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Grade: 15
* 1.[344] Choose the statement that best describes your specialized experience that qualifies you for this GS-15 position.
  1. I possess at least one year of specialized experience equivalent to the GS-14 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.[1150] Select the response that best describes your education and experience in accordance with requirements for engineering positions.
  1. 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 property of materials, or any comparable area of fundamental engineering science/physics, such as optics, heat transfer, soil mechanics, or electronics.
  2. I have a combination of education and experience equivalent to a bachelor's degree in engineering as demonstrated by current registration as a professional engineer by any State, the District of Columbia, Guam, or Puerto Rico.
  3. I have a combination of education and experience equivalent to a bachelor`s degree in engineering as 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.
  4. I have a combination of education and experience equivalent to a bachelor`s degree in engineering as demonstrated by completion of 60 semester hours of courses in physical, mathematical, and engineering sciences, including courses specified in Choice 1.
  5. I completed a curriculum leading to a bachelor`s degree in engineering technology or another appropriate field (e.g., physics, chemistry, architecture, computer science, mathematics, hydrology, or geology), and have at least 1 year of professional engineering experience acquired under professional engineering supervision and guidance.
  6. I do not meet any of the requirements as described above.


* 3.[1701] Select the statement that best describes your experience in managing work groups and teams addressing bridge engineering and infrastructure management and preservation. This experience must be well documented in your resume. Failure to do so may cause your application to be rescored or removed from consideration.
  1. I have not had education, training, or experience in managing work groups and teams addressing bridge engineering and infrastructure management and preservation.
  2. I have had education or training to manage work groups and teams addressing bridge engineering and infrastructure management and preservation.
  3. I have experience in managing work groups and teams addressing bridge engineering and infrastructure management and preservation with close oversight and assistance from a supervisor, a senior employee, or a senior consultant.
  4. I have experience in managing work groups and teams addressing bridge engineering and infrastructure management and preservation as a regular part of a job and only in unique or unusual situations did I require assistance or review by a supervisor, senior employee, or senior consultant.
  5. I have experience in managing work groups and teams addressing bridge engineering and infrastructure management and preservation as a regular part of a job, even in unique or unusual situations. I do not require assistance or review by a supervisor, senior employee or senior consultant.
  6. Others regularly consult me for my expertise and assistance or experience in managing work groups and teams addressing bridge engineering and infrastructure management and preservation. I have trained or instructed others on this task or function.


* 4.[1702] Select the statement that best describes your experience in developing and leading a bridge engineering or infrastructure management and preservation research and development program. This experience must be well documented in your resume. Failure to do so may cause your application to be rescored or removed from consideration.
  1. I have not had education, training, or experience in developing and leading a bridge engineering or infrastructure management and preservation research and development program.
  2. I have had education or training in developing and leading a bridge engineering or infrastructure management and preservation research and development program.
  3. I have experience in developing and leading a bridge engineering or infrastructure management and preservation research and development program with close oversight and assistance from a supervisor, a senior employee, or a senior consultant.
  4. I have experience in developing and leading a bridge engineering or infrastructure management and preservation research and development program as a regular part of a job and only in unique or unusual situations did I require assistance or review by a supervisor, senior employee, or senior consultant.
  5. I have experience in developing and leading a bridge engineering or infrastructure management and preservation research and development program as a regular part of a job, even in unique or unusual situations. I do not require assistance or review by a supervisor, senior employee or senior consultant.
  6. Others regularly consult me for my expertise and assistance or experience in developing and leading a bridge engineering or infrastructure management and preservation research and development program. I have trained or instructed others on this task or function.


* 5.[52039] Select the statement that best describes your experience communicating bridge engineering and infrastructure management and preservation concepts and technology to a variety of audiences. This experience must be well documented in your resume. Failure to do so may cause your application to be rescored or removed from consideration.
  1. I have no experience in communicating bridge engineering and infrastructure management and preservation technology to a variety of audiences.
  2. I have had limited experience communicating bridge engineering and infrastructure management and preservation technology to a variety of audiences.
  3. I regularly communicate bridge engineering and infrastructure management and preservation technology to a variety of audiences as a regular part of my job.
  4. I regularly communicate bridge engineering and infrastructure management and preservation technology to a variety of audiences, and prepare and present briefings to top level management, as a regular part of my job.


* 6.[2209] Select the response that best describes your highest level of experience leading a workforce or team in the delivery of programs or projects.
  1. Led a large (20 or more), complex, multi-layered workforce of diverse professional or technical disciplines and administrative staff in the delivery of programs or projects.
  2. Led, directed, and managed a workforce of professional or technical disciplines to accomplish the delivery of programs or projects.
  3. Led, directed, and motivated team members to accomplish a specific project.
  4. Led a team to provide assistance on organizational programs.
  5. Provided guidance to a workforce in prioritizing work and accomplishing it in a timely, satisfactory manner.
  6. I have no experience in leading a workforce or team.


* 7.[4517] Select the organizational and strategic leadership competencies that you possess and have applied in your current and/or prior work experiences.
  1. I have developed insights into situations and applied innovative solutions to projects, programs, and problems.
  2. I have prepared and justified budgets for an organization.
  3. I have monitored planned and actual expenses.
  4. I have applied new technologies to organizational needs.
  5. I have formulated effective strategies consistent with business and organizational goals.
  6. I have examined policy issues and strategic planning with long-term perspective.
  7. I have acted as a catalyst for organizational change.
  8. I have built a shared vision with others.
  9. I have identified and kept up-to-date on key national and international policies that affect an organization.
  10. I have identified and initiated steps to improve processes, products, and services of an organization.
  11. None of the above.


* 8.[5910] Select the statement(s) that represent the duties you have performed to ensure success in the work being accomplished.
  1. Set team goals, made work assignments, and reviewed technical quality of deliverables.
  2. Reviewed the work of team members and have provided guidance and training.
  3. Set program or project goals and objectives to be accomplished.
  4. Monitored and tracked program and organizational accomplishments.
  5. Established and tracked program-related performance measures.
  6. Established and monitored program delivery cost controls.
  7. Established and monitored quality control and quality assurance processes.
  8. Set due dates and ensured timeliness of deliverables.
  9. Planned and adjusted work operations to meet changing requirements within available resources and with limited sacrifice of quantity or quality of work.
  10. Led a team or group with various levels of experience, skills, orientation, or perspective.
  11. Established and coordinated office policies, standard operating procedures, etc. for my work unit.
  12. Prepared schedules for completion of work.
  13. Assigned work to team members based on priorities.
  14. None of the above.


* 9.[1962] Choose which of the following best describes your experience enhancing team performance.
  1. Coached or mentored to develop skills and abilities of an individual operating within a team or within multiple teams.
  2. Developed and sustained cooperative working relationships among team members.
  3. Enhanced working relationships between teams.
  4. I have little work experience with team development.


* 10.[14051] Select the bridge/structure engineering areas for which you have experience.
  1. Design, safety inspection, construction, maintenance, rating and rehabilitation of steel, concrete, straight and curved bridges.
  2. Design, rehabilitation, review, and oversight of bridges with main span greater than 500 feet and/or tunnels greater than 300 feet.
  3. Design and construction of tunnels.
  4. Extreme events design and analysis (Seismic, Collision, and Storm Surge).
  5. Load Resistance Factor Design (LRFD) Design.
  6. Load Resistance Factor Rating (LRFR) rating of bridges.
  7. Application of computers to the simulation and analysis of complex bridge systems.
  8. Finite Element Analysis and modeling (1-D, 2-D, and 3-D).
  9. Geotechnical, hydraulics, and foundation engineering.
  10. Develop and review of type, size and location (TS&L) and plans, specifications, and estimates(PS&E) packages.
  11. Provide field views and construction support.
  12. None of the above.


* 11.[33188] Select the statement that best describes your level of familiarity with National Bridge Inspection Standards.
  1. I have not had education, training, or experience with National Bridge Inspection Standards.
  2. I have had education or training in National Bridge Inspection Standards, but have not yet applied it on the job.
  3. I have experience applying National Bridge Inspection Standards, with close supervision from a supervisor or senior employee.
  4. I have experience applying National Bridge Inspection Standards as a regular part of the job, independently and usually without review by a supervisor or senior employee.
  5. I am regularly consulted by others for expertise and assistance or have trained others on the National Bridge Inspection Standards.


* 12.[7040] Select the statement that best describes your knowledge or experience with bridge management systems and software.
  1. I have not had education, training, or experience administering, working with, or performing this task or function.
  2. I have had education or training administering, working with, or performing this task or function, but have not yet used it on the job.
  3. I have administered, worked with, or performed this task or function with close review and assistance from a supervisor, a senior employee, or a senior consultant.
  4. I have administered, worked with, or performed this task or function as a regular part of a job and only in unique or unusual situations did I require assistance or review by a supervisor, senior employee, or senior consultant.
  5. I have administered, worked with, or performed this task or function as a regular part of a job, even in unique or unusual situations. I do not require assistance or review by a supervisor, senior employee or senior consultant.
  6. Others regularly consult me for my expertise and assistance in administering, working with, or performing this task or function. I have trained or instructed others on this task or function.


* 13.[32289] Select from the list below the response(s) that describe(s) the field of your experience in bridge preservation research and/or applications. (Please circle all that apply)
  1. Corrosion
  2. Coatings or other protection systems
  3. Advanced condition assessments and evaluations
  4. Maintenance, repair, and/or rehabilitation
  5. None of the above


* 14.[7774] Select from the list below the response(s) that describe(s) your experience in physical infrastructure nondestructive evaluation (NDE) research and/or applications.
  1. Applying NDE techniques in the field
  2. Conducting NDE research
  3. Managing NDE research, evaluation programs, or projects
  4. Evaluating existing NDE technologies and techniques
  5. Identifying the proper application of NDE technology to certain types of infrastructure
  6. Developing new NDE technologies, techniques, or procedures
  7. Publishing national or international NDE papers, circulars, or reports on existing, and/or new and innovative NDE technologies or applications
  8. Providing national or international expert advice or technical assistance on NDE applications or technologies
  9. Providing training, educational seminars, or workshops on NDE applications
  10. Facilitating, or chairing national NDE conferences, sessions, workshops, and/or meetings
  11. Collaborating with other industries, agencies, or countries on NDE research and or applications
  12. None of the above.


* 15.[32308] Select the statement that describes your level of experience as it pertains to bridge preservation (including corrosion mitigation, coatings and other protection systems, advance condition assessment and evaluation, maintenance, repair, and/or rehabilitation).
  1. I have developed and/or executed preservation plans for bridge projects, or I have served as a team leader carrying out bridge preservation activities.
  2. I have been responsible for the delivery of a national, statewide, or comparable bridge preservation program.
  3. I have been responsible for formulating, evaluating, and coordinating aspects of a national or Federal program-wide bridge program (e.g., led a national team that planned, scheduled, implemented, and/or evaluated program activities; developed national policy, standards, technical information, and guidance for bridge programs; and/or promoted agency/organization mission, goals, and/or values to State, local, regional, and national organizations).
  4. I have broad and direct experience developing, interpreting, and administering significant bridge program policies; held positions with responsibility for advancing an agency's or department's mission, goals, and values in national and international or Federal program-wide arenas; and/or provided input into new legislation involving bridges or other structures and/or developed regulations to implement new legislation.
  5. I have done none of the above.


* 16.[15540] Select the statement(s) that describe the person-to-person communication or briefing skills you have used as a regular part of your job.
  1. I have effectively communicated technical information to internal or external audiences.
  2. I have effectively communicated organizational strategies, goals, objectives, or priorities on a regular basis.
  3. I have persuaded others to accept findings, recommendations, changes, alternative viewpoints, or to take a particular course of action.
  4. I have interviewed employees or managers to acquire specific programmatic and/or technical information.
  5. I have conducted training sessions with varied audiences with different levels of comprehension.
  6. I have briefed managers/executives outside of my organization.
  7. I have coordinated meetings, workshops, or conferences.
  8. I have delivered presentations to groups at work or in other environments.
  9. I have taught a class, provided one-on-one instruction, or similar experience.
  10. I have provided briefings/updates to supervisors, coworkers, or others on a regular basis.
  11. I have provided briefings on controversial issues.
  12. I have developed written materials for briefings, meetings, or conferences.
  13. I have marketed highway programs using networking and constituency group processes effectively
  14. None of the above


* 17.[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


* 18.[9687] Select the response(s) that demonstrate the types of presentations you have given on a routine basis.
  1. Management level staff presentations.
  2. Internal peer level staff presentations.
  3. External staff presentations.
  4. Public or private organizational presentations.
  5. Local and state conference presentations.
  6. National conference presentations.
  7. Delivered training courses that are at least 1/2 day in length.
  8. General public presentations.
  9. None of the above.


* 19.[14053] Select the statement(s) that best describe(s) your participation in upgrading practices and in developing new standards.
  1. I have been an active member of an American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials (AASHTO) Committee, or have performed tasks for the chairs or other members of the AASHTO Committee..
  2. I have been an active member of a Transportation Research Board (TRB) Technical Committee and/or National Cooperative Highway Research Program (NCHRP) Committee or Panel.
  3. I am an author or co-author of a published engineering practice or standard.
  4. I have presented a paper at the annual AASHTO meeting or annual TRB meeting.
  5. I have been involved in national level committees/task forces related to one or more aspects of bridge/structure engineering.
  6. None of the above.


* 20.[6130] Select the statements that describe your experience conducting research.
  1. Identified needed research.
  2. Conducted literature review.
  3. Developed work statements that describe the research to be conducted.
  4. Constructed budgets and managed development of projects.
  5. Developed methods for gathering research data.
  6. Applied analytical procedures.
  7. Monitored and evaluated ongoing research.
  8. Reviewed analyses and reports prepared by contractors.
  9. Interpreted research findings.
  10. None of the above.


* 21.[3769] Select the research program management function(s) that you have performed as a regular part of your job.
  1. I developed program plans.
  2. I developed budget estimates.
  3. I allocated human and funding resources to program components.
  4. I monitored and coordinated technical activities.
  5. I monitored general program progress and provided managerial guidance to project managers.
  6. I disseminated and promoted program plans.
  7. None of the above.


* 22.[33388] Select the project management or Contracting Officers Technical Representative (COTR) functions you have performed as a regular part of your job.
  1. Designed research studies
  2. Prepared prospectuses
  3. Estimated needed resources
  4. Established reporting requirements
  5. Coordinated with operating and field offices
  6. Obtained clearances as required
  7. Prepared an entire procurement package
  8. Recommended potential offers
  9. Established evaluation criteria
  10. Selected proposal evaluation panel
  11. Chaired proposal evaluation panel
  12. Prepared technical and cost evaluations of proposals
  13. Prepared the contract statement of work
  14. Monitored the work with panel members to ensure the contractor adhered to the statements of work and cost
  15. Provided technical assistance to the contractor
  16. Reviewed monthly reports and drafts of interim and final reports
  17. Determined need for and recommended contract modifications, as necessary
  18. Processed contract reports for publication
  19. Provided status reports and predictions of progress of contracts
  20. Devised and described the required sequence of tasks
  21. None of the above


* 23.[52165] Select the statement(s) that represent(s) your experience in managing a bridge or structural engineering research laboratory.
  1. I have managed all aspects of an experimental research laboratory.
  2. I have been responsible for scheduling multiple simultaneous experiments and equipment needed to support them.
  3. I have managed technicians and support staff involved in the design, fabrication, construction, and testing of specimens and apparatus.
  4. I have designed and implemented a complex instrumentation and data acquisition for laboratory and field tests.
  5. I have designed custom test fixtures, specimens, and/or apparatus to perform laboratory or field tests.
  6. I can operate data acquisition and/or test equipments to facilitate laboratory or field tests.
  7. I have developed specifications for research equipment and computer software, and been involved in their purchase, needed to support experimental or field research.
  8. 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.

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


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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.

* 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


* 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

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

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