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* 1.Select the response that best reflects how you learned about this position.
  1. Individual referral (friend, relative, Smithsonian employee, school counselor, or other)

        BRANCHED: 1.Please indicate the source.

       Maximum length of 250 characters.
  2. Job fair or informational session

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       Maximum length of 250 characters.
  3. Social networking site (Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, or other)

        BRANCHED: 1.Please indicate the source.

       Maximum length of 250 characters.
  4. Other online source (USAJobs, Smithsonian website, Internet employment search)

        BRANCHED: 1.Please indicate the source.

       Maximum length of 250 characters.
  5. Community or professional organization

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       Maximum length of 250 characters.
  6. Mass media (magazine, newspaper, radio, television, poster, telephone job hot line)

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Grade: 13
* 1.Choose one answer which best describes your basic requirements for Geography positions.
  1. I have a degree in geography or related physical or social science such as geology, meteorology, economics, statistics, sociology, anthropology, political science, history, cartography, computer science, urban studies, or planning that included at least 24 semester hours in geography or related fields.
  2. I have a combination of education and experience -- courses equivalent to a major in geography, or a related field that included at least 24 semester hours in geography or related fields, as shown above, plus appropriate experience or additional education.
  3. None of the above


* 2.Choose one answer which best describes your basic requirements for Architect positions.
  1. I have a degree in architecture; or related field that included 60 semester hours of course work in architecture or related disciplines of which at least (1) 30 semester hours were in architectural design, and (2) 6 semester hours were in each of the following: structural technology, properties of materials and methods of construction, and environmental control systems.
  2. I have a combination of education AND experience that together meet the basic requirements. College level education, training, and/or technical experience that furnished (1) a thorough knowledge of the arts and sciences underlying professional architecture and (2) a good understanding, both theoretical and practice, of the architectural principles, methods, and techniques and their applications to the design and construction or improvement of buildings.
  3. I do NOT meet the basic qualifications requirements.


* 3.Choose one answer which best describes your registration requirements for the position of Architect.
  1. I possess active, current registration as a professional architect in a State, District of Columbia, the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico, or a territory of the United States.
  2. I do not possess registration as a professional architect.


* 4.Choose the one answer that describes your education, experience or combination of education and experience as it pertains to the basic requirements for the General Physical Science positions:
  1. I have a degree in physical science, engineering, or mathematics that include 24 semester hours in physical science and/or related engineering science such as mechanics, dynamics, properties of materials, and electronics.
  2. I have a combination of education and experience. My education is equivalent to one of the majors - physical science, engineering, or mathematics that includes at lest 24 semester hours in physical science and/or related engineering science, plus appropriate experience or additional education.
  3. I do not have a degree in any of the physical sciences; nor do I have experience.


* 5.Choose one answer which best describes your basic requirements for Cartography positions.
  1. I have a degree in cartography or a major that included or was supplemented by at least 30 semester hours in cartography and/or directly related science, and related mathematics. Such course work includes, but is not limited to, cartography, astronomy, geodesy, photogrammetry, physical and geological oceanography, computer science, land surveying, geophysics, physical geography, and remote sensing. The 30 semester hours must have included at least 6, but no more than 15, semester hours of college level, non-business mathematics or statistics (i.e., college level algebra, trigonometry, calculus, or scientific mathematics or statistics requiring equivalent college-level courses as prerequisites).
  2. I have a combination of education and experience -- courses equivalent to a major in cartography, or a major that included or was supplemented by at least 30 semester hours in cartography, and/or directly related science, and related mathematics, as shown above, plus appropriate experience or additional education.
  3. None of the above


* 6.Choose one answer which best describes your basic requirements for Geodesy positions.
  1. I have a degree in geodesy or 30 semester hours in any combination of geodesy, mathematics, physics, astronomy, engineering science, surveying, geodetic surveying, photogrammetry, or geophysics. The course work must have included differential and integral calculus.
  2. Combination of education and experience -- course work as shown above, plus appropriate experience or additional education.
  3. None of the above


* 7.Do you have one year of full-time experience at the GS-13 level that is close or similar to the work of this job? The experience include utilizing comprehensive, practical knowledge of Geospatial Information System (GIS), AutoCAD (CAD) software, Building Information Modeling (BIM), Facilities Management (FM) software and an understanding of Relational Database Management Systems (RBDMS) to support and assist architects, engineers, or scientists.
  1. Yes
  2. No


* 8.Which of the following best reflects your experience integrating and managing information technology solutions to support business processes?
  1. I have independently led and directed teams that worked with clients to integrate and manage information technology to support business processes.
  2. With direct supervision I have led teams that worked with clients to integrate and manage information technology to support business processes.
  3. I have been part of teams that worked with clients to integrate and manage information technology to support business processes.
  4. I do not have experience doing this.


* 9.Which of the following reflects your experience using Computer Aided Design (CAD) software? (Check all that apply)
  1. I have used CAD for 2D drawing.
  2. I have used CAD for 3D modeling.
  3. I have customized/configured a CAD system.
  4. I have performed training in the use of a CAD system.
  5. None of the above.


* 10.Which of the following reflects your experience using Geographic Information Systems (GIS)? (Check all that apply)
  1. I have customized/configured a GIS desktop application.
  2. I have customized/configured a GIS server application.
  3. I have performed training in the use of a GIS.
  4. I have developed an ArcSDE (Spherical Data Engine) Geodatabase.
  5. I have developed a personal database.
  6. I have developed a Geodatabase for interior facilities data.
  7. None of the above.


* 11.Which of the following reflects your experience using Relational Database Management Systems (RDBMS)? (Check all that apply)
  1. I have developed data architecture.
  2. I have developed queries and/or reports.
  3. I have developed forms for end users input.
  4. I have used MS SQL Server.
  5. I have used Oracle.
  6. None of the above.


* 12.Which of the following reflects your experience using Computer Assisted Facilities Management (CAFM) software? (Check all that apply)
  1. I have customized/configured a CAFM system.
  2. I have performed training in the use of a CAFM system.
  3. I have used TRIRIGA Asset Management software.
  4. I have used Maximo Asset Management software.
  5. None of the above.


* 13.Which of the following reflects your experience using Building Information Modeling (BIM)? (Check all that apply)
  1. I have customized/configured a BIM system.
  2. I have performed training in the use of a BIM system.
  3. I have used BIM for 3D visualization.
  4. I have used BIM for facilities data collection.
  5. I have managed a BIM model within a project work group.
  6. None of the above.


* 14.Which of the following best reflects your experience analyzing facilities information requirements and recommending information technology solutions?
  1. I have independently led and directed teams that worked with clients to analyze facilities information requirements and recommend information technology solutions.
  2. With direct supervision I have led teams that worked with clients to analyze facilities information requirements and recommend information technology solutions
  3. I have been part of teams that worked with clients to analyze facilities information requirements and recommend information technology solutions
  4. I do not have experience doing this.


* 15.Do you have experience identifying data requirements and/or graphic structures for facilities information to support business strategies, processes, or objectives?
  1. Yes
  2. No


* 16.Which of the following best reflects your experience developing and planning systems to distribute information to clients throughout an organization?
  1. I have led and directed the development and planning of systems to distribute information to clients including data standards, resources, and schedules.
  2. Under direct supervision I have led and directed the development and planning of systems to distribute information to clients including data standards, resources, and schedules.
  3. I have been part of a team that developed and planned systems to distribute information to clients including data standards, resources, and schedules.
  4. I do not have experience performing this task.


* 17.Which of the following best describes your experience collecting facilities data?
  1. I have led and directed teams that worked with internal and/or external data providers to identify and compile large and complex data sets for pan organizational projects.
  2. I have been part of teams that worked with internal and/or external data providers to identify and compile large and complex data sets for pan organizational projects.
  3. I have been part of teams that identified and compiled data sets within immediate work groups or local office(s).
  4. I have no experience, education or training in the collection of facilities data


* 18.Which of the following best reflects your experience developing or adopting data standards for use in the collection of facilities data?
  1. I have developed or adopted standards for the exchange of facilities data between systems.
  2. I have developed or adopted standards for the exchange of facilities data within an independent system.
  3. I have developed or adopted standards to comply with Federal Standards.
  4. I do not have experience performing this task.


* 19.Have you reviewed and/or edited CAD drawing submissions for compliance with organizational/national CAD standards?
  1. Yes
  2. No


* 20.Have you reviewed facilities data submissions (non-CAD) for compliance with organizational standards?
  1. Yes
  2. No






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