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Grade: All Grades
* 1.GS-11 Choose one answer that best describes your education and experience:
  1. I possess at least 1 year of specialized experience equivalent to the GS-9 level in the Federal service interpreting specifications, drawings, & other documents to determine if construction meets contract requirements; observing work site activity to ensure work safety standards are maintained; investigating/recommending changes in designs & specifications to accommodate site conditions & to expedite construction; and monitoring quality control procedures, inspections & other operations.
  2. I have a combination of education and experience. I have less than 1 year of specialized experience as described above, and have completed more than 2 full years of graduate level education. My percentage of specialized work experience (for example 6 months equals 50% toward meeting this requirement) plus the percentage of graduate study (for example, 45 graduate hours for a GS-11 equals 50% toward meeting this requirement) together totals at least 100%.
  3. My education and experience does not meet any of the choices above.


YOUR RESPONSE TO THE FOLLOWING BASIC QUALIFICATION QUESTION(S) MUST BE SUPPORTED IN YOUR RESUME.

* 2.I have experience monitoring and inspecting construction operations for the following:
  1. Waterfront structures (piers, bulkheads, and rip-rap revetments)
  2. Pavements
  3. Utilities
  4. Dredging
  5. Foundations
  6. Potective structures
  7. Commercial roofs
  8. Building plumbing systems
  9. Building HVAC systems
  10. Building electrical systems
  11. Structural steel
  12. Structural concrete & masonry
  13. Building finishes (paint, carpet, etc.)
  14. None of the above.


* 3.Which of the following statements best describes your experience interpreting specifications, drawings, and other contract documents to determine whether construction meets contract requirements:
  1. I have not had experience, education, or training in performing this task.
  2. I have had 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 with close supervision from supervisor or senior employee.
  4. I have performed this task as a regular part of the job, independently and usually without review by supervisor or senior employee.
  5. I have supervised performance of this task, and/or I have trained others in performance and/or am normally consulted as an expert for assistance in performing this task.


* 4.Which of the following statements best describes your experience monitoring and interpreting test results, materials testing, samples and technical data submitted by the contractor for acceptance of construcion materials and equipment:
  1. I have not had experience, education, or training in performing this task.
  2. I have had 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 with close supervision from supervisor or senior employee.
  4. I have performed this task as a regular part of the job, independently and usually without review by supervisor or senior employee.
  5. I have supervised performance of this task, and/or I have trained others in performance and/or am normally consulted as an expert for assistance in performing this task.


* 5.Which of the following statements best describes your experience investigating and recommending changes in designs, specifications, and schedules to accommodate site conditions and to expedite construction:
  1. I have not had experience, education, or training in performing this task.
  2. I have had 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 with close supervision from supervisor or senior employee.
  4. I have performed this task as a regular part of the job, independently and usually without review by supervisor or senior employee.
  5. I have supervised performance of this task, and/or I have trained others in performance and/or am normally consulted as an expert for assistance in performing this task.


* 6.Which of the following statements best describes your experience writing progress reports on construction activities, including recommendations and documentation for changes and modifications to the contract drawings and specifications:
  1. I have not had experience, education, or training in performing this task.
  2. I have had 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 with close supervision from supervisor or senior employee.
  4. I have performed this task as a regular part of the job, independently and usually without review by supervisor or senior employee.
  5. I have supervised performance of this task, and/or I have trained others in performance and/or am normally consulted as an expert for assistance in performing this task.


* 7.Which of the following statements best describes your experience reviewing contractors' as-built drawings for thoroughness and adequacy:
  1. I have not had experience, education, or training in performing this task.
  2. I have had 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 with close supervision from supervisor or senior employee.
  4. I have performed this task as a regular part of the job, independently and usually without review by supervisor or senior employee.
  5. I have supervised performance of this task, and/or I have trained others in performance and/or am normally consulted as an expert for assistance in performing this task.


* 8.Which of the following statements best describes your experience reviewing and monitoring contractors' work progress and progress schedules, and notifying the contractor and supervisor when work is behind schedule:
  1. I have not had experience, education, or training in performing this task.
  2. I have had 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 with close supervision from supervisor or senior employee.
  4. I have performed this task as a regular part of the job, independently and usually without review by supervisor or senior employee.
  5. I have supervised performance of this task, and/or I have trained others in performance and/or am normally consulted as an expert for assistance in performing this task.


* 9.Which of the following statements best describes your experience monitoring the contractor's quality control procedures, inspections, tests, records, and other operations:
  1. I have not had experience, education, or training in performing this task.
  2. I have had 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 with close supervision from supervisor or senior employee.
  4. I have performed this task as a regular part of the job, independently and usually without review by supervisor or senior employee.
  5. I have supervised performance of this task, and/or I have trained others in performance and/or am normally consulted as an expert for assistance in performing this task.


* 10.Which of the following statements best describes your experience monitoring and inspecting work sites to observe the quality of workmanship, to insure compliance with plans and specifications, and taking corrective action to correct any deficiencies found:
  1. I have not had experience, education, or training in performing this task.
  2. I have had 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 with close supervision from supervisor or senior employee.
  4. I have performed this task as a regular part of the job, independently and usually without review by supervisor or senior employee.
  5. I have supervised performance of this task, and/or I have trained others in performance and/or am normally consulted as an expert for assistance in performing this task.


* 11.Which of the following statements best describes your experience reviewing and recommending the approval/disapproval of progress payments to contractors:
  1. I have not had experience, education, or training in performing this task.
  2. I have had 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 with close supervision from supervisor or senior employee.
  4. I have performed this task as a regular part of the job, independently and usually without review by supervisor or senior employee.
  5. I have supervised performance of this task, and/or I have trained others in performance and/or am normally consulted as an expert for assistance in performing this task.


* 12.Which of the following statements best describes your experience conducting briefings (oral and written) for organizational personnel, project engineers, and contracting officers on construction projects:
  1. I have not had experience, education, or training in performing this task.
  2. I have had 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 with close supervision from supervisor or senior employee.
  4. I have performed this task as a regular part of the job, independently and usually without review by supervisor or senior employee.
  5. I have supervised performance of this task, and/or I have trained others in performance and/or am normally consulted as an expert for assistance in performing this task.


* 13.Which of the following statements best describes your experience inspecting construction materials requiring certification prior to acceptance of these materials:
  1. I have not had experience, education, or training in performing this task.
  2. I have had 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 with close supervision from supervisor or senior employee.
  4. I have performed this task as a regular part of the job, independently and usually without review by supervisor or senior employee.
  5. I have supervised performance of this task, and/or I have trained others in performance and/or am normally consulted as an expert for assistance in performing this task.


* 14.Which of the following statements best describes your experience performing building inspections to obtain information for future maintenance, repair, and construction projects:
  1. I have not had experience, education, or training in performing this task.
  2. I have had 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 with close supervision from supervisor or senior employee.
  4. I have performed this task as a regular part of the job, independently and usually without review by supervisor or senior employee.
  5. I have supervised performance of this task, and/or I have trained others in performance and/or am normally consulted as an expert for assistance in performing this task.


* 15.Are you certified as a Contracting Officer's Technical Represenative (COTR)?
  1. Yes
  2. No


* 16.Which of the following best describes your level of experience preparing contract task orders for work to be accomplished by the support service contractor, ensuring that sufficient funds are available and obligated?
  1. Drafted Statements of Work and served as COTR.
  2. Drafted Statements of Work.
  3. Served as COTR.
  4. Interfaced with government contractors.
  5. None of the above


* 17.Which of the following statements best describes your experience understanding and interpreting building codes (e.g., BOCA, Life Safety, NEC, NFPA, etc.):
  1. I have not had experience, education, or training in performing this task.
  2. I have had 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 with close supervision from supervisor or senior employee.
  4. I have performed this task as a regular part of the job, independently and usually without review by supervisor or senior employee.
  5. I have supervised performance of this task, and/or I have trained others in performance and/or am normally consulted as an expert for assistance in performing this task.


NOTE: If you have competitive status, you are eligible to apply under the merit promotion announcement (same announcement number but ends in M1 i.e., 06-XXXX-XXX-M1) as well as this announcement. Competitive status applicants are those that meet any of the following criteria: A current permanent Federal employee in a competitive position or a former employee with reinstatement eligibility; a current Federal employee in an excepted service position covered by an interchange agreement; a person eligible for veterans' preference or person separated from the armed forces under honorable conditions after 3 years or more of continuous military service; or a person with non-competitive appointment eligibility. If you meet any of these conditions you are strongly advised to apply under the announcement number ending in M1 instead of or in addition to this announcement.

* 18.Are you currently in, or have you previously held, a permanent position in the competitive service at the same grade level, with the same or higher promotion potential as this vacancy?
  1. Yes
  2. No






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