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Grade: 15

No questions specified.

Grade: All Grades

REMINDER: In addition to this questionnaire, you must also submit all information/documents applicable to you as described under "Required Documents." Please read the vacancy announcement carefully. If all the required information is not submitted, you will be found ineligible for this position.
1 Are you currently serving or have served in the last five years in a Political Appointment in the Federal Government? Answer to this question is required
  • Yes
    1.1 Please list the title, agency, and dates of this appointment. Please note you will be required to meet OPM Approval of your appointment if selected. Maximum length of 250 characters.
  • No
2 I certify that, to the best of my knowledge and belief, all of the information on and attached to this application is true, correct, complete, and made in good faith. I understand that false or fraudulent information on or attached to this application may be grounds for not hiring me or for firing me after I begin work and may be punishable by fine or imprisonment. I understand that any information I give may be investigated. Answer to this question is required
  • Yes
  • No

Individual Occupational Requirements for the Engineer:  Degree: Engineering. To be acceptable, the program must: (1) lead to a bachelor’s degree in a school of engineering with at least one program accredited by ABET; or (2) include differential and integral calculus and courses (more advanced than first-year physics and chemistry) in five of the following seven areas of engineering science or physics: (a) statics, dynamics; (b) strength of materials (stress-strain relationships); (c) fluid mechanics, hydraulics; (d) thermodynamics; (e) electrical fields and circuits; (f) nature and properties of materials (relating particle and aggregate structure to properties); and (g) any other comparable area of fundamental engineering science or physics, such as optics, heat transfer, soil mechanics, or electronics.

OR

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. The adequacy of such background must be demonstrated by one of the following:

Professional registration -- Current registration as a professional engineer by any State, the District of Columbia, Guam, or Puerto Rico. Absent other means of qualifying under this standard, those applicants who achieved such registration by means other than written test (e.g., State grandfather or eminence provisions) are eligible only for positions that are within or closely related to the specialty field of their registration. For example, an applicant who attains registration through a State Board's eminence provision as a manufacturing engineer typically would be rated eligible only for manufacturing engineering positions.

Written Test-- Evidence of having successfully passed the Engineer-in-Training (EIT) examination, or the written test required for professional registration, which is administered by the Boards of Engineering Examiners in the various States, the District of Columbia, Guam, and Puerto Rico.

Specified academic courses -- Successful completion of at least 60 semester hours of courses in the physical, mathematical, and engineering sciences and in engineering that included the courses specified in the basic requirements. The courses must be fully acceptable toward meeting the requirements of a professional engineering curriculum as described in paragraph A.

Related curriculum -- Successful completion of 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, may be accepted in lieu of a degree in engineering, provided the applicant has had at least 1 year of professional engineering experience acquired under professional engineering supervision and guidance. Ordinarily there should be either an established plan of intensive training to develop professional engineering competence, or several years of prior professional engineering-type experience, e.g., in interdisciplinary positions. (The above examples of related curricula are not all-inclusive.)

3 Choose one answer which best describes your educational/work experience background for a professional engineering position. Answer to this question is required
  • I have earned a bachelor's degree or higher in professional engineering. The curriculum was: (1) in a school of engineering with at least one curriculum accredited by the Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology (ABET) as a professional engineering curriculum/; or (2) included differential and integral calculus and courses (more advanced than first-year physics and chemistry) in five of the following seven areas of engineering science or physics: (a) statics, dynamics/; (b) strength of materials (stress-strain relationships)/; (c) fluid mechanics, hydraulics/; (d) thermodynamics/; (e) electrical fields and circuits/; (f) nature and properties of materials (relating particle and aggregate structure to properties)/; and (g) any other comparable area of fundamental engineering science or physics, such as optics, heat transfer, soil mechanics, or electronics.
  • I have a combination of education and experience which includes 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. The adequacy of such background must be demonstrated by one of the following: Professional registration, Written Test, Specified academic courses, or Related curriculum. (For more information please see the "Qualifications" section of this Job Opportunity Announcement).
  • I not meet any of the above requirements.
Individual Occupational Requirements for the Physical Scientist: Successful completion of a full 4-year course of study in an accredited college or university leading to a bachelor's or higher degree in physical science, engineering, or mathematics that included 24 semester hours in physical science and/or related engineering science such as mechanics, dynamics, properties of materials, and electronics. or

B. Combination of education and experience -- education equivalent to one of the majors shown in A above that included at least 24 semester hours in physical science and/or related engineering science, plus appropriate experience or additional education
4 Choose one answer which best describes your educational/work experience background for a physical scientist position. Answer to this question is required
  • I have a Bachelor’s degree or higher in physical science, engineering, or mathematics that included 24 semester hours in physical science and/or related engineering science such as mechanics, dynamics, properties of materials, and electronics.
  • I have a combination of education and experience - education equivalent to a major in physical science, engineering, or mathematics that included at least 24 semester hours in physical science and/or related engineering science, plus appropriate experience or additional education.
  • None of the above
Specialized Experience for the GS-15: Specialized experience is one year of experience at the GS-14 level or equivalent in other public or private sectors, that is directly related to the position as listed in this announcement and which has equipped the candidate with the particular knowledge, skills, and abilities to successfully perform the duties of the position. Specialized experience includes leading the overall direction of a quality engineering program and dealing with external stakeholders to discuss/negotiate product quality issues and program initiatives.
5 Select the answer the best describes your experience as it directly relates to the specialized experience statement above. Answer to this question is required
  • I have one full year or more of specialized experience equivalent to the definition as described above.
  • I do not have one full year of specialized experience equivalent to the definition as described above.
6 Do you have experience managing a matrix-oriented quality manufacturing organization? Answer to this question is required
  • Yes
  • No
7 Please select all of the following with which you have experience performing in a manufacturing site operation environment: Answer to this question is required
  • Quality Engineering
  • Quality Audit
  • Statistical Process Control (SPC)
  • Implementing Corrective and Preventive Actions (CAPA)
  • Product quality assurance concepts
  • None of the above
8 Please indicate where in your resume this specialized experience was gained by indicating the date(s) and name(s) of employer(s). Maximum length of 250 characters. Answer to this question is required
9 Select the statements which describe your experience related to integrating new technology in a production environment. Answer to this question is required
  • Applying technology development concepts, theories, and principles on projects
  • Developing standards/specifications for a technology
  • Establishing required material specification and/or testing procedures
  • Establishing manufacturing capabilities for a technology
  • None of the above
10 Do you have experience resolving technical issues and risks related to quality engineering? Answer to this question is required
  • Yes
  • No
11 Do you have one year of experience leading the overall direction of a quality engineering program? Answer to this question is required
  • Yes
  • No
12 Please indicate where in your resume this specialized experience was gained by indicating the date(s) and name(s) of employer(s). Maximum length of 250 characters. Answer to this question is required
13 Please select the responses that describe your experience: Answer to this question is required
  • I have evaluated organizational performance against the quality standards and analyzed production quality information and customer feedback related to product quality.
  • I have performed root cause analysis using lean, Six Sigma or similar tools.
  • I have conducted analysis to identify negative or positive trends that may be developing.
  • I have prepared and presented management briefings regarding results, conclusions, and recommendations.
  • I have written statements of need, statements of work, and related contracting documents to obtain vendor services.
  • I have evaluated final product quality verification testing results and provided final release authority for finished product.
  • None of the above
14 Indicate your experience in directing and coordinating activities associated with the development and implementation of quality assurance programs and practices. Answer to this question is required
  • I have directed and coordinated activities associated with the development and implementation of quality assurance programs and practices as they relate to processes and procedures attendant to the printing of currency and/or other security documents.
  • I have directed and coordinated activities associated with the development and implementation of quality assurance programs and practices as they relate to processes and procedures attendant to the printing of materials using computerized, high-speed, large format presses and peripheral equipment.
  • I have directed and coordinated activities associated with the development and implementation of quality assurance programs and practices as they relate to processes and procedures attendant to production in a large scale manufacturing environment.
  • I have directed and coordinated activities associated with the development and implementation of quality assurance programs and practices as they relate to processes and procedures attendant to production in a small to medium scale manufacturing environment.
  • I have directed and coordinated activities associated with the development and implementation of quality assurance programs and practices as they relate to processes and procedures attendant to production in a non-manufacturing environment.
  • I do not have experience in directing and coordinating activities associated with the development and implementation of quality assurance programs and practices.
15 Indicate your experiences monitoring compliance with quality standards and evaluating performance against quality standards. Answer to this question is required
  • I have analyzed production quality information and customer feedback related to product quality.
  • I have conducted analyses to identify negative or positive quality trends that may be developing.
  • I have evaluated final product quality verification testing results and provided final “release authority” for finished products.
  • I have managed and directed an organization’s corrective and preventive action program.
  • I have interfaced and consulted with organizational staff on engineering, manufacturing, and quality issues.
  • I have provided ISO 9001 training and quality systems support.
  • I do not have experience monitoring compliance with quality standards and evaluating performance against quality standards.
16 Indicate your experience in the resolution of material and production issues that have an impact on product quality and performance. Answer to this question is required
  • I have directed an organization’s program designed to resolve material and production issues that have an impact on product quality and performance.
  • I have served as a team leader engaged in the resolution of material and production issues that have an impact on product quality and performance.
  • I have independently resolved material and production issues that have an impact on product quality and performance.
  • I have served as a team member engaged in the resolution of material and production issues that have an impact on product quality and performance.
  • None of the above.
17 From the answer choices below, please select the Continuous Process Improvement methodologies you have utilized in your day to day work experience. Answer to this question is required
  • Lean
  • Six-Sigma
  • DMAIC or PDCA
  • Total Quality Management
  • Constraint Theory
  • Baldrige Excellence Framework
  • ISO 9001
  • None of the above
18 Please select your level of Lean Six Sigma certification. Answer to this question is required
  • Green Belt
  • Black Belt
  • Master Black Belt
  • I do not have a Lean Six Sigma certification.
19 Select all of the following process improvement tools you have utilized in a professional environment. Answer to this question is required
  • Process Mapping
  • Process flowcharting
  • Cause and effect diagrams
  • Bar Charts
  • Matrix analysis
  • Histograms
  • Pareto Analysis
  • Value Stream Mapping
  • None of the above
20 Choose all statements that describe your experience of analyzing data and making recommendations. Answer to this question is required
  • I have evaluated available data or data to be collected to determine if they are suitable for use to address the study objectives.
  • I have evaluated the appropriateness of study design and analysis techniques to determine if they meet the study objectives.
  • I have developed study conclusions based on statistical data analysis results and study objectives.
  • I have not had experience in performing this type of work.
21 I have prepared technical reports in terms of: Answer to this question is required
  • Study design
  • Outcome measures
  • Data collection methods
  • Statistical analysis methods
  • None of the above
22 Choose all examples that apply to your experience analyzing data and information when preparing written reports. Answer to this question is required
  • I have analyzed data or statistics to ensure validity, reliability, and absence of bias in written documents that I prepared.
  • I have been the primary author of briefings, articles, studies, or reports.
  • I have reviewed reports for accuracy, adherence to policy, organization of material, clarity or expression, and appropriateness for intended audiences.
  • I have composed explanations or justification decisions, conclusions, findings, or recommendations.
  • I have analyzed trends and other information to: (a) identify issues, problems, challenges, opportunities, and options and (b) formulate strategies and recommendations that I incorporated into written reports that I prepared.
  • None of the above
23 Please select the response that best describes your experience with managing projects to develop technologies or materials. Answer to this question is required
  • I have led a cross-functional, cross-organizational project team investigation(s) to develop technologies or materials.
  • I have been an active participant, providing technical assistance to cross-functional, cross-organizational project teams to develop technologies or materials.
  • I have provided input to a technology development project team.
  • I am aware of the technology development process.
  • None of the above
24 Select the responses that describe your experience with project management. Answer to this question is required
  • Ensuring compliance with project plans
  • Defining project objectives, needs and requirements
  • Establishing project milestone schedule
  • Providing written and oral project status report updates to sponsor and impacted stakeholders
  • Performing risk assessments and identifying mitigations
  • None of the above
25 Please select the responses that describe the leadership roles or functions you have performed. Answer to this question is required
  • Prioritizing resources across multiple competing quality engineering efforts
  • Executing a quality engineering project through the entire life cycle
  • Resolving technical issues and risks related to manufacturing operations and presented statuses to executive level audiences successfully
  • Negotiating with all levels of management to gain acceptance of program recommendations or initiatives
  • Providing administrative/technical guidance to product managers, project managers, line and executive management and subordinates
  • Articulating and executing a strategic vision for quality manufacturing operations to management, stakeholders and customers
  • Interpreting (e.g., laymen terms) technical issues, risks, and program status for executive level officials
  • Leading an organization through a challenging transformational effort involving change management of people, processes and technologies/infrastructure
  • Resolving formal complaints and conflicts among employees to minimize any negative impacts within a program or division
  • None of the above
26 Indicate your experience in maintaining and promoting effective working relationships with managers, supervisors, co-workers or contractors by selecting the statement that best describes your experience. Answer to this question is required
  • I have established effective working relationships with managers, supervisors, co-workers or contractors.
  • I have led efforts to promote establishing effective working relationships with managers, supervisors, co-workers or contractors.
  • I have worked on teams to promote establishing effective working relationships with managers, supervisors, co-workers or contractors.
  • I have developed programs to promote establishing effective working relationships with managers, supervisors, co-workers or contractors.
  • I have not performed any of the above tasks.
27 This position requires an ability to manage a staff of professional and administrative employees. Choose one from the following that best describes your highest level of experience in a position. Answer to this question is required
  • I have performed as a manager with responsibility for planning and assigning overall work to be accomplished, developed short and long term priorities, approved short and long periods of leave, and provided technical review of work. Provided input to subordinate supervisors for: coaching, counseling employees, performance evaluation and/or recognition of employees, may have interviewed others as a panel member and gave input to advance/promote others. I have documented productivity and quality of work concerns.
  • I have worked as a first-level supervisor, with authority to: plan work done by subordinates; set and adjust short-term work priorities; assign work based on priorities and staff capabilities; set standards and evaluate work performance; interviewed candidates for positions in the work unit; heard and resolved complaints from employees; effected minor disciplinary measures; identified staff developmental and training needs; related policies to staff and have improved work production and quality.
  • I have performed work as a senior staff or project manager with recurring responsibility for planning, developing, and implementing programs. This may have included developing short and/or long-term action plans with milestones, identifying and managing fiscal resources, and/or managing work teams/advisory groups in the design of systems and programs.
  • I have performed as a temporary supervisor with responsibility for planning, assigning work, solved problems and set/observed priorities and timeframes for tasks, approved short term leave, input for coaching/performance rating and /or recognition, identified training needs , resolved minor complaints and interviewed others with a panel/other members.
  • None of the above.
28 Select the statement(s) that reflect(s) your experience communicating orally to make presentations, exchange information, and collaborate with others. Select all that apply. Answer to this question is required
  • Providing clear and convincing briefings and oral presentations to individuals, senior management officials, and groups as a subject matter expert in a particular content area.
  • Making formal presentations to senior management, stakeholders, and others.
  • Interacting with management, peers, and other stakeholders to coordinate programs and projects and to facilitate an open exchange of ideas.
  • Conveying concepts, procedures and processes in understandable language to others with differing levels of technical knowledge.
  • None of the above.
29 From the list below, please select the document(s) that you have prepared/written independently. Select all that apply. Answer to this question is required
  • Technical specifications and/or requirements
  • Technical analyses of laboratory findings or data collection
  • Technical evaluation reports
  • Briefings and/or presentations on technical issues, topics or projects
  • Project status reports
  • None of the above
30 Do you have one year of experience dealing with external stakeholders to discuss/negotiate product quality issues and program initiatives? Answer to this question is required
  • Yes
  • No
31 Please indicate where in your resume this specialized experience was gained by indicating the date(s) and name(s) of employer(s). Maximum length of 250 characters. Answer to this question is required
32 From the following list, select the choice that best describes your oral communication skills. Answer to this question is required
  • I have regularly served as a subject matter expert in dealing with managers and executives.
  • I have regularly participated in discussions with managers and executives in which the purpose was to plan, coordinate, or consult on work efforts or to resolve specific business problems. This included influencing or motivating individuals or groups who are working toward mutual goals and who have cooperative attitudes.
  • I have regularly conducted discussions as a program representative, in which the purpose was to influence, motivate, or persuade persons or groups. This included using communication skills to approach individuals or groups who are skeptical or in disagreement in order to obtain the desired effect, e.g. gaining compliance with an established policy or regulation.
  • I have regularly justified, persuaded, negotiated, or resolved matters involving significant or controversial policy or program issues. This included communicating effectively with a full range of individuals or groups.
  • None of the above.
33 Select the following statement that best describe your work experience in preparing concise, written reports, recommendations and other materials. Answer to this question is required
  • I have experience independently preparing written statistical and analytical reports with recommendations that significantly influence fundamental operations and procedures.
  • I have prepared written concise, comprehensive and logical reports that included recommendations.
  • I have prepared draft reports that were concise, comprehensive and logical for a superior engineer or team of engineers that included recommendations.
  • I have been requested to write technical information for management and subordinates.
  • I have written engineering reports with no independent recommendations.
  • None of the above