarding safety regulations and reporting procedures.


* 21.[8925] Do you have experience presenting information related to mechanical issues Federal, State, local government, or industry officials?
  1. Yes
  2. No


* 22.[5581] Choose the statement(s) that apply to your experience in interacting with a variety of people in various situations to achieve effective solutions for railroad safety related issues.
  1. I have served as a spokesperson for an organization.
  2. I have experience in persuading others to accept findings, recommendations, changes, etc.
  3. I have facilitated problem resolution.
  4. I have presented, defended, or negotiated program specific mission, goals, needs, with Occupational Safety and Health Administration, Environmental Protection Agency, or other Federal, State, or local organizations.
  5. I have provided on the job training and/or mentoring relating to safety issues.
  6. I have conducted technical training relating to safety issues.
  7. I have communicated with railroad personnel to resolve safety concerns.
  8. I have interviewed witnesses to develop facts.
  9. I have served on committees or task forces.
  10. I have served as a witness for investigations.
  11. I am regularly consulted by peers on technical safety issues.
  12. None of the above.


* 23.[5580] Select the statement(s) that describe your ability to successfully interact and work cooperatively with other railroad investigation team members.
  1. I have demonstrated success in a dynamic team environment that required extensive interpersonal skills, consensus building, negotiation, problem resolutions, and conflict resolution.
  2. I have planned investigation activities, arranged for qualified resources, managed investigative teams, and prepared investigation reports based on input from team members.
  3. I have experience coordinating work with others.
  4. I have served on a panel, committee, task force, etc.
  5. None of the above.


* 24.[15680] Please select the answer that best describes your experience in presenting information relevant to railroad motive power & equipment.
  1. I have experience presenting information to a variety of people, groups, and organizations on a regular basis. This communication must have resulted in a decision, measurable result or direction that has resolved a problem affecting a large group of employees.
  2. I have served in either a management or labor position where I relayed presented information and provided instruction to a variety of individuals.
  3. I currently hold a position that requires interaction and communication with fellow workers.
  4. I have never presented information relevant to railroad motive power & equipment.


Grade: All Grades
[16869] Please note that ALL candidates must submit a resume online and complete the entire application (Resume, Core Questions, Vacancy Questions) process.

Ensure that your resume thoroughly supports your responses to the job specific questions and that it contains the names, titles, and phone numbers of your most current and previous supervisors so that we may contact them.

Please also be sure that your preference regarding contacting your current supervisors is shown in the User Information area.

Applicants are strongly encouraged to complete all questions.

High self-assessment in the application questions that is not supported by information in your resume may prevent you from being found best qualified, in which case your application will not be referred to the selecting official.



* 1.[31608] I understand the resume I have submitted for this position will be thoroughly reviewed to determine whether my experience and/or educational background is sufficient to meet basic and/or specialized experience requirements as outlined in this announcement. I also understand that if the information provided in my resume is not sufficient to support my responses to the vacancy announcement questions, it will affect the overall assessment of my application package.

  1. Yes
  2. No


[31648] When you are finished with the question phase of this announcement, you will be shown a list of documents that may include documents that do not apply to you. Review the list and the required documents section of the vacancy to determine which, IF ANY, are required for your application to be considered a complete application. Please do not submit documents that are not requested.
  • If you are not a veteran, the DD-214 and the SF-15 do not apply to you.
  • If you are not applying to an engineering position, the P.E. license or EIT exam does not apply to you.
  • If you are not requesting consideration under a special appointing authority, the special appointing authority documents do not apply to you.
If any of the requested documentation pertains to you, you have the option to fax using the fax coversheets provided, upload to this system or you may transfer the documentation from your USAJOBS account. Please note documents are NOT automatically transferred from USAJobs. Contact the office no later than the closing date, if you require assistance.

* 2.[3057] By responding to this question, you acknowledge that you have reviewed the Required Documents section of this announcement to determine which documents, if any, you need to provide in support of this application.
  1. Yes
  2. No


* 3.[31609] I understand that if I do not submit all REQUIRED documents by the closing date, it will affect the overall assessment of my application package.
  1. Yes
  2. No


For all positions requiring travel, potential applicants must be able to obtain and retain a Government contractor-issued travel card to be used for official business as a condition of employment.

For those employees who enter on board and find that they are unable to obtain a card based on their credit history or who do not retain their card during employment may be subject to removal from the Federal service.

Applicants (who have Federal employment experience) will be required to certify in writing that they have not previously had their travel card suspended or cancelled. Those who fail to meet this condition of employment will have our offer of employment rescinded.

* 4.[588] Have you ever held a government travel card?

  1. Yes
  2. No


* 5.[620] My most recent work performance evaluation was satisfactory or better (includes pass in pass/fail systems).
  1. True
  2. False


* 6.[586] How did you initially hear about this position?
  1. Email notification
  2. Agency website
  3. USAJobs (OPM) website
  4. Newspaper advertisement
  5. Magazine advertisement
  6. Commercial employment site (i.e. Careerbuilder, Monster)
  7. Placement office (Federal, State, College or University)
  8. Friend or relative
  9. Job Fair
  10. Minority professional network
  11. Other

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