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* 1.Where Did You Hear About Us?
  1. USAID's Website
  2. USAJOBS Website
  3. General Job Information Website
  4. Agency Employee
  5. School Placement Center
  6. Job Fair/Recruitment Event
  7. Development Executive Group
  8. Professional Journal
  9. Newspaper Ad
  10. Other Print Ad
  11. Other (please specify)


* 2.If you selected "Other" above, please specify.
Maximum length of 250 characters.


* 3.BASIC REQUIREMENT - Choose one answer that best describes your education and experience.
  1. I possess an engineering degree from a school with curriculum accredited by Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology (ABET); or with differential and integral calculus (more advanced than first-year physics and chemistry) in five of seven engineering science or physics areas: (a) statics/dynamics; (b) strength of materials; (c) fluid mechanics/hydraulics; (d) thermodynamics; (e) electrical fields/circuits; (f) nature/properties of materials; or (g) related engineering science/physics.
  2. I possess a combination of post-high school education including 3 years of general experience, one year equivalent to GS-4 level, and courses in education, training that provided a knowledge of physical and mathematical sciences underlying professional engineering, with both theoretical and practical understanding of engineering sciences and techniques and applications to one branch of engineering demonstrated by completion of Professional registration, written test, specific courses/curriculum.
  3. I do not meet any of the requirements as described.


* 4.GS-15 - In addition to the basic requirement, choose one answer that best describes your experience.
  1. I possess at least one year of specialized professional engineering experience equivalent to the GS-14 grade level in the Federal service performing work appropriate to the position advertised in the vacancy announcement.
  2. I do not meet the requirement as described above.


* 5.Which of the following best describes your experience interpreting guidelines for adaptation to specific problems or issues in a large organization?
  1. I have no experience interpreting guidelines for adaptation to specific problems or issues in a large organization
  2. I have had less than one years full time experience implementing tasks based on guidelines
  3. I have had one or more years of full time experience implementing tasks based on guidelines


* 6.Select all actions that you have taken to ensure that bureau policies, standards, and procedures are documented and are in compliance with applicable laws, regulations, and guidance.
  1. I have created/formulated organizational standards and policies based on review of applicable laws and regulations.
  2. I have researched applicable laws and regulations as they pertain to existing policies and standards.
  3. I have interpreted applicable laws and regulations as they pertain to existing policies and standards.
  4. I have implemented new policies and standards based on updates to applicable laws and regulations.
  5. I have trained employees on policies and standards.
  6. I have reviewed existing policies and standards and incorporated changes based on updates to applicable laws and regulations.
  7. None of the above


* 7.Select the statement that best describes the method you have used to make decisions in a professional environment.
  1. I weigh the pros and cons independently
  2. I weigh the pros and cons under the direction of my supervisor
  3. I weigh the pros and cons to make decisions and provide guidance and supervision to others in these areas
  4. I consult with my peers before making a decision
  5. I defer decisions to my supervisor
  6. None of the above


* 8.Describe your experience documenting problems and resolutions.
  1. I have consistently documented the stated problem, underlying root cause and resolution, and updated existing documentation to reflect new information.
  2. I have thoroughly documented the stated problem and underlying root cause and resolution.
  3. I have documented the stated problem and the resolution
  4. I have created updated documentation
  5. None of the above


* 9.Choose the answer that best describes your experience resolving customer problems?
  1. Worked with user, documented problem, determined root cause of problem, reviewed technical artifacts, developed solutions, presented solution to customers, and documented outcome.
  2. Worked with user, reviewed technical design/approach (to include system error messages and technical documentation), determined root cause of problem, presented resolution to customer.
  3. Worked with user, reviewed technical design/approach (to include system error messages and technical documentation), presented resolution to customer.
  4. Worked with user, talked to technical personnel, and presented resolution to user.
  5. Worked with user and presented resolution.
  6. None of the above


* 10.Do you have experience in modifying plans to accommodate unexpected assignments or to respond to changing workloads, priorities, or deadlines?
  1. Yes
  2. No


* 11.Please identify the project management activities that you have performed at work.
  1. Managed competing assignments
  2. Set milestones and deadlines for assignments
  3. Briefed staff and management on status of assignments
  4. Provided guidance, direction, or instruction to individuals
  5. Reacted effectively to unforeseen events or delays
  6. Rearranged priorities and work assignments based on the actions of others
  7. None of the above


* 12.I have initiated the following forms of written communication as a regular, recurring part of my assignments.
  1. Written and defended a thesis as a graduation requirement for a Masters Degree.
  2. Development and presentation of computer related technical findings (e.g., report).
  3. Correspondence signed by corporate management.
  4. Comments (feedback) on proposed legislation, regulations, policies, or procedures.
  5. Topical memoranda for inter-office use.
  6. Projects/job proposals for an organization's annual audit plan / planning process.
  7. None of the above.


* 13.From the following list, identify the systems documentation you have authored.
  1. Functional requirements
  2. System Overview
  3. Systems Design
  4. Database Architecture
  5. Program Specifications
  6. User Manuals
  7. On-line Help Text
  8. Unit and System Test Plans
  9. Configuration Management
  10. Standard Operation Procedures
  11. Disaster Recovery Procedures
  12. None of the above






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