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Grade: 12
* 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-11 level as described below.
  2. I do not have one full year of specialized experience equivalent to the definition as described below.


Specialized experience is experience in applying one or more of the following disciplines of civil engineering to the investigation, design, construction, operation, and maintenance of dams and hydroelectric power facilities: structural, hydrologic, hydraulic, geotechnical, and engineering geology.

* 2.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.


* 3.Select the response which best describes your level of experience and knowledge of geotechnical engineering?
  1. I have experience as a recurring part of my job working in geotechnical engineering. I independently (or as an equally contributing member of a work team) complete a broad range of engineering/technical tasks directly related to geotechnical engineering. I perform these tasks with little to no review from a senior employee. I may also provide information, guidance or instruction to less experienced staff in this area.
  2. I have some experience working in geotechnical engineering. I perform related engineering/technical tasks on an infrequent basis or under close review or supervision from a senior employee.
  3. I have training, but no job experience working in any of the areas above.
  4. I do not have experience or training as described above.


* 4.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.


* 5.Select the response which best describes your level of experience and knowledge of structural engineering?
  1. I have experience as a recurring part of my job working in structural engineering. I independently (or as an equally contributing member of a work team) complete a broad range of engineering/technical tasks directly related to structural engineering. I perform these tasks with little to no review from a senior employee. I may also provide information, guidance or instruction to less experienced staff in this area.
  2. I have some experience working in structural engineering. I perform related engineering/technical tasks on an infrequent basis or under close review or supervision from a senior employee
  3. I have training, but no job experience working in any of the areas above.
  4. I do not have experience or training as described above.


* 6.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.


* 7.Select the response which best describes your level of experience and knowledge of hydraulics and hydrology engineering?
  1. I have experience as a recurring part of my job working in hydraulics and hydrology engineering. I independently (or as an equally contributing member of a work team) complete a broad range of engineering/technical tasks directly related to hydraulics. I perform these tasks with little to no review from a senior employee. I may also provide information, guidance or instruction to less experienced staff in this area.
  2. I have some experience working in hydraulics and hydrology engineering. I perform related engineering/technical tasks on an infrequent basis or under close review or supervision from a senior employee.
  3. I have training, but no job experience working in any of the areas above.
  4. I do not have experience or training as described above.


* 8.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.


* 9.Select the response which best describes your level of experience and knowledge of seismic engineering?
  1. I have experience as a recurring part of my job working in seismic engineering. I independently (or as an equally contributing member of a work team) complete a broad range of engineering/technical tasks directly related to seismic engineering. I perform these tasks with little to no review from a senior employee. I may also provide information, guidance or instruction to less experienced staff in this area.
  2. I have some experience working in seismic engineering. I perform related engineering/technical tasks on an infrequent basis or under close review or supervision from a senior employee.
  3. I have training, but no job experience working in any of the areas above.
  4. I do not have experience or training as described above.


* 10.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.


* 11.Select the response which best describes your level of experience and knowledge of dam safety engineering issues in the areas of design, construction, and inspection of hydropower projects.
  1. I have experience as a recurring part of my job in dam safety engineering issues working in design, construction or inspection of hydropower projects (at least 2 of these areas). I independently (or as an equally contributing member of a work team) complete a broad range of engineering/technical tasks directly related to 2 or more of these areas. I perform these tasks with little to no review from a senior employee. I may also provide information guidance or instruction to less experienced staff in this area.
  2. I have some experience in dam safety engineering issues working in design, construction or inspection of hydropower projects (at least 1 of these areas). I perform related engineering/technical tasks on an infrequent basis or under close review or supervision from a senior employee.
  3. I have training, but no job experience working in any of the areas above.
  4. I do not have experience or training as described above.


* 12.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.


* 13.Select the response which best describes your level of experience and knowledge of remediation, security, operation and environmental effects of hydropower projects.
  1. I have some experience working in remediation, security, operation or environmental design of hydropower projects (at least 2 of these areas). I perform related engineering/technical tasks on an infrequent basis or under close review or supervision from a senior employee.
  2. I have limited experience working in remediation, security, operation or environmental design of hydropower projects (at least 1 of these areas). I perform related engineering/technical tasks on an infrequent basis or under close review or supervision for a senior employee.
  3. I have training, but no job experience working in any of the areas above.
  4. I do not have experience or training as described above.


* 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.


Grade: 13
* 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-12 level as described below.
  2. I do not have one full year of specialized experience equivalent to the definition as described below.


Specialized experience is experience in applying one or more of the following disciplines of civil engineering to the investigation, design, construction, operation, and maintenance of dams and hydroelectric power facilities: structural, hydrologic, hydraulic, geotechnical, and engineering geology.

* 2.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.


* 3.Select the response which best describes your level of experience and knowledge of geotechnical engineering.
  1. I have expert-level experience working in geotechnical engineering. I have supervised or trained staff in performance of related engineering or technical tasks.
  2.   I have experience as a recurring part of my job working in geotechnical engineering. I independently (or as an equally contributing member of a work team) complete a broad range of engineering/technical tasks directly related to geotechnical engineering. I perform these tasks with little to no review from a senior employee. I may also provide information, guidance or instruction to less experienced staff in this area.
  3. I have some experience working in geotechnical engineering. I perform related engineering/technical tasks on an infrequent basis or under close review or supervision from a senior employee.
  4. I do not have experience as described above.


* 4.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.


* 5.Select the response which best describes your level of experience and knowledge of structural engineering?
  1. I have extensive experience working in structural engineering. I have supervised or trained staff in performance of related engineering or technical tasks.
  2. I have experience as a recurring part of my job working in structural engineering. I independently (or as an equally contributing member of a work team) complete a broad range of engineering/technical tasks directly related to structural engineering. I perform these tasks with little to no review from a senior employee. I may also provide information, guidance or instruction to less experienced staff in this area.
  3. I have some experience working in structural engineering. I perform related engineering/technical tasks on an infrequent basis or under close review or supervision from a senior employee.
  4. I do not have experience as described above.


* 6.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.


* 7.Select the response which best describes your level of experience and knowledge of hydraulics and hydrology engineering?
  1. I have extensive experience working in hydraulics and hydrology engineering. I have supervised or trained staff in performance of related engineering or technical tasks.
  2. I have experience as a recurring part of my job working in hydraulics and hydrology engineering. I independently (or as an equally contributing member of a work team) complete a broad range of engineering/technical tasks directly related to hydraulics and hydrology engineering. I perform these tasks with little to no review from a senior employee. I may also provide information, guidance or instruction to less experienced staff in this area.
  3. I have some experience working in hydraulics and hydrology engineering. I perform related engineering/technical tasks on an infrequent basis or under close review or supervision from a senior employee.
  4. I do not have experience as described above.


* 8.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.


* 9.Which software programs have you used to perform hydrologic and hydraulic analyses in a professional environment?
  1. HEC-RAS
  2. HEC-GeoRAS
  3. HEC-HMS
  4. HEC-GeoHMS
  5. Two-dimensional flow models
  6. Three-dimensional flow models
  7. PeakFQ/HEC-SSP
  8. None of the above


* 10.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.


* 11.Select the response which best describes your level of experience and knowledge of seismic engineering?
  1. I have extensive experience working in seismic engineering. I have supervised or trained staff in performance of related engineering or technical tasks.
  2. I have experience as a recurring part of my job working in seismic engineering. I independently (or as an equally contributing member of a work team) complete a broad range of engineering/technical tasks directly related to seismic engineering. I perform these tasks with little to no review from a senior employee. I may also provide information, guidance or instruction to less experienced staff in this area.
  3. I have some experience working in seismic engineering. I perform related engineering/technical tasks on an infrequent basis or under close review or supervision from a senior employee.
  4. I do not have experience as described above.


* 12.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.


* 13.Select the response which best describes your level of experience and knowledge of dam safety engineering issues in the areas of design, construction, and inspection of hydropower projects.
  1. I have extensive experience in dam safety engineering issues working in design, construction and inspection of hydropower projects. I have supervised or trained staff in performance of related engineering or technical tasks.
  2. I have experience as a recurring part of my job in dam safety engineering issues working in design, construction or inspection of hydropower projects (at least 2 of these areas). I independently (or as an equally contributing member of a work team) complete a broad range of engineering/technical tasks directly related to 2 or more of these areas. I perform these tasks with little to no review from a senior employee. I may also provide information guidance or instruction to less experienced staff in this area.
  3. I do not have experience as described above.


* 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 response which best describes your level of experience and knowledge of remediation, security, operation and environmental effects of hydropower projects.
  1. I have extensive experience working in remediation, security, operation and environmental effects of hydropower projects. I have supervised or trained staff in performance of related engineering or technical tasks.
  2. I have some experience working in remediation, security, operation or environmental design of hydropower projects (at least 3 of these areas). I perform related engineering/technical tasks on an infrequent basis or under close review or supervision from a senior employee.
  3. I have limited experience working in remediation, security, operation or environmental design of hydropower projects (at least 2 of these areas). I perform related engineering/technical tasks on an infrequent basis or under close review or supervision for a senior employee.
  4. I do not have experience as described above.


* 16.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.


* 17.Do you hold a Professional Engineering License?
  1. Yes
  2. No


Grade: All Grades
* 1.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


* 2.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


* 3.Do you meet the basic educational requirement for Engineer as described in vacancy announcement?
  1. Yes
  2. No


* 4.Select the statement(s) that describe your experience working with dams.
  1. I have experience performing dam safety engineering inspections.
  2. I have experience performing engineering analysis.
  3. I have experience performing computer modeling on dams.
  4. I have no experience working with dams.


* 5.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.


* 6.Which geotechnical aspects of dams do you have experience inspecting?
  1. Embankment stability
  2. Foundation stability
  3. Upstream / downstream slope stability
  4. Adequate monitoring
  5. Adequate instrumentation
  6. Safe operation
  7. Evidence of seepage through the embankment
  8. Consistent crest elevation
  9. Embankment alignment
  10. Internal embankment and foundation drains
  11. None of the above


* 7.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.


* 8.Which steps of the inspection and analysis process related to structural engineering have you contributed to in a professional environment?
  1. Field inspection of structures
  2. Analysis of structures (e.g., stability)
  3. Development of the conclusions and recommendations report on structure adequacy
  4. Review of structure owner�s response and plan of action
  5. None of the above


* 9.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.


* 10.What is the highest level of structural analysis that you have performed?
  1. Dynamic analyses incorporating material and or geometric non-linearities
  2. Static analyses incorporating material and or geometric non-linearities
  3. Small deflection linear elastic analyses
  4. None of the above


* 11.In reference to the question above, please indicate the time frame and employer(s) or academic assignment(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.


* 12.Which software programs have you used to perform structural analyses in a professional environment?
  1. FLAC
  2. FLAC 3D
  3. ADINA
  4. SAP2000CSI
  5. Other
  6. None of the above


* 13.In reference to the question above, please indicate the time frame and employer(s) or academic assignment(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.


* 14.Which hydraulic analyses have you independently performed on the job?
  1. Flood frequency estimation
  2. Open channel flow
  3. PMP/PMF Analysis
  4. Dam break estimation
  5. None of the above


* 15.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.


* 16.Which hydraulic structures do you have experience analyzing?
  1. Dams
  2. Levees
  3. Canals
  4. Spillways
  5. Hydroelectric facilities
  6. Gates
  7. None of the above


* 17.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.


* 18.Which structures do you have experience inspecting for overall condition?
  1. gravity dams
  2. arch dams
  3. slab dams
  4. buttress dams
  5. spillway gates
  6. penstocks
  7. pipelines
  8. None of the above


* 19.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.


* 20.Have you used risk assessment to inform your decision making process related to dam safety?
  1. Yes
  2. No


* 21.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.


* 22.Which actions have you performed when completing a written document?
  1. Submitted a document that I drafted for review
  2. Added additional information to a document that someone else wrote
  3. Edited someone else’s written document for clarity, interpretation, and tone
  4. Edited someone else’s written document for spelling, grammar, and thought organization
  5. Reviewed someone else’s written document for fact and / or data accuracy
  6. None of the above


* 23.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.


* 24.Which statements describe your experience developing inspection and analysis reports?
  1. I have provided first drafts.
  2. I have reviewed and commented on other's drafts for grammar, spelling, and clarity.
  3. I have proofed inspection and analysis reports for technical accuracy.
  4. I have been responsible for final products.
  5. I have had signature authority.
  6. None of the above.


* 25.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.


* 26.Do you have experience presenting and justifying / defending a technical position in a work environment?
  1. Yes
  2. No


* 27.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.


* 28.Select the statement that best describes your highest level of communicating and coordinating with engineers and key decision makers regarding dam safety information.
  1. I routinely (as a regular part of the job) communicate and coordinate verbally and in writing with engineers and key decision makers regarding dam safety information. I independently (or with little review) complete tasks associated with this process.
  2. I have some experience communicating and coordinating with engineers or key decision makers regarding dam safety information. I have assisted senior staff in this process or I have completed some of the tasks associated with this process independently but on an infrequent or limited basis.
  3. I do not have communication and coordination experience specifically with regards to dam safety information, but I do have experience communicating and coordinating with engineers or key decision makers on other engineering disciplines.
  4. None of the above.


* 29.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.


* 30.What types of information do you have experience presenting orally?
  1. Technical information
  2. Non-technical information
  3. School projects
  4. Modeling
  5. Results of assessments and investigations
  6. Recommendations
  7. Policies or procedures
  8. None of the above


* 31.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.


* 32.Select the response(s) that best describe your experience related to oral communication.
  1. I have communicated information to groups or individuals in order to instruct or lead.
  2. I have communicated information to groups or individuals in order to persuade / negotiate.
  3. I have conducted informal training to others on an individual basis.
  4. I have conducted informal training to groups
  5. I have conducted formal training sessions on economic and technical issues
  6. I have represented management in meetings / conferences.
  7. None of the above


* 33.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.


* 34.I have experience developing and presenting expert and reliable dam safety information.
  1. True
  2. False


* 35.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.






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