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YOUR RESPONSE TO THE FOLLOWING BASIC QUALIFICATION QUESTION(S) MUST BE SUPPORTED IN YOUR RESUME. FAILURE TO SUPPORT YOUR ANSWER(S) IN YOUR RESUME MAY IMPACT YOU OR ELIMINATE YOU FROM CONSIDERATION.

* 1.We need to determine if you possess the basic educational background needed to qualify for this position. From the descriptions below, choose the statement that BEST describes your education relevant to this position.
  1. I have completed a bachelor's or higher degree in engineering from an ABET (Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology) accredited school or that included courses in differential and integral calculus and courses in 5 of the following 7 areas:(a)statics, dynamics;(b)strength of materials;(c)fluid mechanics, hydraulics;(d)thermodynamics;(e)electrical fields and circuits;(f)nature and properties of materials; and (g)any other comparable area of fundamental engineering science or physics.
  2. I have successfully passed the Engineering-in-Training (IT) exam, or the written test required for professional registration that is administered by the Boards of Engineering Examiners, and completed all the requirements for either (a) a bachelor's degree in engineering technology (BET) from an accredited college or university that included at least 60 semester hours of courses in the physical, mathematical, and engineering sciences, or (b) a BET from an ABET-accredited program.
  3. I am registered as a professional engineer by a state, the District of Columbia, Guam, or Puerto Rico.
  4. I have a combination of at least 4 years of college-level education, training, and/or technical experience that included successful completion of at least 60 semester hours of courses in the physical, mathematical, and engineering sciences, including the courses listed in the first paragraph above. (NOTE: The courses must be fully acceptable toward meeting the requirements of a professional engineering curriculum.)
  5. I have successfully completed a curriculum leading to a bachelor's degree in engineering technology or in an appropriate professional field (e.g., physics, chemistry, architecture, computer science, mathematics, hydrology, or geology) AND have at least 1 year of professional engineering experience under the guidance and supervision of a professional engineer.
  6. My background does not match the above choices.


* 2.GS-12 (Research Positions) - In addition to meeting the Basic Education Requirement described above, applicants must possess professional experience, or additional education as described below:
  1. I have at least one year of professional experience that has equipped me with the knowledge, skills, and abilities to successfully perform the duties of the position. This experience is related to the work of the position and equivalent to at least the GS-11 level in the Federal service as described in the vacancy announcement.
  2. I have a Ph.D. or equivalent doctoral degree in professional engineering
  3. My experience or education does not match any of the above.


YOUR RESPONSES TO THE FOLLOWING QUESTIONS MUST BE SUPPORTED IN YOUR RESUME. FAILURE TO SUPPORT YOUR ANSWER(S) IN YOUR RESUME MAY IMPACT YOU OR ELIMINATE YOU FROM CONSIDERATION.

* 3.Which of the following describes your experience assessing the impact of new technologies on current and future operations; analyzing technology alternatives to the problem; conceptualizing the pros and cons of each, synthesizing alternatives, and developing organized, cogent, reliable recommendations?
  1. Expertise in operational test and evaluation techniques and practices.
  2. Expertise in the latest technologies in naval architecture/marine engineering.
  3. Expertise in developing scientifically sound test/research plans and effectively evaluating those results.
  4. Ability to translate complex technical concepts into terms that can be understood by decision makers.
  5. Ability to organize and present complex technical matters into effective presentations, reports, and decision papers.
  6. None of the above.


* 4.Which of the following best describes your project management experience?
  1. I managed projects being responsible for cost, schedule and technical performance.
  2. I managed one or more tasks being responsible for cost, schedule and technical performance.
  3. Key member of a project team, made a significant contribution to the overall effort.
  4. I have some experience as a project team member.
  5. Other experience that demonstrates ability to lead/contribute to group efforts.
  6. None of the above


* 5.Which of the following best describes your ability to communicate with other professionals and customers?
  1. I have made technical presentations and prepared technical "reports" on technical work. Tailored presentation/report to technical and non-technical audiences.
  2. I have prepared well received technical "reports" on technical work.
  3. I have effectively tailored oral presentations to audiences.
  4. Other examples of ability to write and communicate effectively.
  5. None of the above


* 6.From the following list please select each statement that you have had team experience involving engineering projects.
  1. I have worked with a research customer to develop an effective definition of the problem to be solved.
  2. I have determined the desired end state of the research effort.
  3. I have defined the desired end state for the Agency.
  4. I have developed technical alternatives to solve the problem.
  5. I have analyzed alternatives and recommended a course of action.
  6. I have constructed procurement packages to obtain contractor support for the project.
  7. I have effectively managed cost, schedule and technical performance.
  8. None of the above.


* 7.Which of the following best describes your experience in effectively managing cost, schedule and technical performance?
  1. 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.
  2. I have performed this task as a regular part of the job, independently and usually without review by supervisor or senior employee.
  3. I have performed this task on the job with close supervision from supervisor or senior employee.
  4. I have had education or training in performing this task but have not yet performed this task on the job.
  5. I have not had experience, education, or training in performing this task.


* 8.Choose all of the following statements that describe your experience working with others within a team environment:
  1. I collaborate often with others or work as a team member to accomplish work-related activities
  2. I foster commitment and team spirit
  3. I work effectively with personnel from other government agencies
  4. I exercise tact and diplomacy with the public and staff members
  5. None of the above


* 9.Which of the following best describes your experience fostering an environment for positive change in an agency through science and technology.
  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.Do you have experience using professional knowledge of Engineering and Physical Sciences that can be applied to develop, analyze, test, and evaluate Coast Guard systems?
  1. Yes
  2. No


* 11.Select the answer that best describes your experience in ensuring that projects comply with environmental regulations.
  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.From the following list please select each statement that you have had team experience involving engineering projects.
  1. Technical Member
  2. Technical Expert
  3. Team Member
  4. Supervised the team
  5. Managed using team results
  6. None, worked independently






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