Supervisory Civil Engineer, GS-0810-13


Vacancy ID: 843190   Announcement Number: MG-2013-01597-KCD-843190DE   USAJOBS Control Number: 337857400

Occupational/Assessment Questions:

1. Choose the response that describes how you meet the Basic Requirement.

A. Degree: professional engineering. To be acceptable, the curriculum must: (1) be 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) 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.
B. 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.
C. 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.
D. 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 response A.
E. 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.)
F. I do not meet the Basic Requirement.

THE RESUME YOU SUBMIT FOR THIS ANNOUNCEMENT MUST SUPPORT THE ANSWER YOU CLAIM UNDER THIS AND OTHER QUESTIONS. IF NOT, YOU WILL BE FOUND NOT QUALIFIED OR YOUR SCORE WILL BE LOWERED.

2. From the descriptions below, select the letter that describes the education or experience you have that demonstrates your ability to perform GS-810-13 Supervisory Civil Engineer work.

A. I have at least one year of specialized experience that is equivalent in difficulty and complexity to the GS-12 grade level or pay band in the Federal service. Specifically, specialized experience is described as managing Flood Insurance Studies and Risk MAP projects, interacting with diverse partners, including coordination with state and local stakeholders, as well as managing assigned projects to include tracking, monitoring, working on budgets, schedule management, performance measurement, and maintenance of project records on Flood Insurance Studies and Risk MAP projects.
B. I do not have the experience as described above.

3. I have knowledge of floodplain mapping and Risk MAP processes which includes relevant practices in the fields of civil engineering, hydrology, risk analysis and surveying.

A. Yes
B. I do not have the education or experience as described above.

Choose the answer for each task statement from the list below that best describes your knowledge of the theories, principles, practices and techniques of hydrology, hydraulic engineering, surveying, and Risk MAP programs.

A- I have not had education, training or experience in performing this task.
B- I have received work experience training in hydraulic engineering.
C- I have demonstrated knowledge of the basic theories, principles, practices, and techniques of hydrology, hydraulic engineering, river mechanics, and other engineering or related disciplines, with emphasis on flood hazard analyses, Risk MAP programs, and mapping in the context of the National Flood Insurance Program.
D- I have demonstrated extensive knowledge in evaluating or applying several of the theories, principles, practices, and techniques of hydrology, hydraulic engineering, river mechanics, surveying and other engineering or related disciplines with emphasis on flood hazard analyses, Risk MAP programs, and mapping in the context of the National Flood Insurance Program.
E- I have demonstrated comprehensive knowledge in developing, evaluating, and/or applying the theories, principles, practices, and techniques of hydrology, hydraulic engineering, river mechanics, surveying, and other engineering or related disciplines, with emphasis on flood hazard analyses, Risk MAP programs, and mapping in the context of the National Flood Insurance Program.

4. Serve as advisor, technical representative, and engineering expert for FEMA programs that require difficult, diverse and complex planning, implementation and engineering expertise.

5. Provides expert technical direction to Regional Project Officers conducting flood risk studies, Risk MAP Programs, and mapping.

6. Acts as technical liaison between Branch Chief and staff engineers by providing direction, counsel and guidance on all engineering related policies, principles and procedures.

Choose the answer for each task statement from the list below that best describes your knowledge of the principles, concepts and practices associated with the field of floodplain management and knowledge of federal, state, and local government policies and legal requirements.

A- I have not had education, training or experience in performing this task.
B- I have experience and training in floodplain management.
C- I have knowledge, gained through training or experience, of floodplain management or hazard mitigation techniques.
D- I have experience working with floodplain management or hazard mitigation programs.
E- I have experience working with the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP), floodplain management and hazard mitigation techniques as a program manager.

7. Formulates guidelines and specifications for the planning and engineering aspects of flood, mudslide, and erosion studies to ensure that flood risk studies will provide a sound basis for insurance rating and floodplain management measures.

8. Coordinates with the National Dam Safety Program by providing guidance and assistance in developing uniform technical guidelines, risk-based analyses, construction standards, safe operational procedures, warnings and evacuation plans, and adoption of model State legislation.

9. Present, negotiate, defend and articulate program objectives to various audience levels.

Choose the answer for each task statement from the list below that best describes your knowledge of geographic information systems (GIS), digital mapping, HAZUS, remote sensing, and state-of-the art ground surveying techniques (Global Positioning Systems).

A- I have not had education, training or experience in performing this task.
B- I have received education and/or training in Global Position Systems.
C- I have basic knowledge and experience in using a geographic information system(s) and digital map production. Basic knowledge or experience in data collection using remote sensing or GPS technology.
D- I have knowledge and experience in GIS techniques, including creating digital Flood Insurance Rate Maps, Risk MAP products, or other map products after field data have been compiled. This includes experience in data organization, digitization, and other aspects of digital map production, Basic knowledge or experience in data collection using remote sensing or GPS technology.
E- I extensive knowledge and experience in GIS techniques, including collecting field data and creating digital Flood Insurance Rate Maps, Risk MAP products, or other types of digital map products. I have experience in preparing final digital map products for distribution in appropriate formats (i.e. Internet, CD, paper, other). I have demonstrated knowledge and/or experience in data collection using remote sensing and state of the art Global Positioning System (GPS) technology.

10. Serves as the lead regional expert on current technology used for the Risk MAP initiative including two dimensional modeling, LTDAR, remote sensing, Geographic Information Systems (GIS), HAZUS flood loss estimation tools, and incorporates advances in these new technologies into the Risk MAP studies.

11. Identifies and defines study and mapping standards and recommends modifications to ensure hazard maps and studies reflect current policy and legal requirements.

12. Develops and implements guidelines and specifications for automated risk assessment, topographic data collection, and other GIS mapping technologies.

Choose the answer for each task statement from the list below that best describes your general knowledge of the Federal government contracting process.

A- I have not had education, training or experience in performing this task.
B- I have received education and/or training in contract management.
C- I have general knowledge of Federal contracting procedures.
D- I have experience with Federal contracting procedures, including the monitoring and oversight of technical issues.
E- I have direct experience with Federal contracting procedures, including the monitoring and oversight of technical issues. I have additional experience in developing work statements and guidelines, as well as evaluating and overseeing the results and progress of federal level technical studies.

13. Served in role related to grants administration and contracting, including Contracting Officer's Technical Representative.

14. Review proposals for mitigation projects for engineering soundness and benefit/cost considerations and recommends acceptance or modifications.

15. Monitor contracts to ensure compliance.

Choose the answer for each task statement from the list below that best describes your demonstrated ability to organize and lead project teams and work groups with skill in planning, organizing, distributing and monitoring assignments. Ability to effectively direct, review, monitor, analyze and evaluate performance and make recommendations to improve team effectiveness.

A- I have not had education, training or experience in performing this task.
B- I have received education and/or training in leadership.
C- I have program management experience with limited team lead responsibilities.
D- I have experience in a team lead type role that demonstrates the ability to mentor and guide employees in support of program goals in risk analysis and mitigation related fields.
E- I have experience as a team lead or in an acting supervisory capacity with responsibility for monitoring daily operations, directing the work of team members, providing performance input on team members to supervisor and assisting in overall program management in risk analysis and mitigation. Experience demonstrates ability to effectively communicate work with others to accomplish the mission.

16. Plans work to be accomplished by staff, adjusting short-term priorities and schedules.

17. Evaluates work performance, provides advice and counsel on work and administrative matters.

18. Resolves complaints, identifies developmental and training needs.