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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.GS-11 Choose one answer that best describes your education, experience or combination of education and experience as related 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-10 level in the Federal service as described in the vacancy announcement.
  2. have at least one year of specialized experience that included technical work in: drafting, surveying, construction estimating, physical science, mathematics, or electrical or mechanical systems. The work provided intensive knowledge of engineering principles, techniques, methods, and precedents.
  3. I do not meet any of the requirements described 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.

* 2.Which of the following best describes your experience in developing and/or reviewing detailed engineering construction drawings or scopes of work?
  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.


* 3.I have 5 years of AUTOCAD experience, such that I can complete complex AUTOCAD assignments and review drawings for appropriate line weights, shading, complex calculations, paper space, model space, x references, sizing details etc, etc. I am capable of teaching others in how to use these complex functions, and help others in assembling drawings for final packages for printing and saving into the database. I am considered a hands on expert and train others.
  1. Yes
  2. No


* 4.Which of the following best describes your mechanical skills?
  1. I have no significant mechanical repair or inspection skills
  2. I have minimal skills; repaired or fixed some mechanical items. Participated in minimal inspections and repairs
  3. I have significant skills; have had schooling or course in mechanical inspections or repairs or have 2 to five years of hands on inspections and repairs. Knowledgeable in the Uniform Mechanical Code (UMC).
  4. I have advanced skills; have significant skills and set up and directed maintenance programs for mechanical, steam, HVAC and piping systems.
  5. I have design skill; have all of the above and basic engineering technical design skills.


* 5.Which of the following best describes your experience as a building inspector?
  1. I have no experience as a building inspector.
  2. I have held a building inspector position has my primary job for 3 to 5 years.
  3. I have held a building inspector position has my primary job for more than 5 years.
  4. I have held a building inspector position as my primary job for more than 10 years.
  5. I meet all of the requirements above and ran the building inspector programs for a major city or base of more than 50 buildings with multiple levels of inspection responsibility.


* 6.Which of the following best describes your experience working independently?
  1. I have only performed assigned tasks.
  2. I have worked semi-independently for projects up to a week in length with some stop points and checks
  3. I have worked on major projects with multiple work items with general directions provided at the beginning, with supervisor at monthly intervals.
  4. I have worked based on supervisor guidelines, develop multiyear projects or programs, and followed through to ensure multiple items of work have been completed.
  5. I have developed major projects with little or no supervision, other than a general intent.


* 7.Which of the following best describes your hazardous materials skills (lead, asbestos, PCB, Freon, radon)?
  1. I have no significant background or training in any of the above hazmat
  2. I have some background and training in two of the above
  3. I have significant training and understand most of the major issues associated with two of the above, and can explain them easily.
  4. I have formal training (40 hours each) in two or more of the above and can work with the other hazards most of the time; 2 to 5 years experience.
  5. I am fluent in all of the above HAZMAT issues, can address appropriate repairs actions. Greater than 5 years as a primary job.
  6. I am certified to train in the above hazards.


* 8.Which of the following statements best describes your experience developing preliminary layouts and design for the alteration and maintenance of all types of buildings/structures and associated shore 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.


* 9.Select the answer that best describes your experience planning and managing utilities programs with broad engineering responsibilities for desgin, design modifications and approval, material and cost estimating, etc., as it relates to mechnical engineering.
  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.Select the answer that demonstrates your knowledge of mechanical engineering systems for designing HVAC and pipe systems.
  1. I have designed, maintained and operated complex HVAC and piping systems for multi-purpose industrial facilities.
  2. I have designed, maintained and operated HVAC and piping for complex residential facilities.
  3. I have designed, maintained and operated HVAC and piping systems for single use facilities.
  4. I have maintained and operated HVAC and piping systems.
  5. I have operated HVAC and piping systems.
  6. I do not have any experience in this area.


* 11.Select the answer that demonstrates your knowledge of mechanical engineering systems which include all of the following: plumbing, heating, ventilation, air conditioning. Relate to mechanical engineering projects involving a variety of facilities such as administrative buildings, industrial buildings aircraft hangars, berthing buildings, dining facilities, search and rescue stations, etc.
  1. I have designed, developed mechanical engineering requirements and formal bidding documents for complex projects in the areas of HVAC and plumbing systems. Formal bidding documents were comprehensive and included all required components. Projects often involved multiple mechanical systems.
  2. I have designed, provided technical advice and guidance on complex mechanical engineering problems in the areas of HVAC and plumbing, with unconventional features. Reviewed architect/engineer's plans and specifications to ensure construction feasibility and recommended necessary changes. Coordinated with other engineers and professionals who were in the same or complementary areas of responsibility.
  3. I have supported the design and development of HVAC and plumbing. Developed basic design concepts, calculations, specifications, layouts, drawings, and data-defining configurations for those mechanical systems.
  4. I have carried out routine maintenance engineering assignments for HVAC and plumbing, by investigating reports of equipment failures, and/or determining changes in design, overhaul, repair, or testing.
  5. I have reviewed and recommended approval of HVAC and plumbing, shop drawings, and technical data submitted by contractors, ensuring conformance with plans.
  6. I do not have any experience in this area.


* 12.Select the answer that demonstrates your knowledge of mechanical engineering systems which include all of the following: fire suppression systems. Relate to mechanical engineering projects involving a variety of facilities such as administrative buildings, industrial buildings aircraft hangars, berthing buildings, dining facilities, search and rescue stations, etc.
  1. I have designed, developed mechanical engineering requirements and formal bidding documents for complex projects in the area of fire suppression systems. Formal bidding documents were comprehensive and included all required components. Projects often involved multiple mechanical systems.
  2. I have designed, provided technical advice and guidance on complex mechanical engineering problems in the area of fire suppression systems with unconventional features. Reviewed architect/engineer's plans and specifications to ensure construction feasibility and recommended necessary changes. Coordinated with other engineers and professional who were in the same or complementary areas of responsibility.
  3. I have supported the design and development of fire suppression. Developed basic design concepts, calculations, specifications, layouts, drawings, and data-defining configurations for those mechanical systems.
  4. I have carried out routine maintenance engineering assignments for fire suppression, by investigating reports of equipment failures, and/or determining changes in design, overhaul, repair, or testing.
  5. I have reviewed and recommended approval of fire suppression shop drawings, and technical data submitted by contractors, ensuring conformance with plans.
  6. I do not have any experience in this area.


* 13.Select the answer that demonstrates your knowledge of mechanical engineering systems which include all of the following: plumbing, heating, ventilation, air conditioning. (Relate to mechanical engineering projects involving a variety of facilities such as administrative buildings, berthing buildings, dining facilities, etc.)
  1. I have designed, developed mechanical engineering requirements and formal bidding documents for complex projects in the areas of HVAC and plumbing systems. Formal bidding documents were comprehensive and included all required components. Projects often involved multiple mechanical systems.
  2. I have supported the design and development of HVAC and plumbing. Developed basic design concepts, calculations, specificiations, layouts, drawings, and data-defining configurations for those mechanical systems.
  3. I have carried out routine maintenance engineering assignments for HVAC and plumbing, by investigating reports of equipment failures, and/or determining changes in design, overhaul, repair or testing.
  4. I have reviewed and recommended approval of HVAC and plumbing, shop drawings, and technical data submitted by contractors, ensuring conformance with plans.
  5. I do not have any experience in this area.


* 14.Select the answer that demonstrates your knowledge of mechanical engineering systems which include all of the following: fuel systems. Relate to mechanical engineering projects involving a variety of facilities such as administrative buildings, industrial buildings aircraft hangars, berthing buildings, dining facilities, search and rescue stations, etc.
  1. I designed, developed mechanical engineering requirements and formal bidding documents for complex projects in the area of fuel systems. Formal bidding documents were comprehensive and included all required components. Projects often involved multiple mechanical systems.
  2. I have designed, provided technical advice and guidance on complex mechanical engineering problems in the area of fuel systems with unconventional features. Reviewed architect/engineer's plans and specifications to ensure construction feasibility and recommended necessary changes. Coordinated with other engineers and professionals who were in the same or complementary areas of responsibility.
  3. I have supported the design and development of fuel systems. Developed basic design concepts, calculations, specifications, layouts, drawings, and data-defining configurations for those mechanical systems.
  4. I have carried out routine maintenance engineering assignments for fuel systems by investigating reports of equipment failures, and/or determining changes in design, overhaul, repair, or testing.
  5. I have reviewed and recommended approval of fuel systems shop drawings, and technical data submitted by contractors, ensuring conformance with plans.
  6. I do not have any experience in this area.


* 15.I am considered an expert and can investigate, troubleshoot, and initiate repairs to mechanical systems such as ventilation, boilers, steam systems, general plumbing, drinking water, refrigeration, heat exchangers, or pumps.
  1. I have performed this task on 7 or 8 systems listed above.
  2. I have performed this task on 5 or 6 systems listed above.
  3. I have performed this task on 3 or 4 systems listed above.
  4. I have performed this task on 2 or less systems listed above.
  5. I have not had experience, education, or training in performing this task.


* 16.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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