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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.


Required specialized experience at the GS-11 level is defined as experience in examining engineering issues and performing modeling of bulk power systems of the electric industry.

* 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.


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.


Required specialized experience at the GS-12 level is defined as experience in examining complex engineering issues and performing modeling of bulk power systems of the electric industry.

* 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.


Grade: 14
* 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-13 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-13 level is defined as significant experience in examining complex engineering issues and performing modeling of bulk power systems of the electric industry.

* 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.


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.Are you eligible to receive and maintain a current Top Secret clearance upon appointment?
  1. Yes
  2. No


* 4.What is your experience with utility systems?
  1. I do not have any experience with utility systems.
  2. I have analyzed utility systems to ensure their operability and capability.
  3. I have modeleld utility systems to ensure their operability and cabability.
  4. I have designed utility systems that were later integrated.


* 5.Which of the following have you evaluated as a regular and recurring part of your job?
  1. Electric utility operations
  2. Electric utility planning studies
  3. Reports written by energy industry experts
  4. Testimony from energy industry experts
  5. Gas utility operations
  6. Gas utility planning studies
  7. None of the above


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


* 7.Which statements describe your knowledge of and /or experience with power system modeling?
  1. I have knowledge of power flow models.
  2. I have run power flow cases.
  3. I have interpreted the results of power flow models and cases.
  4. I have performed dynamic power flow analysis.
  5. None of the above


* 8.With which modeling software do you have experience?
  1. PSS/E
  2. PSLF (Positive Sequence Load Flow)
  3. Powerworld
  4. MATLAB
  5. Ventyx Velocity Suite
  6. None of the above


* 9.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.


* 10.Which types of documents have you written? (choose all that apply)
  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


* 11.Select the ways in which you have contributed to the production of written products.
  1. I have provided first drafts to others for their review.
  2. I have reviewed and provided general comments on others' drafts.
  3. I have reviewed and provided grammar, spelling, and organization edits to others' drafts.
  4. I have proofed documents specifically for technical accuracy.
  5. I have consolidated reports from others into a final product.
  6. I have been responsible for written products from start to finish.
  7. None of the above.


* 12.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 analytic reports related to the bulk electric power industry for internal and/or external audiences.


* 13.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.


* 14.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 energy industry personnel
  4. Discussed policies and practices with Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) personnel
  5. None of the above


* 15.In which of the following settings have you orally presented information relating to the electric power industry?
  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


* 16.Which of the following groups have you worked with in a team environment to accomplish a work-related goal?
  1. Lawyers
  2. Economist
  3. Industry analysts
  4. Accountants/Auditors
  5. Engineers
  6. None of the above


* 17.Which responses reflect your highest level of experience working as part of a team in a work setting?
  1. I have not had prior experience of this nature.
  2. I have worked on a team with peers who each has 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 a positive impact.






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