Skip Navigation

Vacancy Questions Preview

Vacancy Questions Preview

Grade: All Grades
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.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 such as optics, heat transfer, soil mechanics, or electronics.
  3. 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.
  4. Combination of education and experience--college-level education, training, and/or technical experience that furnished (1) a thorough knowledge of the physical and mathematical sciences underlying professional engineering, and (2) a good understanding, both theoretical and practical, of the engineering sciences and techniques and their applications to one of the branches of engineering.
  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-12 In addition to meeting the occupational requirements for this series, choose the answer that 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-11 level in the Federal service as described in the vacancy announcement.
  2. I do not meet the requirement described above.


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.

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 statement best describes your experience utilizing the AUTOCAD (computer-aided design) system to facilitate design 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.


* 4.Select the level of your education/experience that enables you to participate in contract negotiations with the A/E, review submittals, and recommend invoices for payment.
  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.Select the level of your education/experience that would enable you to prepare detailed cost estimates for 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.


* 6.Select the level of your education/experience that enables you to prepare design documentation, e.g., design drawings, specifications, cost estimates, process checklists and project approval packages.
  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.Select the level of your education/experience that would enable you to identify the most economical and efficient procedures for renovation, design and construction, including A/E or in-house design.
  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.Select the level of your education/experience that would enable you to design earthquake resistant structures.
  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 level of your education/experience that would enable you to develop a range of alternatives, by preparing life-cycle economic cost analysis as well as construction alternatives.
  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 preparing contract drawings, specifications, and related engineering documentation utilizing AUTOCAD:
  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 design drawings of a structural engineering nature submitted by A/E contractors for compliance with contract requirements, and making necessary review comments to assure that project requirements are fulfilled:
  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 in the structural analysis and design of facilities, taking into consideration static and dynamic forces resulting from the effects of dead loads, live loads, wind loads, seismic action, wave forces, lateral earth pressures, hydraulic pressures, ice action and differential temperatures:
  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.Select the level of your education/experience that enables you to prepare design documentation, e.g., design drawings, specifications, cost estimates, energy projects and major maintenance and overhauls of buildings.
  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.Select the level of your education/experience that would enable you to oversee all aspects of Architect-Engineer contracts assigned for the preparation of plans or studies including writing the Architect-Engineer scope of work, government estimates and negotiating with the Architect-Engineer.
  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.Which of the following statements best describes your experience monitoring, reporting on, and resolving issues associated with A/E contractor performance:
  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.






This is a Federal job application system. Providing false information, creating fake IDs, or failing to answer all questions truthfully and completely may be grounds for not hiring, for disbarment from Federal employment, or for dismissal after the applicant begins work. Falsifying a Federal job application, attempting to violate the privacy of others, or attempting to compromise the operation of this system may be punishable by fine or imprisonment (US Code, Title 18, section 1001).