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Grade: 12
* 1.To meet the Basic Qualifications Requirements for Environmental Engineer, select the option that best describes your education and/or experience background:
  1. 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.
  2. I have an ENGINEERING DEGREE that included DIFFERENTIAL and INTEGRAL CALCULUS (more advanced than first-year physics and chemistry) in FIVE OF THE FOLLOWING SEVEN AREAS: (a) statics, dynamics; (b) strength of materials; (c) fluid mechanics, hydraulics; (d) thermodynamics; (e) electrical fields and circuits; (f) nature and properties of materials; and (g) any other comparable area of fundamental engineering science or physics, such as optics, heat transfer, soil mechanics, or electronics.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. 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.
  6. 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. 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 above.
  8. 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.
  9. I do not meet any of the above.


* 2.GS-12: To meet the Qualifications Requirements for Environmental Engineer, GS-12, select the option that best describes your education and/or experience background:
  1. I have 1 YEAR OF SPECIALIZED EXPERIENCE equivalent to the GS-11 level in or related to the work of THIS POSITION that provided the specific knowledges, skills and abilities to perform successfully the duties of THIS POSITION.
  2. I do not meet the specialized experience requirement described above.


3.Do you have actual JAVA programming experience in an Apache/Tomcat environment?
  1. Yes
  2. No


4.Design database schema, computer files, databases, inputs, outputs, screens, networks and programs that will meet the system users� requirements.
  1. I have not had experience, education, or training in performing this task.
  2. I have completed formal education or training in performing this task, but have not yet performed this task on the job.
  3. I have performed this task on the job under close supervision by a supervisor, manager, or senior employee to ensure compliance with correct procedures.
  4. I have performed this task as a regular part of a job, independently and usually without review by supervisor, manager or senior employee.
  5. This task has been a central or major part of my work. I have performed it myself routinely, and I have trained others in performance of this task and (or) others have consulted me as an expert for assistance in performing this task.


5.Input and retrieve data in a computer system.
  1. I have not had experience, education, or training in performing this task.
  2. I have completed formal education or training in performing this task, but have not yet performed this task on the job.
  3. I have performed this task on the job under close supervision by a supervisor, manager, or senior employee to ensure compliance with correct procedures.
  4. I have performed this task as a regular part of a job, independently and usually without review by supervisor, manager or senior employee.
  5. This task has been a central or major part of my work. I have performed it myself routinely, and I have trained others in performance of this task and (or) others have consulted me as an expert for assistance in performing this task.


6.Perform the full range of database administration functions, including updating and maintaining database software.
  1. I have not had experience, education, or training in performing this task.
  2. I have completed formal education or training in performing this task, but have not yet performed this task on the job.
  3. I have performed this task on the job under close supervision by a supervisor, manager, or senior employee to ensure compliance with correct procedures.
  4. I have performed this task as a regular part of a job, independently and usually without review by supervisor, manager or senior employee.
  5. This task has been a central or major part of my work. I have performed it myself routinely, and I have trained others in performance of this task and (or) others have consulted me as an expert for assistance in performing this task.


7.Choose the response that best describes your experience with Structured Query Language (SQL).
  1. I never write any SQL code.
  2. I understand what SQL is, but only rarely use it in any of my applications.
  3. I am fairly proficient in the use of SQL, and often utilize SQL code/functionality in my applications.
  4. I regularly utilize SQL in applications I develop.
  5. I am considered a SQL expert, and regularly instruct/assist others in the use of SQL.


8.Uses non-project management software (e.g. database, spreadsheet) to track numerous tasks for multiple-projects.
  1. I have not had experience, education, or training in performing this task.
  2. I have completed formal education or training in performing this task, but have not yet performed this task on the job.
  3. I have performed this task on the job under close supervision by a supervisor, manager, or senior employee to ensure compliance with correct procedures.
  4. I have performed this task as a regular part of a job, independently and usually without review by supervisor, manager or senior employee.
  5. This task has been a central or major part of my work. I have performed it myself routinely, and I have trained others in performance of this task and (or) others have consulted me as an expert for assistance in performing this task.


9.Have you or do you oversee or provide expert technical assistance in the development of detailed sequences of internal program logic by coding, testing, and debugging using C++, SAS, JAVA or Visual Basic?
  1. Yes
  2. No


10.Identifies actions to be taken in accomplishing assigned work.
  1. I have not had experience, education, or training in performing this task.
  2. I have completed formal education or training in performing this task, but have not yet performed this task on the job.
  3. I have performed this task on the job under close supervision by a supervisor, manager, or senior employee to ensure compliance with correct procedures.
  4. I have performed this task as a regular part of a job, independently and usually without review by supervisor, manager or senior employee.
  5. This task has been a central or major part of my work. I have performed it myself routinely, and I have trained others in performance of this task and (or) others have consulted me as an expert for assistance in performing this task.


11.Translate users' requirements and constraints into technical solutions.
  1. I have not had experience, education, or training in performing this task.
  2. I have completed formal education or training in performing this task, but have not yet performed this task on the job.
  3. I have performed this task on the job under close supervision by a supervisor, manager, or senior employee to ensure compliance with correct procedures.
  4. I have performed this task as a regular part of a job, independently and usually without review by supervisor, manager or senior employee.
  5. This task has been a central or major part of my work. I have performed it myself routinely, and I have trained others in performance of this task and (or) others have consulted me as an expert for assistance in performing this task.


12.Apply quantitative analytical skills including mathematical modeling, spreadsheets, statistics, and similar methods to air pollution and air pollutant emissions problems.
  1. I have not had experience, education, or training in performing this task.
  2. I have completed formal education or training in performing this task, but have not yet performed this task on the job.
  3. I have performed this task on the job under close supervision by a supervisor, manager, or senior employee to ensure compliance with correct procedures.
  4. I have performed this task as a regular part of a job, independently and usually without review by supervisor, manager or senior employee.
  5. This task has been a central or major part of my work. I have performed it myself routinely, and I have trained others in performance of this task and (or) others have consulted me as an expert for assistance in performing this task.


13.Do you have experience using air quality data or emissions inventory information collected as part of the EPA's air pollution control and monitoring programs?
  1. Yes
  2. No


14.Develop emissions summaries needed for air quality modeling, including tabular and graphical (e.g., GIS) analyses.
  1. I have not had experience, education, or training in performing this task.
  2. I have completed formal education or training in performing this task, but have not yet performed this task on the job.
  3. I have performed this task on the job under close supervision by a supervisor, manager, or senior employee to ensure compliance with correct procedures.
  4. I have performed this task as a regular part of a job, independently and usually without review by supervisor, manager or senior employee.
  5. This task has been a central or major part of my work. I have performed it myself routinely, and I have trained others in performance of this task and (or) others have consulted me as an expert for assistance in performing this task.


15.Indicate which answer best describes your experience in using mathematics, economics, engineering, science, and statistics to develop models, databases, and similar decision support systems.
  1. I have not had experience, education, or training in performing this task.
  2. I have completed formal education or training in performing this task, but have not yet performed this task on the job.
  3. I have performed this task on the job under close supervision by a supervisor, manager, or senior employee to ensure compliance with correct procedures.
  4. I have performed this task as a regular part of a job, independently and usually without review by supervisor, manager or senior employee.
  5. This task has been a central or major part of my work. I have performed it myself routinely, and I have trained others in performance of this task and (or) others have consulted me as an expert for assistance in performing this task.


16.Participate on teams tasked with designing and developing information systems.
  1. I have not had experience, education, or training in performing this task.
  2. I have completed formal education or training in performing this task, but have not yet performed this task on the job.
  3. I have performed this task on the job under close supervision by a supervisor, manager, or senior employee to ensure compliance with correct procedures.
  4. I have performed this task as a regular part of a job, independently and usually without review by supervisor, manager or senior employee.
  5. This task has been a central or major part of my work. I have performed it myself routinely, and I have trained others in performance of this task and (or) others have consulted me as an expert for assistance in performing this task.


17.Develop and/or modify emissions models and/or emissions modeling tools and techniques.
  1. I have not had experience, education, or training in performing this task.
  2. I have completed formal education or training in performing this task, but have not yet performed this task on the job.
  3. I have performed this task on the job under close supervision by a supervisor, manager, or senior employee to ensure compliance with correct procedures.
  4. I have performed this task as a regular part of a job, independently and usually without review by supervisor, manager or senior employee.
  5. This task has been a central or major part of my work. I have performed it myself routinely, and I have trained others in performance of this task and (or) others have consulted me as an expert for assistance in performing this task.


Grade: 13
* 1.To meet the Basic Qualifications Requirements for Environmental Engineer, select the option that best describes your education and/or experience background:
  1. 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.
  2. I have an ENGINEERING DEGREE that included DIFFERENTIAL and INTEGRAL CALCULUS (more advanced than first-year physics and chemistry) in FIVE OF THE FOLLOWING SEVEN AREAS: (a) statics, dynamics; (b) strength of materials; (c) fluid mechanics, hydraulics; (d) thermodynamics; (e) electrical fields and circuits; (f) nature and properties of materials; and (g) any other comparable area of fundamental engineering science or physics, such as optics, heat transfer, soil mechanics, or electronics.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. 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.
  6. 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. 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 above.
  8. 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.
  9. I do not meet any of the above.


* 2.GS-13: To meet the Qualifications Requirements for Environmental Engineer, GS-13, select the option that best describes your education and/or experience background:
  1. I have 1 YEAR OF SPECIALIZED EXPERIENCE equivalent to the GS-12 level in or related to the work of THIS POSITION that provided the specific knowledges, skills and abilities to perform successfully the duties of THIS POSITION.
  2. I do not meet the specialized experience requirement described above.


3.Do you have actual JAVA programming experience in an Apache/Tomcat environment?
  1. Yes
  2. No


4.Design database schema, computer files, databases, inputs, outputs, screens, networks and programs that will meet the system users� requirements.
  1. I have not had experience, education, or training in performing this task.
  2. I have completed formal education or training in performing this task, but have not yet performed this task on the job.
  3. I have performed this task on the job under close supervision by a supervisor, manager, or senior employee to ensure compliance with correct procedures.
  4. I have performed this task as a regular part of a job, independently and usually without review by supervisor, manager or senior employee.
  5. This task has been a central or major part of my work. I have performed it myself routinely, and I have trained others in performance of this task and (or) others have consulted me as an expert for assistance in performing this task.


5.Perform the full range of database administration functions, including updating and maintaining database software.
  1. I have not had experience, education, or training in performing this task.
  2. I have completed formal education or training in performing this task, but have not yet performed this task on the job.
  3. I have performed this task on the job under close supervision by a supervisor, manager, or senior employee to ensure compliance with correct procedures.
  4. I have performed this task as a regular part of a job, independently and usually without review by supervisor, manager or senior employee.
  5. This task has been a central or major part of my work. I have performed it myself routinely, and I have trained others in performance of this task and (or) others have consulted me as an expert for assistance in performing this task.


6.Choose the response that best describes your experience with Structured Query Language (SQL).
  1. I never write any SQL code.
  2. I understand what SQL is, but only rarely use it in any of my applications.
  3. I am fairly proficient in the use of SQL, and often utilize SQL code/functionality in my applications.
  4. I regularly utilize SQL in applications I develop.
  5. I am considered a SQL expert, and regularly instruct/assist others in the use of SQL.


7.Uses non-project management software (e.g. database, spreadsheet) to track numerous tasks for multiple-projects.
  1. I have not had experience, education, or training in performing this task.
  2. I have completed formal education or training in performing this task, but have not yet performed this task on the job.
  3. I have performed this task on the job under close supervision by a supervisor, manager, or senior employee to ensure compliance with correct procedures.
  4. I have performed this task as a regular part of a job, independently and usually without review by supervisor, manager or senior employee.
  5. This task has been a central or major part of my work. I have performed it myself routinely, and I have trained others in performance of this task and (or) others have consulted me as an expert for assistance in performing this task.


8.Have you or do you oversee or provide expert technical assistance in the development of detailed sequences of internal program logic by coding, testing, and debugging using C++, SAS, JAVA or Visual Basic?
  1. Yes
  2. No


9.Identifies actions to be taken in accomplishing assigned work.
  1. I have not had experience, education, or training in performing this task.
  2. I have completed formal education or training in performing this task, but have not yet performed this task on the job.
  3. I have performed this task on the job under close supervision by a supervisor, manager, or senior employee to ensure compliance with correct procedures.
  4. I have performed this task as a regular part of a job, independently and usually without review by supervisor, manager or senior employee.
  5. This task has been a central or major part of my work. I have performed it myself routinely, and I have trained others in performance of this task and (or) others have consulted me as an expert for assistance in performing this task.


10.Translate users' requirements and constraints into technical solutions.
  1. I have not had experience, education, or training in performing this task.
  2. I have completed formal education or training in performing this task, but have not yet performed this task on the job.
  3. I have performed this task on the job under close supervision by a supervisor, manager, or senior employee to ensure compliance with correct procedures.
  4. I have performed this task as a regular part of a job, independently and usually without review by supervisor, manager or senior employee.
  5. This task has been a central or major part of my work. I have performed it myself routinely, and I have trained others in performance of this task and (or) others have consulted me as an expert for assistance in performing this task.


11.Apply quantitative analytical skills including mathematical modeling, spreadsheets, statistics, and similar methods to air pollution and air pollutant emissions problems.
  1. I have not had experience, education, or training in performing this task.
  2. I have completed formal education or training in performing this task, but have not yet performed this task on the job.
  3. I have performed this task on the job under close supervision by a supervisor, manager, or senior employee to ensure compliance with correct procedures.
  4. I have performed this task as a regular part of a job, independently and usually without review by supervisor, manager or senior employee.
  5. This task has been a central or major part of my work. I have performed it myself routinely, and I have trained others in performance of this task and (or) others have consulted me as an expert for assistance in performing this task.


12.Do you have experience using air quality data or emissions inventory information collected as part of the EPA's air pollution control and monitoring programs?
  1. Yes
  2. No


13.Develop emissions summaries needed for air quality modeling, including tabular and graphical (e.g., GIS) analyses.
  1. I have not had experience, education, or training in performing this task.
  2. I have completed formal education or training in performing this task, but have not yet performed this task on the job.
  3. I have performed this task on the job under close supervision by a supervisor, manager, or senior employee to ensure compliance with correct procedures.
  4. I have performed this task as a regular part of a job, independently and usually without review by supervisor, manager or senior employee.
  5. This task has been a central or major part of my work. I have performed it myself routinely, and I have trained others in performance of this task and (or) others have consulted me as an expert for assistance in performing this task.


14.Develop and/or modify emissions models and/or emissions modeling tools and techniques.
  1. I have not had experience, education, or training in performing this task.
  2. I have completed formal education or training in performing this task, but have not yet performed this task on the job.
  3. I have performed this task on the job under close supervision by a supervisor, manager, or senior employee to ensure compliance with correct procedures.
  4. I have performed this task as a regular part of a job, independently and usually without review by supervisor, manager or senior employee.
  5. This task has been a central or major part of my work. I have performed it myself routinely, and I have trained others in performance of this task and (or) others have consulted me as an expert for assistance in performing this task.


15.Indicate which answer best describes your experience in using mathematics, economics, engineering, science, and statistics to develop models, databases, and similar decision support systems.
  1. I have not had experience, education, or training in performing this task.
  2. I have completed formal education or training in performing this task, but have not yet performed this task on the job.
  3. I have performed this task on the job under close supervision by a supervisor, manager, or senior employee to ensure compliance with correct procedures.
  4. I have performed this task as a regular part of a job, independently and usually without review by supervisor, manager or senior employee.
  5. This task has been a central or major part of my work. I have performed it myself routinely, and I have trained others in performance of this task and (or) others have consulted me as an expert for assistance in performing this task.


16.Participate on teams tasked with designing and developing information systems.
  1. I have not had experience, education, or training in performing this task.
  2. I have completed formal education or training in performing this task, but have not yet performed this task on the job.
  3. I have performed this task on the job under close supervision by a supervisor, manager, or senior employee to ensure compliance with correct procedures.
  4. I have performed this task as a regular part of a job, independently and usually without review by supervisor, manager or senior employee.
  5. This task has been a central or major part of my work. I have performed it myself routinely, and I have trained others in performance of this task and (or) others have consulted me as an expert for assistance in performing this task.


17.Input and retrieve data in a computer system.
  1. I have not had experience, education, or training in performing this task.
  2. I have completed formal education or training in performing this task, but have not yet performed this task on the job.
  3. I have performed this task on the job under close supervision by a supervisor, manager, or senior employee to ensure compliance with correct procedures.
  4. I have performed this task as a regular part of a job, independently and usually without review by supervisor, manager or senior employee.
  5. This task has been a central or major part of my work. I have performed it myself routinely, and I have trained others in performance of this task and (or) others have consulted me as an expert for assistance in performing this task.


Grade: All Grades
* 1.Where did you learn about this EPA Position?
  1. Job Fair/Career Conference
  2. Referral from a Professional Organization
  3. Referral from a College/University Career Placement Office
  4. Referral from a Professor or Academic Advisor
  5. Referral from a current EPA employee
  6. Referral from a friend or family member
  7. EPA Internet Site
  8. Office of Personnel Management (OPM) USA Jobs Internet Site
  9. Referral from a State or Local government
  10. Referral from another Federal Agency/Employee
  11. Twitter
  12. Facebook
  13. USA Jobs iPhone/iPad Application
  14. Other (w/Branch)

        BRANCHED: 1.If you answered Other please tell us how you learned about this position.

       Maximum length of 250 characters.


2.Please look at the qualification requirements (both experience and/or education) that are stated in this vacancy announcement. Does your resume clearly contain this information in order to determine you are qualified for the position?
  1. Yes
  2. No


3.For each position listed on your resume, did you include the position title, company, salary, weekly hours worked, and your actual beginning and ending dates of employment?
  1. Yes
  2. No


4.Are you aware that all applicants, including current EPA employees, must submit transcripts as part of your application package as outlined in the vacancy announcement? Failure to submit transcripts will be considered an incomplete application and it will be rated ineligible.
  1. Yes
  2. No


5.Have you reviewed the vacancy announcement "How to Apply" and required documents section to determine what supplemental material that you must provide?
  1. Yes
  2. No






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