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Grade: 13
* 1.Minimum Qualification Question (For all Grades): Choose the answer that describes your education and experience as it relates to the occupational requirements for this position.
  1. I have a degree in professional engineering from a school of engineering with at least one curriculum accredited by the Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology (ABET) as a professional engineering curriculum.
  2. I have a degree in professional engineering that includes differential and integral calculus and courses in at least 5 of the following 7 areas: (1) statics, dynamics; (2) strength of materials; (3) fluid mechanics, hydraulics; (4) thermodynamics; (5) electrical fields and circuits; (6) nature and properties of materials; (7) any other comparable area of engineering science or physics.
  3. I have a degree in professional engineering from a foreign institution that has been accepted as equivalent to a conventional U.S. higher education program.
  4. I have a combination of education and experience equivalent to a bachelor¿s degree in engineering as demonstrated by my current registration as a professional engineer by any State, the District of Columbia, Guam, or Puerto Rico.
  5. I have a combination of education and experience equivalent to a bachelor¿s degree in engineering as demonstrated by passing the Engineer-in-Training (EIT) examination or the written test required for professional registration; and, completion of a bachelor¿s degree in engineering technology (BET) from an accredited college/university that included at least 60 semester hours/90 quarter hours in the physical, mathematical, and engineering sciences.
  6. I have a combination of education and experience equivalent to a bachelor¿s degree in engineering which includes at least 60 semester/90quarter hours in the physical, mathematical, and engineering sciences that included differential and integral calculus. All courses must be fully acceptable toward meeting the requirements of a professional engineering curriculum.
  7. I have a combination of education and experience equivalent to a bachelor¿s degree in engineering that includes a bachelor¿s degree in a related curriculum (engineering technology, physics, chemistry, architecture, computer science, mathematics, hydrology, or geology), AND at least 1 year of professional engineering experience acquired under professional engineering supervision and guidance.
  8. I do not meet any of the requirements described above.


* 2.GS-13 In addition to meeting the occupational requirements for this series, choose the answer that best describes your professional experience as it relates to the basic qualification requirements for this position.
  1. I have at least one year of specialized experience that has equipped me with the particular 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-12 level in the Federal service as described in the vacancy announcement.
  2. I do not meet the requirement described above.


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.

Grade: All Grades
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.

* 1.Applicants for this position must be familiar with shipboard mechanical engineering systems and equipment. Do you have this experience?
  1. Yes
  2. No


* 2.Which of the following have you had experience designing and constructing mechanical engineering requirements for:
  1. Small boats
  2. Patrol boats
  3. Buoy tenders
  4. Ocean going tugs
  5. Icebreakers
  6. Medium and high endurance cutters
  7. Experimental vessels
  8. None of the above.


* 3.Which of the following statements best describes your experience specifying repair procedures, acceptance criteria and quality control tests and inspections for renovations, repairs, and improvements to vessels' mechanical systems?
  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 shipboard systems do you have experience preparing mechanical engineering designs, drawings, technical specifications and estimates for the alteration, repair, and maintenance of?
  1. Piping systems
  2. Boilers and heating equipment
  3. Air Conditioning water chiller plants and equipment
  4. Refrigeration plans and equipment
  5. Fuel and oil purification equipment
  6. Sewage treatment systems
  7. Hydraulic power units and systems
  8. Combustion air intake and exhaust systems
  9. Propulsion machinery systems
  10. Propulsion shaft alignment
  11. None of the above


* 5.Which of the following have you had experience designing and constructing mechanical engineering of marine shipboard auxiliary machinery requirements for:
  1. Small boats
  2. Patrol boats
  3. Buoy tenders
  4. Ocean going tugs
  5. Icebreakers
  6. Medium and high endurance cutters
  7. Experimental vessels
  8. None of the above


* 6.Which of the following shipboard systems do you have experience preparing mechanical engineering designs, drawings, technical specifications and estimates for the alteration, repair, and maintenance of:
  1. Ship Distributive Piping systems
  2. Boilers and heating equipment
  3. Air Conditioning water chiller plants and equipment
  4. Refrigeration plants and equipment
  5. Fuel and oil purification equipment
  6. Sewage treatment systems
  7. Hydraulic power units and systems
  8. Combustion air intake and exhaust systems
  9. HVAC equipment
  10. Deck Machinery and Weight Handling Systems
  11. None of the above


* 7.Which of the following best describes your level of experience planning, conducting and reviewing sea and dock trials, equipment, and shipboard system tests and investigations?
  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 best describes your experience in examining new technologies, methods, techniques, principles and concepts pertinent to the design and construction of vessels?
  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.As a Mechanical Engineer, I have experience performing the following in relation to shipboard marine propulsion and auxiliary machinery and systems for new construction design projects:
  1. Statement of Work preparation
  2. System and equipment design development
  3. Technical specifications and requirements writing
  4. Preparation of test and evaluation plans
  5. Independent technical reviews
  6. Conducted shipboard tests and trials
  7. Field investigations
  8. Problem and conflict resolution
  9. None of the above


* 10.Which of the following statements best describes your project management experience scheduling projects to ensure that cost and schedule objectives are adhered to?
  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.






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