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Grade: 15

1 [344] Choose the statement that best describes your specialized experience that qualifies you for this GS-15 position. Answer to this question is required
  • I possess at least one year of specialized experience equivalent to the GS-14 as described in the vacancy announcement. This experience is well described in my application.
  • I do not meet the one year specialized experience requirement as described in the vacancy announcement.
2 [59333] Select the response that best describes your education and experience in accordance with requirements for engineering positions. You must provide supporting documentation. Answer to this question is required
  • I have a bachelor’s or higher engineering degree from an accredited university or college with at least one program accredited by ABET; or which included differential and integral calculus and courses (more advanced than 1st year physics/chemistry) in 5 of the following 7 areas of engineering science or physics: statics, dynamics, strength of materials (stress-strain relationships), fluid mechanics, hydraulics, thermodynamics, electrical fields/circuits, nature and property of materials (relating particle and aggregate structure to properties), or any comparable area of fundamental engineering science/physics, such as optics, heat transfer, soil mechanics, or electronics.
  • I have a combination of work experience and education from an accredited university or college that combined is equivalent to a bachelor's degree in engineering as demonstrated by current registration as an Engineer Intern (EI), Engineer in Training (EIT), or licensure as a professional engineer by any State, the District of Columbia, Guam, or Puerto Rico.
  • I have a combination of work experience and education from an accredited university or college that combined is equivalent to a bachelor's degree in engineering as demonstrated by passing the Fundamentals of Engineering (FE) exam or required written test for professional registration administered by Boards of Engineering Examiners in any State, District of Columbia, Guam, or Puerto Rico.
  • I have a combination of work experience and education from an accredited university or college that combined are equivalent to a bachelor's degree in engineering as demonstrated by completion of 60 semester hours of courses in physical, mathematical, and engineering sciences, including courses specified in response Choice 1.
  • I completed a curriculum leading to a bachelor's degree from an accredited university or college in engineering technology or another appropriate field (e.g., physics, chemistry, architecture, computer science, mathematics, hydrology, or geology), and have at least 1 year of professional engineering experience acquired under professional engineering supervision and guidance.
  • I do not meet any of the requirements as described above.
3 [60781] Select the response that best describes your highest level of equal or equivalent experience conducting varied types of technical analyses that involve any of the following: railroad operation, railroad safety processes and procedures, railroad safety equipment, the development of new passenger railroad rolling stock and locomotives. This experience must be well documented in your resume. Failure to do so may cause your application to be removed from consideration. Answer to this question is required
  • I have not had education, training or experience in performing this task.
  • I have the education or training in performing the task, but have not yet performed it on the job.
  • I have assisted in performing this task on the job. My work was reviewed and monitored by another specialist or supervisor.
  • I have experience in performing this task with minimal supervision from a senior employee or supervisor.
  • I performed this task as a regular part of a job. I have performed it independently and normally without review by a supervisor or senior employee.
  • I have had a year of experience in performing this task and I am considered an expert. I have supervised performance of this task or I am normally the person who is consulted by other workers to assist them in doing this task because of my expertise.
4 [60782] Select the response that best describes your highest level of equal or equivalent experience leading or participating in industry and/or government teams addressing railroad related issues. This experience must be well documented in your resume. Failure to do so may cause your application to be removed from consideration. Answer to this question is required
  • I have not had education, training or experience in performing this task.
  • I have the education or training in performing the task, but have not yet performed it on the job.
  • I have assisted in performing this task on the job. My work was reviewed and monitored by another specialist or supervisor.
  • I have experience in performing this task with minimal supervision from a senior employee or supervisor.
  • I performed this task as a regular part of a job. I have performed it independently and normally without review by a supervisor or senior employee.
  • I have had a year of experience in performing this task and I am considered an expert. I have supervised performance of this task or I am normally the person who is consulted by other workers to assist them in doing this task because of my expertise.
5 [60783] Select the response that best describes your highest level of equal or equivalent experience supervising program managers in conceiving, initiating, and managing research and development projects in support of the assurance of rolling stock safety, hazardous materials transportation, and passenger and freight rail cars and locomotives and the technology associated with rolling stock. This experience must be well documented in your resume. Failure to do so may cause your application to be removed from consideration. Answer to this question is required
  • I have not had education, training or experience in performing this task.
  • I have the education or training in performing the task, but have not yet performed it on the job.
  • I have assisted in performing this task on the job. My work was reviewed and monitored by another specialist or supervisor.
  • I have experience in performing this task with minimal supervision from a senior employee or supervisor.
  • I performed this task as a regular part of a job. I have performed it independently and normally without review by a supervisor or senior employee.
  • I have had a year of experience in performing this task and I am considered an expert. I have supervised performance of this task or I am normally the person who is consulted by other workers to assist them in doing this task because of my expertise.
6 [60784] Select the response that best describes your highest level of equal or equivalent experience with program management (i.e. making decisions utilizing research program output such as progress reports, and technical results). This experience must be well documented in your resume. Failure to do so may cause your application to be removed from consideration. Answer to this question is required
  • I have not had education, training or experience in performing this task.
  • I have the education or training in performing the task, but have not yet performed it on the job.
  • I have assisted in performing this task on the job. My work was reviewed and monitored by another specialist or supervisor.
  • I have experience in performing this task with minimal supervision from a senior employee or supervisor.
  • I performed this task as a regular part of a job. I have performed it independently and normally without review by a supervisor or senior employee.
  • I have had a year of experience in performing this task and I am considered an expert. I have supervised performance of this task or I am normally the person who is consulted by other workers to assist them in doing this task because of my expertise.
7 [57632] Select the statements that describe your direct project/program experience in mechanical engineering. (Direct experience means you were responsible for the work and you performed it, not that you were part of a team which did.) Answer to this question is required
  • Designing prototypes.
  • Designing performance requirements.
  • Research and development.
  • Analysis of test results.
  • Conceptual development phase.
  • Conducting feasibility studies.
  • Modeling with software.
  • None of the above.
8 [57630] Select the response that best describes your highest level of experience with the inspection, testing, and maintenance of railroad rolling stock equipment. Answer to this question is required
  • I have not performed and of these tasks.
  • I have received education or training in this task, but have not performed it on the job.
  • I am, or have been a railroad motive power & equipment (MP&E) employee, contractor or supplier with experience in MP&E design, test and evaluation, inspection, and/or maintenance, and my experience and training have prepared me to perform this task successfully.
  • I am, or have been, a railroad MP&E employee or contractor/supplier and work independently and routinely on this task.
  • I am or have been a railroad rolling stock equipment supervisor/manager/team lead, responsible for the oversight of railroad locomotive, freight cars, or passenger equipment systems, design, development, evaluation and/or maintenance.
9 [57631] Select the statement that best describes your understanding and experience with railroad rolling stock asset data. Answer to this question is required
  • I have no understanding or experience working with rail vehicle data.
  • I have an understanding of rail vehicle asset data, but have not had any experience working with it.
  • I have a good understanding of rail vehicle asset data, but have limited experience working with it.
  • I have a detailed understanding of rail vehicle asset data and have a significant amount of experience working with it.
10 [5011] Select the statement that best describes your experience in planning, implementing, managing and reporting on engineering test programs of mechanical devices and/or systems. Answer to this question is required
  • I have served as the lead engineer responsible for planning, implementing, managing and reporting on a significant engineering test program.
  • I have served as the junior engineer with responsibility for planning, implementing, managing and reporting on engineering test programs of mechanical devices and/or systems.
  • I have served as the junior engineer assisting in the planning, implementing and reporting on engineering test programs of mechanical devices and/or systems.
  • I have had limited responsibility for planning, implementing, managing and reporting on engineering test programs of mechanical devices and/or systems.
  • None of the above.
11 [5012] Select the statement that best describes your experience in conducting investigations designed to determine the root cause of the failure of a mechanical device or system to meet a criterion. Answer to this question is required
  • I have acted as the lead engineer responsible for planning and managing an investigation, collecting and analyzing related data and recommending a course of action.
  • I have acted as a junior engineer who has shared in the responsibility of planning and managing an investigation, collecting and analyzing related data and recommending a course of action.
  • I have limited experience with conducting engineering investigations.
  • None of the above.
12 [29308] Select the program management function(s) that you have performed as a regular part of your job. Answer to this question is required
  • I developed program plans.
  • I developed budget estimates.
  • I allocated human and funding resources to program components.
  • I monitored and coordinated technical activities.
  • I monitored general program progress and provided managerial guidance to project managers.
  • I disseminated and promoted program plans.
  • None of the above.
13 [2011] Choose the answer that best describes your experience gathering information from potential end users and translating this information into project requirements and estimated costs for purposes of planning and budgeting for an engineering project. Answer to this question is required
  • I have not had education, training, or experience administering, working with, or performing this task or function.
  • I have had education or training administering, working with, or performing this task or function, but have not yet used it on the job.
  • I have administered, worked with, or performed this task or function with close review and assistance from a supervisor, a senior employee, or a senior consultant.
  • I have administered, worked with, or performed this task or function as a regular part of a job and only in unique or unusual situations did I require assistance or review by a supervisor, senior employee, or senior consultant.
  • I have administered, worked with, or performed this task or function as a regular part of a job, even in unique or unusual situations. I do not require assistance or review by a supervisor, senior employee or senior consultant.
  • Others regularly consult me for my expertise and assistance in administering, working with, or performing this task or function. I have trained or instructed others on this task or function.
14 [4179] Choose the statement that best describes your demonstrated experience analyzing and interpreting rail and/or transit industry rules, regulations, standards, policies and procedures in order to make recommendations to address/resolve technically complex, conflicting, ambiguous, or unprecedented regulatory or industry standards issues. Answer to this question is required
  • I have no education, training and/or work related experience in this functional area.
  • I have an understanding of the concepts, principles, and processes gained from education and/or training in the analysis and interpretation of rail and/or transit industry rules, regulations, standards, policies and procedures, but have little to no experience applying the knowledge in a work environment.
  • I have had direct experience applying the concepts, principles, and processes on common, routine tasks and assignments related to the analysis and interpretation of rail and/or transit industry rules, regulations, standards, policies and procedures, but generally consult others for assistance and/or to have my work reviewed.
  • I have had direct experience applying the concepts, principles, and processes on common, routine tasks and assignments related to the analysis and interpretations of rail and/or transit industry rules, regulations, standards, policies and procedures and only require technical assistance or review of my work on complex assignments and/or tasks.
  • I have demonstrated work experience managing research or evaluation programs that required the analysis and interpretation of rail and/or transit industry rules, regulations, standards, policies and procedures in order to make recommendations concerning how to address/resolve technically complex, conflicting, ambiguous, or unprecedented regulatory or industry standards issues with little or no supervision.
  • In addition to having demonstrated work experience managing research or evaluation programs that required the analysis and interpretation of rail and/or transit industry rules, regulations, standards, policies and procedures in order to make recommendations concerning how to address/resolve technically complex, conflicting, ambiguous, or unprecedented regulatory or industry standards issues, I am often consulted for my expertise.
15 [53025] Choose statement(s) that describe your program management experience in achieving an organizational mission. Answer to this question is required
  • I have established and monitored project delivery productivity.
  • I have established and monitored project delivery cost controls.
  • I have planned the resources, delivery schedules, and milestones.
  • I have established and tracked project delivery performance measures.
  • I have monitored and tracked project and organizational accomplishments.
  • I have set goals and objectives for accomplishments of programs or projects.
  • I have advised, consulted with, and/or negotiated with customers in the delivery of projects or programs.
  • I have developed annual work plans, objectives, priorities, workloads of resources, and schedules for accomplishment of work plans.
  • None of the above.
16 [14352] Select the statement(s) in which you have experience managing a multidisciplinary team of employees. Answer to this question is required
  • I have experience assigning and monitoring workload.
  • I have experience evaluating employee performance.
  • I have experience counseling employees.
  • I have experience resolving grievances.
  • I have experience mentoring staff.
  • I have experience managing resources, which include approving leave, travel and training request.
  • None of the above.
17 [54130] Select the duties you have performed on a regular and recurring basis as a team leader or supervisor. Answer to this question is required
  • Had responsibility for the first line supervision of employees
  • Oversaw, directed or developed work to be accomplished by subordinates including setting priorities and preparing schedules for the completion of work and adjusted as needed.
  • Assigned work to subordinates based on priorities, consideration of the difficulty of assignments, and the capabilities of employees.
  • Scheduled employees to cover varying shifts
  • Developed performance standards and evaluated employees' work
  • Gave advice, counsel or instruction to employees on program specific, technical, and/or administrative matters
  • Interviewed candidates and made recommendations/selections to fill vacant position(s).
  • Recommended and/or selected individuals for appointment, promotion, or reassignment
  • Worked with employees to identify their developmental and training needs based on organizational goals and budget realities
  • Worked with management to identify developmental and training needs of employees based on organizational goals and budget realities.
  • Conducted workforce/succession planning
  • Resolved office conflicts through meetings
  • Delegated authority to the lowest levels
  • Resolved office conflicts by providing written guidance
  • Resolved office conflicts through mediation or other forms of alternative dispute resolution
  • Addressed employee conduct issues by taking appropriate human resources actions such as oral admonishments or suspensions
  • Coached, counseled and/or disciplined employees on performance issues
  • Coached, counseled and/or disciplined employees on conduct issues
  • Followed necessary steps when an employee's performance did not improve
  • Developed performance improvement plans
  • Recognized and rewarded employees for their contributions
  • Have no managerial/supervisory experience, but have been designated as a team leader, assisting the immediate supervisor with assignment of tasks.
  • Have not performed any of the above listed supervisory duties
18 [7343] Select the statement(s) that describe your experience providing leadership direction. Answer to this question is required
  • I have provided leadership one-on-one with colleagues on program issues.
  • I have provided direction as the leader of a task-based team.
  • I have provided direction and counseling to staff as a supervisor.
  • I have provided leadership direction for national programs.
  • I have provided leadership direction to senior officials to resolve national program challenges.
  • None of the above.
19 [8195] Select all the statements from below that best describe your experience working as a supervisor, team lead, project manager or reviewing the work of others. Answer to this question is required
  • I provide general standing instructions on recurring assignments by indicating what is to be done, applicable policies, procedures and methods to follow, data and information required, quality and quantity of work expected, priority of assignments, and deadlines.
  • I establish qualitative and quantitative measures for the performance and outcomes of the unit.
  • I provide specific instructions for new, difficult, or special assignments including suggested procedures, sources of information including the location and type of written material that may be used as an aid in completing the assignment.
  • I review the work of others for missing or incompatible information.
  • I assure that finished work and methods used are technically accurate and in compliance with established instructions, methods, procedures, and deadlines.
  • I assign work with standing instructions on objectives, priorities, and deadlines and provide guidance for unusually involved situations.
  • I evaluate completed work for overall technical soundness and conformance to agency/organizational policies, legal, or system requirements.
  • I evaluate completed work for overall technical soundness and conformance to agency/organizational policies, legal, or system requirements.
  • I provide training to other employees or provide assistance to others who need help with assignments not specifically covered by general instructions or regulations.
  • None of the above.
20 [34908] Choose the statement that best reflects your communication skills both person-to-person and in writing with internal and external client/customer representatives. Answer to this question is required
  • I have experience communicating with internal and external customers to deal with a variety of technical issues during the design and construction phases of projects to devise solutions/recommendations that are workable and timely.
  • I have experience communicating with internal and external customers to deal with technical problems during the design and construction phases of projects following normal standard procedures.
  • I have experience communicating with internal and external customers regarding routine matters during the design and construction phases of projects.
  • I have limited experience communicating with internal and external customers.
  • None of the above.
21 [3112] Select the response(s) that describe your experience preparing written technical material. Answer to this question is required
  • I have written technical information for internal and external audiences.
  • I have written field observation reports.
  • I have prepared and presented issue papers, briefings to program personnel, subject-matter groups and/or management officials at all levels within an organization on subject matter issues in a technical advisory capacity.
  • I have reviewed reports for technical accuracy, adherence to policy, organization of material, clarity of expression, and appropriateness for intended audiences.
  • I have prepared scientific manuscripts for publication in scientific journals and technical publications.
  • None of the above
22 [57102] Select the statement that best describes your experience in preparing written materials on engineering related issues such as technical reports, functional statements, statements of work, briefing papers, and correspondence (and other materials) for individuals and audiences. Answer to this question is required
  • I have experience in preparing written documents, such as transmittal memos and e-mail.
  • I have experience in preparing written documents on engineering related issues, such as technical reports, statements of work, and briefing papers.
  • I have experience preparing written materials on engineering related issues such as technical reports, functional statements, statement of work, briefing papers, and correspondence (and other materials) for individuals and recipients are usually within my organization.
  • I have preparing written materials on engineering related issues such as technical reports, functional statements, statement of work, briefing papers, and correspondence (and other materials) for individuals and organizations, including customers, middle or senior management within or outside of the organization.
  • I have experience in preparing written materials on engineering related issues such as technical reports, functional statements, statements of work, briefing papers, testimonies and correspondence (and other materials) involving issues or projects of a sensitive and controversial nature, and recipients are individuals and groups both within and outside the organization.
  • None of the above.
23 [53723] This position requires strong written and verbal communication skills in a variety of issues. Please select the statement(s) that best describe(s) your ability to communicate in writing as well as in person with others both within and outside of your work organization on a regular basis. Answer to this question is required
  • Gathered and exchanged information, resolved routine issues, and gained or secured compliance.
  • Made program decisions and policy interpretations.
  • Persuaded others to accept new technology, concepts, and programs.
  • Resolved and negotiated significant and controversial issues to gain compliance and agreement.
  • Position papers on controversial issues.
  • Provided leadership and guidance in my field.
  • Explained program, policies, standards, and procedures.
  • None of the above.

Grade: All Grades

[16869] Please note that ALL candidates must submit a resume online and complete the entire application (Resume, Core Questions, Vacancy Questions) process.Ensure that your resume thoroughly supports your responses to the job specific questions and that it contains the names, titles, and phone numbers of your most current and previous supervisors so that we may contact them. Please also be sure that your preference regarding contacting your current supervisors is shown in the User Information area. Applicants are strongly encouraged to complete all questions. High self-assessment in the application questions that is not supported by information in your resume may prevent you from being found best qualified, in which case your application will not be referred to the selecting official.
1 [31608] I understand the resume I have submitted for this position will be thoroughly reviewed to determine whether my experience and/or educational background is sufficient to meet basic and/or specialized experience requirements as outlined in this announcement. I also understand that if the information provided in my resume is not sufficient to support my responses to the vacancy announcement questions, it will affect the overall assessment of my application package. Answer to this question is required
  • Yes
  • No
[31648] When you are finished with the question phase of this announcement, you will be shown a list of documents that may include documents that do not apply to you. Review the list and the required documents section of the vacancy to determine which, IF ANY, are required for your application to be considered a complete application. Please do not submit documents that are not requested.
  • If you are not a veteran, the DD-214 and the SF-15 do not apply to you.
  • If you are not applying to an engineering position, the P.E. license or EIT exam does not apply to you.
  • If you are not requesting consideration under a special appointing authority, the special appointing authority documents do not apply to you.
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2 [3057] By responding to this question, you acknowledge that you have reviewed the Required Documents section of this announcement to determine which documents, if any, you need to provide in support of this application. Answer to this question is required
  • Yes
  • No
3 [31609] I understand that if I do not submit all REQUIRED documents by the closing date, it will affect the overall assessment of my application package. Answer to this question is required
  • Yes
  • No
4 [54657] Select your most recent work performance evaluation (includes pass in pass/fail systems). Answer to this question is required
  • My most recent work performance evaluation was satisfactory or better.
  • My most recent work performance evaluation was below satisfactory.
  • I have never received a performance appraisal or review for any position.
5 [586] How did you initially hear about this position? Answer to this question is required
  • Email notification
  • Agency website
  • USAJobs (OPM) website
  • Newspaper advertisement
  • Magazine advertisement
  • Commercial employment site (i.e. Careerbuilder, Monster)
  • Placement office (Federal, State, College or University)
  • Friend or relative
  • Job Fair
  • Minority professional network
  • Other
    5.1 [5063] Please indicate how you heard about this position. Maximum length of 250 characters.