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* 1.I understand submission of supporting documentation, e.g., transcripts, DD 214, SF-50, may be required for this position. I also understand that my application will not be considered if the required supporting documentation is not submitted or is not submitted in accordance with the time frames indicated in the announcement.
  1. True
  2. False


* 2.Select the option that best reflects how you first became aware of this position.
  1. At a college job fair or professional organizational event
  2. Referral from a professional organization
  3. College placement office
  4. Referral from a state or local agency
  5. OPM 's USAJOBS job board
  6. Internet job board (other than USAJOBS)
  7. Magazine or newspaper advertisement
  8. Referral from another Federal agency or Federal employee
  9. Other


* 3.Select the choice that best describes your specialized experience.
  1. I have one full year (52 weeks) or more of specialized experience equivalent in responsibility and scope to the GS-14 level as described below.
  2. I do not have one full year of specialized experience equivalent to the definition as described below.


Required specialized experience at the GS-14 is defined as significant responsibility and experience in examining complex bulk power systems engineering issues of the electric industry.

* 4.Which response best describes your knowledge of and / or experience with the North American Electric Reliability Corporation (NERC) standards?
  1. I have little to no knowledge of NERC standards and refer to subject matter experts for guidance.
  2. I have knowledge of NERC standards but consult with subject matter experts for understanding and application of the standards.
  3. In a former role, I routinely referred to NERC standards and interpreted them myself.
  4. In a former role, I routinely helped others interpret and/or apply the NERC Reliability Standards.
  5. None of the above.


* 5.Select the standards and/or Orders you have applied as part of your professional work experience.
  1. Local or company-specific reliability policies or criteria (e.g., New York State reliability criteria).
  2. Regional reliability criteria (e.g., NPPC reliability criteria).
  3. Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) Order No. 693.
  4. Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) Order No. 706, 890, 2003, 729, 755, or 1000.
  5. None of the above.


* 6.For which of the following purposes have you applied electric utility industry laws and regulations on the job?
  1. To ensure written information is accurate
  2. To provide feedback or comments on Commission policies and rules
  3. To provide recommendations to internal and external stakeholders
  4. To train less experienced electrical engineers
  5. None of the above


* 7.Which response best describes your technical knowledge and experience? Select all that apply.
  1. Generating station operation
  2. Transmission/substation engineering
  3. Transmission Planning
  4. Control room operators/operations engineers
  5. Operations Planning
  6. Relays and Protection
  7. Distribution Planning or Operations
  8. NERC Reliability Standards Compliance
  9. Event Analysis/Investigation
  10. None of the above


* 8.Which of the following resources have you reviewed as part of your work experience?
  1. FERC orders
  2. Depositions
  3. Reliability standards
  4. Compliance issues
  5. None of the above


* 9.Which types of documents have you written?
  1. Summary reports
  2. Correspondence (emails, letters, memos)
  3. Technical reports
  4. Standard operating procedures
  5. Directives / policies / regulations
  6. Commission Orders
  7. Option papers / decision memos
  8. Journal or newspaper articles
  9. Books or book chapters
  10. Academic / research papers
  11. None of the above


* 10.Which choice best describes your experience in writing technical reports?
  1. I have not had education or experience in performing this task.
  2. I have had education in performing this task but have not performed it on the job.
  3. I have performed this task on the job with review supervision from supervision or senior employee.
  4. I have performed this task as a regular part of the job, independently and with little or no review from supervision or senior employee.
  5. I have supervised and reviewed performance of this task.


* 11.Select the response that best describes your experience in distributing and balancing workload and tasks among employees in accordance with established workflow and employee skill levels and occupational specializations to ensure timely accomplishment of the work unit’s mission.
  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.Select the response that best describes your experience in establishing and monitoring performance measures to assess the effectiveness, efficiency, and progress of subordinates in meeting the work unit’s plans, goals, and objectives.
  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.Have you inspired or encouraged others to devise new strategies to address emerging issues? This would include exercising leadership to staff to incorporate strategic planning in the various aspects of designing, planning, and operating the bulk electric system reliably, and implementing new or cutting edge programs/processes.
  1. Yes
  2. No


* 14.In reference to the question above, please indicate the time frame and employer(s) in your resume that supports your answer(e.g. 12/10/90 - 2/4/93 Department of Energy). Enter NA if not applicable.
Maximum length of 250 characters.


* 15.Select the responses that describe your experience related to oral communication.
  1. I have communicated information to groups or individuals in order to instruct.
  2. I have communicated information to groups or individuals in order to persuade / negotiate.
  3. I have conducted formal training sessions on technical topics.
  4. I have represented management in meetings or conferences.
  5. I have provided informal training to others on an individual basis.
  6. None of the above.


* 16.Which tasks related to oral communication have you performed in a work setting?
  1. Explained solutions that you developed.
  2. Defended solutions that you developed.
  3. Discussed policies and practices with North American Electric Reliability Corporation (NERC) personnel.
  4. Discussed policies and practices with Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) personnel.
  5. None of the above.


* 17.Which choice best describes your experience in conveying technical concepts to a diverse audience?
  1. I have not had education or experience in performing this task.
  2. I have had education in performing this task but have not performed it on the job.
  3. I have performed this task on the job with review supervision from supervision or senior employee.
  4. I have performed this task as a regular part of the job, independently and with little or no review from supervision or senior employee.
  5. I have supervised and reviewed performance of this task.


* 18.Which of the following groups have you worked with in a team environment to accomplish a work-related goal?
  1. Lawyers
  2. Economists
  3. Technical specialists
  4. Industry analysts
  5. Accountants
  6. Auditors
  7. Engineers in disciplines other than electrical
  8. None of the above


* 19.Which response best reflects your highest level of experience working as part of a team in a work setting?
  1. I do not have prior experience of this nature.
  2. I have worked on a team with peers who each had been designated a distinctly separate role.
  3. I have worked on a team with individuals from different organizations, groups, or offices and have guided others to work effectively in a team environment.
  4. I have worked with a team on many occasions with the objective to achieve goals by sharing or integrating ideas, knowledge, skills, information, support resources, and also sharing responsibility and recognition for the end product or outcomes.
  5. In a leadership capacity, I have created an atmosphere for teamwork, cooperation, and productivity which had positive impact.


* 20.What is your highest level of education in electrical engineering related to power systems?
  1. I have no electrical engineering education related to power systems.
  2. I have taken one or more college courses related to electrical engineering and power systems, but I do not have a degree in the area.
  3. I have a Bachelor's degree in electrical engineering and completed one or more college courses related to power systems.
  4. I have a Master's degree or PhD in electrical engineering and completed one or more college courses related to power systems.


* 21.What is your highest level of experience with utility systems?
  1. I do not have any experience with utility systems.
  2. I have formal education related to utility systems, but no work experience related to the topic.
  3. I have analyzed utility systems to ensure their operability and capability.
  4. I have designed utility systems that were later integrated.


* 22.Which technology software do you have experience utilizing in a work setting?
  1. PSSE
  2. PSLF
  3. ProMod
  4. PowerWorld
  5. MUST
  6. None of the above.


* 23.Which of the following have you evaluated as a regular and recurring part of your job?
  1. Mitigation Plans
  2. Operational Studies
  3. Transmission Planning Studies
  4. Generation Interconnection Studies
  5. System Protection
  6. None of the above






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