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Grade: 15
* 1.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-15 is defined as significant experience in examining complex bulk power systems engineering issues of the electric industry.

* 2.Which response best describes your knowledge of and/or experience with the North American Electric Reliability Corporation (NERC) standards? Please select one answer.
  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 a higher level of interpretation and its implications.
  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 develop NERC standards.
  5. None of the above.


* 3.Select the standards and/or Orders you have applied as part of your professional work experience.
  1. Local industry standards
  2. Regional industry standards
  3. North American Electric Reliability Corporation (NERC) standards
  4. Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) Order 693
  5. None of the above


* 4.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


* 5.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


* 6.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.


* 7.Which electrical engineering issues have you identified in a work setting?
  1. Reactive power
  2. System protection
  3. Frequency response
  4. Generator interconnection
  5. Transmission planning
  6. Transmission operations
  7. None of the above


* 8.Which of the following have you evaluated as a regular and recurring part of your job?
  1. Mitigation plans
  2. Operational studies
  3. Planning studies
  4. Congestion management practices
  5. Reports written by industry experts
  6. Statements from industry experts
  7. None of the above


* 9.Which actions have you performed as a regular and recurring part of your job? (Please circle all that apply)
  1. Leading standards development
  2. Informally mentoring subordinate engineers
  3. Reviewing work completed by subordinate engineers
  4. Interpreting North American Reliability Corporation (NERC) standards
  5. Addressing issues of first impression
  6. None of the above


* 10.Which types of models have you researched in a professional environment?
  1. Pole system models
  2. Production cost models
  3. Powerflow models
  4. Short circuit models
  5. Stability models
  6. None of the above


* 11.Which statements describe your knowledge of and / or experience with pole system modeling?
  1. I have knowledge of flow models.
  2. I have knowledge of run cases.
  3. I have interpreted the results of flow models and run cases.
  4. None of the above.


* 12.With which Commission powerflow models do you have experience?
  1. PSS/E
  2. PSLF (Positive Sequence Load Flow)
  3. Powerword of University of Illinois
  4. None of the above


* 13.What is your knowledge of bulk power system operations and/or transmission planning?
  1. I do not have any education, training or experience with bulk power system operations and/or transmission planning.
  2. I have education or training related to bulk power system operations and/or transmission planning, but do not have work experience related to the topic.
  3. I have work experience with bulk power system operations and/or transmission planning.
  4. I have supervisory work experience with bulk power system operations and/or transmission planning.


* 14.Which types of documents have you written? Select all that apply
  1. Summary Reports.
  2. Correspondence (emails, letters, memos)
  3. Technical reports.
  4. Directives / policies / regulations
  5. Option papers / decision memos
  6. None of the above.


* 15.Select the statement that best describes your highest level of experience in preparing written material:
  1. I have routinely and independently reviewed and edited analytical reports related to the bulk electric power industry for accuracy, grammar, organization and appropriateness for intended audiences.
  2. I have routinely and independently prepared analytical reports related to the bulk electric power industry for internal and/or external audiences with little to no supervision..
  3. I have routinely prepared analytical reports related to the bulk electric power industry for internal and/or external audiences under the supervision of a team lead or supervisor .
  4. I do not have experience preparing analytical reports related to the bulk electric power industry for internal and/or external audiences.


* 16.Select the response that best describes your experience in producing high quality professional papers, book chapters, or industry standards and related written products that receive wide distribution within the electric transmission industry or professional community.
  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.Select the response that best describes your experience in conducting briefings, meetings, and or seminars to present events on the bulk electric system, technical data, highly complex issues, technical electrical engineering concepts, study results, future directions, industry standards and/or resource needs to a variety of audiences (technical and non-technical).
  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.


* 18.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.


* 19.In which of the following settings have you orally presented information relating to the electric power industry? (Select all that apply)
  1. Informal Briefings
  2. Professional/stakeholder conferences
  3. Meetings with Directors
  4. Hearings/Depositions
  5. Telephone inquiries
  6. Meetings with Commissioner's Assistants
  7. Staff/group/team meetings
  8. Meetings with group manager/supervisor
  9. None of the above


* 20.Which of the following groups have you worked with in a team environment to accomplish a work-related goal?
  1. Lawyers
  2. Auditors
  3. Technical Specialists
  4. Industry Analysts
  5. Engineers in disciplines other than electrical
  6. None of the above


* 21.Choose the responses that describe your experience working on a team.
  1. Facilitating the resolution of disagreements amongst team members within a work group
  2. Identifying and successfully obtaining resources to promote a positive teamwork environment in the workplace
  3. Facilitating the resolution of disagreements amongst team members from different organizations or work units
  4. Facilitating the resolution of issues or disagreements amongst different agencies in the Federal government
  5. None of the above


* 22.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.


Grade: All Grades
* 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.Do you have a current Top Secret clearance, or are you eligible to receive one upon appointment?
  1. Yes
  2. No






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