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Grade: 11
* 1.[30210] Choose the statement that best describes your education and/or specialized experience that qualifies you for this GS-11 position.
  1. I possess one year of specialized experience matching what is described in the vacancy announcement. This matching experience is well described in my resume.
  2. I possess three full years of progressively higher-level graduate education or Ph.D. or equivalent doctoral degree that has equipped me to perform the duties of this position. Transcripts have been provided with my application.
  3. I possess a combination of graduate level education, beyond the second full year of graduate level education and specialized experience as described in the vacancy announcement, that together meet the qualification requirements for this position. Transcripts have been provided with my application and the matching experience is well described in my resume.
  4. I do not meet any of the requirements as described above.


* 2.[35908] Select the statement that best describes your knowledge of or experience in using the Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standards (FMVSSs).
  1. I am not familiar with the FMVSSs.
  2. I have some knowledge of the FMVSSs.
  3. I have a working knowledge of the FMVSSs.
  4. I have a working knowledge of the FMVSSs related to motor vehicle crashworthiness.
  5. I have a working knowledge of the FMVSS related to motor vehicle crashworthiness and have applied that knowledge in my job.
  6. I have a working knowledge of the FMVSSs related to motor vehicle crashworthiness and to anthropomorphic test devices, and have applied that knowledge in my job.


* 3.[35910] Select the statement that best describes your knowledge of engineering methods and principles.
  1. I possess an engineering degree.
  2. I possess an engineering degree and a basic understanding of how engineering principles relate to motor vehicles or biomechanics of injury. I have had some basic experience gained through work on-the-job or engineering coursework.
  3. I possess an engineering degree and have gained a considerable knowledge of engineering principles as they relate to motor vehicles or biomechanics of injury. This experience was gained through academic projects, or work experience in organizations with responsibility for such work.
  4. I possess a M.S. or Ph.D. in engineering and have gained substantial knowledge of engineering principles as they relate to motor vehicles crash protection or biomechanics of injury. This experience was gained through graduate level academic projects or work experience in organizations with responsibility for such work. The experience has provided me with substantial knowledge of the field.
  5. None of the above


* 4.[35909] Select the engineering concept(s), principle(s), and practice(s) in which you have experience.
  1. Statics
  2. Dynamics
  3. Mechanics of materials
  4. Vibrations
  5. Material science
  6. Machine design
  7. Mathematical modeling
  8. Computer simulation
  9. Electrical Engineering
  10. None of the above


* 5.[35928] Select the response that best describes your ability to apply engineering concepts, principles, and practices to solve engineering problems.
  1. I have had education or training that has prepared me to apply engineering concepts, principles and practices to solve engineering problems.
  2. I have participated with higher-level staff in applying engineering concepts, principles and practices to solve engineering problems.
  3. I have independently and as a regular and recurring part of my job applied engineering concepts, principles and practices to solve engineering problems.
  4. I have instructed others on this task or function. I am consulted for my expertise and/or assistance in suggesting modifications to solving engineering problems based on my expert level of knowledge engineering concepts, principles and practices.
  5. None of the above.


* 6.[35929] Select the answer that best describes your experience applying engineering principles to rulemaking, standards development or related issues.
  1. I have little or no experience applying engineering principles to rulemaking or standards development issues.
  2. I have limited experience applying engineering principles to rulemaking or standards development problems
  3. I have regularly applied engineering principles to rulemaking or standards development problems in the area of automotive safety.
  4. I have independently and regularly applied engineering principles to rulemaking or standards development problems in the areas of automotive safety.
  5. In the course of independently applying engineering principles to rulemaking or standards development problems in the areas of automotive safety, I have conducted studies, prepared analyses and interpreted data.


* 7.[20592] Select the statement that best describes your experience with automotive crash safety and occupant restraint systems.
  1. I have little or no engineering expereince with these types of systems and their safety performance
  2. I have theoretical engineering experience related to these components and systems as a result of college coursework (with corresponding high grades), and/or from reading technical reports and other technical literature.
  3. I have both theoretical and practical experience with these automotive safety systems and/or components either as part of job related duties or alternatively as part of college coursework and my work was considered to be of good quality by my supervisor and/or professor.
  4. I have extensive engineering experience with automotive safety systems and components as part of job related duties and work was considered to be of good quality by supervisor


* 8.[35930] Select the statement that best describes your ability to plan, implement and report on engineering programs.
  1. I do not have experience with planning, implementing, or reporting on engineering programs.
  2. I have some experience in planning and implementing engineering programs as a student or assistant but had no decision-making authority.
  3. I have some experience with certain aspects of planning and implementing engineering programs.
  4. I was involved with engineering programs as a junior engineer and had some limited authority to plan and implement.
  5. I have experience with and knowledge of most areas of planning and executing engineering programs. I have served as a lead engineer and was responsible for planning, implementing and reporting on engineering programs.


* 9.[35931] Select the task(s) you have performed within the past three years in support of the development plans and documentation of an engineering program for motor vehicles, motor vehicle equipment, or other complex mechanical systems.
  1. Generating new ideas for technical projects
  2. Planning projects
  3. Managing projects
  4. Designing projects
  5. Developing novel analysis and evaluation techniques
  6. Performing or conducting testing in a hands-on laboratory
  7. Reducing experimental data
  8. Performing statistical data analysis
  9. Documenting experimental methods in results in reports and papers
  10. Making verbal presentations about research performed
  11. None of the above


* 10.[35932] Select the type(s) of written products you have produced as a regular part of your job in an engineering environment.
  1. I have written products for briefings, meetings, or conferences.
  2. I have written products to explain basic policies or programs.
  3. I have written policy and procedural materials for public dissemination.
  4. I have written program policies, reports, and guidelines on technical issues, and/or drafted presentations on technical issues.
  5. I have reviewed written material, and suggested improvements, for technical accuracy, adherence to policy, organization of material, clarity of expression, and appropriateness for intended audiences.
  6. My written products have been recognized as high-quality, e.g., through performance appraisal and/or awards.
  7. None of the above.


* 11.[35948] Select the statement(s) that best describes your experience in the preparation of rulemaking documents or industry standards.
  1. I have no experience in preparing rulemaking documents or industry standards.
  2. I have written technical material that contributed to a rulemaking document or industry standards.
  3. I have written technical material that contributed to rulemaking documents or industry standards in the area of automotive safety.
  4. I have written technical material that contributed to rulemaking documents or industry standards in the area of automotive crash protection.


* 12.[4620] Select the statement that best describes your experience in preparing written materials on engineering related issues such as technical reports, functional statements, statements of work, briefing papers, and correspondence (and other materials) to various individuals and audiences
  1. I have limited experience in preparing written documents, such as transmittal memos and e-mail, which cover routine issues, and recipients are usually within my immediate organization.
  2. I have experience in preparing written documents, such as technical reports, statements of work, and briefing papers, which cover routine issues, with some complex elements, and recipients are usually within my organization.
  3. I have experience preparing written materials on complex engineering related issues such as technical reports, functional statements, statements of work, briefing papers, and correspondence (and other materials) to individuals and organizations outside my own organization, including customers, middle or senior management within or outside of the organization.
  4. I have extensive experience in preparing a wide variety of complex written materials on engineering related issues such as technical reports, functional statements, statements of work, briefing papers, testimonies and correspondence (and other materials) involving issues or projects of a sensitive and controversial nature, and recipients are a wide range of individuals and groups both within and outside the organization.
  5. None of the above


* 13.[35949] How many technical engineering related articles and/or reports on safety have you written for internal use of the organization you worked for and/or for publication in professional engineering journals?
  1. I have written and published more than 20 technical articles and/or reports.
  2. I have written and published between 10 and 20 technical articles and/or reports.
  3. I have written and published between 5 and 9 technical articles and/or reports.
  4. I have written and published between 1 to 4 technical articles and/or reports.
  5. None of the above


* 14.[35950] Select the statement that best describes your experience in presenting technical information.
  1. I do not have experience presenting technical information.
  2. I have experience presenting technical information in my academic program.
  3. I have experience presenting technical information to peers as a part of a job.
  4. I have experience presenting technical information to senior managers as a part of a job.
  5. I have experience in presenting technical material related to automotive safety to senior managers as a part of a job.


* 15.[35951] Choose the statement(s) that best describe the communication / briefing skills you have used as a regular part of your job/experience, as necessary to support organizational goals and the organization?s leadership.
  1. Explained or justified organization's decisions, conclusions, findings or recommendations to technical audiences.
  2. Explained or justified organization's decisions, conclusions, findings or recommendations to management audiences.
  3. Briefed managers outside the organization you work for on your organization?s goals and objectives.
  4. None of the above.


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


* 4.[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

        BRANCHED: * 1.[5063] Please indicate how you heard about this position.

       Maximum length of 250 characters.


* 5.[588] Have you ever held a government travel card?
  1. Yes

        BRANCHED: * 1.[577] Do you certify that you have not previously had your travel card suspended or cancelled?
    1. Yes
    2. No
  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.

* 6.[620] My most recent work performance evaluation was satisfactory or better (includes pass in pass/fail systems).

  1. True
  2. False