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Grade: 11

1 [30210] Choose the statement that best describes your education and/or specialized experience that qualifies you for this GS-11 position. Answer to this question is required
  • I possess one year of specialized experience matching what is described in the vacancy announcement. This matching experience is well described in my resume.
  • I possess three full years of progressively higher-level graduate education or Ph.D. or equivalent doctoral degree that has equipped me to perform the duties of this position. Transcripts have been provided with my application.
  • I possess a combination of graduate level education, beyond the second full year of graduate level education and specialized experience as described in the vacancy announcement, that together meet the qualification requirements for this position. Transcripts have been provided with my application and the matching experience is well described in my resume.
  • I do not meet any of the requirements as described above.
2 [57299] Please list the title and years in which you gained the required education or specialized experience that qualifies you for this position. Your answer is limited to 250 characters or less. Maximum length of 250 characters. Answer to this question is required
3 [2263] Do you have knowledge of motor vehicles including motor vehicle components, systems and equipment? Answer to this question is required
  • Yes
  • No
4 [4312] Select the statement(s) that accurately describe your experience in safety defects and related areas. Answer to this question is required
  • I have worked with other organizations to harmonize potential test procedures and hardware approaches.
  • I have formulated or conducted research to investigate and identify primary causes of injury in motor vehicle collisions.
  • I have identified elements of the crash injury problem for which injury prevention or injury reduction benefits are possible.
  • I have participated in research, development, test and evaluation programs to improve motor vehicle occupant protection capability.
  • I have participated in research or test programs to define the relationship between vehicle characteristics and designs and important injury modes.
  • I have conducted engineering investigations, tests and evaluations of possible safety related defects, which may adversely affect motor vehicle safety.
  • I have participated in programs or projects to identify, confirm, and evaluate cases of suspected noncompliance with Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standards (FMVSS).
  • I have worked on projects or studies to help develop, evaluate and demonstrate vehicle components and designs with improved crash injury prevention characteristics.
  • I have helped to develop requirements and criteria and the associated test equipment and methodologies for standards and performance ratings related to crash survival or injury severity reduction.
  • None of the above.
5 [6554] Select the statement that best describes your knowledge and experience with motor vehicles or the motor vehicle industry. Answer to this question is required
  • I have no knowledge or experience of motor vehicles or the motor vehicle industry other than driving and maintaining my own car.
  • I have had experience in a position in motor vehicle sales, manufacturing, maintenance or repair or a similar position in motor vehicle equipment.
  • I have experience in a position working with safety aspects of motor vehicle or equipment manufacturing sales, maintenance or repair.
  • I have had experience in #3 above, including participation in a motor vehicle equipment safety recall campaign.
6 [2937] Select the response that best describes your experience with motor vehicle safety programs. Answer to this question is required
  • I have no experience working with motor vehicle safety programs.
  • I have read articles and professional papers on motor vehicle safety programs, but have no practical experience or academic training.
  • I have completed undergraduate and graduate courses which included problems or practical work involving motor vehicle safety.
  • I have performed studies or research involving motor vehicle safety in an operational setting in which I was responsible for a significant part of the work.
  • I have conducted research or studies involving motor vehicle safety in which I was the leader and served as a resource for the group. I was held accountable for the project.
7 [4313] Select the statement that best describes your experience working in automotive safety defects. Answer to this question is required
  • I have no experience working in automotive safety defects, but do have experience and /or training working with automotive systems, subsystems or components.
  • I worked on a team, which performed safety defect investigations on vehicle systems and subsystems, and I am knowledgeable in the area.
  • I have conducted several complex engineering investigations involving safety defects, which included extensive testing and analysis and documentation and evaluation.
  • I have investigated several potential safety related defects in motor vehicles and equipment, and I am able to complete complex assignments relating to safety defects.
  • I have no experience working in automotive systems, subsystems or components.
8 [57282] Select the statement that best describes your ability to communicate orally. Answer to this question is required
  • I have significant experience speaking to large groups of managers and employees in training or seminar settings or in verbally advising top management about topics that are controversial in nature or significant mission or program changes.
  • I have significant experience speaking to small groups of managers and employees in training or seminar settings or in verbally advising groups of supervisors and managers about topics that affect changes in programs and/or policy.
  • I have experience speaking to small groups of managers and employees in training or seminar settings or in verbally advising groups of supervisors and managers one-on-one about topics that affect changes in work schedules and/or processes.
  • I have some experience verbally advising supervisors and managers one-on-one about topics that affect changes in work schedules and/or processes.
  • I have no knowledge or experience with this type of work.
9 [55663] Choose the statement that best describes your level of experience in communicating with others in writing. Answer to this question is required
  • I have experience assisting with the preparation of written materials used to communicate with others.
  • I have experience preparing written materials used to communicate with others.
  • I have experience preparing politically sensitive written materials used to communicate with others.
  • I have experience with acting as the primary writer of politically sensitive written materials used to communicate with others.
  • I have experience with acting as the primary writer of politically sensitive written materials used to communicate with others, and have had authority to send the communication to the recipients.
  • None of the above.
10 [9473] Select the response(s) that describe your presentation/communication skills. Answer to this question is required
  • Effectively communicate complex information to internal and external audiences.
  • Persuade others to accept findings, recommendation, changes, alternative viewpoints, or to take a particular course of action.
  • Interview employees or managers to acquire specific programmatic and/or technical or complex information.
  • Conduct training sessions with varied audiences with different levels of comprehension.
  • Effectively communicate organizational strategies, goals, objectives, or priorities on a regular basis.
  • None of the above.
11 [2983] Select the type(s) of experience(s) you have had in communication. Answer to this question is required
  • Provided briefings/updates to supervisors, coworkers, or others on a regular basis.
  • Coordinated meetings or workshops.
  • Delivered presentations to groups at work or in other environments.
  • Successful completion of college-level speech courses, Toastmasters, etc.
  • Taught a class, provided one-on-one instruction, or similar experience.
  • Made presentations to groups of less than 10.
  • Made presentations to groups of more than 10, but less than 50.
  • Made presentations to gatherings of over 50.
  • I have no experience in presenting material orally, but believe I could do so.
12 [57181] Select the statement(s) that describe written communication skills you have used as a regular part of your job. Answer to this question is required
  • Explained or justified decisions, conclusions, findings or recommendations in written format
  • Prepared briefing materials on controversial issues
  • Drafted standard operating procedures or policies
  • Wrote guidance that summarized and explained rules, regulation, policies and procedures
  • Wrote comprehensive briefings for managers or executives both inside and outside of my organization
  • None of the above
13 [9437] Select the statement that describe your ability to evaluate issues, make rational conclusions, and act decisively and expeditiously regarding resolution and subsequent action. Answer to this question is required
  • I posses little experience in conducting analyses and making decisions in an expeditious manner.
  • I posses some experience in collecting data, conducting analyses and making recommendations and decisions. Activities are conducted in accordance with routine, well-established procedures and objectives.
  • I collect data, conduct analyses, and make recommendations on projects that are conducted routinely. Project target completion dates are usually timely and actions are usually correct and decisive.
  • I have experience in conducting programs independently and effectively with decisive conclusion and resolution of issues.
  • I have been recognized for leadership in developing techniques for improving the effectiveness of data collection and analysis activities.
  • None of the above.
14 [52437] Choose the statement that best describes your experience participating in decision-making sessions with management to identify and solve problems. Answer to this question is required
  • I have had no training or experience in performing this task.
  • I have gathered and analyzed information that was used by others who participated in decision-making sessions with management.
  • I have been assigned routine tasks to identify and recommend solutions to perceived problems and relayed my findings to management.
  • On a regular basis, I have met with management to identify and recommend solutions for problems.
  • I typically identify problems and determine and implement effective solutions independently.
15 [1638] Choose the statement(s) that describe your ability to identify and analyze problems; make logical decisions; and provide solutions to individual and organizational problems. Answer to this question is required
  • I have provided data-driven solutions to individual and organizational problems.
  • I have used qualitative and quantitative data and analytical tools in problem solving.
  • I have identified and analyzed problems; distinguished between relevant and irrelevant information to make rational decisions.
  • None of the above.
16 [671] Select the response that best describes your experience in recognizing and encouraging alternative solutions in solving problems. Answer to this question is required
  • Applying business re-engineering methods and techniques
  • Applying principles and applications of organizational assessments
  • Using management interventions
  • Applying change management
  • Identifying and consulting with customers internally and externally
  • Independently holding self accountable for results
  • I have not used a process to identify or resolve problems
17 [25017] Select the statements that describe your experience using analysis techniques and/or computer applications. Answer to this question is required
  • I have used tools and equipment found in automotive test, development, assessment, or repair facilities, including electrical devices and PC based tools.
  • I have used modern measurement and automation instrumentation including PC based systems.
  • I have used computers to store, process, organize, and display failure and/or technical data.
  • I have used statistical quality control software to analyze product or component variation and process stability.
  • None of the above
18 [52026] Select the software applications in which you are proficient. (Proficient means that you understand and use a major part of the software's capabilities.) Answer to this question is required
  • MS Windows – operating system software
  • MS Outlook – e-mail software
  • MS Word – Word processing software
  • MS Excel – spreadsheet software
  • MS PowerPoint – presentation software
  • MS Access – database software
  • Crystal Ball – Excel spread sheet add in
  • MATLAB – data analysis software
  • SAS – statistical analysis software
  • JMP – statistical analysis software
  • Visual Basic – programming language
  • C-programming language
  • C/C++ - programming language
  • Computer-aided drawing software (any)
  • Other scientific software
  • Truck SIM
  • Simulink
  • Weibull or other Statistical Modeling Software
  • Telephone and Web Conferencing Software
  • None of the above
19 [2329] Select the response that best describes your ability to manage databases. Answer to this question is required
  • I have been a database manager, fully responsible for a large, departmental system.
  • I have been an assistant database manager, backing up the manager on a large, departmental system.
  • I have created and managed Microsoft Excel databases.
  • I have maintained (entry, lookup, report running, etc.) large database systems.
  • I have maintained (entry, lookup, report running, etc.) Microsoft Excel databases.
  • I have strong computer aptitude but little experience in database management.
  • I have no experience in this area.

Grade: 12

1 [341] Choose the statement that best describes your specialized experience that qualifies you for this GS-12 position. Answer to this question is required
  • I possess at least one year of specialized experience equivalent to the GS-11 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 [57300] Please list the title and years in which you gained the required education or specialized experience that qualifies you for this position. Your answer is limited to 250 characters or less. Maximum length of 250 characters. Answer to this question is required
3 [2263] Do you have knowledge of motor vehicles including motor vehicle components, systems and equipment? Answer to this question is required
  • Yes
  • No
4 [4312] Select the statement(s) that accurately describe your experience in safety defects and related areas. Answer to this question is required
  • I have worked with other organizations to harmonize potential test procedures and hardware approaches.
  • I have formulated or conducted research to investigate and identify primary causes of injury in motor vehicle collisions.
  • I have identified elements of the crash injury problem for which injury prevention or injury reduction benefits are possible.
  • I have participated in research, development, test and evaluation programs to improve motor vehicle occupant protection capability.
  • I have participated in research or test programs to define the relationship between vehicle characteristics and designs and important injury modes.
  • I have conducted engineering investigations, tests and evaluations of possible safety related defects, which may adversely affect motor vehicle safety.
  • I have participated in programs or projects to identify, confirm, and evaluate cases of suspected noncompliance with Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standards (FMVSS).
  • I have worked on projects or studies to help develop, evaluate and demonstrate vehicle components and designs with improved crash injury prevention characteristics.
  • I have helped to develop requirements and criteria and the associated test equipment and methodologies for standards and performance ratings related to crash survival or injury severity reduction.
  • None of the above.
5 [6554] Select the statement that best describes your knowledge and experience with motor vehicles or the motor vehicle industry. Answer to this question is required
  • I have no knowledge or experience of motor vehicles or the motor vehicle industry other than driving and maintaining my own car.
  • I have had experience in a position in motor vehicle sales, manufacturing, maintenance or repair or a similar position in motor vehicle equipment.
  • I have experience in a position working with safety aspects of motor vehicle or equipment manufacturing sales, maintenance or repair.
  • I have had experience in #3 above, including participation in a motor vehicle equipment safety recall campaign.
6 [2937] Select the response that best describes your experience with motor vehicle safety programs. Answer to this question is required
  • I have no experience working with motor vehicle safety programs.
  • I have read articles and professional papers on motor vehicle safety programs, but have no practical experience or academic training.
  • I have completed undergraduate and graduate courses which included problems or practical work involving motor vehicle safety.
  • I have performed studies or research involving motor vehicle safety in an operational setting in which I was responsible for a significant part of the work.
  • I have conducted research or studies involving motor vehicle safety in which I was the leader and served as a resource for the group. I was held accountable for the project.
7 [4313] Select the statement that best describes your experience working in automotive safety defects. Answer to this question is required
  • I have no experience working in automotive safety defects, but do have experience and /or training working with automotive systems, subsystems or components.
  • I worked on a team, which performed safety defect investigations on vehicle systems and subsystems, and I am knowledgeable in the area.
  • I have conducted several complex engineering investigations involving safety defects, which included extensive testing and analysis and documentation and evaluation.
  • I have investigated several potential safety related defects in motor vehicles and equipment, and I am able to complete complex assignments relating to safety defects.
  • I have no experience working in automotive systems, subsystems or components.
8 [57282] Select the statement that best describes your ability to communicate orally. Answer to this question is required
  • I have significant experience speaking to large groups of managers and employees in training or seminar settings or in verbally advising top management about topics that are controversial in nature or significant mission or program changes.
  • I have significant experience speaking to small groups of managers and employees in training or seminar settings or in verbally advising groups of supervisors and managers about topics that affect changes in programs and/or policy.
  • I have experience speaking to small groups of managers and employees in training or seminar settings or in verbally advising groups of supervisors and managers one-on-one about topics that affect changes in work schedules and/or processes.
  • I have some experience verbally advising supervisors and managers one-on-one about topics that affect changes in work schedules and/or processes.
  • I have no knowledge or experience with this type of work.
9 [55663] Choose the statement that best describes your level of experience in communicating with others in writing. Answer to this question is required
  • I have experience assisting with the preparation of written materials used to communicate with others.
  • I have experience preparing written materials used to communicate with others.
  • I have experience preparing politically sensitive written materials used to communicate with others.
  • I have experience with acting as the primary writer of politically sensitive written materials used to communicate with others.
  • I have experience with acting as the primary writer of politically sensitive written materials used to communicate with others, and have had authority to send the communication to the recipients.
  • None of the above.
10 [9473] Select the response(s) that describe your presentation/communication skills. Answer to this question is required
  • Effectively communicate complex information to internal and external audiences.
  • Persuade others to accept findings, recommendation, changes, alternative viewpoints, or to take a particular course of action.
  • Interview employees or managers to acquire specific programmatic and/or technical or complex information.
  • Conduct training sessions with varied audiences with different levels of comprehension.
  • Effectively communicate organizational strategies, goals, objectives, or priorities on a regular basis.
  • None of the above.
11 [2983] Select the type(s) of experience(s) you have had in communication. Answer to this question is required
  • Provided briefings/updates to supervisors, coworkers, or others on a regular basis.
  • Coordinated meetings or workshops.
  • Delivered presentations to groups at work or in other environments.
  • Successful completion of college-level speech courses, Toastmasters, etc.
  • Taught a class, provided one-on-one instruction, or similar experience.
  • Made presentations to groups of less than 10.
  • Made presentations to groups of more than 10, but less than 50.
  • Made presentations to gatherings of over 50.
  • I have no experience in presenting material orally, but believe I could do so.
12 [57181] Select the statement(s) that describe written communication skills you have used as a regular part of your job. Answer to this question is required
  • Explained or justified decisions, conclusions, findings or recommendations in written format
  • Prepared briefing materials on controversial issues
  • Drafted standard operating procedures or policies
  • Wrote guidance that summarized and explained rules, regulation, policies and procedures
  • Wrote comprehensive briefings for managers or executives both inside and outside of my organization
  • None of the above
13 [9437] Select the statement that describe your ability to evaluate issues, make rational conclusions, and act decisively and expeditiously regarding resolution and subsequent action. Answer to this question is required
  • I posses little experience in conducting analyses and making decisions in an expeditious manner.
  • I posses some experience in collecting data, conducting analyses and making recommendations and decisions. Activities are conducted in accordance with routine, well-established procedures and objectives.
  • I collect data, conduct analyses, and make recommendations on projects that are conducted routinely. Project target completion dates are usually timely and actions are usually correct and decisive.
  • I have experience in conducting programs independently and effectively with decisive conclusion and resolution of issues.
  • I have been recognized for leadership in developing techniques for improving the effectiveness of data collection and analysis activities.
  • None of the above.
14 [52437] Choose the statement that best describes your experience participating in decision-making sessions with management to identify and solve problems. Answer to this question is required
  • I have had no training or experience in performing this task.
  • I have gathered and analyzed information that was used by others who participated in decision-making sessions with management.
  • I have been assigned routine tasks to identify and recommend solutions to perceived problems and relayed my findings to management.
  • On a regular basis, I have met with management to identify and recommend solutions for problems.
  • I typically identify problems and determine and implement effective solutions independently.
15 [1638] Choose the statement(s) that describe your ability to identify and analyze problems; make logical decisions; and provide solutions to individual and organizational problems. Answer to this question is required
  • I have provided data-driven solutions to individual and organizational problems.
  • I have used qualitative and quantitative data and analytical tools in problem solving.
  • I have identified and analyzed problems; distinguished between relevant and irrelevant information to make rational decisions.
  • None of the above.
16 [671] Select the response that best describes your experience in recognizing and encouraging alternative solutions in solving problems. Answer to this question is required
  • Applying business re-engineering methods and techniques
  • Applying principles and applications of organizational assessments
  • Using management interventions
  • Applying change management
  • Identifying and consulting with customers internally and externally
  • Independently holding self accountable for results
  • I have not used a process to identify or resolve problems
17 [25017] Select the statements that describe your experience using analysis techniques and/or computer applications. Answer to this question is required
  • I have used tools and equipment found in automotive test, development, assessment, or repair facilities, including electrical devices and PC based tools.
  • I have used modern measurement and automation instrumentation including PC based systems.
  • I have used computers to store, process, organize, and display failure and/or technical data.
  • I have used statistical quality control software to analyze product or component variation and process stability.
  • None of the above
18 [52026] Select the software applications in which you are proficient. (Proficient means that you understand and use a major part of the software's capabilities.) Answer to this question is required
  • MS Windows – operating system software
  • MS Outlook – e-mail software
  • MS Word – Word processing software
  • MS Excel – spreadsheet software
  • MS PowerPoint – presentation software
  • MS Access – database software
  • Crystal Ball – Excel spread sheet add in
  • MATLAB – data analysis software
  • SAS – statistical analysis software
  • JMP – statistical analysis software
  • Visual Basic – programming language
  • C-programming language
  • C/C++ - programming language
  • Computer-aided drawing software (any)
  • Other scientific software
  • Truck SIM
  • Simulink
  • Weibull or other Statistical Modeling Software
  • Telephone and Web Conferencing Software
  • None of the above
19 [2329] Select the response that best describes your ability to manage databases. Answer to this question is required
  • I have been a database manager, fully responsible for a large, departmental system.
  • I have been an assistant database manager, backing up the manager on a large, departmental system.
  • I have created and managed Microsoft Excel databases.
  • I have maintained (entry, lookup, report running, etc.) large database systems.
  • I have maintained (entry, lookup, report running, etc.) Microsoft Excel databases.
  • I have strong computer aptitude but little experience in database management.
  • I have no experience in this area.

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.
If any of the requested documentation pertains to you, you have the option to fax using the fax coversheets provided, upload to this system or you may transfer the documentation from your USAJOBS account. Please note documents are NOT automatically transferred from USAJobs. Contact the office no later than the closing date, if you require assistance.
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 [35568] Select the response that is the GS equivalent grade level of the highest grade to which you have held on a permanent basis or have competed for promotion potential. Please ensure that you have also provided a supporting SF-50. Without the supporting SF-50, we may not be able to consider your application for this position. Answer to this question is required
  • I have not held a government position.
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  • 05
  • 06
  • 07
  • 08
  • 09
  • 10
  • 11
  • 12
  • 13
  • 14
  • 15
6 [59279] In the past three years, have you had one or more of the following Awards: monetary, time-off, or other? Answer to this question is required
  • Yes
  • No
7 [59280] If you are a Federal employee, is your most recent performance rating equivalent to a "Pass", "Fully Successful", "Satisfactory" or better? Answer to this question is required
  • Yes
  • No
  • I am a Federal employee, but have not received a performance rating.
  • Not applicable, I am not a Federal employee.
8 [587] Federal applicants must have served 52 weeks at the next lower grade to satisfy time-in-grade. Please include the date of your last promotion (in mm/dd/yy format). Maximum length of 20 characters. Answer to this question is required
9 [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
    9.1 [5063] Please indicate how you heard about this position. Maximum length of 250 characters.