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1. From the descriptions below, select the one which best describes your education and/or experience and meets the Basic Qualification Requirements for Electronics Technician, GS-0856-07/08/09.
For each task in the following group, choose the statement from the list below that best describes your experience and/or training. Please select only one letter for each item.
2. Conduct tests of instrumentation and devices to assess performance levels.
3. Use instrumentation such as digital oscilloscopes, spectrum analyzers, multimeters, and ammeters to analyze target-system performance.
4. Develop custom circuitry to meet project design specifications.
5. Communicate with electronic devices using network, serial, and USB interfaces to configure and test such devices.
6. Service electronic systems and components to perform periodic preventative maintenance.
7. Implement wired data communication systems to collect and transmit scientific data.
8. Deploy radio telemetry systems to transmit scientific data from remote sites.
9. Construct remote power systems using devices such as photovoltaic panels, deep-cycle batteries, regulators, or alternative systems.
10. Deploy remote data communications networks using devices such as terminal servers, network switches, routers, and network-controlled relays.
11. Conduct performance tests on prototype instrumentation/data networks to evaluate and document system performance.
12. Program instrumentation and/or telemetry equipment with computers to communicate and control these devices.
13. Diagnose and troubleshoot problems with electronic systems using remote access over computer networks to assess functionality.
14. Configure spread-spectrum radio networks to establish a remote data communication system.
15. Use fiber-optic cable and media converters to extend computer/data networks.
16. Deploy sensor networks to gather scientific data.
17. Troubleshoot computer hardware to identify and solve hardware problems.
18. Troubleshoot data networks to identify and solve networking problems.
19. Implement programming scripts to automate repetitive actions in an electronics project.
20. Use Unix, Linux, and/or Cygwin tools to establish methods of secure data communications.
21. Use embedded or alternative format computers in projects for field/industrial applications.
22. Develop code using computer programming language(s) such as Python to manipulate data from electronic devices.
23. Prepare technical reports that include engineering data and analysis of results to report test and research findings.
24. Present results of system evaluations and testing in project meetings.
25. Follow research protocol in collecting, measuring, and recording scientific data to ensure the proper data is being collected.
26. Maintain detailed and accurate records of observations, test methodologies, data, and analyses to document systems operations, maintenance and field activities.
27. Develop clear instructions and accurate protocols for other technicians to follow for the fabrication, deployment and maintenance of unique equipment and systems in field and laboratory projects.
28. Participate, as a co-author, in the drafting of research findings to be published.
29. Your responses in this Assessment Questionnaire are subject to evaluation and verification. Later steps in the selection process are specifically designed to verify your responses. Deliberate attempts to falsify information will be grounds for disqualifying you or for dismissing you from employment following acceptance. Please take this opportunity to review your responses to ensure their accuracy.
If you fail to answer this question, you will be disqualified from consideration for this position.
I certify that, to the best of my knowledge and belief, all of the information included in this questionnaire is true, correct, and provided in good faith. I understand that if I make an intentional false statement, or commit deception or fraud in this application and its supporting materials, or in any document or interview associated with the examination process, I may be fined or imprisoned (18 U.S.C. 1001); my eligibilities may be cancelled, I may be denied an appointment, or I may be removed and debarred from Federal service (5 C.F.R. part 731). I understand that any information I give may be investigated. I understand that responding "No" to this item will result in my not being considered for this position.